Television Industry

Ratings: Grey's, Scandal Return to Best Numbers Since Premiere Week

ABC’s <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> resumed Season 14 on Thursday night with 8.2 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating, marking its largest audience of the season …

TV

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Made Much Less Than Predecessor in 2017

Outgoing COO Thomas Dooley walks away with $53.2 million in “other compensation”<p>In his first full year at the helm, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish made more …

Entertainment

Masked Scheduler: My part in getting ‘The Resident’ its post-NFC Championship premiere

Let me tell you a story about how I am responsible for “The Resident” benefitting from following the NFC Championship game (well, really the …

TV Ratings

Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its streaming service

As Disney prepares for its streaming service that's launching next year, <i>Variety</i> reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, before managing content and launching Milk Video at …

Technology

The NFL Needs a Massive Rebrand. Here's the Group That Might Be Able to Spearhead It

Why this diverse group of entrepreneurs and philanthropists are best suited to match the NFL pivot from scandal recovery to rebuilding fan trust and value.<p>With compounding scandals plaguing the NFL and controversy over the handling (or mishandling) coming from fans, players, politicians, and even …

Carolina Panthers

Syndicated TV ratings: ‘Family Feud’ starts 2018 on top

“Family Feud” topped the syndication charts for the first week of 2018.The game show scored a 7.5 household rating, narrowly beating the 7.4 for …

TV

Lionsgate Stock Pops After Report Of Active Merger Talks

Lionsgate stock roared out of the gate this morning, rising 5% in mid-morning trading to just shy of $34 a share.<p>The jump followed Deadline’s …

Entertainment Industry

Tuesday cable ratings: ‘Curse of Oak Island’ rises to No. 1

“The Curse of Oak Island” improved week to week to take the top spot among cable originals on Tuesday.<p>The History Channel show was up a tenth of a …

TV Ratings

CFP championship dominates the cable top 25 for Jan. 8-14

The title game of the College Football Playoff was the runaway No. 1 show on cable for the week of Jan. 8 — and it beat all primetime competition on …

TV Ratings

BBC Worldwide Content Chief Helen Jackson To Depart After 31 Years

BBC Worldwide content chief Helen Jackson, who lead the company’s aggressive production acquisition drive, is to leave the business as it merges with …

Entertainment

Wednesday cable ratings: ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ leads, down a lot from ‘People v. O.J.’

The second installment of “American Crime Story” premiered to Wednesday’s top 18-49 rating among cable originals, but it was also down quite a bit …

TV

Ratings: 9-1-1 and SEAL Team Rise, Blacklist No. 100 Hits Audience High

Fox’s <i>9-1-1</i> this Wednesday celebrated its recent Season 2 pick-up by delivering 6.2 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating, up 11 and 20 percent …

TV

With Sinclair Set To Close Mega Deal, Tribune Exec Warns Local TV M&A Risks “Self-Created Problems” — NATPE

Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert began his appearance on a panel at NATPE’s Station Summit by joking that this would likely be his last time …

Entertainment Industry

‘Today’ show gets new executive producer in major overhaul

There’s another major shakeup at the “Today” show.<p>Senior producer Libby Leist has been elevated to the role of executive producer of the show, The …

News Industry

How Fox Is Using the Post-NFC Championship Slot, Its Most Valuable Real Estate in 2018

As broadcast networks roll out new series each season, some of them rely on tried-and-true launching pads on their schedule, usually following their …

TV

TVLine Items: The Tick Renewed for Season 2, Fire and Fury Series and More

<i>The Tick</i> is suiting up for another heroic run.<p>Amazon has renewed the half-hour superhero series for Season 2, to premiere in 2019 on the Prime Video …

TV

Wall Street Has Mixed Response To Word Of Renewed Viacom-CBS Talks

Investor reaction has been mixed this afternoon to renewed speculation that CBS and Viacom are about to recombine.<p>A <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report this …

Entertainment Industry

Sunday cable ratings: ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ spikes, ‘RHOA’ stays at No. 1

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” posted its best ratings in quite a while Sunday. The show drew a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49, up from 0.5 a week …

Real Housewives of Atlanta

NFL playoffs boost CBS and FOX: Week 16 broadcast Top 25 and network rankings

The biggest show on TV for the week of Jan. 8 isn’t in the charts below — FOX’s NFL playoff game between Minnesota and New Orleans didn’t start in …

TV

Sony Pictures Chief Tony Vinciquerra On Merger Scenarios, #MeToo And The Road Back From The Hack — NATPE

Sony Pictures boss Tony Vinciquerra said while he talks regularly with CBS chief Leslie Moonves, the two have not talked specifically about a merger, …

Entertainment Industry

Monday cable ratings: NBA games lead, ‘WWE Raw’ ticks up

It was yet another sports-heavy night of the Monday cable ratings this week, as TNT led the night with its broadcast of the Warriors vs Cavaliers NBA …

Vanderpump Rules

Revival of CBS-Viacom Merger Talk Sows Tension Within Redstone Empire, Again

Chatter about Shari Redstone revving up an effort to recombine Viacom and CBS Corp. is sowing tension within both companies.<p>CBS insiders were aghast …

TV

Cancel Bear vs. ABC, week 16: ‘Inhumans’ looking more like one and done

Here are ABC’s renew/cancel standings for week 16 of the 2017-18 season.<b>Show</b><b>Status</b><b>18-49 rating</b><b>Renew/Cancel Index</b>The MiddleFinal season1.340.64Scandal …

TV

9 Ways Networks and Streaming Rivals Are Fighting Back Against Netflix This Year

The Television Critics Association’s winter press tour comes to a close today, capping 14 days in which approximately 40 broadcast, cable and …

Digital Marketing

Cancel Bear vs. CBS, week 16: ‘SWAT’ is likely to stay on the beat

Here are CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 16 of the 2017-18 season.<b>Show</b><b>Status</b><b>18-49 rating</b><b>Renew/Cancel Index</b>Me, Myself & ICanceled1.00.3Wisdom of …

TV

Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 8-14

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 8-14. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.<p>1. College Football Championship: …

Business

Cancel Bear vs. FOX, week 16: ‘LA to Vegas’ hasn’t charted a clear course yet

Here are FOX’s renew/cancel standings for week 16 of the 2017-18 season.<b>Show</b><b>Status</b><b>18-49 rating</b><b>Renew/Cancel Index</b>The Exorcist (F) (O) …

TV

Saudi Arabia Fund Eyeing Endeavor Stake; May Invest $500M+ In WME Parent

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia is in talks about buying a stake in WME holding company Endeavor. PIF, as the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth …

Entertainment Industry

A CBS-Viacom Merger Is A Tougher Sell Than It Used To Be

In the wake of Walt Disney’s planned $52.4 billion acquisition most of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox and the $85.4 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger, the eyes of the media world are turning to CBS and Viacom.<p>A report in The Wrap last week indicated that the Redstone family is once …

Business

Workshop planned for East Coast women in film, TV industry to combat workplace harassment

An organization representing women in the screen industry in Atlantic Canada is offering a workshop spurred on by the recent Hollywood movement …

Feminism