Summer TV Winners And Losers

As summer enters its final weeks, it’s time to take stock of what burned hottest on the small screen and what plain ol’ flamed out.

Sharon Levy Heads Endemol Shine N.A. Unscripted, Scripted

Endemol Shine North America has named Sharon Levy president, unscripted and scripted television. Levy was most recently EVP of original series for Spike TV, where she spent the last 12 years building the network’s brand with unscripted and scripted series, as well as documentaries. Endemol Shine North America, a division of Endemol Shine Group, has […]

‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ Most-Watched Business News Show This Year


‘Talent,’ Thrones’ Rule Ratings Again

Overall in primetime during this sleepy summer week, NBC averaged 5.1 million viewers. Runner-up CBS had 4.2 million, while ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 910,000.

Amazon To Add 112 Titles In September

More ‘Junior’ Versions Of Shows On Tap

Reality TV has typically been a young person’s game—remember The Real World’s 18–25 age limit? But these days, the players are getting even younger. With the success of Fox’s MasterChef Junior, and to a lesser degree, Lifetime’s Project Runway: Junior, networks are rolling out a bevy of new unscripted competition series focused on talented tykes.

MTV Orders Second Season Of ‘Fear Factor’

Norman Lear, Peter Tolan Developing NBC Comedy


Some Syndies Show Year-To-Year Gains

A lot of those gains are due to the presence of the Rio Summer Olympics a year ago. Week-to-week the numbers are less impressive.


Trump Draws 17.5 Million Across Broadcast

President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on the war in Afghanistan drew an estimated 17.5 million viewers across the Big 4 broadcast networks on Monday. Airing from 9 p.m. until approximately 9:30, Trump’s speech drew a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers on NBC. On ABC, the speech averaged a 1.2 and 4.7 million viewers. CBS was next with a 0.7 and 4.1 million. Fox drew a 0.6 and 2.5 million. Final numbers, as well as cable news ratings for the speech, will be available later today.

FETV Sets Ratings Record With ‘Perry Mason’

Family Entertainment TV said today that the multicast network received its highest viewing with 97,500 households on Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. with Perry Mason, according to ComScore ratings. FETV airs classic family shows form the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including Matlock, T.J. Hooker, Hart to Hart and Hazel in addition to Perry Mason. Drew Sumrall […]


Univision Renews Distribution Deal With Katz

The new agreement extends carriage of the Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff multicast networks through 2024. In addition, Univision will add Bounce in Washington on Sept. 30.

Analyst: Disney’s Streamer To Cost $5/Month

Disney’s upcoming branded streaming service will likely be priced around $5 per month in order to drive wider adoption, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson. He says that the new Disney streaming service and the upcoming ESPN services need clear distinctions. The ESPN service will likely test different prices as it prepares ESPN to be ready to go fully over-the-top, according to the report, but the Disney service is about building asset value instead of taking licensing money from SVOD deals.

Feel-Good Hallmark Ch. Booming In Age Of Trump

‘Xena’ Reboot Not Going Forward At NBC

Netflix Ratings Dropped 10% During Eclipse

Snapchat Adds CNN As 2nd Daily News Show

CNN debuted a daily program Monday on Snapchat Shows, a growing roster of short-form video series on the social-media platform. Airing every weekday at 6 p.m. ET, The Update will feature breaking news from the cable network’s reporters exclusive to Snapchat in its signature Shows format. CNN will also offer rolling updates on developing news as part of the program.

HGTV Renews ‘Flip Or Flop Atlanta’ For Season 2

‘The Flash’ Casts Katee Sackhoff As DC Villain

Is Sinclair’s Sports JV Greater Than its Parts?

Round-the-clock cable sports networks like ESPN and FS1 will soon have competition on over-the-air television in the form of a new joint venture spearheaded by Sinclair Broadcasting — Stadium — which launches Monday as a 24/7 digital offering before making its over-the-air debut Sept 6.

VH1 Renews ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,’ ‘Untucked’

Richley Joins Fox 21 TV As Development SVP

Veteran Lionsgate TV development executive Andy Richley has been named SVP of development at Fox 21 Television Studios. He will develop series for cable channels and streaming services, reporting to Fox 21 TV Studios president Bert Salke.


‘Big Brother’ Tops A Quiet Sunday

Sunday’s episode of Big Brother helped carry CBS to a win in the overnight ratings on a quiet night of mostly repeats. Airing at 8 p.m., Big Brother averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers, making it easily the most-watched and highest-rated show of the night.

‘Paternity Court,’ ‘Couples Court’ Premiere Set

Orion Television’s syndicated court television pair are cleared in 90% of the country, Including all top 50 U.S. television markets. They will debut on Sept. 18.

Top Programmers Highlight Expanded TV2020

CichaHassonMarcusSullivanFox Television Stations’ Frank Cicha, Sinclair’s Arthur Hasson, Debmar-Mercury’s Mort Marcus, Tegna’s Bob Sullivan and Warner Bros. Ken Werner will look beyond the networks for promising new programming opportunities at TVNewsCheck’s second annual TV2020 conference in October.

Hulu, Netflix Giving New Life To Old Shows

Younger viewers are discovering reruns of network shows not by flipping through TV channels but on streaming devices such as Hulu and Netflix. At a time when television is booming with more than 450 original series in production this year, viewers have a multitude of options. But shows such as HBO’s Game of Thrones and NBC’s family drama This Is Us also are competing for fans’ attention with such well-worn fare as as The Golden Girls, Full House, and the political drama The West Wing, which debuted when Bill Clinton occupied the White House.

Crowded TV Market Readies For Tech Giants

The arrival of Apple, Facebook and Google means that the world of scripted TV is going to become even more competitive.

Hollywood, Apple Said to Mull Rental Plan

Movie studios are considering whether to ignore the objections of cinema chains and forge ahead with a plan to offer digital rentals of films mere weeks after they appear in theaters, according to people familiar with the matter. Some of the biggest proponents, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, are pressing on in talks with Apple Inc. and Comcast Corp. on ways to push ahead with the project even without theater chains, the people said. After months of negotiations, the two sides have been unable to arrive at a mutually beneficial way to create a $30 to $50 premium movie-download product.

Stephen Colbert Grows His Total Viewers Lead

According to Nielsen data from May 25 to Aug. 13, Colbert is averaging a 0.53 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 3.38 million viewers per episode. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is averaging a 0.66 rating and 2.59 million viewers for the same time period. At the conclusion of the standard September-May season, Colbert was averaging a 0.58 and 3.195 million viewers compared to Fallon’s 0.81 and 3.173 million. That means that Colbert has grown approximately 6% in total viewers.

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