Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Netflix Surge

Todd Spangler reports on a recent Netflix viewership surge.

Development Trends

Nellie Andreeva covers trends in the current development season.

Comedy Off NBC

Brian Steinberg says NBCU is having more success with comedies on outlets geared toward younger and online audiences rather than on NBC.

Red Band Pulled

Fox will pull Red Band Society from the schedule with three episodes unaired but somehow insists a renewal is still possible.

HBO China Deal

HBO has made a streaming deal in China.

Cable's Future

Barxton Jarrett considers what new OTT developments might mean for cable.

TV Directing

British critic Mark Lawson insists television isn't a director's medium. Various TV directors respond.

New Flow Issue

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Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Flash” (CW), “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “Marry Me” (NBC), “New Girl” (Fox), “About a Boy” (NBC), “The Mindy Project” (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Slingbox + YouTube

Todd Spangler reports on a Slingbox upgrade that will integrate YouTube.

NBC Wins Sweeps

NBC has its third straight November sweeps victory. ABC was well behind for second.

MasterChef Junior's Success

Emily Fleischaker looks at how Masterchef Junior manages to be so adorable.

Fall Questions Answered

Sepinwall and Fienberg revisit questions they had about the fall season a few months ago.

Thanksgiving Value

Jason Lynch explains why the networks love Thanksgiving.

Greenblatt on Network/Cable

Harry A. Jessell asked Robert Greenblatt to describe the differences between network and cable programming.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Constantine Halted

Constantine has stopped production, but NBC says a renewal is still possible.

Fantasy Football

Darren Heitner explores how DirecTV is taking advantage of fantasy football fandom.

MacLaren Directing Wonder Woman

TV fans are rejoicing over news that Michelle MacLaren will direct the upcoming Wonder Woman film.

Korra's Treatment

Carrie Tupper is frustrated with how Nickelodeon has treated The Legend of Korra.

ESPN Video Service

ESPN is looking to start a streaming OTT subscription service for the Cricket World Cup.

Netflix's Ambitions

Jason Lynch highlights Netflix's ambition "to be everything to everyone."

Ratings Issues

Netflix's Reed Hastings doesn't think much of Nielsen's plans to measure streaming ratings, and he predicts broadcast TV will be dead by 2030. Will Richmond highlights figures showing a decline in TV ratings and a related rise in SVOD viewership. Sam Thielman looks at network exec concerns about sliding ratings and advertising declines. Media Life surveyed media advisors about out-of-home ratings measurement.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), Scorpion (CBS), Castle (ABC) 
- Honorable Mention: 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Gotham (Fox)
- Fading: Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
- Losers: The Originals (CW), Jane the Virgin (CW), State of Affairs (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Subdued Sweeps

Maria Sciullo notes that the November sweeps period has been lighter on local news gimmicks than in the past.

Selfie to Hulu

Hulu will carry the remaining unaired episodes of Selfie.

Cristela Pickup

ABC has given Cristela the back-nine to make a full season.

Good TVeets

Today I offer you just one TVeet from last night.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Connected Apps

Will Richmond notes the spread of video apps on connected devices.

Mister Rogers' Legacy

Brian Steinberg looks at Fred Rogers' ongoing influence on children's TV.

Starz for Sale

If you have $5 billion, you could maybe buy Starz.

Straight-to-Series Challenge

Nellie Andreeva looks at the poor track record for straight-to-series orders on network TV.

Trading Spaces

Libby Hill looks back on Trading Spaces as a pinnacle of reality TV.

Defining TV

Robert Lloyd discusses the complexity of defining exactly what television is today.

Comedy's Decline

Lacey Rose and Michael O'Connell chronicle the network sitcom crisis.

Must-See TV

Critics Maureen Ryan and Sonia Saraiya are raving about last night's episode of The Comeback, while Todd VanDerWerff insists we should all be watching Homeland again.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), 2014 American Music Awards (ABC)
- Solid Older-Skewing Options: 60 Minutes (CBS), Madam Secretary (CBS), The Good Wife (CBS) 
- Losers (excluding repeats): Mulaney (Fox), Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Netflix Technology + Content

Derrick Harris looks at how technology and content are tied together at Netflix.

TV Innovations

Mary McNamara considers television's innovations over the past decade.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Dateline (NBC), Shark Tank (ABC), Hawaii Five-O (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Cristela (ABC), America’s Next Top Model (CS), Constantine (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Cosby Expose

The Washington Post researched in great depth the allegations against Bill Cosby. There are also new allegations of Cosby paying off women at NBC during the Cosby Show run.

Good TVeets

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Contracts Protected

Media companies got what they wanted, as the FCC won't be allowed to disclose any information about programming contracts in its review of Comcast-TWC.

Aereo & Internet TV

Issie Lawpowsky says Aereo's death does not mean internet TV is dead.

Net Neutrality Delay

Jacob Kastrenakes explains why the FCC is delaying dealing with net neutrality.

Viacom Streaming Rebuke

A senator is admonishing Viacom for taking its dispute with Suddenlink out on subscribers by blocking them from streaming TV shows on Viacom websites.

CW Reality Change

The CW has a new head of reality TV.

Turner Restored on Dish

Turner channels have returned to Dish Network's lineup, while they continue to work out a long-term deal.

Late Night Writers

Katla McGlynn delves into the lack of female writers in late night comedy.

Smart Sex

Alyssa Rosenberg appreciates that the depiction of sex on TV has gotten more mature and intelligent.

Cosby Show

Steven Zeitchik attended a standup show by Bill Cosby last night, which brought out adoring fans. Jethro Nededog notes that Cosby's TV career is now dead, but Cosby himself will be fine.

Queen Latifah Cancelled

The Queen Latifah Show will end after its second season is done. Toni Fitzgerald notes that this is part of a wave of syndicated talk cancellations.

Netflix Pickup

Netflix has picked up a Tina Fay-Robert Carlock-produced sitcom that NBC didn't. Todd VanDerWerff explains why.

Good TVeets