OVERNIGHTS

‘Will & Grace’ Thursday’s Top Scripted Show

The return of Will & Grace proved to be incredibly popular on Thursday night. The revival of the classic sitcom scored a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 10 million viewers, making it the most-watched and highest-rated non-sports broadcast of the night. That also makes it one of the top premieres of the season thus far, behind only the Season 2 premiere of This Is Us (3.9, 12.9 million), the Season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory (4.1, 17.7 million) and the series premiere of Young Sheldon (3.8, 17.2 million).

DIGINETS

TeleXitos Celebrates Halloween All October

TeleXitos, Telemundo Station Group’s national Spanish-language multicast network, will celebrate Halloween with four weeks of special programming. Beginning Sunday, Oct. 1, viewers can tune in to TeleXitos every Sunday until Halloween to watch Domingos de Terror horror movie marathons. The marathons will feature a variety of horror films including Psycho, Seed of Chucky, Carrie, Alien Hunter, the Child’s Play trilogy and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. TeleXitos’ Halloween […]

Americans Can’t Give Up Destination TV

Pay-TV subscribers in the United States are growing increasingly satisfied with over-the-top streaming TV services vs. traditional cable TV, but they also are spending nearly an hour more a week watching regularly scheduled television programming than they did two years ago. That increasingly complex consumer relationship with streaming and cable television is explored in detail in a trio of new J.D. Power studies.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Netflix Commits To $400M Canada Investment

Under an agreement with the government of Canada, Netflix has agreed to invest a minimum of $500 million Canadian (about $400 million U.S.) in original productions in the country over the next five years. Netflix will establish a permanent, multipurpose film and TV production presence in Canada — the first time that the company has done so outside the U.S.

DirecTV Adds Five New HD Channels

‘Last Ship’ Season 6 Considered Long Shot At TNT

Tom Hanks To Star In Animated Special For NBC

Cedric The Entertainer Inks CBS Development Deal

‘Marlon’ Renewed For Season 2 At NBC

‘Madam Secretary’ Gets Multi-Platform Syndi

Netflix leads off-network launch with previous-season episodes of the CBS drama currently available for streaming. WE tv to launch the series on cable in 2018. CBS O&Os will serve as launch group for broadcast syndication beginning in fall 2018.

Anne Jeffreys, ‘General Hospital’ Actress, Dies

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed today that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Veep star made the announcement to her followers on Twitter, writing, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”

OVERNIGHTS

‘SEAL Team’ Scores Wed.’s Biggest Audience

The series premiere of CBS’s SEAL Team drew a 1.5 and 9.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched show of the night, building on its lead-in by 20% in total viewers.

Entertainment Studios Hires Hsieh As Finance SVP

Entertainment Studios today appointed Peggy Hsieh senior vice president of finance. Hsieh is based at the ES headquarters in Los Angeles.  In her new position, Hsieh will oversee accounting and finance for the company’s recently acquired theatrical and digital movie distribution divisions — Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures and Freestyle Digital Media. Hsieh reports directly to Eric Gould, ES’s new […]

Fox Sports Announces 350 Hours Of World Cup

Meghan McCain New Co-Host Of ‘The View’

‘The Mist’ Canceled By Spike After One Season

Apple’s TV Strategy Becomes Clearer

The world’s biggest company is officially taking meetings as everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Steven Spielberg salivates over selling the first big show. One studio chief says, “Who wouldn’t want to be the Mad Men or House of Cards on Apple?”

Laff Sets Record with ‘That ’70s Show’ Marathon

Laff, the Katz-owned comedy multicast network that’s being acquired by E.W. Scripps, introduced the multiple Emmy-winning sitcom That ’70s Show to its lineup with a daylong marathon on Sunday, Sept. 24. The marathon reached nearly 2.6 million viewers and set a Laff primetime record in household delivery (167,000) and in adults 25-54 (122,000). The marathon peaked with 311,000 […]

‘Entertainment Tonight’ Goes Blue, Flat In New Look

COMMENTARY BY DOREEN ST. FELIX

The Morning Politics Of ‘Megyn Kelly Today’

As the first episode revealed, NBC has misread not only Kelly’s talents but also the changing nature of our cultural wars.

’30 Rock’ Streaming On Hulu Exclusively

‘Wheel’ Spins Decades-Long Syndie Success

In 1982, Pat Sajak was a quick-witted former local weatherman with a season as a daytime game-show host under his belt, and Vanna White was a beauty pageant winner making her formal TV debut as his letter-turning co-host. Their surprisingly serendipitous pairing would swiftly turn “Wheel of Fortune,” already a 7-year-old daytime network series, into a worldwide syndicated phenomenon that remains a ratings powerhouse today. Now, “Wheel’s” syndicated game show format is celebrating its 35th anniversary season.

Women, Minority TV Directors See Big Gains

The expanding world of TV has brought more opportunity overall, with streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu joining broadcast and cable platforms to push the combined number of TV series to 400-plus and counting. An all-time high of 225 first-time directors were hired last season by studios, networks and executive producers, a 42% increase over the previous season, a new study from the Directors Guild of America shows.

‘Young Sheldon’ Scores Full-Season Order

The Big Bang Theory prequel launched Monday on CBS with the most-watched premiere on any network since 2011.

OVERNIGHTS

‘This Is Us’ Season 2 Premiere Sets New High

The This Is Us Season 2 premiere set a new high for the series in the key demo. The sophomore opener of the beloved NBC drama drew a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers, airing at 9 p.m. That is a 36% improvement in the demo compared to the Season 1 premiere (2.9) and a 12% bump above the Season 1 finale (3.4). It was also the second most-watched episode of the series, behind only the Season 1 finale (12.8 million).

‘Kelly And Ryan’ Tops ‘Megyn Kelly’ On Day 2

The new hour of Today dipped to a 1.9/7 on day two of head-to-head competition against the syndicated veteran in metered markets.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Soars Up Most-Pirated List

Debra Messing: Regrets ‘Megyn Kelly’ Appearance

‘SNL’ Adds Three Featured Players For Season 43