Danny Masterson Jury Starts Over After Two Test Positive For COVID

EARNINGS CALL

Sinclair’s Diamond RCNs Hit By Subscriber Churn

Third quarter media revenues were down 10% to $684 million. Distribution revenues dropped 11% to $565 million and advertising revenues declined 5% to $112 million. However, Sinclair COO Robert Weisbord had some good news: “On a per-game basis, ad revenues were up by a mid-teens percent, driven by healthy demand in many categories — with the largest gains in service, retail, food and entertainment,” he reported. “Looking forward, we see some positive signs for advertising demand.”

Former PBS President Bruce Christensen Dies At 79

Bruce Christensen, who led PBS from the mid-1980s to the early ’90s amid attacks on public TV for airing controversial documentaries, died Nov. 19 at his home in Orem, Utah. He was 79. PBS President Paula Kerger called Christensen “a giant of public television.”

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Can technology boost engagement in sports programming?

Distributed production can deliver more of the angles, replays, graphics and insights that viewers want while tuned into a game, match or other competition. To maximize what goes on screen, supporting technology must use automation and metadata to make it easy for producers to access exactly what they need to work on at exactly the right time.

Can’t Hear What Actors Are Saying On TV? It’s Not You, Probably

Some people turn on closed captions because they like how it helps them understand the plotlines of shows and movies, and multitask in front of the tube. Others turn them on because they can’t hear what actors are saying. That doesn’t always mean they are hard of hearing. Muddled audio is the top reason why more people are watching video with on-screen text, according to a May survey commissioned by language-teaching app Preply. As more video-production studios embrace advanced audio formats for at-home content, not every device can keep up. Plenty of viewers can’t keep up, either.

David Hyde Pierce Isn’t Returning For ‘Frasier’ Reboot On Paramount+

Netflix Nights Still Come Wrapped In Red-And-White Envelopes

The eventual demise of its DVD-by-mail service has been inevitable since co-CEO Reed Hastings decided to spin it off from a then-nascent video streaming service in 2011. Back then, Hastings floated the idea of renaming the service as Qwikster — a bungled idea that was so widely ridiculed that it was satirized on Saturday Night Live. It finally settled on its current, more prosaic handle, DVD.com. The operation is now based in non-descript office in Fremont, Calif., located about 20 miles from Netflix’s sleek campus in Los Gatos, Calif.

Giants-Cowboys Sets NFL Regular-Season Record For Viewers

The Cowboys 28-20 victory on Fox averaged 42 million viewers, according to Nielsen, surpassing the 41.55 million average for the Dec. 3, 1990, Monday night game between the Giants and San Francisco 49ers on ABC. Average viewer record numbers date to 1988.

US-England World Cup Game Seen By 19.98M On US Television

The match, which kicked off at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, was seen by 15,377,000 viewers on Fox, the most for a U.S. English-language men’s soccer telecast. The figure was 6% above the 14.51 million for Brazil’s penalty-kicks win over Italy in the 1994 final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., a Sunday 3:30 p.m. ET start that July 17 viewed by 14,510,000 on ABC, according to Fox.

‘Fame’ And ‘Flashdance’ Singer-Actor Irene Cara Dies At 63

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy winning singer-actress Irene Cara, who starred and sang the title cut from the 1980 hit movie “Fame” and then belted out the era-defining hit “Flashdance … What a Feeling” from 1983’s “Flashdance,” has died. She was 63. Her publicist, Judith A. Moose, announced the news […]

TVN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH JACK ABERNETHY

Fox’s Abernethy: Expanding News Must Avoid The ‘Ron Burgundy Shuffle’

With a 10 p.m. primetime hand back hanging over broadcast, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy says producing more of the same local news will have diminishing returns for the whole industry. In a wide-ranging Executive Session interview, Abernethy weighs in on programming challenges and their pressures on newsrooms, streaming opportunities and his outlook for syndication, measurement, auto’s resurgence in spot and broadcast’s ability to compete against the big streamers.

Fox Corp. Warns Viewers Of Its Networks About Potential DirecTV Blackout; Pay TV Operator Decries ‘Scare Tactics’

A few days before the expiration of a carriage deal with DirecTV, Fox Corp. is warning viewers of its networks about a potential blackout as the companies continue to negotiate. On Sunday, Fox began airing a crawl across the bottom of the screen on networks including FS1, the Big Ten Network and Fox News. The message advised viewers of the potential outage. Ahead of a Dec. 2 deadline at midnight PT, the companies are continuing to hold active talks.

Two Films Hit Theaters, But Netflix Remains Committed To Streaming

The company agreed to some exclusive theatrical distribution for Glass Onion and Matilda the Musical, but it’s not clear exhibitors will get much more.

Sinclair To Host Fan Event in Ohio On Nov. 26, Ahead of Michigan-Ohio State Football Game

Sinclair Broadcast Group will celebrate the release of its documentary special, Rivals: Michigan vs. Ohio State, this Saturday, Nov. 26, with a pregame fan event in Columbus, Ohio, including special guests, games and prizes ahead of this weekend’s big rivalry game. The event will take place at Parlay Sporting Club & Kitchen, 570 N. High St. in […]

‘Alaska Daily’ Premiere Posts 844% Demo Rating Increase

In a matter of days, one first-year ABC drama series has surpassed the other for the title of strongest series debut in two years among both the 18-49 demographic and total viewers. Alaska Daily now holds the title, which was previously claimed by The Rookie: Feds. After 35 days of multi-platform viewing, the premiere episode of Alaska Daily has managed a 3.02 rating among the 18-49 demographic, which is a show-stopping 844% increase from its 0.32 live+same day rating.

Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager Hope For Audience in Fourth ‘Today’ Hour

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager are pushing for a shake up in their morning routine. Last week, the duo led their 10 a.m. hour of Today in front of an audience gathered in NBC’s Studio 6A, a big change for a program that usually is closed off from crowds. They got to award luxury vacations to audience members who had been through hardship or emotional moments, and interact with viewers they would normally never see. The experience left the two hosts feeling such a burst of energy that they are trying to make the in-house crowd a regular feature of their show. “It adds energy and juice,” Kotb says.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fall Finale Soars In Multiplatform Viewing

The final Grey’s Anatomy episode of 2022 began the setup for Ellen Pompeo’s forthcoming break from the show — and drew the biggest audience for the long-running series since its season 19 premiere. After seven days of viewing across all platforms, the Nov. 10 episode, “Thunderstruck,” gathered 8.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen and internal ABC figures. That’s the best showing for the drama since its Oct. 6 season debut.

Gene Perret, Emmy-Winning Writer On ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ Dies At 85

HBCU Go Features All-Female Broadcast Team For 2022-23 Basketball Season Coverage

Allen Media Group (AMG) free, streaming digital platform, HBCU GO — a media provider for the nation’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — will feature what it calls the first all-female broadcast team to announce HBCU games for its 2022-23 basketball season coverage. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the new broadcast team will include Lawrencia Moten, play by play; color […]

The Future Of ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Now That Todd And Julie Have Been Sentenced To Prison

MONDAY OVERNIGHTS

‘The Neighborhood,’ ‘The Voice’ Lead Monday; ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Rises

CBS’s The Neighborhood (5.7 million/0.6) tied NBC’s The Voice (6M/0.6) for the nightly demo win, while CBS’s NCIS (6.8M/0.4) copped Monday’s largest audience.

Netflix Top 10: ‘The Crown’ Season 5 Continues To Reign at No. 1, ‘1899’ Debuts At No. 2

The Crown Season 5 continues to dominate the Netflix Top 10 chart. During the Nov. 14-20 viewing window, the latest installment of the British royal family drama starring Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce earned 84.3 million hours viewed. The show’s fifth season opened on Nov. 9 to 107.39 million hours viewed within its first five days of availability and ranked in the Top 10 in 88 countries.

TCA Returning To In-Person Panels In January; CBS And Fox Will Skip Event

Television Critics Tour will resume in-person panels in January, but not everyone is coming back to the party at The Landham Huntington in Pasadena. Fox and CBS — both of which have virtual panels planned for December and January — will be a no-show, as well as The CW. Half of the press tour is Disney.

Sky To Launch Ad-Free Kids Channel

Sky, owned by Comcast, will launch an advertising-free linear kids TV channel in the U.K. and Ireland in February. It will be available to Sky subscribers with the Sky Kids package, which costs 6 pounds a month, and subscribers of Sky’s streaming service Now that have the 9.99 pound a month entertainment membership.

Fontainebleau Hotel Claims NATPE Owes It $3.4 Million

The Miami Beach resort levies charges of  “insider dealing” and asks the bankruptcy court to slow down the auction of NATPE assets.

 

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ To Land On Paramount+ In December

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven months after first arriving in theaters, “Top Gun: Maverick,” the year’s top film, will finally land on a streaming service. Paramount Pictures announced Tuesday that “Top Gun: Maverick,” having made more than $1.48 billion worldwide at the box office, will debut Dec. 22 on Paramount+. In an age where studios […]

World Cup Opener Watched By 7.2 Million Viewers In US

The game Sunday was seen by 3.228 million on the English-language telecast on FS1 and Fox’s streaming services. It was viewed by 4 million on the Spanish-language broadcast of Telemundo, Peacock and Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms, all parts of Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal.

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Jeopardy’ Wins Big With Week 2 Of Tournament of Champions

The annual event drives a 4% gain in the week ending Nov. 13. Among the newcomers, Sherri remains No. 1 for another week.

‘Byron Allen Presents theGrio Awards’ On CBS Adds Sponsors, Advertisers

Allen Media Group (AMG) has secured a variety of sponsors and advertisers for the inaugural Byron Allen Presents theGrio Awards to air on CBS on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate. Co-hosted by The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood and Taye […]

NBCUniversal And Google Team Up During Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Live Broadcast

A series of three 15-second commercials produced by the Creative Partnerships @ NBCU team will demonstrate how the Google Pixel 7 smartphone can help create their dream holiday photo as the spots demonstrate how the device’s Magic Eraser and Photo Unblur features bring new life to classic Thanksgiving Day Parade moments.