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Good morning. It’s Monday, December 2, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today’s Premieres:
Cartoon: Rick and Morty at 10:30p
Destination America: Buying Hawaii at 10p
Discovery: Street Outlaws at 10p
Discovery Fit & Health: Gilad’s Bodies in Motion: 30th Anniversary at 6a
TLC: Bakery Boss at 9p, Best Funeral Ever at 10p
tru TV: Full Throttle Saloon at 10p
TV One: Fatal Attraction at 9p
Univision: Por Siempre Mi Amor at 8p


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The NBC broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade got its best rating in metered-market households in 11 years, averaging 13.5. In A18-49 the early rating was 7.2, a 10-year high. The net’s 12p-2p coverage of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina trotted off with a 6.0 metered-market household rating, its best since 2004.



Fans are choosing the tunes for Glee‘s 100th episode. Through December 3, viewers can play DJ on and on Facebook to decide which 10 songs will be performed by New Directions on the milestone Tuesday, March 18 ep at 8p.

Esquire Network and Chivas Regal have teamed for branded series Brotherhood, on Esquire’s web site. The 12-parter about the lives of five men, including Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudekis, features male bonding, with an assist from whiskey, in three-to-five minute segments.

Wonder Woman didn’t die – she moved to Me-TV. The 1975-1979 Lynda Carter superhero series joins the net’s Saturday night sci-fi line-up on December 28 at 8p. Lost in Space (Danger, Will Robinson!) moves to Saturday nights at 12a.

American Idol‘s first winner, Kelly Clarkson, who has performed and mentored talent on The Voice in the past, is returning to the NBC singing competition to perform a song from her new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red. Clarkson has said she is a fan of the show, airing Mondays at 8p and Tuesdays at 9p.

Behind-the-scenes talent gets its due at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, set for February 15. Submissions close December 31, with nominees announced January 13. Details at

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  November 29-December 1, 2013


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) $74.5 million 2 wk total $296.6 million
Frozen (Disney) $66.7 million opening weekend
Thor: The Dark World (Disney) $11.1 million 4 wk total $186.8 million
The Best Man Holiday (Universal) $8.5 million 3 wk total $63.4
Homefront (Open Road) $7.0 million opening weekend
Delivery Man (Disney) $6.9 million 2 wk total $19.5 million
The Book Thief (20th Century) $4.9 million 4 wk total $7.9 million
Black Nativity (Fox Searchlight) $3.9 million opening weekend
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) $3.8 million 2 wk total $4.8 million
Last Vegas (CBS Films) $2.8 million 5 wk total $58.8 million

Source: Rentrak



Starz pirate series Black Sails, exec produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), premieres Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9p. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as notorious Captain Flint.

Encore channel’s “January Spotlight” will feature Will Smith films, including Ali, Hitch and Men in Black. Also in January, the net is kicking off its “Big Miniseries Showcase” with 12-parter Centennial.

ASPiRE TV‘s The Root 100, featuring interviews with influential African-American leaders, focuses on social activist Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley and LGBT rights activist Danielle Moodie-Mills for the second week of its sophomore season. Hosted by CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux, “The Progressives” ep airs Wednesday, December 4 at 8p.

While Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest in NYC’s Times Square, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) returns to tend to the West Coast on Monday, December 31 at 10p. Performers on the ABC broadcast include Jennifer Hudson and Fall Out Boy.



It just took one episode to convince BBC America to pick up season two of Atlantis. The fantasy drama became the net’s highest-rated Supernatural Saturday series premiere on November 23, with 838,000 total viewers. Across the pond, the Urban Myth Films production is the biggest new Saturday night drama series to launch across all BBC channels since 2006. Atlantis airs Saturdays at 9p.



Melissa Ponzio (Walking Dead) will recur on Chicago Fire. The NBC drama airs Tuesdays at 10p.

Cynopsis Kids Webinar: At How to Drive Tune-In & Dollars with Apps and Games you will learn how to determine what games and apps work best to reach different kids demos, and analyze the difference between smart brand extensions vs. those that cannibalize the mother ship. Register to join us on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 1:30-3p ET.



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Chasing Life received a back order for seven episodes from ABC Family, reports Deadline, on top of the original 13. The drama, an adaptation of a Spanish-language Mexican series, will premiere in 2014.

BriteSpark Films announced its first international commission: a co-production with Saloon Media for Handsome Devils. Investigation Discovery picked up the docu-series about 10 notorious ladykillers in the U.S.; Slice ordered the fatal attraction tales to air in Canada.



Sherlock returns for its third season on U.K.’s BBC One Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The detective drama makes its way Stateside, to PBS, on Sunday, January 19.

Canada’s Super Channel will broadcast The Sheepdogs Have It, charting the journey of the rock band that went from touring in a broken van to making the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The Farpoint Films documentary premieres Monday, December 16 at 8p.



Bounce TV announced another round of renewals and launches. Renewals include Gannett stations in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, nine Nextstar markets through 2017 and WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN. The African-American-focused net will also launch in markets including Syracuse, Fort Wayne and Kansas City, making it available in 72 percent of television homes in the U.S.

Program Call: Cynopsis Media will be producing its annual NATPE Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, January 23, 2014, the week before NATPE Market and Conference opens at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort. If your company is an official exhibitor at NATPE 2014, please email Lynn Leahey at: [email protected] for details on how to submit listings.


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November sweeps 2013 is over, and the numbers are in. Here’s how the major nets fared versus last year (Fox’s numbers are skewed because World Series games were included in its averages last year):
CBS: 10.334 million viewers (flat), 2.2 A18-49 (-4 percent)
NBC: 8.232 million viewers (+4 percent), 2.6 A18-49 (-7percent)
ABC: 7.623 million viewers (-4 percent), 2.0 A18-49 (-9 percent)
FOX: 4.854 million viewers (-25 percent), 1.7 A18-49 (-26 percent)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was up over its T-Day broadcast last year by 33 percent in total viewers (5.3 million) and 45 percent in A18-49 (1.6/5) on ABC, according to preliminary numbers. The net’s Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular averaged a less impressive .9 in A18-49 and 3.6 million viewers from 9:30p-11p, tying Fox’s puppet-themed Glee ep at 9p.

Hallmark Channel is on a winning streak with its “Countdown to Christmas” holiday movies. The Saturday, November 23 premiere of Window Wonderland was the number one cable program of the day, making Hallmark top in cable in the 8p-10p time period for HH (2,882,000), W25-54 (727,000) and P2+ (3,722,000) delivery. Sunday, November 24’s premiere of Fir Crazy was the number two cable program of the day, attracting nearly 5.6 million unduplicated viewers to the net.

Hallmark Movie Channel‘s first original holiday movie, Christmas with Tucker, delivered a 1.2 HH rating on Monday, November 25, making it the number one cable movie of the day among household rating, and the net’s most-watched original movie premiere among households and W25-54 delivery ever.

2013 has been a very good year for Investigation Discovery. “With one month left in 2013, ID is poised to have our best year ever in Prime and Total Day delivery among all of our key demos, including P2+ and W25-54,” Kevin Bennett, the net’s GM, tells Cynopsis. The success was bolstered by a number of series that are hitting a HH rating of a 1.0 or higher, including Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda and Beauty Queen Murders.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: ABC and CBS grabbed the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2.5/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS won the 8p hour with a 3.0/9 rating for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, followed by ABC’s 2.6/8 for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. NBC’s The Voice won at 9p with 3.0/8, versus 2.4/7 for CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars took 10p with 2.6/8, beating the 2.2/6 notched by CBS’s Person of Interest.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, November 26, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

ABC 8.1/13 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 5.7/9, Dancing with the Stars 9.3/15
CBS 6.8/11 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 5.9/9, NCIS: Los Angeles 7.4/11, Person of Interest 7.2/12
NBC 4.9/8 Biggest Loser 4.2/7, The Voice 6.1/9, Chicago Fire 4.4/7
FOX 2.0/3 Dads 2.0/3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.3/4, New Girls 2.1/3, Mindy Project 1.6/3
UNI 1.8/3 Corazon Indomable 2.2/3, Que Vida Me Robo 1.8/3, Mentir Para Vivir 1.4/2
CW 1.4/2 Originals 1.5/2, Supernatural 1.4/2
ION 1.1/2 Criminal Minds 1.3/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
TELE .8/1 Marido en Alquiler .8/1, Reina Sur .8/1, Santa Diablo .6/1
UMA .3/0 Cineplex .3/0, Cineplex .2/0

A18-49:  ABC 2.5/7, CBS 2.5/7, NBC 2.3/7, FOX 1.5/4, UNI 14./4, CW 1.1/3, TELE .6/2, ION .4/1, UMA .2/1



Mia Lane was appointed Head of Development at Comedy Central UK. Previously, Lane was Senior Entertainment Development Producer at Wall to Wall.

Fox International Channels named Helena Choe its Vice President of Syndication, and Rahul Sood its Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Commercial. Choe was previously Managing Director of the Hong Kong office of Sportive International. Rahul, who starts December 9, spent 10 years as the Head of Affiliate Sales and Network Distribution at NDTV.



Actor Tony Musante died on November 26 due to complications from surgery. He was 77. Musante played real-life detective on Toma (1973-74), and more recently played mob boss Nino Schibetta on Oz.

Actress Jane Kean died on November 26 after a taking a fall. She was 90. Kean’s long-running career included performances in the theater and films as well as on numerous TV shows, but she was perhaps best know for playing Trixie in the 1960s musical Honeymooners sketches on The Jackie Gleason Show.

British actress Jean Kent died on November 30 after suffering a fall. She was 92. In addition to film roles, Kent appeared on television shows including Sir Francis Drake and Thicker Than Water.

Televangelist Paul Crouch, founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died November 30. He was 79. Before launching TBN in 1973, Crouch produced film and TV for the Assemblies of God.


Cynopsis Sports Webinar | DEC 10 | 1:30-3pm
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Scott Carlis (VP, Digital & Social Media) AEG Global Partnerships
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This Day In History sponsored by Velocity. Drive Your Passion: 1908 – Emperor Pu Yi ascended the Chinese throne. He was two years old.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973), what does Snoopy use as a dining table? A ping-pong table. Kudos to: Natalie Damico-Blue Bloods/NYC, Chris Ellis-Comcast Spotlight/Philadelphia, Adam Leston-WDJT/Milwaukee, Julie Houston-Tom Scott Communication Shop/Boise, ID, Douglas Hochstadt-ABC/NYC, Cindy O’Connor-HRP-Cox Reps/NYC, Dennis Treleven-Fox Networks Group/LA, Mark A. Prince-MEC/NYC.

Today’s Trivia Question: Which former model played Nina’s younger sister on Just Shoot Me (1997-2003)? (Email with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).


Cynopsis: Kids Webinar
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ABC: A Charlie Brown Christmas, CMA Country Christmas
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, Hostages
CW: It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
FOX: Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
MyTV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: SVU
NBC: The Voice, The Blacklist
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Lincoln at Gettysburg [r], Independent Lens
Telemundo: Marido en Alquiler, La Reina del Sur, Santa Diabla
UMA: Hirokin: The Last Samurai
Univision: Por Siempre Mi Amore [p], Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Mentir Para Vivir

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