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4 Burning Questions About CBS’ New NFL Package

February 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In securing the rights to the National Football League’s new Thursday night franchise , CBS effectively pulled the rug out from under its broadcast competition. While it’s no secret that NBC has been having a rough time of it on the crucial night, Fox isn’t faring all that well on fall Thursdays, either. (While its 8 p.m. time slot remains a quandary, ABC’s battery of the indefatigable Grey’s Anatomy and the smash hit Scandal make it bulletproof, especially among female viewers.) Those who were absolutely convinced that NBC would spend its way to a rights win remain perplexed by how the Peacock let itself get outflanked by CBS. But according to sources with insight into the auction, CBS’ offer, which was estimated to be around $275 million, actually did not overshadow its rivals—in fact, one suitor suggests that NBC’s bid was the highest of the five. Instead, the network’s dominance on Thursday nights and its willingness to shoulder the load on the production costs for all 16 games (this includes the eight telecasts that will run on NFL Network in the second half of the season) gave CBS the edge. And while the impact of erecting another broadcast NFL tent pole will be significant, CBS faces some uncertainty as it plans its fall schedule. Here are five of the biggest questions facing the network as of today: 1) What’s going to happen to The Big Bang Theory? It’s a ratings monster and generates tremendous amounts of ad sales revenue , but the endearingly nerdy sitcom’s 8 p.m. start time is likely to overlap CBS’ pre-game show. (NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football games kick off at 8:29 p.m. ET.) So, while CBS could just as soon bench The Big Bang Theory until Nov. 6, it’s more likely to shift the show to Monday night in the slot currently occupied by the departing How I Met Your Mother

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John Cusack Wall Street Drama Among CBS Pilot Orders

February 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A “Wolf of Wall Street” for the small screen and a soapy medical drama about quadruplet siblings who are former reality TV stars make up CBS’s latest pilot orders. The first, an untitled drama that comes from executive producers Taylor Elmore, Ben Cavell, John Cusack, Kevin McCabe, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly for CBS Television Studios,... Read more

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Insiders Say NBC Has the Best Chance at Getting the NFL’s Thursday Night Package

January 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The National Football League is poring over a handful of formal offers for a new Thursday night TV package, and sources with skin in the game believe the top bidder will be revealed within the next seven to 10 days. While the bids are effectively sealed, insiders say NBC has the best shot at landing the single-season showcase. Submissions from current rights holders CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN are in hand, as is an offer from former NFL partner Turner Sports. (TNT carried a slate of eight September-October NFL games from 1990-97.) Handicappers last week said that NBC likely has the upper hand in the silent auction, given its oft-demonstrated willingness to outbid rivals for high-profile sports rights and a pressing need to repair the sucking chest wound that is its Thursday night programming lineup. “ [NBC] spent $2 billion on the NHL and another four and change on the Olympics ,” said one rival sports executive. “They outbid ESPN and Fox by $1 billion to hang onto the Olympics for another 10 years, so why wouldn’t they dig deep [for a second NFL package]?” NBC Sports is staying mum on its Thursday night prospects, but network chief Bob Greenblatt has endorsed the proposal. “We’d love to have more NFL games,” the NBC entertainment chairman said during last week’s Television Critics Association gathering. “Thursday night games might be really interesting to us.” A second night of NFL games also would go a long way toward alleviating the pressure on the Peacock’s Thursday comedy lineup, which is currently averaging a miserly 1.1 in the adults 18-49 demo. While NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football is the league’s lowest-rated package, the 2.8 it delivered this season would be nothing short of a godsend for NBC. Sources said the NFL was hoping to scare up between $750 million and $800 million for the slate, although plans to simulcast a number of the games on NFL Net are likely to drive the price down. (The addition of five TNF telecasts allowed the network to boost its affiliate fee to $1.34 per sub per month, making it the second priciest channel on the dial. Removing games would violate the terms of NFL Net’s carriage agreements.) Naturally, the NFL isn’t looking to beef up revenues at the expense of its own network. “For the foreseeable future, we’ll have 13 games,” NFL Media COO Brian Rolapp told Adweek before the start of the 2012 season. “There are no plans to put those on and take those off.” Unless Fox comes away with the new slate, expect the NFL to keep the winning bid under wraps until after the Super Bowl (Feb. 2).

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Sleepy Hollow Goes Out on a High Note, The Blacklist Continues to Slip

January 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox’s freshman hit Sleepy Hollow wrapped its first season in grand fashion, drawing its biggest ratings in months with a two-part cliffhanger finale. According to Nielsen fast national data, the supersized Sleepy Hollow averaged 6.93 million viewers and a 2.3 in the adults 18-49 demo, marking its strongest showing since mid-November. The first hour of the finale scared up 6.84 million viewers and a 2.2 rating, while the second segment averaged 7.03 million viewers and a 2.4 in the dollar demo. Sleepy ’s deliveries peaked in the 9:30-10 p.m. slot, averaging 7.24 million viewers and a 2.4 rating. All told, Sleepy’s first season averaged 7.5 million viewers and a 2.6 rating. At present, the supernatural drama stands as the No. 3 new broadcast series, trailing only NBC’s The Blacklist (3.0) and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.7). Speaking of The Blacklist, the James Spader procedural took another tumble Monday night, its second without having The Voice as its lead-in. The 10 p.m. drama fell to a series-low 2.3 in the demo, as back-to-back episodes of Hollywood Game Night could muster only a 1.3 and a 1.5 in the first two hours of prime. By way of comparison, the 13 Monday night episodes of The Voice averaged a 4.0 in the demo, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day estimates. Across the dial on CBS, the third installment of Intelligence showed no improvement over last week’s disappointing time slot premiere . The Josh Holloway sci-fi/action series averaged just 5.59 million viewers and a 1.1 in the 18-49 demo, down one-tenth of a ratings point from its previous delivery. Given the moribund numbers put up by Intelligence and its predecessor, the limited series Hostages —during its 15-episode lifespan, the show averaged 5.16 million viewers and a 1.2 rating—CBS has a real conundrum on its hands. While the network hasn’t indicated that it was ready to cut and run on its newest drama, the option of sliding Hawaii Five-0 back into its former time slot is starting to look increasingly attractive

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Voiceless Blacklist Drops, Intelligence Plummets

January 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The return of NBC’s The Blacklist on Monday was undermined somewhat by a softer lead-in, but the season’s No. 1 new series still managed to dominate the 10 p.m. time slot. According to Nielsen fast national data, the James Spader procedural delivered 9.11 million viewers and a series-low 2.5 in the adults 18-49 demo, marking a 22 percent drop from its most recent original broadcast (3.2). The Blacklist had been on a six-week hiatus before it returned last night with its 11th episode. Until Monday’s return engagement, The Blacklist had only dipped below a 3.0 in the demo once before, notching a 2.9 rating on Nov. 4. Although NBC heavily promoted the thriller’s return, the ratings decline was not wholly unexpected, given that The Voice is no longer buttressing The Blacklist’s numbers from 8-10 p.m. Broadcast’s No. 3 show returns for its sixth cycle on Tuesday, Feb. 24, the day after NBC wraps its coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics. If The Blacklist’s deliveries were watered down by a weak lead-in—a special installment of America Ninja Warriors drew a 1.9 in the demo, whereas The Voice’s Monday Night show averaged a 4.0—CBS seems to have lost its footing entirely in the hour. After bowing to 16.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in a special Tuesday night post-NCIS premiere, the new sci-fi drama Intelligence took it on the chin in its regular time slot. Per Nielsen, the Josh Holloway vehicle averaged just 6.11 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down 54 percent from its opener

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Community Earns Low Grades, The Assets Is D.O.A.

January 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It was a case of feast or famine on the first night back after broadcast’s long holiday hiatus, as CBS’ Thursday night comedy lineup put up big numbers, while premieres on NBC and ABC went largely ignored. According to Nielsen fast national data, The Big Bang Theory put on its usual steamroller performance at 8 p.m., drawing 18.9 million viewers and a 5.3 in the adults 18-49 demo, marking the show’s third highest-rated episode of the season. In so doing, the CBS sitcom obliterated NBC’s returning Community, which delivered just 3.74 million viewers and a 1.3 in the demo in head-to-head competition. The return of prodigal showrunner Dan Harmon did little to boost Community’s Six Seasons and a Movie prospects, as the premiere was down 32 percent from last year’s opener (1.9), although it did tie time slot predecessor Parks and Recreation’s opening delivery for the 2013-14 campaign. A second all-new installment of Community fared no better, eking out a 1.2 in the dollar demo against a fresh episode of CBS’ The Millers (2.9, up 12 percent from its most recent first-run broadcast on Dec. 12). NBC’s Thursday night woes became even more pronounced as the night wore on, as freshman comedies Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show returned to their lowest ratings to date. Both drew a 0.8 in the demo. At 9 p.m., CBS’ Robin Williams vehicle, The Crazy Ones , delivered a 2.0 in the 18-49 demo, up one tenth of a ratings point from its most recent original broadcast.

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether to Take Aereo Case Jan. 10

January 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Supreme Court may decide Jan. 10 whether to review broadcasters' case against Aereo. After the court meets on that day, it will announce days later whether it will put the case on its docket for 2014. Broadcasters, including TV owners Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal, Fox, Univision, Public Broadcasting Service, and Tribune, petitioned the Supreme Court to review their copyright infringement case against Aereo in October.

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FCC Complaints Never Fail to Disappoint

January 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

CBS may clean up with its prime-time comedies, but if the volume of complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission is any indication, many Americans would like to wash the network’s mouth out with soap. According to documents unearthed by the Government Attic website via the Freedom of Information Act, the CBS comedies 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men have generated reams of informal FCC complaints, the majority of which have to do with viewers’ concerns with sexual innuendo and coarse language. Between Sept. 2011 and Dec. 2013, 2 Broke Girls was the subject of at least 91 informal complaints to the FCC , while Two and a Half Men, over a four-year span (2009-2013), garnered 98 complaints. While much of the criticism is justified—both prime-time series traffic in crude, single-entendre jokes about genitalia and their various manipulations/intersections—some of the written communiqu

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Scramble Leaves A&E With Egg On Its Face

December 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A&E put itself between a “Duck” and a hard place. And having backtracked from its temporary lack of quack, let the public-relations scrambling begin. The network might have acted precipitously in suspending Phil Robertson for his inflammatory remarks regarding gays (and equally insensitive ones about African-Americans in the Jim Crow-era South), but it clearly didn’t... Read more

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Media Stocks See ‘Wolf of Wall Street’-Like Rise in 2013

December 27, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Media stocks enjoyed a heady run in the bull market of 2013. Shares of most major congloms closed out the last full week of the year at or near 52-week highs. Netflix regained its platinum-plated status, thanks to solid subscriber growth and a generally warm reception to the company’s first slate of original programs. CBS... Read more

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