Primetime Ratings Thursday: Big Tie For Top Spot

ABC, Fox, NBC, Univision split the win on weak night for Nielsens.

The Moodys’ Canceled At Fox

The comedy starring Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins is finished after two seasons. The show’s end comes after the broadcast network pushed its final three episodes into the summer; the now series finale is slated to air Sunday.

Fox Wraps Upfront With Primetime, Digital Growth

Fox saw increases in advance ad commitments for its primetime schedule and expanding digital venues as part of the industry’s annual “upfront” sales process, the latest of the nation’s big media companies to see robust activity as advertisers try to move forward as the coronavirus pandemic diminishes.

Fox Invests $100 Million In Making NFTs

When it comes to NFT investing, Fox apparently has diamond hands. The network is staking its new NFT business unit, Blockchain Creative Labs, with a $100 million creative fund, Fox announced Tuesday. Fox is partnering with Bento Box Entertainment on the project and has now named Bento Box co-founder and CEO Scott Greenberg as CEO of the new company. Blockchain Creative Labs will build, launch, manage and sell NFT content and experiences, and fungible tokens, as well as digital goods and assets.

Disney, NBCU, Fox Start To Sell In TV’s Accelerating Upfront Market

At least three of the nation’s big media companies are writing deals in an upfront ad-sales market that is moving more rapidly than in years past. Disney, NBCUniversal and Fox have all begun to sell advance advertising commitments as part of TV’s annual upfront market, according to five people familiar with the pace of negotiations. These people expect the volume of advertising dollars in support of traditional linear TV to rise by 2% to 6%, with other money being committed to new streaming venues.

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Jessell | Affiliates Deserve A Place In Networks’ Streaming Plans

While affiliates face significant collateral damage in the streaming wars and networks’ role in them, Disney and NBCU would be smart to invite those affiliates into their platforms as ViacomCBS has done and continue a strong, long-lucrative partnership. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

‘Great North’ Renewed For Season 3 At Fox

The Great North has picked up an early Season 3 renewal at Fox. The news comes just after the animated comedy’s first season finale. This is not the first time The Great North has gotten an early renewal. The show was renewed for Season 2 back in 2020 ahead of the first season premiere.

Fox Is Launching An NFT Company

Fox is launching its own NFT (non-fungible token) company, Blockchain Creative Labs, the company said on Monday as part of its upfront presentation. Blockchain Creative Labs, which will create, sell and manage NFTs, tokens and digital goods, will be launched in conjunction with Dan Harmon’s new series Krapopolis. Krapopolis has the distinction of being the first-ever animated series curated entirely on the blockchain.

Fox Unveils Its 2021-22 Schedule

Fox is bucking the trend of franchise lineups. On the heels of NBC unveiling One Chicago Wednesday and Law & Order Thursday on their fall schedule and following the success of ABC’s pairing of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 and CBS’s block of FBI and FBI: Most Wanted, Fox has opted to (temporarily) split its 9-1-1 series. Flagship 9-1-1 will remain the Monday 8 p.m. anchor but offshoot 9-1-1: Lone Star, which has followed it this season, will not be part of Fox’s fall schedule; it will fill in for the mothership in midseason.

Fox Wins Sept.-May In Key Ratings Demo

We can officially unmask the September-to-May ratings winner: It’s Fox. Again. Fox also won the September 2019 through May 2020 TV season in ratings among adults under 50 years old. Fox is currently averaging a 1.1 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen, including one week of DVR viewing where available. NBC and CBS are both averaging a 1.0 and ABC has a 0.9.

Fox Orders Single-Camera Comedy ‘Pivoting’

Fox has ordered the single-camera comedy Pivoting for its 2021-22 broadcast season lineup. The half-hour series stars Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Maggie Q as three women dealing with the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.

‘Prodigal Son’ Canceled At Fox

Fox has started making decisions about its bubble dramas, canceling sophomore drama Prodigal Son Monday. The series was a co-production between Warner Bros. Television and Fox Entertainment and hailed from super-producer Greg Berlanti.

‘Call Me Kat’ Renewed For Season 2 At Fox

Kat’s cat café will remain open after Fox handed freshman comedy Call Me Kat a second season. However, Darlene Hunt, who was the showrunner and executive producer of Season 1, is leaving the show and negotiations are underway for her replacement.

‘The Cleaning Lady’ Ordered To Series At Fox

Fox Gains US English-Language Rights To Copa América

The network said Tuesday it had reached a six-year agreement with the South American governing body CONMEBOL for English-language U.S. rights that include this year’s tournament in Colombia and Argentina from June 13 to July 10 and the 2024 tournament, likely to be played in Ecuador.

Fox Orders Dramedy ‘The Big Leap’ For Next Season

Fox has ordered the dramedy The Big Leap to series for the 2021-22 broadcast season. The one-hour show was originally ordered to pilot last year, but production was shutdown by the pandemic. Inspired by the UK docuseries Big Ballet, the show is about a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of Swan Lake.

‘Flintstones’ Sequel Series In Works At Fox From Warner Bros. Animation

Broadcasters Lay Out Case Against Locast

The fight between broadcasters (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) and Locast is nearing its day in court, but the lawyers representing the broadcasters (plaintiffs) have filed a request for summary judgement with the U.S. District Court in New York as they do not believe, and provide reasoning, as to why Locast is not a nonprofit entity and therefore cannot rebroadcast their signals.

How TV Schedulers Scrambled Amid The Pandemic To Salvage This Season

Over the past year, the scheduling chiefs at Fox, The CW, NBC, CBS and ABC have busted out every trick in the book in the name of “keeping the lights on,” and especially during a long stretch where it was unclear when productions might resume (and how slow a trickle of episodes would then follow).

‘Simpsons’ Actor Hank Azaria Feels He Needs Apologize To Every Indian For Apu

Fox Reveals Premieres For Summer Shows

Fox has shared its summer premieres, which include Beat Shazam returning June 3. Jamie Foxx hosts the interactive game show as it enters season four.

Fox Sets May Premiere For ‘Crime Scene Kitchen’

Crime Scene Kitchen, a new baking competition series hosted by comedian, actor and author Joel McHale and judged by chef Curtis Stone and cake artist Yolanda Gampp, will premiere May 26 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

‘Duncanville’ Renewed For Season 3 At Fox

Just ahead of its Season 2 premiere next month, Fox renewed animated sitcom Duncanville for Season 3. “Watching Amy [Poehler] bring her incredible talent to Duncanville both on and off the screen these past two seasons has been an amazing experience,” said Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn.

‘Bless The Harts’ Canceled At Fox

Fox has canceled the animated comedy from creator Emily Spivey. The series, a co-production between Disney’s 20th Television and Fox Entertainment, will wrap its second and final season in May.

Eric Stonestreet To Host Fox Competition Series

Fox is building on its success in Lego with a new knock-em-down competition series featuring dominos. The network has ordered Domino Masters from its own nascent production studio Fox Alternative Entertainment. The series will premiere in the 2021-22 season.

For TV, NFL Deal Is Likely A Matter Of Survival

The $113 billion deal

announced by the NFL and media companies last Thursday spreads professional football content broadly, with CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, ESPN and Amazon all getting pieces, and locks it in at a time little else can attract such a wide audience. “If you think of the future of network television, there is nothing more important to it than the NFL,” said Rich Greenfield, a media analyst for LightShed Partners, an industry research firm. During the current television season, the eight most-watched recurring programs are football.

Fox Ad Sales Move To Unified Cloud Platform

Fox Corp. is integrating its programming portfolio into Operative Media’s cloud-native sales management platform, AOS. This makes Fox the first multimedia company to move linear ad sales to a single cloud system, according to the companies. The partnership — unveiled as the industry prepares for the annual upfront media buying round — will allow Fox to oversee client inventory across its portfolio and manage the full advertising sales lifecycle across linear, digital and advanced audiences in a unified way, within a single solution, they report.

Fox Puts Ad Sales Management System In Cloud With Operative

Fox Corp. said it is using technology company Operative Media’s cloud-based system to manage its ad sales portfolio. Operative’s AOS system gives Fox visibility across its portfolio of linear, digital and advanced audiences in a converged platform. The move will accelerate Fox’s advanced advertising capabilities including near-real-time ad creative substitution, automated rate cards and optimization.

Fox Eyes ‘Cost-Effective’ Original Shows For Tubi

Fox plans to invest in Tubi, its entry in the fast-growing over-the-top connected TV market, and those investments include original programming. Fox CFO Steve Tomsic says that adding Fox hits like The Masked Singer has given Tubi a boost, and the company is looking to put original programming on Tubi.

‘America’s Most Wanted’ Returns With New Ways To Fight Crime

Fox’s fresh take on America’s Most Wanted, features new host Elizabeth Vargas and uses technology like 3D avatar of suspects to enlist viewers to help solve crimes and identify perpetrators.

Broadcast Nets Push Back Originals To Accommodate Biden Address On Thursday

President Biden is giving a primetime address on Thursday night and the networks are shuffling their schedules accordingly. The president will mark the one-year anniversary of the shutdowns linked to the Covid pandemic in the U.S., which has led to the death of over 525,000 Americans. ABC, NBC and Fox have confirmed that they are airing the address, which is set to start at 8 p.m. ET, and is expected to last 15-30 minutes. CBS has yet to confirm but is likely to.

Fox To Air Big Ten Basketball Tournament In 4K

‘The Simpsons’ Scores Another Two-Season Renewal At Fox

The pickup will keep the Disney-owned comedy on the air through its 34th season in 2023.

Fox To Add Second Animation Block To Summer Schedule

The network will open a second animation block on Monday nights in the summer. Newcomer Housebroken, featuring the voices of Lisa Kudrow, Nat Faxon, Will Forte and Sharon Horgan, will pair with second-year show Duncanville, starring Amy Poehler, beginning May 31. Duncanville will premiere with two episodes on Sunday, May 23, before moving to its regular berth.

NFL Wants 100% Increase In TV Rights; Disney Pushing Back

The NFL is in active discussions on renewal rates with all four of its existing network partners — NBC, CBS, Fox, and Disney-owned ESPN, according to people familiar with the matter. The NFL is hoping to get its primary package renewals completed by March 17. NBC, CBS and Fox are likely to accept increases closer to 100% than Disney, which is currently paying much more than the three broadcast networks for its Monday Night Football package, said the people.

‘The Simpsons’ Brings Edna Krabappel Back To Pay Tribute To Late Marcia Wallace

Fox’s May Upfront Event To Include Tubi

Fox sats it will be holding its upfront presentation on May 17 and that, in addition to its entertainment and sports programming, this year’s event will showcase Tubi, the ad supported streaming service it bought last year.

‘Clue’ Animated Series Eyed At Fox

Fox Sets Two More Premiere Dates

The Masked Singer will premiere its fifth season this March on Fox with a new lead-out series, the broadcast network said Monday. The hit whosungit series will debut Season 5 on Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET and be immediately followed by the series premiere of the new Wayne Brady-hosted variety show Game of Talents at 9. In the fall, The Masked Singer acted as the lead-in for I Can See Your Voice, which was renewed for Season 2 at Fox in January. The broadcast network has decided to slot Game of Talents in its place for this spring cycle.

Dan Harmon Animated Series A Go At Fox

The show set in ancient Greece stems from a direct broadcast deal the Rick and Morty co-creator signed at the network.