Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: 2014 World Series, Game 3 (Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants), Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Positive Sampling Out of Grimm: Constantine (NBC)
- Below Average: Last Man Standing (ABC), Cristela (ABC), The Amazing Race (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): America’s Next Top Model (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Comedy + Drama

Chris Kopcow assesses the rise to prominence of comedy-dramas like Louie and Girls. (link fixed)

Movie Remakes

Michael Schneider considers why so many movie properties are in TV development.

Ratings Revolution

Peter Suciu argues that the new Nielsen-Adobe partnership could revolutionize ratings, as it incorporates digital and streaming services.

Familiar Comedies

A Cracked video pinpoints repetitive tropes from today's sitcoms.

Latina Comedy

Edward Helmore says Cristela and Jane the Virgin represent the rising power of Latina representations. Juan Ramos has reservations about Cristela, though.

Boo Boo Dangers

Eric Deggans says the cancellation of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo illustrates the pitfalls of airing exploitative reality TV.

Global News Coverage

MIT's Technology Review summarizes a study of news coverage around the globe and how location can affect the volume of coverage about certain events.

Auction Delay

The FCC will delay til 2016 its planned auction of broadcast spectrum.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Manhattan Love Story Cancelled

Cancelled: more articles on how no shows have been cancelled, as Manhattan Love Story is the first new series axed.

Handling Failure

Tom Shaw looks at the current dearth of network cancellations as part of a historical trajectory.

Ebola Coverage

James Poniewozik is critical of cable news coverage of Ebola.

Boo Boo Cancelled

TLC has cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo following TMZ reports; even reruns won't be aired.  Josef Adalian offers three reasons why this happened so fast, and Brian Lowry wonders if anyone was shocked.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “Thursday Night Football” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
- Fading: “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “The Vampire Diaries” (CW)
- Losers: “Bad Judge” (NBC), “A To Z” (NBC), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Reign” (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Nielsen Diaries

Adam Buckman reports that we aren't done with Nielsen diaries just yet, as an alternative is still under construction.

Power in Scandal & GoT

Les Chappell explores themes of power in Scandal and Game of Thrones.

ABC Orders

ABC has ordered extra episodes of its top series.

Roosevelt Ratings

The Roosevelts turned out to be a big hit for PBS.

No Cancellations

As James Poniewozik did a few days ago, Toni Fitzgerald explains why there haven't been any cancellations of new network shows yet, offering the advertiser perspective in particular.

World Series

World Series ratings are down thus far, as the game struggles amidst competition. And Joe Lucia considers the possibility the World Series could move to cable someday.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Comcast's Optimism

Will Richmond relays NBCU CEO Steve Burke's comments that Comcast isn't too worried about HBO's move online, as does Emily Steel.

Cable Upfronts Fall

Brian Steinberg reports on the cable upfronts slump.

VOD Strength

Andrew Wallenstein reports on the increasing revenue coming in to Hollywood studios thanks to SVOD syndication, and Advanced Television talked to a research analyst about VOD growth.

Verizon OTT

Alan Breznick details Verizon's over-the-top plans.

Aereo Ruling

Jeff John Roberts reports on the latest Aereo ruling (yes, there are still Aereo rulings), which says Aereo can't operate as a cable company but could still offer cloud DVR functionality.

DC's Strategy

Jarrett Wieselman talks to DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns about the company's TV strategy.

The Knick Dissection

A group of academics provide their perspectives on The Knick, in terms of style, race, sound, and star image.

AMC Networks to Control BBC America

Brian Steinberg reports on an investment in BBC America that will result in AMC Networks controlling the channel.

Social Scandal & Hannibal

Zainab Akanda looks at how Scandal and Hannibal have successfully used social media to make their mark.

Corden Starts in March

James Corden will begin his Late Late Show hosting duties on March 9.

NBCU Intern Suit

Eriq Gardner reports that NBCUniversal has settled a lawsuit involving unpaid internship claims.

The Affair Analysis

Sara Stewart is intrigued by what the first two episodes of The Affair seem to be pointing to in terms of conventional representations of the femme fatale in such scenarios.

Honey Boo Boo Trouble

Variety says the future of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo could be in doubt in the wake of a TMZ report.

CSI Trimmed

CBS has requested fewer episodes of CSI, and Nellie Andreeva wonders if CSI fans have reason for concern.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 11.13 million, CBS: 8.75, NBC: 7.37, ABC: 7.17, CW: 2.03
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.9 rating/9 share, ABC: 2.1/ 7, CBS: 2.1/ 6, NBC: 1.5/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: Modern Family (ABC), Black-ish (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: Survivor (CBS), The Goldbergs (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Losers: The 100 (CW), Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Conservative News

AlterNet offers an excerpt from a book on science denial among Republicans that explores the acceptance of misinformation among Fox News viewers. At the same site, Amanda Marcotte covers the Pew Research finding that conservatives tend to trust only right-wing media while liberals trust a wider range of sources.

Black-ish Topicality

James Poniewozik covers last night's episode of black-ish, which addressed corporal punishment, through the lens of race and class. Daniel Walters also discusses the show's representation of race.

Remake Skepticism

Myles McNutt responds to a Hollywood Reporter article on TV remakes in development, as he isn't convinced that most will actually make it to the screen.

Online Moves

Todd Spangler considers who could follow in CBS and HBO's footsteps online, and Richard Greenfield assesses the future online unbundling possibilities. Michael Wolff flips the perspective and says these moves are about TV disrupting the internet, not the other way around. And Eriq Gardner says online measurement of viewership at these new outlets could run up against privacy laws. Mike Farrell wonders if digital rights in new NBA deal could lead to pay TV subscriber losses.

Comcast Growth

Brian Stelter reports on subscriber and profit growth at Comcast, with NBC's performance helping out in the latter area.

News Substance

Eric Sass reports on a Harris Poll survey which found Americans claiming to yearn for more substance in news coverage.

Y&R Ratings Drop

Alex Ben Block looks into why ratings for The Young and the Restless are dropping.

TV Auteurs

Andy Greenwald highlights how many indie film directors are turning to TV.

Investigating Nielsen

Media Life talked with the CEO of the Media Rating Council, which is responsible for accrediting ratings services, about investigating the recent Nielsen measurement errors.

European Deals

Scott Roxborough and Georg Szalai delve into why US media companies are suddenly so interested in making deals across Europe.

CBS Digital News

Alex Weprin shares details about CBSN, which is the name for CBS News' upcoming 24-hour streaming news channel.

Canadian Coverage

James West and Mark Joyella both argue that Canada's breaking news coverage of yesterday's shootings in Ottawa showed US cable news how it should be done.

Ratings Optimism

Gary Levin finds some silver linings for fall season ratings clouds for the networks.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TV Moving Online

Marcus Wohlsen says TV viewing will soon mean online viewing.

Watching Simpsons World

James Poniewozik considers the spectatorial implications of the Simpsons World app, especially in regard to binge viewing practices.

Netflix Comedy Pickup

Netflix's latest original series pickup is an animated comedy from Gaumont International Television.

NPH Was 4th

Seth Abramovitch reports that Neil Patrick Harris was actually the Academy's fourth choice to host the Oscars.

Nevins Profile

Variety has named Showtime's David Nevins its showman of the year and has a profile detailing his rise to success.

Black Sitcoms & Race

Brennan Williams and Gazelle Emami look back on the history of black-cast sitcoms, the extent to which they addressed race in various periods, and where Black-ish fits into this scope of representation. Some handy charts in here too.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.00 million, Fox: 10.68, NBC: 8.14, ABC: 4.11, CW: 2.74
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.9 rating/9 share, NBC: 2.2/ 7, CBS: 2.1/ 6, ABC: 1.2/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 3
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), World Series, Game 1 (Fox), The Voice (NBC), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC) -Considerable Erosion: Marry Me (NBC)
- Losers: Selfie (ABC), Manhattan Love Story (ABC), About a Boy (NBC), Forever (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

OTT Links

Sarah Green talks to the author of a book on ESPN about why the sports outlet isn't likely to go over-the-top like HBO is planning. Hayley Tsukayama says these online moves could bring new life to the sagging Apple TV set-top box. And a Sinclair tech exec says these moves show how the TV industry is now in a battle with new media forces.

Scatter Skepticism

Suzanne Vranica relays comments from a major ad exec predicting that the scatter market for the rest of the year won't be as robust as networks had hoped after upfronts.

Lythgoe's Reality Ideas

Kevin Fallon talks to Nigel Lythgoe about where reality TV is going wrong these days and how it can be righted.

Binge-Watching PBS

Brian Steinberg says PBS's airing of Ken Burns' seven-night documentary series The Roosevelts appeared to benefit from binge viewing on multiple platforms.

Blackface & Whitewashing

Kelley L. Carter highlights the Hollywood practice of white body-doubles and stuntpeople putting on dark makeup to stand in for black characters. And Jill Pantozzi is frustrated by DC adaptations turning characters of color in the comics to white characters on TV.

Simpsons Suit

An actor from the movie Goodfellas is suing The Simpsons for $250 million over a mafia character in the series.

Tough Time Slots

Jason Lynch identifies the ten worst time slots on broadcast network TV schedules.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Live Viewing Declining

Wayne Friedman reports on new viewing figures showing that time shifting is increasing, as viewers care less about watching live, though they still greatly prefer watching on a TV set.

Simpsons World

The Simpsons World app is now live, and Cynthia Littleton digs into the deal that made it happen.

British Imports

Evan Bartlett highlights the countries that spend the most to import British TV programs; Australia and New Zealand are a very distant second to the US, while France and Italy are the top non-English-speaking importers. (Though it's not clear what these figures actually cover: shows, formats, etc.)

Indie TV

Merrill Barr argues that TV is on the verge of essentially having an independent scene.

New In Media Res

Theme: After Thoughts on the 2014 World Cup

  • Monday, October 20, 2014 - Christopher Toula (Georgia State University) presents: Commoditized Visibility: Coca-Cola, The World Cup, and the People 
  •  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Thomas F. Corrigan (California State University, San Bernardino) presents: The Wiziwig World Cup: P2P catches up with live sports 
  •  Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Robert Cole (Independent) presents: Uncomfortable Silence of Protest Voices in World Cup 2014 Coverage 
  •  Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji, Sylvia Clauby Noavaes (University of Sao Paulo & University of Victoria) presents: Experiencing Mexico vs Brazil 2014 in Cidade Tiradentes, SP
  •  Friday, October 24, 2014 - Michael Butterworth (Ohio University) presents: Dreaming of Qatar: The Spectacle and Fantasies of World Cup 2022

Breaking Bad Toys

Some are objecting to Toys R Us stores selling Breaking Bad figures. Update: Toys R Us has pulled the figures.

The Bridge Cancelled

FX is done with The Bridge.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 11.59 million, NBC: 10.87, CBS: 10.52, Fox: 5.49, CW: 1.65
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.0 rating/9 share, CBS: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 2.0/ 6, ABC: 1.9/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Gotham (Fox), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
- Losers: The Millers (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

TV Changes

Peter Lauria says the changes coming to the pay TV business will be substantial and not all will make it through alive. Adam Flomenbaum believes video-on-demand is changing TV for the good. The AP considers how a switch to al la carte streaming services would compare to pay TV costs. And Gaumont CEO Katie O'Connell, responsible for such series as Hannibal, says a key change in TV has been the rise of the TV auteur.

New Queer TV

Matt Brennan coins the label New Queer Television, with a nod to New Queer Cinema, for shows like Transparent, Orange is the New Black, and Looking.

Rentrak Patent

Daniel Frankel reports that Rentrak has secured a patent for technology that lets a set-top box know if the TV set it's attached to is on or off, which can offer more precise ratings information.

Violence & Death

Jeff Labrecque wonders if viewers have become numb to the grotesque violence depicted in The Walking Dead. And William Hughes writes from a personal perspective about his difficulties with how pop culture presents death.

New Rerun Channel

Michael Malone reports on a new digital channel coming from CBS and Weigel Broadcasting called Decades that will air over 100 classic series. It will also feature a daily show called Decades Retrospectical that will explore the cultural contexts of historical moments.

Subcultural Reality TV

Malina Saval says the latest wave of reality TV focuses on exotic subcultures.

The Affair Costuming

Emma Fraser explores what costumes say about characters in The Affair.

Jones Added to SNL

African-American comedian Leslie Jones has been added to SNL's cast member ranks.

Fall Assessment

Eric Deggans pinpoints winners and losers thus far this fall season, and Ryan McGee picks the good, the bad, and the ugly, while James Poniewozik delves into why nothing has been cancelled yet, despite plenty of low-rated starts.

Digital Content Ratings

Todd Spangler reports that Nielsen and Adobe are joining forces in an effort to measure digital media consumption across multiple platforms, and companies on board include ESPN, Univision, and Turner.

News & Race

Rebecca Carroll explains how racism has driven her to quit journalism. Elsewhere, CNN is in a war of words with the National Association of Black Journalists.

Oscar Ads

Brian Steinberg reports on ABC's Oscar ad sales, which are just about wrapped up at $1.9 million for 30 seconds.

Political Trust

A new Pew Research Center study investigated the trust that liberals and conservatives put into various news sources, with polarization being an inevitable takeaway.

Dish Blackout

Dish Network has dropped a set of Turner-owned cable channels, including CNN but not TNT or TBS, due to a carriage fee dispute. Peter Kafka says this illustrates that traditional TV battles are still happening in a time of web TV changes.

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