ABC’s ‘Good Doctor’ Lands Full-Season Order

The five-episode order marks the first freshman drama of the 2017-18 season to get a full-season pickup.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: SEPT. 25-OCT. 1

NFL Ratings Down On Weekend Of Boycott

Nielsen said Tuesday the weekend’s nationally televised games averaged 13.8 million viewers, down from 14.8 million the week before. Opening week registered 16.3 million viewers and the second week had 15.8 million. CBS averaged 9.5 million viewers in primetime last week. NBC had 7.8 million viewers, ABC had 5.8 million, Fox had 3.1 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.38 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and the CW had 900,000.

Can Byron Allen Crash The Oscars?

The entertainer-executive is ambitiously, if a bit improbably, staking out a place in the prestige movie season. For audiences who know Allen from his days as a family-friendly comic and TV host in the 1980s, this Captain of Industry-era of his career might seem a little disorienting. But, to him, it’s been decades in the making.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Sopranos’ Actor Chuck Low Dies At 89

Syfy Acquires Matt Groening’s Animated ‘Futurama’

Charles King’s Macro Raises $150 Million

TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ To End After 6 Seasons

‘Teletubbies’ Owner DHX Media For Sale

Connie Britton Lands Lead In Fox Drama ‘9-1-1’

OVERNIGHTS

‘Good Doctor’ Improves, ‘9JKL,”Gifted’ Solid

The Good Doctor averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers. That is approximately a 9% increase in the key demo and approximately 2% in total viewers compared to the series premiere last Monday (2.2, 11.2 million).

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Very Good Week For ‘Wendy’; ‘Megyn’ Dips

Wendy Williams kicked off its 10th season with a 1.4 in the week ending Sept. 24, up 40% over the prior week. Live with Kelly and Ryan tops Megyn Kelly Today in the metered markets by 21%. Other strong week-to-week growth was turned in by The Real (+14%) and Dr. Oz (+10%) and Funny You Should Ask (+25%).

Good Day For ESPN In Wake Of Altice Deal

The cable service will pay more for ESPN and other Disney-owned networks under a tentative contract renewal. Disney shares rose $1.29 on Monday.

CSN Becomes NBC Sports

Hulu To Add 207 New Titles This Week

Discovery Names Russ McCarroll Production SVP

CW Drops ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival’ Specials

‘SNL’ Head Writers Abruptly Leave

Latenight Hosts Denounce Gun Violence

Latenight hosts dedicated a portion of their Monday night shows to speak out about gun violence in the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Jimmy Kimmel choked up in an emotional response to the deadly attack, while Seth Meyers had a pointed message for Congress.

How Univision Has Grown Its Digital Presence

Digital and TV have an often symbiotic relationship for Univision, with shows created for digital also running on linear TV.

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Heartland Returns To Chicago On WJYS

The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle multicast channel, has returned to the Chicago market (DMA 3) on WJYS. The independent station, owned by Oxford Media Group, began broadcasting Heartland over-the-air on ch. 62.4 on Oct. 1.  Heartland is also available to Comcast viewers on ch. 385. Joel Wertman, president of Luken Communications, […]

DIGINETS

E.W. Scripps Closes $302M Katz Purchase

Since Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, its net purchase price is $292 million for the multicast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.

SUNDAY OVERNIGHTS

Big Debut For CBS’s ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’

The series premiere of Wisdom of the Crowd on CBS pulled in the biggest audience for a scripted series on Sunday night. Airing at 8:30 p.m., the new drama averaged a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers. While that was the biggest audience for a scripted show for the night, Wisdom tied in the demo with the series premiere of Ghosted on Fox, which aired from 8:30-9.

Nearly 2M Streamed Thurs. NFL On Amazon

Nearly 2 million people logged onto Amazon.com for the online retailer’s first livestream of Thursday Night Football, the National Football League said.

Amy Carlson Leaves ‘Blue Bloods’ After 7 Seasons

‘Simpsons’ Offers Support For Puerto Rico

Yesterday’s Simpsons season premiere was a Game of Thrones parody, but the episode ended not in Westeros, but back in Springfield, where everyone in your favorite small town banded together in support of Puerto Rico.

SATURDAY OVERNIGHTS

‘SNL’ And Alec Baldwin Make Strong Return

The series retained roughly 85% of the 2016-17 opener for its second-best premiere since 2010. Airing live in all U.S. time zones, as it did for four episodes last season and will continue to do all of this season, the show averaged just over 7 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49.

 

‘Let’s Make A Deal’ Host, Monty Hall Dies At 96

Let’s Make a Deal, which Hall co-created, debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963 and became a TV staple. Through the next four decades, it also aired in primetime, in syndication and, in two brief outings, with hosts other than Hall at the helm.

Greenberg Exits Epix After Decade At Helm

Mark Greenberg is stepping down as president-CEO of Epix after nearly 10 years leading the premium TV venture he founded with MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures in 2008. The shuffle comes five months after MGM completed its $1 billion buyout of the premium cable and digital service.

Megyn Kelly Jokes About ‘Media Response’

It was a tough week for Kelly in the trade press, and at the end of Friday morning’s show, she poked some fun at the tepid media industry response. “I just want to take a moment to thank all of you so much for watching this week,” Kelly told her live studio audience. “It’s been very exciting. It has been educational.” She then made a joke: “I’ve just been so delighted at the media response. What? No.”

Jerrod Carmichael In Big Overall Deal With 20th TV