Monday, December 5th, 2011



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Good morning. It’s Monday, December 5, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
3net: World Heritage at 2p
Current TV: The Young Turks With Cenk Uygur at 7p
Sundance Channel: The Mortified Sessions at 8p
VH1: T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle at 9p
Oxygen: Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too at 10p
TLC: Candy Queen at 10p
Investigation Discovery: Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets at 10p; Stalked: Someone’s Watching at 1030p





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Two of CBS’ midseason shows are sporting new titles.  Rob Schneider’s new sitcom which was first titled iRob! has been simplified to Rob.  CBS may still use an exclamation point for marketing reasons for the sitcom but it won’t be the show’s official title.  The other midseason show switching its title is the cop drama that was called The 2-2 which will now be called NYC 22.

Due to financial reasons, the public television program Ebert Presents: At the Movies will go on hiatus at the end of this month.  The movie review program was produced and primarily funded by Roger Ebert and his wife, Chaz Ebert and was a continuation of the Chicago Sun-Times film critic’s previous shows, Sneak Previews, At the Movies and Siskel & Ebert.  The Eberts said in a blog post last week they could no longer finance the show and are presently looking for new sponsors.  By the end of December the show, hosted by film critics Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of will have aired 50 episodes.

Comedy Central set its midseason schedule including the premiere of one new and several returning series:

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are back with new seasons starting January 3 at 11p and 1130p respectively.  Both shows will also kick off Indecision 2012 from the primary season through the elections.
  • JB Smoove and Russell Simmons reunite for a new season of Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus with a two episode premiere on January 26 at 10p and 1030p.
  • A fourth season of Tosh.0 debuts January 31 at 10p followed by the new original sketch comedy series launch of Key & Peele at 1030p. 
  • Season sixteen of South Park premieres March 14 at 10p.
  • Comedy Central acquired It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and will air an hour’s worth of season seven episodes on Mondays at 10p starting January 16.

Psst!  Hey, over here! The first annual Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards is currently for accepting submissions for your preschool, kid and tween targeted TV series, TV movies, and websites, apps and games, and the marketing, public relations and advertising campaigns that supports that content. To find out more about the Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards at ( To enter the Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards your kid-targeted content or support campaign must have taken place (in part or in full) between October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011. We look forward to seeing your entry and honoring the winners at the June 2012 Awards ceremony in New York City.



Broadcast Morning News Shows – Average Ratings (November Sweep 2011)
NBC: Today 5.61 million total viewers; 2.0/14 and 2.44 million A25-54
ABC: GMA 4.95 million total viewers; 1.6/11 and 1.94 million A25-54
CBS: Early Show 2.61 million total viewers; 0.9/6 and 1.08 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Late-Night Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of November 21, 2011)
ABC: Nightline 5.50 million total viewers; 1.7 and 2.06 million A25-54; 1.3 and 1.64 million A18-49
NBC: Tonight Show 3.62 million total viewers; 1.1 and 1.38 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.03 million A18-49
CBS: Late Show 3.28 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.44 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.11 million A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Late-Night Shows – Average Ratings (November Sweep 2011)
ABC: Nightline 4.12 million total viewers; 1.3 and 1.62 million A25-54; 1.0 and 1.26 million A18-49
NBC: Tonight Show 3.65 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.40 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.08 million A18-49
CBS: Late Show 3.49 million total viewers; 1.3 and 1.52 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.19 million A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Thursday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX hit the right note Thursday among the A18-49 viewers at 3.0/8, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  FOX’s The X-Factor won at 8p with a 3.1/9 while CBS’ repeat comedies The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement averaged a 2.7/8 in second place and ABC’s annual airing of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town was third at 2.2/6.  FOX stayed in first place through 9p with Bones at 2.8/7 with NBC’s sitcoms The Office and Whitney next at an average of 2.4/7 and ABC’s CMA Country Christmas special delivered a third place showing at 2.2/6.  At 10p, ABC moved into #1 with more of its CMA Country Christmas special at 2.0/5, CBS’ encore of The Mentalist was #2 at 1.6/5 and Univision’s La Rosa de Guadalupe was third at 1.5/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, December 1, 2011  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

FOX: 5.8/9          The X-Factor 6.1/10, Bones 5.5/8

CBS: 5.4/9           The Big Bang Theory [r] 6.5/10, Rules of Engagement [r] 5.0/8, Person of Interest [r] 5.2/8, The Mentalist [r] 5.3/9

ABC: 5.2/8           Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town [r] 4.0/6, CMA Country Christmas 5.7/9

NBC: 2.9/5          Community 2.3/4, Parks and Recreation 2.3/4, The Office 3.4/5, Whitney 2.6/4, Prime Suspect 3.2/5

UNIV: 2.1/3         Una Familia con Suerte 1.9/3, La Fuerza del Destino 2.6/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.6/3

ION: 0.8/1           Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/1

TELE: 0.8/1          Maid en Manhattan 0.9/1, Flor Salvaje 0.7/1, La Casa de al Lado 0.9/1

CW: 0.7/1            Vampire Diaries [r] 0.7/1, The Secret Circle [r] 0.6/1

TF: 0.3/1             Liga Mexicana Futbol: Queretaro vs. Tigres 0.5/1, Protagonistas 0.3/1

A18-49:  FOX 3.0/8, ABC 2.1/6, CBS 2.0/5, NBC 1.8/5, UNIV 1.8/5, TELE 0.6/2, CW 0.4/1, ION 0.4/1, TF 0.3/1


Brian Frons, President/Daytime for Disney/ABC Television Group is exiting the company when his contract expires at the end of January.  Vicki Dummer, SVP/Current Series and Specials, ABC Entertainment Group will replace Brian and has been promoted to EVP/Times Square Studios, Current Series and Specials.  Times Square Studios will now oversee ABC’s current daytime programming in addition to developing new non-scripted lifestyle and health programs for Daytime and Syndication.  Current programs under Times Square Studios include The View, General Hospital, The Chew, The Revolution, Katie and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.  LIVE! with Kelly will continue to fall under the ABC Owned Television Stations Group unit. Vicki will continue to report to Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group who adds Times Square Studios to his oversight roster.  Further additions include Abra Potkin as SVP/East Coast Programming and Development, Times Square Studios; Abra joins from CBS where she was News and Entertainment Development Executive.  Ann Lewis Roberts was also elevated to SVP/West Coast Current Programming and Development, Times Square Studios.  Abra and Ann will both report to Vicki Dummer.

Toronto-based worldwide television distributor Breakthrough Entertainment is adding feature film distribution with the formation of a dedicated film acquisition and sales division.  Marina Cordoni was named VP/Movies to spearhead this new film division and to manage all acquisition and distribution facets of the film unit.  The new unit will additionally manage theatrical feature distribution in Canada.  Marina has been with Breakthrough Entertainment since 2005.





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This day in History: 1955 Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: On Nanny and the Professor, what kind of car did Nanny drive? 1930 Ford Model A. Kudos to: Richard Schilling-WNET/NYC; Carol Teichman-Comcast Spotlight;Bloomfield, CT; David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NYC; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, M and S Entertainment, Inc/LA; Arthur Reinstein-Shaw Media/Toronto.

Today’s Trivia Question: What was Carol Brady’s maiden name? (Email [email protected] 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.)

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ABC: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, You Deserve It, Castle
AZTECA: Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, Lo Que Callamos Edicion Especial
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0
CW: Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie
FOX: American Country Awards
ION: The Fugitive, Criminal Minds
NBC: The Sing Off, 30 Rock with Brian Williams
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Elbert Hubbard: An American Original
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Flor Salvaje, La Casa de al Lado
UNIV: Una Familia con Suerte, La Fuerza del Destino, Don Francisco Presenta

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