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THE VERDICT IS IN: JUDGE MATHIS RECRUITS NEW VIEWERS! Women 25-54 [% Share Gain Over Lead-In]
All Market Average +25%
New York WPIX 2pm +67%
Los Angeles KCAL 11am +25%
Chicago WCIU 3pm +33%
Philadelphia WPSG 10am +200%
Dallas KTXA 11am +400%
Source: NSI WRAP Sweeps, Live Plus,4/24-5/21/08, 1/4 Hr LI, Weighted Market Average, 169 Mkts/236 Occs
Good morning. It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
A small group of leaders from SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers will convene today for a “sidebar meeting” at the AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. AMPTP made it clear that they are willing to meet with SAG, but only to listen. AMPTP leaders continue to urge SAG to take its final offer from June 30, saying the deal cannot be negotiated further. If the studio’s offer is ratified by August 15, the terms will be retroactive to July 1.
THE N TOTALLY GETS TEENS AND YOUNG WOMEN.
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
TNT’s season debut of The Closer Monday night at 9p pulled in nearly 2.5 million A18-49 viewers, 3.3 million A25-54 viewers and 7.8 million total viewers. The season debut of Saving Grace followed at 10p with 1.6 million A18-49 viewers, 2.3 million A25-54 viewers and close to 5.2 million total viewers.
Last Sunday’s series premiere of Brooke Knows Best on VH1 at 10p posted a 1.3 rating and averaged 1.4 million viewers among A18-49. The opening episode also averaged 2.0 million total viewers.
When his contract expires at the end of this year, Brit Hume, who has been with Fox News Channel since its inception in 1996, will give up his dual post as anchor for the network’s Special Report program and as Washington managing editor, reports the Washington Post. Brit will remain with Fox News and will from time to time anchor special events, be involved as a political analyst and become a substitute host for Fox News Sunday when Chris Wallace is unavailable. Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes said he hasn’t made a move to replace Brit’s position as there is some question about the possibility of the Special Report program not continuing.
NBC Universal is expected to sell its affiliate, WTVJ/Miami to the Post-Newsweek Stations group, which already owns WPLG, the ABC affiliate in that market, reports TVNewsday. The deal, with FCC approval pending, would allow Post-Newsweek Stations to operate the stations as a duopoly. Despite terms not being divulged yet, NBCU could get from $350 to $400 million for the NBC station.
Broadcast Evening News Ratings Wrap-Up: The final results for the week of July 7, 2008:
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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM THE N
FRIDAY NIGHT ON THE N= #1
For teens and young women, The N was THE place to be on Friday night. With the summer return of fan fave Degrassi, and reality series premieres of Queen Bees and The N’s Student Body, The N outperformed every other network in ad-supported cable among both teens and women 12-24*.
DEGRASSI + QUEEN BEES + The N’s STUDENT BODY = #1
Like we always say, The N “gets” teens.
*The N Network was ranked #1 from 8-11p vs. all ad supported cable for teens, female teens and women 12-24 in Live+SD coverage ratings.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
FX announced news and future plans for many of its current and new series:
Billy Crystal signed on to host the six-hour documentary series Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Ghost Light Films. The documentary, which is slated to air next January, will look at the various forms of American comedy and its evolution as it relates to social issues, political change and its commentary on American life. It will also look at some of the top comedic talents from the past and present such as Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, George Carlin, Jon Stewart and more.
Nancy Glass Productions made several exclusive talent and development deals, covering a variety of topics:
Casting Call: The Conlin Company/Twins Talent is casting for a new ABC primetime show where ultra attractive guys and gals will compete for cash and the title The Great American Beauty (wt). Applicants must be between 18-30 and single or in a relationship, kids or no kids. To apply or nominate a friend send an email to
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: The gaming and entertainment worlds continue to converge. The fruits of a new culture of collaboration among divisions at Sony became evident as the company kicked off a video downloading service for the PlayStation3 yesterday. The store will offer an initial 300 movies and 1,200 TV show episodes, some in HD, from at least 7 major studios including Sony, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM and Lionsgate. Meanwhile Microsoft announced a partnership with Netflix to stream movies and TV episodes to the TV via the Xbox Live store, offering access to more than 10,000 downloadable “Watch Now” titles. The company also cut deals with NBC Universal and Endemol to bring more than 700 Universal films and NBC, USA and Sci Fi episodes to the platform for purchase, along with an interactive version of the gameshow 1 vs. 100. What is interesting about all of this is that the studios are known to be notoriously stingy in sharing revenue on digital platforms (Apple keeps little of the revenue generated from iTunes content sales.) Gaming platforms are being forced to do whatever they can to keep players in front of their consoles, even if its means taking time away from playing $50 games. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
THE N IS THE NETWORK TOTALLY FOR AND ABOUT TEENS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: CBS Paramount International Television and Middle East Broadcasting Center inked a multi-year agreement for both new and returning shows such as NCIS, Medium, Numb3rs and The Doctors. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 7/7-7/13/08
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 7/7-7/13/08
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 7/7-7/13/08
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 7/7-7/13/08
Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX remained the champ Saturday night at 1.5/6 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX was in control the first two hours: at 8p the double Cops episodes won with an average of 1.4/6 while America’s Most Wanted was successful at 9p with 1.6/6. CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery repeat pulled in a 1.2/4 during 10p.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, July 12, 2008 (July Sweep Day 10) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 2.9/6 Greatest American Dog [r] 1.7/4, 48 Hours Mystery [r] 3.5/7
FOX: 2.8/6 Cops 2.6/6, Cops [r] 3.0/6, America’s Most Wanted 2.7/5
ABC: 2.3/5 Wonderful World of Disney: Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement [r] 2.7/6, Eli Stone [r] 1.5/3
NBC: 2.3/5 My Name Is Earl [r] 1.2/3, My Name Is Earl [r] 1.4/3, Law & Order [r] 2.4/5, Law & Order: CI [r] 3.3/6
UNIV: 1.2/2 Sabado Gigante 1.2/2
MNT: 0.6/1 My Saturday Night Movie: Loverboy 0.6/1
TELE: 0.3/1 Cine de Impacto [7p] 0.3/1, Cine de Impacto 0.3/1
A18-49: FOX 1.5/6, ABC 0.9/4, CBS 0.9/3, NBC 0.8/3, UNIV 0.7/3, MNT 0.3/1, TELE 0.2/1
Sunday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX was #1 Sunday night with 1.6/5 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Starting off the evening, ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos rerun did best at 7p with 1.7/6. At 8p, the season premiere of CBS’ Big Brother was the most watched at 2.1/7. FOX edged out the rest during 9p as the Family Guy and American Dad repeats averaged a winning 2.0/5. Despite a major misstep by Miss USA, the Miss Universe Pageant special on NBC was sure-footed at 10p winning with a 2.3/6.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, July 13, 2008 (July Sweep Day 11) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 4.3/8 60 Minutes [r] 5.7/12, Big Brother [p] 4.0/7, Cold Case [r] 3.8/6, Flashpoint [r] 3.7/6
ABC: 3.2/6 America’s Funniest Home Videos [r] 3.8/8, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [r] 3.5/6, Desperate Housewives [r] 2.1/4
NBC: 3.0/5 American Dream with Jim Cramer 1.1/2, America’s Got Talent [r] 2.8/5, Miss Universe Pageant 4.1/7
FOX: 2.0/4 ‘Til Death [r] 1.2/3, ‘Til Death [r] 1.5/3, The Simpsons [r] 2.3/4, King of the Hill [r] 2.2/4, Family Guy [r] 2.6/4, American Dad [r] 2.4/4
UNIV: 1.0/2 Horo Pico 1.0/2, Familia P. Luche 1.0/2, Noche de Estrellas 1.1/2, Pantera 0.9/2
TELE: 0.7/1 12 Corazones 0.4/1, Camino a La Corona 0.5/1, Miss Universo 2008 1.0/2
CW: 0.6/1 One Tree Hill [r] 0.5/1, Everybody Hates Chris [r] 0.6/1, Aliens in America [r] 0.6/1, The Game [r] 0.7/1, Girlfriends [r] 0.6/1
A18-49: FOX 1.6/5, ABC 1.5/5, CBS 1.5/5, NBC 1.4/4, UNIV 0.8/2, TELE 0.6/2, CW 0.3/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, July 14, 2008 (July Sweep Day 12) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 4.5/8 The Big Bang Theory 3.4/6, How I Met Your Mother [r] 3.3/6, Two and a Half Men [r] 5.5/9, The Big Bang Theory [r] 4.3/7, CSI: Miami [r] 5.2/9
FOX: 4.4/7 Bones [r] 4.0/7, House [r] 4.7/8
NBC: 3.7/6 American Gladiators 3.0/5, Nashville Star 3.7/6, Dateline 4.3/7
ABC: 2.6/4 The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? [r] 3.6/6, The Mole: Take A Closer Look 1.9/3, The Mole 2.3/4
UNIV: 2.1/4 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.3/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.1/4, Cristina 1.7/3
CW: 0.8/1 Gossip Girl [r] 0.9/2, One Tree Hill [r] 0.8/1
TELE: 0.6/1 El Juramento 0.3/1, Victoria 0.8/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.8/1
MNT: 0.5/1 Celebrity Expose [r] 0.6/1, Decision House [r] 0.5/1
A18-49: FOX 2.1/6, CBS 2.0/6, UNIV 1.7/5, NBC 1.6/5, ABC 1.4/4, CW 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1, MNT 0.3/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Andrew Jacobs joined Atlas Media Corp. as Manager/Research and Development starting immediately. Based at Atlas’ New York headquarters, Andrew will report to Anita Shah, VP/Development.
TNT added Brett Weitz as VP/Series Development to develop scripted drama series for TNT. Based in Los Angeles, Brett will report to Lillah McCarthy, VP/Series Programming, TNT and TBS.
Pam Silverstein moves to MGM Motion Picture Group as Director/Development. Pam, who will be based in Los Angeles, will be involved with development and production of theatricals for the studio as well as scoping out new material to be developed into future feature films.
San Francisco-based McCann Worldgroup named the creative team comprised of Josh Denberg and Paul Hirsch as SVPs/Group Creative Directors. The appointment is effective immediately and both will work together on the Microsoft account and additionally be involved with the management of the agency’s creative department.
Dan Tischler was tapped by BBC Worldwide America as Director/Commercial Development New Business. Dan will be involved in development for digital content and branded entertainment spaces in addition to news business efforts. Dan reports to Ian Moffitt, SVP/Programming and Content Strategy.
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