Sports Getting Too Costly For TV Nets

Magna’s latest Media Sports Report finds that the distribution rights’ cost for every major sport is more than the ad revenue the networks get from airing them. Magna analysts see that gap as becoming unsustainable and reaching a tipping point. 

How The BBC Is Making ‘Slow News’

Curtis To Produce CBS Funeral Home Sitcom

Jamie Lee Curtis is slated to executive produce and star in a CBS sitcom set in a funeral home. She’ll play the matriarch of a multi-generational family business in an idea she hatched with “Will & Grace’s” Janis Hirsh, who will write the pilot and also executive produce. 


Fox, Twitter Partner On Shows’ Streaming Plan

Fox and Twitter are pairing on streaming initiatives for a handful of the network’s shows, including a digital pre-show for “Empire” that launches Sept. 20. A marathon of streamed episodes of “The Mick” will also stream, hosted by star Kaitlin Olson, and the new sci-fi comedy “Ghosted” will stream nightly on Twitter from Sept. 21-24 ahead of its Oct. 1 debut. 

Trump Mocks Emmys For Low Ratings

He was the evening’s absent star, but the president waited until after his bellicose U.N. speech to deliver his verdict on the awards show that skewered him so thoroughly. “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever,” he tweeted. 

‘SNL’ To Continue Live In All Time Zones

“Saturday Night Live” will still air live in all time zones as its new season kicks off on Sept. 30. Its strong Emmy run and 11% jump in average live-plus-same-day viewers since beginning the live coast-to-coast airings is credited for the decision. 

‘Page Six TV’ Posts 0.8 Rating In 48 Markets

The new gossip strip opened yesterday with 48 metered markets reporting a 0.8/2 primary run average in households, the highest of its ilk since TMZ premiered in 2007. Daily Mail TV also opened on Sept. 18 with 46 metered markets reporting and a 0.7/2 average.

‘DWTS’ Premiere Falls 19% From Last Year

The broadcaster can console itself by leading primetime outright in total viewers with a 9 million average and a 1.4 rating/5 share in the 18-49 demographic, though. 

A Character Guide To ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Klepper Mines Absurdity In New Series

Live Sports Audiences Are Aging

A new Magna Global sports media report finds the median age of live sports television watchers is increasing across every nationally-broadcast sport. Meanwhile, time spent on sports content on social media is increasing among younger consumers. Live viewing is expected to fall for the 2018 World Cup and Olympic Games, too, though streaming for both is projected to be record-setting. 

Ferguson’s New Show One Long Commercial

Craig Ferguson is at the helm of a new talk show with no commercial breaks, but the entire show is a kind of commercial itself. The six-episode series, “Couple Thinkers,” is sponsored entirely by clothier Gant and will feature Ferguson and his wife interviewing high-minded guests like Neil deGrasse Tyson. It will appear on YouTube and other digital sites. 

Emmys Avoid New Ratings Low

In the end, when adjustments were made the broadcast had an average 11.4 million viewers, up from 2016’s 11.3 viewers. Viewership has been dropping steadily over the past few years after strong performances in 2013 and 2014. 

Ingraham To Host Fox News Primetime Show

Laura Ingraham is on board to host a new show for Fox News, the network confirmed Monday. “The Ingraham Angle” will debut Oct. 30 in Sean Hannity’s 10 p.m. time slot. 

Emmys Tracking For All-Time Low Ratings

Nielsen overnight data has the awards telecast averaging a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.6 million total viewers, subject to adjustment later Monday based on time-zone adjustments that haven’t yet been made. 

‘The View’ Co-Host Bila Departs

“The View’s” conservative co-host Jedediah Bila is leaving the show she joined last year, though she’s not giving a reason and neither is the network. The former Fox News contributor is working on a book for HarperCollins, which may account for her exit.  

WCVB Airing ‘Living With Loss’ Special

Skepticism Precedes Megyn Kelly’s Debut

Megyn Kelly will take the helm of “Today’s” 9 a.m. hour later this month, but some are already managing expectations on what the $17 million anchor can deliver. Sarah Ellison looks at concerns that Kelly’s lackluster Sunday show performance will carry over to “Today,” which has only recently regained its morning dominance over “Good Morning America.”

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Marks 10 Years

Fox Greenlights ‘True Lies’ Reboot With McG

EMMYS 2017

‘SNL,’ Hulu And HBO Emmy’s Big Winners

HBO topped the most awards of any network with “Veep” winning for best comedy, while Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won for best drama series and nabbed a total of eight awards (including Elisabeth Moss for best actress). “Saturday Night Live’s” new golden era was rewarded with nine awards, including honors for Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon for supporting acting awards. A full list of Sunday night’s winners. 

Steep Declines In Kids’ TV Viewing

Kids’ networks have seen their average audiences cut by half — to 1.25 million average viewers — from six years ago according to Bernstein Research. The firm suspects that the precipitous decline is being fed by another trend: kids have stopped watching linear television altogether. 

Hulu: Emmy Win Could Boost Subs

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says his service’s bid for an Emmy via “The Handmaid’s Tale” could help draw new subscribers and hold on to current ones. Hulu will spend about $2.5 billion on content this year, part of an arms race that includes fellow streaming services Netflix and Amazon. 

Via Spicer, Kimmel Beats Fallon In Ratings

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” got its best ratings in three months with the appearance of former Trump secretary Sean Spicer, grabbing a 2.1 rating/6 share in Nielsen households. It’s ABC’s best late night showing since Game 5 of the NBA Finals in mid-June. 

‘Twin Peaks’ Season 4? Maybe, Lynch Says

Clinton Impeach. Focus Of History’s ‘Breach’

Carrey’s TV Return With Showtime’s ‘Kidding’


‘Phil’ Tops In Talk Again, ‘Judy’ Rules Overall

Despite being in reruns on all five days, Phil clocked its biggest rating since June in the week ending Sept. 3, a 3.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, up 3% from the week before.

Red States Love The Hallmark Channel

Comedy Central Extends Trevor Noah Through 2022