Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cable's Hold

Derek Thompson describes why cable's leverage keeps many from becoming cord cutters.

Current a Hard Sell

Claire Atkinson says it won't be easy to find a buyer for Current TV: "The low ratings but relatively high subscriber fees spell trouble for the network."

Romney Joked About More

A study of late-night talk shows found many more jokes about Romney than Obama.

SNL Promos

NBC has released promos for Louis CK's SNL.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 
-Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Ben and Kate (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Happy Endings (ABC), The B____ in Apartment 23 (ABC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm

Disney has bought Lucasfilm, and analysts laud the move. The Media Industries Project has good links.

Walmart Exclusive for Boxee

The new Boxee TV device will be available exclusively at Walmart.

Hulu's Trajectory

Kevin Sanson and John Vanderhoef trace Hulu's growth via links to past articles.

Indie TV's Future

In the wake of the New York Television Festival, Todd VanDerWerff sees a viable future for independent television. Alyssa Rosenberg adds thoughts.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NBC Midseason

NBC has made some midseason schedule announcements. BigTVFan has analysis.

New Ratings Normal

Willa Paskin wonders if the low number of shows cancelled thus far (only two) has to do with networks accepting lower ratings as the norm.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix.

Community's Return

Yvette Brown says Community is back on February 7, which is a Thursday.

Cable Ratings

Spot has a roundup of summer ratings for cable TV shows, as well as for early fall shows.

Youtoo on TV

Dawn C. Chmielewski highlights a new interactive TV service called Youtoo, which lets viewers "record brief videos themselves in high definition and send these segments, with the press of a button, to a cable or broadcast network...If selected, the viewer's submission airs alongside the program."

Comcast's Dealmaker

Cecilia Kang profiles David Cohen, the chief Washington dealmaker for Comcast.

Sandy TV

NBC is offering a live stream of the Today show for those without TV service due to Sandy. David Carr describes TV news' breathless anticipation waiting for the storm to arrive. Dave Itzkoff covers the audience-less Letterman and Fallon shows. The storm brought a surge in online traffic. James Poniewozik watched storm coverage. Weather Channel ratings are soaring. Alyssa Rosenberg questions what CNN did with Ali Velshi.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 29, 2012

Live Weather Shots

Erik Wemple relays news exec defenses of reporter standups during Sandy.

More Scandal & Neighbors

Scandal & The Neighbors get full seasons from ABC.

Production Disruptions

Hurricane Sandy is disrupting film and TV production, including talk shows. Letterman will go without an audience. Also, CBS and The CW are airing reruns tonight.

The Thick of It's Bite

Brendan James proposes that The Thick of It's finale, especially as compared to Veep, illustrates that Americans aren't as amenable to realist, biting social satire as the British are.

Social CNN

Natan Edelsburg interviews a senior digital droducer at CNN about the channel's social media strategy during the election cycle.

Adult Swim Picks Up Harmon

Community creator Dan Harmon is developing an Adult Swim show.

Up All Night Going Multi-Cam

Nellie Andreeva reports that when Up All Night returns for its spring run, it will be as multi-camera sitcom. Alan Sepinwall has analysis, as does the person we all want to hear from on this topic, Jaime Weinman.

TLC's Trajectory

Maureen Ryan analyzes a Buzzfeed presentation of TLC's trajectory from a government-founded cable channel to an outlet for sensational reality TV programming from the standpoint of television historiography and scholarship.

Comcast Subscribers

Will Richmond points out that Comcast's subscriber losses have slowed, suggesting limited cord cutting.

Anderson Cancelled

Anderson Cooper's talk show will end after this season, only its second.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: Fox: 17.32 million, NBC: 13.16, CBS: 9.95, ABC: 7.25
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 5.6 rating/13 share, NBC: 5.1/12, ABC: 2.3/ 6, CBS: 1.9/ 5
- Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), Sunday Night Football (NBC), The World Series, Game 4 (Fox), Once Upon a Time (ABC)
- Losers: 666 Park Avenue (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Univision's Digital Network

Tanzina Vega describes Univision's new mobile digital network, UVideos.

Late-Night Campaign

President Obama is making late night TV rounds while Mitt Romney sits it out.

Storm Coverage

Chuck Ross says we'll now see TV doing what TV does best as it covers Hurricane Sandy. The Weather Channel will livestream its coverage so East Coasters without power can watch on mobile devices. And CNN has banned the term Frankenstorm. DirecTV has a 24/7 Sandy channel.

Tribune-Cablevision Settle

Cablevision and Tribune TV have finally settled their retrans dispute.

Good TVeets

Warning: Homeland spoilers at the end

FNL Women Object

Star Connie Britton and executive producer Sarah Aubrey object to Mitt Romney's use of Friday Night Lights' slogan.

DVR's Mixed Blessings

Joe Flint analyzes the mixed blessing for networks of gaining higher ratings through DVR usage.

Homeland Complaints

Joseph Massad is critical of Homeland's portrayal of Arabs and Muslims, while Alison Graham is frustrated by its over-emotional heroine.


Liz Shannon Miller has a roundup of Friday's events at the New York Television Festival.

NBC Gets Soccer

NBCU has picked up the rights to Premier League soccer, beginning next season.

Whedon Endorses Romney

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fox News Culture

Aaron James argues that Fox News has helped to breed a culture of idiocy and assholery.

Museum TV

J. Peder Zane looks at how shows like Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars are bringing together TV and museum culture.

Ratings By Tweet

Jon Russell highlights a new Japanese ratings system based on volume of mentions on Twitter.

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers for Friday and Saturday. More from Spotted on Friday.

Parenthood's Quality

James Poniewozik covers Parenthood's emotional power, while Ken Tucker proposes it as TV's most neglected good drama.

Watching TV

NPR hosted a special series last week on the nature of TV viewing today. I linked to some of the individual posts, but they're all collected on this page.

Good Wife Change

The Good Wife's showrunners claim they are altering the Kalinda storyline due to audience backlash.

Treme's Final Five

Treme's final season next year will consist of five episodes.

Friday, October 26, 2012

NBC Eyeing Sweeps

Bill Cromwell says NBC is expected to carry its early season momentum into November sweeps. Also, NBCU CEO spoke about the network today, and Comcast is apparently optimistic about NBC turning around.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 12.76 million, Fox: 10.23, ABC: 7.07, NBC: 4.14, Fox: 2.31
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.1 rating/9 share, Fox: 2.9/ 8, ABC: 2.1/ 6, NBC: 1.6/ 4, Fox: 0.9/ 3
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS)
- Losers: 30 Rock (NBC), Up All Night (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

DVD-to-Tablet Exemption Denied

The Librarian of Congress has denied a proposed exemption to make it legal under copyright law to "place-shift," such as creating a tablet-playable copy of a purchased DVD for personal use.

Politics in Sitcoms

Writing in Britain's Guardian, Tim Stanley notes examples of political references in American sitcoms: "While we Brits have political satires such as The Thick of It or Yes Minister, we don’t expect to see characters in standard, family-orientated shows making gags about David Cameron or Ed Miliband. Yet in America, sitcom writers will happily plunder politics for material."

Thoughts on Murphy

James Poniewozik considers Ryan Murphy's creative style: "Murphy’s shows, I’ve decided, at best work kind of like an inconsistent pop album: the whole thing may not hold together, and yet you have the occasional single every now and then that transcends the whole, that implies everything missing in the stretches in between." Matt Zoller Seitz also offers a Murphy take.

Netflix Prediction

Mike Stein foresees the possibility of DirecTV acquiring Netflix in the coming years, and Kevin Kelleher says Netflix needs to be strategic about its future. Will Richmond's Friday podcast is also about Netflix's future.

Dunham Ad & Response

Lena Dunham has endorsed Barack Obama in a cheeky video, and it's stirring up controversy.

Breaking Bad Cinematography

Indiewire offers a video essay on cinematography in Breaking Bad's fourth season.

Praise for a Politician

Allison Moore has praise for a letter Connecticut State Sen. Gayle Slossberg wrote to the FCC encouraging intervention in a Cablevision/Tribune dispute: "One state senator from Connecticut has demonstrated the courage to say it plain: TV viewers are getting the shaft; enormously rich companies (networks, local stations) are benefitting from the FCC's lack of action; and no one in Washington seems to care."

Network Challenges

Jaime Weinman responds to some ratings news about network challenges.

Current Waves

Claire Atkinson and Emily Smith report that Current TV is up for sale, while Keith Olbermann is searching for a new home.

Good TVeets

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Boxee Pursuing Cable

Jeff Baumgartner says Boxee is seeking out partnerships with cable operators.

Indian Media

John Lloyd profiles India's media industries, including TV news channels.

The Middleman

Noel Murray looks back on the short-lived cult hit The Middleman.

Twitter & TV

Cory Bergman assesses Twitter's relationship to TV.

Campaign News Sources

According to a Pew study, cable TV leads as a regular campaign news source, though the internet is gaining.

Walking Dead Ad Rates

Brian Steinberg says The Walking Dead is drawing ad rates comparable to a broadcast network show.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 11.77 million, CBS: 10.49, ABC: 8.09, NBC: 5.60, CW: 2.68
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 3.3 rating/9 share, ABC and CBS: 2.7/ 7 each, NBC: 1.6/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 3
- Winners: World Series, Game 1 (Fox), Survivor: Philippines (CBS), Arrow (CW), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: The Middle (ABC)
- Could Be Better/Could Be Worse: The Neighbors (ABC), Nashville (ABC, Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Disappointing: Suburgatory (ABC)
- Losers: Animal Practice (NBC), Guys With Kids (NBC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Buzz Not Ratings

Gary Levin discusses the disconnect between social media buzz and TV ratings.

JT & White Privilege

Using the Timberlake-Biel "homeless people video" as a jumping off point, Anne Helen Peterson discusses the concept of white privilege and its role in celebrity culture.

Political Ads

Katy Bachman says we're in for even more political ads in the next two weeks, though more in some states than others.

Value of Older Viewers

Media Life talks with the CEO of RLTV, a venture that targets over-50 viewers, about the value of older demos.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CW on Comcast Demand

The CW has signed a video-on-demand deal with Comcast.

Screen Evolution

NPR has a timeline of the evolution of the TV screen.

Apocalypse TV

Rowan Kaiser analyzes the representation of the apocalypse in recent shows.

Streaming Subscriptions

With Netflix subscriber numbers coming up short of expectations, James Poniewozik wonders what makes a streaming service worth subscribing to.

Piers Morgan Profile

Vanity Fair profiles Piers Morgan.

DVRs Beat the Networks

Michael Schneider observes that DVR viewing now surpasses live viewing for network prime time ratings.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 14.77 million, ABC: 7.46, NBC: 7.05, Fox: 4.73, CW: 1.21
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.7 rating/7 share, CBS: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 2.1/ 6, ABC: 1.8/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: New Girl (Fox)
 - Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Ben and Kate (Fox), Happy Endings (ABC), Don’t Trust the B____ in Apartment 23 (ABC), The New Normal (NBC), Private Practice (ABC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Pre-Election Viewing

President Obama will feature prominently in National Geographic Channel movie about the Bin Laden raid days before the election, while an anti-Obama documentary is now available for free on a cable system in major swing states. More from Josef Adalian on the former.

Thompson Speaks on Savile

Former director general Mark Thompson has defended the BBC in the Savile scandal and says he had no role in the decision to cancel an investigative report on the matter.

Bravo Viewing Research

In what comes across more as marketing than market research (complete with Bravo Voiceover Guy), Bravo is touting its viewer research, which "provides insights on how marketers can re-coup lost DVR audiences, engage distracted TV viewers and build connections with consumers as they go from screen to screen."

Cue Card Guy

Katherine Rosman profiles Saturday Night Live's cue card holder.

UK Now Digital

The UK has completely switched off analogue signals.

Auto Ads Strong

Bill Cromwell says local TV advertising is being boosted by strong automobile ad gains.

Fall Surprises

Toni Fitzgerald lists five surprises from the TV season thus far.

Good TVeets

Warning: Parenthood spoilers at the end, plus Don't Trust the B casting spoilers.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Homeland's Style

The DGA magazine has a great look at Homeland's cinematography (includes Season 2 spoilers).

Xbox & Second Screens

A new Xbox app will enable communication with second screens.

Television For Women

Meghan Casserly explores the idea that TV is a better place for actresses to work today than movies.

Netflix's Earnings Report

Netflix has come up short of subscriber goals for last quarter, though CEO Reed Hastings blames a "forecasting error," and Amazon is creeping ever closer, and things don't project better for next quarter. In other Netflix news, the company says it's still viewed more on TVs than mobile devices. Will Richmond has analysis.

Revolution's Success

Maureen Ryan investigates why Revolution has been a hit for NBC

Elementary & Vegas Orders

CBS has ordered full seasons of Elementary and Vegas.

Debate Ratings

Fox News had its most-watched telecast ever with last night's presidential debate, while NBC led the broadcast networks. Final ratings say 59.2 million total tuned in.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 11.26 million, NBC; 11.24, NBC: 7.44, Fox: 7.16, CW: 927,000
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 4.0 rating/10 share, ABC: 2.6/ 6, CBS: 2.2/ 5, Fox: 2.1/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1
 -Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC)
 -Losers: 90210 (CW), Gossip Girl (CW)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

TiVo Downloads

Will Richmond loves TiVo's new download app.

Wall Street Worried

David Lieberman says Wall Street is growing concerned at the networks' mediocre fall ratings.

Hulu's Decline

Erik Gruenwedel details declining viewership at Hulu.

The Queer World of AHS

Taylor Cole Miller delves into the queerness of American Horror Story.

BBC Investigates Itself

An episode of the BBC's Panorama documentary series last night offered a hard-hitting look at the BBC's actions in regard to the Jimmy Savile scandal.

2nd Week L+7

Bill Cromwell looks at the L+7 ratings for the second week of the season, as some shows continue to see big gains.

Episode Afterlife

Neda Ulaby discusses how rights deals determine where and if you can see an episode on another platform after it's aired first-run on TV.

Walking Dead Lessons

James Hibberd details the lessons of The Walking Dead's ratings success that broadcasters should pay attention to.

Fonda Sitcom

Jane Fonda is signed on for a sitcom in development at ABC.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 22, 2012

Slogan for Sale

The Mitt Romney camp now has "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, America Can't Lose" bracelets for sale. (For sale, I tell you.)

Aereo Appeal

Aereo has filed an appeal in its legal battle with the networks, pointing to a Cablevision precedent.

The Lesbian HBO

Aymar Jean Christian introduces us to tello, an online pay-per-view outlet offering "exclusive access to small but growing slate of lesbian web series, most of them dramas."

Homeland Renewed

After delivering its highest-rated episode last night, Homeland has been renewed by Showtime.

TV Ad Prices

Ad Age's excellent annual chart of TV ad pricing by show is up, and there are interesting wrinkles this year, like this, as Brian Steinberg writes: "Seven out of the top 10 shows in the survey are comedies, suggesting that the consumers advertisers covet the most -- audiences between the age of 18 and 49 -- are looking for laughs." Spotted has six takeaways from this data and more observations. Joe Flint has analysis.

Hunted & Transmedia

Melanie Kohnen explores the transmedia campaign for Cinemax's Hunted and its evocation of Occupy movement issues.

More Episodes

The CW gives Arrow a full season order, and asked for more Emily Owens and Beauty and the Beast scripts, and Fox has renewed The X Factor for a third season and ordered more Raising Hope and New Girl.

Homeland's Storytelling

Ken Tucker analyzes Homeland's bold narrative choices (includes spoilers for tonight's episode at the bottom). And Alyssa Rosenberg touts Carrie as a feminine anti-hero.

Politics & Sports

Bill King & John Ourand look at the proliferation of campaign advertising during sports programming.

Weather Channel Changes

The company that owns The Weather Channel has dropped the Channel from its name to indicate the company's multi-platform efforts.

Good Wife Fashions

Jace Lacob delves into costume design on The Good Wife.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 14.48 million, NBC: 12.78, ABC: 7.30, Fox: 5.66
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 4.8 rating/12 share, CBS: 3.8/10, ABC: 2.3/ 6, Fox: 1.6/ 4
 -Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), Sunday Night Football (NBC)
 -Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time (ABC), Revenge (ABC)
 -Losers: 666 Park Avenue (ABC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

SNL's Viral Problem

Peter Kafka explains why NBC can't capitalize online from one popular SNL sketch that aired this weekend.

TV's in Trouble

Henry Blodget thinks the TV industry is headed toward collapse, and "what's currently happening in TV is reminiscent of the first stage of the newspaper industry's collapse: Viewing behavior is changing, but, for now, the TV industry continues to coin money."

Google's Screens

Dan Farber and Roger Cheng report on Google's plan to have a presence on every screen you have.

Disney's Web Straetgy

Brooks Barnes says Disney is finding it challenging to develop a productive strategy for its online site.

The Black Nerd

Eric Deggans chronicles the rise of the African-American nerd in popular culture.

Two Screens

With football and a presidential debate tonight (not to mention a baseball Game 7), ESPN suggests watching with two screens, a TV and a WatchESPN app-ready device.

Ultra HD Problems

Whether it's called 4K or Ultra HD, Swanni sees short-term problems for these new high-res sets.

New In Media Res

Topic: Tyler Perry

  • Monday, October 22, 2012 - Timeka N. Williams (University of Michigan) presents: The Cost of a Home Outside of Hollywood: Tyler Perry and Oscar Micheaux
  •  Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - Evan Saathoff ( presents: What Would Tyler Perry Do?: Compromised Christian Messages in Madea Goes to Jail 
  •  Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Rashida Z. Shaw (Wesleyan University) presents: Performance Politics: The Subversive Pleasure of Perry 
  •  Thursday, October 25, 2012 - Rachel Grifin (Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale) presents: “Talking Back” to Tyler Perry: Problematic Representations of Domestic Violence in For Colored Girls 
  •  Friday, October 26, 2012 - Brian Jordan Bremer (moon4 Productions, People Store) presents: Meet The House of Perry

Bravo's Play Live

Peter Kafka discusses Bravo's upcoming plan to put interactive graphics on the screen during shows, as a sort of second screen on the first screen.

Sports Viewing

John Ourand talks to NPR about "new technologies are changing the viewing habits of sports fans — and the business models of broadcasters."

Good TVeets

Warning: Homeland spoilers at the end

Sunday, October 21, 2012

BBC Scandal Grows

The scandal over the BBC's alleged cover-up of TV personality Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse of children is growing, with one BBC vet calling it the "worst crisis at the corporation in 50 years."

MTV Programming

Jim Halterman interviewed MTV's head of programming about the channel's current and future direction.

Reality Show Debate

The NYT features a series of judgments on reality TV.

NBC On Top

Bill Carter digs into NBC's good fall start.

Nashville Interview

Willa Paskin talked with Nashville creator Callie Khouri about "how the show came to be, her disinterest in catfights, and how much easier it is these days to make TV for women than it is to make films for women."

Saturday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 4.82 million, ABC: 4.60, NBC: 2.82, Fox: 2.25
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.7 rating/6 share, CBS and NBC: 0.7/ 2 each, Fox: 0.6/ 2
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers: The night overall.

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday Night Live fared well.

AMC Back on Dish

Dish Network has worked out its disagreements with Cablevision and AMC, meaning Dish subscribers now get to watch The Walking Dead. Swanni has a comment. Wayne Friedman has analysis.

Media Industry News

Over at Antenna, I catch you up on media industry news from the past two weeks, including Amazon wanting to bring you more ads, file sharers being good for the music industry, and Michael Moore revisiting Oscar nomination rules for documentaries yet again.

Maher Profile

Greg Braxton profiles Bill Maher and his politics.

Walking Dead Interview

Daniel Fienberg interviewed The Walking Dead producers Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero.

Cancellation Prediction

Myles McNutt had a revealing conversation on Twitter with a TV By the Numbers representative about how the TVbTN site predicts show cancellation and mocks fans for fighting those predictions.

No More TV Set

Natan Edelsburg says technology in the works could make it so that physical TV sets wouldn't exist; instead, the technology "would essentially let you paint your wall with a TV."

Good TVeets

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 8.36 million, ABC: 5.79, Fox: 6.18, NBC: 4.16, CW: 1.21
 -Adults 18-49: ABC and Fox: 1.7 rating/6 share each, CBS and NBC: 1.1/ 4 each, CW: 0.5/ 2
 -Winners: Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
 -Losers: America’s Next Top Model (CW), Nikita (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers,

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Twitter & TV

A group of Australian scholars offer a paper on the relationship between Twitter and television.

Disney's Hispanic Princess

Disney is bringing its first Hispanic princess to TV, but there are some controversies.

Guy in the Kitchen

John Semley laments the Guy Fierization of food TV and the resulting images of masculinity.

Private Practice Ending

Private Practice will not proceed beyond its 13 episodes this season. Meanwhile, ABC picked up more episodes of a number of shows, including Grey's Anatomy.

Community Art

A 30-minute documentary chronicles the subculture of Community fan art.

Good TVeets

Friday, October 19, 2012

Third-Party Debate Shunned

Next week's third-party presidential debate won't be carried by major US news outlets, but you can find it on Al Jazeera English (provided you can find Al Jazeera English).

Cable Diversity

A handful of cable execs have called for more recruitment and promotion of women and minorities in the cable industry.

A Call for Docs

Harry A. Jessell calls for networks to air more documentaries in prime time backed by corporate sponsorship.

Ultra HD Next

The next stage of TV set resolution will be called Ultra High-Definition, replacing the earlier-floated 4K designation. Though Sony wants to stick with 4k.

TV Reality

Derek Thompson pours cold water on the idea that the death of the cable model will give us better, or at least equally good, TV.

Moonves on TV

William Laudner reports Les Moonves' take on the state of TV, which includes acknowledgement that low-rated channels might have to go and that CBS is eyeing Sony.

Brazilian Telenovela Surges

Brazil is captivated right now by a telenovela focusing on the middle class, which is rather unique for the format.

Arrow & Class

Esther Inglis-Arkell reads The CW's Arrow in terms of class.

Showrunner as Celebrity

Lost's Carlton Cuse talks about the phenomenon and implications of showrunners today being celebrities.

Hallmark's Brand

Linda Holmes proposes that Hallmark has TV's most efficiently defined brand: "You can't really judge this kind of product as good or bad; what impresses about it is its consistency."

Community's Oct 19th Present

Community was supposed to be back tonight, and the cast makes it so.

Ailes Reups

Roger Ailes has extended his Fox duties for four more years.

Animal Practice Out, Whitney In

Starting November 14, Whitney will replace Animal Practice on NBC's Wednesday night schedule. PETA is celebrating the demise of Animal Practice.

Ratings Takes

Spotted analyzes the C3 ratings I linked to a few posts ago. Matt Webb Mitovich analyzes the meaning of DVR ratings figures, as does John Jurgensen. Billie Gold grades the new fall shows on their ratings performance. Tim Molloy says narrowcasting is thriving in the ratings.

Thursday Ratings

Been traveling all day, a lot of catch-up coming.

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 13.05 million, ABC: 7.74, Fox: 5.42, NBC: 3.53, CW: 2.38
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.1 rating/9 share, ABC: 2.4/ 7, NBC and Fox: 1.4/ 4 each, CW: 1.0/ 3
 -Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Elementary (CBS)
 -Wise to Call it Quits: The Office (NBC)
-Losers: 30 Rock (NBC), Up All Night (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Puerto Rican Puppet Show

Danica Coto describes a Puerto Rican daytime news show headlined by an outspoken puppet: "This five-foot-tall character with a foam head painted with outrageous red lips, a shrill voice and a penchant for salacious details rules Puerto Rico's gossip circuit, with legions tuning into her show every afternoon ready for the latest bombshell."

Fraser to TV

Brendan Fraser will star in a TNT drama.

C3 Ratings

Wayne Friedman checks out C3 ratings for the first fall week, which are the ratings that guide what advertisers actually pay: "TV commercial ratings of prime-time shows closely followed the trend of live-plus-same-day program ratings for the first week of the season -- which have shown declines versus a year ago. This year, commercial ratings -- in some cases -- outperformed live program ratings."

Dish-Cablevision Near Deal

Claire Atkinson reports that Dish and Cablevision are nearing a settlement in the Voom case. We could also be near the end of the Dish-AMC dispute.

Good TVeets

Warning: Some Vampire Diaries spoilers at the end

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lebanon Not Happy With Homeland

Lebanon's minister of tourism is frustrated with Showtime's Homeland for its depiction of Beirut. Israel is also displeased.

Reddit & Buffy

Alyssa Rosenberg reads the Reddit Violentacrez story through the lens of sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and finds great prescience in the show.

No Worries, CBS

Joe Flint says Wall Street isn't too worried about CBS's slow ratings start this fall.

Twitter & TV

Cotton Delo profiles Twitter's Fred Graver, the man in charge of pushing Twitter as a live second-screen companion. Also, Will Oremus discusses Twitter's attempts to expand its second-screen presence.

Kaling Defends Obnoxiousness

Mindy Kaling tells June Thomas that there should be room on TV for obnoxious female characters.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 10.81 million, ABC: 8.01, Fox: 6.02, NBC: 5.42, CW: 2.83
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.7 rating/8 share, ABC: 2.6/ 7, Fox: 2.1/ 6, NBC: 1.5/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 3
 -Winners: Survivor: Philippines (CBS), Arrow (CW), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI (CBS)
 -Honorable Mention: The Middle (ABC)
 -Losers: Animal Practice (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

American Horror Story returned solid, especially in young demos.

Iran Satellite Blackout

Thomas Erdbrink reports on Iranian satellite channels going dark in Europe as part of EU sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program.

Misfits Premiere

A new series of Misfits will return to Channel 4 in the UK in ten days, and Hulu in the US will carry it at the same time.

Highest-Paid Actors

Ashton Kutcher tops a Forbes list of highest-paid actors.

NYC Digital Competition

Andrew Dodson discusses how New York stations are branching into digital efforts like mobile and streaming content in order to compete with big newspapers and each other.

Good TVeets

I'm not able to get Twitter's embed codes to load up for me this morning, so there's no Top 3 today, but there are plenty of tweets after the jump (including Survivor spoilers at the end).

Aereo Expands Browsers

Aereo is now available for all major browsers (in New York only, of course).

Smart TV Growth

Darrell Etherington explores why smart TV sales are up globally but remain flat in North America. Eric Gruenwedel also has analysis.

KCET + Link

LA's former PBS affiliate KCET in merging with the satellite outlet Link TV.

Debate Ratings

Alex Weprin lists the big ratings for last night's debate. Brian Stelter also reports. People tweeted this one less than the first.

More Streaming

A new survey of TV viewers finds streaming on the increase, mostly for catch-up, not so much cord cutting.

Ratings Promise

Cory Barker has high hopes for Nielsen's new cross-platform ratings measurement plan.

How to Sell a Show

A group of showrunners offer advice for how to sell a show.

CBS's Bake Off

CBS is developing an American version of the British reality hit The Great British Bake Off.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

African-American Daytime Viewership

Alex Ben Block charts out African-American viewership of daytime shows.

Characters in Ads

Brian Steinberg discusses the trend of scripted characters appearing in ads during show breaks, as seen in tonight's Suburgatory.

Showrunner Diary

Suburgatory's Emily Kapnek takes us through a day in the showrunner life.

Social TV in Europe

Natan Edelsburg interviews a German media exec about the rise of social TV in Europe.

Netflix's Second Screen Plans

Janko Roettgers details Netflix's efforts to enable second screen activity.

Greece Cuts Gay Kiss

The channel that airs Downton Abbey in Greece censored a gay kiss depicted on the show.

No Clear Eyes

Peter Berg has asked the Romney campaign to stop using the "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" slogan from Friday Night Lights. L.V. Anderson says there isn't really a copyright issue with a catchphrase. Update: Romney is continuing to use the slogan.

Scrambling Ban Eliminated

Doug Halonen discusses the implications of the FCC elimination of a rule barring cable operators from scrambling basic digital cable signals. Alyssa Rosenberg has analysis.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 12.13 million, ABC: 11.53, CBS: 8.23, Fox: 4.01, CW: 1.51
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 4.7 rating/12 share, ABC: 2.5/ 6, CBS: 1.9/ 5, Fox: 1.6/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC)
- Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Ben and Kate (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Revenge Sponsorship

Target and Nieman Marcus will be the sole sponsors of the November 11 episode of Revenge.

Zucker & Katie

Jeff Zucker is reportedly angling to leave his producer position on Katie Couric's talk show. CNN could be next up for him, though Joe Flint says that won't be easy.

Nick Misstep

John Jannarone says Nick Jr. seems to have made a mistake with its adult programming block called NickMom. Protests are coming in.

High Def Viewing

Nielsen highlights HDTV set and viewing stats. Swanni analyzes the stats.

Cord Cutting Boxes

Boxee has a new set-top box out that combines over-the-air broadcasting with streaming services and a cloud DVR, and has a DVR geared specifically toward cord cutters. Will Richmond analyzes all this DVR innovation and covers Boxee in his podcast.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bob's Burgers Renewed

Fox has asked for more Bob's Burgers.

Weather Channel Layoffs

Weather Channel has laid off as many as 80 people in a reorganization effort.

Cable Checked First

David Goetzl reports on a study finding that more viewers today first check what's on cable rather than the broadcast networks when seeking something in general to watch.

Murrow's Remarks Still Stand

Joe Flint revisits remarks Edward Murrow gave 54 years ago that were critical of TV news and finds that they still stand today.

Digital Content Prospects

Tim Dams says this year's Mipcom showed that digital TV content is ready to take off. But Andrew Wallenstein wonders why digital series haven't taken off yet.

EW List Criticized

Alyssa Rosenberg calls out Entertainment Weekly for not featuring a single actor of color in a list of 38 actors with more than one signature role, and she suggests 10 to add.

Scripted Elections

Michael Schneider looks at how a few scripted shows are working the presidential election into their fictional worlds.

How Good Wife Gets Away With It

Denise Martin talks with The Good Wife's showrunners about the risque elements of the show.

AHS Promo Stunt

Brian Steinberg describes an FX promo stunt for American Horror Story that involved locking fans up in an insane asylum.

Connie Britton's Hair

A pair of bloggers offer a thoughtful post on Connie Britton's hair: "We’d argue that Connie Britton’s Hair is important because it has wisdom about a subject the world is not often wise about: women and aging."

Conservative Defense of PBS Funding

Avowed conservative and Romney fan Jo Ellen Chatham offers a defense of federal funding for PBS.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 12.60 million, NBC: 11.47, CBS: 8.23, Fox: 4.83, CW: 915,000
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 4.3 rating/11 share, CBS: 2.6/ 7, ABC: 2.1/ 5, Fox: 1.3/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), Castle (ABC), Revolution (NBC) 
- Honorable Mention: How I Met Your Mother (CBS), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
 - Losers: 90210 (CW), Partners (CBS), Gossip Girl (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

TV News Vulnerable

Brent Lang says Pew study figures show TV news should fear the declines newspapers have seen.

Enlightened & Girls Schedule

HBO will roll out the second seasons of Enlightened and Girls on January 13.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 15, 2012

More Moonves

Les Moonves has signed an extension with CBS. The AP has the money figures.

Social & TV Need Each Other

Mike Mikho discusses how TV and social media can serve each other's needs.

Carriage Fights Here to Stay

A group of cable industry execs spoke of how carriage disputes are not going away.

Bachelor Wins

A judge has dismissed the racial discrimination suit brought against The Bachelor.

Poehler, Fey, Globes

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will co-host the next Golden Globes ceremony.

Defining Mobile Television

Max Dawson shares an excerpt from a newly published article on "the mid- and late-life “identity crises” that the mobile phone and television have experienced over the last two decades."

Pay TV Satisfaction

Todd Spangler reports on new pay TV satisfaction figures: "U.S. subscription TV customers are slightly happier with their providers than a year ago — although for the cable’s poor reputation continues to drag the industry below satellite and telco rivals."

Saving CNN

Michael Wolff wonders if a new CEO can save CNN.

TV Ad Land

TV Land is stuffing in more commercials to make up for ratings shortfalls, resulting in fewer episodes shown in rerun blocks.

Most Powerful Shows

Mental Floss has an intriguing list of the 25 most powerful shows in TV history, in terms of global shows that created evident change in the TV industry or in society.

NBCU Exits

NBCU is losing another key executive.

MTV's Scripted Doom

Judy Berman thinks MTV's past of reality TV fare has hindered its present attempts to get young viewers watching its new scripted shows.

Premiere Week L+7

The ratings for the first full week of the fall season are in (the ones that include a week's worth of DVR ratings).

Walking Dead Soars

Initial ratings for The Walking Dead are huge, setting a basic cable record.

Problem With TV Today

Ken Levine says micromanaging is hurting network TV today.

NASCAR Deal with Fox

Fox and NASCAR have extended their partnership, which will now include TV Everywhere rights.

TV Everywhere Problems

Jeanine Poggi looks at what's holding back TV Everywhere services. Though AT&T has just signed a TV Everywhere deal with Viacom.

The Hub's Success

The Hub has done well for Hasbro.

Cable Ownership

Lacey Rose discusses the new trend of cable channels owning the original shows they air.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 14.70 million, Fox: 10.86, CBS: 10.41, ABC: 7.01
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 5.6 rating/14 share, Fox: 3.9/10, CBS: 2.2/ 6, ABC: 2.1/ 5
- Winners: Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at the Houston Texans (NBC), 60 Minutes (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time (ABC), The Amazing Race (CBS), Revenge (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS)
- Losers: 666 Park Avenue (ABC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

The Kalinda Issue

Jace Lacob and Maria Elena Fernandez discuss the polarizing Kalinda plotline on The Good Wife.

Parks & Rec Works

Emily Nussbaum explores what makes Parks & Rec's "complex origami" work.

Hispanic Influence

Diego Vasquez interviews a pair of media analysts about a study finding that "Hispanics are wielding increasing influence over non-Hispanic counterparts who live in Hispanic-dense areas."

Political Ad Effect

Beth Fouhy explores the question of if political ads really work.

New Local Ratings System

David Goetzl describes Nielsen's implementation of a new local ratings measurement system to expand panel sizes and produce more accurate ratings.

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