Hurricane Telethon Raises Over $14 Million

Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the Hand in Hand telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma. The star-studded telethon that took place in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Antonio raised $14.5 million by the time cameras were turned off.

FuboTV Launches First National Ad Campaign

FuboTV announced today the launch of a new, national marketing endeavor that includes the company’s first TV commercials, premiering at the start of the new NFL season and introducing viewers to “Fubo Chávez: World’s Greatest Fan.” The multiplatform campaign includes three 15-second commercials to air during the NFL season on CBS, Fox and NBC; on top cable […]

Netflix Content Spending To Pass $7B A Year

Netflix Chief Financial Officer David Wells says $7 billion a year on content might just be a starting point — as long as the company can continue to add to its more than 100 million subscribers around the world.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

‘Vikings’ Gets Early Season 6 Renewal From History

Production Team For Primetime Emmys Unveiled

HBO Renews John Oliver For 3 More Seasons

CMT Development Chief Jayson Dinsmore Exits

Irma-Induced Nielsen Ratings Delays Continue

Nielsen said today that its ratings information from this past weekend is delayed because the company’s processing center in Tampa, Fla., was shut down because of Irma. The company’s weekly list of top television programs is usually released Tuesdays, and it’s unclear when it will be ready. It also hasn’t produced overnight ratings this week.

DIGINETS

Sinclair’s Stadium Debuts As 24/7 Sports Net

Sinclair Broadcast Group continues its expansion in the multicast network space with premium sports content.

USA Network Unveils Fall Schedule

CBS Developing Medical Drama With Dr. Oz

First Woman To Call An NFL Game In 30 Years

On Monday night, Beth Mowins will call the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers in the second game of ESPN’s Monday Night Football doubleheader — the first woman in 30 years take the microphone in an NFL game, and the first for a national broadcast.

Jill Gordon Names ‘Transparent’ Showrunner

Overnight Nielsens Delayed Thanks To Irma

Because of the extreme weather over the weekend, Nielsen was not able to accurately collect viewer data for the official kickoff of Sunday Night Football last night or the debut of The Orville on Fox. “As a result, until we are able to resume normal operations, no data will be issued,” Nielsen told clients late Sunday. “We will keep you updated on the situation and our plans for resuming data release,” the Florida-based data company added after having to shut down operations at its Oldsmar HQ because of Irma’s advance.

NEWS ANALYSIS

TV To Take Ads From Streaming-Video Rivals

TV networks are ceding valuable ad time to new competitors who use the commercial breaks to tell viewers, essentially, to use their remotes to watch something interesting on one of their services. A shift in policy highlights the new world of video content.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 3: CHICAGO

‘Windy City Live’ Starts 7th Season On WLS

CBS Paying At Least $162M For Ten Network

CBS will pay at least $162 million in cash to buy Australian broadcaster Ten Network Holdings, according to documents released today by Ten’s administrator. CBS  announced the deal last month without disclosing a price.

Netflix To Add 6 Original Shows This Week

Science Ch. To Go Live For Cassini’s Final Moments

‘Greatest American Hero’ Reboot Lands At ABC

FremantleMedia Buys Drama Arm Of Essential Media

Creative Arts Emmys 2017: Winners List

Saturday Night Live, ‘Stranger Things and Westworld are the big winners, taking home five awards apiece.

OVERNIGHTS

NFL Tops Thurs., Slips From Last Year

The NFL Kickoff Game on NBC between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs was down in the overnight ratings compared to the 2016 season opener. It averaged a 14.6 rating in metered market households. That’s down approximately 12% from the 2016 game, which drew a 16.5. This is also the second year in a row the opening game has been down, with 2016 slipping from 17.7 in 2015. The drop comes as ratings for NFL football was down last season to the tune of 8% per game on average.

Cable, Digital Execs Talk Rising TV Costs

Netflix has shifted the balance of power in the television universe, pouring money into original programming and handing out generous straight-to-series orders. But Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS, believes that there is an upside to Netflix’s tactics for linear and digital competitors.

CBS Plans Celebrity Edition Of ‘Big Brother’

Syndicated ‘Matter of Fact’ Renewed For Fall

Hearst Television’s weekly political magazine hosted by Soledad O’Brien will kick off again later this month with 85% U.S. coverage via 126 stations.

Animal Planet Focuses On Harvey Animal Rescues

NEW YORK (AP) — True to its calling, the Animal Planet television network is focusing on the four-legged victims of Hurricane Harvey. The network is airing a special Saturday night called “Surviving Harvey: Animals After the Storm.” It will show stories of animals rescued from the storm that hit Texas, featuring the rescuers and volunteers […]

Disney Streaming Service Just Got Bigger

Disney’s Star Wars and Marvel comic-book movies will be included in the upcoming service, making it the only way to stream those movies on demand in the U.S. as part of a monthly subscription. (So, not on Netflix.) A price hasn’t been announced yet. The service is expected in late 2019 after Disney’s current deal with Netflix expires.

FuboTV Adds NFL Network, Red Zone

Live streaming TV service Fubo.TV is adding more NFL programming in time for the kick-off of the 2017-18 season.  Through a new carriage agreement with NFL Media, NFL Network and NFL RedZone will be available to subscribers of Fubo.TV’s sports-first offerings. Starting this week, NFL Network joins the “Fubo Premier” base package. Available for $34.99 per month, Fubo Premier also […]

CBS Sets ‘Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special’