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ABC FAMILY’S SIZZLING SUMMER
#1with Women 12-17 and 12-34
Top 5 with Persons 12-17, 12-34, 18-34 and Women 18-34, 18-49
21.5MM total video streams in July
Source: The Nielsen Company. Click here for full source data.
Good morning. It’s Monday, September 21, 2009, and this is your first early morning briefing. And as always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here.
Today’s Syndication Premieres (check local listings):
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“Brick City” … is a rich, remarkably entertaining series that makes good on its aim to be a nonfiction blend of “The Wire” and “The West Wing.”
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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
VERSUS made a multi-year agreement with NASCAR involving the weekly, 30m series, Quest for the NASCAR Sprint Cup beginning tomorrow at 11p and airing every Tuesday night at this time. The series, produced in hi-def, will profile the 12 drivers participating in NASCAR’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup and episodes will air each week through the duration of the 2009 NASCAR playoff season. Furthermore, VERSUS and NASCAR are teaming on other programming opportunities which will be announced once details are set.
Tonight Golf Channel is airing a new pilot called Destination Golf: Ireland’s Wonderful West at 730p with host Lauren Thomas. The episode, shot in hi-def, journeys with Thomas as she visits renowned golf venues in seven different counties throughout Ireland’s western coastal region. In addition, Thomas relates the history of each community as well as the nightlife of Ireland. This particular episode will be repeated eight more times through the end of October. Golf Channel will roll out the series Destination Golf featuring Thomas traveling to other great golf locations around the world in early 2010.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia made its fifth season debut on FX Friday night at 10p and delivered 1.78 million A18-49 and 1.42 million A18-34 as well as 2.24 million total viewers.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: September 18-20, 2009
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~ DISTRIBUTION, CLEARANCE & CARRIAGE ~
Launching today in national syndication is the A&E Network original series Cold Case Files hosted by Bill Kurtis from Trifecta Entertainment & Media. The series will air in syndication as a Monday-Friday strip and has been cleared in more than 85% of the US. Stations such as WLNY/New York, KTLA-KDOC/Los Angeles and WBBM/Chicago (the station where Kurtis formerly anchored the nightly news for many years) picked up the program in addition to other CBS O&Os in Boston, Miami, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Sacramento and Norfolk. The series will also air on stations from other owner groups such as Tribune, Sinclair, Cox, Hearst, Belo, Granite, Raycom, Newport, Weigel and Journal Broadcasting.
~ PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT ~
Penn Jillette and Teller, the comedic/illusionist team made a deal to star in a project for ABC somewhat based on their own lives, reports Variety. ABC gave the one-hour Penn and Teller project a script order about a pair of Las Vegas magicians by night and reluctant detectives by day. Warner Bros. Television will produce and Leonard Dick (House) is writing and executive producing along with Jillette and Teller; Peter Golden also co-executive produces. Penn and Teller are not new to television as together they have appeared on several TV shows and currently host the seven-season series, Bullsh*t! on Showtime.
In other ABC news, a pilot production commitment was given to a relationship comedy written by Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Friends), cites Variety. The multi-camera project is about two sisters in varying stages of romantic relationships. Warner Bros. Television will produce with Goldberg-Meehan executive producing. Additionally, ABC handed a script order for another multi-camera comedy from writers Brett Paesel and Marsh McCall. This yet-to-be-titled project is about a newly divorced woman, Megan McPhee who, in the process of rebuilding her life, takes on an unusual job. Warren Littlefield executive produces.
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: The FCC will no longer remain neutral on the controversial net neutrality issue, according to published reports. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to give speech on Monday to transform existing net neutrality principles into codified rules that specify how internet service providers are allowed to manage the flow of traffic on their networks. The rules, which will be extended to include both broadband and wireless networks according to the WSJ, will make it impossible for the Comcasts and AT&Ts of the U.S. to block or throttle services based on what kind of content is being delivered or how much bandwidth is being consumed. The new rules, long advocated by content providers like Google, could open up the net to new data-intensive services. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: After 38-years with Disney, Dick Cook announced on Friday that he is stepping down as Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, effective immediately. The news came as a surprise to pretty much everyone. Cook, who began his career with the company as a ride operator at Disneyland and became Chairman in 2002, offered no specific reason for his egress explaining, “I have been contemplating this for some time now and feel it’s the right time for me to move on to new adventures….” Cook is also credited with helping to ink a deal with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks, under which Disney will distribute DreamWorks movies, and launching Disneynature and the newest Disney’s Double Dare You with Guillermo del Toro at the helm. The movie studio has not had huge success with its releases over the last year or so, with Disney CEO Robert Iger pointing to the studio as the cause for Disney’s decline in the second part of 2009. Of course, right after that, Disney released Up (5/29/09), which remains the third biggest grossing movie of 2009 domestically and the fourth biggest computer animated movie, per Box Office Mojo. A successor for Cook’s position has not been named. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
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~ RATINGS ~
Thursday A18-49 Analysis: In a tight race Thursday, FOX prevailed among A18-49 at 3.0/9, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, CBS’ premiere of Survivor: Samoa won the hour with a 3.6/11; in second place was the season debut of Bones on FOX at 3.1/10 followed by new premieres of SNL Weekend Update and Parks and Recreation on NBC averaging a 2.1/6. NBC was on top during 9p with 4.0/11 for the average of new season premiere of The Office and the series opener of Community, while the sophomore season debut of Fringe on FOX ranked #2 at 3.0/8. Once again, The Jay Leno Show on NBC was #1 through 10p with a 2.7/8 while a repeat of The Mentalist on CBS came next at 2.0/6.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, September 17, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 6.2/11 Survivor: Samoa Special [p] 6.8/11, CSI [r] 5.7/9, The Mentalist [r] 6.2/11
FOX: 5.5/9 Bones [p] 6.3/11, Fringe [p] 4.6/8
NBC: 4.6/8 SNL Weekend Update [p] 3.5/6, Parks and Recreation [p] 3.1/5, The Office [p] 4.8/8, Community [p] 4.7/8, The Jay Leno Show 5.7/10
ABC: 3.1/5 Grey’s Anatomy [r] 3.4/6, Private Practice [r] 2.4/4
CW: 2.2/4 Vampire Diaries 2.5/4, Supernatural 1.8/3
UNIV: 2.1/4 En Nombre Del Amor 2.0/3, Manana Para Es Siempre 2.8/5, Reviva El Sueno 1.5/3
ION: 0.6/1 Ghost Whisperer [r] 0.4/1, NCIS [r] 0.8/1, NCIS [r] 0.7/1
MNT: 0.6/1 My Thursday Night Movie: Good Student 0.6/1
TELE: 0.5/1 Mas Sabe El Diablo 0.6/1, Ninos Ricos 0.5/1, Victorinos 0.5/1
A18-49: FOX 3.0/9, NBC 2.9/9, CBS 2.5/7, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 1.4/4, ABC 1.3/4, TELE 0.5/1, MNT 0.3/1, ION 0.2/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Effective immediately, Dick Cook, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios is departing the company after 38 years. Disney has not named Cook’s successor. Under Dick’s leadership, Disney made a distribution deal with DreamWorks, purchased Marvel Entertainment in a move to attract more young boys and upgraded its cartoon unit under John Lasseter of Pixar among other accomplishments.
Gordon Smith will become the new President of the National Association of Broadcasters, officially starting November 1 though he will be introduced next week during the Radio Show in Philadelphia. Gordon, a former two-term Oregon Senator, joins from the Covington & Burling law firm. He succeeds David Rehr who resigned from the position last May. Current NAB COO Janet McGregor has filled the role as acting president in the interim.
Bill Lord was elevated to Station Manager of WJLA and NewsChannel 8 where he will manage the daily operations of both the ABC affiliate and the 24-hour cable news channel in the Washington, D.C. area owned by Allbritton Communications Company. Bill will also be in charge of sales and marketing in addition to news, promotions and technical aspects of both stations.
Independent production company specializing in non-fiction programming, Atlas Media Corp. named Royd Chung as Director/Programming. Royd joined Atlas Media two years ago and works at the company’s New York base where he reports to Cheryl Miller Houser, EVP/Programming.
This day in History: 1897 – The New York Sun ran the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause” editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: On what sitcom would you find Chez Louisiane? FRANK’S PLACE Kudos to: Brock Abernathy-WUTB/Baltimore;Randy Ingram-WYCW/Spartanburg; Ken Nice-Yoh/Silver Spring; Matthew Willence-ITN Networks/NY; Kevin Van Housen-Telerep/Chicago; Bill Goodfriend-Charter Media/St. Louis; Shelli King-WTVF/Nashville; Sarah Traficanto-Cartoon Network/Chicago; Robert M. Malachowski, Jr.-Maldev Productions, Inc./Los Angeles; Susan Nessanbaum Goldberg–M and S Entertainment/LA; Jaime Ramírez/LA
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