NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drew a total of 25.4 million total viewers and a 6.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic on Thursday across the live broadcast and encore immediately after, according to Nielson fast national data from NBC. Those numbers were mostly on par with last year’s coverage of the event. which was virtual because of the pandemic.
Dame Helen, as the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor is properly addressed, makes her debut as a quiz host with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses. The weekly, four-part series begins 8 p.m. ET Sunday on TBS and Cartoon Network.
Gray Television said it will be removing its local content from Sinclair’s NewsOn, one of a number of platforms streaming local news to out-of-market viewers. Gray is an investor in VUit, a local news streaming platform launched last year by tech firm Syncbak, and is focusing out-of-market streaming efforts there.
With many of their employees either off today or working a half-day in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, broadcasters were settling in for what would hopefully be a couple of slow news days and a long weekend. However, as so often happens, the path out of the station to a Thanksgiving feast has been blocked by a regulatory development. Fortunately, it is one that has a relatively easy fix.
The seven original main cast members of This Is Us have received $2 million cash bonuses ahead of the NBC drama’s sixth and final season. They are Milo Ventimiglia (Jack Pearson), Mandy Moore (Rebecca Pearson), Sterling K. Brown (Randall Pearson), Chrissy Metz (Kate Pearson), Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson), Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth Pearson) and Chris Sullivan (Toby Damon), pictured above.
On NBC, The Voice (6 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, dipped week-to-week but led Tuesday in both measures. ABC’s The Bachelorette drew 2.6M/0.6, ticking down on both counts to tie season lows. Leading out of that, Queens (1.07M/0.2) slipped to series lows.
HBO's GM Andy Foressell tries to explain to an equity analyst why the platform wants to take 16% less in annual subscription fees.
President Joe Biden’s pick for a seat on the FCC, Gigi Sohn, will get a Dec. 1 confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, as will Biden’s nominee for another key telecommunications post, Alan Davidson, nominated to head the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Tucker Carlson reached 5.05 million viewers for his Kyle Rittenhouse interview on Monday, the Fox News Channel opinion host's largest audience since the night of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news channel in primetime last week, averaging 2.89 million viewers. And Fox broadcasting was the top-rated network in primetime last week, averaging 5.4 million viewers. NBC had 4.8 million, CBS had 4.5 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1 million and Ion Television had 880,000.
Hulu, Sling TV and a host of other streaming video companies are rolling out aggressive promotions to coincide with Black Friday. Streaming device makers are also getting in on Black Friday.
"Disney+ is now at a $150 billion discount to Netflix based on our deconstruction, so we're aggressive buyers," Wells Fargo's Steven Cahall said however.
The two top teams in college basketball met Tuesday night as No. 1 Gonzaga faced No. 2 UCLA, but the highlight of the evening was legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale returning to call the game after battling two separate forms of cancer this year, with his latest diagnosis coming just last month.
The video news industry’s emerging technologies and changing economics has technologists imagining new ways to handle the live shot. Executives from Fox News, Sinclair Broadcast Group and WCBS will consider the many ways its changing at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 14, presented in-person at the New York Hilton and virtually. Register here.
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a director of sales, an assistant teaching professor, an MMJ/reporter, a digital content producer, a director of marketing and two marketing producers.
Broadcast technology executives from WarnerMedia, Graham Media Group, Perspective Media and Dalet will set out their predictions for the industry in a TVNewsCheck webinar, Technology Trends 2022, slated for Dec. 2. Register here.