NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: SEPT. 7-13

NFL’s Return Is Good News For TV Execs

A schedule of opening week games brought viewers back to their sets last week, led by a Hall of Fame caliber matchup between Tom Brady, a new member of the Tampa Bay Bucs, and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.

Creative Arts Emmys: Night 2 Winners

The second of this week’s virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies Tuesday focused on the Variety genre, with top honors including fourth consecutive wins for two series and a director. NBC’s Saturday Night Live won its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and SNL‘s Don Roy King won his fourth consecutive Emmy for directing. Apple TV+’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series also won its fourth consecutive Emmy for Directing for a Variety Series.

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Revamped ‘DWTS’ Premiere Eyes 4-Season High

Dancing With The Stars samba’d, tango’d and fox-trotted its way to the top of Monday’s primetime broadcast ratings, delivering a 1.3 in the adults 18-49 demo and netting 8.10 million viewers. The final numbers for the live premiere are expected to be adjusted due to an NFL preemption in parts of the country, but the numbers were still big enough to lead the night.

CBS All Access To Be Renamed Paramount+

CBS All Access is trading in CBS for Paramount. ViacomCBS revealed Tuesday that the rebranded streaming service will be called Paramount+ beginning early next year. The rebranding is the second, and much bigger, phase of the two-phase expansion of CBS All Access, which first launched in 2014 and was among the earliest entrants in the streaming space.

Spanish-Language TV Shows, Films Now Streaming Free On Vizio

Vizio Inc. today announced the launch of 10 Spanish-speaking channels for its millions of SmartCast viewers across America. The channels include top-rated multicultural productions from around the world and popular shows dubbed into Spanish. The new linear channels can be found under the “Vizio Free Channels” section from the SmartCast Home screen and will complement Vizio’s […]

Netflix Orders ‘Good Times’ Animated Series

‘Younger’ Season 7 Is ‘Unofficially’ The Final One, Says EP Darren Star

‘Jeopardy’ EP: Ken Jennings’ New Role Is Not A ‘Tryout’ For Host

Disney+ Launches In 8 More European Markets

Creative Arts Emmys: Night One Winners

The awards are being handed out over five nights this week in ceremonies hosted by Nicole Byer.

Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ Is Target Of Politicized Backlash

At the heart of the backlash is the idea that Cuties is dangerously and irresponsibly sexualizing pre-teen girls, which, ironically, is what the movie itself is criticizing too. The campaign against the film, which includes calls for the Department of Justice to investigate it and hundreds of thousands calling for subscribers to cancel their Netflix accounts, is riddled with inaccuracies due in part to the fact that some critics have not seen the film (one claims that there is child nudity when there is not).

YouTube Unveils ‘Shorts’ To Compete With TikTok

YouTube is rolling out a short-form video feature called “YouTube Shorts” to compete with the popular social media platform TikTok. YouTube said Monday that YouTube Shorts — set to launch in the next few weeks — will allow creators and artists to shoot short, catchy videos up to 15 seconds long using their mobile phones.

Entertainment Studios Renews ‘America’s Court With Judge Ross’ For Seven More Seasons

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group division Entertainment Studios has renewed its court series America’s Court with Judge Ross for seven more seasons. The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. Originally launched in September 2010, America’s Court with Judge Ross begins its 11th season this week. Featuring former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kevin A. Ross, […]

ACM Awards Brings Live Performances Back To TV Amid Pandemic

The 55th annual ACM Awards, normally held in April in Las Vegas, were delayed this year and moved to Nashville for the first time. But while other music award shows have tried a hybrid of virtual stages, music video-style performances or at-home shows, the ACMs will be broadcast on CBS from three indoor stages in Nashville.

Macy’s Plans Smaller But Camera-Ready Thanksgiving Parade

The spectacle will be broadcast as usual from 9 a.m. to noon ET on NBC and will include both live and recorded elements, Macy’s officials said.

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Debut Ratings Fall From 2019

SoFi Stadium was devoid of fans on last night’s Sunday Night Football due to the coronavirus pandemic, but full of victory for hometown heroes the Los Angeles Rams. Sadly that winning feeling wasn’t reflected in the ratings for NBC and the NFL.

‘In Depth With Graham Bensinger’ Adds 12 Markets

In Depth with Graham Bensinger has added 12 new television markets, bringing the syndicated show’s reach to 169 broadcast affiliates and 11 regional sports networks, reaching nearly 93% of U.S. homes. In Depth with Graham Bensinger, is a nationally syndicated, 30-minute interview program hosted by Graham Bensinger, an Emmy-award winning journalist who travels the world for in-depth […]

‘Dr. Oz’ Renewed For Seasons 13 And 14

The renewal comes as the long-running syndication staple launches its 12th season today.

Andrew Napolitano Accused Of Sexually Abusing Man In Exchange For Light Sentence

NFL, Dish Strike New Carriage Contract

ESPN Expanding Sports Betting Footprint with Digital Show, YouTube Channel

On the heels of the opening of its new studio on the Las Vegas Strip and the return of its sports betting television program Daily Wager, ESPN is expanding its sports betting footprint with Monday’s debut of Bet, a new half-hour program that will stream three nights per week on digital platforms. Also on Monday, ESPN is […]

Netflix Defends ‘Cuties’ As ‘Social Commentary Against Sexualization Of Children’

ABC Sets More Series Premier Dates

ABC will begin adding a handful scripted offerings to its wonky coronavirus-compromised fall rollout next month. The network has announced that its entire Wednesday night sitcom block — which will now consist of The Goldbergs, American Housewife, The Conners and Black-ish — will be back in late October.

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NFL Kickoff Game Down Vs. 2019

NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Thursday-night NFL kickoff game between the Chiefs and Texans averaged 17.1 million total viewers and a 5.5 demo rating in fast nationals, down about 12% from the preliminary numbers for last year’s season opener. Among regularly scheduled Thursday fare, CBS’ Big Brother (3.9 million/1.0) dipped week-to-week but led the pack; lead-out Love Island (1.7 million/0.4) was also steady.

One Year Later, ACC Network Access Is Still Frustrating Football Fans

Fox Sports Condemns Skip Bayless’ Remarks About Dak Prescott

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox Sports does “not agree” with Skip Bayless’ comments criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for coming forward speaking about his battle with depression. Bayless said on his “Undisputed” show Thursday “I don’t have sympathy for him going public with, ‘I got depressed’ and ‘I suffered depression early in COVID to […]

Larry Wilmore Doesn’t Miss Latenight, But He’s Back Anyway

Tamron Hall Dedicates Gracie Award To Breonna Taylor

Annie Howell Named Chief Communications Officer At Crown Media Family Networks