Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Connected Device Surge

Jeff Baumgartner reports on a predicted surge in IP-connected TV devices by 2015.

ABC Restricting Access

Janko Roettgers reports on ABC's move to restrict next-day access to episodes to pay TV and Hulu Plus subscribers. Others will have to wait a week.

From Millennials to Plurals

A report from Frank N. Magid Associates dubs the generation following Millennials "the Plurals" and considers the demographic implications of this group for media.

SOAPnet Ends

The cable channel SOAPnet is no more. Molly Lambert has a remembrance.

ESPN's Multi-Platforms

Natan Edelsburg reports on ESPN's success with multiple platforms and second screens this fall.

Stocks Soar

Wayne Friedman looks at how media and entertainment stocks soared in 2013.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix.

Cable Gains

Gary Levin reports on ratings gains made by cable in 2013.

Netflix News

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings discusses the future of TV in a Q&A, and his future will include getting a big raise next year. Netflix is testing a cheaper streaming plan, but Swanni says subscribers shouldn't bother with it. Netflix says subscribers are happy to exercise while binge viewing, and anthropologist Grant McCracken addresses misunderstandings about binge viewing. Stuart Jeffries looks at Ted Sarandos's goals.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Returned's Success

Jeffrey Fleishman looks at the success of the French series The Returned.

Hidden Professions of TV

I've come across an online journal I was previously unaware of called View: Journal of European Television, History, and Culture, and the new issue is title Hidden Professions of Television.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Hitfix.

Treme Interview

Alan Sepinwall interviewed David Simon about Treme and what might be next for him, which raises interesting comments from Simon about TV narrative and low viewership of his series.

Good TVeets

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Loving Horror

James Wolcott explores the popularity of horror film and television.

Fall Numbers

Oma bin at SpoilerTV digs into fall season ratings, including which returning shows did best (Scandal up 40%) and worst (Beauty and the Beast down 56%) compared to last year.

Simon on Treme

With the series ending tonight, David Simon writes about Treme and what he hopes viewers and New Orleans took away from it.

Comcast Concerns

Matt Marshall says we should be concerned about Comcast's position on net neutrality going into 2014.

Good TVeets

The Best of 2013

The "Best of" lists for 2013 are almost all in. If I missed any, please let me know. You can revisit the 2012 list here.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Good TVeets

Friday, December 27, 2013

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix

Tribune Grows

Tribune Co. has bought up another set of stations, making it one of the largest groups in the country.

Vdio Done

Netflix competitor Vdio is being shut down, failing in its plan to compete with Netflix.

A&E Reverses Decision

Anthony Crupi reports that A&E has taken a ratings hit following the Phil Robertson flap, while the Robertsons' Christmas album flew off the shelves.

And news is now breaking that A&E is canceling Robertson's suspension and restarting filming with the whole family. Kate Aurthur reports. Brian Stelter has reaction from various parties.

Retrans Deals

Amy Mclean lists some retrans deals still waiting to get done by the end of the year. But Brian Stelter notes there are no blackouts likely to happen.

Female Character Trends

Mark Harris and Sam Adams separately consider 2013 as a year with more intriguing female lead characters, a move away from the male anti-hero trend.

Kohan Profile

Lorne Manly profiles Jenji Kohan, creator of Weeds and Orange is the New Black.

Channels to Watch

Jeanine Poggi highlights eight new cable channels to keep an eye on in 2014.

ESPN Tax Breaks

Steve Eder reports on the tax breaks Connecticut has given to ESPN to keep the outlet based in Bristol.

Good TVeets

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Exec Memos

Alex Weprin deconstructs year-end memos from TV executives like CNN's Jeff Zucker, Turner's Phil Kent, MSNBC's Phil Griffin, and The Weather Channel's David Clark.

Buffy's Legacy

Naomi Alderman says Buffy the Vampire Slayer's legacy can be found all over TV, but not in enough female characters.

Most Torrented

Todd Spangler reports on the year's most pirated TV shows from BitTorrent. Dave Itzkoff also reports.

A&E Advice

Lisa De Moraes looks at how A&E messed up in the wake of Phil Robertson's GQ interview, and Michael Schneider tells A&E what it should have done. Meanwhile, there's a petition to get Phil's suspension lifted.

DirecTV Hike

Todd Spangler reports on DirecTV raising its rates next year.

UK Christmas Ratings

A multi-cam sitcom came out on top in the UK Christmas Day special ratings.

Carriage Deals

Time Warner Cable has come to a carriage agreement with Viacom, avoiding the contention of the CBS deal. Meanwhile, DirecTV looks to have a contentious renewal battle with The Weather Channel coming.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Channel Changes

Alexis Sobel Fitts covers The Weather Channel's online overhaul, and Jeff Zucker talks of upcoming goals at CNN in a memo to staffers.

Argument Against Aereo

Eriq Gardner covers what broadcasters have told the Supreme Court about their objections to Aereo.

Least-Watched Shows

Zap2it highlights the least-watched shows of fall 2013 on each major broadcast network.

Twitter Survey

Peter Kafka reports on a survey Twitter is sending out to investigate how people use Twitter and TV jointly, particularly while watching football.

TV Everywhere Analysis

Will Richmond has video of a recent panel discussion on the present and future of TV Everywhere.

TV Set Tech

Japan is already looking to develop 8k TV set technology, but John Herman makes a case for buying a cheap TV right now.

Hulu Privacy Suit

A judge has ruled that Hulu should face a privacy suit brought against the service.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Year in Review

Alyssa RosenbergAndy GreenwaldMary McNamaraTodd VanDerWerffMark Harris, and Michael Schneider review the year in TV, and Josef Adalian digs into ratings figures from the year. There's also a Slate roundtable on the year in TV.

Meredith Purchases

Meredith Corp. is buying stations from Gannett.

Cast Competition

Gary Arlen says the battle among devices that cast, or throw their signal to a TV screen, will impact wireless telecom packages that compete with cable.

Gender & Marketing

Anjin Anhut delves into demographic marketing and why marketers "pro-actively exclude women from their audiences" and "pro-actively encourage a culture in which women do not feel welcome," with particular challenges for female geek culture.

Value of Sports

Hillary Atkin reports on the high value of sports to TV right now.

Netflix's Brand Success

Seth Fiegerman says Netflix is the breakthrough brand of 2013.

Cable Time-Shifting

Wayne Friedman reports on ratings gains some top cable shows are finding from time-shifted viewing.

TWC-Tribune Agreement

Time Warner Cable and Tribune have come to a retrans agreement.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Hitfix.

Malone Profile

Jon Friedman profiles John Malone and his cable hopes. Peter Lauria also looks at Malone and Comcast's Brian Roberts.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Distribution's Future

Mark Trefgarne contemplates the future of TV distribution, with the Olympics as an example.

Killing Characters

Eric Deggans notes that high-profile character deaths became a trend this year. (Spoilers for all the shows listed in the labels section below.)

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

SNL ratings were strong.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 9.40 million, NBC: 5.37, ABC: 5.31, Fox: 2.64, CW: 808,000
 -Adults 18-49: ABC and CBS: 1.2 rating/4 share each, NBC: 1.1/ 4, Fox: 0.7/ 2, CW: 0.3/ 1
 -Adults 18-34: ABC: 1.0 rating/4 share, NBC: 0.7/ 3, CBS: 0.6/ 3, Fox: 0.4/ 2, CW: 0.3/ 1
 -Women 18-34: ABC: 1.1 rating/4 share, NBC: 0.9/ 3, CBS: 0.7/ 3, Fox: 0.5/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 2

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Hitfix.

TWC Criticism

Reuters reports on how Time Warner Cable has made mistakes that will lead to its takeover.

The Simpsons Continues

The Guardian talks to showrunner Al Jean about the endurance of The Simpsons.

Good TVeets

Friday, December 20, 2013

Boomers Out of the Demo

Max Dawson notes that the youngest baby boomers will turn 50 next year, "marking the first time in 50 years that the television generation is not represented within the 18-49 demo."

Station Ownership

Free Press notes that due to station ownership consolidation, "There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country."


Peter Kafka reports on AMC's recent VOD success. (Link fixed)

College Football Viewership

Austin Karp summarizes the year in college football ratings.

Cable Mergers

George Szalai predicts 2014 will be a big year for cable mergers.

Watching Dads

Todd VanDerWerff describes his experience of being in the studio audience for a Dads taping.

TV News Future

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen considers upcoming digital challenges for the TV news business.

Diversity Hire Problem

Beejoli Shah explains the downsides of networks' "diversity hire" strategies.

Oral Histories

Vulture is running a series of micro oral histories this week: Sex and the City's "Splat!" episode, Buffy's nerd villain trio, the Six Feet Under finale montageMTV's Undressed, Kim and the cougar from 24, Beverly Hills 90210's Donna losing her virginity, Parks & Rec's Cones of Dunshire game.

Mamet Series

Cynthia Littleton reports that David Mamet will develop a miniseries based on the seven deadly sins for Fox.

Bad Table Read

Justin Halpern tells the story of an awful table read on a sitcom.

Scheduling News

Hannibal will return to NBC in February, and How I Met Your Mother will end on CBS in March.

Katie Ending

Katie Couric's talk show will end with its second season by June. And most of the remaining episodes will be produced live to save money.

Enlightened #1

TV Club critics picks Enlightened as the best show of 2013. They also discuss 25 other shows beyond their top 15, plus more than didn't make the top 40 but are worthy of note.

More on Duck Dynasty

Fan backlash against A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty has been strong, and the Robertson family also isn't taking it well. But Fox News' Bill O'Reilly thinks Phil made a mistake. Neil Drumming and Scott Collins reflect on what this says about reality TV. Alyssa Rosenberg also has media analysis.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: ABC: 7.24 million, CBS: 5.96, NBC: 5.29, Fox: 5.02, CW: 1.38
 -Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.8 rating/6 share, NBC: 1.5/ 5, Fox: 1.3/ 4, CBS: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2
 -Winners: “Barbara Walters: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” (ABC)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): A Home for the Holidays With Celine Dion (CBS), The X Factor (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

WWE Rights

Marc Graser reports on WWE shopping rights to all its shows soon.

Pre-Thatcher TV

Neil Clark looks at British TV listings for 1978 and marvels at the cultural range and depth of programming in the pre-Thatcher era.

Studying Supernatural

A pair of academics explain why they conducted a study of Supernatural fandom.

Big Bang Deals

Nellie Andreeva sees big deals coming as The Big Bang Theory comes up for licensing and cast contract renewals.

Leno On CNN?

Brian Lowry is skeptical of the idea that Jay Leno could get a show on CNN. But Lynette Rice thinks it would be a good fit.

Sports Blackout Rule

The FCC is considering ending the sports blackout rule, but Jack Dickey says this wouldn't change much.

Breaking Bad #2

TV Club commentators are apparently stirred up by the fact that Breaking Bad is the site's #2 show of 2013, and not #1.

Most-Watched Shows

EW lists the most-watched fall shows in total viewers from #1 to #100.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Duck Dynasty Controversy

One of the stars of Duck Dynasty has stirred controversy with comments about gays. And now A&E has suspended him from the show. Andy Dehnart and James Poniewozik and Linda Holmes have analysis. Sam Thielman says this is a mess for A&E. The Wrap has info on A&E's decision process.

Hulu's 2013

Hulu's CEO blogs about the company's year. Swanni questions Hulu's growth.

Harmon & Community

Dave Itzkoff discusses Community's return and talks to Dan Harmon.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 15.60 million, NBC: 11.54, ABC: 2.83, Fox: 1.79, CW: 937,000
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.3 rating/10 share, CBS: 2.4/ 7, ABC and Fox: 0.8/ 2 each, CW: 0.3/ 1
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS) 
- Honorable Mention: The Biggest Loser (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): What Would You Do? (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

New Streaming Box

Janko Roettgers report on TiVo's release of a new TV streaming box called QPlay.

Awkward. Interview

Myles McNutt interviews outgoing Awkward. showrunner Lauren Iungerich about the show and her departure: part one and part two.

Cable Numbers

Toni Fitzgerald highlights some ratings numbers for cable television this year. Michael O'Connell surveys the year in cable news ratings.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Community Review

Jace Lacob likes what he sees in Community's return.

ABC For Women

Bill Carter notes that ABC has turned to women as a primary target audience, especially with sports nearly absent on the network.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: NBC: 11.06 million, CBS: 6.91, ABC: 4.44, Fox: 3.94, CW: 1.14
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.0 rating/8 share, CBS: 1.9/ 5, Fox: 1.2/ 3, ABC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1
 -Winners: The Voice (NBC), How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
 -Honorable Mention: Mike & Molly (CBS)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Hostages (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Darabont Sues AMC

The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont is suing AMC over profit share. The lawsuit details reveal interesting licensing info.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring Dawn Keetley with Has The Walking Dead Killed the White Patriarchy?, Derek Kompare with Cult Streaming: Warner Archive Instant, Lisa Parks with Media Fixes: Thoughts on Repair Cultures, Ralina L. Joseph with Oprah Winfrey, Television Culture, and the Postidentity Dance, Mara Mills with (Ultra-High-Speed) Photographic Engineering, and Madhavi Mallapragada with Food, Race, and Technology.

Homeland Interview

Alan Sepinwall interviews Homeland producer Alex Gansa about the season and last night's finale.

SNL Finalists

Alison Vingiano reports on the three African-American women who are finalists for a spot on Saturday Night Live.

Mike & Molly's Molly Problem

Todd VanDerWerff says this season of Mike & Molly has suffered from the show turning Molly into Melissa McCarthy's movie persona.

Cartoon Network & Girls

Eric Goldman reports on comments from producer Paul Dini that Cartoon Network values boys over girls among its viewers.

Amazon in 4K

4K ultra high-resolution original content is coming from Amazon next year.

Ownership Proposal Change

The FCC has withdrawn a proposal to relax media ownership rules for reassessment.

Netflix Comedy

Netflix has hired a comedy development exec.

NBCU Streaming Deals

NBCU has extended its Olympics streaming deal with Yahoo, with pay TV authentication still required, and will rely heavily on digital for the Olympics, and NBCU's Telemundo also has a deal for streaming telenovelas at DramaFever.

Drama Reviews

James Poniewozik's review of Homeland and Emily Nussbaum's review of The Walking Dead raise broader issues about TV drama, and Andrew Wallenstein thinks Homeland hate is about hype.

People's Couch Pickup

AJ Marechal reports that Bravo's successful trial run of The People's Couch has led to a 12-episode order. There are now multiple global versions of the UK original.

Music Profits

Hannah Karp looks at the industry of licensing music for use in TV shows.

HLN Overhaul

Brian Steinberg looks at the programming overhaul HLN is undergoing.

2.5 Men's Queer Friendliness

June Thomas says that Two and a Half Men has covered LGBTQ issues in productive ways.

Sports & Politics Dependence

Brian Steinberg reports on a study highlight broadcast television's growing dependence on ad revenue tied to sports and politics.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 12.20 million, Fox: 11.00, CBS: 9.66, ABC: 5.72
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 4.1 rating/11 share, NBC: 4.0/11, CBS: 2.2/ 6, ABC: 1.4/ 4
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), The OT (Fox), The Simpsons (Fox), Family Guy (Fox)
- Honorable Mention: Survivor: Blood vs. Water (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Revenge (ABC), Betrayal (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

AJAM Ratings

Alex Kantrowitz reports that Al Jazeera isn't concerned right now about Al Jazeera America's low ratings.

Sherlock Fanfic Incident

The moderator at a preview event for Sherlock's third series premiere had Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman read slash fan fiction featuring their characters, and members of the Sherlock fan community, plus the fanfic author herself, are angered by the mockeryviolation, unprofessionalism, and sexual insults inherent to this. Aja Romano covers the fan perspective.

Meanwhile, Ellie Hall highlights slashy trailers from South Korea.

Masters of Sex Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks to Masters of Sex creator Michelle Ashford about the first season.

Finke Hires Lawyer

Nikke Finke has hired a star lawyer to help her battle Jay Penske.

New In Media Res

Theme: Doctor Who

  • Monday, December 16, 2013 - CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson (Dominican University; DePaul University) presents: "I AM the Doctor": Polysemic rhetoric and non-traditional audiences in Doctor Who 
  •  Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - Edmond Chang (Drew University) presents: The Last Human: Doctor Who and Anxieties Over the Posthuman 
  •  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Keith B. Wagner (Hongik University) presents: Dubbing and Anglophilia: Doctor Who in South Korea 
  •  Thursday, December 19, 2013 - Susana Loza (Hampshire College) presents: The Imperial Fictions of Doctor Who
  •  Friday, December 20, 2013 - Paul Booth (DePaul University) presents: Doctor Who Fan Ante-credits

UK Drama Success

NBCU's president of international television addresses why Downton Abbey has been such a global success, and Jon Creamer explores why UK drama in general is experiencing a good deal of international prominence. Alison Willmore also notes that subtitled imports are doing well.

C3 Scripted Dip

Wayne Friedman reports that C3 ratings for scripted programs have taken a dip, with only the overall improvements coming courtesy of sports.

Cord-Cutting Calculator

MarketWatch has created a survey that lets you figure out cord cutting options and how much money you might save.

Netflix Gets Saul

Better Call Saul will air on AMC in 2014, and Netflix will stream it thereafter.

60 Minutes Controversy

60 Minutes is under fire again, accused of airing a puff piece about the NSA with questionable facts, though the reporter insists he didn't want it to be a puff piece.

Good TVeets

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 5.20 million, ABC: 3.64, NBC: 3.16, Fox: 2.64
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 1.3 rating/4 share, Fox: 0.9/ 3, NBC: 0.7/ 2, ABC: 0.6/ 2
 -Winners: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer R (CBS), Frosty the Snowman R (CBS)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): UFC: Johnson vs. Benavidez (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Rerun Pleasures

Douglas L. Howard explores the pleasures of rerun viewing of shows like The Big Bang Theory.

Christmas Adverts

Catherine Johnson explores what the British tradition of big-budget Christmas ads from retailers can teach us about the television industry.

Ripper Cancellation

British audiences are angry about the BBC's cancellation of Ripper Street, though Amazon's LoveFilm could help resurrect it. Peter Preston says the cancellation doesn't quite make sense, but it makes ITV happy.

Amazon Taking On Netflix

Jessica Gelt looks at how Amazon is trying to catch up with Netflix in the originals game.

Cheap TV

Caroline Winter profiles Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, which will "[c]heaply and efficiently churn out thousands of hours of content, then license the programming for free to more than 1,300 broadcast television stations covering 89 percent of the country."

Adapting To On-Demand

Duncan Geere discusses how streaming and video-on-demand are requiring TV producers to adapt to new tactics.

Time Warner Profile

Joe Flint delves into changes at Time Warner, as Jeff Bewkes has transformed the company to strengthen its TV units.

Borgen Remake

HBO reportedly has a Borgen remake in the works.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 8.98 million, ABC: 6.09, NBC: 5.26, Fox: 2.76, CW: 704,000
 -Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.5 rating/5 share, CBS: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 1.2/ 4, Fox: 0.7/ 2, CW: 0.2/ 1
 -Winners: Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
 -Honorable Mention: Undercover Boss (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): The Neighbors (ABC), Raising Hope (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Cop Show Realism

Daniel Engber reflects on the history of the police drama and claims of realism.

Treme Appreciation

Tom Carson says a bittersweet goodbye to Treme.

Good TVeets

Friday, December 13, 2013

Greenblatt Interview

THR interviews NBC's Robert Greenblatt about The Sound of Music and 2014 expectations.

Idea Thievery

A TV producer has accused Discovery and Mythbusters of stealing his ideas. Discovery claims the charges are unfounded.

The Vatican Dropped

Showtime decided not to proceed with The Vatican and its potentially controversial material.

Fox News Youth Movement

Fox News has been hit with an age discrimination suit, allegedly stemming from a move to attract younger demos.

Univision-Toyota Partnership

Natan Edelsburg describes a multi-platform partnership between Univision and Toyota offering transmedia and interactive material tied to telenovelas.

Whale Wars

Andy Dehnart explains why Animal Planet has had to cease airing new Whale Wars episodes.

Twitter Talk Alerts

Peter Kafka highlights Twitter's latest TV feature: alerting you when your friends are discussing a certain TV show.

Online TV Developments

Bloomberg reports that Verizon is on the verge of buying Intel's online pay TV service. The WSJ reports DirecTVis also thinking of starting a low-fee virtual MVPD. Will Richmond's podcast discusses these potential new options. Janko Roettgers looks at 2014 possibilities for Chromecast.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 11.32 million, ABC: 7.09, NBC: 3.90, Fox: 3.68, CW: 2.13
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.7 rating/8 share, ABC: 2.2/ 7, NBC: 1.2/ 3, Fox: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 2
 -Adults 18-34: ABC: 1.9 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.8/ 6, NBC: 1.0/ 3, Fox and CW: 0.8/ 3 each
 -Women 18-34: ABC: 2.8 rating/9 share, CBS: 1.8/ 6, NBC: 1.3/ 4, Fox and CW: 0.8/ 3 each
 -Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Scandal (ABC)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC), Sean Saves the World (NBC), The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC), Parenthood (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Retrans Bills

TVNewsCheck highlights two bills intended to weaken or eliminate retrans consent rules. The NAB thinks retrans is fine as is.

SNL Casting

There are reports that Saturday Night Live will add a black female performer in January following reported auditions this week, though one auditioner says her audition experience felt more like a publicity stunt. Molly Lambert has analysis.

Soaps Rise

Tim Kenneally looks at how daytime soap operas are defying assumptions with ratings rises this year. Also, General Hospital has jumped ahead of The Young and the Restless.

Cable Success & Struggle

TBS will finish 2013 as the top 18-49-rated cable channel thanks to strong reruns, like The Big Bang Theory, while USA did best in total viewers. The Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty were the big cable hits. On the other side of the Nielsens, Michael Schneider highlights cable channels that are reaching the end of the line, like SoapNet and G4, and DirecTV is looking at dropping some lower-rated channels, which Swanni thinks could be a bad idea.

Netflix Binge

Brian Stelter reports on Netflix taking advantage of binge viewing. Analysis from Lauren Hockenson.

Megyn Kelly Links

Dan Zak profiles Megyn Kelly as Fox News' newest big star, and she was also in the news about news for her white Santa segment, which was mocked by many, but Brian Lowry says it plays perfectly to the Fox News base, and Jeremy Holden says it reveals power dynamics in journalism.

Good TVeets

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cable Success

Josef Adalian highlights three cable channels that had a great 2013: Sundance Channel, BBC America, and Adult Swim.

ABC's Struggles

Michael O'Connell analyzes how ABC has gone into a ratings decline.

Dexter to Nuvo

Edited reruns of Dexter will appear on the NuvoTV channel, which targets Latino audiences.

Aereo Case

Aereo has declared its approval of the broadcasters' petition to stop it going up to the Supreme Court. Cablevision says it thinks broadcasters are overreaching.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 10.26 million, ABC: 6.75, NBC: 5.72, Fox: 4.89, CW: 2.23
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.2 rating/6 share, ABC: 1.9/ 6, NBC: 1.7/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 2
 -Winners: Survivor: Blood vs. Water (CBS), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): Super Fun Night (ABC), The X Factor (Fox), The Tomorrow People (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

The Headroom Hack

Chris Knittel delves into the details behind 1987 Max Headroom hacking of WGN and WTTW.

Imports in Australia

Andrew Murfett looks at distribution strategies of overseas imports into Australia.

Connected Device Confusion

Will Richmond says confusion can result from so many connected device options.

Loud Ad Ban

Paul McNamara considers if the CALM Act has changed anything over the past year.

CNN Digital

CNN.com's general manager talks about CNN's multi-platform approach and his skepticism of second screen experiences.

Globes Nominations

The Golden Globes nominations are out. Alan Sepinwall has analysis, as do Alyssa Rosenberg and James Poniewozik. Cynthia Littleton highlights The Good Wife standing alone as a nominated broadcast network drama. And Mary McNamara says Orange is the New Black was hurt by being mislabeled as a drama.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SNL Auditions

Saturday Night Live apparently held an unpublicized audition for black women.

Powerful Women

THR has released its Women in Entertainment Power issue.

News Links

CBS has pulled ahead of ABC in the network evening news ratings race, while the cable news networks apparently covered a handshake and a selfie more than the actual memorial service for Nelson Mandela and his legacy.

Brand Problems

Josef Adalian highlights five cable channels that are in need of a new brand infusion.

See It Expansion

Comcast is expanding its See It Twitter platform. Todd Spangler reports.

Late Night Focus

Brian Steinberg reports that networks and cable outlets are taking the midnight hour more seriously to reach young men.

Disney's Strategy

Jason Lynch says Disney's recent purchase of the rights to Indiana Jones is the next step in its plan to stockpile pop culture franchises.

Bio Rebrand

Bio, a cable channel that exists, is rebranding itself as FYI. A&E Networks has a press release on the change.

Criticizing Women

Kate Aurthur details the female characters who received significant internet hate this year.

Episodes Renewed

With the third season of Episodes starting soon, Showtime has ordered a fourth.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 14.42 million, NBC: 8.90, Fox: 5.09, ABC: 4.40, CW: 592,000
-Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.8 rating/8 share, NBC: 2.4/ 7, ABC and Fox: 1.4/ 4 each, CW: 0.2/ 1
 -Winners: NCIS (CBS), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS) -Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): The American Country Awards (Fox), Trophy Wife (ABC), What Would You Do? (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Bonnie & Clyde finished down from its start.

SAG Awards

Alan Sepinwall covers the SAG Awards nominations, which had a few surprises. (No Tatiana Maslany? Your list is invalid.)

NBA Rights

Alex Weprin outlines the coming bidding war for rights to NBA games.

New Girl & Girls

Continuing their Best-of series, TV Club critics debate New Girl and Girls.

BBC Reductions

The BBC is scrapping a significant percentage of its governance boards to reduce bureaucracy.

Virtual MVPD

Claire Atkinson says industry insiders predict that 2014 will see the emergence of a streaming-only pay TV service.

Gay Intimacy

Louis Peitzman says while TV is striving for representative equality in the number of gay characters on TV, there is still vast disparity in showing them actually being romantically intimate.

Twitter Ratings in Japan

Twitter is taking its TV Ratings idea to Japan next.

GOP Objects to Study

Members of the Republican House are objecting to a proposed FCC study of local news, which they feel is a waste of money and a possible way to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine. Harry A. Jessell also thinks the FCC's plan is intrusive.

Moonves Talks

Paul Bond reports on a talk yesterday with Les Moonves where he said he predicted a coming 50-50 split between advertising and retrans revenue.

Shows About Shows

Toni Fitzgerald highlights how well shows talking about TV shows are doing in the ratings.

Time-Shifted Sound

The Sound of Music picked up an additional three million viewers within three days of its live airing. Also, Toni Fitzgerald highlights lessons from the show's success.

Unbundling Myth

FTABlog argues that changing pay TV to a la carte offerings wouldn't destroy TV. But 21st Century Fox COO says a la carte ideas are a farce. Mike Masnick criticizes Carey for this.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

State of Aereo

Aereo's CEO talked today about the service's growth, profits, and future hopes for partners.

Chromecast as Trojan Horse

Ashkan Karbasfrooshan considers how Chromecast could help YouTube break into the TV ad business.

Critic's Labor

Anne Helen Petersen interviews Linda Holmes about her job as an online pop culture critic.

TV Myths

Alan Wolk offers a slideshow featuring counter-evidence to frequently-cited assumptions about TV, like that cord cutting is proliferating and social TV is only about Twitter.

Tara Backlash

James Poniewozik highlights the latest backlash against a female character tied to an anti-hero: Tara on Sons of Anarchy.

Discovery + Scripps?

Andrew Wallenstein reports that Discovery Communications might buy up Scripps Networks Interactive, which owns HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel. Brian Stelter considers the implications.