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NBC and BuzzFeed Will Replace 30 Minutes of Commercials With Branded Content

February 26, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When BuzzFeed announced Thursday it had hired its first executive creative producer to start ramping up content for brands , we didn't think the results would come this quickly. In its first sales partnership since NBCUniversal's $200 million investment , the BuzzFeed creative team has developed branded content for American Express that will replace about 30 minutes of national ad spots during prime time Monday. The Leap Day stunt is no small feat considering a typical hour of prime time has around 16 minutes of commercial time. The stunt will begin on the Today show and continue into prime time during the return of Blindspot and The Voice. The campaign culminates on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Some of the content features Today hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, a mini-documentary of The Voice's Season 9 winner Jordan Smith, and the cast and creator of Blindspot discussing fan theories. "We're partnering with NBCUniversal in this first-of-its-kind campaign to provide viewers with relevant, exciting content across broadcast, digital and streaming properties to reinforce our message: American Express gives you more," said Joe Bihlmier, vp, global media at American Express. "This campaign also aligns with our customer-centric approach to add more value for our customers where we know they are," he said. Along with TV spots, BuzzFeed will create shareable content for social that will live on BuzzFeed and the participating shows' websites and social media channels. The multiplatform partnership will continue through Thursday across NBC's digital platforms, including over-the-top apps.

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Why the Oscars Should End Up Being the Year’s Most-Watched Entertainment Program

February 26, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Between the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Leonardo DiCaprio's relentless marketing push for an Oscar and what host Chris Rock has to say about all of it, Sunday's Oscars ratings are even harder to predict than usual. But no matter what happens, ABC's telecast will likely be the most-watched entertainment program of the year, again. While Super Bowl ratings have steadily risen over the years , Oscars ratings have fluctuated wildly over the past two decades from as few as 32 million total viewers in 2008 to more than 55 million in 1998. But even during its down years, the telecast has consistently drawn one of the year's biggest TV audiences. The 2015 ceremony, which was watched by 37.3 million total viewers, was the lowest-rated Oscars telecast since 2011 but still ranked as the No. 4 most-watched program and the No. 1 entertainment program of 2015. Only a trio of NFL telecasts—the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl postgame show and the AFC Championship Game—had larger audiences last year. That's why the Academy Awards are still an all-star destination for advertisers . The average cost of a 30-second ad during Sunday's Oscars telecast is between $1.9 million and $2 million, according to Kantar Media

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To Keep Children Engaged During Prime Time, PBS Will Launch a 24/7 Kids Network

February 23, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Viewers might have wondered if PBS was rethinking its commitment to children's programming after it allowed HBO to snap up Sesame Street last summer. But today the network announced a big play to keep kids watching its shows around the clock. Later this year, the network will launch a free, 24-hour network for children's programming called PBS Kids. This will let children watch during prime time and other hours when PBS doesn't air kid-centric content. The channel will be available as a digital subchannel on PBS stations nationwide (joining other PBS digital subchannels like Create and World). The network will also stream it online at pbskids.org and via the PBS Kids Video app, which is available on iOS and Android devices, as well as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV and Xbox One. The livestream will join the on-demand full episodes and clips that are currently available on the app and online. PBS will continue to air its PBS Kids programming blocks on the primary network during the morning and afternoon. "Parents know that PBS Kids makes a difference in their children's lives, which is why so many have said they would value having access to our content throughout the day. Television continues to be the most widely used platform for children's educational content, especially among low-income families," said Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO, in a statement.

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CBS Evening News Anchor Scott Pelley’s Office Is Like a Floating Museum

February 23, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When Scott Pelley assumed the role of CBS Evening News anchor in 2011, he'd had a long and storied career of reporting from war zones, refugee camps and even campaign trails. So when he moved into his office overlooking the CBS newsroom, Pelley filled the space with items that remind him of and pay homage to his career at CBS. Above all else, however, his office is a working space for the team responsible for Evening News' soaring ratings. "I think of my office as a meeting place for our correspondents, producers and staff," Pelley said. "We pull up the chairs around the round table in the middle and talk about writing, reporting and the direction of our coverage. The office has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the newsroom one floor below. I always keep the drapes pulled fully back so everyone can spot me and know that my door is open. We're hyper-collaborative.

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CBS Is Ready to Cash In on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke

February 16, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In late night, digital success has become almost as important as linear ratings, and by that measure, The Late Late Show with James Corden is the daypart's new king. On Feb. 9, less than four weeks after its debut, the CBS host's Carpool Karaoke video with Adele has become the most-watched late-night YouTube video of all time, with 68.1 million views and counting, vaulting Corden ahead of the two prior digital masters of their late-night domains: Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. In just 10 months, Carpool Karaoke, in which Corden drives around with some of music's biggest names as they sing along to their most iconic tunes, has become a viral sensation, racking up staggering numbers for videos with Justin Bieber (59.6 million), One Direction (41 million) and Iggy Azalea (24.8 million). Building a healthy digital presence was a big part of the Late Late Show's plan from the beginning, given that few U.S. viewers knew the British host prior to his debut last March. "We wanted to make good content for television, but the thing we have least control over is ratings. The thing we have slightly more control over is relevance. The digital world is where you can make your relevance felt," said executive producer Rob Crabbe. "If you're making good content for 12:37 a.m., it should be good content at 12:37 p.m. when you're eating lunch at your desk

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Super Bowl 50 Breaks Streaming Record for the Big Game but Doesn’t Match Yahoo’s NFL Livestream

February 8, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Super Bowl 50 was the most-streamed Super Bowl game ever, but it didn't break the NFL's own livestreaming record. As it announced this year's Super Bowl audience— 111.9 million, the third highest in Super Bowl history —CBS said its livestream of Sunday's game averaged 1.4 million viewers per minute. That represents a Super Bowl record for livestreaming. The 2015 game averaged 800,000 per minute for NBC. Fox's stream averaged 528,000 viewers in 2014, while CBS had 508,000 in 2013. NBC drew 346,000 viewers for the first livestream of a Super Bowl in 2012. However, the 1.4 million average was less than the audience Yahoo drew in October for the first exclusive livestream of an NFL game, which unlike the Super Bowl was not available on TV. An average of 2.36 million people worldwide—1.64 million of those in the U.S.—streamed the Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars game, which took place in London. CBS said 3.96 million unique viewers watched Super Bowl 50 across all devices, including CBSSports.com on PCs and tablets; the CBS Sports app for iPad, Android, Windows 10, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xbox One; and NFL Mobile from Verizon

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In Final Days Before the Super Bowl, CBS Is Still Finishing Up Its In-Game Ad Sales

February 4, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Super Bowl 50 is only days away, but it's not too late for an advertiser to squeak into the game. CBS is still speaking with marketers about 30-second spots and might not finish those talks until hours before kickoff. "We're almost to the finish line," said Jo Ann Ross, CBS president of network sales. "We might have a two-point conversion coming soon." The last-minute strategy is part of Les Moonves' plan to wring the most money out of the network's Super Bowl ads, which sold for as much as $5 million per 30-second spot. In December, Moonves— who was named CBS Corp. chairman Wednesday, replacing Sumner Redstone —told investors that the network was holding back a few of its 30-second Super Bowl spots so it could sell them in the days before the game to advertisers who were desperate to get into the telecast. While "we could close it out tomorrow if we wanted," Moonves said at the time, the network was looking to fetch "north of $5 million a spot" shortly before Super Bowl Sunday.

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Les Moonves Is Named Chairman of CBS, Replacing Sumner Redstone

February 3, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Les Moonves, CBS Corp.'s CEO and president, has been named chairman of the company. He replaces the ailing Sumner Redstone, who resigned Tuesday as executive chairman, but will remain as chairman emeritus. Moonves, who joined CBS in 1995 as CBS Entertainment president, was unanimously elected by the CBS board after being nominated by Shari Redstone, Sumner Redstone's daughter and vice chair of the board. Moonves will continue on as CEO and president. Redstone, who is 92, also served as executive chairman of Viacom (when CBS and Viacom split in 2005, he was chairman of both companies), but there is no word yet about his future at that company. UPDATE: "The Viacom board of directors is scheduled to meet tomorrow," Viacom said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon

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How Jon Stewart Is Still Making an Impact on Late-Night TV

February 2, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If you're lamenting Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show last August and wishing he was still a presence in late night, your wish has come true. In the end, Stewart's late-night hiatus didn't even last a month: the former host has been an important force on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he serves as one of the show's four executive producers, Colbert told Adweek during his interview for this week's cover story . While Stewart's inclusion as a Late Show executive producer was a surprise reveal on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Sept. 8 debut , his exact role on the show had remained unclear, until now. Colbert said Stewart has been a part of his Late Show plans since April 10, 2014, when CBS first revealed that Colbert would leave The Colbert Report and take over the show after David Letterman's retirement. "The minute it was announced that I was going to be the new host, that day, he called me up to congratulate me and I said, 'Thank you. Would you come help with the show and be an executive producer?'" said Colbert. "I had many motivations for that. One is I'm very grateful to Jon for everything I learned from him at The Daily Show and for him putting his weight behind my last show [The Colbert Report] getting on the air and helping us with that show. I wouldn't have this position if it hadn't been for what Jon did for me. So on one level it's gratitude and loyalty to Jon," said Colbert. "But on another level, he's been immensely helpful, because he's also a real consultant. As a matter of fact, the reason this interview started late is that I have not had a moment for him to download his thoughts to me. We were talking about ways to open up the show, how to make it more play, less planned

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Grease Live Draws 12.2 Million Viewers, Making Fox’s First Live Musical a Hit

February 1, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox has chills, and they're multiplying. That's because Grease Live, the network's first foray into the live musical genre that NBC has owned since 2013, was a huge success for the network Sunday night. Grease Live attracted 12.2 million viewers and a 4.3 rating among adults ages 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. That tops the 11.5 million viewers and 3.4 demo rating for NBC's The Wiz Live in December and comes close to the numbers for NBC's biggest live musical: 2013's The Sound of Music Live, which drew 18.6 million total viewers and a 4.6 rating in the demo. The show was particularly strong among younger viewers, with a 3.7 rating in adults 18-34 and teens. The teen rating was 23 percent higher than Sound of Music's numbers, Fox noted. (While the network has stopped reporting live-plus-same-day ratings , it makes exceptions for live events like Grease.) The ratings are also good news for Coca-Cola, which sponsored Grease Live with period-appropriate integrations and also ran three spots during the show. Grease Live's success is one last win for former Fox chief Kevin Reilly, who green-lit the musical in April 2014, less than two months before he stepped down. "The truth is, Grease was ordered before we came to the network. We were thrilled with it and embraced it," Gary Newman, co-CEO and co-chairman of Fox Television Studios, told Adweek last month. While there were plenty of questions leading up to last night's musical—How would the rainstorm pelting Los Angeles impact the show, part of which was set on the Warner Bros. backlot? Would Vanessa Hudgens, who played Rizzo, be able to carry on after the tragic death of her father a day earlier?—audiences were most dazzled by the technical wizardry of director Thomas Kail, who also helmed the Broadway sensation Hamilton. The show had 1.2 million tweets, with the most-tweeted minute occurring at 8:31 p.m. ET, after Boyz II Men sang "Beauty School Dropout." The most TiVo'd moment came at 9:26 p.m., when Sandy (played by Julianne Hough) stands up for Rizzo, who sings "There are Worse Things I Could Do." In addition to Kail's euphoric camera work, the show was given an energy boost by the inclusion of a live audience, which have not been a part of NBC's musicals. "It's just one of the ideas we are doing to sort of burst open the genre of a live television musical," said executive producer Marc Platt. The production took over two soundstages and half of the Warner Bros. backlot, where the finale's carnival scene took place

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