OVERNIGHTS

‘Big Brother’ Hits Season High Vs. NFL Preseason

CBS's Big Brother hit a season high in total viewers Sunday night and tied its best demographic rating of the summer, despite heavier than usual competition in the form of an NFL preseason game on Fox.
  1. 1.
    FOX:
    1.0
    5
  2. 2.
    CBS:
    0.7
    4
  3. 3.
    ABC:
    0.6
    3
  4. 4.
    NBC:
    0.4
    2
  5. 5.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.3
    2
  6. 6.
    UNI:
    0.2
    1
  7. 7.
    CW:
    0.1
    1
  8. Source: Nielsen

James Corden Extends CBS Contract

Corden has signed a new contract that will keep him installed as host of The Late Late Show through August 2022. His current contract, signed in 2014 when he was announced as the successor to Craig Ferguson, was set to expire after the 2019-20 season.

DMA 18: ORLANDO, FL

WOFL Orlando News Director Resigns

Jeff Zeller, news director for Fox-owned WOFL Orlando, Fla., has quit. Zeller’s departure follows that of Allyson Meyers, who last month announced her resignation as general manager. She was replaced by Mike McClain.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Publicis Groupe Acquires Rauxa

Publicis Groupe is buying Rauxa, a 20-year-old full-service marketing agency with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas. Founded in 1999, the 300+ person agency reported net revenue of around $70 million in 2018 with a client roster including Verizon, Samsung, Alaska Airlines, Vans and Celgene.

Reba, Dolly, Carrie Underwood To Host CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards announced Monday that "special guest hosts" Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire will join Underwood during the Nov. 13 event. The organization says the show will celebrate "legendary women in country music throughout the ceremony." The CMA Awards will air live on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

Upstart Tries To Rewrite Local TV News

What if you could build a local television news operation from scratch? How closely would it resemble the typical newsroom of today — say the places where you’ve worked or work now? And how would it be different? That's what Charter Communications is attempting to do in Los Angeles.

JESSELL AT LARGE

FCC Duop Inaction Hurting Station Owners

Gray Television’s deal to buy KDLT Sioux Fall, S.D., and create a precedent-setting affiliate duopoly in the market has been hung up at the FCC for 15 months without any explanation. For the sake of buyers and sellers, large and small, the FCC needs to act.

Prediction: Cord Cutting To Drop In 3Q

The U.S. pay TV business lost more than 1.5 million subscribers in the second quarter, hitting a loss rate of 5.4%. Given the obvious fault lines, the trend isn’t surprising, or even interesting, said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. Certainly, cord cutting isn’t going to go away, but the loss rate should decelerate in the third quarter, the analyst predicts.

TV Angst Over Agency Giant Endeavor

Endeavor Content is part of the larger company’s aggressive and controversial strategy to expand beyond traditional deal-making into owning content.

Trump Slams Fox News Over Recent Polling

President Trump criticized Fox News on Sunday over its recent polling, saying he doesn't "believe" the polls in recent days that have suggested he's losing ground to Democratic rivals and his disapproval rating is on the rise.

CBS Cancels ‘Instinct’ After 2 Seasons

Series creator Michael Rauch announced the cancellation Friday on Twitter, writing, “I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25.”

DMA 50: NEW ORLEANS

WVUE Anchor Nancy Parker Killed

The fixture in New Orleans television news was killed Friday in a plane crash there while working on a story. She anchored every primetime newscast at Gray Television's Fox affiliate WVUE during her 22-year tenure in New Orleans. She was 53.

Hall Of Famer Jack Whitaker Dies At 95

Jack Whitaker, whose Hall of Fame broadcasting career ranged from the first Super Bowl to Secretariat's Triple Crown to short essays from major sporting events, died Sunday morning at 95.

SPONSORED BY OCTOPUS

Welt frames future with Octopus newsroom computer system

An out-of-date newsroom computer system forced German news network Welt to go in search of a comprehensive update. Working with systems integrator LOGIC, it selected Octopus and found the platform flexible enough to accommodate all of the editorial team’s requests for workflow changes.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News Producer And Assignment Editor Needed

Last week on TVNewsCheck's Media Job Center, new jobs in highly desirable markets were posted for a TV news producer at Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., and for an assignment editor at Tenga’s KPNX in Phoenix.

TVN’S TV2020 CONFERENCE

Station, Agency Execs Tackle Advanced Adv., Spot

Experts will discuss the latest developments in targeted advertising, automation and the impact of industry consolidation on spot TV sales at TV2020 in New York on Oct. 16.

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