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FX Drama Tyrant Rules Respectable Kingdom of 775K Demo Viewers

June 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Tyrant is off to a reasonable start, if not an earth-shaking one: the drama pulled in a .75 rating, which came out to some 775,000 viewers in the key 18-49 demo. Not bad, with plenty of room to grow—and grow it ought to, because reviews are generally favorable for the new show.

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Diane Sawyer Leaves World News, David Muir Will Anchor

June 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Diane Sawyer is officially stepping down from the leadership of ABC's World News franchise, and David Muir is stepping up. starting Sept. 2, David Muir will become the anchor and managing editor of our flagship broadcast, World News. ABC News president and GMA maestro James Goldston was voluble on the subject of Muir's talents in a memo to staff earlier today. "He was the first American journalist to report from Mogadishu, Somalia on the worst famine of a generation and recently took our viewers into Iran, getting rare access to the streets of Tehran," Goldston wrote. "David has made his reputation reporting from the ground on every big story of recent times, and we know that when the big stories happen, wherever they happen, David will be there for us and our audience." He will continue to anchor 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas. Sawyer, according to the network, continues to work at ABC News where she will "create innovative television specials and events, and, of course, continue to conduct the biggest interviews with the most important and extraordinary people in the world," Goldston wrote. "Starting this summer she will begin to develop these new stories ." Meanwhile, George Stephanopoulos is getting a bump up to chief anchor, driving live coverage. In the position, he'll continue to do a lot of the big stories he's been anchoring in the recent past, while continuing to anchor Good Morning America and This Week. "George is adept at balancing both complex global and public policy questions and deeply personal stories in interviews with numerous luminaries from Vladimir Putin to Angelina Jolie," wrote Goldston. Stephanopoulos will lead the news division into the next two election cycles, as well.

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CBS Finishes Upfront With CPM Increases Lower Than Last Year

June 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This upfront season, it's all over but the shouting for CBS, according to a statement released by the organization itself today. “As we near the finish line, we are very confident that CBS has once again achieved the highest pricing and most total dollars in the upfront marketplace," said a spokesperson in a rare official statement by the network. "Agencies and clients continue to value the strength, stability and delivery that we provide as a pure-play broadcaster, and we are very pleased that in addition to C3, C7 is now playing a meaningful part in our negotiations.” It is unusual for CBS to come out and say that it's more or less done with upfront deals—but as it's the first network to cross the finish line, perhaps that's in order. It also serves to put the market on notice—things are probably going to move more quickly this year than last. The cable market just started to movie this week, as well, with budgets registered at several of the major players and momentum building at Turner, among others. Market activity at broadcast nets NBC, ABC and Fox continues apace, meanwhile, though the latter is having trouble with its slate given that the guy who chose it isn't at the company anymore. Overall, budgets are down, say sources on both sides. Network execs are convinced that brands are "hiding the money" and expect a strong scatter market, but buyers aren't so sure. There's far less confidence in the fall TV slate after a dismal hit-to-miss ratio for new product across the networks, and perennials like CBS' crime franchises and The Big Bang Theory (which has to be a significant factor in CPM maintenance this year) are few and far between. CBS' price increases are said to be in the 5 percent range. Sources familiar with NBC's deals said its increases are going as high as 8 percent. The Peacock is said to be seeking "a correctional year" in which the pricing gap between it and its competitors is closing.

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CBS Finishes Upfront With CPM Increases Lower Than Last Year

June 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This upfront season, it's all over but the shouting for CBS, according to a statement released by the organization itself today. “As we near the finish line, we are very confident that CBS has once again achieved the highest pricing and most total dollars in the upfront marketplace," said a spokesperson in a rare official statement by the network. "Agencies and clients continue to value the strength, stability and delivery that we provide as a pure-play broadcaster, and we are very pleased that in addition to C3, C7 is now playing a meaningful part in our negotiations.” It is unusual for CBS to come out and say that it's more or less done with upfront deals—but as it's the first network to cross the finish line, perhaps that's in order. It also serves to put the market on notice—things are probably going to move more quickly this year than last. The cable market just started to movie this week, as well, with budgets registered at several of the major players and momentum building at Turner, among others.

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Fox Won’t Even Burn Off Its Last Episodes of Us & Them

June 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

That's a wrap for Us & Them, a remake of popular British sitcom Gavin & Stacey. A Fox spokesperson confirmed that the show had been canceled for some time, though Vulture broke the news of its total absence from the airwaves earlier . (It was widely known that the show's already-skimpy 13-episode order was being downgraded to six.) The disclosure that the network won't even air the completed episodes of the show is suprising, given that the series previously had been slated to air this summer. In the wake of Fox chief Kevin Reilly's departure, there are plenty of questions about the slate that the executive had backed before leaving. Fox is writing upfront deals but ad buyers have described the process as more difficult than if Reilly was still in charge. Gavin & Stacey had managed to wrangle some good notices from critics for its likable leads—Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel—and goofy supporting cast. So, in that context, the cancellation is surprising. But now there's a prefab comedy out there from Sony just waiting for somebody to pick it up. Hey, DCNF participants, remember how you were all talking about how you'd be investing a ton in premium content this year?

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Netflix Will Stop Telling Customers Verizon Is Making Their Movies Load Slower

June 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix said Monday it would comply with Verizon's cease-and-desist letter, sent to both the general public and Netflix general counsel David Hyman from Verizon general counsel Randal S. Milch. The letter's complaints against Netflix were that the streaming service was misrepresenting the "many different factors that affect traffic on the Internet," including the controversy over whether or not Verizon is obliged to provide free access to its network based on user preference. In response, Netflix said that as part of a "transparency campaign" to tell users when the network they were using was choking Netflix content, "we started a small scale test in early May that lets consumers know, while they’re watching Netflix, that their experience is degraded due to a lack of capacity into their broadband provider’s network. "We are testing this across the U.S. wherever there is significant and persistent network congestion," the company said in a blog post bylined to communications vp Joris Evers. "This test is scheduled to end on June 16. We will evaluate rolling it out more broadly." While this is sort of a non-denial-denial—we don't admit that what we're doing is wrong but coincidentally, we're going to stop doing it—on the heels of the Verizon C&D letter, it comes with yet another dig at Verizon: a post from the company's ISP speed ranker, a fascinating tool you can check out yourself here . With the new site, which appears to dynamically measure average bandwidth—that's actual bandwidth, not advertised bandwidth—you can see that Netflix's data streams a lot slower from Verizon's DSL service (which is definitely incredibly slow), but you can also see, among other things, that the U.S. has some of the slowest streaming speeds in the developed world, below every European country except Ireland and lagging behind much poorer countries elsewhere in the Americas like Mexico and Brazil.

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Game of Thrones Is the Most Popular Show on HBO, Ever

June 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The adventures of Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (among other characters, most of whom are probably dead now) have officially beaten out another HBO series with a lot of sudden deaths: The Sopranos. HBO confirmed that the series now boasts an average gross viewership (bear in mind that's across multiple airings of each show) of 18.4 million viewers, edging out Tony and Carmella's 18.2 million average. The show is such a ratings juggernaut that it's sapping a huge number of viewers from the ratings pool on Sunday evenings—and it's not just linear viewership, either. Without advertisements to deliver, HBO has been free to launch an app that now shows its original programs simultaneously with the linear broadcast. This has been great for the network's visibility but not as great for its servers, which crashed earlier this season when record viewer numbers flooded the app to find out who was next up for a beheading. It's also the most pirated show on television, according to peer-to-peer news site TorrentFreak , but as far as Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes is concerned, that's a great thing . "That's better than an Emmy," he blithely told an analyst who informed him of the stat on an earnings call. Game of Thrones was recently renewed for not just a fifth season but a sixth as well . This

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It’s Official: ‘Game of Thrones’ is HBO’s Most Popular Series Ever

June 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Game of Thrones” has whacked “The Sopranos” off its ratings perch. As the fantasy drama nears the end of its fourth season, HBO reports that “Game of Thrones” is now the most popular series in the network’s history. Episodes of the show, which first air on Sunday nights, have an average gross audience of 18.4... Read more

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The Next Aaron Spelling? Showrunner Shonda Rhimes Is ABC’s Queen of Prime Time

June 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The pilot of then-unknown hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy was nearly complete in early 2005, but some real heavy lifting remained. Shonda Rhimes, a screenwriter who was taking her first stab at creating a television series, needed to put together synopses of the next eight episodes, telling executives at ABC just where the soapy, hospital-based drama intended to go in the near future. James Parriott, a veteran showrunner who’d been brought in to help steer the ship, offered to take half the workload. They only had a weekend to finish, he remembers, which would’ve been a tall order even for a seasoned TV writer.

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Networks Will Write Discounted C7 Deals, but Not Everyone’s Biting

June 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Even with Kevin Reilly out at the News Corp broadcaster and ratings declines from an aging American Idol, Fox has managed to score a serious deal: GroupM, arguably the biggest media agency network, is buying C7 guarantees. GroupM didn't respond immediately to requests for comment, but one of the networks is said to be dangling a 3 percent pricing discount in front of agencies that will agree to C7 guarantees. It hasn't even been that long since the networks started selling C3—the shift to C7 is something buyers have long resisted, given the length of time it takes to process the data and the need for immediate returns on ads such as movie trailers. With C7 guarantees, you may see that your ad was delivered, but if your ad was delivered on unskippable VOD on Tuesday and your movie opened on Friday, it's probably not a great feeling to shell out cash for that delivery. And GroupM does represent Paramount Pictures among many other big-name clients including Unilever and AT&T. It's a gamble (and probably not a gamble the media agency is taking on all of its clients), but it's one head buyer Rino Scanzoni has said he's comfortable with as recently as three weeks ago. "It all comes down to economics," Scanzoni told the Wall Street Journal . "Clients are obviously getting that audience when people play back their programs post-three days; if they’re not fast-forwarding the commercials, that exposure exists. Ultimately I do see the business going onto a C7 metric because as we try to drive the business to a cross-platform metric, you probably need a longer time frame than the C3 window to optimize that. We will eventually be going there. It’s a matter of working out the economics initially to make the transition one that’s acceptable to both sides." So let the message go forth: The economics are acceptable at the moment

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