Monday, November 30, 2015

Seasons Two

Matt Zoller Seitz points shows like The Leftovers and Fargo as examples of how a good second season can bring into focus the potential of a series.

TV Diversity

Lavanya Ramanathan explores the assumption that TV has gotten more racially diverse, while Evette Brown explains that Fresh Off the Boat's rich representations of Asian-Americans illustrate the importance of moving beyond single characters representing whole races.

On Ratings

Jon Lafayette details seven things to know about the new ratings system Nielsen is ushering in starting in January. Diego Vasquez talks to a media research exec about how the new system might work. And Vulture has launched a series this week on ratings, starting with Josef Adalian on how changes in ratings values will likely change cancellation and renewal standards. Also, New Girl creator Liz Meriwether explains what it's like to check ratings like (because) your job depends on it.

Streaming Rights Battles

Shalini Ramachandran outlines the negotiations and battles taking place around licensing streaming TV rights (Google News link)

Berlanti Profile

Jason Lynch tells us how Greg Berlanti manages to run six shows at once.

Supergirl's Feminism

Karra Shimabukuro argues that Supergirl's feminism is more nuanced than many are giving it credit for.

News People Coverage

Chris Ariens talked to Roger Ailes about the success of Fox News. Brendan James profiles MSNBC's Chris Hayes. And Brian Stelter looks at Matt Lauer and Today's rebounding success.

CBS Midseason Schedule

CBS has announced its midseason schedule.

Supergirl Extended

CBS has ordered seven more episodes of Supergirl, for a season total of 20.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Real World

Amanda Ann Klein looks back on thirty seasons of The Real World and "the real" in the world it presents.

America's Terrible, Dumb News

With truth and facts no longer seeming to matter in politics today, Matt Taibbi says we're seeing the consequences of decades of treating news as a consumer business.

Saving the Classics

Todd VanDerWerff proposes a way to restore the primacy of classic TV for inclusion in a canon.

BBC Three Online

It's now official that BBC Three will be taken off the air and exist online only next year. Jono Read says this move has ignored public opinion and fails to serve young people.

Noah Interview

Linda Holmes talks with Daily Show host Trevor Noah in a podcast interview.

Empire-Pepsi Criticism

Daniel Holloway chronicles public health advocate objections to Empire's Pepsi storyline.

Brian Williams at MSNBC

David Bauder tells us how Brian Williams is faring at MSNBC.

Disney/ESPN Problems

Disney is seeing steep subscriber losses at many of its cable channels, with ESPN in particular dropping precipitously.

Battling Netflix

Richard Greenfield shares his video presentation on how legacy media companies can compete with Netflix.

Wednesday & Thursday Ratings

Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Thursday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Good TVeets

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NFL Ratings on Thanksgiving

Anthony Crupi covers how typical NFL games on Thanksgiving day draw big multigenerational audiences to the networks.

Comcast vs. YES

Joe Flint and Shalini Ramachandran dig into what's behind the Comcast-YES Network dispute.

Amazon To Offer Subscription Bundles

Lucas Shaw reports that Amazon Prime will soon offer bundled subscriptions to other on-demand services.

Bones Suit

An executive producer of Bones has filed suit against Fox and 21st Century Fox alleging he's been cheated out of millions in revenue due to shady studio accounting practices.

Disney OTT

Colin Dixon says Disney's new European OTT service, DisneyLife, is a sign that traditional pay TV distribution is losing out.

Netflix Secrecy

Nathan McAlone notes that Netflix doesn't even release viewing figures to directors of the projects it hosts.

TV Canon Problems

Todd VanDerWerff says it's probably impossible to establish a canon for TV due to the medium's unique attributes.

Girl Meets World Renewed

The Disney Channel wants a third season of Girl Meets World.

Cheers Thanksgiving Episode

Yahoo has an oral history of the Thanksgiving food fight episode of Cheers.

HBO in 2015

Michael Schneider talks to HBO execs Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo about 2015 as a game-changing year for the outlet.

Cable Ratings

Toni Fitzgerald notes that cable's ability to rate well against the broadcast networks goes beyond The Walking Dead.

Viewing Screens

Benedict Evans considers tech development and viewing decisions in regard to big TV set screens versus small mobile screens.

Comcast Probe

The Department of Justice is investigating if Comcast is hindering cable ad sales competition. (Google News link)

RIP David Canary

Longtime All My Children actor David Canary has died.

Female Meteorologist Fashion

Christina Cauterucci explains what logic lies behind a group of female meteorologists all wearing the same dress.

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring:

High Castle Ads Pulled

Amazon has pulled Nazi-insignia advertising for The Man in the High Castle from NYC subways. Update/correction: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reportedly demanded the ads be removed, meaning it may not have been Amazon's decision. And Tim Stenovec now reports it was Mayor Andrew Cuomo who demanded that Amazon remove the ads or the MTA would.

News Talking Heads

Henry Mance explores why TV news has relied so heavily on expert "talking heads."

NBC Wins November Sweeps

NBC has had a dominant sweeps month in 18-49 ratings, with a big edge over number two Fox. Football helped make it happen.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Live Tweeting

Jon Lafayette reports on a new Nielsen study of Twitter activity and impressions: "One way Twitter seems to be like television is that the bulk of tweets about TV shows are seen when a show is live."

Unscripted Growth on Cable

Tim Baysinger notes that unscripted programming is driving what cable ratings growth there is.

YouTube Kids Complaints

Complaints filed with the FTC accuse YouTube's Kids app of irresponsible advertising and marketing.

Superhero TV

Cynthia Littleton looks at how Warner Bros. has ushered in the growth of DC comics properties on TV.

Uncollected FCC Fines

Alex Byers reports on Congressional frustration that the FCC hasn't been collecting on regulatory fines.

Syfy Changes

Rowan Kaiser is pleased at how recent Syfy developments have made it a more interesting channel.

Daily Fantasy Suits

A new class-action lawsuit brought against sports daily fantasy sites has included media companies as targets.

Motherhood in Jane the Virgin

Kathryn VanArendonk finds Jane the Virgin's depiction of early motherhood revolutionary.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Subversion

Seth Simons finds The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to be subversively ingenious.

Jessica Jones Piracy

Andrew Wallenstein reports that Jessica Jones piracy consumption is running behind that of Daredevil.

The Value of the Episode

Alan Sepinwall is concerned that the value of the individual episode is being sacrificed in favor of serialization.

Ratings Minus NFL

Frank Pallotta tells us what network ratings would look like if NFL games were taken out.

The New Sesame Street

The next season of Sesame Street, premiering on HBO in January, will have changes, from a shorter running time to new characters.

HLN News

HLN is reportedly reorienting back toward a news focus.

TV Everywhere, OTT, & Data

Herve Utheza says a hidden battle behind TV Everywhere and OTT services is over ownership of access to first party data.

YouTube For Kids

Stuart Dredge considers the implications of YouTube's popularity among children.

Holiday Movies & Ads

Yvonne Villarreal highlights the big revenue generated for cable channels by holiday-themed TV movies. Drew Harwell notes that holiday-themed ads are moving from TV to the internet.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Fox Ratings Decision

The Masked Scheduler offers his take on Fox dropping Live+SD ratings.

Thursday Night Football Deal

The future rights to Thursday Night Football are up for grabs, and the NFL is seeking huge money. Toni Fitzgerald weighs the odds of who could end up with it, with the finalists including NBC, CBS, Fox, and Turner.

Noah's Problems

Sarah Burris is critical of Trevor Noah's Daily Show, saying Noah and his correspondents just aren't funny.

Late-Night Poll

A THR poll of late-night preferences finds Jimmy Fallon is a favorite among many, while Republicans don't much like Stephen Colbert, who won't win them back with Thursday's slam on the GOP for objecting to Syrian refugees coming to the US.

Trump & The Media

News networks have conferred about how to deal with restrictions from Donald Trump's camp at campaign events, but it's not apparent any action will come of it. Meanwhile, a few of Trump's rivals are getting their equal time from a few NBC affiliates.

Homeland's Prescience

James Wolcott praises Homeland for its prescience in its focus on terrorism this season.

Scandal Reaction

James Hibberd covers reaction to Scandal's abortion and Planned Parenthood storylines, as it has garnered both praise and objection. Clover Hope has analysis of the abortion scene, and Kevin Fallon covers the episode. Lenika Cruz appreciated the episode's audacity, and Elizabeth Skoski argues that TV needs more episodes like it. Matt Webb Mitovich takes us inside the table read of the episode.

Fargo Renewed

Fargo is getting a third season.

CW Moves

The CW has announced midseason scheduling additions and changes. The network has also ordered more episodes of iZombie and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Sunday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Walking Dead Criticism

The Walking Dead revealed a character's fate on Sunday, and it didn't go over well with critics like Alan Sepinwall. Brian Lowry was also critical of Talking Dead's role.

Good TVeets

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Effect of SNL Impersonations

Robert Lloyd argues that politician images are affected by sketch comedy impersonations like those on SNL.

Vue Adds ESPN

Andrew Tonner considers Playstation Vue's competitive chances now that it has added ESPN.

ISIS Propaganda

Greg Miller and Souad Mekhennet take us into the world of ISIS propaganda and the filmmakers capturing their atrocities.

TV Writing Advice

Jessica Gao shares industry insights for aspiring TV writers.

OTT Sports

Sports streaming services are doing well in OTT usage rankings, while MLB has reached a new streaming plan with some regional channels that requires authentication.

Turner Streaming

The president of Turner Broadcasting expects a standalone streaming service for the company's channels to emerge within five years.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

CNN Lawsuit Threat

NFL player Jameis Winston is threatening CNN with legal action if its airs The Hunting Ground.

Netflix & Competition

A new survey finds just over half of Americans have used Netflix in the last year. Another study measured "demand expressions" for series online, and HBO and Netflix shows dominate whatever this category is. Todd VanDerWerff notes the significance of Netflix and Amazon going head-to-head today with the releases of Jessica Jones and The Man in the High Castle.

First Interracial Kiss

An archival find at the BFI offers a new candidate for TV's first interracial kiss.

CNN Suspension

CNN suspended for two weeks a correspondent who tweeted opposition to a House of Representatives vote on Syrian refugees. Mathew Ingram argues that this was the wrong move for CNN to make.

Leading at Netflix

The NYT talks with Netflix's vice president for original content about being a leader at the company; there's video too.

On the Loss of Video Stores

Dennis Perkins reflects back on his 25 years working in a local video store and what we've lost with the death of that industry.

Comcast's Stream & Data Caps

Usage of Comcast's new Stream TV service won't count against subscribers' internet data caps, which is raising eyebrows, as this could constitute a net neutrality loophole. Meanwhile, Tom Wheeler doesn't think T-Mobile's Binge On plan is a net neutrality violation.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Millennial Viewing

A new study finds that Millennials are watching only 30% of their TV as linearly scheduled, with high live+7 and OTT viewing. Hulu in particular is doing well among Millennials. Due to such figures, Cox Communications is launching a Millennial-targeted OTT service called Flare MeTV.

Representation in Master of None

Hari Raghavan analyzes the representation of South Asians in Aziz Ansari's Master of None.

Casting Diversity

Anushay Hossain talks to ABC executive Keli Lee about casting diverse talent for the network.

Hollywood Diversity & Equality

Maureen Dowd has a feature story on pervasive sexism in the Hollywood film industry. The Hollywood Reporter has drawn criticism for a cover featuring only white actresses in contention for an Oscar.

Days Ratings Up

Rick Kissell reports that Days of Our Lives is on a ratings hot streak.

Schneider Interview

Marc Berman talks with Dan Schneider, one of the foremost producers of tween TV shows.

Yahoo's Community Problem

Mike Shields looks at the economics behind Community's failure for Yahoo.

HBO in Canada

Bell Media is now the exclusive Canadian home for all of HBO's programming across all platforms.

Gravity Falls Ending

Gravity Falls will end after its next two episodes air, with the showrunner claiming it was his choice, not a cancellation from Disney XD.

NBC's Equal Time

NBC has offered equal time proposals to the non-Trump Republican presidential candidates who requested it.

Scandal Plot

Eric Deggans covers what happened on a controversial plotline on last night's Scandal, and legendary producer Norman Lear had high praise for it.

Fox Drops Live+SD

Fox has announced it will no longer report Live Plus Same-Day ratings to the press. Tony Maglio has analysis of the decision. TV By the Numbers explains why it's sticking to L+SD ratings reporting.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Password Sharing

Colin Dixon says figures show that password sharing for streaming services is common, but not so much "cheating" by borrowing passwords.

iPlayer Promotions

Paul Grainge discusses the BBC's promotion of iPlayer and its on-demand programming.

2015 TV Lists

Cory Barker has attempted to list all the TV shows that aired at least four episodes in 2015, organized primarily by channel. @GemofAmara has also generated a categorized list of 2015 series.

New Media Industries Issue

The academic journal Media Industries has a new issue with the following open access essays:


Check out new Critical Studies in Television posts:

Sherlock, Hannibal, & Female Fandom

Lori Morimoto contrasts how Hannibal and Sherlock acknowledge female fandom.

Branding on Netflix

Joe Flint reports on growing demands by networks to have their logos visible on their programming carried by Netflix.

Family Feud Up

Bill Cromwell notes that Family Feud is one of the few syndicated shows to rise in the ratings this year; it's even outrating Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune now.

Developing High Castle

Alyssa Rosenberg covers how The Man in the High Castle went from book to Amazon.

James Murdoch Observations

Cynthia Littleton reports on a Q&A with 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, covering such issues as the Pepsi-Empire deal, the need for innovation in advertising, and the challenges of content distribution.

Public Media Exec Salaries

Current presents results of an investigation into executive compensation in public radio and TV.

TV & Phone Monitoring

Kevah Waddell looks at your smartphone and TV can link up so advertisers can learn even more about you, and Julia Angwin tells us how a new Vizio smart TV can track viewing behavior to provide data to advertisers.

Time Warner & HBO

HBO is thriving right now, which prompts James Surowiecki to propose that Time Warner should spin it off. Richard Greenfield assesses the logic behind the possibility off spinning of HBO.

Filipinos on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Molly Fitzpatrick sees the appearance of Filipino family on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as a landmark moment for TV.

Burrows Milestone

James Burrows will direct his 1,000th sitcom episode on Tuesday.

OTT Transformation

Andrew Sheehy explains the transformation coming to pay TV as OTT services continue to grow. Oriana Schwindt is concerned that replacing cable bundles with OTT services will result in paying more for less. And Alan Wolk says rather than cord cutting, many will just turn to alternate packages from MVPD broadband providers.

Streaming Launches

NBC has launched a beta version of its streaming comedy service called SeeSo. Univision has also launched an OTT streaming service called Univision Now.

Top OTT Services

A list of the top 10 OTT video services now includes HBO Now and Sling TV.

The Last Five Years

Tim Goodman looks back on changes in TV over the last five years.

Drug Ads Plea

The American Medical Association is calling for a ban on prescription drug ads on TV and online. This would represent a huge revenue blow to TV.

The Soup Ending

E! will shut down The Soup in December as host Joel McHale departs.

Comcast Drops YES

Comcast has dropped the YES Network over a carriage fee dispute.

Good News, Bad News For TV

October was a successful ad revenue month for the broadcast networks, as TV woos back some advertisers who left for digital options. Alan Wolk says this is part of a good week of news for TV's stability, and Cynthia Littleton says TV business Q3 results were better than expected. However, Wayne Friedman notes that C3 ratings were down in October, and Toni Fitzgerald points out the year-to-year ratings declines on the networks.

Tough Time Slots

Anthony Crupi highlights time slots that the networks just can't find success in. And Oriana Schwindt looks specifically at ABC's Tuesday 10pm curse.

Bastard Executioner Done

Showrunner Kurt Sutter announced via a Hollywood Reporter ad that The Bastard Executioner won't go forward due to low ratings.

Daily Fantasy Trouble

DraftKings and FanDuel are facing legal challenges that are causing some ad payment delays. Peter Kafka notes that TV outlets are nervous not just about the potential lost revenue from those ads but the fact that the prolific purchasing of those ads has been helping to drive up ad rates overall.

Pepsi on Empire

Brian Steinberg details a new step forward for advertising as Pepsi becomes part of an Empire storyline. Joe Flint interviews Empire co-creator Lee Daniels about incorporating Pepsi into the drama. Bloomberg has more details.

Tuesday & Wednesday Ratings

Tuesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Warning: Survivor spoilers at the end.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Home Video > Streaming

Todd VanDerWerff argues that the experience of streaming video comes up short in comparison to the old days of home video.

NFL Ratings Dominance

Anthony Crupi highlights how much network ratings are dominated at the top by NFL games.

Streaming & Connected TV Households

A study finds that streaming service penetration in US households is now on par with cable TV penetration. A separate study finds growing penetration of connected TV usage in households.

TV & Tragedy

James Poniewzoik covers network decisions to pull episodes in the wake of real-life tragedies. And Dave Itzkoff looks at the ways in which late-night comedians have addressed the Paris attacks.

The Simpsons' Power

Michael Logan explains why The Simpsons is the most powerful TV show in history based on popularity and financial value.

ABC Midseason

ABC has announced its midseason schedule.

TV Politics

Three Republican presidential candidates have requested equal time on some NBC stations in the wake of Donald Trump's Saturday Night Live appearance. And Emily Steel looks at the financial boon and influence enjoyed by Iowa TV stations due to the political season.

Into the Badlands on AMC

Into the Badlands launched with strong ratings on Sunday, and Frazier Tharpe notes that AMC is distinguishing itself within the programming glut with shows based on graphic novels.

MCNs & YouTube Red

Colin Dixon summarizes a panel discussion featuring MCN execs who expressed skepticism about the value of YouTube Red.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Monday, November 16, 2015

ESPN's Millennial Problem

Daniel Roberts warns ESPN it should be concerned about the results of a new study on sports video consumption habits among Millennials.

Drag Race Producers Go Mainstream

T. L. Stanley highlights the growing mainstream success of the pair of producers behind RuPaul's Drag Race.

Post-Attack Programming Changes

CBS has pulled episodes of NCIS: LA and Supergirl that were supposed to air tonight but contain bombing plotlines that could be considered inappropriate in light of the Paris terror attacks. Quantico and Homeland last night included pre-episode advisories.

Gendered Ranking Ending

Janice Min explains why THR will no longer provide an annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 ranking.

Important Women

Todd Vanderwerff insists Homeland's Carrie Mathison is the most significant and influential TV character of the 2010s. And Alan Sepinwall believes Scandal's Olivia Pope is now TV's best anti-hero character since Walter White.

Ratings Down, Ad Sales Up

Tony Maglio notes the fact that national TV ad sales have risen slightly on major channels even as ratings decline.

Post-Super Bowl Show

Tim Surrette says CBS is smart to follow the Super Bowl with The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

You're the Worst's Cartoonish Realism

Eric Thurm praises You're the Worst as "the realest cartoon on TV."

Comcast Stream Launches

Comcast's Xfinity Stream service has launched in the Boston market.

Freaks & Geeks Oral History

Vulture has an oral history of Freaks and Geeks involving Paul Feig and the "geeks" actors.

ABC Exclusive Streaming

Andrew Wallenstein reports that ABC is developing an original comedy to carry exclusively on its WatchESPN app.

Wicked City Cancelled

The first official network cancellation of the 2015 fall season is Wicked City, which lasted only three episodes.

Hulu + Time Warner

The WSJ reported on Thursday that Time Warner is interested in buying a stake in Hulu. (google news link) Peter Kafka's sources say the talks haven't gone far, but Kafka says Hulu would change substantially if it happens.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Weekend Hiatus

I'm off to a conference that will have me holed up in the Peabody Archives from morning til night all weekend, so there won't be activity around here til next week. I'll try to bookmark important articles I see, but let me know if you see anything I miss that you'd like me to archive here.

Good TVeets

Warning: Survivor spoilers at the end.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

10pm Ratings

Anthony Crupi notes the declining figures for live broadcast network viewing at 10pm.

Nathan Fools Local News

Todd VanDerWerff is critical of local news outlets that fell for Nathan For You's latest stunt.

Director Diversity

Maureen Ryan presents a set of substantial pieces investigating the lack of diversity among television directors.

Fox Winter Schedule

Fox has announced changes to its schedule starting in January. Also, the show originally called The Frankenstein Code is getting yet another name change.

Ratings Gaps

Andrew Wallenstein shares NBC data illustrating how much viewership is unaccounted for by traditional ratings.

AHS Renewed

Who knows what it will be, but we're getting another season of American Horror Story.

Law & Order Revival

Dick Wolf is working to revive Law and Order for an event series featuring past cast members.

Fargo's Structure

Scott Meslow analyzes the structural uniqueness and unpredictability of Fargo.

Netflix Survival

Daniel B. Klein says Netflix's push to develop more original series will help sustain it if content providers like Time Warner start holding back shows.

Pay TV Subscribers

Miriam Gottfried says the latest pay TV subscriber figures will just open more debate about what they indicate about cord cutting trends.

Master of None & Race

Bim Adewunmi says Aziz Ansari's Master of None offers a master class in representing race. Vikram Murthi appreciates the show's ability to represent race without anxieties. The Vulture TV podcast also covers this topic. And Ansari himself has penned a piece for the NYT on acting and race.

Set-Top Box Regulation

Jim Puzzananghera wonders if the FCC is really going to challenge the set-top box market. Bernie Sanders is pushing for exactly that.

The Golden Age Continues

Eric Buchman argues that the Golden Age of peak TV isn't peaking and will only continue.

Important Episodes

Joycve Eng talks to a writer and producer about the production of ER's "Hell or High Water" episode, which drew 48 million viewers (!). And Noel Murray covers the episode that followed Ellen's landmark "Puppy" episode, talking with the series showrunner and the episode's writer, Jane Espenson.

Mental Health Portrayals

Elena Rivera appreciates the portrayals of mental health issues in BoJack Horseman and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Mulaney's Cancellation

John Mulaney talks to Vulture about what went awry with his multi-cam sitcom.

Equal Trump Time

Stations that carried Donald Trump's Saturday Night Live episode now have to accommodate requests from rival presidential candidates for 12 minutes of free airtime.

Big Day for FBN

Tim Baysinger says tonight's debate makes this the most important day in Fox Business Network's history.

Spectrum Repack

A new study predicts a costly and protacted repacking of the TV band in the wake of the upcoming spectrum auction.

What Millennials Watch

Bill Cormwell noes that it's tough for advertisers to get a handle on Millennial media consumption habits, while Jason Lynch finds high ratings for syndicated reruns in Millennial demos.

Fox News Feud

Gabriel Sherman reports that an on-air argument between Bill O'Reilly and George Will is indicative of larger schisms behind the scenes at Fox News.

TAM Chances

Alan Wolk offers an assessment of Nielsen's upcoming Total Audience Measurement system.

Fox's Big Ad Day

Anthony Crupi notes that Fox generated a record for ad sales in a 16-hour span that featured an NFL game and a World Series game.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Monday, November 9, 2015

Daria's Influence

Phoebe Robinson reflects on Daria's influence on its generation of female viewers.

Making GBBO

Andy Dehnart shares production information for The Great British Bakeoff (or Baking Show for you PBS viewers).

ESPN & Grantland

James Andrew Miller talked with ESPN president John Skipper about the shuttering of Grantland. Ben Koo is highly critical of ESPN's moves here.

NBC Renewals

NBC has renewed Blindspot for a second season, and Chicago Fire and Chicago PD have also been renewed. Jason Lynch explains NBC's early-renewal logic here.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Trump on SNL

As most expected, Trump on Saturday Night Live made for big ratings but bad entertainment. Reviews of the show from Dennis Perkins, Daniel Fienberg, Maureen Ryan, Todd VanDerWerff, James PoniewozikWill Leitch, Ryan McGee, and Sonia Saraiya. The only heckling of Trump was provided by Larry David in a staged bit; David will reportedly be offered the $5000 bounty for it. Brian Steinberg determined that Trump was on camera for only 12 minutes in the show.

Good TVeets

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New CST Posts

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

CBS All Access

Les Moonves says CBS would consider making CBS All Access ad-free in the future. Colin Dixon and Will Richmond talk about CBS All Access and the future of VOD on their latest podcast.

Directors of Photography

Eric Thurm talks with a set of directors of photography about their work on The Americans, Key & Peele, Show Me a Hero, Daredevil, and Hannibal.

Praise For Mom

Daniel Fienberg explains why Mom is a special sitcom for its mix of comedy and drama.

Trump & SNL Stakes

Frank Pallotta says the stakes are high tonight for both Donald Trump and Saturday Night Live. Also, a Latino/a group is offering a payout to any audience member who be heard calling out Trump's racism during the broadcast.

ESPN is Fine

Disney CEO Bob Iger insists there's no need to panic about ESPN's financial shape.

Truth Be Told Probably Cancelled

Truth Be Told's set has been struck, another sign of cancellation in a season where networks are reluctant to declare that fate.

Norman Lloyd Interview

Will Harris talks with actor Norman Lloyd, who has worked in film and TV for many decades.

Scatter Market Strength

Steven Perlberg says network execs are finding a modest bright spot in a strong scatter market for ads.

Sponsors Return

Stuart Elliott looks at how some modes of programming sponsorship that thrived in the 1950s are returning.

OTT Competition

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes says the company's shows based on DC Comics may be delayed from appearing on OTT streaming services in favor of pay TV on-demand. Jude Terror sees this as thinking rooted in the past. But Harry A. Jessell says the big media companies need to treat Netflix more as a competitor at this point. AMC Networks' CEO says his company is comfortable staying with a one-year wait for SVOD streaming.

Multitasking Distractions

Colin Dixon reports on a studying finding that multitasking while watching TV tends to distract viewers from ads, not shows.

Ratings Future

Andrew Wallenstein covers comments from a panel of TV company researchers about the future of ratings gathering.

Viceland Ad Strategy

Jason Lynch says it's unclear how advertising on the new Viceland channel will work between Vice and A&E.

Friday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Broadcast TV in Danger

Tim Goodman says broadcast networks need to concede now that their traditional business model is dying or risk obsolescence soon: "in very practical, simplistic terms, this much is clear: If networks don't want to scale back their physical operations to look more like cable channels — if they still want to program multiple hours of television over what amounts to six nights each week — they need to first make most of that programming cheaper and then they need to make more of it. It's the only way to survive with the ratings their shows are now delivering."

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Making the Bud Bowl

Chris Nashawaty takes us back to the making of the first Bud Bowl commercial and how it changed Super Bowl advertising.

South Park This Season

Todd VanDerWerff assesses this season of South Park, which has embraced serialization and tackled political correctness.

SNL's Political Relevance

Dennis Perkins argues that Donald Trump's hosting of Saturday Night Live will wipe out what little is left of the show's political relevance.

TBS's Creative New Sitcom Schedule

TBS will air a 25-hour looped marathon of the first season of its new sitcom Angie Tribeca, and then ten additional episodes, which a press release cheekily called a 10-season renewal, will subsequently air weekly.

Hulu Brag

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch is touting Hulu's growth.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend & Female Desire

Stephanie Brown shares her conflicted feelings about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and its representation of female desire.

You're the Worst & Depression

Lesley Goldberg talks to You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk about the show's depression storyline. Matt Brennan appreciates how the storyline has played out.

Cult TV Reboots

Drew Harwell delves into the motivation for and logistics of rebooting cult series.

Scheduling Still Matters

Oriana Schwindt looks at how network scheduling still matters even in an era of non-linear streaming prominence.

OTT Issues

Daniel Frankel gauges the latest moves into OTT services by major media companies. Jeff Baumgartner reports that gaming consoles are still the top way consumers access online video content. Seth Shapiro says YouTube Red should take lessons from NBC's Must See TV era to be a success.

New Amazon Pilots

Amazon's next wave of pilots has arrived, and the NYT has some reviews.

Muppets Shakeup

The Muppets is losing a showrunner due to creative differences.

Dead Shows Walking

Emily Yahr updates us on the new fall shows likely to be cancelled.

Disney on Vue

Disney has come to a deal with Sony for Playstation Vue to carry Disney's channels, including ESPN and ABC. Peter Kafka wonders what catalysts made the deal happen.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

The BBC Store

The BBC has launched an online store to sell downloads of past and current series to UK viewers.

NBA-Verizon Deal

The NBA has made a deal with Verizon for coverage on the go90 platform and wider marketing.

Patriotism Placement

Barry Petchesky reports on which sports teams have earned the most money from the U.S. military for paid military tributes and patriotic displays.

The Middle's Coming Out Story

Brandon Nowalk admires how The Middle handled a character's coming-out story.

TV Neuroscience

TV companies are increasingly studying how our brains react to TV in order to gain an advertising edge.

You're the Worst & Depression

David Sims admires how You're the Worst has challenged sitcom formulas in incorporating clinical depression.