Friday, November 30, 2012

Day Break

I'm at a seminar all day, so there won't be any posts til tomorrow. Don't ruin anything til I get back, Jeff Zucker!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Princess Scientist

Jenna Stoeber says the Adventure Time character Princess Bubblegum, who is both a princess and a scientist, is an inspiring model for "a complex, intelligent, kind, girly, strong heroine that any science would be proud to have."

Understanding Fan Art

Suzanne Scott calls for greater theorization of TV fan art, such as the "Six Seasons and a Movie" art show.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 11.54 million, Fox: 8.08, ABC: 7.97, NBC: 7.96, CW: 2.89
- Adults 18-49: ABC and Fox: 2.8 rating/8 share each, CBS: 2.7/ 7, NBC: 2.5/ 7, CW: 1.0/ 3
- Winners: Survivor: Philippines (CBS), A Charlie Brown Christmas R (ABC), Arrow (CW), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC), The X Factor (Fox), SNL Christmas (NBC)
- Losers: Suburgatory (ABC), Supernatural (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Zucker In Charge

Brian Stelter reports that Jeff Zucker will be next president of CNN. Andrew Wallenstein says Zucker's the right person for the job. Brian Lowry offers advice. Jaime Weinman adds thoughts. Brian Stelter offers more sources of advice. Meanwhile, CNN is trying to spin some decent news about ratings.

Now it's official. Zucker gave a press conference today.

Telecom Problem

David Cay Johnston says the FCC needs to deal with the near-monopolies that have formed in the telecommunications industry, which are affecting TV and internet service as well: "The result of having such sweeping control of the communications terrain, naturally, is that there is little incentive for [companies] to lower prices, make improvements to service or significantly invest in new technologies and infrastructure. And that, in turn, leaves American consumers with a major disadvantage compared with their counterparts in the rest of the world."

Producers Guild Noms

The PGA has announced its TV & Digital nominations.

2.5 Men Contract

The Smoking Gun has obtained previous Angus T. Jones contracts for Two and a Half Men.

Leveson Report

A UK report on the British press launched after the News Corp. hacking scandal broke has been released, and it suggests tougher regulation, among other things. The hacking victims react.

TV Dramas Explored

TV critic Alan Sepinwall has written a book profiling a set of "Quality TV" dramas and including interviews with their creators. Sepinwall is taking questions about the book at his blog. Maureen Ryan interviews Sepinwall about the book, as does Kate Aurthur, and Matt Zoller Seitz.

Good TVeets

Warning: Survivor spoilers at the end.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reilly Gets Real

Fox chairman Kevin Reilly says the TV industry needs to do more to adjust to changing viewer habits: "The one-size-fits-all nature of the business for the most part worked well for 50 years, but now there is an evolution."


Emily Owens MD won't go beyond 13 episodes, and MTV has cancelled The Inbetweeners.

Longer Episodes

Wayne Friedman discusses the impact of longer episodes, such as Sons of Anarchy's 90-minute airings.

Windows Bring Piracy

Frederic Filloux insists that differing release windows around the globe for TV shows and movies are only perpetuating piracy. Megan McArdle calls BS.

Ratings Pressure

Brian Lowry says that while the landscape of TV is changing quickly thanks to DVRs and audience fragmentation, low ratings will still do in a network show: "DVRs and diminished expectations have complicated the calculus in deciding what survives, but the wispy latticework of spin, hope, intuition and testing (now there's an appropriate anagram) has only slightly altered the ad-supported world's fundamental principles."

Cheers & Jeers for Genachowski

Cecilia Kang says reviews are mixed in regard to Julius Genachowski's FCC tenure. Harry Jessell offers another characterization.

Mob Doctor Out

The Mob Doctor has been cancelled but will finish its 13 episodes.

FX Premieres

Justified will return on January 8, and Archer and Anger Management start up again on January 17.

Revenge Drops

Revenge has taken dips in both the Nielsen ratings and social media buzz.

More AMC Shows

In addition to to new reality shows, AMC has ordered two new drama pilots.

NBC Signs Fellowes for Period Drama

NBC has put into development a show set in late 19th Century New York that will be led by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. (A friend of the blog on Twitter reminded me that Fellowes recently said he doesn't think American actors can pull off period drama as well as British ones.) One Guardian writer thinks this is a big mistake.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.41 million, ABC: 13.85, NBC: 7.01, Fox: 3.45, CW: 1.19
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 2.8 rating/7 share, CBS: 2.7/ 7, NBC: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 1.7/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 
- Honorable Mention: How the Grinch Stole Christmas R (ABC), Shrek the Halls R (ABC)
- Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Ben and Kate (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), The New Normal (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

TVShack Deal

A UK man who ran an illegal film and TV distribution site called TVShack won't be extradited to the US to face copyright infringement charges, but he will travel to the US to pay compensation.

Half Watching OTT

New research shows half of consumers have used over-the-top broadband connections to watch online video, such as Netflix streaming, on their TV sets.

Aging Women

Carina Chocano notes that while women actually age in real life (something I can confirm first-hand), that doesn't appear much on television; she quotes from a documentary: "women in their teens, 20s and 30s are 39 percent of the population, yet are 71 percent of women on TV. Women 40 and older are 47 percent of the population, yet are 26 percent of women on TV."

Willa Paskin thought of this article while watching last night's New Girl.

Scripting the Local News

Paul Farhi looks at the trend of local news anchors in different cities reading from identical scripts, thanks to affiliate services.

Stewart's Youth Appeal

Eric Deggans explores why Jon Stewart appeals to an audience half his age.

Sweeps Results

Toni Fitzgerald outlines the winners and losers of November sweeps.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gay Villains

Tim Molloy observes a trend of gay villains in films and TV shows, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

HBO Opens Seattle Outpost

HBO has launched a digital development office in Seattle.

Rebeck on Smash

First season Smash showrunner Theresa Rebeck is discussing her experience on the show and talking about her new Broadway play featuring Katie Holmes.

Half Man Criticism

Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones thinks his show is a corrupting influence. Alyssa Rosenberg would like to hear more from Jones: "How did Two and a Half Men affect Jones’ views of women? What did the show’s perspective teach him about what it means to be a good man, and a successful man, if the two ideas are different? When he interacts with fans of the show, do they seem to be taking away different messages than the ones he thought he grew up conveying?" James Poniewozik also adds thoughts, as does Josef Adalian. Andrew Wallenstein has advice for CBS.

Update: Jones has released an apology statement.

Twitter = Town Square + TV

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sees his social media service as a town square complement to broadcast media. Similarly, AJ Kohn thinks Twitter will capitalize better on the multi-screen viewing environment than Facebook.

Virgin Characters

Whitney Friedlander looks at the trend of 20-something female virgins on shows like Girls and Grey's Anatomy.

CBS Grade

The TV Addict gives CBS a B- for its performance thus far this season.

December Dreck

Brian Lowry gives us nothing to look forward to on TV in December.


Their respective channels have renewed Key and Peele, Necessary Roughness, and both BrandX with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 11.02 million, CBS: 10.15, ABC: 9.33, Fox: 5.96, CW: 939,000
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.8 rating/9 share, CBS: 3.1/ 8, ABC and Fox: 1.7/ 4 each, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS), Revolution (NBC)
- Losers: 90210 (CW), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), The Mob Doctor (Fox), Gossip Girl (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

AMC Reality

Meredith Blake says AMC will launch a slate of reality shows on Thursday nights starting in February and targeting The Walking Dead's audience. (Link fixed)

Cord-Cutting Predictions

Will Richmond reports on projections that the percentage of cord cutters and cord nevers will rise significantly by 2017. And follows up on his podcast.

Dodgers + Fox

Fox Sports is looking to make a big TV deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chuck Lorre Profile

NPR with the timely piece on Chuck Lorre and his comedy machine.

NickMom Programs

Jessica Grose checked out the NickMom programming block and came away unimpressed.

The CW & Social

Natan Edelsburg interviews the creative director of a company working with The CW on its social media strategy.

Suburgatory Drama

Todd VanDerWerff admires how Suburgatory has shifted from a wacky live-action cartoon to an affecting drama.

Sherlock Delayed

We won't see a new Sherlock for at least a year.

Good TVeets

Monday, November 26, 2012

Adding Women Writers

Alyssa Rosenberg highlights two recent examples of showrunners adding women to their writers' rooms and seeing it as a positive move.

Theorizing CBS Sitcoms

Jeffrey Sconce applies Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the "desiring machine" to 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly. (And the essay is ten times more entertaining to read than that even sounds.)

NBC & Verizon Everywhere

NBC and Verizon have reached a TV Everywhere deal.

Local Time Shifting Soaring

TVNewsCheck says time-shifting activity this fall is even more prevalent if you look at top local market figures, not just national ones. It's still the case that most watch on the same day a show is scheduled, though.

Liz & Dick Ratings

Liz & Dick was a hit on Twitter, but not really in the ratings that count for money.

Showtime & HBO Favor Pay TV

Peter Kafka says a 30-second promo helps explain why Showtime and HBO won't spurn pay TV providers by making their new original programming available without channel subscriptions.

Fox Sports Gunning For ESPN

John Ourand looks at how Fox Sports might try compete with the ESPN juggernaut via Fox Sports 1, a new channel that will launch next year as a rebrand of the Speed Channel.

House of Cards' Release Strategy

Will Richmond wonders if the decision to release House of Cards all at once will pay off: "On the surface, delighting its subscribers like this might seem like a good approach for Netflix, but I wonder if it really serves Netflix's business interests."

Fox News Cuts Guest

Brian Stelter reports on a Fox News appearance cut short this morning when the guest criticized Fox News reporting on Benghazi.

Murdoch's Troubles Not Over

Michael Wolff says the furor may have died down, but the scandal continues for Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.

Another Series for Downton

Downton Abbey will get a fourth season. But not all cast members will be back (3rd series spoilers here).

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 15.26 million, CBS: 10.47, Fox: 9.17, ABC: 6.52
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 5.5 rating/13 share, Fox: 2.7/ 9, CBS: 2.1/ 5, ABC: 2.0/ 5
- Winners: Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants (NBC), 60 Minutes (CBS) 
- Honorable Mention: The Amazing Race (CBS), The Simpsons (Fox), Family Guy (Fox)
- Losers: 666 Park Avenue (ABC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Google Fiber Details

Henry Blodget fills us in on Google Fiber and why we should be excited about it.

Anchors Resign On Air

A pair of Maine news anchors resigned during a live broadcast following ongoing disputes with upper management over how the newsroom was run. Brian Stelter has more details.

New In Media Res

Theme: Teen TV and New Media

  • Monday, November 26, 2012 - Dana Och (University of Pittsburgh) presents: The Lying Game and Game Theory 
  •  Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - Rachel Allen (University of California, Santa Barbara) presents: This Ain’t Glee XXX: Porn Parody and Glee Fandom 
  •  Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - Jennifer Porst (University of California, Los Angeles) presents: Are Online Channels the Future of Television for Teens? 
  •  Thursday, November 29, 2012 - Amy Hasinoff (McGill University) presents: Is the "Blogging Teen Girl" a New TV Trope? 
  •  Friday, November 30, 2012 - Louisa Stein (Middlebury College) presents: Millennial Girls and Digital Power

Good TVeets

Midseason Hopes

Anthony Crupi says the networks are banking on a good midseason to turn things around.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Summary of Saturday from Marc Berman.

Footbal was big on Saturday, especially Notre Dame-USC on ABC.

Good TVeets Help

I will soon be compiling a Best Good TVeets of 2012, but there were a whole lot of them in 2012, so I can't do it alone. If you would like to help me out by looking through an assigned set of Good TVeets posts and picking out the best tweets, send me an email at cbecker1 at The more who help out, the less labor for all involved, so give back to the TVeeters by pitching in!

Netflix in Danger

Armando Kirwin says unless Netflix gets acquired by a big company like Microsoft, it is doomed.

RIP Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman has died. Producers of the Dallas reboot he was in released a statement. Alan Sepinwall remembers Hagman, as does James Poniewozik.

Good TVeets

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Researching Video Game History

TV scholar Michael Z. Newman is delving into the world of video game history, and his write-up of his early research experiences raises insightful points and questions about research challenges.

Good Soap News

Sara Bibel gives US soap opera fans many reasons to be thankful.

Bewkes' Take

Jeff John Roberts relays Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes' take on the state of the TV business, including his belief that cord cutters aren't really a problem but cord nevers could be. Cynthia B. Meyers analyzes his remarks.

Good TVeets

Friday, November 23, 2012

Post-Potter Drama

A tribute screening of Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective prompts Sarah Crompton to lament the decline of "ideas-based drama" in the UK.

Downloads From Comcast

Comcast Xfinity now lets subscribers download shows from four premium channels for offline viewing.

Local TV Delay

Local TV is again being delayed in England.

"Turkeys Away" Oral History

The Classic TV History Blog offers an oral history of the famed "Turkeys Away" Thanksgiving episode of WKRP in Cincinnati.

Scripted Merchandise

Stuart Elliott describes the success The Office is having with reverse product placement, such as Staples adding a Dunder Mifflin product line.

Cross-Device TV

Hamish Mackenzie describes a cross-platform app designed by a Swedish start-up: "Open an app on your phone and start watching live TV with all the channels you’d get from cable. Pause halfway through and switch to your iPad, then pick up exactly where you left off. Scoot back in time to watch a show you missed from yesterday, then skip to the end with the drag of a finger. Sit on the couch and browse curated lists of programs on your smart TV. Watch the sports channel on the bus while on your way to work. And only pay month to month for the whole service."

Too Many Shows

John Doyle says there's at least one reason why numerous shows are failing this season: "Why do shows fail? Well, if there was an easy answer, no shows would ever fail. There are no easy answers. But here’s a theory for network TV right now: There are just too many shows."

Wed & Thur Ratings

Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Marc Berman's summary.

Thursday network numbers. Marc Berman's summary.

Good TVeets

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Call the Midwife & PBS

Faye Woods speculates on why the BBC hit Call the Midwife failed to have the impact in the US that Downton Abbey did.

New BBC Director General

The BBC has a new director general, Tony Hall. Telegraph has a profile of Hall, and BBC News collects some reactions. Robert Andrews says Hall should continue his predecessor's internet plan.

As Ad That's a Channel

A new interactive American Express ad is running 24/7 as a channel on various MVPD systems.

ESPN College Football Deal

ESPN paid more than $7 billion for the rights to air games in college football's new playoff system starting in 2014 and continuing for 12 years.

Liz & Dick Review

Tim Goodman's review of the so-bad-it's-good Liz & Dick is notable for great lines like, "Drinking games were made for movies like this."

Tuesday Crash

Jaime Weinman analyzes the problem with Tuesday nights: "There’s a specific problem on Tuesday that a lot of people predicted when the network schedules were announced: Fox, NBC and ABC all had very similar comedies going up against each other at 9 p.m., and they were almost certain to cannibalize each other’s ratings."


A lawsuit between CBS and NCIS creator Donald Bellisario over compensation is turning contentious, as Bellisario's health is coming into question.

Inside RedZone

Rembert Browne takes us behind the scenes for a typical Sunday at NFL RedZone. Joe Flint also profiles the channel.

MSNBC & Bias

Michael Calderone says MSNBC is now battling the label of being a pro-Obama news channel.

Not All TV Everywhere

Peter Kakfa notes that rights issues limit shows like Monday Night Football from being part of every TV Everywhere service on every device.

Chase Out

Chevy Chase is leaving Community with a few episodes yet to be produced.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fast-Paced TV

Natalie Abrams delves into the fast pacing of shows like Homeland: "Suffice it to say, the fall TV season has been full-steam ahead, with series diving straight into some of their biggest mysteries at such a breakneck speed, it has left fans wondering — and anticipating -- how the shows will top these events for the remainder of the season. Does this make speed the new suspense on television?"

Nashville's Problems

Jace Lacob tries to pinpoint why Nashville isn't taking off. And Todd VanDerWerff's review of last night's episode pinpoints some narrative problems. Michael Schneider also explores the show's problems.

Hulu Plus on Wii U

Hulu Plus is accessible on the Wii U, including on the second screen controller.

Xbox TV

Microsoft is developing an Xbox that offers entertainment services rather than hard-core gaming.

Google Fiber & TV Future

Peter Kafka says Google Fiber's new rollout offers a glimpse at the future of TV: "One screen, many inputs, and a guide that simply lets you find whatever you want to watch, without having to worry about the source."

Dirty Jobs Ending

Host Mike Rowe informs us that Discovery has cancelled Dirty Jobs. American Choppers is also on its way out.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 13.91 million, NBC: 7.01, NBC: 6.38, Fox: 3.25, CW: 1.24
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.5 rating/7 share, NBC: 2.3/ 6, Fox: 1.5/ 4, ABC: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
- Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Ben and Kate (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Happy Endings (ABC), Don’t Trust the B____ in Apartment 23 (ABC), The New Normal (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW), Private Practice (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Movies Become Reality TV

Brian Lowry notes that reality TV shows that evoke movie premises are proliferating. (My Life is a Lifetime Movie sounds like a gem.)

Regional Sports Nets Attractive

Conglomerates are snapping up regional sports networks.

Musicians Deal

After some contentious negotiations, the networks have reached a deal with the American Federation of Musicians on a new three-year contract regarding variety and late night show performances.

Time Warner Video Investment

Peter Kafka reports on Time Warner's big investment in a company that helps make videos for YouTube.

Netflix Impact on Pay TV

A new report finds that Netflix has had only a minimal impact on pay TV in terms of cord cutting.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bewkes Reups

Jeff Bewkes has signed a 5-year extension with Time Warner.

Ovation Profile

Documentary filmmaker Peter Hamilton profiles Ovation and its focus on the arts.

NBC Wins Sweeps

NBC can now don its first November sweeps crown since 2003. Oh wait, CBS won. (It's all in how you look at it)

Illegal Confusion

Julian Clover reports on a UK study finding that nearly half of people surveyed didn't know if the content they access online is illegal or not.

Tribune's Future

Sharon Waxman investigates what Peter Ligouri might do as new CEO of Tribune Co.: "Liguori’s resume suggests that Tribune will focus on its television channels, which are also the largest source of revenue for the $3 billion company, although my insider says some of those channels are also likely to be sold."

More Military Shows

Michael Schneider observes the military show trend growing in scripted and cable TV.

Prof Wants Cable Pricing Info

A Stanford professor researching bundling and conglomeration has used a Freedom of Information Act request to ask the FCC to release confidential cable pricing data.

Boss is Done

Starz doesn't want a third season of Boss.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 12.88 million, NBC: 9.37, CBS: 8.47, Fox: 5.12, CW: 743,000
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.3 rating/9 share, CBS: 2.6/ 7, ABC: 2.2/ 6, Fox: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS)
- Losers: 90210 (CW), The Mob Doctor (Fox), Gilmore Girls (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
The Voice took a tumble and hit a season low.

Analysis from Spotted.

International Emmys

International Emmys were awarded last night.

New Flow Issue

Check out the new Flow, which includes David Greven with The Walking Straight: Queer Representation in The Walking Dead, J. Macgregor Wise with Through the Looking Glass With Google, Gerald Butters with Real: Older Gay Men in Popular Culture, Kristen Hatch with Free to Be You and Me, and Richard Ling with Is it the water, or the stones or is it something else?

Internet Impact on News

Alan Cowell says journalistic fact-checking is being challenged by unchecked internet info, while David Pierce says TV news can stand out by filtering out the fake and non-trivial. So Pierce might not like the fact that MSNBC spent only 15 minutes on the situation in Gaza and Israel last night.

ESPN Live on Xbox

Xbox Live users can now get ESPN live.

Content is King or Not

One headline says content is king online; another says content isn't worth much online (in regard to the asking price for

News Corp. Looking to Buy

Amy Chozik notes that News Corp. is getting back to its old acquisitiony self now that the hacking scandal has settled down, though new charges are still being filed in the latter. Update: The YES acquisition has happened.

Good TVeets

Warning: Homeland spoilers at the end (after a few non-spoiler Homeland tweets, so just stop reading when you get to those if you don't want to see the spoilers).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Media Ownership Rules Poised To Change

Michael Grotticelli reports on the likelihood of the FCC loosening media and cross-ownership rules soon, which Free Press strenuously objects to.

Sports Costs Out of Control

Cable exec John Malone says costs for sports rights and, correspondingly, carriage fees and cable subscriber  rates, have spiraled out of control.

Odd Ratings Drops

BigTVFan explores the curious case of major ratings declines, especially at ABC: "Nielsen numbers go up or down regularly, with their movements sometimes defying explanation, but surveying ABCs drops this past month – which included two big Award shows losing 3 million viewers and a full ratings point year to year and big shows dropping almost a point week to week, and its hard not to see that there is something amiss overall with the Nielsen numbers for ABC."

Try Social Apps

Andy Seroff says the best way to help make social TV apps better is to actually use them.

Advertising Strategies

Cynthia B. Meyers analyzes how advertisers are changing strategies and capitalizing on behavioral targeting of consumers rather than just demographic targeting in the digital era.

Time-Shifting Talk Shows

Talk shows like Ellen and Dr. Phil get a significant L+7 boost.

NBC Sweeps

TV Surveillance continues its sweeps feature with a look at NBC's offerings.

Modern Family Women

Maria Elena Fernandez notices the women of Modern Family (and one man) getting skinnier as the show continues: "We have seen this story play out before: actresses succumbing to the pressures of a Hollywood standard of beauty that sometimes becomes unhealthy to live up to."

Rentrak Survives Storm

While Nielsen has had problems with incomplete ratings data due to Storm Sandy, Rentrak says its data is intact.

Today's Problems

Eric Deggans lays out the primary problems facing NBC's Today.

Viggle Gets GetGlue

TV app company Viggle merged with check-in service GetGlue. Peter Kafka has analysis.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 13.26 million, CBS: 12.59, ABC: 8.97, Fox: 4.18
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 4.9 rating/12 share, CBS: 3.0/ 8, ABC: 2.9/ 7, Fox: 2.0/ 5

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

L+7 ratings for Week 6

NBC Ratings & Revenue

NBC is still headed toward the fall ratings crown, and the network is making advertisers pay especially for their football offerings, with Thanksgiving night football ads going for nearly $1 million apiece. Spotted checks out The Voice's impact on NBC's fall success.

Advertisers Join Social TV

Brian Steinberg says advertisers are starting to get on board with social TV.

Free Live Mobile TV

Peter Kafka describes Dyle, an NBC-Fox venture to bring subscription-free live TV to Apple devices, but with many catches.

Kids' Market Down

Sam Thielman says even with Christmas coming, the kids' ad market is depressed.

Probst Defense

Jeff Probst is responding to criticisms of his hosting interventions on Survivor.

Risky Reality

AJ Marechal explores the challenges and dangers of the deadly jobs trend in reality TV, shows which attract a high proportion of male viewers.

The Camp of Ryan Murphy

Emily Nussbaum analyzes the camp elements of Ryan Murphy's work.

Opening Titles

Alice Rawsthorn delves into notable examples of TV title design.

Good TVeets

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Reading TV Criticism

Ryan McGee returns to his ongoing interrogation of the recap/review concept by considering what types of shows get regular reviews and how audiences engage with those reviews.

Saturday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 6.45 million, CBS: 4.20, Fox: 3.04, NBC: 2.55
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 2.2 rating/7 share, CBS and Fox: 0.8/ 3 each, NBC: 0.6/ 2

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

The Price of Sports

Bob Fernandez details how about half of a typical cable bill goes to pay for sports programming.

Louis CK & Rhetoric

James J. Brown Jr. analyzes Louis CK and his FX show from the perspective of rhetorical theory: "C.K.’s method is a response to the vulnerability of life in a networked society."

TV's Political Lesson

Brian Lowry says political pundits should look to TV demographics if they want to understand trends and sensibilities.

The Binge Effect

Andrew Wallenstein wonders if a viewer preference for binge viewing meant doom for Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue.

Media Industry News

My Antenna media industry news links feature is back, with updates on a publishing merger, Spotify's plans, and how the internet helped President Obama win.

Project Glass

Paul Armstrong says Google's Project Glass smart glasses will change everything for media companies.

Good TVeets

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 8.54 million, ABC: 6.50, NBC: 3.98, Fox: 3.06, CW: 1.06
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.6 rating/5 share, CBS: 1.5/ 5, NBC: 1.2/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners: Undercover Boss CBS), Shark Tank (ABC)
- Losers: Kitchen Nightmares (Fox), America’s Next Top Model: College Edition (CW), Fringe (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Social Media Data

Philip Napoli considers what Nielsen's acquisition of Social Guide means for the future of audience measurement, and Michael Wolf proposes three ways social media data can change the TV business.

BBC Worldwide on YouTube

BBC Worldwide has launched a YouTube channel with original nature programming called Earth Unplugged.

Amazon Money

Netflix's Reed Hastings speculates that Amazon is losing nearly $1 billion a year due to streaming content deals, but the company is apparently not losing much to executive salaries. Meanwhile, Amazon is no longer making its Prime service available as a monthly subscription.

Fieri & Food Network

Brian Steinberg figures the furor over Guy Fieri's new restaurant has to impact Food Network.

What Cancellation Feels Like

Stephen Falk, showrunner for Next Caller, a show that was cancelled before it even got started, shares honest feelings about how the news hit him and offers advice for writers, including an appeal for comedy rooms to hire women writers.

Saving Your Show

With fans itching to start a "Save Last Resort" campaign, Lynette Rice questions if such campaigns have any impact, while a veteran net programmer says the only thing that does save a show is viewers watching a show within three days, ads included (though he doesn't add that this only matters for Nielsen households).

Good TVeets

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cable's Not All Niche

Rick Kissell highlights cable shows that are giving the broadcast networks a run for their money in the ratings.

Web Therapy Renewed

Web series turned Showtime series Web Therapy will get a third season.

Auto Hop Analyzed

Ted Johnson analyzes the fine print in the latest legal ruling on Auto Hop.

Last Resort & 666 Done

Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue won't live beyond 13 episodes. Daniel Fienberg has analysis.

TV Resists Silicon Valley

Dave Morgan outlines reasons why Silicon Valley hasn't stormed the gates of TV advertising yet.

Partners Cancelled

CBS has cancelled Partners.

MTV Interview

Michael Schneider has an interview with MTV's new head of programming, Susanne Daniels.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 13.62 million, ABC: 6.87, Fox: 6.28, NBC: 3.70, CW: 2.21
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.4 rating/10 share, ABC and Fox: 2.2/ 6 each, NBC: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 3
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Elementary (CBS)
- Losers: Last Resort (ABC), 30 Rock (NBC), Up All Night (NBC), The Office (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

The Big Bang Theory hit a series high.

Tablet Viewing Up

People are watching more and longer on tablet devices.

Auto Hop's a Winner

Dish Network's Auto Hop device won an award from the Consumer Electronics Association.

Digital Shorts Are Needed

Erik Adams argues that the non-live part of Saturday Night Live, the digital shorts, are necessary for the show.

Second Screen Value

Robert Andrews highlights the debate about how much second screen activity matters to traditional media companies and advertisers, who are still heavily rooted in first screen activity.

Prime Time Challenge

Gary Levin surveys the challenges facing network schedulers in an on-demand and time-shifted world.

BBC Crisis

Scholar John Ellis assesses the BBC crisis, as questions are now arising for former director general Mark Thompson.

Drama Problem

Louisa Ada Seltzer looks at the ratings problems for dramas this fall.

Ailes Interview

Chris Ariens talked with Roger Ailes about Fox News and its election night coverage, Part One and Part Two. Jay Rosen calls out an Ailes misrepresentation.

Critic Interview

Part of The Verge's TV ecosystem analysis issue included a chat with critic Emily Nussbaum about the future of TV and social viewing.

ITV Rebranding

Britain's primary commercial TV outlet ITV1 is undergoing a branding overhaul.

Time-Shifted Down Too

John Jannarone notes that it's not just traditional TV viewing dropping; ratings are down in time-shifted viewing almost equally compared to last year.

Satellite Merger

Michael B. Lewis assesses the particulars of a possible DirecTV-Dish Network merger.

Immigrant Archive Project

Univision is collecting stories of immigrants for an archival project, snippets of which will appear on TV.

Friday Fun

The Killing's Danish Star

Jace Lacob profiles Sofie Gråbøl, who has become a star in the Danish original of The Killing, which returns in the UK this weekend.

DirecTV + TWC Sports

Lakers fans, rejoice: DirecTV has settled on a deal with Time Warner Cable to carry its SportsNet outlet, as well as Deportes.

ESPN's Tebow Obsession

Deadspin's John Koblin details how ESPN's obsession with Tim Tebow parallels their moves away from sports journalism and toward sports entertainment. Matt Yoder adds thoughts.

Good TVeets

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Election Screens

Pew research shows significant use of screens on election night, with Obama voters using social media more than Romney voters.

TV Wars

Nilay Patel details the TV ecosystem and the battle for its future. And there are links at the bottom of that piece to a ton of analysis, from the state of apps and remotes to profiles of Boxee's CEO and companies like Apple.

Variety Layoffs

Variety is laying off staffers, and it will reduce its print frequency.

Comedy Impact

Variety has a loaded special issue on comedy and its impact in 2012.

TV's Definition of Family

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald proposes that the GOP's vision of traditional family values stands at odds with what television typically depicts today: "Slowly over time, the family sitcoms that Americans have been watching for decades effectively transformed what was once the culturally reinforced American ideal family into a relic of the not-so-distant past."

First & Second Screens

The Sinclair Broadcast Group is seeking ways to exploit second screen interest, while Huff Post's CTO thinks mobile and tablet devices will soon be primary first screens for watching live content.

Food Network Looks to YouTube

Janko Roettgers says Food Network would like to launch a YouTube channel for exclusive online content.

Dead Shows Walking

Josef Adalian explains why shows like Partners and The Mob Doctor, which have terrible ratings, are still around.

+3 Compared to +7

With the talk that networks want 7-day delayed viewing to count for ad rates, Spotted crunches some numbers and doesn't see a big enough boost over 3-day to necessarily warrant wholesale changes.

House of Cards Trailer

The first trailer for the Netflix series House of Cards is out, so now comes speculation on its quality. Eric Deggans adds thoughts.

AHS Renewed

Prepare for more WTF tweets: There will be a third season of American Horror Story.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 10.97 million, Fox: 8.09, ABC: 7.73, NBC: 5.16, CW: 3.05
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.9 rating/8 share, CBS: 2.7/ 7, ABC: 2.5/ 7, 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: Whitney (NBC), Guys With Kids (NBC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

High Concept Problems

Graeme McMillan wonders if high concept ideas inevitably make for bad TV shows, unless they contain characters that make the ideas compelling.

Half Have Streamed

A new poll says just over half of Americans have streamed TV programming, while 41% of 18-35 year olds say they most often watch TV via streaming.

Ratings Analysis

I've just discovered the website Series, which provides comprehensive ratings analysis of twenty broadcast network shows across multiple seasons.

BBC Failure

Sarah Lyall and Nicholas Kulish say the current BBC crisis comes from a failure of bureaucratic procedure.

Roseanne on Roseanne

Noel Murray digs into a Roseanne episode that mirrored the star's own life and personal issues.

Dish Preparing

Swanni says a new Dish Network offering seems to indicate that the satellite service is prepared to lose the broadcast networks as part of the Auto Hop backlash.

Social Media & News

NBC News' Chief Digital Officer discusses the impact of social media on TV news.

The Middle & Sue Revealed

Two The Middle kids give THR a tour of their set, and Eden Sher, who plays Sue, gives a great interview about creating her character.

Ownership Diversity

Joe Flint reports on FCC figures showing that white males dominate broadcast station ownership, with radio percentages even higher than TV: "Whites own almost 80% of all AM and FM radio stations, with more than 70% being owned by men."

Cross-Ownership Rules

It's looking likely that the FCC will try again to loosen cross-ownership rules barring a company from owning a newspaper and a broadcast station. Katy Bachman has more. The Chicago Tribune is seeking a permanent cross-ownership waiver as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy. Update: The Tribune's waiver was approved, and now Peter Liguori is set to become CEO.

News Corp Eyeing Yes

News Corporation is reportedly looking to pick up a minority stake in the YES network, the New York Yankees' cable outlet.

Wii U & TV

Chris Baker thinks the new Wii U console could revolutionize how we watch TV: "The Wii U may be the best multiscreen viewing device yet invented. Even more important, it will serve as an accessible entry point for millions of people who can’t wrap their heads around today’s confusing array of video-on-demand services."

SAG-AFTRA Ad Contract

Todd Cunningham looks at how the actors' union negotiations for a new contract with advertisers might go in this new SAG-AFTRA combined world.

+7 Ratings

TVBTN has Nielsen data on the L+7 ratings for Week 5 of the season, with Modern Family taking a big jump, and Wayne Friedman explains why the networks want to move from C3 ratings as the ad rate measurement to C7. But David Goetzl says advertisers have the leverage here. Mike Stein adds analysis, as does Bill Cromwell.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Socially Conscious Saturday Night

USA Network is reserving Saturday nights for socially conscious films with limited ad breaks, starting with The Color Purple this weekend.

Nashville's Feminism

Jane Hu proposes Nashville as one of the most feminist shows on TV.

Ratings Trends

Josef Adalian highlights six ratings trends you might not be aware of.

4K is Coming

Diana Marszalek says TV tech experts foresee high-def moving to 4K in about five years.

Lauer's the Problem

A NY Daily News report relays industry belief that Matt Lauer is the cause of Today's ratings fall.

NBC Comedy Brand

Michael Schneider reports on NBC's plans to change its comedy brand.

VOD over DVR

Joe Flint on how networks perceive video-on-demand as a better time-shifting  model for them than DVRs, but affiliates may see it differently.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.32 million, NBC: 7.08, ABC: 6.52, Fox: 3.47, CW: 1.55
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.6 rating/7 share, CBS: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 1.7/ 4, ABC: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 
- Losing Steam: Vegas (CBS)
- Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Ben and Kate (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Happy Endings (ABC), Don’t Trust the B____ in Apartment 23 (ABC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW), Private Practice (ABC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Audience Research

Ken Levine is not a fan of audience research testing of TV shows.

Google TV Guide

Peter Kafka highlights a Google TV video that touts improvements in its guide services, including voice control and recommendations.

YouTube Channels Still Trying

Jake Coyle says YouTube's channels aren't exactly challenging TV just yet.

Bad Fall

Toni Fitzgerald details the drooping ratings for the networks this fall: "They’ve combined for an 11.8 18-49 rating in the first seven weeks of the season, according to Nielsen, compared to a 13.3 at this point last year."

Fight for Netflix

The WSJ (behind paywall) outlines the fight between Carl Icahn and Netflix for the latter's future.

Tebow Endorses TiVo

Tim Tebow has become a spokesperson for TiVo.

Cord Cutting Costs

Steven Rosenbaum details the costs and value of cutting the cord.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Keeping Production in the US

Some prominent industry representatives want the government to help keep film and TV production in the US, rather than seeing it head overseas for cheaper production costs.

Adventure Time Praise

Eric Kohn praises Cartoon Network's Adventure Time for its inventiveness and as "the ideal testament to animation's glorious pliability in an commercial arena otherwise defined by restrictions." The show is drawing many adult fans.