DirecTV On Raycom, Dispatch Retrans Clock

The satellite provider is up against a 11:59 P.M. deadline today with Raycom and is also facing losing two Dispatch Broadcast Group stations on Friday.

Reese Witherspoon Joins ‘Mindy Project’ Final Season

Olivia De Havilland Slams FX Over ‘Feud’

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Viewership Down For Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards tallied 5.68 million viewers across 10 different networks on Sunday for a show dominated by Kendrick Lamar’s coronation and the debut of Taylor Swift’s new video. That’s down from the 6.5 million people who watched the VMAs in 2016, and the 9.8 million who watched the year before. Among the broadcast networks, NBC won the week in primetime, averaging 5.5 million viewers. CBS had 4.2 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 2.4 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 890,000.

Are Broadcast’s New Fall Shows Really New?

This fall’s freshman slate from the Big Five resonates with a clear message: Creatively, the broadcast networks are fed up trying to compete for new-and-different with their cable and streaming rivals, and have thrown in the towel. Surprise is off the table for the broadcast nets, which have succumbed to formulas and spinoffs. Comfort TV is the rule.

ITV Names New Production Heads

OVERNIGHTS

‘Bachelor’ Beats ‘Ninja’ For Season High

ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise saw a big enough jump in the Monday Nielsen overnight ratings to put it a nose beyond NBC’s American Ninja Warrior in the key demo. With both shows airing from 8-10 p.m., Bachelor in Paradise averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers. American Ninja Warrior drew a 1.5 rating and 6.4 million viewers. Bachelor was up by approximately 30% in the key demo and total viewers compared to last week, hitting a new high in both measures for the show’s fourth season.

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Big Week For Top Talker ‘Dr. Phil’

Not only is the show the genre leader for 50 weeks straight, it grew weekly and also reported the largest annual rise of any show in the talk genre.

 

Richard Bacon, Kristin Smith To Host ‘Top 30’

The new syndicated show will debut on Fox-owned stations and nationally on Sept. 11.

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WXIA Atlanta Debuts Local ‘Late Feed’

PBS’s Ken Burns And His American Canon

Even in a fractious era, the filmmaker still believes that his documentaries can bring every viewer in. “Documentaries are traditionally advocacy,” Burns says. He sees his films as acts of “emotional archeology” that aspire to be art. When Paula Kerger, PBS’s president, recently introduced Burns in Los Angeles, she quoted a tweet that described him as “the Marvel Studios of PBS.”

CBS To Wrap ‘Candy Crush’ Early

The network will close out the game show Candy Crush with a two-hour finale this Saturday, Sept. 2. The show has been airing on Sundays at 9 p.m., and had been expected to run through Sept. 10. The live-action game show, hosted by Mario Lopez, is based on the mobile game Candy Crush Saga.

Fox Nabs Comedy From Halpern, Schumacker

ABC Developing Mexican-American Family Comedy

CBS Developing CIA Drama From Hall, Geller

Australia Open To CBS Takeover Of Ten

CBS said it plans to use the takeover of Ten Network to launch its subscription streaming service CBS All Access in the Australian market.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Breaks Audience Record

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO’s “Game of Thrones” set yet another audience record Sunday with its seventh-season finale. Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels. The seven-episode season began with 10.1 million viewers, while […]

Jenji Kohan’s Hot Provocations

The creator of Orange Is the New Black and Weeds wants her shows to break viewers out of their bubbles.

Justice Network Reaches Big Milestones

More than 100 missing children and 100 most-wanted fugitives featured on the diginet have been returned home or captured.

Hulu Adds The CW To Live TV Service

The move makes the young-skewing channel the fifth major broadcast network to stream live on the platform.

Showtime Sued Over Failed Boxing Streams

Grainy video, errors and buffering streams weren’t what fans paid $99 to see, according to the class-action lawsuit.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Big Brother’ Tops NFL Pre-Season Game

In the 8 p.m. hour, Big Brother averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers. The NFL game, which saw the San Francisco 49ers take on the Minnesota Vikings, averaged a 1.7 and 6.8 million viewers in the same hour. Overall, the game is currently averaging a 1.6 and 6.4 million viewers. The game also drew a 4.7 in metered markets, up 9% versus NBC’s comparable preseason game one year ago, in which the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars drew a 4.3.

Split Card For Showtime Vs. Hackers

It appears the restraining order Showtime obtained earlier this month from a federal court against websites that had advertised they would make the pay-per-view Mayweather-McGregor bout available for free was effective. Legitimate video distributors charged $100 to buy the event in HD. But the far more widespread theft of Saturday night’s boxing match took place through the use of a software program and “add-on” apps that consumers worldwide are now using steal programming, channelsFlo and content of all kinds.

Ordering Problems Hit PPV Fight

The main exhibition did not begin until after midnight on the east coast, and Floyd Mayweather said afterwards the combatants deliberately waited in their dressing rooms because of the widespread problems fans were having ordering the pay per-view program.

 

Kelly Kahl Kept His Eye On The Prize At CBS

As president of CBS Entertainment, Kelly Kahl, 50, oversees all aspects of the television network’s entertainment division, including programming, scheduling, marketing and promotion, digital initiatives and research. He also sits on the board of the CBS-owned cable channel Pop.

DirecTV To Air 3 College Football Games In 4K

ESPN In Boxing Pact With Top Rank

ESPN said it would make a new push into the boxing ring by striking a multi-year deal with Top Rank, one of the sport’s biggest promoters.

CBS Corp. to Acquire Australia’s Ten Network

The deal thwarts Lachlan Murdoch’s attempt to gain control of the broadcaster. The sale price will be revealed in a report to creditors within days.

3M See Mayweather-McGregor Pirate Streams

Illegal streams of the anticipated event were advertised on e-commerce sites including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba, according to digital security company Irdeto.

YouTube TV Pays $36 Per Sub In Programming

Analyst Colin Dixon took at look at YouTube TV economics and determined the new virtual service is losing quite a bit of money.