MIDSEASON REPORT CARD

Fox’s Best And Worst Rated Shows

Now that they have wrapped their fall runs, TVLine is looking at how each network’s shows are stacking up thus far for the 2019-20 TV season — this time examining Fox.

Fox-Netflix Battle Likely To Avoid Trial

Disney’s Fox unit has dropped two interference claims against Netflix. The move, made official in court papers filed Dec. 24, represents something other than a Christmas gift for the streamer whose recruitment of entertainment executives under contract set off a high-stakes legal battle. Instead, Fox’s dropped claims all but guarantees there will be no trial in January. The two companies are likely to move to the appellate stage sooner rather than later.

Judge Blocks Maine’s A La Carte Cable Law

A first-in-the-nation Maine law seeking to force cable providers to offer a la carte services has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge in a decision that renders the new requirement unlikely to ever take effect.

‘Fox’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey’ Unveils Performers, Co-Hosts & ‘YMCA’ World-Record Attempt

‘The Simpsons’ Turns 30: 12 Major Moments

Fox Nabs ‘Florida Man’ Rom-Com Procedural As Put Pilot

Fox To Build Next-Gen Platform With AWS

Fox and AWS will collaborate on the construction of a “transformative 8K capable media platform on AWS to create, produce, and deliver live and on-demand content across traditional and digital platforms.”

Locast: Big 4 Nets ‘Waited Too Long’ To Sue

David Goodfriend, founder of controversial not-for-profit outfit Locast, said the parent companies of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox “waited too long” to sue him over the alleged theft of their signal. He also questioned why they didn’t seek a temporary restraining order to halt the two-year-old company’s operations, as they did in the case of Aereo years earlier.

Fox Promotes Creative Services Head Iwata

Tomiko Iwata has been promoted to executive vice president, head of creative services at Fox Entertainment. She will be responsible for overseeing all of Fox’s creative services, including experiential marketing across divisions. In addition to overseeing her Los Angeles-based staff, she will lead a team based in New York.

Fox Files Trademark For ‘OK Boomer’

Sarah Michelle Gellar To Star In Drama ‘Sometimes I Lie’ In Development At Fox

Nets Agree To Graham’s STELAR Expiration Plan

Three of the Big Four broadcast networks have agreed to insure their viewers don’t lose access to distant signals if Congress lets the STELAR compulsory satellite license expire at year’s end, according to letters from those nets, and the fourth is about to do the same, according to a source familiar with the network’s thinking.

Fox Cancels ‘BH90210’ After One Season

The summer event series starred the original core Beverly Hills, 90210 cast as heightened versions of themselves as they attempted to get a 90210 revival off the ground.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Fox Corp. Beats Wall Street’s 1Q Estimates

Total revenue reached $2.67 billion. Core divisions housing cable and broadcast operations posted single-digit growth. The Television segment had revenue of $1.36 billion, an increase of $79 million (6%). Affiliate and “other” revenue offset declines in advertising.

Fox Works To Strike New Era For Bowling

Bowling for Dollars was a long-running TV program that featured, well, you can probably guess. Now it’s a strategy for Fox Corp. and the new owner of the nation’s biggest bowling association. Fox Sports this past weekend presented its second season of Professional Bowlers Association matches as part of a four-year deal it struck with the sports league in 2018, ending decades of bowling matches that aired on ABC and, later, ESPN.

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

TVN FOCUS ON ADVERTISING

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.

DMA 16: MIAMI

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.

TVN’S FOCUS ON ADVERTISING

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.