Trump’s World Series Ad An Expensive Pitch

The swaggering TV spot, complete with an image of Trump presiding over the weekend raid that killed the Islamic State’s leader, underscores the Republican incumbent’s financial advantage over the Democrats vying to replace him. It is highly unusual for a presidential incumbent to make a national ad buy so far out from the election and offers a stark contrast to Trump’s possible Democratic foes.

World Series Averages As Third-Least Viewed

The series averaged 13.91 million viewers according to national numbers from Nielsen, which is down 1.3% from last year, when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in five games (14.1 million average). The Nationals’ first title had an 8.1 overall rating and 16 market share. Including streaming, the series average is 14.01 million.

Broadcasters Move To Kill Locast Counterclaims

The Big Four networks have opened another front in their battle with Locast, the startup behind a free service that streams local TV signals in several large U.S. markets. In their latest move, ABC, NBCUniversal, CBS and Fox have urged a New York court to dismiss recent counterclaims filed by Locast and to instead focus on what the broadcasters claim to be Locast’s “wholesale violation of the Copyright Act.”

Tegna, Fox Renew Affiliation Agreements

The multi-year deal renews station affiliation agreements for six Tegna markets in Texas, Penn., Conn. and Ariz.

Fox Sets Midseason Premiere Dates

Fox today unveiled midseason premiere dates for its new and returning series.

Fox Takes Early-Season Lead In 18-49s

Thanks to strong performances from Thursday Night Football and The Masked Singer, Fox continues to lead broadcast networks in primetime 18-49 viewers in the new TV season — a rare uptick for a TV network versus the previous year. After three weeks of the new season, Fox is at a Nielsen 1.9 rating/9 share, up 6% from a year ago through October 13. That’s a combination of Nielsen-measured live-program plus seven days of time-shifted viewing and for the most recent period, live program-plus-same day time-shifted viewing. NBC is next at a 1.7/8, down 20% from a year ago.

Fox Renews ‘Bless The Harts’ For Season 2

The animated comedy is the first freshman series of fall to be picked up for 2020-21. The current season is set to run for 13 episodes.

Fox Using iSpot Data To Benchmark Ad Impacts

Fox said Thursday it made a deal to use measurement and attribution data from iSpot.tv to show advertisers in different categories how effective commercials on the broadcast network are.

Jenna Dewan To Host ‘Flirty Dancing’ Dating Show On Fox

Fox Picks Up ‘Prodigal Son’ For Full Season

Get ready for more father-son serial killer drama: Prodigal Son has been picked up for a full season. Fox has ordered another nine episodes of the procedural, taking Season 1 up to 22 episodes total. This is the first full-season pickup of the fall 2019 season.

Fox, Dish Resolve Dispute After NFL Blackout

Fox Corp. and Dish Network ended a programming blackout Sunday that had kept thousands of the satellite-provider’s subscribers from watching Thursday Night Football and other Fox network favorites for the past week or so.

RETRANS

Fox And Cox Come To Retrans Agreement

The new deal covers distribution of the Fox Television Stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2, BTN and Fox Deportes.

Nicole Ari Parker To Star In Music Drama In Development At Fox

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TVN Focus On Advertising | Tag Team Of Fox, WWE Ready To Wrestle

Friday Night SmackDown, as the latest incarnation is called, will begin Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Both Fox and the WWE are betting the show’s return to broadcast primetime will make a big impression on viewers and big bucks from advertisers.

Fox to Develop Country Music Drama With Melissa London Hilfers, Jason Owen

‘The Rock’ Back At ‘Smackdown’ For Fox Launch

Dwayne Johnson will make his first appearance on the show in several years when it debuts Friday on the broadcast network.

Streamer Locast Sues Big 4 Networks

The streamer alleges that ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are engaged in sham copyright litigation and are colluding to deny consumers over-the-air signals they once committed to make freely available.

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WSVN Miami Renews Its Fox Affiliation

The Sunbeam-owned station makes a multi-year deal after 30 years with the Fox network.

RETRANS

Fox Stations, Cable Nets Blacked Out On Dish

Fox-owned TV stations in 17 markets as well as FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes have gone dark on Dish Network in the latest carriage dispute to throw a wrench into the pay-TV ecosystem. The dispute affects Dish’s 12 million satellite households as well as millions more who subscribe to the internet-delivered bundle Sling TV, in 23 states and Washington, D.C.

Parsons, Bialik Re-Team For New Fox Comedy

The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik are teaming up again on a new comedy that’s in the works at Fox. The project, which has been given a series commitment at the network, is titled Carla, and is an adaptation of the BBC series Miranda from creator Miranda Hart. Parsons and Bialik will executive produce, with Bialik attached to star.

Nexstar And Fox Renew Affiliation Deal

The new agreement covers 31 stations owned, operated or for which Nexstar programs or provides services. The Fox affiliates that Nexstar is acquiring from Tribune will also be covered by new agreements immediately upon closing of the deal.

Liv Tyler To Star In ‘9-1-1’ Spinoff At Fox

Fox Finally Settles ‘Bones’ Suit

Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Barry Josephson and Kathy Reichs take a lucrative settlement after scoring an arbitration award that slammed Fox’s “reprehensible” fraud.

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TVN Focus | Ad Buyers See An Opening For McMahon’s XFL

“The XFL has a good chance to become a small, viable opportunity for clients based on its WWE ownership backing,” says Adam Schwartz of Horizon Media. “I don’t think the XFL will ever become the NFL, but if the product is strong, it will get viewers to watch and, perhaps, to gamble on the games [and] that will draw more viewer interest.”

TV Nets Need NFL Ratings Rebound To Continue

The NFL returned to the national spotlight on Thursday night, but it remains to be seen if TV’s biggest draw can continue the ratings renaissance it experienced last season. Television networks rely heavily on the NFL. Games and NFL-related programming accounted for 63% of Fox’s gross ratings points last season, according to MoffettNathanson. ESPN, CBS and NBC all got about a quarter of their aggregate gross ratings points from NFL content.

Gray Renews All Fox Affiliations

Gray Television on Tuesday reached an agreement with the Fox Television Network that extends and renews the network affiliations for all of Gray’s Fox affiliated television stations across 21 markets.

Fox Unveils First Promo For Emmys

“The world has woken to Emmy fever in their own backyards to celebrate Hollywood’s golden night, leaving cities twinkling like stars.” That’s how the voice-over describes the upcoming 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, for which Fox just released the first promo. Watch the clip — set to Panic! at the Disco’s Hey Look Ma, I Made It — above.

Super Bowl Practice Run For Fox In Florida

Fox used last week’s NFL preseason game between the Jaguars and Dolphins as a dress rehearsal for the season finale in nearly six months.

‘Simpsons’ Producers Talk Disney Spinoffs

The Simpsons has never shied away from lampooning Disney over the years, but maybe that’s no longer the case. Homer, Marge and co. are of course now part of the Disney family and made their first appearance at the Mouse House’s D23 Expo convention, where the show’s producers were asked plenty of questions about what the relocation as part of the Disney-Fox merger means for the series.

Sarah Michelle Gellar To Headline Fox Dramedy

New XFL Reveals 8 Team Names, Logos

Vince McMahon’s second try at the XFL announced its eight team names and logos on Wednesday. The rebooted league, which had an ill-fated attempt that lasted just one season in 2001, will begin play next February on the weekend following Super Bowl LIV.

‘The Simpsons’ At 30

A close-up on the first family of TV animation as they enter their fourth decade.

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TVN Focus | NFL’s TV Partners Scoring Big Once Again

Upfront ad sales spending by agencies reaches $2.4 billion. That’s about $300 million more than last season at this same time, and is largely because every one of those networks saw regular season ratings increases for their NFL telecasts last season.

‘Paradise Hotel’ Canceled At Fox

Paradise Hotel cannot seem to keep its doors open, having now been canceled for a third time. With its 12 airings/burnoffs across seven nights in May and early June, Paradise Hotel averaged just 1.26 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, placing fourth among broadcast networks each night, besting only The CW.

Longtime ‘Simpsons’ Composer Sues, Claims Age Discrimination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime composer of “The Simpsons” has sued over his dismissal from the long-running series, saying he was discriminated against because of his age and a perceived disability. The lawsuit filed by Alf Clausen in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for age discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation comes nearly two […]

Fox Tries Out Shorter Runs For Series

The new Fox is indeed trying something new. The now stand-alone broadcaster is shifting its programming strategy and increasingly looking to run shows with shorter orders rather than the traditional 22-episode runs typical of a broadcast series.

RETRANS

ABC, CBS, Fox And NBC Sue Over Locast

The broadcasters aim to shut down the digital app service that has attracted tens of thousands of users and is threatening billions of dollars in retransmission contracts.

‘The Orville’ Jumping From Fox To Hulu

Fox Orders ‘Lego Masters’ Competition Series

Fox Renews ‘MasterChef Junior’

Fox’s MasterChef Junior will return for an eighth season with new judge Daphne Oz. Oz will replace Christina Tosi on the judges’ panel, joining chefs Gordon Ramsay and Aaron Sanchez to crown the next winner in the new season.