Friday, October 31, 2014

TV's Alive

Ashlyn Keefe makes the case that TV isn't dead yet and is even doing just fine.

Internet Monopolies

Susan Crawford details how the big internet access providers are using their leverage to dominate broadband services.

Data & Privacy

Michael Price says we should be wary of the data our TV sets are collecting about us. And Ian Wright considers how the data advertisers gather about us could change TV.

Friends Ratings

BuzzFeed has a list of the 20 highest-rated Friends episodes.

Cristela on Friday

Sonia Sarayia looks at how Cristela is situated on a Friday night family slot.


Phil Rosenthal looks at how an awkward sponsor presentation following the World Series went viral, to the benefit of the sponsor.

OTT Talk

Starz is now talking about going with an OTT service. Alan Wolk highlights a dilemma HBO could have with its OTT plan.

AJAM Ratings

Al Jazeera America's ratings have dropped to about half of what Current's were.

Colbert Report End

The Colbert Report will end on December 18.

TV Disappearances

Peter Kafka presents an analyst's view that lower TV ratings could be due to Netflix and other streaming services, leaving TV possibly cannibalizing its audiences due to streaming agreements. And Jeanine Poggi says ad dollars are also leaving TV and not fully making their way back.

DC v. Marvel

Sonia Sarayia looks at how DC is outpacing Marvel on TV.

Reality Fatigue

James Hibberd wonders if viewers have gotten bored with reality TV.


Showrunners, a new documentary chronicling the titular job, is now out (you can find it on iTunes) after a long journey. Coverage from Michael SchneiderShelli Weinstein, Andrew Collins. There's also a companion book.

Game 7 Ratings

The final World Series game excelled in the ratings, which did a favor for the overall series average.

NBC Cancellations

NBC will drop A to Z and Bad Judge after their 13-episode orders are up.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Mom” (CBS), “Scandal” (ABC), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS), “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
- Losers: “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “The Vampire Diaries” (CW), “Bad Judge” (NBC), “A To Z” (NBC), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Reign” (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roku in Germany

Janko Roettgers reports that Roku is expanding into Germany but as an online service from Sky.

HBO Streaming

Amol Sharma and Shalini Ramachandran report that HBO is working on the practical details of its upcoming streaming service, such as which partners to work through.

Gay Subtext

In a video segment, June Thomas and Daniel Hubbard highlight the gay subtext in Franklin & Bash.

GoT Raises

The Game of Thrones cast is getting a big raise.

Chernin Profile

Brooks Barnes offers a profile of Peter Chernin.

Reality TV Conscience

Serena Elavia considers the moral complicity reality TV viewers have in watching the most salacious of these shows.

Homeland & Mental Illness

Meron Wondemaghen delves into Homeland's portrayal of Carrie's mental illness.

WWE Network Update

Marc Graser fills us in on how the WWE Network is doing. Joe Lucia sees struggles in the third quarter numbers.

Directing Sons

A Sons of Anarchy director talks about scenes from this week's episode.

Tech Changes

Eric Buchman says technology changes are bringing film and TV together, and Shama Hyder highlights ten companies making TV-changing technology.

Post-Television TV

James Poniewozik sets up his print column on recent developments in unbundling.

Netflix on BT

Subscribers of British pay TV service BT will now be able to add Netflix to their bundle.

Chinese Big Brother

Mark Sweney shares details on the Big Brother version that China will air next year.

European TV Portal

A new site called EUscreen offers free clips and programs from European television.

View Troubles

Ramin Setoodeh reports on the ratings spiral at The View, which has prompted an ABC News takeover. Bill Carter also reports.

Adventure Time Profile

Neil Strauss explains who's behind the trippiness that is Adventure Time.

LoC Tapes

Adi Robertson explains why the Library of Congress receives shows like Orange is the New Black on videotape for copyright and storage.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: World Series, Game 7 (Fox), Survivor (CBS), Modern Family (ABC), Black-ish (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: The Goldbergs (ABC)
- Modest: The 100 (CW), Nashville (ABC), Stalker (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Successful Shows

Tony Maglio considers why Scorpion has done so well in the ratings, and James Poniewozik says Jane the Virgin deserves to do well in the ratings.

Viewing Preferences

Deborah D. McAdams reports on survey results finding that the vast majority of Americans prefer to watch TV on TV sets and many prefer to watch in groups.

Remake Fad

Alan Sepinwall and Daniel Fienberg discuss why there are so many remakes in the development pipeline.

TV Corpses

Eric Thurm considers the treatment of corpses and the concept of death on procedurals and praises Hannibal for a refreshing portrayal of bodies.

Political Viewing

Greg Gilman summarizes a Facebook study on what TV shows Democrats and Republicans prefer.

Bubble Shows

Josef Adalian assesses the cancellation chances for shows on the bubble.

Fighting Streamers

Rupert Murdoch says media companies need to work together to foster competition for streaming services like Amazon and Netflix.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Live Sports Value

Joe Harpaz says the new NBA deal illustrates how live sports are crucial to the future of TV.

Programmatic Ads

Ben Plomion considers what online video service moves could mean for programmatic advertising. And if you're not familiar with what it is, Matt Kapko presents a series of descriptions of it from marketing execs.

Viewing Names

Amanda Lotz argues that "binge viewing" isn't an accurate label for emerging viewing practices.

Asian Investment

Peter Lauria explains why Hollywood has become an attractive investment for Asian companies.

Narrator Praise

Sonia Sariya explains how Jane the Virgin's voiceover illustrates the utility of the narrational device.

Internet TV Rules

Stacey Higginbotham covers the internet TV regulation story, which Brian Fung thinks could be a good thing, while Will Richmond is skeptical of potential impact. Alan Wolk argues that the broadband access monopoly must also be dealt with. Jeff John Roberts summarizes the situation.

News Panic

Brian Lowry says Ebola news reporting is yet another example of fear suffusing coverage.

History Channel Class

Shelli Weinstein reports on a partnership between History and the University of Oklahoma that will put the channel's brand on an online class and include History-produced content.

Sitcom Demise

Andy Greenwald details the decline of the American sitcom.

Wine Signs

Eric Asimov reads meaning in the main characters on The Good Wife and Scandal drinking red wine, while Carrie on Homeland drinks white.

Cable Ratings

Toni Fitzgerald summarizes October's winners and losers in cable ratings.

World Series Ratings

Albeit with a Game 7 to come, World Series ratings have not been good, and Paul Sullivan isn't optimistic about the future for baseball.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Baseball World Series, Game 6 (Fox), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Great Halloween Fright Flight (ABC), Marry Me (NBC), About a Boy (NBC), Forever (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Questioning Subversion

Alyssa Rosenberg is tired of pop culture texts insisting that they are subversive, when they rarely actually challenge orthodoxy.

Gay Kiss Censored

Alex Jung reports that Cartoon Network censored a gay kiss on the show Clarence.


Cinematographer Reed Morano explains why we should object to the "smooth motion" setting on TV sets.

Retrans Projections

SNL Kagan has offered new retransmission and reverse retransmission fee projections, with the network take of the latter expected to double by 2020.

Amazon Stick

Amazon will soon release a Chromecast-like stick that could pose competitive problems for Roku, says Joshua Brustein.

Broadband Issues

Stacey Higgenbotham pinpoints the problem of peering as economic in nature, not technological. Meanwhile, the FCC is suing A&T over throttling issues.

Internet TV Rules

Amy Schatz reports on the FCC's move to determine regulations for internet-based TV providers. Jacob Kastrenakes says this could bring huge change, and Brendan Sasso thinks this should make the cable giants nervous.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Scorpion (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Millers (CBS), The Originals (CW), Jane the Virgin (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring:

YouTube & Vimeo By Subscription

Will Richmond reports on the possibility of YouTube launching an ad-free subscription service. Peter Kafka says Vimeo is planning this too.

Questioning ESPN

Matt Yoder says it's good for people to question ESPN about its potential biases, such as toward the SEC.

Hulu Renews Viacom

Todd Spangler reports that Viacom and Hulu have renewed their deal, adding in an expansion of Nickelodeon shows.

Twitter Ratings

I haven't linked to one of these lately, so here's a Twitter TV ratings chart for last week.

Ad Exposure

Joe Mandese delves into the question of whether buying ad time means people will actually see and engage with an ad, on TV and online.

CNN Films

Jeff Zucker has indicated that CNN could produce scripted feature films someday.

NBA TV Money

Jon Krawczynski considers how the NBA's new television contract will affect the league's landscape.

Redneck Reality

Ryan Broderick says the trajectory of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo illustrates TV's exploitation of rural Americans.

Bad Debuts

In the wake of Manhattan Love Story's cancellation, Jason Lynch looks back on the first network shows cancelled each season since 2000.

Google Algorithm Change

Casey Jonhston reports that a change to Google's search algorithms last week appears to have already resulted in a significant drop in traffic to certain piracy site domains.

HBO Layoffs

Andrew Wallenstein reports that HBO will be hit with layoffs of about 7% of its workforce.

NPH Variety Show

Josef Adalian offers details about the variety show NBC is giving to Neil Patrick Harris.

CBS Orders

CBS has given full-season orders to Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary and Stalker.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 27, 2014

US Owning UK TV

The Guardian highlights how conglomeration has led to US corporate ownership of significant amounts of British programming, with a Monday night schedule as an example.

ABC's Success

Joe Flint looks at what ABC has to be happy about in this early part of the season.

Boardwalk Empire Finale

Vulture talked with Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terence Winter about last night's ending to the series.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 13.77 million, NBC: 13.76, Fox: 10.50, ABC: 4.47
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 5.0 rating/14 share, Fox: 2.9/ 8, CBS: 2.8/ 8, ABC: 1.3/ 4
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), 60 Minutes (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Resurrection (ABC), Revenge (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Streaming Movies

Cecilia Kang reports that Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises will start a streaming movie service next year.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Good TVeets

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: 2014 World Series, Game 3 (Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants), Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Positive Sampling Out of Grimm: Constantine (NBC)
- Below Average: Last Man Standing (ABC), Cristela (ABC), The Amazing Race (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): America’s Next Top Model (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Comedy + Drama

Chris Kopcow assesses the rise to prominence of comedy-dramas like Louie and Girls. (link fixed)

Movie Remakes

Michael Schneider considers why so many movie properties are in TV development.

Ratings Revolution

Peter Suciu argues that the new Nielsen-Adobe partnership could revolutionize ratings, as it incorporates digital and streaming services.

Familiar Comedies

A Cracked video pinpoints repetitive tropes from today's sitcoms.

Latina Comedy

Edward Helmore says Cristela and Jane the Virgin represent the rising power of Latina representations. Juan Ramos has reservations about Cristela, though.

Boo Boo Dangers

Eric Deggans says the cancellation of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo illustrates the pitfalls of airing exploitative reality TV.

Global News Coverage

MIT's Technology Review summarizes a study of news coverage around the globe and how location can affect the volume of coverage about certain events.

Auction Delay

The FCC will delay til 2016 its planned auction of broadcast spectrum.

Good TVeets

Friday, October 24, 2014

Manhattan Love Story Cancelled

Cancelled: more articles on how no shows have been cancelled, as Manhattan Love Story is the first new series axed.

Handling Failure

Tom Shaw looks at the current dearth of network cancellations as part of a historical trajectory.

Ebola Coverage

James Poniewozik is critical of cable news coverage of Ebola.

Boo Boo Cancelled

TLC has cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo following TMZ reports; even reruns won't be aired.  Josef Adalian offers three reasons why this happened so fast, and Brian Lowry wonders if anyone was shocked.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “Thursday Night Football” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
- Fading: “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “The Vampire Diaries” (CW)
- Losers: “Bad Judge” (NBC), “A To Z” (NBC), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Reign” (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Nielsen Diaries

Adam Buckman reports that we aren't done with Nielsen diaries just yet, as an alternative is still under construction.

Power in Scandal & GoT

Les Chappell explores themes of power in Scandal and Game of Thrones.

ABC Orders

ABC has ordered extra episodes of its top series.

Roosevelt Ratings

The Roosevelts turned out to be a big hit for PBS.

No Cancellations

As James Poniewozik did a few days ago, Toni Fitzgerald explains why there haven't been any cancellations of new network shows yet, offering the advertiser perspective in particular.

World Series

World Series ratings are down thus far, as the game struggles amidst competition. And Joe Lucia considers the possibility the World Series could move to cable someday.

Good TVeets

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Comcast's Optimism

Will Richmond relays NBCU CEO Steve Burke's comments that Comcast isn't too worried about HBO's move online, as does Emily Steel.

Cable Upfronts Fall

Brian Steinberg reports on the cable upfronts slump.

VOD Strength

Andrew Wallenstein reports on the increasing revenue coming in to Hollywood studios thanks to SVOD syndication, and Advanced Television talked to a research analyst about VOD growth.

Verizon OTT

Alan Breznick details Verizon's over-the-top plans.

Aereo Ruling

Jeff John Roberts reports on the latest Aereo ruling (yes, there are still Aereo rulings), which says Aereo can't operate as a cable company but could still offer cloud DVR functionality.

DC's Strategy

Jarrett Wieselman talks to DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns about the company's TV strategy.

The Knick Dissection

A group of academics provide their perspectives on The Knick, in terms of style, race, sound, and star image.

AMC Networks to Control BBC America

Brian Steinberg reports on an investment in BBC America that will result in AMC Networks controlling the channel.

Social Scandal & Hannibal

Zainab Akanda looks at how Scandal and Hannibal have successfully used social media to make their mark.

Corden Starts in March

James Corden will begin his Late Late Show hosting duties on March 9.

NBCU Intern Suit

Eriq Gardner reports that NBCUniversal has settled a lawsuit involving unpaid internship claims.

The Affair Analysis

Sara Stewart is intrigued by what the first two episodes of The Affair seem to be pointing to in terms of conventional representations of the femme fatale in such scenarios.

Honey Boo Boo Trouble

Variety says the future of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo could be in doubt in the wake of a TMZ report.

CSI Trimmed

CBS has requested fewer episodes of CSI, and Nellie Andreeva wonders if CSI fans have reason for concern.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 11.13 million, CBS: 8.75, NBC: 7.37, ABC: 7.17, CW: 2.03
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.9 rating/9 share, ABC: 2.1/ 7, CBS: 2.1/ 6, NBC: 1.5/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: Modern Family (ABC), Black-ish (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: Survivor (CBS), The Goldbergs (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Losers: The 100 (CW), Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Conservative News

AlterNet offers an excerpt from a book on science denial among Republicans that explores the acceptance of misinformation among Fox News viewers. At the same site, Amanda Marcotte covers the Pew Research finding that conservatives tend to trust only right-wing media while liberals trust a wider range of sources.

Black-ish Topicality

James Poniewozik covers last night's episode of black-ish, which addressed corporal punishment, through the lens of race and class. Daniel Walters also discusses the show's representation of race.

Remake Skepticism

Myles McNutt responds to a Hollywood Reporter article on TV remakes in development, as he isn't convinced that most will actually make it to the screen.

Online Moves

Todd Spangler considers who could follow in CBS and HBO's footsteps online, and Richard Greenfield assesses the future online unbundling possibilities. Michael Wolff flips the perspective and says these moves are about TV disrupting the internet, not the other way around. And Eriq Gardner says online measurement of viewership at these new outlets could run up against privacy laws. Mike Farrell wonders if digital rights in new NBA deal could lead to pay TV subscriber losses.

Comcast Growth

Brian Stelter reports on subscriber and profit growth at Comcast, with NBC's performance helping out in the latter area.

News Substance

Eric Sass reports on a Harris Poll survey which found Americans claiming to yearn for more substance in news coverage.

Y&R Ratings Drop

Alex Ben Block looks into why ratings for The Young and the Restless are dropping.

TV Auteurs

Andy Greenwald highlights how many indie film directors are turning to TV.

Investigating Nielsen

Media Life talked with the CEO of the Media Rating Council, which is responsible for accrediting ratings services, about investigating the recent Nielsen measurement errors.

European Deals

Scott Roxborough and Georg Szalai delve into why US media companies are suddenly so interested in making deals across Europe.

CBS Digital News

Alex Weprin shares details about CBSN, which is the name for CBS News' upcoming 24-hour streaming news channel.

Canadian Coverage

James West and Mark Joyella both argue that Canada's breaking news coverage of yesterday's shootings in Ottawa showed US cable news how it should be done.

Ratings Optimism

Gary Levin finds some silver linings for fall season ratings clouds for the networks.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TV Moving Online

Marcus Wohlsen says TV viewing will soon mean online viewing.

Watching Simpsons World

James Poniewozik considers the spectatorial implications of the Simpsons World app, especially in regard to binge viewing practices.

Netflix Comedy Pickup

Netflix's latest original series pickup is an animated comedy from Gaumont International Television.

NPH Was 4th

Seth Abramovitch reports that Neil Patrick Harris was actually the Academy's fourth choice to host the Oscars.

Nevins Profile

Variety has named Showtime's David Nevins its showman of the year and has a profile detailing his rise to success.

Black Sitcoms & Race

Brennan Williams and Gazelle Emami look back on the history of black-cast sitcoms, the extent to which they addressed race in various periods, and where Black-ish fits into this scope of representation. Some handy charts in here too.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.00 million, Fox: 10.68, NBC: 8.14, ABC: 4.11, CW: 2.74
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.9 rating/9 share, NBC: 2.2/ 7, CBS: 2.1/ 6, ABC: 1.2/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 3
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), World Series, Game 1 (Fox), The Voice (NBC), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC) -Considerable Erosion: Marry Me (NBC)
- Losers: Selfie (ABC), Manhattan Love Story (ABC), About a Boy (NBC), Forever (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

OTT Links

Sarah Green talks to the author of a book on ESPN about why the sports outlet isn't likely to go over-the-top like HBO is planning. Hayley Tsukayama says these online moves could bring new life to the sagging Apple TV set-top box. And a Sinclair tech exec says these moves show how the TV industry is now in a battle with new media forces.

Scatter Skepticism

Suzanne Vranica relays comments from a major ad exec predicting that the scatter market for the rest of the year won't be as robust as networks had hoped after upfronts.

Lythgoe's Reality Ideas

Kevin Fallon talks to Nigel Lythgoe about where reality TV is going wrong these days and how it can be righted.

Binge-Watching PBS

Brian Steinberg says PBS's airing of Ken Burns' seven-night documentary series The Roosevelts appeared to benefit from binge viewing on multiple platforms.

Blackface & Whitewashing

Kelley L. Carter highlights the Hollywood practice of white body-doubles and stuntpeople putting on dark makeup to stand in for black characters. And Jill Pantozzi is frustrated by DC adaptations turning characters of color in the comics to white characters on TV.

Simpsons Suit

An actor from the movie Goodfellas is suing The Simpsons for $250 million over a mafia character in the series.

Tough Time Slots

Jason Lynch identifies the ten worst time slots on broadcast network TV schedules.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Live Viewing Declining

Wayne Friedman reports on new viewing figures showing that time shifting is increasing, as viewers care less about watching live, though they still greatly prefer watching on a TV set.

Simpsons World

The Simpsons World app is now live, and Cynthia Littleton digs into the deal that made it happen.

British Imports

Evan Bartlett highlights the countries that spend the most to import British TV programs; Australia and New Zealand are a very distant second to the US, while France and Italy are the top non-English-speaking importers. (Though it's not clear what these figures actually cover: shows, formats, etc.)

Indie TV

Merrill Barr argues that TV is on the verge of essentially having an independent scene.

New In Media Res

Theme: After Thoughts on the 2014 World Cup

  • Monday, October 20, 2014 - Christopher Toula (Georgia State University) presents: Commoditized Visibility: Coca-Cola, The World Cup, and the People 
  •  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Thomas F. Corrigan (California State University, San Bernardino) presents: The Wiziwig World Cup: P2P catches up with live sports 
  •  Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Robert Cole (Independent) presents: Uncomfortable Silence of Protest Voices in World Cup 2014 Coverage 
  •  Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji, Sylvia Clauby Noavaes (University of Sao Paulo & University of Victoria) presents: Experiencing Mexico vs Brazil 2014 in Cidade Tiradentes, SP
  •  Friday, October 24, 2014 - Michael Butterworth (Ohio University) presents: Dreaming of Qatar: The Spectacle and Fantasies of World Cup 2022

Breaking Bad Toys

Some are objecting to Toys R Us stores selling Breaking Bad figures. Update: Toys R Us has pulled the figures.

The Bridge Cancelled

FX is done with The Bridge.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 11.59 million, NBC: 10.87, CBS: 10.52, Fox: 5.49, CW: 1.65
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.0 rating/9 share, CBS: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 2.0/ 6, ABC: 1.9/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Gotham (Fox), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
- Losers: The Millers (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

TV Changes

Peter Lauria says the changes coming to the pay TV business will be substantial and not all will make it through alive. Adam Flomenbaum believes video-on-demand is changing TV for the good. The AP considers how a switch to al la carte streaming services would compare to pay TV costs. And Gaumont CEO Katie O'Connell, responsible for such series as Hannibal, says a key change in TV has been the rise of the TV auteur.

New Queer TV

Matt Brennan coins the label New Queer Television, with a nod to New Queer Cinema, for shows like Transparent, Orange is the New Black, and Looking.

Rentrak Patent

Daniel Frankel reports that Rentrak has secured a patent for technology that lets a set-top box know if the TV set it's attached to is on or off, which can offer more precise ratings information.

Violence & Death

Jeff Labrecque wonders if viewers have become numb to the grotesque violence depicted in The Walking Dead. And William Hughes writes from a personal perspective about his difficulties with how pop culture presents death.

New Rerun Channel

Michael Malone reports on a new digital channel coming from CBS and Weigel Broadcasting called Decades that will air over 100 classic series. It will also feature a daily show called Decades Retrospectical that will explore the cultural contexts of historical moments.

Subcultural Reality TV

Malina Saval says the latest wave of reality TV focuses on exotic subcultures.

The Affair Costuming

Emma Fraser explores what costumes say about characters in The Affair.

Jones Added to SNL

African-American comedian Leslie Jones has been added to SNL's cast member ranks.

Fall Assessment

Eric Deggans pinpoints winners and losers thus far this fall season, and Ryan McGee picks the good, the bad, and the ugly, while James Poniewozik delves into why nothing has been cancelled yet, despite plenty of low-rated starts.

Digital Content Ratings

Todd Spangler reports that Nielsen and Adobe are joining forces in an effort to measure digital media consumption across multiple platforms, and companies on board include ESPN, Univision, and Turner.

News & Race

Rebecca Carroll explains how racism has driven her to quit journalism. Elsewhere, CNN is in a war of words with the National Association of Black Journalists.

Oscar Ads

Brian Steinberg reports on ABC's Oscar ad sales, which are just about wrapped up at $1.9 million for 30 seconds.

Political Trust

A new Pew Research Center study investigated the trust that liberals and conservatives put into various news sources, with polarization being an inevitable takeaway.

Dish Blackout

Dish Network has dropped a set of Turner-owned cable channels, including CNN but not TNT or TBS, due to a carriage fee dispute. Peter Kafka says this illustrates that traditional TV battles are still happening in a time of web TV changes.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 20, 2014

Diversity Issues

Prachi Gupta offers some takeaways about the concept of TV diversity stemming from a recent LGBTQ panel debate between Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and Transparent creator Jill Soloway

Cable Makeovers

Shelli Weinstein summarizes how WE tv, truT, and Oxygen have rebranded recently.

Gannett TV Revenue

Christine Haughney says Gannett is enjoying a major profit rise thanks to TV assets, especially revenue from political ads on local stations.

Rhimes' Response

Shonda Rhimes tweeted a notable response to a viewer's criticism of the gay sex depicted in Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.

OTT Reaction

Jeanine Poggi and Alexandra Bruell canvas ad buyer reaction to the HBO and CBS online moves. Alan Wolk assesses HBO and CBS's decisions. Scott Timberg says this could doom the current "Golden Age." David Carr considers how TV is changing. One research analyst says cable companies are becoming broadband companies.

NFL Face Time

Geoff Foster looked into which NFL coaches and quarterbacks get the most screen time during a football broadcast. Matt Yoder says it's not surprising that Jim Harbaugh tops the coach list.

Comcast + Netflix

Will Richmond says a Comcast-Netflix partnership would be a smart move right move.

CNN Cuts

Jordan Charlton considers how CNN's layoffs could affect the outlet, perhaps not for the worse. Reliable Sources addressed the layoffs yesterday.

West Wing History

Empire presents an oral history of The West Wing.

Tumblr TV

Leslie Kaufman looks at how Tumblr, owned by Yahoo, is striving to create partnerships with TV shows like The Voice. Also coverage from Reuters.

Dish Autohop Win

Ted Johnson reports on the latest favorable Autohop ruling for Dish Network.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 17.41 million, CBS: 10.77, Fox: 9.00, ABC: 5.81
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 5.9 rating/16 share, Fox: 3.6/10, ABC: 1.6/ 4, CBS: 1.4/ 4
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), The OT (Fox), The Simpsons (Fox)
- Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time (ABC)
- Solid Option in Total Viewers: 60 Minutes (CBS), Madam Secretary (CBS), The Good Wife (CBS) - Losers: America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC), Resurrection (ABC), Mulaney (Fox), Revenge (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Showrunners Doc

Merrill Barr covers the new documentary Showrunners and what it says about transparency in the industry today.

Mulaney Order Reduced

Mulaney will stay on the air for the time being, but Fox has reduced the episode order to 13.

TV Science

Brandon Nowalk highlights the trend of dramas about scientists.

Why Unbundle?

Janko Roettgers explores reasons why HBO, CBS, and others are willing to challenge bundling economics by going online.

Good TVeets

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kingdom Renewed

DirecTV wants another season of Kingdom.

RIP Elizabeth Peña

Actress Elizabeth Peña has died. Todd VanDerWerff looks back on a late 1980s sitcom she starred in that shows how Hollywood didn't know what to do with her potential stardom.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers:CBS: 8.82 million, ABC: 6.07, NBC: 4.76, Fox: 1/66, CW: 1.18
- Adults 18-49:ABC: 1.4 rating/5 share, CBS: 1.3/ 5, NBC: 1.0/ 4, Fox: 0.6/ 2, CW: 0.3/ 1
- Winners:Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)-Honorable Mention:Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Improved:The Amazing Race (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats):Utopia (Fox), America’s Next Top Model (CW), 20/20 (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

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More Online MVPD Reaction

Harry A. Jessell says CBS's move online is a smart one for the network and affiliates. Ted Johnson notes that the FCC will be eyeing virtual MVPD regulation. And Joe Flint warns excited cord cutters that all may not be as it seems.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Turner's Tough Week

Cynthia Littleton looks at Turner's difficult week of layoffs and cutdowns.

AMC Producer Meetings

Nellie Andreeva has coverage of AMC's annual "bakeoff," where producers pitch development ideas to channel representatives.

Cable Identity Conflict

Jeanine Poggi says the urge for cable channels to broaden their appeal is running up against the value of their niche identities.

Cuban Covets Netflix

James Callen reports that Mark Cuban is snapping up Netflix stock, confident that it will be acquired.

Drama Trumps Reality

Rhonda Richford and Scott Roxborough report from MIPCOM that international distributors are looking more for dramas than reality shows this year.

Netflix Pushes France

Elsa Keslassy says Netflix's arrival in France has put pressure on that country's digital outlets to improve their operations.

The Wire Panel

The cast of The Wire gathered at the Paley Center last night; Slate has video of the discussion that ensued.

TV Multitasking

A new TiVo study looked at TV viewer multitasking and social media usage while watching. Adam Flomenbaum reports.

Female Bad Fan

Emily Nussbaum explores what it means to root for flawed female protagonists in shows like The Mindy Project and The Good Wife.

Walking Dead Time-Shifted

L+3 ratings are out for The Walking Dead, and the numbers continue to impress.

Women in Horror

Anne T. Donuahue analyzes the rise to prominence of women in horror TV and movies today: "After years of playing screaming victims, women in today’s horror TV series and films depict something much more scary – repressed female anger."

OTT Reactions

Jeanine Poggi and Alexandra Bruell investigate how advertisers and ad buyers are reacting to the news of HBO and CBS going it standalone online. And Lucas Shaw figures sports fans shouldn't be very excited.

The Lottery Cancelled

Lifetime has cancelled the drama The Lottery.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 11.87 million, ABC: 9.32, Fox: 5.11, NBC: 4.29, CW: 1.61
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.6 rating/11 share, ABC: 2.7/ 8, NBC and Fox: 1.2/ 4 each, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: Thursday Night Football (ABC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Scandal (ABC), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Biggest Loser (NBC), Bad Judge (NBC), A To Z (NBC), Gracepoint (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Sports Charts

ESPN is touting the number of sports fans it reached in September via digital media, with an infographic included. And a Vox piece feature sports maps and charts includes one showing how little the TV coverage of a football game shows actual football in action (8.3%).

Tribune Stays in Seattle

Tribune Media and the Fox network worked out their differences in Seattle, so the affiliate there will stay in Tribune hands, though with more money going Fox's way.

Politics & Cable Ads

Reid Wilson at political ad buys on cable channels; Democrats dominate political ad buys on E! (?), while Republicans buy more on History. The article also has a handy chart of average spot costs on select cable channels.

Time Warner vs. Netflix

Brent Lang came away from a Time Warner presentation impressed with the company's future moves, especially in light of Netflix's stock tumble.

Wonder Years History

Rolling Stone has an oral history of The Wonder Years.

Making Colbert Report

A new Slate podcast episode focuses on the production of The Colbert Report.

Measuring Viewing

John Jurgensen looks at the new ways by which television is trying to measure viewership.

OTT Moves

Peter Kafka explains how leverage is driving TV players to start over-the-top services, Brad Adgate considers why this is happening. Janko Roettgers reports that Univision has announced an OTT streaming plan. And Will Richmond's podcast focuses on HBO's OTT push.

Twin Peaks Novel

There will apparently be a Twin Peaks novel that precedes the Showtime comeback.

Moonves on Streaming

Brian Stelter talked to Les Moonves about CBS's new All Access streaming service.

CNN Digital

CNN's head of digital is one of the positions cut in the Turner layoff spree. But Andrew Wallenstein says CNN's CNNgo app is the future of TV.

Rhimes' Revolution

Mark Harris sees Shonda Rhimes' success as part of a trajectory started by The Sopranos. Richard Lawson proposes that How To Get Away With Murder is the most progressive show on television, and Jarrett Wieselmann and Jaimie Etkin say the series is changing how sex is shown on network TV. Last night's episode also had a watershed moment featuring Viola Davis' character removing her wig and makeup; the responses in Good TVeets illustrate its importance to black women in particular. Kevin O'Keeffe says that scene was astonishing.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.29 million, NBC: 7.50, ABC: 6.51, Fox: 3.38, CW: 1.94
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.1 rating/7 share, ABC: 2.1/ 6, NBC: 1.5/ 5, Fox: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2
- Winners: Survivor (CBS), It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown R (ABC), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Law & Order: SVU -Solid Total Audience Base: The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Red Band Society (Fox), Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

More on HBO OTT

Will Richmond offers his initial reactions to yesterday's announcement that HBO will go standalone online. Brian Merchant sees this as a potential death blow to pay TV, and Derek Thompson also sees the bundle crumbling. Brian Fung points out that HBO will now have to deal with some of the challenges Netflix has faced, like peering agreements, and Adi Robertson brings net neutrality into the discussion. And Lucas Shaw reports that Showtime could follow in HBO's footsteps. Todd VanDerWerff says this might only make cable companies stronger. Issie Lapowsky warns those who yearn for unbundling to be careful what they wish for.

Netflix For Kids

Janko Roettgers points out that Netflix has a significant kids' following.

Homeland's Carrie Problem

Sophie Gilbert wishes Carrie Mathison was a richer female antihero.

Aspirational TV

Derek Thompson says HBO's advantage over network TV involves subscriptions over advertising and aspiration over attention.

Modern Family's Problem

Jason Lynch offers suggestions for fixing Modern Family's ills.

Transparent Interview

Todd VanDerWerff interviews Transparent creator Jill Solloway.

CNN Cancellations

CNN has canceled Crossfire and a handful of other shows, which appears connected to the Turner layoffs.

CBS SVOD Service

CBS has announced it is launching a standalone online subscription video-on-demand service. Coverage from Brian Stelter, Brian Steinberg, Lacey Rose, Peter Kafka, and Alan Sepinwall.

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