Sling TV, Cinedigm Expand Partnership

Fubo TV Deal With Altitude Sports Makes Denver One Of The Nation’s Most Interesting RSN Regions

Local fans now have myriad ways to see the Nuggets and Avalanche, and none of them involve Comcast or Dish.

 

‘Cobra Kai’ Leads Nielsen Streaming Chart In Season 5 Debut

Cobra Kai has taken the championship belt on Nielsen’s streaming chart upon the release of its fifth season on Sept. 9. During the week of Sept. 5-11, Netflix’s continuation of the Karate Kid film franchise led the Overall and Original streaming programs list with 1.7 billion viewing minutes.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Frederick Schneier, Viacom, Showtime Executive And Producer, Dies At 95

Judy Tenuta, Brash ‘Goddess Of Love’ Comedian, Dies At 72

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judy Tenuta, a brash standup who cheekily styled herself as the “Goddess of Love” and toured with George Carlin as she built her career in the 1980s golden age of comedy, died Thursday. She was 72. Tenuta died Thursday afternoon at home in Los Angeles, with her family around her, publicist […]

Boosted By Judge, Yankees’ YES Network Viewers Increase 27%

NEW YORK (AP) — Boosted by Aaron Judge’s pursuit of Roger Maris’ American League home run record, Yankees games on the team’s YES Network averaged 368,000 viewers in the New York market this year, up 27% from 2021 and the most in 11 seasons. The network said Thursday the figure was for 126 telecasts. YES’s […]

Talking TV: Tamron Hall On TV’s Next Leaders

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp speaks with talk show host Tamron Hall about how her show is hitting a post-pandemic groove and her work with the NAB Leadership Foundation as its newly named industry ambassador. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Rob Wade Named CEO Of Fox Entertainment

Wade, previously president, alternative entertainment and specials of Fox Entertainment, has landed the top job vacated by Charlie Collier, who exited last month to join streamer Roku. Wade will report to Lachlan Murdoch, executive chair and CEO of Fox Corp. In his new role, Wade will oversee Fox Entertainment’s portfolio, which includes animation house Bento Box Entertainment; MarVista Entertainment; TMZ; the in-house unscripted studio Fox Alternative Entertainment, which he launched; Studio Ramsay Global, in whose creation he was deeply involved; scripted content creator Fox Entertainment Studios; Blockchain Creative Labs; and the Fox Entertainment Global content sales unit.

Fox Nation To Debut Second Feature Film On Thanksgiving

Telemundo Sports Chief Ray Warren To Retire Early Next Year

Longtime sports television executive Ray Warren is retiring early next year after five decades in the media business. Currently the president of Telemundo Deportes, Warren will leaave the network after its coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar in November. He has spent the past 15 years at NBCU, including the past six running Telemundo’s sports division.

Kamala Harris To Make Her First Latenight Appearance As VP On ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

Paramount Parcels Out David Nevins Turf To Chris McCarthy, George Cheeks And Tom Ryan

OVERNIGHTS

‘The Real Love Boat’ Opens Low; ‘Survivor,’ ‘Chi Fire’ Lead Wed.

CBS’s Survivor and NBC’s Chicago Fire tied for the Wednesday demo win, while the latter delivered the night’s largest audience. Survivor this week was steady with 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating.

David Nevins Leaving Paramount Global

The chief creative officer for Paramount+ scripted originals and chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks will exit the company at the end of the year, he told staff in a memo Thursday.

‘Groucho & Cavett’ Comes To ‘American Masters’

Iconic WABC Radio Host Bernard McGuirk Dies At 64

Legendary New York City radio host Bernard McGuirk died following a “courageous” battle with prostate cancer, his station announced Thursday. McGuirk — who hosted WABC’s Bernie & Sid in the Morning with co-host Sid Rosenberg — died Wednesday night surrounded by family at a local hospital, the station said. He had been on the air in the city since 1986 and had also been the executive producer of the nationally syndicated program Imus in the Morning.

‘Moonlighting’ Creator Glenn Gordon Caron Says Disney Prepping To Sell Reruns For Streaming

Hallmark Media Names Alice Rao SVP Of Publicity

‘Scrubs’ Producer Eric Weinberg Charged With Sex Assaults

Weinberg, 62, was arrested Tuesday, nearly a week after he was charged with 18 felony counts including rape, oral copulation, forcible sexual penetration, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment by use of violence, assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury and attempted forcible penetration with a foreign object, according to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. Above, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, at podium stands by a photo on display of TV producer Eric Weinberg during a news conference to announce sexual assault charges against Weinberg on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Rookie’ Spinoff Audience Slips, ‘Voice’ And ‘FBI’ Lead Tuesday

NBC’s The Voice topped Tuesday in the demo (6.1 million/0.6), while CBS’s FBI copped the night’s largest audience (6.7M/0.5). ABC’s The Rookie: Feds (1.7M/0.3) in turn dropped 28% of its debut audience, yet held steady in the demo.

ABC Reshapes Year-Round Development With 2 Defined Cycles

Year-round development for the broadcast networks became something of a buzz phrase during Covid as the likes of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC battled the pandemic to get new shows on the air. But plans were afoot at a number of these linear networks before the world changed in March 2020 to try and become less reliant on the traditional pilot parade. ABC is now refreshing its plans to introduce clear first- and second-cycle development routes for shows to air in the fall and midseason as the industry comes out of the pandemic.

Samsung TV Plus Adds Halloween Movie Channel, More

Samsung said its TV Plus platform has added six new free, ad-supported streaming television channels, including one featuring Halloween movies.

Winfrey, Letterman Among Moderators For Michelle Obama Book Tour

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrity moderators joining former first lady Michelle Obama on tour for her upcoming book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” Other guests include Conan O’Brien, Tracee Ellis Ross, journalists Gayle King and Michele Norris, “Today” show host Hoda Kotb, poet […]

Kristie Gong Promoted To KCRA-KQCA Director Of Research And Programming

Hearst Television’s Sacramento, Calif., duopoly of KCRA (NBC) and KQCA (MNT) has named Kristie Gong director of research and programming. She has been the stations’ research director for the last 14 years, assisting in the transition to impression-based selling, providing market research for advertisers and advising, evaluating new and emerging attribution tools. “For over 14 […]

Paramount Global Faces Latenight Challenge With Trevor Noah And James Corden Set To Exit

Paramount is facing the exits of both Trevor Noah and James Corden, just as scrutiny of late-night TV is beginning to match that of its counterparts in primetime. It’s no secret that streaming is eroding live viewership of NCIS and Chicago Fire. Now, it is also eking away at the traditional ways in which people watch their favorite wee-hours programs.

After 61 Years On WRC, ‘It’s Academic’ Is Moving To WETA

NBCU’s Shell: Peacock Hits 15M Subs, Confirms Possible Give-Back Of Primetime Hour To Affiliates

In an interview with CNBC, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said Peacock has now reached 15 million paying subscribers and he also confirmed reports that the company is considering a possible give-back of the 10 p.m. hour of programming to affiliates. Shell said no final decisions have been made, but added the company intends to “reallocate resources” toward areas of the company that are growing.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, SEPT. 26-OCT. 2

Viewers Flock To Weather Channel For Hurricane Ian Coverage

NBC was the winner again during the second week of the new television season, averaging 6.1 million viewers in primetime, Nielsen said. CBS averaged 5.7 million, ABC had 4 million, Fox had 2.2 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 900,000 and Telemundo had 820,000. ESPN was the most-watched cable network, averaging 2.15 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.12 million, MSNBC had 1.15 million, HGTV had 796,00 and CNN had 756,000.

‘Frasier’ Sequel Starring Kelsey Grammer Picked Up To Series At Paramount+

The long-in-the-works Frasier followup is finally a reality. Paramount+ has given a series greenlight to the multi-camera comedy, executive produced by Kelsey Grammer who is reprising his signature character, psychiatrist-turned-radio host Frasier Crane.

Lionsgate Extends Contract For TV Group Chair Kevin Beggs

Lionsgate has formed a new long-term employment deal with Kevin Beggs, the studio’s Television Group chair and chief content integration officer. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Beggs and Lionsgate Television Group president Sandra Stern have led LGTV for 20 years, making them together one of the longest-running leadership teams in television. Beggs, a 24-year veteran of the studio, helped the renewals of network shows like Home Economics, Welcome to Flatch and Ghosts.