“We are running into the global arena faster than anybody,” Jeff Hirsch told an investors conference as he decided against commenting on CBS possibly eyeing the premium cable channel as an acquisition target for $5 billion.
It was the only show in first-run syndication to post a ratings gain in the session ending June 16. Preemptions and competition from sports resulted in flat or down numbers for the rest, with many posting season- and series-lows.
The Bachelorette reached a season high in viewers Monday, helping ABC to a clear ratings win in primetime. The show also tied its season high in adults 18-49 with a 1.5 rating, and its 5.64 million viewers are its best of the season so far. The Bachelorette was the only series on the broadcast networks to get above a 1.0 for the night.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit shift days in primetime lineup.
A year after the United States Supreme Court struck down a 26-year-old federal law that prohibited sports betting, many broadcasters are still hedging their bets on where television fits into the picture. However, Sinclair Broadcast Group has gone all in. And Sinclair isn’t the only player at the table.
Ad-supported streaming service Tubi said it has surpassed 20 million monthly active users after activity in May reached 94 million hours of content viewing and revenue in the month set a company record. Tubi, which launched in 2014, is privately held and did not disclose the monthly revenue figure.
Fox has set its fall premiere schedule, and like its broadcast counterparts it’s loaded up in the first week of the season. The network is also opting not to use the NFL to help launch any of its series, a change from the past couple of seasons.
BBC executive Ann Sarnoff is the first woman to lead the 96-year-old Warner Bros. She succeeds Kevin Tsujihara, who left in March following misconduct allegations.
The special with Nik and Lijana Wallenda jumps in its second hour, but ABC’s full broadcast draws a smaller audience than previous wire-walk attempts.