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‘Undercover Boss’ Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary on CBS

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

During the Mipcom TV market, All3Media Intl. and Variety feted the success of reality show “Undercover Boss” at a party on the Najade, a boat in Cannes harbor. The show, which is produced by Studio Lambert, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on CBS. There are 20 localized versions of the show around the globe, and... Read more

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Primetime Broadcast Ratings Tumble, Even During Premiere Week

October 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Broadcast networks should start putting up a sign: "Watch for falling ratings." Fragmentation—the process of viewers diffusing across cable channels that cater to specific interests, as opposed to being forced to watch All in the Family en masse because it's the only thing on—has been happening for a long time, and the drop-off from DVR happened several years ago. That means there's no real excuse for the continued bleeding on broadcast TV. But there are a few factors to consider, including A) a big chunk of viewers can't get broadcast without cable subscriptions, and cable subs are falling, and B) content is either targeting people who are aging out of what ad salespeople consider the Dollar Demo (18- to 49-year-olds), or for young people joining the demo who simply don't like it. This is not a "There's Nothing Good on Broadcast" article. There's lots of good material on broadcast, including new stuff such as The Flash, Gracepoint, Stalker, Constantine and Black-ish. But when a show hits, which is not often, it hits softer than it did even last year. It is a "Ratings Are Falling Overall" article, even if individual actors—CBS, to get specific—are seeing bumps over last year's performance. So here are the across-the-board averages in the 18 to 49 demo for Premiere Week: NBC—3.0 vs. a 3.1 in 2013 CBS—2.4 vs. a 2.2 in 2013 ABC—2.2 vs.

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The ‘Big Brother’ Winner Is…

September 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Find out who won Season 16 of CBS' "Big Brother," with Cody, Derrick and Victoria vying for the $500,000 prize.

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The ‘Big Brother’ Winner Is…

September 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Find out who won Season 16 of CBS' "Big Brother," with Cody, Derrick and Victoria vying for the $500,000 prize.

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Super Bowl Rematch Tops Nielsen TV Twitter Sports Broadcasts

September 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Super Bowl rematch between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos put CBS Sports on top of Nielsen's TV Twitter ratings in the sports broadcast category last week. But unlike the lopsided NFL championship game, which saw the Hawks steamroll the Broncos, this week's contest was a corker. The Hawks came out on top in a nail-biting overtime win, which did wonders for CBS, giving the network four out of 10 of its football contests in the top 10 Twitter response ratings. The Hawks-Broncos clash lit up the sports Twittersphere with 663,000 unique tweets reaching an audience of 7.2 million Twitter users. Most of the tweets centered on the see-saw battle that saw Denver QB Peyton Manning engineer a last-minute drive that tied the game and forced it into overtime. But the Broncos came up short, 26-20. One viewer had a religious experience. Dear Football gods, Thank you for this Broncos-Seahawks game. — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) Sept. 21, 2014 Another had a "take that" take. The @DenverBroncos give Seattle a taste of their own medicine. Safety. pic.twitter.com/qNvLPiLexK — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) Sept. 21, 2014 And there was this tweet playing on the Broncos' home town. BREAKING: the Broncos are being renamed the Enver Broncos due to the lack of D. #NFL #DENvSEA — Richard David Jordan (@richarddjordan) Sept.

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Equalizer’

September 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice in “The Equalizer,” an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series.

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Jim Parsons Hits the Stratosphere

September 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Honestly, if this keeps up, they’re just going to have to rename the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy the Jim Parsons Award. Last week, the 41-year-old won the prize for a fourth time for his role as Sheldon Cooper, main character on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory . It was a busy August for Parsons. Two weeks earlier, he and his cast mates Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting signed a three-year deal with the show for $1 million per episode each, and more than one observer suggested CBS should be happy to pay so little. (Big Bang returns for Season 8 on Sept. 22.) Jim Parsons was photographed Aug. 27 by Randall Slavin on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles. Parsons in particular is worth it. The sitcom is the most-watched show on broadcast, averaging a 6.2 rating in the dollar demo (the next-most popular show gets a 4.4). It’s also an incredibly valuable rerun, bringing in $2 million per episode for studio Warner Bros. Domestic TV. In many ways, it’s the swan song of the multicamera, laugh-track comedy era, with Parsons’ Sheldon at its center. Parsons, an accomplished stage actor, took time between seasons to play Tommy Boatwright in a revival of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking autobiographical play about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, in 2011, and then again in 2013 to reprise the role for Ryan Murphy’s adaptation for HBO . Over the phone, Parsons is warm and deferential, discussing his career successes the way you’d talk about finding a $50 bill on the ground. But it’s clear after a moment or two of conversation that he’s also a guy who takes nothing for granted. Adweek: You started your career on the stage, and you’ve come back to New York to work in The Normal Heart on Broadway in between seasons. Do you miss that part of your career? Parsons: Yes, without a doubt

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What Did TV CEOs Tell Investors About the Weak Ad Market?

August 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Now that second-quarter earnings are over for the media sector, we can finally take a good look at what senior media company executives actually said on calls to investors when they were in the hot seat at the end of the summer. Here are some of the reasons the market was down... and some of the spin. (If you'd like to check out the calls yourself, they've been helpfully compiled

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What Did TV CEOs Tell Investors About the Weak Ad Market?

August 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Now that second-quarter earnings are over for the media sector, we can finally take a good look at what senior media company executives actually said on calls to investors when they were in the hot seat at the end of the summer. Here are some of the reasons the market was down... and some of the spin. (If you'd like to check out the calls yourself, they've been helpfully compiled

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All of San Francisco Hates NFL Red Zone Advertising

August 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Here's an agreement between The Northern California Toyota Dealers Association and the San Francisco 49ers that seems to have caught viewers’ attention in all the wrong ways: During the team’s first 2014 preseason game on CBS affiliate KPIX last Thursday, computer-generated ads for the car dealers covered the red zone . The graphics appeared when the offense for either the 49ers or their opponents, the Baltimore Ravens, started a down inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. The messages remained onscreen during actual game play. So far it's only on local ads, but locals do not care for it. Other teams have also begun experimenting with red-zone advertising—much to the displeasure of the NFL’s target demo. Deadspin called the campaigns “horrifying,” and SB Nation used bold text and all caps when titling one of these

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