NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tops 20 Million Viewers

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.

Helen Mirren Makes Regal Bow As Harry Potter Quiz Show Host

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 Pulling Local Station News Content From Sinclair’s NewsOn

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.

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A Thanksgiving Surprise — Your Public File Link Is Broken

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.

Senate Panel Sets Dec. 1 Hearing On Sohn FCC Nomination

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.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, NOV. 15-21

5 Million Saw Carlson’s Rittenhouse Chat

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.

Big Black Friday Deals From Streamers

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.

NEWSTECHFORUM 2021

Reinventing The Live Shot At NewsTECHForum

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.

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New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

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.

TVN Webinar Focuses On Tech Trends For ’22

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.

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