Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A-List Reality TV

Elizabeth Wagmeister notes that network reality TV has increasingly incorporated A-list stars

Female-Centered TV in an Age of Precarity

Jorie Lagerwey, Julia Leyda, and Diane Negra analyze trends in female-centered TV during a period of economic distress

Bisexual Representations

Bitch Flicks has a series this week on bisexual representations, which includes posts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Orphan Black and Steven Universe and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Will & Grace & Hillary

The cast of Will and Grace has reunited for a pro-Clinton election-themed mini-episode. Cast members of The West Wing have also been campaigning for Clinton.

Faith in Bundling Utility

Linda Ge covers a TV executive panel at which FX's John Landgraf, BBC America president Sarah Barnett, and Showtime CEO David Nevins expressed faith that pay TV bundling will stay strong for now.

Apple TV's Future

Michael Grothaus says Apple TV could end up as Apple's most important device some day if it evolves.

Drunk History

Caroline Framke talked to Drunk History's co-creator about how the show happens.

Canned Laughter History

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong covers the history of the laugh track in the US and UK.

Annapurna TV

Indie producer stalwart Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures now has a TV division headed up by HBO alum Sue Naegle.

YouTube Viewing

Marty Swant reports on a Google study into viewing preferences for YouTube over linear TV, and Will Richmond covers the YouTube Go push for offline video viewing, though right now it's only available in India.

Rape in Dramas

Writer Ellen Vanstone is dismayed by how common depictions of rape have become in TV drama.

Upcoming OTT Options

Jason Lynch reports new details on upcoming OTT skinny-bundle streaming service offerings from both AT&T and Hulu.

Schur Interview

Josef Adalian talks with Mike Schur about his TV work, including the new series The Good Place.

Prestige TV's Coarseness

Noel Murray laments how much prestige TV has relied on TV-MA content, offering challenges for family viewing.

Ad Diversity

A new study of ad agencies finds major deficiencies in diversity hiring.

Cord-Cutting Costs

A new study says cord cutting could cost pay TV operators $1 billion in lost revenue over the next year.

Hollywood Salaries

THR lists typical payouts for various top positions in Hollywood film and TV.

Timeless Lawsuit

A Spanish producer has brought a copyright suit against NBC and Sony claiming that Timeless is based on his series.

Speechless & Disability Representation

David M. Perry looks at how Speechless is breaking new ground in representing disability. Speechless's creator and its star Minnie Driver have discussed the show's representations and advocacy.

Raymond is a Classic

Todd VanDerWerff explains why Everybody Loves Raymond deserves to be remembered as a sitcom classic.

RIP Gary Glasberg

NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg has died.

RIP Agnes Nixon

Soap opera creator and visionary TV storyteller Agnes Nixon has died. Susan Lucci shares her memories of Nixon.

Fan Convention Explosion

Lesley Goldberg delves into the explosion in fan conventions and how film and TV stars are capitalizing financially.

Pilot Twists

Daniel Fienberg judges pilot plot twists in the recent past and now with Pitch, This is Us, and Bull.

The Game History

Emily Yahr looks back on the impressive run of The Game and the history it made.

Mindy Project Syndication Deal

Hulu's Mindy Project has sold into syndication on Freeform and VH1.

Colbert Fixing Late Show

Dave Itzkoff looks at changes Stephen Colbert and his Late Show team are making to better the show.

Set-Top Box Standards

Tom Wheeler may tweak his set-top box proposal to gain more support, and the issue was pulled from the agenda of today's FCC meeting.

Shorter Orders

Jason Lynch covers why broadcast networks are increasingly handing out shorter series orders, with 18-episodes becoming a new norm.

Renewals, Orders, Ends

You're the Worst has been renewed for a fourth season, while The Strain will end after its fourth season. This is Us has gotten a full-season order, while midseason show Imaginary Mary has had its order reducedDesignated Survivor and Speechless have also gotten full season orders. Amazon has ordered its new slate of pilots to series, including The Tick and I Love Dick. And Cartoon Network has announced Adventure Time will end with its ninth season in 2018.

CBS News

CBS News executives insist they're ok with finishing third in the evening news ratings for 2015-16, because they see growth and are pleased with their in-depth style of reporting. In other CBS news, the company will soon be out of the radio business.

CBS & Viacom

Shari Redstone, via Sumner Redstone's company, is calling for CBS and Viacom to merge again. Joe Flint says the Shari Redstone-Les Moonves relationship will be key to what happens next, and Michael Wolff details the competing narratives surrounding Viacom. Brian Lowry has analysis.

Ratings Analysis

Jason Lynch analyzes the first week of ratings, and Stephen Battaglio notes early ratings show the networks' challenge of reaching young viewers continues. Spotted is charting out 2016-17 year-to-date ratings. And Maury Brown covers 2016 Major League Baseball prime-time ratings, which were up 1% compared to last year.

Tuesday & Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday/Debate Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Early figures show big ratings for the debate and possible viewership records. It also looks like most viewers watched the whole 90 minutes.

Updated figures confirm that it drew more viewers than any presidential debate in American history. Meanwhile, Monday Night Football likely hit a record low.

Viewers for Quality Television

Todd VanDerWerff looks back on the efforts of the Viewers for Quality Television group in the 1980s and 1990s.

Netflix Competition

The Canadian streaming service Shomi has been shut down. Will Richmond says this shows how tough it is to compete with Netflix. However, Lloyd Dixon explained how Iflix has been able to hold strong in Southeast Asia despite Netflix's arrival.

Reflection on Vin Scully

Jayson Stark gathered comments on what made Vin Scully the consummate baseball announcer, the likes of which we may never hear again.

Late-Night Freeform

Freeform has a late night show in development featuring comedian Iliza Shlesinger as host.

Sherlock's Symmetry

Celia Gómez has created a video essay highlighting the use of symmetry in Sherlock's visual aesthetic.

AT&T Web Streaming

Scott Moritz says AT&T expects its DirecTV Now streaming service to be its primary TV platform by 2020. Phillip Swann considers what this might mean for DirecTV satellite subscribers.

TV Music Hurting Songwriting

Patrick Duniven explains why TV's use of songs is having a detrimental effect on songwriting.

Actor Ages Law

A new California law will allow actors to request for entertainment sites like IMDb to remove their ages from their listings.

Audience Report

Nielsen's latest Audience Report finds live TV viewership declining, especially in homes with Netflix and Hulu, but a Video Advertising Bureau report says people who stream are mostly streaming network TV shows.

Osgood Done, Pauley In

Charles Osgood departed as CBS Sunday Morning anchor this week. Jane Pauley will replace him.

Pay TV Homes Drop

Nielsen estimates an .8% drop in pay TV homes is coming in October.

Jack Lord's Cameo

The late Jack Lord made an appearance in Hawaii Five-O via CGI.

New Nielsen Efforts

David Gianatasio delves into Nielsen's attempt to shed its old image and evolve its business. And Jason Lynch reports on Nielsen rolling out digital content ratings starting Friday.

Disney + Twitter?

Rumors are circulating that Disney is preparing a bid to buy Twitter, but Daniel Miller and Tracey Lien report that it doesn't seem likely to happen. And Quentin Hardy says Twitter has a wide range of suitors. Microsoft could be one.

Facebook Miscalculations

Facebook has expressed regret over miscalculated metrics that heavily inflated video viewer figures. Will Richmond says this is a setback for Facebook but not a disaster, while Oriana Schwindt says this is a big blow for online publications.

The Debate

Michael M. Grynbaum describes Lester Holt's performance in last night's presidential debate as one of restraint. Brian Lowry says Donald Trump gave a poor performance, and Todd VanDerWerff notes that Trump's reality TV tricks don't work in the debate format. James Poniewozik analyzes how the debate looked via split screens that framed the candidates. Ellen Gray calls it "one of the odder debates." Caroline Framke notes that Trump had an audience response problem.

 Viewers were very busy performing on Twitter during the debate. Hadas Gold and Alex Weprin says the cable news ad-haul for the election campaign will be big, but the news isn't all good. And Maria Sciullo wonders if presidential ads even work anymore. Ryan McGee offers suggestions to Saturday Night Live for getting its political humor credibility back in the wake of Trump hosting.

Early Ratings

Toni Fitzgerald highlights key figures from fall season premiere week ratings, while Cynthia Littleton has initial L+3 figures. Josef Adalian offered some early reactions to ratings. Twitter's Thursday Night Football ratings weren't impressive, though the second broadcast improved upon the first.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sunday Ticket Lawsuit

Sunday Ticket customers have filed a lawsuit against the NFL over blackouts of out-of-market games.

Another GBBO Depature

Mary Berry says she'll stay with the BBC, while Paul Hollywood will go with Great British Bake Off to Channel 4. Charlotte Higgins expects the Berry loss to be devastating to GBBO.

Music Supervisors

Judy Berman highlights TV shows that have the best music supervision.

Anti-Prestige TV

The Ringer had a series this week "celebrating anti-prestige, anti–water cooler, anti-content" TV with content including praise for CBS's success, Conan O'Brien still going, and the pleasures of Suits.

VH1 & Pop Culture Snark

Victor Luckerson recognizes VH1 for its pioneering anticipation of pop culture snark.

Netflix Viewer Behavior

Steve Safran covers a Netflix info that purports to show which episode of a series hooked its fans.

Netflix for Sports

Claire Atkinson reports on Discovery's moves to grab up broadcast rights to sports in Europe to create a "Netflix for sports."

Marketing This Is Us

Jason Lynch covers how NBC successfully marketed This is Us without spoiling its big twist.

Ad Loads Up

Wayne Friedman reports on rising TV ad loads, with AMC and Discovery rising the most and Viacom leading all TV groups.

Screen Distractions

Diego Vasquez talks with Turner's Chief Research Officer about a new study finding that second screens are a distraction from ads, offering a challenge to Nielsen ratings.

Friday, September 23, 2016

End of the Ailes Era

Sarah Ellison takes us into Roger Ailes' final days at Fox News.

Twitter & TV

Twitter made a deal with Bloomberg to stream all three presidential debates. Scott Porch talked to Twitter's CFO about the service's moves into TV content. And a THR survey of showrunners has kicked up some dirt in terms of their opinions on live-tweeting TV shows.

CW Strategies

Cynthia Littleton checks in on The CW in its tenth year and talks to Mark Pedowitz about the state of the network. The CW has launched a subscription-free OTT service for exclusive access to in-season episodes that works on Roku and other streamers with no pay TV authentication required.

Atlanta & Better Things Renewed

FX has ordered second seasons of Atlanta and Better Things.

Netflix Goal: 50% Originals

Netflix's CFO says the service is striving toward having half of its content be originals within the next few years.

Good TVeets

Daily Ratings

It's been a very busy week, so I've gotten behind, but the upside is you too can catch up quickly on the week's ratings with links in one post.

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

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

Thursday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.
Analysis from Spotted.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Good TVeets

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Latino/a TV News

ESPN2 is launching a bilingual sports show aimed at Latino/a viewers, and Veronica Villafañe notes that Telemundo is rising in the ratings and increasingly outperforming Univision.

News Overkill

Jack Shafer proposes that news coverage of this weekend's NYC bombing caused more fear than necessary.

Twitter's NFL Technology

Will Richmond outlines the four technologies that helped to enable Twitter's NFL streaming, each of which is key for the broadband industry's future.

TV For You

Emily V. Gordon offers an appreciation of TV for the comfort it can provide.

Creating Timeless

IndieWire investigated how Timeless's designers are creating new worlds for each episode.

Choosing Titles

THR surveyed 17 showrunners about how the titles for their network shows were chosen.

Black-ish & Disney World

Jason Lynch discusses how ABC's Black-ish going to Disney World for tonight's episode isn't actually product integration.

Limited Series Prestige

Robert Rorke explores how the limited series has become a prestige category of TV.

Total Audience Measurement Launch

Jason Lynch reports on Nielsen's rollout of the Total Audience Measurement tool, which should be complete by March.

Netflix Via Comcast

Netflix is now rolling out on Comcast's X1 set-top box.

Fan-Created Walking Dead Convention

Kimberly Potts talks to a pair of fans about how they founded a popular Walking Dead convention.

Bake Off Value

Jess Zimmerman explains the value of Mel and Sue as hosts of Great British Bake Off, while Peter Preston argues that Channel 4 needs the value of the show. Also, Jake Kanter points out that the BBC has another bakery show from GBBO's Love Productions still under contract.

Trump on Fox News

Brian Stelter observes that Donald Trump is retreating to friendly ground at Fox News a lot lately and avoiding most other press.

Sports Ratings

HBO's boxing ratings are down, while Major Leagues Soccer returned to TV up

NBC & Trump

Conor Friedersdorf argues The Apprentice gave America a distorted view of Donald Trump and NBC now has a responsibility to correct that impression. And Josef Adalian puts Jimmy Fallon's softball interview of Trump in historical context.

The Fall Season

TV By the Numbers offers a primer on how to read the ratings for 2016-17. Jason Lynch talked to the five broadcast network presidents about their fall strategies. He also talked at length with ABC's new chief Channing Dungey and wonders if Kiefer Sutherland can help save the network. Sutherland's show one among new fall shows ad buyers are most optimistic about, and Bill Cromwell says advertisers still think Thursday night is the most important evening of the week. Josef Adalian covers fall trends to look for.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Michael O'Connell.

Emmys Coverage

Read reviews of last night's Emmy Awards broadcast from Daniel Fienberg, Maureen Ryan, Emily NussbaumJames Poniewozik, and Alan Sepinwall and a breakdown of winners by program and channel from Lesley Goldberg. Jason Lynch notes the broadcast networks were largely left out again. Geoff Berkshire identifies snubs and surprises, and Todd VanDerWerff and Caroline Framke identify winners and losers. Cory Barker offers takeaways. The ratings hit an all-time low, and Myles McNutt isn't surprised. Todd VanDerWerff insists TV fans should still care about the Emmys and raises questions for next year. Scott Roxborough says international viewers were left without much to care about. Kathryn VanArendonk covers the politically pointed moments, and Alyssa Rosenberg says it felt like a continuation of the Democratic National Convention. John Koblin reflects on the People vs. OJ victories and the show's impact on Marcia Clark. Robert Lloyd questions the relevance of winning in a world saturated with video content. Scott Feinberg credits a new voting system for good Emmys selections.

Good TVeets

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ailes & Key Man Clauses

Brian Stelter explains how Roger Ailes used contractual clauses tied to Fox News talent to protect his position of power.

Sherwood Interview

Marisa Guthrie talks with Disney-ABC president Ben Sherwood about how things are going at ABC.

Bake Off & UK Indies

Tara Conlan ties the The Great British Bake Off's channel move to the rise in power of independent producers.

Fox + MLB for Pitch

John Koblin covers the cooperation Major League Baseball is offering to Fox's new baseball drama Pitch.

Fox Suing Netflix

Eriq Gardner reports on a lawsuit 21st Century Fox has brought against Netflix over employee poaching and contractual interference.

Amazon Pre-Roll Promos

Mark Joyella says Amazon seems to be testing out pre-roll promos in Prime videos of the like HBO and Netflix have used.

Serial TV Killer

Phillip Maciak explores cultural assumptions about serial television and claims that it's killing movies.

Network Viewing Declines

Wayne Friedman reports on a year-to-year decline in network TV viewing, with only NBC showing a gain from September 2015 to 2016 thanks to sports.

EU Digital Borders

Mark Scott lists potential winners and losers of European Union proposals to break down digital content borders across the continent.

High-End Pay TV

Joe Flint covers the move of pay TV startup Layer3 to target high-end customers with robust bundles and packages, coined "concierge cable" by Layer3's CCO.

MVPDS & Streaming

Alan Wolk looks at how MVPDs are co-opting successful streaming services like Netflix by adding them to their set-top boxes and bandwidth caps to compete against OTT systems from providers like Apple.

Job Cuts

Disney is cutting about 5% of its workforce in the digital media and consumer products divisions, while 200 jobs will be lost at DreamWorks Animation following the NBCU takeover.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Exec Moves

NBC's Broadcasting Chairman is on his way out, and Mark Lazarus will move over from sports to replace him. And the Disney-ABC TV group has a new president of business operations in Bruce Rosenblum.

South Park's History

Ryan Parker talked to Trey Parker and Matt Stone about 20 years of South Park.

TV Execs Speak

THR gathered comments on current TV topics from 28 TV executives.

Viacom News

Philippe Dauman is now gone from Viacom. Les Moonves says there are no active discussions about combining CBS and Viacom.

New SNL Writers

Saturday Night Live has added seven writers to its staff.

Emmys Hopes & Predictions

Alan Sepinwall declares who he thinks should win Emmys on Sunday. An anonymous Emmys voter offers hot takes on the ballot. Brian Lowry previews Emmys storylines to watch. Andy Dehnart argues reality TV awards deserved to be aired on the big show. John Koblin wonders how many will actually tune in to watch in an era of declining viewership. Julia Carrie Wong laments that despite prominence on screen in Emmy-nominated shows, too few women are getting behind-the-scenes opportunities.

The NFL on Twitter

David Pierce says the NFL on Twitter offers us a glimpse at the future of TV. Alan Wolk says last night's broadcast didn't really give us much reason to watch a game on Twitter, and Benajmin Hoffman notes there was a delay flaw, and Alex Nagler says it's an issue. Jason Lynch has ratings figures.

New Fall Shows

Vox's TV critics rank all the new fall shows, and Jason Lynch has previewed the new shows on each network. Bill Cromwell relays what ad buyers think are each network's strengths and weaknesses going into the fall season.

Peak TV Discussions

Uproxx has had a week's worth of coverage about Peak TV issues, and critic Alan Sepinwall talks us through how he decides what shows to watch and write about in the Peak TV era.

Roadies Cancelled

Showtime has cancelled Roadies after a single season.

Covering Trump

Frustration with news coverage of Donald Trump is peaking; Brian Beutler says the media is botching the job, and Margaret Sullivan calls for the media to stop being Trump's stooge. Today the news pool did opt to erase video of Trump giving a tour of his new hotel following his a brief (but still lie-filled) statement about the Obama birther issue. Brian Beutler insists it's not too late to fix election coverage. James Poniewozik has analysis of Trump's Dr. Oz appearance, at which, Brian Lowry says, Dr. Oz looked out of his depth. Time has a cover story (that looks to be accessible to subscribers only) about late night shows and the election campaign. Sonia Saraiya is critical of Jimmy Fallon for his kid-glove treatment of Trump last night, and it sounds like there was more criticism than ratings payoff. David Sims says Fallon embarrassed himself.

Wednesday & Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

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

Analysis from Spotted

Thursday Night Football dropped 20% compared to last year. 

Good TVeets

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Watching Sunday Night Football

Sarah Mesle and Phillip Maciak discuss the aesthetics and culture of Sunday Night Football.

Rio Profits

In spite of all the ratings hand-wringing, NBC will reportedly earn a solid profit from the Rio Olympics.

Paper Diaries Phasing Out

Nielsen expects to end the use of paper diaries to measure ratings by early 2018.

Netflix Backlash

An anonymous industry figure has a column in THR criticizing Netflix's decision to produce original content, and Kim Masters looks at the larger backlash against Netflix as the rest of the TV industry contends with its massive content spending.

All Access Premiere Dates

CBS has announced a delay for the launch of Star Trek: Discovery and a Good Wife premiere in February.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

The 1990s Golden Age

Noel Murray makes a case for 1990s television as another Golden Age.

Bloodline Ending

Netflix has decided to end Bloodline with its third season. Josef Adalian has the financial lowdown on the cancellation and sees it marking a new phase for Netflix.

Atlanta's Ratings

Josef Adalian reports that Atlanta had a very strong ratings start, as the highest-rated basic cable comedy premiere in three years.

Atlanta & the Black Sitcom

Ira Madison III puts FX's Atlanta in the context of the history of the Black sitcom and offers a striking opening line: "Atlanta feels like a protest more than a cable sitcom."

GBBO Concerns

The head of Channel 4 insists that Great British Bake Off will be safe on her channel, but the channel is under fire for poaching the show from the BBC. Esther Addley covers the gradual breakdown of the relationship between the BBC and GBBO's production company. Charlotte Higgins insists the BBC will recover from the loss just fine, while Raymond Snoddy says the problems have only just begun for Channel 4 in the wake of this deal.

FX's Path to Success

Alan Sepinwall outlines how FX became the most reliable channel on TV.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

AHS Marketing

American Horror Story returns for its sixth installment tomorrow, and Jackie Strause talked to FX's marketing chief about designing the unique marketing campaigns for the series.

Female Characters & Employment

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University has released a new report titled Boxed In 2015-16: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television. Cynthia Littleton has a summary of its key points, as "Female characters on broadcast TV grew more diverse last season but the employment of women in behind-the-scenes roles has stalled at about 26% of the TV production workforce."

Distribution Strategies

Mike Farrell explores how pay TV's biggest gatekeepers are adjusting to growing complexities and consolidation in multiplatform distribution.

Vice News

Brian Steinberg looks at how Vice plans to adapt its nightly news show on HBO for a digital world. The launch of the newscast has been delayed until October 10.

Peak TV Problems

Steven Hyden argues that Peak TV is getting us addicted to the concept of "more," in terms of episodes and running times. It's also apparently getting harder to find content, especially through pay TV's discovery tools, and frustration with finding shows is apparently leading many viewers to quit trying.

Digital Ads Overtaking TV

Joe Mandese reports that ad spending on digital media classifications will overtake TV ad spending by the end of this year.

Twitter's NFL Test

Yoree Koh notes this week's Thursday Night Football offers a big test for Twitter as its sells ads for a live sports presentation for the first time.

Visibility & Understanding

Emily Bobrow looks at what Transparent's success has meant to the visibility of trans issues from the perspective of two transgender producers of the series. Neil Genzlinger appreciates how the upcoming ABC comedy Speechless brings attention to the lives of nonverbal people. And Constance Grady appreciates how well Pretty Little Liars captures being a teen girl.

Star Trek's Anniversary

Katharine Trendacosta is critical of CBS and Paramount over missed opportunities in the recent Star Trek 50th anniversary. And Victoria McNally says women who love Star Trek should especially be celebrated at this anniversary.

Couric Lawsuit

Brian Stelter reports on a defamation lawsuit filed by a gun rights group against Katie Couric and others over a recent documentary.

Women & Minority Director Hiring

A new DGA study finds the hiring of women and minority directors still lagging.

Comedy Culture

Nathan Rabin looks back on Comedy Bang Bang's run and sees its success as a sign of growing audience savvy, but Stephanie Brown calls for a more nuanced assessment that takes context into account.

Abolish Fall Season

Ed Martin believes the fall season is an antiquated concept and calls for its abolishment. Mike Hale questions why the fall TV season isn't dead already.

Remembering David Lavery

In the new issue of The Whedon Studies Association's journal Slayage, Rhonda Wilcox offers a remembrance of the late scholar David Lavery.

Blackness in Fall TV

The Undefeated highlights shows with key African-American talent airing this fall and has a series of pieces on the topic, including a story on Pitch and a profile of black-ish creator Kenya Barris, as well as a list of can't-miss web series.

Ailes Rejected

Ohio University will return a donation and remove Roger Ailes' name from the newsroom of the educational station it owns.

Defending Reboots

IndieWire looks at how this fall's reboots and remakes can succeed and cut through the programming clutter.

Debate Stakes

Following heavy criticism of NBC's presidential forum hosted by Matt Lauer, Michael E. Grynbaum says the stakes are now raised for debate moderators.

NBC Streaming & Stacking

Todd Spangler covers NBC's boost in making shows available for streaming and stacking, including a full season of The Good Place, no authentication required.

NBC Optimism

Jason Lynch looks at NBC's new fall shows and is especially optimistic about The Good Place.

New Streaming Services

Time Inc. is launching a streaming video service with branding ties to its People and Entertainment Weekly magazines, while Lionsgate and Univision are teaming up on a new streaming service for Spanish-language movies. Lionsgate is also licensing TV content like Mad Men to Vimeo's new global television service.

Turner Strategies

Turner is looking to build an OTT subscription streaming service for its channels, and Meg James looks at other changes happening at Turner as it strives to compete in this new TV era.


Creative Arts Emmys were handed out this weekend, with Game of Thrones, People vs. OJ, Making a Murderer and Grease: Live as big winners.

The rest of the Emmys will be delivered on Sunday, and you can see predictions from Alan Sepinwall and from Sonia Saraiya and Maureen Ryan.

White Guys in Sitcoms

James Poniewozik identifies a fall sitcom trend of white men grappling with new realities of gender and race.

DWTS Disruption

A pair of Ryan Lochte protestors disrupted Dancing With the Stars live last night.

Netflix Viewing

Will Richmond reports on new data on Netflix viewing in 16 countries, which claims that Orange is the New Black is Netflix's most popular show in all but one of them, but library titles mostly dominate otherwise.

Sam Bee Shaking Up Late Night

Brian Steinberg profiles Samantha Bee and her shakeup of the late night format with Full Frontal.

New SNL Cast Members

Saturday Night Live is adding three new cast members, including the show's first-ever Latina cast member.

Sunday & Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Monday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Monday Night Football premiered to notably lower ratings than usual.

GBBO Upheaval

The production company that makes The Great British Bake Off will be taking the show to Channel 4 starting next year after talks with the BBC hit an impasse. Sophie Gilbert says the move is about greed, and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins appear to agree, as they've announced they won't continue on with the show.

Good TVeets

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kids See Fewer Ads

A new study finds that children are seeing fewer ads today because of ad-free subscription streaming options.

Live's Dip

Adam Buckman notes a decline in ratings for live-event TV, even as networks push for more.

FCC Moves

The FCC has eliminated the UHF discount, and Tom Wheeler has announced new proposed rules for set-top boxes, which brought about grumbling reactions.

SNF's Success

Daniel Holloway looks back on Sunday Night Football's rise into a ratings juggernaut.

Rivera's Regrets

Geraldo Rivera now says he regrets having defended Roger Ailes.

ESPN's Problems

Richard Greenfield shares concerns about ESPN's direction.

Fox News' Future

Chuck Tryon thinks naysayers may be wrong and Fox News could have a bright future ahead.

Amazon Coverage

Lucas Shaw reports on Amazon's pursuit of live sports rights. Will Richmond says Amazon's Fire TV updates illustrate the service's SVOD evolution, and Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast covers Amazon plus authentication.


ABC has cancelled Mistresses, and Lesley Goldberg got the scoop on why FX cancelled Tyrant.

Thursday & Friday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Landgraf Profile

Joanna Robinson profiles the TV genius of FX president John Landgraf.

Diversity Growth

Brian Lowry explains how siloed viewing has helped spur growth in representational diversity, while Liz Shannon Miller highlights successful efforts at expanding opportunities for female directors.

Star Trek at 50

Star Trek premiered 50 years ago today. Matt Roush discusses how it's survived since, and Robert Bianco looks back on the original. Thomas Vinciguerra is ambivalent about the anniversary as a lifelong fan. Charlie Jane Anders wonders how things would be different if Star Trek had never existed.

Mental Illness on TV

Angelica Jade Bastién appreciates TV shows taking on mental illness, but finds too many problematic ingrained tropes there and questions why more women of color aren't depicted.

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

OWN's Queen Sugar has started strong.

Lauer Critcized

As a skim of today's Good TVeets will show you, many were critical of Matt Lauer's performance hosting a Clinton-Trump forum last night, and NBC execs reportedly agree with the criticism.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

DuVernay's Directing

Matt Zoller Seitz talks to director Ava DuVernay about her work on Queen Sugar.

Ailes & Trump

Dylan Byers and Dana Bash delve into Roger Ailes' role as advisor to Donald Trump.

Bayless & Fox Sports

A.J. Katz looks at the hopes Fox Sports has for its newest star, Skip Bayless, but his ratings start was modest, albeit an improvement over the reruns FS1 had on in that time slot before he arrived.

DVR Decline

DVR growth has stalled out, and Michael Schneider considers the possibility the DVR's days are now numbered, especially as Millennials turn to streaming and video-on-demand instead.

The Upcoming Season

Josef Adalian proposes five questions whose answers will end up defining some of the fall season's trends. And Maureen Ryan names five series that should make us happy about the diverse TV that's on its way, but J. Wheston Phippen laments the dearth of Latinos in the fall lineup.

CBS All Access Strategy

Jason Lynch looks at CBS All Access's upcoming attempts to compete with Hulu and Netflix via original programming.

Set-Top Box News

Time Warner Cable has prevailed in a class-action lawsuit over the leasing of set-top boxes. Meanwhile, John D. McKinnon reports the FCC will step up its efforts to push through new set-top box rules, one of a number of high-stakes battles the FCC is taking on.

Best Shows Book

Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz talked to The Guardian about their book that ranks the 100 greatest US TV shows. The Simpsons finished #1.

Tyrant Ends

FX announced that Tyrant will end tonight with its third season finale.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tribune-Dish Deal

Tribune channels are back on Dish Network, as the two companies finally came to a carriage deal, just in time for NFL football, as many predicted.

Why Slow TV?

David Bukszpan explains what is so mesmerizing about Slow TV.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Cancellation & Renewal

Lifetime has cancelled Devious Maids, while Netflix has renewed Narcos for two more seasons.

Fox News Developments

A busy morning at Fox News central: 21st Century Fox announced a harassment suit settlement with Gretchen Carlson and offered a public apology to Carlson, and then shortly thereafter, Greta Van Susteren announced she would depart Fox News effective immediately. Gabriel Sherman covers both stories, and Brian Steinberg says Roger Ailes might seek legal action against Sherman for his relentless reporting on Ailes's behavior at Fox News. Fox News anchor Bret Baier said in an interview that he's not comfortable with the idea of Ailes advising Donald Trump. Brian Stelter reports on the Carlson settlement, as does Eriq Gardner. Stelter on the Van Susteren departure.

Good TVeets

Saturday, September 3, 2016

New iPlayer Rules

Jasper Jackson outlines the new rules for the BBC iPlayer that dictate those who use it must be license fee payers but notes enforcement is a question.

Netflix's Slow TV

Alan Henry notes that a number of "Norwegian slow TV" shows are now streaming on Netflix.

Netflix Fees Limit

A survey finds that $15 is the top end of what most Netflix subscribers would be willing to pay per month for the service.

Feed the Beast Cancelled

AMC has cancelled Feed the Beast after only one season.

Comedy Central Roast Oral History

Paste Magazine has an oral history of the Comedy Central roast.

Good TVeets

All Access Big Brother

Andy Dehnart covers the latest news about the online-only version of Big Brother that will air on CBS All Access starting at the end of September.

Trump & Conservative Media Division

Brian Stelter covers the fragmentation of conservative media over Donald Trump.

Debate Moderators

Moderators for the upcoming presidential debates have been named: Lester Holt, Andersoon Cooper and Martha Raddatz, and Chris Wallace.

More on Ailes

Gabriel Sherman has another expose on Roger Ailes, the Murdochs' tolerance of his behavior, and the women at Fox News who finally rebelled.

Thursday & Friday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow issue that's all about Flow, as the Flow conference reaches its 10th anniversary:

SVOD Expansion

Colin Dixon notes strong SVOD growth is happening even as Netflix is slowing down, while TV Everywhere continues to grow very slowly. Dixon also looks at the global scene and still doesn't see much growth for Netflix despite its international expansion.

YouTube Content Rules

Patricia Hernandez says YouTubers have grown frustrated with the platform flagging content as not advertiser friendly due to subject matter or language, thus limiting their ability to monetize their videos.

New Brian Williams Shows

Brian Williams' 11pm show on MSNBC will debut next week.

Reality TV Criticism

Andy Dehnart published a post last week critical of statements about fakery in reality TV made by the creator of Adam Ruins Everything, and Adam subsequently offered a detailed response.

Greenleaf Buzz

David Canfield notes that OWN's Greenleaf is a ratings hit, but laments that so few critics are talking about it and its representations of family, race, and religion.

The End of WIndowing

Matthew Ball considers how digital distribution is altering the traditional distribution windows.

Entertainment News Ban

China has instituted a ban on Western-oriented entertainment news and anything that isn't in line with positive Chinese values.

Spoken Prologue Praise

Rod T. Faulkner offers a tribute to the rare art of the TV show spoken prologue.

Sitcoms & Black Sisterhood

Cheyenne Matthews-Hoffman explores the topic of black sisterhood in the sitcom.

Asian-American Stars

Rebecca Sun and Rebecca Ford explore the dearth Asian-American stars in Hollywood, while noting there has been some progress in TV.

Making a Murderer & Justice

Ryan Harkness looks at how fans of Making a Murderer have done their own detective work after seeing the series.

The Death of the Jingle

Tiffany Stanley explains why the traditional ad jingle has mostly been replaced by pop songs.