Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sunday Ticket Lawsuit

Sunday Ticket customers have filed a lawsuit against the NFL over blackouts of out-of-market games.

Another GBBO Depature

Mary Berry says she'll stay with the BBC, while Paul Hollywood will go with Great British Bake Off to Channel 4. Charlotte Higgins expects the Berry loss to be devastating to GBBO.

Music Supervisors

Judy Berman highlights TV shows that have the best music supervision.

Anti-Prestige TV

The Ringer had a series this week "celebrating anti-prestige, anti–water cooler, anti-content" TV with content including praise for CBS's success, Conan O'Brien still going, and the pleasures of Suits.

VH1 & Pop Culture Snark

Victor Luckerson recognizes VH1 for its pioneering anticipation of pop culture snark.

Netflix Viewer Behavior

Steve Safran covers a Netflix info that purports to show which episode of a series hooked its fans.

Netflix for Sports

Claire Atkinson reports on Discovery's moves to grab up broadcast rights to sports in Europe to create a "Netflix for sports."

Marketing This Is Us

Jason Lynch covers how NBC successfully marketed This is Us without spoiling its big twist.

Ad Loads Up

Wayne Friedman reports on rising TV ad loads, with AMC and Discovery rising the most and Viacom leading all TV groups.

Screen Distractions

Diego Vasquez talks with Turner's Chief Research Officer about a new study finding that second screens are a distraction from ads, offering a challenge to Nielsen ratings.

Friday, September 23, 2016

End of the Ailes Era

Sarah Ellison takes us into Roger Ailes' final days at Fox News.

Twitter & TV

Twitter made a deal with Bloomberg to stream all three presidential debates. Scott Porch talked to Twitter's CFO about the service's moves into TV content. And a THR survey of showrunners has kicked up some dirt in terms of their opinions on live-tweeting TV shows.

CW Strategies

Cynthia Littleton checks in on The CW in its tenth year and talks to Mark Pedowitz about the state of the network. The CW has launched a subscription-free OTT service for exclusive access to in-season episodes.

Atlanta & Better Things Renewed

FX has ordered second seasons of Atlanta and Better Things.

Netflix Goal: 50% Originals

Netflix's CFO says the service is striving toward having half of its content be originals within the next few years.

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Daily Ratings

It's been a very busy week, so I've gotten behind, but the upside is you too can catch up quickly on the week's ratings with links in one post.

Tuesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted.

Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted.

Thursday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.
Analysis from Spotted.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Latino/a TV News

ESPN2 is launching a bilingual sports show aimed at Latino/a viewers, and Veronica VillafaƱe notes that Telemundo is rising in the ratings and increasingly outperforming Univision.

News Overkill

Jack Shafer proposes that news coverage of this weekend's NYC bombing caused more fear than necessary.

Twitter's NFL Technology

Will Richmond outlines the four technologies that helped to enable Twitter's NFL streaming, each of which is key for the broadband industry's future.

TV For You

Emily V. Gordon offers an appreciation of TV for the comfort it can provide.

Creating Timeless

IndieWire investigated how Timeless's designers are creating new worlds for each episode.

Choosing Titles

THR surveyed 17 showrunners about how the titles for their network shows were chosen.

Black-ish & Disney World

Jason Lynch discusses how ABC's Black-ish going to Disney World for tonight's episode isn't actually product integration.

Limited Series Prestige

Robert Rorke explores how the limited series has become a prestige category of TV.

Total Audience Measurement Launch

Jason Lynch reports on Nielsen's rollout of the Total Audience Measurement tool, which should be complete by March.

Netflix Via Comcast

Netflix is now rolling out on Comcast's X1 set-top box.

Fan-Created Walking Dead Convention

Kimberly Potts talks to a pair of fans about how they founded a popular Walking Dead convention.

Bake Off Value

Jess Zimmerman explains the value of Mel and Sue as hosts of Great British Bake Off, while Peter Preston argues that Channel 4 needs the value of the show. Also, Jake Kanter points out that the BBC has another bakery show from GBBO's Love Productions still under contract.

Trump on Fox News

Brian Stelter observes that Donald Trump is retreating to friendly ground at Fox News a lot lately and avoiding most other press.

Sports Ratings

HBO's boxing ratings are down, while Major Leagues Soccer returned to TV up

NBC & Trump

Conor Friedersdorf argues The Apprentice gave America a distorted view of Donald Trump and NBC now has a responsibility to correct that impression. And Josef Adalian puts Jimmy Fallon's softball interview of Trump in historical context.

The Fall Season

TV By the Numbers offers a primer on how to read the ratings for 2016-17. Jason Lynch talked to the five broadcast network presidents about their fall strategies. He also talked at length with ABC's new chief Channing Dungey and wonders if Kiefer Sutherland can help save the network. Sutherland's show one among new fall shows ad buyers are most optimistic about, and Bill Cromwell says advertisers still think Thursday night is the most important evening of the week. Josef Adalian covers fall trends to look for.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

Emmys Coverage

Read reviews of last night's Emmy Awards broadcast from Daniel Fienberg, Maureen Ryan, Emily NussbaumJames Poniewozik, and Alan Sepinwall and a breakdown of winners by program and channel from Lesley Goldberg. Jason Lynch notes the broadcast networks were largely left out again. Geoff Berkshire identifies snubs and surprises, and Todd VanDerWerff and Caroline Framke identify winners and losers. Cory Barker offers takeaways. The ratings hit an all-time low, and Myles McNutt isn't surprised. Todd VanDerWerff insists TV fans should still care about the Emmys and raises questions for next year. Scott Roxborough says international viewers were left without much to care about. Kathryn VanArendonk covers the politically pointed moments, and Alyssa Rosenberg says it felt like a continuation of the Democratic National Convention. John Koblin reflects on the People vs. OJ victories and the show's impact on Marcia Clark. Robert Lloyd questions the relevance of winning in a world saturated with video content. Scott Feinberg credits a new voting system for good Emmys selections.

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