Villanova’s last-second win over North Carolina on Monday night averaged a 10.6 rating across TBS, TNT and truTV in the first title game to air on cable. The 17.8 million viewers were down 37% from the 28.3 million for last season’s Duke-Wisconsin matchup on CBS, which drew the largest audience in 18 years. Viewership was down 16% from the 21.3 million for UConn-Kentucky in 2014.
NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran announcer Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with TNT to call NBA games. Albert will no longer work the NCAA Tournament under the new deal announced Tuesday. Turner Sports’ NBA broadcasters have been part of the college basketball postseason during the company’s partnership with CBS. But […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated is turning the unveiling of its 2016 top swimsuit model into a television special. TNT will air a special on Feb. 13 that builds up to the reveal of which model appears on the cover of its annual swimsuit edition. Nick Cannon will host and Elle Macpherson will get […]
Kevin Reilly is giving himself three years to reinvent TBS and TNT. He joined the networks as chief creative officer in late 2014 and spent much of last year quietly making changes. The Turner transformation kicked off last week with the Jan. 17 premiere of Rashida Jones’ new TBS comedy Angie Tribeca. Reilly shares what else is on tap.
All of the new dramas airing on TNT in 2016, including Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and Tales from the Crypt, will run 8 to 10 fewer minutes of advertising per hour. TNT ran around 17 minutes and 47 seconds of programming breaks per hour during the third quarter on 2015, including national and local ads as well as promo time, a network representative said.
At the Turner upfront Wednesday morning, Kevin Reilly rolled out a very ambitious plan, including a rebrand of TBS, a makeover for TNT, a goal to double production of original content over the next three years, and a new ad program called the Turner Data Cloud. It’s all a part of a push by Turner, and cable TV generally over the past few years, to compete more closely with broadcast for both ratings and ad dollars.
Dish Network plans to unveil the first major online television service from a cable or satellite company, a $20-a-month set of 12 channels that targets U.S. customers who don’t want to pay for larger, more expensive TV packages. Called Sling TV, the service will offer live feeds of sports, news and scripted shows on TVs, computers and mobile devices.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A television show that featured the nearly two-decade-old killing of an Arizona teenager and her unborn baby helped lead to the arrest of her ex-boyfriend, police said Wednesday. Cecilio Cruz is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Police in the city of Cottonwood, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, said Cruz […]