Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers (excluding repeats): Cristela (ABC), World’s Funniest Fails (ABC), Hart of Dixie (CW), Glee (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Feinberg.

Fresh Interview

Hillary Crosley Coker talks to Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu about the series and its representations.

Comedy Blocks

Sean L. McCarthy gathers some great sitcom promos in a post on the best network TV comedy programming blocks of all time.

Net Neutrality Support

Harry A. Jessell says the net neutrality rules are good for broadcasters, and Meg James and Yvonne Villarreal say that the Hollywood creative community is also celebrating, while the major Hollywood studios are staying quiet.

OWN Renewals

OWN has renewed its four Tyler Perry-partnered shows.

RIP Leonard Nimony

Leonard Nimoy died yesterday. Matt Zoller Seitz remembers his performance as one of TV history's greatest characters, and Sam Thielman appreciates his Spock creation, which James Poniewozik says helped to make Nimoy seemed like a mystical force. Alan Sepinwall says Spock was Star Trek's most important creation. Brian Lowry notes that he did try to escape the shadow of Spock. Nimoy was also active in the arts and photography.

Good TVeets

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thursday Ratings

-Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), Mom (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: American Idol (Fox), The Odd Couple (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Slap (NBC), Backstrom (Fox), Sports Illustrated Swim Special (CBS), Allegiance (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

House of Cards Product Placement

Netflix doesn't have ads, but Tim Peterson shows how House of Cards basically does through product placement.

Working at Netflix

Timothy Stenovec looks at the unique working conditions and corporate culture Netflix has established for employees.

Viacom Restructuring

Brian Steinberg covers the quiet restructuring taking place at Viacom as the company adjusts to the impact of digital media.

Facebook Engagement

Tony Maglio highlights eight shows that capitalize upon Facebook engagement with fans.

Big Brother Life

Mashable talks to a former Big Brother contestant about what it's like to do a reality TV show, and Andy Dehnart highlights the parts where he talks about the challenges of life after the show.

Crackle is TV

Suzanne Vranica reports that Crackle is pulling out of the NewFronts event because it wants to align itself instead with traditional TV programmers.

Shooting Sex Scenes

Melena Ryzik talks to actors and directors about what it's like to shoot sex scenes.

Empire's Growth

Josef Adalian notes the Empire has surged in on-demand viewership, yet this hasn't hurt its same-day viewership. And Rick Kissell highlights Empire's ratings success among women and in urban markets.

WWE Network

Cory Barker and Drew Zolides discuss the state of the WWE Network a year after its launch: Part 1, Part 2.

HTGAWM Renewed

ABC indicated in a promo that How to Get Away With Murder has been renewed.

Down Ad Year

Bill Cromwell analyzes the disappointing 2014 advertising figures.

House of Cards Risk

Michael Liedtke looks at how the risk taken on House of Cards paid off substantially for Netflix.

Arrow-Flash Spinoff

The CW has in development a spinoff from Arrow and The Flash.

Good TVeets

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cuban Netflix

Yasmin S. Portales-Machado and Ted Henken speculate on what Netflix in Cuba could look like.

CSI Simulcast

CBS will air the spinoff pilot for CSI: Cyber on a CSI episode simulcast to over 150 countries, thus surpassing Doctor Who for a Guinness World Record.

Pimp Fakery

Todd Van Luling reveals that Pimp My Ride had some staged aspects.

A.D. Talk Show

The Downey-Burnett followup to The Bible, A.D. The Bible Continues, will get a companion talk show online.

TV Buys Aereo Name

Aereo's name is now worth less than $2 million, as purchased by TiVo.

Empire's Reign

Yes, Empire's ratings went up again, even reaching a number that hasn't been attained by a regularly scheduled network episode since Grey's Anatomy in 2010. Kate Aurthur details the show's unprecedented trajectory. Empire has also now surpassed Scandal in generating Twitter activity. Logically, Fox is now considering launching Glee-like concert events tied to the show.

Net Neutrality Reaction

As expected, the FCC passed the new net neutrality rules with a 3-2 vote. Jon Brodkin reports. Tim Wu reflects back on how things got here and explains why many along the way were wrong. David Lieberman collects reactions from industry representatives and activist groups. Verizon tried to be clever with its objection, and AT&T also lashed out.

Dish Network's Small Business

Harry Campbell covers how Dish Network took advantage of loopholes to obtain spectrum space for a discount meant for small businesses.

YouTube Revenue

Rolfe Winkler notes that YouTube brings in a lot of revenue, but makes virtually no profit.

Networks Age

Diego Vasquez notes that the Big Four broadcast networks' median viewer age has crossed 50.

Awards Exploit Social Media

Alan Wolk looks at how awards shows this season have taken advantage of social media platforms.

Downton Food

Roslyn Sulcas talks to Downton Abbey's food stylist about how she prepares meals for the camera.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Winners: Survivor (CBS), The Goldbergs (ABC), American Idol (Fox), Empire (Fox), Modern Family (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Amazing Race (CBS), The 100 (CW), Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Nick News

Nickelodeon will launch an OTT service for preschoolers next month, and Will Richmond says this will test budget-minded consumers. Nickelodeon also pitched its TV programming in its upfront presentation.

Midseason Judgments

Louisa Ada Seltzer names network midseason winners and losers.

O'Reilly & Fox News

Jonathan Mahler and Emily Steel say Bill O'Reilly represents the Fox News model of "no-holds-barred, intentionally divisive news coverage."

Modern Family's Apple Episode

Carolyn Giardina talks to Modern Family's editor about putting last night's episode together. And Jason Lynch praises the series for its product placement techniques.

Kardashian-Jenner Reality

The Kardashian women have signed a $100 million contract with E! to continue their reality TV franchise. Bruce Jenner will apparently have his own reality show about his gender transition, and Heather Havrilesky explores how this show may deconstruct assumptions about masculinity and gender.

Update: An E! rep is saying the $100 million figure is inaccurate.

Schur on P&R

Two more interviews with Mike Schur on the Parks and Recreation finale, from the NYT and from Vulture.

Cord Cutting Up

A media analyst says cord cutting has risen significantly in the last year.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Net Neutrality Impact

Ted Johnson covers how tomorrow's net neutrality announcement could affect Hollywood.

HBO Diversity Fellowship

HBO is offering a writing fellowship for diverse emerging writers.

Comcast Subscribers

Kelly Gilblom reports that Comcast is soon to have more internet subscribers than pay TV subscribers.

Chandler Profile

Lacey Rose sat down with Kyle Chandler to talk about his return to a TV series.

Diversity Pays Off

Austin Siegemund-Broka finds that higher ratings and bigger box office results spawn from TV shows and films with more diverse casts.

Scott-Young Profile

Lauretta Charlton profiles Mona Scott-Young, producer of Love & Hip Hop and other reality TV shows.

Upfronts Optimism

Diego Vasquez sees positive signs for the upcoming upfronts.

Screen Engagement

A new study finds that people engage longer with digital screens than TV set screens.

Daytime Emmy Problem

Kate O'Hare says the Daytime Emmys face a challenge with the decline of the network soap opera.

Saul Costumes

Breaking Bad costume designer Jennifer Bryan talks to Better Call Saul's costume designer about dressing up Saul.

Event Fatigue Syndrome

Brian Lowry says Event TV is now suffering from an overload of programming.

Parks & Rec Reaction

Reviews of last night's Parks and Recreation finale from James Poniewozik, Alan SepinwallAlasdair Wilkins, Myles McNutt, Jeff Jensen, Willa Paskin, and Kevin Fallon. Geoff Berkshire talks to Mike Schur about the ending, and the NYT also has a Q&A. The cast members break down the finale. Anthony Crupi notes that the post-P&R NBC is sitcom-starved. Emily Yahr says we'll never see a show like P&R again. Sam Donsky loves the much-maligned Season 1.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Repeat After Me (ABC), Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC), New Girl (Fox), The Mindy Project (Fox), Forever (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Casting & Race

Bim Adewunmi tackles the issue of race and casting and calls on fans to think beyond just a handful of familiar names, like Idris Elba, when calling for diversity.

Netflix in Russia

Vladimir Kozlov reports that Netflix is eyeing expansion to Russia within two years.

Herman on Netflix

A new Pee-wee Herman movie is coming to Netflix, and Sam Thielman covers his 30-year career to this point.

Gay Issues

Some Walking Dead viewers have objected to a gay kiss depicted on the show. Tim & Lorenzo argue that such a representation matters. And Sonia Saraiya is seeing a lot of gay panic in recent shows about male relationships.

Murder Roundtable

The actors who play Keating's students talk about How to Get Away With Murder.

Olbermann Suspended

ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann for getting in a Twitter fight.

UK Drama Credit

Stuart Kemp reports on how much money has been shelled out via the UK's high-end TV drama production tax credits.

Girls' Stasis

Matt Brennan is critical of the stasis of Girls, yet can't stop watching.

Game-Show Hybrid

Andrew Webster reports that Lionsgate will work with Telltale Games on a hybrid TV show-video game. David Lumb wonders if a game-show hybrid can work.


Michelle Castillo looks at how WGN America is using the South By Southwest film festival as a platform to market Salem.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), The Bachelor (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS), Scorpion (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Sleepy Hollow (Fox), The Night Shift (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Marketing Tactics

Brian Steinberg looks at recent bold promo techniques undertaken by channels, including USA flashing images of its new series Dig during SVU episodes.

Allen Sues Comcast

Entertainment mogul Bryon Allen is suing Comcast for $20 billion (not a typo -- billion) over racial discrimination related to channel carriage. Sergiop digs into the details.

Oscars Coverage

Adam B. Vary describes watching Academy Awards ceremony rehearsals, including Terrence Howard's prep, and Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes claim that the ratings and winners illustrate a growing disconnect between viewers and the Academy membership; Sam Adams responds.

Modern Family Screens

Bill Keveney covers how tomorrow night's computer- and mobile-shot episode of Modern Family was shot. This week's episode of CRW's The Business talks to showrunner Steve Levitan about shooting the episode and about splitting episodes with Christopher Lloyd.

MSNBC's Move

Megan Garber explores why MSNBC seems to be moving away from its left-wing orientation.

More on O'Reilly

Emily Steel and Ravi Somaiya report further details on Bill O'Reilly's wartime reporting and reveal that O'Reilly openly threatened them. CBS News has released some footage that O'Reilly referred to, and Mother Jones insists the footage doesn't support O'Reilly's claims.

James Poniewozik says audience expectations will spell the difference between the fates of Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly. Brian Lwory says O'Reilly's main problem right now is his combativeness.

P&R Coverage

More Parks & Recreation posts: Uproxx has an oral history of the series, Libby Hill looks at how the ending of the series is paying off, and Alan Sepinwall interviews Amy Poehler. Todd VanDerWerff talks to Michael Schur about making a sitcom finale work, while Schur and other showrunners talk to Jason Lynch about the challenge of series finales. The P&R finale will honor Harris Wittels. Shane Barnes explains why Mr. Gergich is his idol. Todd VanDerWerff writes about P&R's America.

Sarah Galo talks to two of the women on the Parks and Recreation writing team. Sarah Seltzer considers how Leslie Knope contrasted with Liz Lemon. Margaret Lyons argues that P&R surpassed The Office. Alyssa Rosenberg admires the political brilliance of the series.

Many more links from TV Tattle.

Good TVeets

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kids' Viewing

Ad Week has an infographic detailing time spent consuming media by kids and young adults.

P&R Appreciations

As its final episode awaits tomorrow, appreciations for Parks and Recreation are coming in: Alan Sepinwall says the show found greatness in the simple, Maureen Ryan appreciates the show's feminism, and Eric Thurm says the final season has been the series' best. Josef Adalian considers how the show survived as long as it did.

Kochs & Local TV

Justin Fox highlights how much money the Koch brothers will pump into local TV due to political ads.

Upfronts Schedule

Toni Fitzgerald lists the schedule of upfront presentations.

Cable Channel Reach

TV By the Numbers has updated its list of how many homes each cable channel can reach.

Oscar Night

TVTattle has a good roundup of Oscar reviews and reactions. Todd VanDerWerff has a review. ABC's livestream of the broadcast was apparently a dud, and a delay issue affected the viability of ABC's backstage app. Lady Gag prompted the biggest Twitter reaction. Peter Kafka notes that the Twitter audience appears to be more loyal to the broadcast than the TV audience.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The 87th Annual Academy Awards (ABC), Live From the Red Carpet (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Everything outside of ABC was a repeat with the exception of the “60 Minutes” tribute to Bob Simon on CBS.

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Early Oscar ratings show a decline from previous years.

Good TVeets

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscar Show

The Oscars producers talked to BuzzFeed about making the the night into a better TV show.

Saturday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers: The night overall

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Surge Pricing

Jeremy Toeman applies Uber's concept of surge pricing to TV shows.

NYT Media Coverage

Margaret Sullivan wonders about the state of New York Times media coverage in the wake of David Carr's death and other departures.

Another O'Reilly Challenge

A former CBS reporter has come forth to add to Mother Jones' allegations against Bill O'Reilly. Other CBS staffers also dispute O'Reilly's account.

Cord-Cutting Costs

Mike Coulsen explains the financial and emotional reasons why he went back to pay TV after trying out cord cutting.

TV Writer Advice

Javi Grillo-Marxuach offered advice for aspiring TV writers on Twitter; Kate O'Hare compiled the tweets in readable form.

Murphy's Career

Drew McWeeny says the Eddie Murphy he used to worship is now gone, as Murphy's become too protective of his fame to take comedic risks.

Good TVeets

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sherlock Fan Art

Jenna Wortham highlights some Sherlock slash fan art.

Kids' Ad-Sales Battle

Brian Steinberg reports that the splintering of the kids' programming market will see players like Disney pushing up ad rates in the battle for young viewers.

Twitter TV Marketing

Adam Flomenbaum checks out how Patron and MasterCard successfully leveraged Twitter during the Grammys.

New CST Issue

A new set of posts from Critical Studies in Television is up, featuring:

YouTube Semi-Fame

Eric Blattberg profiles what life is like for emerging YouTube stars, whose fame is growing but not necessarily large enough yet to give up their day jobs.

The Slap's Failure

David Canfield sees The Slap as a network failure to match a cable prestige drama.

New ABC Reality Head

ABC has hired Robert Mills to oversee reality TV for the network.

Spectrum Momentum

Harry A. Jessell says there is momentum toward the spectrum auction, but obstacles still await.

Rape Plots

Sonia Saraiya finds significance in how Shameless and Broad City have handled rape plotlines.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Shark Tank (ABC), Hawaii Five-O (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: SNL 40th Anniversary Special R (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): World’s Funniest Fails (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Cristela (ABC), Glee (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

SNL Ratings

DVR viewership brought the Saturday Night Live special to a 10-year ratings high for NBC.

Oscars Backstage Stream

ABC will offer a free livestream of the Oscars backstage on Facebook and Watch ABC apps.

O'Reilly Response

Bill O'Reilly has responded to Mother Jones' accusation that he has lied about his war experiences. The Mother Jones journalist has responded by fact-checking O'Reilly's response.

Midseason Appreciation

Andy Greenwald highlights all-stars of TV at the midseason break.

Good TVeets

Friday, February 20, 2015

Unbreakable on Netflix

Dave Itzkoff looks at Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the implications of its move from NBC to Netflix.

Channels Online

Colin Dixon looks at the move of TV channels online, as Comcast is confident of the future of TV Everywhere. But Discovery's CEO says he's willing to take his channels OTT if pay TV operators can't make TV Everywhere work out.

Viacom Analysis

Richard Morgan covers speculation that Viacom could be ripe for a takeover.

Stewart's Future

THR talked to Jon Stewart about his possible future plans.

Emmys Rules Changes

The Television Academy has issued some major new rules for Emmys, including a requirement that episodes have to be 30 minutes or less to qualify as a comedy, though exceptions can be petitioned. Alan Sepinwall has analysis, as do Myles McNuttBen Travers, Willa PaskinBrian Lowry, Tim Goodman, Michael Schneider. Michael O'Connell pinpoints winners and losers of the changes. James Poniewozik points out problems.

Disney Channel Upfront

Jeanine Poggi looks at Disney Channel's attempt to innovate its appeals to ad clients in place of a traditional upfront party.

YouTube Kids App

YouTube is launching an app for children's videos. Will Richmond notes that this puts yet more pressure on cable channels targeting children.

MSNBC Changes

Lloyd Grove speculates on what could be next for MSNBC in the wake of cancelled shows. MSNBC is denying some of the swirling rumors.

Orphan Black Premiere

Orphan Black's third season return will air across all AMC channels, in addition to its usual BBC America home.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Odd Couple” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS), “Scandal” (ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “The Slap” (NBC), “Backstrom” (Fox), “Reign” (CW), “Elementary” (CBS), “Allegiance” (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

O'Reilly Allegation

Mother Jones insists that Bill O'Reilly has fabricated war stories just like Brian Williams. O'Reilly vehemently denies the allegations.

RIP Harris Wittels

Comedy writer Harris Wittels has died. His New York Times obituary. David Sims considers Wittels' legacy. Aziz Ansari offers a tribute.

2.5 Men Finale

If you missed the Two and a Half Men finale, Brian Lowry tells you what you missed (or didn't). And Chuck Lorre talks about why what happened did. Daniel Fienberg also has a recap. Pilot Viruet chimes in after watching every episode.

Good TVeets

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oscar Ad Rates

ABC is getting record prices for Oscar broadcast ads.

Russian TV

Gary Shteyngart tells us what he saw while watching Russian TV for a week.

NBC's Achievements

Ed Martin comes bearing praise for NBC.

Holt's Chance

David Bauder considers Lester Holt's opportunity at NBC News.

Mad Men Teaser

A final season teaser for Mad Men is out.

Upscale Shows

Toni Fitzgerald highlights the most popular shows among upscale audiences this season.

Network News Matters

Lynn Vavreck argues that network news is still relevant.

Cartoon Network Upfront

Cartoon Network has kicked off upfronts season with new show announcements.

Cho Interview

Kevin Wong talks to Margaret Cho about Asian representation on American TV.

ABC News on Xbox One

ABC News has the first news app on the Xbox One platform.

CSI to Hulu

Hulu has picked up SVOD rerun rights for all of the original CSI series. Merrill Barr has analysis.

Amazon Pilots

Amazon has picked up five pilots to series. Myles McNutt has been keeping track of how the non-kids shows have scored on Amazon and IMDb.

2.5 Men Finale

Chuck Lorre talks about tonight's Two and a Half Men series ender, and Eric Deggans wonders how the series became the longest-running multicam in TV history.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: American Idol (Fox), Empire (Fox), Modern Family (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: The Middle (ABC), The Goldbergs (ABC), Arrow (CW), Chicago PD (CW)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), The 100 (CW), Nashville (ABC), Stalker (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

YouTube Music Rights

Rae Votta covers the lawsuits being lobbed at YouTube multi-channel networks in regard to music rights licensing.

Jane's Pregnancy

Caroline Franke appreciates how Jane the Virgin has meshed together melodrama and reality with Jane's pregnancy.

Easter Premieres

Cynthia Littleton notes that Easter week is filled with relevant premieres.

Sex Box Response

WE tv has asked those who object to the premise of Sex Box to watch the show first.

Speeding Up Shows

Joe Flint reports that cable programming is being subtly sped up to squeeze in more ads. Ryan Waniata looks into how programming is sped up.

Handler Speaks Out

Chelsea Handler is speaking out against E! and talking up Netflix.

Live Web Sports

Peter Chernin foresees a time when live sports will be bigger on the internet than on TV.

ABC's Diversity

Brian Stelter talks to Paul Lee about ABC's diversity strategy.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Bachelor Analysis

Anna Silman is critical of The Bachelor's rural stereotypes, and Tracy Clark-Flory questions the show's sexual double-standards.

Married at Twice Sight

The second season of reality series Married at First Sight will air on both FYI and A&E but in two different versions.

TV Land Exit

TV Land's president will move on to other things as Viacom restructures.

Macdonald on SNL

Norm Macdonald captivated Twitter tonight with a behind-the-scenes story of SNL40 and Eddie Murphy's role.

Recovery on TV

Malina Saval looks at the depiction of recovery from addiction on a number of shows.

TV's SNL40 Platform

Ed Martin points to the Saturday Night Live anniversary special as evidence of the still-formidable and unique power of broadcasting television.

Parks & Rec Coverage

If you missed last night's Parks and Recreation episodes, you can catch the fake ads and the great cameo online. And Alan Sepinwall has launched a two-part discussion with showrunner Mike Schur of the evolution of the show's colorful recurring characters, part 2.

Wireless Spectrum

A new Kagan study foresees a coming battle for TV spectrum space among wireless carriers.

Undercover Boss Risk

Emily Yahr says a recent episode of Undercover Boss calls into question why any company would take the risk of being on the show.

Stewart's Next Move

Bill Carter considers what Jon Stewart's next move could be.

NBC News Up

NBC News' evening network news ratings have bounced back up to the top spot.

Modern Future

Angela Watercutter says the upcoming Modern Family laptop episode offers a glimpse of TV's storytelling future.

Celebrity Networks

Following Glenn Beck's Blaze model, a number of celebrities are launching their own subscription-based internet channels.

Cable Stocks Pessimism

A top stock analyst sees cable stocks as a bad investment going forward, due especially to the regulatory climate.

Netflix Spending

Only ESPN is likely to outspend Netflix on programming costs in 2016, a new report says.

Comcast TVE Use

Wil Richmond reports on Comcast TV Everywhere usage figures. Richard Lawler also reports, and also questions the Everywhere part.

Mozart Renewed

Amazon wants a second season of Mozart in the Jungle.

Survivor Oral History

TVInsider offers an oral history of 30 seasons (!) of Survivor.

Mad Men Museums

Josef Adalian highlights a number of upcoming museum events featuring Mad Men.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Parks and Recreation (NBC), Repeat After Me (ABC), Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC), Marry Me (NBC), New Girl (Fox), About a Boy (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Zucker's Defense

Jeff Zucker is defending the moves he's made at CNN.

Rivers Profile

Emily Nussbaum delves into Joan Rivers' career and image.

McKinnon's Bieber Queerness

Shauna Miller appreciates the queerness of Kate McKinnon's impression of Justin Bieber.

Late Night Women

Brian Steinberg and Cynthia Littleton consider the gender issue Comedy Central must confront in replacing Jon Stewart. The GenderAvenger blog uses pie charts to highlight the dearth of women hosting late night shows.

Over-the-Air Popularity

Phil Anderson reports from Kansas on the resurgence of the over-the-air antenna.

Hannibal & Class

Mark Dery explores the representation of class in Hannibal.

Last Week Tonight Renewed

HBO has committed to two more seasons of John Oliver's show.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Bachelor (ABC), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS)
- Sophomore Slump: Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Originals (CW), Jane the Virgin (CW), State of Affairs (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Diginet Rerun Success

Janet Stilson highlights the success that digital broadcast networks like Bounce TV and MeTV are having with classic reruns and a handful of original shows.

Walking Dead & Genre

Amanda Keeler offers a genre analysis of The Walking Dead, "particularly as an intersection of the post-apocalyptic tale and the western."

Female Characters

Chuck Wendig questions the concept of the "strong female character." And Stayci Taylor explores the challenge of getting funny female characters through the feature film development process. (Note: the latter link goes to a PDF that will download immediately when you click.)

NBC News Second

ABC's evening newscast has overtaken NBC's in the post-Williams ratings.

Linear Viewing

Claire Atkinson reports that Millennial viewers are turning away from TV sets at rapidly expanding rates. Conversely, David Brennan finds the resilience of live linear viewing remarkable. And Colin Dixon highlights Pluto TV, which is featuring linear viewing in an online service.

Mobile Modern Family

Modern Family will air an episode shot primarily on iPhones and computer devices, as the family members communicate via texts, emails and FaceTime chats as depicted on Claire's computer screen.

Good TVeets

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sun News Network Failure

Sun News Network, thought of by some as the Fox News of Canada, has folded.

Daily Show's Social Success

Christina Warren delves into The Daily Show's social and viral media success.

Bosch & Amazon

ToddVanDerWerff says Bosch could be a needed hit for Amazon.

New In Media Res

Theme: Imagining the Border

  • Monday, February 16, 2015 - Juan Llamas-Rodriguez (University of California, Santa Barbara) presents: Border Futures 
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Laura Isabel Serna (University of Southern California) presents: La Venganza De Pancho Villa: Picturing Race 
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - Hector Amaya (University of Virginia) presents: Bridges, Tunnels, Fences, and Moats: Border Visual Metaphors in The Bridge
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Sophia Serrano (University of Southern California) presents: Border Wars 
  • Friday, February 20, 2015 - David Coon (University of Washington, Tacoma) presents: Push or Pull? Weeds Crosses the Border

Iranian Friends

Friends has been remade in Iran.

Conan in Cuba

Conan O'Brien's show spent a weekend shooting in Cuba.

Independent TV

Paul Greeley covers an independent TV station in San Diego and the pros and cons of rare independence.

PBS Plea

Andrew Lapin draws attention to the troubled state of documentaries on PBS.

Key & Peele Profile

Zadie Smith takes us into the world of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

SNL Twitter Ratings

Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special was a Twitter hit.

Fallon Critique

John Walters says Jimmy Fallon is good at creating viral moments but bad at hosting a talk show.

Drone Regulations

The FCC has proposed new drone regulations that could affect use in filmmaking.

Left Satire, Right Radio

Oliver Morrison argues that the liberals are suited for political satire and not talk radio.

Sling Adds Epix

Sling TV has added a suite of Epix movie channels and on-demand offerings.

State of Network Comedy

Jason Lynch delves into the challenged state of the network sitcom.

Reality Manipulation

Andy Dehnart explores evidence that Celebrity Apprentice's firings are planned in advance, and Emily Yahr is critical of the manipulative edit one Bachelor contestant got last night.

Update: A former Celebrity Apprentice sound mixer has taken issue with Dehnart's claims.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Mulaney (Fox), Undercover Boss (CBS), The Simpsons (Fox), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Bob’s Burgers (Fox), CSI (CBS)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Ratings for the SNL special were strong.

Good TVeets

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WGA Awards

The Writers Guild handed out film and TV awards last night. True Detective and Louie were multiple winners, and The Good Wife also won for best drama episode.

Good TVeets

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Black Oscar Viewership

Tambay A. Obenson speculates that Oscar viewership will be down this year among black audiences.

SNL's Original Reviews

Meredith Blake looks back on the reviews that Saturday Night Live got right out of the gate forty years ago.

Marvel TV

Dan Owen looks at how Marvel's TV offerings compare to their movie franchises.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Undercover Boss (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Constantine (NBC), World’s Funniest Fails (Fox), Glee (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Fair Use Use

Jonathan Band highlights the role that fair use laws have played in Jon Stewart's Daily Show success.

Russian Propaganda TV

Stephen Castle profiles the author of a new book detailing corruption and propaganda in the Russian TV industry.

Couples Viewing

Katherine Rosman covers the challenge of keeping up with TV as part of a couple.

RIP Gary Owens

Announcer and voice actor Gary Owens has died.

CCTV Corruption

Edward Wong reports that China's CCTV is undergoing a major corruption and graft probe.

Car Chase TV

BBC News' James Morgan tries to explain why Americans love to watch live police car chases on TV.

Dead Children

Michael Schneider identifies dead children as a TV show trend.

Ground Floor Cancelled

With Ground Floor done, TBS has now cancelled all of its returning original comedies.

Pilot Diversity

Michael O'Connell says the big trend this development season is diversity.

Good TVeets

Friday, February 13, 2015

Streaming Risks

Leon Lazaroff argues that networks could be damaging their futures by licensing reruns for streaming.

Stewart's Value

Viacom's stock dropped $350 million in value on Wednesday, following Jon Stewart's departure announcement.

Oliver & Ecuador

John Oliver has succeeded in getting Ecuador's attention after mocking its president.

Beauty and the Beast Renewed

The CW wants a fourth season of Beauty and the Beast.

Diversity & Ratings

Rick Porter looks at how shows with racially diverse casts are gaining ratings value.

Twitter's Promo Platform

Alan Wolk highlights the promotional capabilities that Twitter offers to TV.

New CST Issue

Check out a new set of Critical Studies in Television blog posts featuring:

Sex on TV

Jason Lynch says TV is the place to find steamy sex on screen now, not the movies.

News Future

Jason Abbruzzese questions the future relevance of the traditional news anchor, while Jeff Jarvis says NBC now has the opportunity to reinvent network news with its defining anchor out.

Moonves Comments

Some news from a Les Moonves earnings conference call yesterday: Moonves thinks CBS can get $5 or even $6 million for Super Bowl spots next year. He's also optimistic a CBS All Access subscriber fee-sharing deal can be worked out with affiliates. And he rejected reports that CBS will partner again with Viacom.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Mom (CBS), Scandal (ABC), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
- Noticeable Erosion: The Blacklist (NBC)
- Tired: The Vampire Diaries (CW)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Slap (NBC), Backstrom (Fox), Reign (CW), Allegiance (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Thursday, February 12, 2015

RIP David Carr

NYT media reporter David Carr has died. James Poniewozik offers an appreciation. More remembrances from Mathew Ingram, A.O. Scott, Keith J. Kelly, Jeff JarvisAnthony De RosaMichael Schaffer, John Cook, and Jack Shafer. Bill Carter offers a tribute.

Banshee Renewed

Cinemax has ordered an eight-episode fourth season for Banshee.

ESPN Apps Brand

Ryan Lawler says ESPN is moving away from the SportsCenter brand on its new mobile apps.

Artisanal Comedy

James Poniewozik says smaller-scale sketch comedy shows are surpassing big shows like Saturday Night Live.

The Americans Scene

Matt Zoller Seitz talks to director Thomas Schlamme about a standout scene in The Americans.

OTT Ecosystem

Colin Dixon shares thoughts from his panel on OTT strategies at the Digital Entertainment World conference.

HBO Digital Service

We have a little more info about HBO's upcoming OTT launch, but not much.

Sling Skepticism

Will Richmond argues that Sling TV is too much like a linear service to succeed. He also covers this on his weekly podcast.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: American Idol (Fox), Empire (Fox), Modern Family
- Honorable Mention: The Middle (ABC), The Goldbergs (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), The 100 (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted. and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Switched at Birth Story

Lauren Hoffman talks to Switched at Birth's showrunner about the show's sexual assault plotline.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015