Scarborough To Host Premier League Show On NBCSN

Fox To Air Live Ad During ‘Christmas Story’

Pushing the envelope for new live TV commercials, Fox Broadcasting will air what it says is the first-ever live TV commercial for a feature film — the 20th Century Fox Film movie The Greatest Showman. The two-and-a-half-minute-long  spot will air during Fox’s three-hour live-music TV special A Christmas Story Live! that airs on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

Oprah To Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Robert Knepper To Remain on ‘iZombie’

ABC Pulls ‘Baking Show,’ Fires Judge

ABC has fired The Great American Baking Show judge Johnny Iuzzini and axed the remaining episodes of his show amid unspecified misconduct allegations.

Red Nose Day Returning To NBC To Help Kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red Nose Day is returning to NBC in 2018. The network announced Wednesday that it will support the fundraising campaign to end child poverty with a prime-time TV special on May 24, 2018. Walgreens stores will again sell red foam noses to raise money for the campaign. Organizers say Red Nose […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Renewed For Season 4 By USA

Netflix, Dreamworks Partner On 6 Animated Shows

OVERNIGHTS

ABC Tuesday Comedy Lineup Rises

Most of ABC’s Tuesday comedy lineup saw increases in the overnight ratings. The Middle (1.3, 5.7 million) and Fresh Off the Boat (1.0, 3.9 million) saw modest increases, while Black-ish (1.2, 4.3 million) was up by 17% in the demo. The Mayor (0.8, 2.8 million) was up by over 20% in the demo. Kevin Probably Saves the World (0.6, 2.5 million) was even.

Netflix Leads TV In SAG Award Nominations

The streamer swept to a leading 19 nominations and dominated the lead female acting categories, with shows on the streaming service scoring eight of the 10 overall noms in the category.

BET And Viacom Settle Discrimination Suit

DMA 36: CINCINNATI

Former WCET Program Director Grace Hill Dies

‘Star Wars’ Could Help Disney Battle Netflix

Star Wars’ value to the Burbank entertainment giant goes well beyond the box office. Aside from spawning new video games, toys and theme park attractions, the space opera franchise will play a pivotal role in Disney’s efforts to build an online destination that can rival Netflix when it debuts in 2019.

Girlboss: One Part Vice, One Part Oprah

After a boom-and-bust run as an online shopping entrepreneur, Sophia Amoruso is taking another shot at business with a media company focused on redefining success for women. The company, Girlboss, announced on Wednesday the close of a $3.1 million funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. The funding values the company at $13.1 million, Amoruso said.

NBC Delays ‘This Is Us’ Winter Return A Week

TV Academy Sets Emmy Awards Rule Changes

‘SNL’ Names Che, Jost Co-Head Writers

Corden’s Wife Has Baby 30 Min. Before Show

Netflix Fires Exec Who Dismissed Rape Claim

Netflix has fired Andy Yeatman, the executive who told one of Danny Masterson’s alleged sexual assault victims that he did not believe the claims against the former Ranch star, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP: DEC. 4-10

Football Powers NBC To Another Ratings Win

Behind two football games, NBC won the week in primetime, averaging 8.1 million viewers. CBS had 6.8 million viewers, Fox had 4.6 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.7 million, the CW had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.27 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.

HRTS Elects New Officers

The Hollywood Radio and Television Society has elected industry leaders from WME, Universal Television, Lionsgate and City National Bank as new officers to a two-year voluntary term, beginning in January, 2018. They are: Marc Korman, partner, WME, who succeeds Eric Schrier, president of programming, FX Networks and president of FX Productions, as president of HRTS; Pearlena Igbokwe, president, Universal Television, […]

Post-Lauer ‘Today’ Ratings Continue Surge

For the second consecutive week, the first two hours of the NBC morning program surged ahead of the show’s main rival, Good Morning America — not only capturing its usual lead among people 25-54, the demographic most coveted by advertisers — but among overall audiences as well. It’s the first time the venerable A.M. show has done so since late 2016, when it beat GMA among total viewers for the weeks of Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, 2016.

NBC To Air Primetime Emmys On Sept. 17

The 2018 Emmy Awards are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, NBC and the Television Academy announced today. Airing live coast-to-coast (8-11 p.m. ET / 5-8 p.m. PT) on the Peacock from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, the host and producers for the 70th Annual Primetime ceremony will be announced at a later date.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Better Late Than Never’ Debuts Down

Airing at 10 p.m in a special preview, the NBC travelogue series averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers. That is down approximately 31% in the key demo and 24% in total viewers from the Season 1 premiere. Nevertheless, it won its timeslot in the key demo and is NBC’s most-watched show in the timeslot since September. Season 2 will resume in January.

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Magazines Shine In First Post-Sweep Outing

Not only are many in the genre up in the session ending Dec. 3, several post double-digit rises on coverage of the Matt Lauer firing.

Fox O&Os To Air ‘Caught In Providence’

Fox Television Stations acquire Debmar-Mercury and Citylife Productions’ syndicated strip for fall 2018 national syndication launch.

 

Ion Reports Results, Future Plans

Financial and operating results drive upgraded performance outlook from financial ratings agencies. It extends Chairman-CEO Brandon Burgess’ contract and he says the company is looking to expand original content, large-market station holdings and wants to innovate with its inventory of spectrum.

TV Nets Buy Original Digital Shows For Apps

In a tenuous market for short-form video content, digital video creators might have a new, but old friend: TV networks. Discovery Communications has aired nine original digital series since August on its nine TV Everywhere apps for its TV networks that include Discovery Channel, TLC and Investigation Discovery.

Women Increasingly Calling The Shots On TV

While Hollywood has a long way to go, there are more female directors in television. Last season 262 female directors worked in episodic TV, a 45% increase from the previous year, according to the Directors Guild of America. That’s roughly one in five of all the directors employed. Above, Emmy winner Reed Morano directs Elisabeth Moss in an episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Nine of the show’s 10 episodes were directed by women.

King Says He’ll Sue ‘Daily Mail’ Over Allegations