The Walking Dead Ate the Face off Everything on Broadcast This Season So Far

October 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Walking Dead is back, and with it, viewers in the dollar demo. Broadcast watchers have stayed away in droves this season. But with the dead resurrected yet again, everyone who loves TV stayed home Sunday night to see what would happen to Rick and the gang during "No Sanctuary," the huge premiere episode for the fifth season of the show. (It involved face-eating. Also fire.) Oh yeah, and the ratings? An 8.7 in the demo with 17.3 million total viewers tuning in (in actual people, that 8.7 works out to 11 million 18- to 49-year-olds). The series was already the biggest show on TV; now it's the biggest show on TV in a walk, with declines for Duck Dynasty. FX is also doing very well with American Horror Story, and of course HBO's various projects, but the latter aren't ad-supported. October's crop of scary stuff is clearly resonating a lot more strongly with viewers than anything else on the dial. We outlined earlier today

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2014 Hot List Finalists: TV

October 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Hottest Show of the Year The Blacklist (NBC) Fargo (FX) Game of Thrones (HBO) Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) Outlander (Starz) Scandal (ABC) The Walking Dead (AMC) Hottest Guilty Pleasure American Horror Story (FX) The Bachelorette (ABC) Southern Charm (Bravo) Hottest Comedy Archer (FX) The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) Silicon Valley (HBO) Hottest Drama/Thriller The Blacklist (NBC) Homeland (Showtime) Orphan Black (BBC America) Transparent (Amazon) True Detective (HBO) The Walking Dead (AMC) Hottest Reality/Competition Series American Ninja Warrior (NBC) Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) The Voice (NBC) Hottest Late-Night Host Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show (NBC) John Oliver, Last Week Tonight (HBO) Hottest Network in Prime Time CBS FX HBO Hottest Comedy Network Adult Swim Comedy Central FX Hottest Drama Network BBC America AMC HBO Hottest Sports Network ESPN TBS/TNT Fox Sports 1 Hottest News Network Al Jazeera America CNN Fox News Channel Hottest Family Network ABC Family The Disney Channel Nickelodeon Hottest Show on Social Media Cosmos (Fox) Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) WWE Monday Night Raw (USA) Hottest Kids Show Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) Gravity Falls (The Disney Channel) My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (The Hub) Hottest Import Attack on Titan (Adult Swim) Downton Abbey (PBS) Orphan Black (BBC America) Hottest Movie/Miniseries Behind the Candelabra (HBO) The Normal Heart (HBO) Sharknado 2: The Second One (Syfy)

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US TV Networks Seek to Grow By Expanding Internationally

October 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On the eve of network TV executives’ annual pilgrimage this week to Cannes, France, for the global programming bazaar known as Mipcom , Viacom announced last Wednesday it will launch men’s channel Spike in the U.K. this spring—with plans for a wider international rollout. Viacom already has a global foothold for a number of its brands. The group, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is distributed to 200 countries in 37 languages and has grown steadily. Overseas operations have experienced revenue percentage growth in the mid to high teens annually over the last five years, reports Bob Bakish, president, CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. That growth looks even more impressive, given that Viacom overall will experience a 0.4 percent revenue dip in fiscal 2014, to about $13.7 billion, reports S&P Capital IQ. “The growth opportunities are greater in other parts of the world because the U.S. market is more mature,” explained John Sanders, a principal of the media valuation and consulting firm Bond & Pecaro. “Anyone who would ignore that would do so at their own peril.” And Mipcom is where content buying and selling achieves critical mass. Of course, deals are struck year-round.

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Constantine, Rick and Morty and a New Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon at NYCC

October 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Where do people in sexy stormtrooper regalia go to hear an improvised table read by the cast of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty? That's correct, the New York City Comic Con at the Javits Center. Friday saw some honest-to-goodness news break out of the event, namely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a TV series next year as a cartoon on ad-supported Disney XD. Disney put up a preview of the anime-style cartoon as soon

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Constantine, Rick and Morty and a New Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon at NYCC

October 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Where do people in sexy stormtrooper regalia go to hear an improvised table read by the cast of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty? That's correct, the New York City Comic Con at the Javits Center. Friday saw some honest-to-goodness news break out of the event, namely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a TV series next year as a cartoon on ad-supported Disney XD. Disney put up a preview of the anime-style cartoon as soon

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The 25 Best GIFs of America’s Funniest Home Videos, as Selected by Imgur

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Before there was YouTube, there was America's Funniest Home Videos—the place you turned for weekly video proof that Americans are the most clumsy, self-injurious and downright idiotic species of human ever to walk the planet (or fall down trying). Now celebrating its 25th year on ABC, AFV (produced by Vin Di Bona Productions) continues to evolve for the digital era by partnering with Imgur, masters of the Internet GIF, to take every pratfall, pet trick and crotch kick well beyond the TV screen. Under the new partnership, Imgur will take memorable moments from classic and current episodes of AFV and turn them into looping GIFs. It's a fun way for the original user-generated content brand to leave a bigger mark in social. The deal kicks off with the very amusing GIF collection below—the 25 best AFV GIFs. Some are better than others, but the walking dog and the waterslide guy are absolute classics.

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Can MTV and Adam Levine Get Millennials to Hang Out at Applebee’s?

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Applebee's will launch a multi-month sponsorship with MTV on Monday to connect young consumers with popular bands—starting with Maroon 5. And the restaurant hopes the move will bolster its image as the go-to nightlife place for of-the-drinking-age millennials. Under the Ultimate Fan Experience franchise, MTV will develop promotions and contests for 10 artists, which will be sponsored by Applebee's. Next week, branded spots across all of MTV’s properties—including TV, online, social, app and mobile Web—will drive viewers to UFE.MTV.com, where they can enter a contest for a chance to win a trip to a Maroon 5 concert in Nashville.

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Infographic: The Evolution of TV Over the Last 20 Years

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While the storytelling medium of a television show may not have changed much, the way people tune in to their favorite programs has. Just 20 years ago, the patent for the first Internet-connected TV was filed in France. This year, more than 110 million U.S. adults watch a digital program using a connected TV. "Over the span of just 20 years, the experience of watching TV and the business of advertising on TV have changed significantly," Videology CEO Scott Ferber said. "This year,

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Adweek’s Top 5 Commercials of the Week: Oct. 3-10

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This week's collection of best spots had a few daring and dramatic entries. But it was the comic spots that really stood out—thanks to Sarah Silverman and Rowan Atkinson. Check out our five picks below, and vote for your favorite.

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YouTube Stars Just Aren’t Themselves in New Sour Patch Kids Video Series

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sour Patch Kids candy will launch its new "Breaking Out" video series today, and it's being billed as the first branded show to cast a group of YouTube stars as scripted characters. The six-part series is part of the snack brand giant Mondelez International's goal to move 10 percent of its global advertising spend to online video , including a one-year deal with Google. As part of its investment, Sour Patch Kids is working with YouTube network Fullscreen

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