Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), The Voice (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Nothing…’tis the season for only good things!

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratingsCable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.


Peter Kafka looks at Vessel, a new YouTube competitor from ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar. Janko Roettgers also reports.

Pay TV & Broadband

Albert Lai considers how pay TV and broadband services are tied together, which means OTT services won't be as disruptive to pay TV companies as they could be.

UK Drama

Jon Creamer surveys the state of British drama, which is strong.

Streaming Horror

AMC and DramaFever are teaming up to launch a streaming site featuring horror content. This will be their second such site; the other features documentaries.

TV Resolutions

Jason Lynch offers New Year's resolution advice for TV's key players and revisits his 2014 suggestions.

Directing Doctor Who

Alyssa at Whovian Feminism talks to Doctor Who director Rachel Talalay about directing, gender, and fandom.

Network Grades

Toni Fitzgerald hands out 2014 network grades.

Colbert's End

Bill Carter considers the end of The Colbert Report, and Will Leitch offers a requiem.

Netflix on Dish

Dish Network is adding Netflix to its Hopper set-top boxes.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Comic Book TV

Alan Sepinwall surveys the year in comic book TV.

OTT Impact

Mike Farrell says distributors and programmers have conflicting thoughts about how OTT services will impact the TV industry.

TV Torture

Catherine Rampell argues that television bears responsibility for acceptance of torture techniques described in the recent CIA torture report. Eric Deggans also covers this issue, as does Brian Lowry. Alyssa Rosenberg also jumps into this topic.

Movies & TV

Peter Allen argues that the new "golden age of TV" has helped cinema, while Mark Harris says Hollywood's toxic addiction to franchise blockbusters has let TV usurp film quality.

The Best of 2014

If I've missed any Best of TV lists for 2014, please let me know. Also, check out the 2013 list if you'd like to see last year's results.

Because the list is long, I've placed only a handful on the main page. You can find the whole list after the jump.

No-Comedy Thursday

Henry Hanks that NBC will no longer have any comedies on Thursday nights at midseason.

NBC Live Stream

Joe Flint reports that NBC is launching a TV Everywhere live stream, but it will require pay TV authentication. Kwame Opam also reports.

Sony Hack Reactions

More Sony hack reactions: Hollywood insiders react, Michael Hiltzik says the press must report this info, Ted Johnson highlights the legal ramifications of publishing the revealed emails. Colin McEnroe is highly critical of Aaron Sorkin's take on the situation.

Most-Tweeted Shows

The Walking Dead was the most-tweeted show in the US, while Sherlock topped a list of most-tweeted TV moments in the UK. In the U.S., the most-tweeted moment was on The Voice.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Coke Drops Idol

Brian Steinberg reports that Coca-Cola will end its American Idol sponsorship. Sam Thielman says this shows how Idol's future is in doubt.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 15, 2014

TV Schedule

Karen Fratti reports on a study finding that a majority of viewers today like to have a guide of TV listings to consult, despite all the time shifting going on.

DVR Winning

Toni Fitzgerald looks at the big boost many network shows are getting from DVR ratings. She writes, "We have finally reached the point where just as many people are time-shifting a broadcast show as watching it live. Actually, make that several shows."

Gracepoint Done

Fox does not want Gracepoint back.

Sony Demands & Ethics

Sony has delivered a letter to news organizations demanding that outlets not use any of the materials unearthed in the hack, but Jeff John Roberts says there's not legal credibility behind their threats. Aaron Sorkin has chimed in and says it is unethical for journalists to use the stolen information. James Poniewozik says stolen news is still news.

Sony's TV Set Business

Eric Pfanner and Takashi Mochizuki assess the state of Sony's TV set unit, which is trying to recover from a slump.

Live & Non-Live Tweets

Nielsen offers a chart on volume of program tweets sent while a show is airing compared to later.

Spot Forecast

The spot TV ad forecast for 2015 is tepid. But Wayne Friedman says the scatter market currently strong.

Homeland's Reality

Daily Beast talked to CIA agents about the authenticity of Homeland.

4K Coming

David Katzmeier says 2015 will be a big year for 4K TV sets.

UK Retrans Fees

A retrans fee system could be coming to UK TV.

New In Media Res

Theme: Sidekicks

  • Monday, December 15, 2014 - Eleanor Huntington (University of Southern California) presents: High School for Superheroes and Sidekicks 
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Jeff Casey (University of Wisconsin—Madison) presents: Can the Sidekick Protest? The Dissonant Sidekick and the Limits of Representing Difference in Contemporary Media 
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Lisa Glebatis Perks (Nazareth College) presents: Heroes, Sidekicks, and Powerful Love 
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Natasha Patterson (Simon Fraser University) presents: Joan Watson Deserves Better: Audience Reception and the Gender Politics of TV Sidekickdom 
  • Friday, December 19, 2014 - Sammi Dittloff (University of Wisconsin—Milawaukee) presents: A Certain Bromance

TV Advertising

Alan Wolk says the TV industry has to figure out soon how to deal with people avoiding TV ads.

Williams Renews at NBC

Brian Williams has extended his NBC News contract.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (The Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles), 60 Minutes (CBS), Undercover Boss (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Backstage With Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years (ABC), CSI (CBS)

Network numbers from TV by the Numbers. Final ratingsCable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Racial Stereotypes

Film Courage has posted a lengthy video featuring actors of color discussing racial stereotyping in Hollywood.

MSNBC Portal

Brian Steinberg reports that MSNBC is launching a streaming video portal.

Australian TV

Jazz Twemlow summarizes how 2014 went for Australian TV.

Walking Dead v. NFL

Richard Deitsch looks at how The Walking Dead has bested Sunday Night Football in the ratings this season.

Rhimes' Year

Matt Zoller Seitz profiles Shonda Rhimes and the incredible year she has had.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Mean Tweets

Mike Hogan takes us behind the scenes of Jimmy Kimmel's "celebrities read mean tweets" bit.

Sony Hack Implications

Dawn Chmielewski considers the long-term impact of the Hollywood secrets revealed in the Sony hack. Meg James and Ryan Faughnder also consider possible implications. And Fusion offers a primer on the hack.

Pirate Bay Shutdown

The Pirate Bay was pulled offline last week, but Todd Spangler reports that piracy volume remains unchanged. Plus, another site has popped up to enable access to Pirate Bay's archives.

Reliable Sources

Evan McMurry offers praise for Brian Stelter's Reliable Sources.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sony Hack

Emily Yoshida explains why The Verge is reporting on info obtained from the Sony hack, despite the ethical issues with privacy, which Anne Helen Petersen also covers. Recent findings among the documents include Hollywood studios gearing up for battle against Google and Sony losing out in the CBS/NFL Thursday Night Football deal due to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune pre-emptions, which also involved CBS trickery.

Cho TLC Show

Margaret Cho will host a late-night talk show on TLC that focuses on sex.

NBC Scheduling Moves

Alan Sepinwall reports on NBC's midseaosn schedule, which includes some shows shifted over from summer.

Criminal Minds Spinoff

CBS is hoping to make a Criminal Minds spinoff work.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Dateline (NBC0, Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Cristela (ABC), Constantine (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Remastering Buffy

Todd VanDerWerff reports that Fox is remastering, and thereby ruining, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thriller Popularity

Erin Kelly, author of the novel Broadchurch, explores why thriller dramas are so popular on British TV right now.

Good TVeets