Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Linear Survival

Colin Dixon believes linear TV scheduling will survive in online services, despite Netflix believing otherwise.

WOC in Fandom

A black women blogs about her frustration with how fandom typically treats women of color.

Cable Box Future

Eriq Gardner covers FCC debates about regulating set-top boxes.

New In Media Res

Theme: Coen Brothers

  • Monday, October 12, 2015 - Ella Tucan (Georgia State University) presents: "Down Here You’re on Your Own": Chance and the Coen Neonoir
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - Jonathan Cicoski (University of Southern California) presents: Noir Gender Dynamics in Fargo
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Dewey Musante (Georgia State University) presents: The Coen Brothers and Classical Hollywood Cinema 
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Clément Clareton (ENS Louis-Lumière, France) presents: Maybe it was Utah: the utopian family and the Wild West 
  • Friday, October 16, 2015 - Emily Hiltz (Carleton University) presents: A familiar scene of pistols: No Country for Old Men’s adaptation of Target Pistol and Man

UK TV Ecosystem

Tim Dams discusses how the UK's unique public service television ecosystem is under threat.

Leder on Directing

Scott Tobias talks to Mimi Leder about the challenges of being a female director and directing The Leftovers.

AHS Ratings

American Horror Story's latest installment premiered a little lower than last year, but was still strong.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Fantasy Segments Back

After a three-day hiatus, ESPN has resumed its DraftKings- and FanDuel-sponsored segments.

Fantasy Island Remake

Fantasy Island is the latest series in line for a remake.

Cohen Leaving BBC

The BBC's director of television, Danny Cohen, is planning to leave the corporation in November.

Dem Debate Ads

Brian Steinberg reports on the ad rates and ads featured on CNN for the Democratic debate tonight.

Reality TV Updates

Andy Dehnart has started a TinyLetter service for updates about reality TV.

Soderbergh on Set

Matt Zoller Seitz observes Steven Soderbergh at work on The Knick.

More Ratings Info

More early fall ratings data: Toni Fitzgerald covers the L+7 ratings for premiere week, and Bill Cromwell identifies fall winners and losers so far. Stephen Battaglio asseses early Nielsen data, which he notes indicates that young viewers are dropping linear TV viewing habits. Wayne Friedman overs the social ratings angle, noting that some low-rated shows have high social media engagement.

C3 Ratings

Anthony Crupi reports on Nielsen's first batch of C3 network ratings for fall, which are used to set ad prices.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “Sunday Night Football” (NBC), “60 Minutes” (CBS)
- Solid Viewer Base: “Madam Secretary” (CBS)
- Slipping: “Once Upon a Time” (ABC) -Losers: “Blood & Oil” (ABC), “CSI: Cyber” (CBS)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Targeting Latino Audiences

Brian Moylan looks at US TV's increasing attempts to reach bilingual Latino audiences.

TV's Bull Market

Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell says 2015's Mipcom showed we're in a bull market for TV across the globe.

Ryan Murphy & Graphic TV

Jordan Crucchiola praises Ryan Murphy's reliance on graphic and gruesome imagery in his series.

SNL's Diversity

Lorne Michaels argues that Saturday Night Live has been breaking barriers to diversity from the start.

ABC Family Rebrand Questioned

Brian C. Poole thinks ABC Family's name change is puzzling.

Minority Report Order Reduced

Fox has dropped its Minority Report episode order from 13 to 10, a sign of doom for the low-rated series.

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Friday analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Friday, October 9, 2015

Reality TV Campaigning

James Poniewozik looks at reality TV tricks Donald Trump is using on the campaign trail.

Blindspot Picked Up

Blindspot will get a full season on NBC.

Extant Cancelled

CBS is done with Extant, but is still in business with Halle Berry, developing a legal drama with her.

Digital Treasure Hunt Ad Pitch

Brian Steinberg reports Mark Burnett is pitching to advertisers a series that will be a digital media treasure hunt.

TV Commitment Calculator

Vulture lets you generate a count -- and a cool chart!! -- of how many hours of TV you're watching this fall.

Zucker Interview

UT-Austin's Media Industry Conversations shares audio of an interview with Good Wife producer David Zucker. He's also a writer on Amazon's upcoming The Man in the High Castle and CBS's Braindead. "Topics of discussion during the Q&A sessiom included David Zucker’s career trajectory, his responsibilities with Scott Free Productions, his views on the evolving state of the media industries, and recommendations for pursuing a career in television writing and producing. "

Walking Dead's End

Jason Lynch thinks AMC needs to start working toward a way to satisfyingly end The Walking Dead.

Ad Clutter

Bill Cromwell reports that we're in a period of worse ad clutter than ever before, as commercial time reaches historic highs on both network and cable TV.

Peak TV's Blessings

James Poniewozik says we can thank "peak TV" for the renewal of the low-rated but critically acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire.

Black Staffers at Fox News

Jordan Chariton reports on remarks from the former head of the National Association for Black Journalists about the difficulty of working at Fox News for black employees.

The Walking Dead in Georgia

Amy Maclean takes us onto the set of The Walking Dead and its impact on production in Georgia.

New Show Ratings

Toni Fitzgerald has a chart ranking all the new fall shows in 19-49 ratings; Blindspot is comfortably in the lead. Rick Kissell points out that Quantico is the first of the new dramas to grow in its second week of delayed viewing, and he also reports that Fear the Walking Dead now holds the title of the highest-rated first season of any series in cable history.

ABC Family's History

Jacqui Shine takes us through the history of ABC Family and its lingering religious roots.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vimeo Originals

Steven Zeitchik says Vimeo is stepping up the production or original content in hopes of competing with Netflix and Amazon.

Social Engagement & Ad Leaders

Tim Baysinger has data on which new and returning fall shows are leading in social media engagement, with The Muppets coming in first among new series and Empire dominating among returning series. He also has data on which advertisers have bought the most ad time in new shows.

Weekly Casual

Todd VanDerWerff expects Hulu's Casual to suffer from getting weekly release rather than a full-season release.


AMC has renewed Halt and Catch Fire, despite its low ratings. Also, FX has renewed Tyrant. Tim Goodman says both renewals are signs of the changing TV times.

AHS Ratings

American Horror Story had a strong ratings return last night.

Netflix Raising Rates

Signing up for a Netflix streaming subscription will now cost a dollar more, $9.99, while existing subscribers will see higher bills next year. Miriam Gottfried sees it as a gamble. Goldman Sachs speculates that password sharing is a catalyst for this.

Rentrak Syndication Service

Rentrak has launched its own ratings measurement service for nationally syndicated series.

Late-Night Politicians

Judy Kurtz explains why late-night shows have become a prime destination for politicians to stop by.

Ad Buyers & Advanced TV

Jason Lynch says ad buyers are excited about Advanced TV options, even if they don't really know what they are.

Asians Kissing

Jeff Yang explains why seeing Asian characters kiss on Dr. Ken and Fresh Off the Boat is revolutionary.

Studying Buffy

Katharine Schwab highlights academic study of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the context of the growth of studying TV in colleges. (Can you even imagine?)

Jessica Ford responds to this article with an historical corrective of both TV Studies and TV.

Good TVeets

Ad Blocking Concerns

Bill Cromwell says ad-blocking isn't a big threat yet and provides figures for TV ad-blocking and -skipping.

Ad Week Takeaways

Will Richmond shares his five takeaways from Advertising Week sessions.

MSNBC & Progressive TV

Leslie Savan wonders where progressives will turn for news opinion shows if MSNBC continues its shift away from liberalism.

Pilot Costs

THR offers a breakdown of the typical costs of a TV pilot, with Battle Creek as the example.

Ryan Murphy Plea

Sonia Saraiya has had enough of Ryan Murphy's brand of storytelling and sexualized violence.

Cable Bill Prices

A good read for those cord-nevers: Reed Tucker explains why cable bills are so high.

The Cord-Never Threat

A new report warns pay TV of the threat of cord-nevers, predicting that the percentage of young adults who will never pay for cable will grow significantly in the next decade.

Men in Power Called To Action

Maureen Ryan says men in positions of power in the TV industry need to help foster gender equality and racial diversity.

Bob's Burgers Renewed

Fox wants not just one but two more seasons of Bob's Burgers.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Gender Inequality Investigation

The federal government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will investigate gender bias in Hollywood in directing.

Hulu Rising

Bill Cromwell highlights figures predicting significant subscriber growth for Hulu over the next few years.

Rise of the DVR & VOD

David Breger proposes that DVRs may not have risen to dominance if VOD value and interfaces had started out better.

TV Guide Sold Again

NTVB Media now owns TV Guide, which is on its third owner in under ten years.

Network Casting

Ken Levine explains why networks keep casting the some of the same actors season after season.

Ratings Drops

Anthony Crupi reports that returning network series are almost all seeing significant ratings drops compared to last year.

Fantasy Football TV

Joe Flint highlights the economic value fantasy football has held for TV, as controversy at two fantasy companies threatens to derail the cash cow.

Viacom Turmoil

Emily Steel reports on Viacom's troubled state, and the WSJ covers the turmoil surrounding Sumner Redstone's health (Google News link).

Comcast & Netflix's Relationship

Daniel B. Kline outlines the combined rivalry and dependency between Comcast and Netflix.

CW Marketing

Jason Lynch looks at The CW's unique fall marketing campaign, with only one new show to promote.

If Amazon Died

Adrienne LaFrance explains what would happen to digital media you've purchased from a company like Amazon if it went under.

Amazon TV

Lucas Shaw reports that Amazon is considering launching a live online pay TV service.

HSN's Power

Tiffany Yannetta explains how the shopping channel HSN rose to success by targeting middle-aged women.

Media General + Meredith?

Media General's plan to acquire Meredith may or may not be dead.

Hulu-Viacom Deal

Hulu has expanded its rights deal with Viacom, doubling the amount of Viacom content it streams.