Sunday, January 31, 2016

Quantifying Fandom

Aja Romano talks with a researcher trying to quantify the size of individual fan communities.

Gay Teens on American Crime

Kevin O'Keefe is struck by the rich depiction of gay teens on American Crime.

Brian Edwards Q&A

UT-Austin's RTF program has posted audio of a Q&A with Brian Edwards, COO of United Artists Media Group.

Newman & Walden

The Paley Center has posted video of Fox Television Group CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden discussing their company and jobs.

Bee in Late Night

Rebecca Traister talks with Samantha Bee about the pressure of being a woman taking on a late night comedy gig.

SAG Award Analysis

Michael Schneider has analysis of the TV winners of SAG awards, and Jessika Walsten notes that Netflix did well.

New Louis C.K. Show

Louis C.K. unexpectedly launched a new series distributed via his website this weekend. James Poniewozik and Alan Sepinwall offer reviews.

Good TVeets

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Carol Ad Banned

ABC has declined to air a promo for the movie Carol due to the showing of bare skin.

X-Files Ratings

Especially with DVR viewing factored in, the new X-Files series is impressive in the ratings.

Gilmore Girls on Netflix

Netflix has confirmed that a Gilmore Girls miniseries is coming.

Amazon's Growth

Amazon Prime memberships are on the rise.

Charter-TWC Odds

One analyst says odds are looking good for the Charter and Time Warner Cable merger.

More House of Cards

Netflix wants another season of House of Cards, though it will move forward without its creator at the helm.

SAG Awards

SAG awards were handed out tonight, and diversity was commented upon.

Thursday & Friday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vice's Ad Model

Jeanine Poggi covers Vice and A&E's moves to go with less ad clutter and more branded entertainment on their new Viceland channel.

More MTV News Hires

MTV News has added a pair of prominent political correspondent hires to its recent talent expansion.

Pay TV Set-Top Battle

The FCC wants to overhaul set-top box regulation and enable more choice for consumers. Pay TV representatives are not happy about this plan, and a coalition has formed to fight it. But Tom Wheeler defends the intention to offer pay TV subscribers more set-top box alternatives. Eriq Gardner covers the debate.

MLB's Inevitable Problem

Jack Moore says Major League Baseball's streaming service settlement is only delaying big problems to come as cord cutting and unbundling accelerate.

Making a Murderer & True Crime

Todd VanDerWerff says binge viewing can be blamed for many missing the point of Making a Murderer. Mark Joyella sees shows like Making a Murderer taking over investigative reporting from newspapers.

Hollywood & Race

Three people of color share their stories of struggle in Hollywood, including Master of None's showrunner.

Streaming vs. Piracy

Todd Cunningham says studios are finding streaming services to be helpful in the battle against movie piracy.

Midseason Success

Media Life says networks are seeing midseason ratings to be happy about.

Netflix Blocked in Indonesia

Netflix's attempt to expand into Indonesia has been blocked by a state-owned telecom company over claims of regulatory violations and objectionable content.

More Byron Allen Lawsuits

Byron Allen is now suing the FCC and Charter over racial discrimination in regard to channel carriage.

Fox News & Trump

James Poniewozik covers the Trump versus Fox News battle. Hadas Gold reports that Fox News' teasing statement yesterday was intended to take heat off of Megyn Kelly. CNN and MSNBC will cover Trump's counter-event tonight.

Super Bowl New & Old Media

Brian Steinberg looks at how CBS is taking advantage of digital platforms to bring the Super Bowl and its ads to even broader audiences, while Adam Foroughi notes that the Super Bowl's traditional platform helps it pave the way for new methods.

Rick & Morty Transmedia

Alex Nagler highlights Turner's move into transmedia with a Rick & Morty game.

Networks & Facebook Ratings

TV[R]ev looks at the love/hate relationship networks have with Facebook, which will continue with Nielsen's new Social Content Ratings.

Premium Channel & SVOD Subscribers

Toni Fitzgerald compares subscriber numbers for major SVOD services and pay TV premium channels.

Reilly on TNT & TBS

Michael Schneider talks to Kevin Reilly about major changes at TNT and TBS.

Hollywood, Netflix, and Amazon

As Amazon now makes significant inroads at Sundance, Hollywood is having to contend with it and Netflix. Hulu is also poised to compete in Sundance acquisitions.

Sinclair Buys Tennis Channel

Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Tennis Channel, helping its move into cable.

Relativity TV Relaunched

Relativity's TV division has relaunched as an independent content studio called Critical Content.

NFL Cameos

Joe Flint explains why NFL athletes are making so many cameos in network programming.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

X-Files Coverage

Maureen Ryan sees problems with the nostalgia boom that has brought us new X-Files and other series. Sarah Mesle and Phillip Maciak have a conversation about The X-Files. Marissa Roffman notes that the episodes are airing out of production order.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Creative Arts Emmys Change

The Emmys will split the ceremony presenting Creative Arts awards across two nights. Scott Collins explains why.

Trump Skipping Debate

Donald Trump insists he won't appear at a Fox News debate tomorrow night.

Nexstar-Media General Acquisition

Meredith has bowed out, so Nexstar will acquire Media General. Jonathan Kuperberg has analysis of the deal.

Every Prime-Time Series

Want to see a list of every prime-time series that aired in 2015, all 1,400+ of them? Sure you do.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

RIP Abe Vigoda

Actor Abe Vigoda has died.

Binge Options

Mike Snider looks at moves linear outlets have made to attract binge viewers to new shows.

Trump vs. Kelly

Brian Lowry says Donald Trump's sniping at Megyn Kelly is a win for both.

SNL Diversity

Joanna Robinson credits public pressure for the valuable growth of diversity at Saturday Night Live.

TV Anniversary

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 90th anniversary of the first demonstration of a television by Scottish inventor John Loagie Baird. Baird's son looks back on this history. The Telegraph covers the first public reactions.

Laws of Showrunning

Javier Grillo-Marxuach has posted an essay titled The 11 Laws of Showrunning.

Reality Show Experiences

A thread on Reddit offers inside info from guests on reality shows. Christopher Hooten pulls out some highlights.

Super Bowl Ads Attention

Suzanne Vranica looks at the ongoing allure of Super Bowl ads for marketers even in the digital era. And Max Willens calls out companies that claim to have ads banned from airing during the Super Bowl.

Billions Renewed

Showtime wants a second season of Billions.

Sarandos on Netflix

Alan Sepinwall talked to Netflix's Ted Sarandos about the streaming service and its programming.

Skinny Bundles Will Grow

A new report projects significant growth in pay TV skinny bundles across the next few years.

Blizzard Ratings

Matt Bonesteel reports on Sunday's NFL ratings, which were likely helped out by the East Coast blizzard. The blizzard also resulted in a video-on-demand usage surge, says Comcast.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

The Democratic town hall on CNN drew 3.2 million.

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring:

Comcast Everywhere

Comcast is leading the way in TV Everywhere penetration.

New In Media Res

Theme: #Squad Goals

  • Monday, January 25, 2016 - Christine Capetola (The University of Texas at Austin) presents: Synthesized Sounds and Fusion Friendships in Grimes and Janelle Monaé’s "Venus Fly"
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - Alyx Vesey (University of Wisconsin—Madison) presents: One of the GRRRLS: Lizzo and the Feminist Potential of Musical Collaboration
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Katherine Lehman (Albright College) presents: With Friends Like These: Female Intimacies and Animosities in HBO’s Girls
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Alison Winch (University of East Anglia) presents: ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women’: Taylor Swift and Celebrity Feminist Friendship 
  • Friday, January 29, 2016 - Lauren Cramer (Georgia State University) presents: #SquadGoals and the Limits of Black Cool

Oscar Buyer Nervousness

Claire Atkinson reports that Oscar advertisers are getting nervous about the Academy Awards diversity controversy.

AT&T & Time Warner

There's a rumor that AT&T wants to buy Time Warner.

Birth of The CW

Cynthia Littleton looks back on the merger of UPN and The WB ten years ago.

Netflix Challenges

Sam Thielman looks at the competition Netflix will give and receive in 2016.

Good TVeets

Monday, January 25, 2016

The House Hunters Juggernaut

Drew Harwell explores what's behind the House Hunters' franchise's big success.

Super Bowl Ad Pros & Cons

Toni Fitzgerald lays out the pros and cons of companies advertising during the Super Bowl.

Daily Show Problems

Willa Paskin is disappointed that The Daily Show has declined in relevance in an election year.

X-Files Coverage

Todd VanDerWerff recaps last night's X-Files premiere and previously covered what made the X-Files of the past such a great show. Brian Lowry is critical of FOX for not more effectively using the NFL championship game to lead into the premiere. Jeremy Enger talked to the actor behind Cigarette Smoking Man about his role. Sonia Sariya looks at the larger 1990s revival trend.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Football scored big yesterday, which helped The X-Files score big.

Good TVeets

I am severely pressed for time today -- so you get to pick out your own favorite three tweets!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Good TVeets

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Indian Actors

Arnab Chanda discusses his struggles as an Indian actor and explains why Aziz Ansari's success is so important.

Sesame Street Petition

Sesame Street is being petitioned to make a new Latina character a college graduate.

City Viewership

A Nielsen report on TV viewing in individual DMAs finds that Clevelanders spend the most time watching live TV.

Al Jazeera America's Demise

Brian Stelter and Tom Kludt report on what went wrong at Al Jazeera America.

Moffat Leaving Doctor Who

Steven Moffat says the next season of Doctor Who will be his last, as he will then pass the reins to Chris Chibnall. That season won't air until 2017, though.

Writers Panel

Riyad Mammadyarov covers a WGA panel featuring writers for Inside Amy Schumer, Mr. Robot, and The Americans.

Unbundling Consequences

Peter Kafka shares a chart estimating what individual cable channels would cost if they weren't part of bundles. Alex Nagler points to YouTube and Netflix as examples what will come next as the bundle unravels.

London Spy Frustration

Alyssa Rosenberg laments that London Spy follows the trend of prestige TV being too dark and stuffed with huge stakes.

Film (and TV) Criticism

Film Criticism has rebooted as an online open-access journal, and the inaugural issue includes an essay from Myles McNutt on the challenges of TV criticism in a world of time-shifting and binge viewing.

LGBTQ Representation

Louis Peitzman praises The 100 for its representation of fluid sexual identities, and talks to the showrunner about those representations, while AJ McKenna is frustrated with how Transparent represents transgender issues.

TV Show Calculator

Vulture has brought out its TV show calculator again to let you tally up how much winter TV you'll be watching.

TV Diversity

Jake Coyle says the film industry can look to TV for inspiration about racial diversity.

X-Files Revival

Jason Lynch looks at The X-Files in the context of the TV revival trend, and Travis Andrews says the new series highlights the problems with revivals. Michael Schneider talks to Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny about reprising their roles. Earlier this month, I missed an oral history of The X-Files, and in that, Gillian Anderson mentioned that she was initially offered only half the salary Duchovny was for the revival. The series will premiere tomorrow night after the NFL conference championship, and Rick Porter looked back at the ratings for previous episodes following such games.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted. There seemed to be high viewing levels due to the big storm.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Netflix's VPN Blocking

Netflix is reportedly following through on its campaign to block VPN proxy users.

Netflix Algorithms

Quinn O'Gallagher sees Netflix algorithms as limiting more than liberating, and Reed Hastings says he trusts his gut more than algorithms.

Netflix Ratings

Jason Lynch has more data from Symphony on Netflix viewership, which shows broadcast networks outpacing Netflix originals. Todd VanDerWerff believes Netflix will eventually have to release ratings data.

Televised Confessions

Edward Wong reports on the practice in China of televising confessions from foreigners accused of crimes.

ESPN's Uncertainties

Kevin Draper details ESPN's current and likely ongoing problems.

Thursday Night Football Prospects

The ongoing negotiations for Thursday Night Football might end with the package split between CBS and NBC.

Burrows Tribute

A big cast of actors will join together to pay tribute to director James Burrows in a tribute special on NBC.

American Crime Scene

A Variety video essay deconstructs a scene from American Crime.

Ad Money Back to TV

Analyst Jack Myers predicts marketers will start turning back to TV following increases in digital ad budgets.

TV in 2016

Jethro Nededog predicts six trends that will define the TV industry in 2016.

TCA Takeaways

Jason Lynch offers five takeaways from the TCA press tour that just ended.

Cord Cutting & Conference Networks

Clay Travis considers the prospects for college sports conference networks as cord cutting accelerates.

Showtime on Sky

Sky Atlantic will now be the exclusive home for Showtime programming across much of Europe.

Streaming X-Files

Brian Steinberg notes that you'll be able to watch the new X-Files with minimal commercials on the Fox Now app or

Network Exec Thoughts

Lacey Rose and Lesley Goldberg asked questions about TV to 32 network executives at TCA.

Facebook Sports Hub

Facebook is creating a live sports hub, competing more in Twitter's territory.

Charter-TWC Opposition

Opposition to the Charter-Time Warner Cable + Bright House merger is rising up, and a coalition has formed that is disparagingly dubbing the combo MegaCable. Dish Network especially sees in the merger a threat to Sling TV.

Global Content Growth

Thomas Cambell reports on figures that show growth in TV and SVOD content around the world.

Oscars Boycott

Anthony Crupi says ABC probably needn't worry about an Oscars boycott impacting the network's bottom line.

Daytime Syndication Value

Tim Baysinger explains why advertisers continue to flock to daytime syndicated shows, despite some high=profile flops.

TV at Sundance

Gregg Goldstein notes an influx of TV at the Sundance Film Festival, and Brent Lang looks at how the streaming services are upending the indie film market, especially as Netflix is looking to expand its global film strategy. Mitchell Hartman also covers this.

New CST Posts

Check out new Critical Studies in Television posts:

Wednesday & Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The State of Fan Culture

Donna Kaudel assesses the state of fan culture and its anxieties.

Cut the Cord

Rob Pegoraro offers reasons why now is the right time to cord cut and rely instead on OTT streaming options, despite lingering limitations.

MLB Streaming

Josh Kosman covers the changes coming to Major League Baseball's streaming package due to yesterday's settled lawsuit. Phillip Swann notes that the changes won't help cord cutters much.

Live TV Still Lives

A Nielsen Q4 report finds live TV viewing still dominating viewing habits in individual DMAs.

New African-American Channel

A new digital channel called Dream TV and targeting African-American viewers has arrived.

HBO Porn Drama

HBO is moving forward with a David Simon series on the porn industry.

Pot Ads

Toni Fitzgerald covers the prospects for marijuana ads now that the drug's legality is widening.

Making a Murderer Issues

David Handelman says Making a Murderer illustrates justice system problems borne in part by assumptions that Law and Order has entrenched in our culture. Tahirah Hairston says Making a Murderer is teaching white people about justice system injustice that people of color are already familiar with. Meanwhile, a reporter has started a podcast to rebut the claims presented in the series.

Viacom's Problems

Claire Atkinson covers the latest legal and investor challenges to Viacom and Sumner Redstone. Brian Steinberg reports on 2015 annual compensation cuts for its two top execs.

Making Hits From Data

Sebastian Wernicke discusses in a video presentation how data can be used well or poorly in designing a TV show.

1966 Premieres

Mark Dawidziak looks back on 1966 as a big year for TV premieres, as it ushered in Star Trek, Batman, Dark Shadows, and The Monkees. 

Product Integration in Comedy

Jason Lynch notes that brands are appreciating the chance to integrate products into comedies like Angie Tribeca.

Hastings Likes Charter-TWC

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is in favor of the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger, thanks to peering deals.

Peak TV Debate

Cynthia Littleton coveres a NATPE-opening debate about the pros and cons of Peak TV.

West Coast Grammys

Josef Adalian reports that CBS will offer Pacific and Mountain time zone affiliates the option to air the Grammys live.

Skipper Interview

The WSJ interviews ESPN president John Skipper about over-the-top and cord cutting issues facing his outlet.

Pakistan & YouTube

Pakistan has allowed access to YouTube, but only a local version that grants the government censorship powers.

Producing Killing Fields

Andy Dehnart talks to the producers of Discovery Channels' Killing Fields about making the true crime series as they go.

Carriage Deals Done

Mike Farrell notes that the many year-end cable carriage disputes ended up getting resolved rather quietly, including the big AMC Networks-NCTC negotiation.

TCA is Boring

Daniel Holloway laments how boring and packaged the TCA press tour has become.

Social TV Ratings

Nielsen will expand its Twitter TV ratings into Social Content Ratings and incorporate Facebook into the data.

Renewal News

Celebrity Name Game and Lip Sync Battle have been renewed, while NBC is optimistic about a Days of Our Lives renewal.

Netflix Coverage

The company reporting Netflix ratings is defending its data and methodologies. Netflix's stock is soaring on the heels of news of subscriber increases and 2017 growth projections; however, that growth is global, not domestic, and Phillip Swann sees a fight ahead for Netflix in the U.S., with increased subscriber fees coming for some. Shira Ovide says global expansion will also bring challenges. Reed Hastings acknowledges that entry in China will be a tough goal to achieve. Ted Sarandos has responded to comments from John Landgraf. Tatiana Siegel says Netflix is now annoying movie studios with its Sundance encroachment.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Adele Virality

Adele's "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden has become the most viral late-night video since 2013. Josef Adalian tells us how the video happened.

Freeform & the State of Channels

Chris DeVille puts Freeform in the context of the state of cable channels in the era of skinny bundles and streaming options.

TCA Highlights

John Koblin delineates highlights from the past fortnight's TCA press tour.

MLB Blackout Settlement

Eriq Gardner reports a settlement has been reached between MLB and fans who sued over local market blackouts on its digital service.

Changing Ad Landscape

Brian Steinberg notes that 30-second ad spots are facing a challenge from networks themselves seeking better options.

Netflix Coverage

Yvonne Villarreal and Meg James note that Netflix has become the most feared force in Hollywood, and Gerry Smith reports that HBO will start a standalone streaming service in Spain in order to take on Netflix there. Many are doubtful about Netflix's plan to crack down on VPN proxy users, while Matt Brennan questions Netflix's viewership numbers stance.

Cable Rates Up

Mike Farrell reports that cable rates will rise 3-4% on average in 2016.


The Republican National Committee has decided that a February GOP debate will air on CNN, not NBC.

Publication Purchases

Univision has purchased a controlling stake in The Onion, while Penske Media Corp. has bought Indiewire. Tim Baysinger explains the Univison move, and Sahil Patel notes the key role of comedy here.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cubs TV

The Chicago Cubs plan to launch their own TV outlet, but Patrick Mooney says the days of mega-deals like Dodgers-TWC are past.

Online News Failure

Jeff Jarvis says HuffPost Live failed because it tried to ape traditional TV news, rather than creating something innovative for the online world, as Facebook and Vice have done.

HBO Discounts

Phillip Swann reports that pay TV services are still offering discounts for HBO subscriptions as a way to combat HBO Now.

Critics' Choice Awards

Critics' Choice Awards were handed out last night.

Sunday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

The latest Democratic Debate had strong ratings.

Netflix at TCA

It was Netflix day at TCA yesterday, and there was a ton of coverage: Ted Sarandos criticized NBCU for presenting "remarkably inaccurate" ratings data about Netflix series, said Netflix will spend $6 billion on content in 2016, insisted there is not too much TV, and announced a ramp-up of kids' series and family programming. John Koblin notes that competitors are getting irked by Netflix at this point. There were TCA panels for Master of None, Fuller House, and Making a Murderer, at which the show's creators defended the series against criticism -- they've also responded on Twitter -- and a bunch of series return dates were announced, as well as a Season 2 renewal for Jessica Jones and casting for Black Mirror. Michael Schneider looks at the impact Making a Murderer is having on considerations of the actual case, while Kathryn Schultz is critical of the filmmakers.

In more negative Netflix news, the WSJ says Netflix's global growth will be pressured by competitive rivals banding together, and Seeking Alpha expects Netflix stock volatility for this and other reasons. Patrick Seitz questions Netflix's domestic subscriber growth prospects, and Karl Bode questions Netflix's plan to crack down on proxy access.

Good TVeets

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Good TVeets

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Comcast's Lineup Changes

Claire Atkinson says Comcast is ruffling feathers by creating skinny bundles and moving some cable channels out of the basic tier.

Transparent Photographs

David Rosenberg praises behind-the-scenes still photos of Transparent for capturing the series' beauty.


FX presented at TCA today, with the always engaging John Landgraf leading the way. Lacey Rose has a summary of his talk, at which he revisited his Peak TV comments and blasted Netflix for not revealing ratings and lamented the rising costs for talent. In news about FX shows, Louis CK's show may or may not be doneThe Americans' executive producer says there's a few seasons left in the story, and there was news about Fargo, AHS, and a Sons of Anarchy spinoff. There was also a panel on The People v. O.J.  Simpson: American Crime Story and one on You're the Worst.

Musicians on Mozart

Laura M. Holson gathered the reactions of actual New York orchestra musicians to Mozart in the Jungle.

Netflix Ratings Company

K.M. McFarland tells us about the company in the news for tracking Netflix ratings.

Local News Interest

Local TV news did well in a survey of dominant news sources conducted in three cities.

Angie Tribeca's Marketing

Tim Baysinger says Angie Tribeca's marketing campaign matches the satirical tone of the series.

British Reality Formats

Tim Dams covers Britain's challenging hunt for new reality TV format hits.

New TV Sets

Colin Dixon sees a big year ahead for connected TVs, while Caleb Denison looks at Sony's premium-only TV set strategy for this year.

Today's Morning Invention

Brian Stelter shares an excerpt from his morning show book on how Today invented the morning TV format.

Affiliate Switching

CBS and NBC have swapped affiliate stations in Raleigh, North Carolina. In related news, Harry A. Jessell notes that networks dumping and switching affiliates is has grown more common with digital-era station growth. It's also happening because of retrans issues, and both broadcasters and pay TV reps are arguing against FCC retrans consent rules under consideration.

New Critical Studies in TV Posts

A new set of Critical Studies in Television posts are up:

New Writers' Program

The Black List and the ATX Television Festival have teamed up for a new TV writers' program.

NBC Targeting Latina Viewers

Sonia Saraiya notes NBC's diversity efforts with a new trio of shows targeting Latina viewers.

TV Podcasts

If you're looking for some TV podcast episodes to listen to, there's a new Spinoff, which talks cord cobblers and Making a Murderer; a VideoNuze episode that offers 2016 predictions; and a BTIG episode that covers challenges at ESPN and Time Warner.

Turner & Ad Pods

Stuart Elliott says Turner and other outlets are doing the right thing in reducing ad clutter. Turner's Kevin Reilly spoke at TCA about those changes and more.

Fox at TCA

Fox made announcements at TCA, including renewals for Empire and Scream Queens, as well as news of coming original series and reboots, including Prison Break and 24. Daniel Fienberg sees too many procedurals coming. Fox also touted its C7 gains and brand tie-ins.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Netflix & Geoblocking Content

Claire Reilly notes that Netflix's desire to be a global service runs into international licensing obstacles. Julia Greenberg says Netflix's proxy ban is bad for the service.

Personalization & Recommendation

Alan Wolk sees a revolution coming in recommendation-based program guides, offering guidance to viewers and revenue streams to MVPDs. Janko Roettgers covers how Netflix has come up with effective ways of advertising its content via its interface to entice increased viewership.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Viacom & MTV

Michael O'Connell talks to Viacom's president about keeping Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and changes at MTV, including the major hires of some former Grantlanders for MTV News.

Sherwood Profile

Joe Flint profiles Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, and how his company is dealing with cord cutting, streaming, and ad-skipping challenges.

Charter-TWC Doom?

Richard Greenfield is now less certain the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger will go through after researching public statements from Charter's CEO about OTT competition.

Jessica Jones' Racial Politics

Angelica Jade Bastién calls out Jessica Jones for questionable racial politics.

AJAM Spot Eyed

Brian Stelter reports that a few upstart channels are eyeing the spot Al Jazeera America will soon vacate.

Miranda Sings on Netflix

Netflix has signed the YouTube star behind Miranda Sings to a scripted series deal.

Rupert Murdoch & Fox News

Gabriel Sherman reports that Rupert Murdoch is getting more involved in Fox News operations as Roger Ailes is pulling back. Rupert Murdoch tells Andrew Musca that the latter is completely false.

The Plurals

Turner thinks we should be calling the generation that follows Millennials the Plurals.

Live Musicals Continue

The live musical trend shows no signs of slowing down, as Hairspray at NBC and Grease at FOX get prepped.

Network Head Blame

Tim Goodman's latest TCA journal entry covers the shifting blame for network failure away from entertainment presidents.

Netflix vs. Proxy Users

Netflix will reportedly make an effort to stop users from circumventing geoblocking by accessing the service via proxy services.

Globes Categories

Alan Wolk considers the significance of the category controversies at the Golden Globes.

True Crime Binges

Sam Adams explores why true crime docs like The Jinx and Making a Murderer are coming to the fore in the binge-viewing era.

Playing House Renewned

USA Network wants a third season of Playing House.

Sports Broadcasting, Pay TV, & ESPN

John Ourand says the pendulum is swinging back toward sports programming airing on broadcast TV rather than pay TV. In somewhat related news, NBC is expecting to rake in over $1 billion in ad revenue for the 2016 Summer Olympics, possibly surpassing the London Games. Meanwhile, there's gloom in the news for ESPN thanks to a survey where half of respondents said they'd give up ESPN if it could save them $8 a month, and Brian Lowry notes there isn't much sympathy out there for ESPN's woes.

Good TVeets

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Today's Rebuild

Brian Steinberg reports on the state of the Today show in the wake of months of rebuilding.

AJAM Shutdown

Tom Kludt and Brian Stelter have details on the impending end of Al Jazeera America. Brian Lowry notes that the channel seemed doomed from the start, and Jordan Weissman says it was destined to fail. Brian Steinberg reports on a buyer already interested in acquiring the channel's assets. Peter Hamilton notes that this is a blow to the documentary community.

Sesame Street on HBO

James Poniewozik says Sesame Street does look notably different on HBO, and Brian Steinberg says changes were inevitable for this digital and SVOD era. Sarah Perez covers HBO's new kids section on its mobile app, which features Sesame Street as its anchor. Sonia Saraiya says Sesame Street on HBO makes perfect sense. Ashley Moran highlights the show's HBO changes.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

NBC & Netflix Ratings

A tech firm has released what it is pitching as ratings for Netflix series measured via mobile phone audio content recognition technology. NBC used these figures at a TCA event called "Netflix Reality Check," with research chief Alan Wurtzel insisting they show that Netflix is not outdrawing network shows and isn't as big a network threat as buzz would indicate. Diane Gorden has a Storify of her tweets covering this presentation. Oriana Schwindt also covers this. Farhad Manjoo says media companies need to be worried about Netflix and other services like Amazon. Tim Goodman covers NBC's Netflix ratings presentation in his next TCA entry.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Super Bowl Hype

Jason Lynch warns us of the hype CBS is bringing for the Super Bowl.

Cable Optimism

Financial analysis Craig Moffatt is optimistic about cable TV's strength in 2016 despite cord cutting projections.

PewDiePie Network

Disney is giving YouTube star PewDiePie a multi-channel network to control.

Kings Stepping Down From Good Wife

Showrunners Robert and Michelle King will exit their positions as Good Wife showrunners after this season to launch a new series. CBS is still considering whether to renew the series or not.

UnREAL Season 2

Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is sharing news of UnREAL's second season, which will focus on race and masculinity.

The Globes & TV

John Koblin notes that the Golden Globes' TV winners are a sign of new TV times. And Jason Lynch looks at how Amazon's two Globes wins underscore its growth and gains.

Greenblatt on Trump on SNL

At TCA today, Robert Greenblatt addressed the decision to have Donald Trump host Saturday Night Live.

Cord Cobblers

Jason Lynch reports on Showtime's David Nevins use of the term "cord cobblers," referring to audiences customizing their viewing, which he thinks will be the next trend.

Netflix & Ridiculous 6

Amanda Hess says Adam Sandler's movie The Ridiculous 6 is doing what Netflix needs, even if it's terrible and racist.

Discovery in Europe

Keach Hagey and Matthew Futterman report on Discovery Communication's plan to use its Eurosport investment to expand its sports presence in Europe. (Google News link)

NCAA Title Game Ratings

The college football championship game followed the pattern of the bowl season with lower ratings.

Programmatic TV

Will Richmond assesses the early state of programmatic TV, and Mike Shields explores why it hasn't grown more yet.

New Year's Eve Ratings

Rick Kissell says ABC was the big winner on New Year's Eve for celebration show ratings.

ABC Family Into Freeform

ABC Family is now Freeform, and Michael Schneider answers some questions you may have about that. Jon Lafayette reports on a new streaming app that Freeform has also launched.

Renewal & End

Shameless will get a seventh season, while Heroes Reborn is done.

The CW & Tribune Negotiation

Harry A. Jessell reports that the CW's plan for an OTT service is being spurred on by stalled affiliation negotiations with the Tribune station group.

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Monday & Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

The New Sesame Street

Sesame Street starts on HBO this Saturday, and Jessica Pressler investigates what it will look like.

Networks at Midseason

Toni Fitzgerald assesses where the major broadcast network ratings stand at midseason, with NBC in the pre-Super Bowl lead.

AJAM Shutting Down

Al Jazeera America will no longer be in operation after April.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Starz Targeting Hispanics

R. Thomas Umstead reports on Starz' attempts to target Hispanic audiences, following its success with African-American audiences and women.

Ad Agencies Marginalized

Jeanine Poggi notes deals like Pepsi's with Empire show the increasing marginalization of ad agencies, as marketers are gaining more direct access to media partners.

Thursday Night Football Package

John Ourand has the latest on the NFL shopping Thursday Night Football rights, which could be split across broadcast networks. A separate package for digital rights is also up for grabs.

2016 Pilots

Nellie Andreeva catches us up on 2016 pilot developments.

Different Politics, Different Media Trust

A new Pew Research Center study finds political polarization in sync with polarized media consumption and trust in news sources.


Daniel Frankel reports on NBCU's plan to follow up Seeso with many other niche SVOD streaming services.

Bachelorette Diversity

Creator Mike Fleiss says we can expect to see a woman of color as the next Bachelorette.

Peak Midseason

Michael Malone explains why midseason is so full of new series premieres this year. (And includes a quote from me!)

Netflix Wants One Day at at Time

Netflix has ordered to series a Norman Lear-produced remake of One Day at a Time featuring a Latino/a cast.

ABC Family Into Freeform

Lacey Rose talks to the president of ABC Family about the change to Freeform.

Making a Murderer Interview

Todd VanDerWerff talks to the directors of Making a Murderer about the series and what they fear many are overlooking amidst all the buzz.

CES Winners & Losers

Phillip Swann names winners and losers of the Consumer Electronics Show.

Bowie on TV

In the wake of David Bowie's stunning death, Liam Mathews shares clips of Bowie's TV highlights, and Alan Sepinwall reflects on the use of Bowie's music on film and TV soundtracks.

ESPN & College Playoff Scheduling

With ESPN paying makegoods on the college football playoff semifinal games, there is now some talk of possible rescheduling to avoid New Year's Eve next year.

Online CW

With the expiration of The CW's rerun deals with Netflix and Hulu coming at an end, CBS and Warner Bros. are reportedly discussing creating a paid streaming service.

Hulu Pickups

Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to a set of Sony shows and movies, including The Shield. Hulu has also picked up the fantastic British series My Mad Fat Diary.