Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Targeted Ads Optimism

Steve Lohr discusses the hope for the viability of targeted ads in the TV industry.

TV Technology

Michael Rundle delves into how TV set manufacturers are trying to master color representation in new sets.

SNL's Writers' Room

Kera Bolonik interviews Saturday Night Live writer Christine Zander about her seven years writing for the show.

Finding Colbert

Tim Godman says that Stephen Colbert appears to be trying to find himself on The Late Show.

Review's Bleakness

Eric Thurm praises the hilarious bleakness that is Comedy Central's Review.

TiVo Ad-Skipping

TiVo has introduced a new DVR called the BOLT that enables skipping of entire commercial breaks at the push of a button.

Millennials & Pay TV

Emily Steel reports on new Nielsen research suggesting that 18-34s who start families are less likely to be cord cutters.

Expanding Representations

Linda Ge praises ABC for featuring a record number of Asian characters in fall series, while Zeba Blay argues that Empire represents a shift in representation of African-Americans in how it embraces stereotypes.

Cancellation Season

Jeremy Egner tallies up the last five seasons of network series cancellations, noting the preponderance of one-season wonders.

Survivor's Survival

John Koblin covers the still-ongoing ratings success of Survivor on CBS.


Jason Lynch reports from Advertising Week on ABC's discussion of its VOD services, where viewing is up but monetization isn't yet following.

Nielsen News

The Advertising Week conference is going on, and Steven Perlberg reports from a panel featuring Nielsen, comScore, and Rentrak execs that competitive sniping took place. And Jason Lynch covers Nielsen's announcement that a deal with CBS will result in All Access viewing data included in ratings.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael Schneider.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hot Reality Shows

Elizabeth Wagmeister says reality TV is still going strong and is far from dead, though it may be in flux.

ComScore Acquiring Rentrak

Big ratings company news: comScore will acquire Retrak in order to take on Nielsen.

Thursday Delayed Viewing Ratings

Rick Kissell has the L+3 figures from shows that aired Thursday.

Daily Show Ratings

Rick Kissell has the ratings for last night's Daily Show, which Josef Adalian characterized as soft.

Lesbians of Color

Alyssa Rosenberg notes a significant number of fall shows featuring characters who are lesbian women of color.

Female Comedians on Late Night

Vulture talked with a big group of female comedians about what they think about hosting a late-night show.

AJAM & Unionization

Al Jazeera America management has rebuffed a unionization attempt by employees, which now turns to the NLRB.

Indian Actress on Quantico

Sonia Saraiya explains why having an Indian actress in the lead Quantico role is so significant.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Voice (NBC)
- Modest: Gotham (Fox)
- Losers: Life in Pieces (CBS), Minority Report (Fox), Castle (ABC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael Schneider.

John Oliver's Impact

Beth Kowitt details the impact that John Oliver has had on policy and social issues.

Total Audience Measurement

Nielsen insists that a ratings metric measuring audiences across all linear and digital platforms will arrive by year's end.

New In Media Res

Theme: Terror Week from the Global Studies Institute

Premiere Week Results

Josef Adalian breaks down the good and bad of premiere week for each network. Jason Lynch also tracks winners and losers.

Ramos Profile

William Finnegan profiles Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos.

Lindelof Interviews

Damon Lindelof is doing interviews as The Leftovers returns Sunday, with Kate Aurthur and with Alan Sepinwall.

RIP Catherine Coulson

Actress Catherine Coulson, who played the Log Lady on Twin Peaks, has died.

Watchable Launched

Todd Spangler notes that Comcast's Watchable video service is launching today.

More Blindspot Scripts

NBC wants nine more Blindspot scripts, boosting the likelihood that more episodes will follow.

TV Ad Prices

Brian Steinberg has posted his annual rundown of prime-time network TV ad prices. (Jeanine Poggi does one too)

News & Doc Emmys

Emmy awards for news and documentary formats were handed out last night, with PBS and CBS leading the way.

Ratings Analysis

Anthony Crupi notes how VOD viewing helped salvage Scream Queens' first week, while Rick Kissell finds that DVR viewing helped give Stephen Colbert a young-adult ratings victory in his first week. Jeanine Poggi looks at the state of advertising on cable amid ratings declines.

Noah Reviews

Reactions to Trevor Noah's Daily Show debut from Daniel FienbergSonia Saraiya, James PoniewozikMatt Zoller SeitzSam Adams, Eric Deggans (audio), Scott MeslowDavid Sims, Louis Virtel, Brian Lowry, Jason Lynch,

Good TVeets

Monday, September 28, 2015

Merger Issues

The FCC's general counsel says online video distribution concerns were what prevented the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, and Rich Greenfield weighs takeaways from this in terms of the chances for the Charter-TWC merger. Meanwhile, Nexstar has made an unsolicited bid for Media General, which could torpedo the Meredith deal.

Black Actresses in Prime Time

Tirdad Derakhshani celebrates that prime-time TV is finally providing sophisticated roles for black lead actresses.

Pay TV Satisfaction

Phillip Swann reports that pay TV satisfaction ratings overall are up, though cable operators trail badly.

Cord-Cutting Issues

Toni Fitzgerald reports on a new study finding that Millennials aren't as focused on cord cutting as many assume, while another study finds that sports are a major lure to keep the cord intact. But Mike Snider notes that cord cutting options otherwise abound.

Noah's Show

Trevor Noah is taping his new Daily Show for tonight; Todd VanDerWerff covers how the show is and isn't changing.

Wednesday Delayed Viewing Ratings

Rick Kissell covers last Wednesday's L+3 ratings, and Empire in particular just keeps growing.

International Impact

Alyssa Rosenberg considers how considerations of the international market are affecting storytelling and business decisions.

CSI Interview

Creator Anthony Zuiker talks about the ending of CSI.

Netflix Acquisitions

Netflix is now the exclusive post-broadcast global streaming home for Jane the Virgin, Zoo, and USA's upcoming Colony, and Emily Steel notes that this is part of its global expansion goals.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), Sunday Night Football (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: CSI (CBS), Quantico (ABC)
- Losers: Bob’s Burgers (Fox), The Simpsons (Fox), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Blood & Oil (ABC), Family Guy (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Michael Schneider.

CSI went out strong.

Good TVeets

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tuesday Delayed Viewing Ratings

Rick Kissell has Tuesday's L+3 ratings, where Scream Queens rose notably.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Good TVeets

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Post-Reality Life

Vulture ran a series this week on life after reality TV.

Inside I Am Cait

A professor who appeared on I Am Cait discusses what doing the show was like.

More Sex Positivity

Bitch Flicks continues its sex positivity series with posts on Sense8 and on The Fosters.

Mistresses Renewed

ABC has renewed the summer series Mistresses.

Twitter's New TV Features

Janko Roettgers reports on Twitter's recent moves toward pages dedicated to individual TV shows.

Comedy Central Interview

Liz Shannon Miller talks to Comedy Central exec Kent Alterman about programming late night.

Reality TV Salaries

Hamilton Nolan reports on reality TV salary information obtained via a survey.

Media Consumption in Cuba

Johnny Harris profiles a media smuggling operation in Cuba that delivers US media to consumers without internet access.

TLC & the Duggars

Emily Shire is critical of TLC continuing to feature members of the Duggar family in specials.

Noah's Daily Show

Brian Steinberg explains how Trevor Noah's Daily Show will differ from Jon Stewart's. The debut episode will simulcast on all of Viacom's cable outlets.

Monday Delayed Viewing Ratings

Rick Kissell reports on first-week L+3 ratings from Monday, noting that Blindspot made impressive gains.

Friday Ratings

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

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “Thursday Night Football” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
- Could Be Better/Could Be Worse: “Heroes Reborn” (NBC)
- Modest Sampling: “The Player” (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael Schneider.

More Sex Positivity Analysis

Bitch Flicks' week on sex positivity continues with posts on The 100 and on Bob's Burgers.

Amazon's Video Investments

Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast this week covers the payoffs of Amazon's big video investments.


The NYT reports that Republican Super PACs are spending big on TV ads for primary elections.

Viewership Declines

Claire Atkinson reports that the young male demographic is particularly down in the fall ratings.

New Show Awareness

Nathalie Tadena covers a report on how viewers find out about new shows, with over half saying they rely on TV promos.

Fall Ad Rates

Jeanine Poggi has posted a fall ad pricing chart (which may or may not be paywalled for you; I'm not able to access it, but I may have exhausted my freebies).

Rhimes Interview

Elle magazine has an interview with Shonda Rhimes that's getting a lot of attention.

Amazon Acquires Mr. Robot

Amazon Prime has snapped up exclusive streaming rights to Mr. Robot's first season.

Netflix News

Netflix US has commissioned twelve new episodes of Black Mirror, and it's not yet clear where they'll appear in the UK. The episodes will also apparently be released in small groupings. In other news, Netflix has said it plans to produce and own more of its upcoming original series.

Good TVeets

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CYOA Series from Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh is developing a choose-your-own-adventure series for HBO.

Empire Roundtable

A group of academics who focus on race and pop culture offer analysis of the Empire phenomenon.

Streaming & VR Apps

Paula Bernstein reports on announcements from both Netflix and Hulu of the development of 3D and virtual reality apps.

Writing Black-ish

Maria Elena Fernandez talks to Black-ish's creator about last night's "n-word" episode.

Proof Cancelled

TNT is done with Proof.

SVOD Growth

Colin Dixon highlights growth in SVOD subscriptions, including HBO Now.

Streaming Licensing

Just discovered I had the wrong link for this, posted last week, plus there's now a response to it:

Steve Hasker and Glenn Enoch consider if media companies are demanding enough from streaming services in licensing fees for their content. Richard Greenfield takes issue with the claims here.

Turner's ESports League

Turner Broadcasting has started a professional league for videogamers, with live events to appear on TBS.

Tyranny of the Core Cast

Alex Epstein discusses the frustration of knowing a core series cast member won't be killed off, with Homeland's fourth season as his example.

You're the Worst's Sex Positivity

Bitch Flicks' series on sex positivity continues with a look at You're the Worst.

Devious Maids Renewed

Lifetime wants another season of Devious Maids.

Nickelodeon's Splat

Nickelodeon is launching an 8-hour programming block called The Splat, which will feature 1990s shows.

TV & Digital Convergence

Sahil Patel highlights five charts that reveal TV and digital convergence online.

Narcos Native Ad

Netflix has hired the Wall Street Journal to create a multimedia native ad for Narcos.

A-Team Series

20th Century Fox TV reportedly has an A-Team series in development.

Channel Four For Sale?

A well-timed photograph revealed news that the UK government is considering privatizing Channel 4.

Pilot Reviews

Sam Adams talks with critics in questioning the value of reviewing pilots in a binge-viewing era.

Streamlining Sports

Andrew Bucholtz offers suggestions to TV sports outlets for streamlining budgets without turning viewers off.

Goldbergs on Hulu

Hulu has reached a deal with Sony to stream previous seasons of The Goldbergs.

Netflix Analysis

Todd VanDerWerff points out the speciousness of Netflix's data release on when viewers get hooked to series.

Ryan Ankles Post

Former Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan is moving on to Variety.

TV Writer Interviews

Monmouth University student Victoria Nelli has launched a TV writer interview series at her blog, with chats with You're the Worst's Alison Bennet and with Hannibal and Jekyll & Hyde's Tom de Ville up first.

Project Greenlight's Return

Mark Harris delves into the return of Project Greenlight and what it reveals.

Al Jazeera Releases

Egypt has pardoned and released two imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists.

Showrunners to Follow

Jason Lynch identifies twelve showrunners worth following on Twitter and Instagram this fall.

Rhimes Interview

Alan Sepinwall interviewed Shonda Rhimes about her Thursday night shows and Viola Davis's Emmys speech.

Diversity & Intersectionality

James Poniewozik's review of last night's Empire and Black-ish discusses the value of shows exploring diversity in depth. Lacey Rose highlights the diversity of the Empire writers' room.  Rachel Syme talks to Viola Davis about her Emmys speech, which addressed diversity. Alyssa Rosenberg appreciates how Empire, The Carmichael Show, and Survivor's Remorse are addressing the intersectionality of race and class.

Noah Interview

Dave Itzkoff talks to Trevor Noah about his Daily Show task ahead.

Password Sharing Ethics

Mike Snider considers the ethical debate around streaming service password sharing.

Reality TV's Struggles

Josef Adalian highlights the decline of the reality TV business as scripted TV booms.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Survivor (CBS), Rosewood (Fox), Empire (Fox), Modern Family (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: The Middle (ABC), The Goldbergs (ABC), black-ish (ABC)
- Losers: A Wicked Offer (CW), Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael Schneider.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Netflix Viewing Data

Netflix has released data purporting to illustrate how many episodes in viewers get hooked on a season.

Scream Queens Push

Jason Lynch covers the lengthy marketing push Fox had for Scream Queens, which didn't seem to pay off in premiere ratings.

TV App Economy

Joel Espelien explains who the winners and losers will be if TV becomes driven by apps.

Fall Ad Landscape

Sydney Ember assesses the fall season from the standpoint of the shifting ad landscape.

Amazon Pilots

Amazon has announced its next wave of pilots, featuring three with (white) women in key creative roles.

Trump vs. Fox News

Donald Trump has said he's boycotting Fox News, and Fox News has sniped back.

Fall Ratings

Anthony Crupi notes that the first two nights of fall ratings are unimpressive, with young audiences especially missing.

Good TVeets

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Muppets (ABC), NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC)
- Positive Sampling: Limitless (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats) Scream Queens (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael Schneider.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Al-Jazeera Cuts

Jane Martinson reports that major job cuts are coming to Al-Jazeera.

TV vs. the Internet

Jacob Weisberg reviews a pair of books about television and internet competition.

Measuring Viewers

Tim Baysinger reports that networks are getting frustrated with the inadequacy of Nielsen measurements, especially in terms of Millennial viewers.

Netflix Relationship

Gerry Smith says cord-cutting fears may be leading media companies to alter their relationships with Netflix.

Fat Acceptance

Melissa Zimdars has a journal article on TLC's Big Sexy and fat acceptance that is free to download right now.

NCIS's Global Popularity

Sandra Gonzalez reports on NCIS's status as the most-watched show worldwide.

Williams' Return

Brian Williams was back on the air today, and Mark Joyella said it looked like MSNBC's future.

ESPN Layoffs

200-300 employees will reportedly soon be laid off at ESPN.

ESPN & Gambling

Richard Deitsch notes that ESPN's coverage of gambling odds in football has gotten more pervasive.

Narcos' Titles

Art of the Title features an interview with the title designer for Narcos.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Blindspot (NBC)
- Adequate Sampling: Life in Pieces (CBS)
- Disappointing: Gotham (Fox)
- Losers: Minority Report (Fox), Significant Mother (CW), Castle (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

Ryan Murphy & Race

Kerensa Cadenas says Scream Queens illustrates showrunner Ryan Murphy's problems with depicting race.

Landgraf Interview

The new episode of KCRW's The Business features an interview with FX CEO John Landgraf about peak TV, in which he proclaims FX's shows to be better than Netflix's shows.

NBC on Roku

NBC now has a streaming app on Roku, with debuting shows available to all and authentication required for returning shows.

Trump Coverage

As Donald Trump making Good TVeets illustrates, Trump has renewed his bickering with Fox News. Jack Shafer argues that the media is actually undercovering Trump compared to the volume of public interest. And Heather Digby Parton says Trump represents a terrifying age of politics.

Good TVeets

Monday, September 21, 2015

Writing Rape

Sonia Saraiya interviews writers about the challenge of crafting scenes depicting sexual assaults.

Twitter's Impact

Carrie Cummings shares an infographic detailing how Twitter is helping to drive TV viewership and engagement.

Bloomberg Morning Show

Brian Steinberg reports that Bloomberg TV is launching a morning news show.


Mike Hale covers the notable presence of TV at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sex Positivity

Bitch Flicks has a theme week on sex positivity, with posts on Broad City, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and Archer and Bob's Burgers.

Spelling's Era

THR has an oral history of super-producer Aaron Spelling's heyday.

The Muppets' Resonance

Liz Shannon Miller explores why the Muppets have continued to resonate with audiences over the years.

Carmichael Show Roundtable

A trio of academics discusses The Carmichael Show and its representations.

Downton Ratings

Downton Abbey started its final season on ITV last night with its lowest premiere audience ever.

TV Mergers

Rick Edmonds explains why we're seeing so many broadcasting and cable mergers right now.

Viola Davis Reaction

While many have praised Viola Davis's Emmys acceptance speech, it brought a backlash from some, including soap opera actress Nancy Lee Grahn. I collected a set of tweets from scholar Kristen Warner analyzing what was short-sighted about Grahn's perspective.

New In Media Res

Theme: It's That Kind of (After) Party: Dissecting Hannibal. (There will be blood. And spoilers)

  • Monday, September 21, 2015 - Lori Morimoto (George Mason University) presents: Situating Hannibal within the ‘Fullerverse’: Now More Than Ever Seems It Rich to Die 
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - Kirsty Worrow (Shrewsbury Sixth Form College) presents: “It’s Beautiful” – Hannibal’s Seduction through Visual Pleasure 
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - Rebecca Williams (University of South Wales) presents: Cooking with Hannibal: Food, Fandom & Participation
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 - KT Torrey (Virginia Tech University) presents: Mambo Italiano: Hannibal’s Sumptuous Season 3 Slide into Romantic Excess 
  • Friday, September 25, 2015 - Melanie E.S. Kohnen (Independent Scholar) presents: Hannibal, Slash Fandom, and Queer Media Visibility

Viacom Cutting Ads

Brian Steinberg reports that Viacom will cut back prime-time ads aired on its channels.

Portlandia's End

Portlandia is reportedly likely to end in 2018.

Cait Renewed

Kate Aurthur reports that E! has renewed I Am Cait for a second season.

Fall Coverage

The new fall season begins tonight! Jason Lynch queries network execs about their fall strategies, notes metrics that illustrate a show's fate is pretty much sealed in the first 15 minutes, and shares shows what ad buyers are most excited about. Josef Adalian highlights trends to watch out for. Rick Porter warns us to prepare for a social media onslaught due to fall series casts live-tweeting their shows.  Joe Flint covers NBC's struggles to put together a solid lineup.

The Editing Process

In a book excerpt, editor Jordan Goldman takes us through the decisions he makes during the editing process.

Emmys Coverage

Emmys were handed out last night. Read reaction to the choices from Linda Holmes, Alan Sepinwall, James Poniewozik, Nicole LaPorteMichael MaloneMyles McNuttBrian Lowry, Brian Stelter, and Molly Driscoll, and reviews of the broadcast from Tim Goodman, Matt Roush, Alexandra Petri, and Robert Bianco. Todd VanDerWerff offers six takeaways, and Vulture points out highs and lows. There were big moments from Viola Davis and Tracy Morgan. Twitter's blog highlights the big social media moments, and there were spoiler issues. Andy Dehnart reacts to The Voice's win for reality competition, and Ben Travers covers Veep's victory. Jon Hamm talks about finally winning, and Emily Yahr considers why Mad Men's actresses never could. Matt Weiner also opens up. The ratings for the broadcast were down, even to a historic low.

Good TVeets

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Good TVeets

Friday, September 18, 2015

Death of TV?

Melanie McFarland assesses the state of network TV.

Rape Storylines

Todd VanDerWerff addresses why and how rape storylines became a critical focus earlier this year.

AMC Network Observations

AMC Networks' CFO believes cord cutting worries are overblown, and its CEO believes using data mining to create shows is bad for the creative process.

Wu's Crusade

Jarett Wielselman profiles Fresh Off the Boat actress Constance Wu and her efforts to represent the Asian-American perspective.

The CW's Risk

Jason Lynch looks at the risk The CW is taking by debuting only one new series this fall season.

Top TV Music Players

Billboard has generated a list of the most important players in TV music.

End of Sábado Gigante

Famed Univision variety show Sábado Gigante will air its final episode on Sunday.

Comcast Privacy Overhaul

Comcast will overhaul its privacy operations in response to a civil suit agreement. (Google News link)

Sports TV Podcast

Will Richmond & Colin Dixon's podcast features a chat with a sports TV expert.

Emmys Telecast

Jason Lynch offers seven keys to a successful Emmys telecast.

The New Cablevision

Cablevision will soon be owned by a French cable entrepreneur, who plans to cut costs but also continue to expand. Brian Steinberg looks at what this deal says about the state of the industry.

MSNBC Changes

Brian Steinberg says we can expect MSNBC to start looking more like NBC News. And Brian Williams will be on MSNBC starting Monday.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis by Spotted.

Thursday Night Football did big numbers for CBS.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Trump & Cable News

Michael Wolff sees Donald Trump effectively exploiting both Fox News and CNN.

Hulu PiP

Hulu subscribers watching on iPads can now take advantage of a picture-in-picture feature.

AT&T's DirecTV Stumbles

Phillip Swann calls out AT&T for some early stumbles in its new relationship with DirecTV.

HBO Now's Early Success

Jeff Bewkes says HBO Now is doing well in its early months.

IMF's Rise & Fall

Lisa Mrock chronicles the rise and fall of the International Music Feed, a music video network.

Fall Twitter Buzz

Tim Baysinger reports on the fall series generating the most Twitter buzz.

BBC U.S. Streaming

Director general Tony Hall said Americans can expect to see a BBC streaming service next year, featuring shows that don't already have a U.S. distribution deal.

Live Jury Show

NBC has greenlit a new series from Dick Wolf, which would feature live civil trials with home audience voting.

Fall Previews

Andy Greenwald says we're looking at the worst fall season in modern TV history. Todd VanDerWerff is at least able to come up with some bests along with the worsts.

Debate Reviews

James Poniewozik assesses the TV show that was the Republican debate on CNN, as does Ken Tucker.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Last night's Republican debate was the most-watched program in CNN's history.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cablevision Acquired

The European telecom company Altice is taking over Cablevision.

Broadcasting Emmys

Ben Travers notes that broadcast network comedies can get Emmys love, but their dramas are ignored.

Underwhelming Fall

Alan Sepinwall isn't impressed by the fall's new shows on the whole.

NBC Takes Summer Crown

NBC once again won the summer 18-49 ratings race.

Trump's Reality TV Game

Jessica Yellin explains how Trump's presidential campaign is playing by reality TV rules.

Inside Empire

Lacey Rose goes behind the chaotic scenes of Empire.

Favorite 100

THR tallies the top 100 TV shows based on a poll of industry people.

Tiger Beat Reboot

Anne Helen Petersen looks at how Tiger Beat is trying to reboot the teen celebrity mag. (link fixed)

Variety's Dead

Pilot Viruet says the start of Best Time Ever signaled the end of the variety show in general.

Emmys Rule Switch

Todd VanDerWerff highlights a new Emmys voting change that could have a big impact on Sunday. Alan Sepinwall says the rule change complicates predictions.

Damon Apology

Matt Damon apologized for his comments on diversity on Project Greenlight, but Lily Workneh says he's still missing the point, and Todd VanDerWerff says the original comments reflect much of what the show has depicted about diversity.

Inside Coach

Michael Schneider tells us what went awry with the Coach reboot.

Fullscreen Streaming Service

Fullscreen announced the coming launch of a streaming service that will be targeted toward youth audiences.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Best Time Ever started modestly, and The Bastard Executioner's start was merely fine.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Network Personalities

Margaret Lyons and Matt Zoller Seitz discuss channel branding on their latest podcast episode.

AMC Eyeing Starz

Alex Sherman reports that AMC Networks is in talks to acquire Starz. Lucas Shaw also reports.

Trump on Cable News

Joe Flint and Rebecca Ballhaus report on how much time cable news outlets spend reporting on Donald Trump compared to other candidates (Google News link).

NFL Ad Rates

Anthony Crupi reports on the big ad rates NFL broadcasts are drawing.

Nightly Show Renewed

Comedy Central wants more Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, renewing it through 2016.

TV's Diversity Problems

Libby Hill says Matt Damon's diversity comments on Project Greenlight reveal racism embedded in the industry, not Damon himself. And Caroline Framke explores the issues of diversity in late night comedy hosting and writing.

Geller Thoughts

Incoming CBS Entertainment chief Glenn Geller spoke today with Debra Birnbaum and Michael Malone and Michael Schneider about the state of the network.

Colbert Reports

Three assessments of Colbert's new show one week in, from Brian Lowry and Matt Brennan and Kaleb Horton.

Tassler To Depart

A network bumbshell: CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler is leaving, to be replaced by Glenn Geller. (link fixed)

Female Showrunner Impact

David Robb reports on a new study finding that female showrunners are more likely to hire women to work on their shows than male showrunners.

Skinny Bundle Problems

Mike Dano relays TV exec concerns that skinny bundles will result in a stifling of content creation.

TV's Social Power

Cynthia Littleton talks to A&E Networks' president Nancy Dubuc about the real-world power of TV.

The Burden of Representation

Sonia Saraiya talks to actresses Alexandra Billings, Teyonah Parris and Constance Wu about the responsibility they feel in representing minorities on TV.

Broadway vs. AT&T

Theater advocates were angered by an AT&T ad touting watching NFL games on your phone while seeing a play.

Fred Silverman Profile

Frazier Moore catches up with legendary network exec Fred Silverman, as he starts work on his memoirs.

Reality Roundtable

THR has posted video of its Emmys reality TV roundtable.

Emmys Cachet

Stephen Battaglio says Emmys awards have taken on greater cultural cachet in today's changing TV industry.

Rom-Com Wave

Emily Nussbaum assesses the wave of rom-coms represented by You're the Worst, Catastrophe, and Scrotal Recall. Maureen Ryan also looks at the first two of those comedies, plus BoJack Horseman.

I Am Cait Finale

Casey Platt reflects back on I Am Cait in a review of its final episode.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Dancing with the Stars (ABC), American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Losers: So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), Significant Mother (CW), DanceBattle America (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Kardashian Apps

The Kardashians are now offering content direct-to-consumers via subscription apps. ONTD bought the Kylie app and says there's little there.

Cloud DVRs

Mike Dano questions why the pay TV industry hasn't been able to widely offer cloud DVRs.

Sprout Refresh

Jason Lynch reports on a brand refresh and shift to original programming for the children's channel Sprout.

Good TVeets

Monday, September 14, 2015

Marketing Noah

Jeanine Poggi highlights Comedy Central's targeted multi-platform marketing campaign to launch Trevor Noah's Daily Show.

Late-Night Photo

Vanity Fair has a story about the revitalization of late night comedy, but most are just talking about the ten men in suits gathered together for the cover photo, while Samantha Bee had the best response. Jezebel highlights Trevor Noah's comments about women in comedy from Newsweek.

NBC's Live Bet

Jason Lynch notes that NBC is betting big on live TV this fall, featuring live programming on five nights.

Test Pattern Models

Benjamin Gross delves into how the use of models in the 1950s to test color television pictures reinforced gender and race hierarchies.

Sports & Talent Agencies

Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes look at the big push of talent agencies into sports.

Carmichael Show Renewed

NBC has renewed the summer hit The Carmichael Show, while Mr. Robinson is done.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Schwarzenegger to Host Celebrity Apprentice

Donald Trump's replacement as host of Celebrity Apprentice will be Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Damon & Diversity

Matt Damon has raised attention with his comments about diversity on Project Greenlight. Kristen Warner has analysis. Aisha Harris says the comments illustrate Hollywood's diversity problem.

Gray Buying Schurz

There's more consolidation in broadcasting as Gray Television is buying Schurz Communications.

Good TVeets

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Golden Age for Women

Nell Scovell says excitement about a golden age in representation for women in TV should be tempered by knowledge of history and WGA stats.

Complex Women

Genevieve Valentine revels in the rise of "lady jerks," complex anti-heroines in shows like UnREAL and How to Get Away With Murder.

X-Files Premiere

Ismat Sarah Mangla covers reaction to Fox's decision to premiere The X-Files at  the NY Comic-Con three months before it airs on TV.

You're the Worst & the Rom-Com

Jane Hu appreciates You're the Worst's sad and painful version of romantic comedy.

Doll & Em's Look

Brandon Nowalk praises the effective style of Doll & Em.

The Duggar Empire

Sarah Posner delves into the Duggar family's ministry, which grew thanks to their TLC series but is now in crisis mode.

Fall Ratings

Spotted has completed the Fall Ratings Preview/Review for each network night of the week (except the barren Saturday).

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Saturday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Creative Arts Emmys

The Creative Arts Emmys were handed out last night; HBO took home the most hardware.

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