Saturday, October 31, 2015

Violent Women

Bitch Flicks has a theme week on violent women that covers The Walking Dead, The Americans, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Once Upon a Timeand The 100.

Apple TV & YouTube Red

Andrew Wallenstein offers his take on YouTube Red and the new Apple TV. Will Richmond and Colin Dixon talk YouTube Red on their podcast.

No Fox COO

Fox's COO has stepped down, and he won't be replaced.

LGBTIQ Portrayals

Laurence Barber argues that television is beating out film in presenting meaningful portrayals of LGBTIQ characters.

CBS This Morning Matters

Brian Steinberg looks at how CBS This Morning has finally come to matter in the morning show wars.

Sports & Periscope/Meerkat

Alan Wolk explains how sports rights holders can take advantage of livestream apps like Periscope and Meerkat rather than just view them as a threat.

Opinions on Password-Sharing

John Ourand says TV execs on the whole don't seem too concerned about pay TV password-sharing, though they're still taking steps to combat it.

Starz & Albrecht Sued

A former Starz exec is suing the outlet and CEO Chris Albrecht over claims of illegal business dealings in regard to revenue and subscriber numbers and over diversity complaints.

Dr. Ken's Two Steps Back

Christine Jun sees more problems than benefits for Asian-American representation in Dr. Ken.

Yahoo Drops Cowell Show

Yahoo doesn't want a second season of a Simon Cowell DJ show that apparently existed.

Horror TV

Andy Greenwald surveys the state of horror on TV in 2015.

Streaming Killing Network TV

Mike Spry explains how streaming options are killing linear network TV.

Female YouTube Stars Reign

A new study finds that female YouTube stars have more influence than traditional Hollywood celebrities.

Baseball Ratings

Harry A. Jessell considers what's behind the slide in ratings for baseball in recent years.

CNBC Debate Aftermath

Brian Stelter conveys the shock among CNBC staffers as they departed from the GOP debate. Now the RNC says it's dropping a partnership with NBC News for a February debate.

Prime-Time Soaps

Margaret Lyons declares this another age of the prime-time soap, one that's bigger and better than ever before.

Mann on Greenlight

Soraya Nadia McDonald talks to Jason Mann about his portrayal in Project Greenlight.

Fall Analysis

Josef Adalian analyzes the state of fall TV this season and finds the networks settling for less.

More Muppets

ABC has extended its Muppets order to 16 episodes.

ESPN Ends Grantland

ESPN announced it is shutting down Grantland. Jason Abbruzzese explains why Grantland failed in the end. Richard Deitsch is sad for Grantland's employees and fans.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Good TVeets

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hulu Influenced By Social Media Complaints

Mike Shields reports on comments from Hulu's CEO that social media user complaints about ads on Hulu led to the introduction of an ad-free option.

Weather Channel Digital Sale

The Weather Channel is selling off its digital and data assets to IBM, leaving the TV channel to stand alone. Tim Baysinger says this makes it tough to predict The Weather Channel's future.

A Different World's Influence

Mark S. Luckie explains how A Different World help inspire him to attend a historically-black college, where he found that the show's representations were accurate.

Dish Programmatic Buying

Dish Network is launching a programmatic ad-buying platform.

Second-Screen Watermarks

Jon Lafayette reports on Nielsen's move to put watermarks in programming and ads that will help them track second-screen engagement.

TWC & Charter Progress

Emily Steel reports that Charter and Time Warner Cable don't expect their merger to close until next year. Todd Spangler notes both companies reported better-than-expected third quarter profits, meaning maybe cord cutting fears right now are overblown.

The Art World on TV

Robin Pogrebin spotlights a trend of reality and scripted shows set in the art world.

TruTV Dropping Ads

TruTV has decided to air 9 fewer minutes of ads per hour starting next fall and will raise rates for the remaining time.

ABC's Upscale Success

ABC tops the broadcast networks in upscale ratings this fall.

Boring Fight Scenes

Willa Paskin is disappointed with the state of TV fight scene choreography in shows like Supergirl.

Sex on TV

Sara Stewart is unsatisfied with the narrow representation of sexual intercourse on TV, even in supposedly graphic shows like The Affair.

Renewal & Cancellation Announcements

Jethro Nededog explains why channels are choosing to announce season renewals so early in shows' runs today, while Lauren Piester explains why networks are announcing shortened episode orders for freshmen series rather than just calling them cancelled.

Premier League Success

Matthew Futterman says NBCU's big payout for Premier League rights is looking like a great deal, as the matches are rating well. (Google News link)

Password-Sharing Concerns

Charter's CEO argues that password-sharing is damaging pay TV.

Transgender Top Model

The Dutch version of the Top Model franchise has crowned a transgender model.

Pageants Move to Fox

Fox has picked up the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, taking over from NBC after their Trump conflict.

Fan TV Discontinued

The Fan TV set-top box is has been discontinued.

Fallon Ride

Universal Studios is developing a Jimmy Fallon-themed ride involving his Tonight Show studio set.

Local Political Ad Cash

Cynthia Littleton looks at the significant ad revenue that will be flowing into local stations as the election cycle heats up.

CNBC's Debate

James Poniewozik declares CNBC the loser of last night's GOP debate. Sonia Saraiya criticizes the channel's moderators for poor debate prep. The ratings for the debate are in, and Jason Lynch loks at figures showing a significant decline in viewer attention as the debate went on.

New Apple TV

Niley Patel reviews the new Apple TV box. Brain X. Chen thinks this update invigorates the set-top box market, and Walt Mossberg says apps and the remote are key features.

The Walking Death

In regard to The Walking Dead's apparent major character death on Sunday, Todd VanDerWerff explains why having that character not actually be dead would break the show. And Rowan Kaiser says shows rarely effectively kill off major characters.

Grandfathered Extended

Fox has ordered a full season of Grandfathered.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Late-Night Politicians

Sonia Saraiya covers how the presidential election campaign is playing out on late-night talk shows.

World Series Outage

Richard Sandomir explains what went awry for Fox at the World Series last night.

Cable Demo Standouts

Toni Fitzgerald highlights five cable outlets that rate well within a particular demographic.

Full Season for Life in Pieces

CBS has ordered up a full season's worth of Life in Pieces.

The Brink Unrenewed

HBO previously gave a renewal order to The Brink, but has now rescinded it and cancelled the show.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TV Viewership Stats

Bill Cromwell reports on stats from a study of TV viewership finding that TV viewing time is stable, but we're watching in a wider variety of ways.

Free Ratings Data

James Covert says TiVo will try to disrupt the ratings market in 2016 by offering Nielsen-style ratings data for free.

Yahoo's Originals Failure

Todd Spangler offers an explanation for why Yahoo's original series strategy has failed thus far.

Live TV

Matt Brennan points to Undateable and Best Time Ever as examples of live TV's revival. R. Thomas Umstead notes that cable channels are also getting into the live TV game with specials and stunts.

Gotham Awards for TV

The indie-film Gotham Awards now have categories for serialized content that include TV. The first nominees are Jane the Virgin, Mr. Robot, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and UnREAL.

Episodic and Serial Form

Todd VanDerWerff tries to break down the range of episode types from most episodic to most serialized.

Showrunner Panel

Karen Brill relays comments from a showrunners panel on their jobs, episode orders, showrunning for cable versus network, diversity and gender equity, and peak TV.

Yahoo's NFL Livestream & ESPN

Mathew Ingram argues that Yahoo's NFL livestream represents another crack in ESPN's armor.

GLAAD Report

June Thomas analyzes the latest "Where We Are on TV" GLAAD report on LGBT characters. Matt Webb Mitovich also highlights key facts and figures from the report. Richard Lawson reports.

Netflix & Beasts

Ted Sarandos says 3 million people have streamed the feature film Beasts of No Nation on Netflix, and he doesn't think its tiny theatrical revenue is relevant.

HBO Later

Gerard Baker talks with HBO CEO Richard Plepler about the future of HBO as cord cutting and unbundling grow.

Comcast Earnings

Comcast reports positive third quarter earnings news and modest subscriber losses.

Nielsen Metrics Overhaul

Jason Lynch looks at Nielsen's efforts to overhaul its ratings metrics by next year's upfronts.

Order News

Truth Be Told's episode order has been cut, while The Grinder's has been extended to a full season.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Supergirl debuted strong.

Hulu > Netflix

Todd VanDerWerff makes the case that Hulu has surpassed Netflix as the best streaming service. Update: VanDerWerff has addressed accusations that he is shilling for Hulu because of NBCU's financial ties to both Hulu and Vox.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cancellation & Renewal Decisions

Jeanine Poggi looks at how decisions over when to cancel or renew a show are getting more complex these days.

Vice Expansion

Georg Szalai covers Vice Media's plans to expand into TV in the US and Europe.

Telemundo's Strength

Rene Rodriguez reports on Telemundo's resurgence, as it catches up to Univision.

Comcast News

Comcast is adding short-form video from broadcast and cable outlets to its X1 platform. Meanwhile, Phillip Swann wonders where Comcast's Xfinity Stream is.

New Flow Issue

Check out a new issue of Flow featuring;

New In Media Res

Theme: The Internet of Things

  • Monday, October 26, 2015 - Philip N. Howard (University of Washington) presents: Engineering Propaganda about the Intenet of Things 
  •  Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - Sanjay Sarma (MIT) presents: Low-cost, pervasive sensing leveraging existing wireless infrastructure 
  •  Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Vincent Mosco (Queen’s University) presents: The Internet of Things in the Next Internet 
  •  Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Christopher M. Cox (Georgia State University) presents: Get Smart: Television and Programmatic Advertising in the Internet of Things 
  •  Friday, October 30, 2015 - Remy Yi Siang Low (University of Sydney) presents: The Internet of Things: Having, being, or being had?

Making The Simpsons

Chris Plante takes us through the process of how a Simpsons episode is made.

Married Cancelled

FX has cancelled Married.

Behind ESPN's Cuts

John Ourand explains how increasing rights payments are behind ESPN's layoffs.

Walking Dead Aftermath

A major character died on The Walking Dead last night but maybe not really. Showrunner Scott Gimple is talking about it but maybe not really, and fellow exec producers Greg Nicotero and David Alpert are also offering insights but maybe not really. Either way, Lenika Cruz sees it as a botched cliffhanger, James Poniewozik wonders if character deaths are losing their power to stun and convince, and Sam Adams wants shows to knock it off with the fake-out deaths. Tim Goodman and Daniel Fienberg talk it out. Alan Sepinwall says the show is now in a no-win position.

Yahoo's NFL Viewership

Yahoo and the NFL report that 15 million viewers at least sampled yesterday's football livestream, and Brian Stelter estimates an average viewership of 2.3 million. Mark Fisher looks at the game's streaming quality data.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Project Greenlight & Diversity

Cynthia Littleton notes how Effie Brown has helped spawn discussion about diversity beyond Project Greenlight.

Producing Drunk History

Justin Monroe tells us how Drunk History gets made.

AMC's Scripted Strategy

John Koblin looks at AMC's push to double its scripted output next year, despite TV programming saturation.

The Player Reduced

NBC wants less of The Player.

Top 25 Shows

Michael Schneider has a list of the 25 top-rated shows for the middle week of October, including L+3.

Yahoo's NFL Stream

There will be more coverage of Yahoo's NFL livestream tomorrow, but a few things tonight: The stream worked well for some, not for others. Peter Kafka was impressed by Yahoo's strategy of getting anyone who visited its home page to see at least part of the game. But Phillip Swann thinks Yahoo wasn't a good choice for this first test.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

International Consultant Interview

UT-Austin's Media Industry Conversations' latest podcast features a consultant for media markets in Latin America and Europe.

Amazing Stories Revival

A Bryan Fuller-led revival of the anthology series Amazing Stories is in the works at NBC.

TWC Internet-Only TV

Time Warner Cable will test out an internet-only TV service in New York City via Roku boxes.

Trump Turns Away Univision

Multiple Univision journalists were reportedly reportedly refused permission to cover a Donald Trump campaign event.

NBC Universo Programming

Chris Ariens says NBC Universo has picked up Spanish-dubbed episodes of The Walking Dead and Prison Break after focus group testing on 18-49 year-old Hispanics.

Disney Investing in Vice Media

Claire Atkinson reports that Disney is poised to make an investment in Vice Media as it gears up to launch a TV channel.

Yahoo's Football Problem

Myles Udland says Yahoo's biggest challenge with tomorrow's livestream is that the NFL is offering a subpar product right now.

Sherlock Scheduled

A one-off Sherlock special will air on January 1 in both the US and UK.

Orders Shortened & Lengthened

Limitless has gotten a full-season order, while Blood & Oil has been dropped to ten episodes.

Good TVeets

Friday, October 23, 2015

Comcast Wireless

Comcast is reportedly moving into the wireless business utilizing Verizon's network.

Millennials Like Reruns

Wayne Friedman says figures show syndicated rerun TV rates better with Millennials than other linear TV formats.

Big 4 Revenue Trends

Harry A. Jessell reports on a new study predicting tough times ahead for the major broadcast networks, as increasing retrans revenue won't offset falling ad revenue.

New CST Essays

A new set of Critical Studies in Television posts:

Victim-Helping Crime Show

Michael Schneider looks at how Dick Wolf's TNT series Cold Justice: Sex Crimes is helping lead to convictions in sexual assault cases.

Yahoo & HBO Now Discussion

Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast this week covers Yahoo's original series losses and HBO Now's distribution challenges.

Viewership of Minority-Led Shows

Power showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh expresses frustration with white audiences assuming minority-led shows aren't for them.

Jan Hooks Profile

Mike Thomas offers a portrait of the career and life of the late Jan Hooks.

Foreign Ownership

John Eggerton reports on new foreign ownership rules proposed by the FCC for TV and radio stations.

Terrible Fall

Tim Goodman and Daniel Fienberg debate the mediocre fall season so far.

Charter's Skinny Bundle

Charter is now offering a "skinny bundle" for subscribers.

C3 Drops

Wayne Friedman reports that C3 ratings are down for many top shows this fall compared to a year ago.

Undateable Live Twice

Undateable will shoot live broadcasts for both the east and west coasts for the rest of the season.

TV & Sports

Alistair Barr looks at how MLB Advanced Media is trying to find new ways to distribute sports over the internet to viewers (Google News link). And Tom Verducci looks back on how a home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series changed baseball on TV.

Women in Hollywood Boardrooms

Kim Masters talks to top female executives about the dearth of women in Hollywood's corporate boardrooms. In a related piece, Rebecca Sun highlights the women who are on media company boards.

Murdochs Interviewed

Matthew Belloni interviewed new 21st Century Fox heads James and Lachlan Murdoch about what's ahead for the company.

You're the Worst's Importance

Lauren Piester, Todd VanDerWerff, and Libby Hill each explain why this week's You're the Worst was so important.

Late-Night Ratings

Rick Kissell reports that Jimmy Fallon is beating Stephen Colbert in total viewers, but Colbert is boosting CBS in younger demos. Colbert also helped CBS set a record for online video viewers.

A Renewl & A Cancellation

I Am Cait will get a second season. The Whispers will not.

YouTube Red

Tim Baysinger tells us what we need to know about YouTube's new subscription service, YouTube Red. Alan Wolk measures up the service. Will Richmond thinks it will be a challenge to sell people on the value of an ad-free experience on YouTube. Davey Alba notes that YouTube is relying heavily on its stars in pitching that value. Leon Lazaroff says Red will be a winner for YouTube even if it doesn't subscribe most YouTube users. ESPN videos have gone dark on YouTube due to Red rights issues.

Yahoo's NFL Livestream

Joe Flint and Douglas MacMillan highlight what's at stake for Yahoo as it prepares for a first-ever online-only livestream of an NFL game Sunday. All the ad space for the game has been sold, but only after Yahoo dropped rates.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Thursday, October 22, 2015

TV Franchises

Andy Greenwald looks at the proliferation of TV franchises, especially of the superhero variety.

Total Audience Measurement Boost

Jason Lynch continues his look at Nielsen's Total Audience Measurement by considering the programmatic boost it will offer to ad buyers.

Cowell Returning

Simon Cowell will be a judge on America's Got Talent this season.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sports Rights & Gate Revenues

Paul Bond reports that revenue from licensing sports rights will overtake gate revenue for the sports industry by 2018.

Programmatic Advertising

Hulu has launched a programmatic ad option for marketers. An AOL report finds media buyers overwhelmingly adopting programmatic options.

Project Greenlight's Revelations

Melissa Silverstein says this season of Project Greenlight is highlighting male privilege in the movie industry.

Autistic Muppet

Sesame Street is adding a Muppet character who has autism.

Minority Report's Conservatism

Sonia Saraiya describes Minority Report as TV's most politically conservative show, despite the source material.

HBO Criticism

HBO CEO Richard Plepler criticized Comcast and other pay TV operators for not capitalizing better on HBO Now.

Smallville Analysis

Cory Barker highlights ten episodes of Smallville that illustrate the show's importance.

Mythbusters Ending

Mythbusters will end after its upcoming season.

Cinematic TV

Matt Zoller Seitz and Chris Wade interrogate the concept of "cinematic TV" in a video essay.

YouTube's Subscription Service

YouTube has unveiled its ad-free subscription service called Red. Ben Popper has an inside look. Brian Stelter reports.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Big Media Bracing

Brian Stelter says big media companies are braced for bad stock news in the coming months as pay TV subscriptions continue to decline.

Selling Total Audience Measurement

Jason Lynch looks at how Nielsen is pitching its Total Audience Measurement tool to ad buyers.

Gender Breakdown

Liz Shannon Miller analyzed a cast and showrunner gender breakdown of 46 network series and offers observations and disappointments.

Live Declines

Steve Smith says time shifting has eroded the primary of live TV, which has been essential to its mass media identity.

Top Showrunners

THR released its annual rundown of the most powerful showrunners.

Yahoo Losses

Todd Spangler reports that Yahoo has lost big money on original series, including Community.

Fall Surprises

Toni Fitzgerald lists the biggest surprises of the fall season so far, which includes the Friday ratings success of Dr. Ken, which just got a full-season order.

ESPN Layofs

Disney plans to let go over 4% of ESPN's workforce.

Akil Profile

Jada F. Smith profiles Being Mary Jane showrunner Mara Brock Akil and her legacy of representing black women.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

TWD on NBC Universo

AMC will supply Spanish-dubbed episodes of The Walking Dead to NBC Universo.

David's Sanders Impression

Sophia A. McClennen believes Larry David's impression of Bernie Sanders will help the candidate, unlike Tina Fey's impact on Sarah Palin's candidacy.

Procedurals and Rape

Sophie Gilbert reports on a new study that investigated the impact of procedural representations of rape; Law & Order: SVU was determined to be providing a positive educational impact, while CSI was not.

Univision Turbulence

Meg James says Univision is experiencing turbulence as it heads toward an IPO.

DVR Lifts

Chris Ariens lists which shows are getting the biggest DVR lifts in ratings this fall.

Jane the Virgin's Genuine Diversity

Diana Martinez praises Jane the Virgin for subverting telenovela format and integrating Latino culture into the series.

Leftovers Rape Scene

Sonia Saraiya explains the revolutionary significance of a rape scene depicted on The Leftovers. Alan Sepinwall talks to Damon Lindelof about the scene.

Jost Out as Head Writer

Colin Jost no longer serves as a head writer on Saturday Night Live.

Millennial Viewers

Karl Bode questions the logic that Millennials will become more likely to subscribe to pay TV as they get older. Liam Boluk says focusing just on cord cutting misses a much wider story of youth disengagement with pay and linear TV. Aaron Barr points to TV Everywhere as a key pay TV offering to attract Millennials. Toni Fitzgerald reports on figures showing Millennials prefer online video to linear TV.

Late Night Ad Rates

Jason Lynch reports on what 30-second spots during late-night shows are going for.

Nielsen's Total Audience Measurement

Jason Lynch has details on Nielsen's upcoming Total Audience Measurement tool and how it could change the TV industry.

Comcast Data

Shalini Ramachandran and Suzanne Vranica reports that Comcast is in talks to license to networks and measurement firms data obtained from its set-top boxes. (Google News link)

Gilmore Girls Analysis

James Poniewozik laments that Netflix's Gilmore Girls won't really be the old Gilmore Girls. Alan Sepinwall considers the logic of bringing the show back. Sharan Shetty is thrilled at the prospect of its return.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 19, 2015

Project Greenlight's Title Error

Kate Aurthur explains how last night's Project Greenlight episode got the curious title of "Hot Ghetto Mess."

SportsCenter Obsolescence

Richard Greenfield says ESPN's SportsCenter is in danger of obsolescence due to the ease of accessing sports highlights elsewhere.

Gilmore Girls Revival

Netflix will reportedly revive Gilmore Girls in four 90-minute episodes.

Mobile Game Series

NBC has picked up a mobile game app called QuizUp as a TV series.

Love & Hip Hop Relationship

Gerrick D. Kennedy says Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood is breaking new ground by featuring a black gay couple. Kelley L. Carter also has analysis of this representation.

Finding Your Roots Chances

The PBS series Finding Your Roots has undergone research changes in light of the Ben Affleck controversy.

Paranoia Shows

Sonia Saraiya looks at how shows like Homeland and Quantico are reflecting post-Snowden surveillance concerns.

Episode Orders Trimmed

NBC has cut back by two episodes their orders on two midseason sitcoms, Superstore and Hot and Bothered, indicating a glut of content.

Defiance Cancelled

Syfy is done with Defiance.

SVOD & Seasons

Colin Dixon considers if seasonality can affect SVOD viewing in ways similar to how the linear schedule is affected by seasonal viewing cycles.

Ratings Coverage

Mark A. Perigard notes that fall hasn't produced a breakout hit yet. Spotted updates us on ratings for cable's hits, like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.  And Bill Cromwell highlights third quarter cable ratings winners and losers.

New In Media Res

Theme: Classic Saturday Morning Cartoons

  • Monday, October 19, 2015 - Jacqueline Ristola (York University) presents: The Campy Fun of Jem 
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - Ian Peters (University of North Georgia) presents: Super Friends, Trans-Thematic Media Branding, and the 1970s/80s Team-Based Superhero 
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Matthew Smith (Georgia State University) presents: Adapting the Addamses: Hanna-Barbera & TV Formats 
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Tom Speelman (Independent) presents: Production history of 1967 Fantastic Four 
  • Friday, October 23, 2015 - Laurel Ahnert (Georgia State University) presents: Classic Saturday Morning Cartoons

Cord Cutting Figures

Gerry Smith & Scott Moritz say pay TV analysts are bright-siding last quarter's loss of 300,000 subscribers: it could have been worse.

Writers' Room Diversity

Aisha Harris considers why diversity on writing staffs isn't keeping up with diversity on TV screens.

Netflix's Global Challenge

Mark Scott and Elian Peltier look at the global competition Netflix faces as it tries to expand internationally.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday Night Live got a bump from Tracy Morgan.

Good TVeets

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Structure vs. Content

Todd VanDerWerff notes that a lot of contention between critics and viewers over judging shows comes down to structure versus content.

YouTube's Subscription Service

Shalini Ramachandran and Mike Shields report on YouTube's progress toward courting media companies to provide content for its subscription service. Peter Kafka also reports on the new YouTube service.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Cablevision & Viacom Relations

Mike Dano says a Cablevision-Viacom settlement indicates future business arrangements between the two companies.

The Paparazzi's Decline

Claudia Rosenbaum outlines at the rise and fall of the paparazzi across the 2000s.

Russia's Roger Ailes

Courtney Weaver profiles Russian tycoon Konstantin Malofeev, who has created a conservative news channel being compared to Fox News.

Nickelodeon & the AIDS Crisis

Mike Pearl looks back on how Nickelodeon helped educate kids about HIV/AIDS in the 1990s.

Skinny Bundles

Reinhardt Krause looks at Apple's and Comcast's efforts to come up with skinny bundles that subscribers respond to.

Self-Publishing Stars

Andrew Wallenstein says the traditional press should be concerned about stars like Lena Dunham parlaying their fame into self-publishing and e-commerce opportunities.

Landgraf Comments

Darby Maloney followed up with John Landgrad to get his reaction to the huge response his "peak TV" comments generated.

CBS & Truth

CBS has declined to air ads for the film Truth, which covers discredited reporting by former CBS newsman Dan Rather. Brian Stelter looks at the controversy.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Facebook Video

Facebook is testing a new video channel, and Alan Wolk considers its competitive potential.

Big Bang Theory Scholarship

Rob Moynihan reports on the first winners of a UCLA STEM scholarship funded by Chuck Lorre and The Big Bang Theory.

The Revolutionary Knick

Sam Adams considers how The Knick is changing the model of TV production.

Streaming Branding

Matt Brennan says NBCU's Seeso illustrates that streaming services need to brand themselves just like cable channels do.

BBC Blocking VPNs

The BBC is reportedly working on blocking VPN proxy access to iPlayer.

Queering AHS

Robert Sevenich analyzes the queerness of the first four seasons of American Horror Story.

Rosewood Full Season

Fox has ordered the back nine for Rosewood.

No More Rookie Blue

ABC is done with Rookie Blue.

State of Hulu

Natalie Jarvey interviews Hulu's CEO about what the service is up to. Daryl McNutt offers a take on Hulu's advertising.

John Amos Interview

Josef Adalian interviews actor John Amos about working on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, and Roots.

Black-ish's Comedy

Michael Slezak explains why he thinks you should watch Black-ish.

ANTM Impact

Stacia L. Brown addresses the cultural impact of America's Next Top Model.

New CST Issue

New entries in Critical Studies in Television:

Misleading Promos

Myles McNutt finds something curious about the "Next week" promos for Quantico and Heroes Reborn.

Spectrum Auction Details

Scott R. Flick updates us on the latest details of the FCC's spectrum auction.

NFL Video Sharing

The NFL is cracking down on unauthorized sharing of gifs and videos online.

Reality Unionization

The WGA East received NLRB approval to unionize the East Coast's largest of reality TV production company, Leftfield Entertainment. But Leftfield does not sound ready to cooperate.

No Millennial Worries

Phillip Swann insists that cable operators shouldn't fear for their future with Millennials, who will subscribe to pay TV when they start having kids.

Measurement Challenges

Michael Wolff surveys the ratings measurement scene and sees the Wild West, with Nielsen facing a new challenger. And Diego Vasquez interviews a former Nielsen VP of data science about ratings measurement in the digital age.

Jeopardy Advertising

Jason Lynch explains why Jeopardy couldn't invite new advertisers in to take advantage of a recent contestant streak.

Intern Suit Ruling

A Lionsgate settlement of an intern lawsuit has received legal approval, which could impact other such lawsuits.

Cable Profits

On the heels of the previous post: Cable companies are expected to have the highest entertainment industry profit margins this year.

Rising Cable Bills

Tim Stenovec offers three reasons why cable bills keep going up.

Comics on TV

Liz Shannon Miller argues that television is the perfect platform for adapting comic books, as opposed to film.

Murphy Profile

Lacey Rose profiles Ryan Murphy's professional and personal life.

Issa Rae on HBO

HBO has picked up a comedy pilot from Issa Rae.

SNL Criticism

Hispanic groups are expressing their objections over NBC's decision to have Donald Trump host Saturday Night Live.

Netflix News

Ted Sarandos doesn't think "too much TV" is a problem right now. Theater owners think Netflix releasing a movie today both in theaters and on Netflix is a problem. Credit card experts are calling BS on Netflix's claim that the switchover to chip-based cards has contributed to the Netflix's poor revenue growth. Colin Dixon reports that Netflix is impressing in international growth but disappointing in US growth. Dixon and Will Richmond talk Netflix in their latest podcast.

Black Writer Challenges

An anonymous black writer on the Empire staff laments the career limitations tied to his race.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Thursday Night Football (CBS)
- Loser: Heroes Reborn (NBC), The Vampire Diaries (CW), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), The Originals (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fall Season Disappointment

Willa Paskin laments that fall season's hype far outstrips its quality.

No More NYC Taxi TV

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to do away with TV in the backseat of cabs.

No More Top Model

America's Next Top Model will reportedly end in December.

Dem Debate Streams

The Democratic Debate drew more live-streamers online than the GOP debates did.

Full Season for Quantico

ABC wants a full season of Quantico.

NY & LA Production

Production in Los Angeles is up thanks to new tax credits. And New York City is experiencing a TV production boom.


NBCU is launching a streaming subscription service for comedy. Peter Kafka has analysis.

Oscar Ads

Brian Steinberg reports on record high prices for Oscar ads.

Homeland Graffiti

Homeland's attempt to have street artists add authentic graffiti to a set went awry when the artists wrote subversive messages denouncing the show's racism. The artists explain their motivation in a blog post, and one talked with Slate about what they did. James Poniewozik has analysis.

Online Video Viewing

Lauren Johnson reports on figures showing that people around the globe are watching as much online video as TV.