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NBCUniversal Strikes Gold With Megawatt Olympics Deal

May 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a surprise development, the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced that NBCUniversal has secured the media rights to the Olympic Games through 2032. The agreement, which covers broadcast rights across all media platforms, runs from 2021 to 2032 and is valued at $7.65 billion, plus an additional $100 million signing bonus “to be used for the promotion of Olympism and the Olympic values between 2015 and 2020,” an IOC spokesperson said. NBCU now has the rights to the next nine Olympics nailed down, winter and summer. The deal came as a major surprise on the week before the broadcast upfront presentations, as rival media outlets appeared to have been unaware that negotiations were in the works.

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Decent Turnout for 24: Live Another Day

May 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Jack Bauer’s return to prime time was met with a reception that hovered somewhere between a bang and a whimper. Per Nielsen time zone-adjusted ratings, the premiere of Fox’s limited series 24: Live Another Day delivered 8.1 million viewers and a 2.6 in the adults 18-49 demo, and while that paled in comparison to the 3.8 rating generated by the Season 8 opener, it was still a strong enough showing to make this one of the biggest launches of the 2013-14. The 24 refresh now stands as the season’s fourth highest-rated drama debut, trailing only Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (4.7),

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Fox is Batty for Gotham

May 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fire up the Bat Signal, Chief O’Hara, because Fox officially has ordered Gotham to series. Based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and produced by Warner Bros. Television, Gotham functions as a serialized origin story of Batman supervillians like

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Game of Thrones Sets Another Ratings Record

April 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Whether they’re going up against zombies or dragons, the broadcast networks can’t seem to catch a break in the Sunday night 9 p.m. slot. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, last night’s installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones scared up a staggering 6.9 million viewers, breaking the previous record (6.64 million) it set during the April 6 season premiere . Titled “Oathkeeper,” the episode averaged a 3.7 in the adults 18-49 demo, up one-tenth of a ratings point from the season opener’s 3.6 rating. All told, Game of Thrones beat CBS, NBC and Fox combined in the demo. The uptick in Thrones’ deliveries—last night’s show was up 5 percent versus the April 20 telecast—coincided with another weak performance by the Big Four. ABC’s Resurrection dropped another 10 percent in the demo, notching a series-low 1.9 rating, while CBS’ The Good Wife was flat with a 1.3. And while NBC’s Believe improved 9 percent to a 1.2, its overall time-slot average (also a 1.2) doesn’t bode well for a renewal. (That said, it’s worth noting that there was an NBA preemption in Portland, Ore., the nation’s No. 22 DMA.) Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was unchanged with a 1.4 in the dollar demo

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Fox Revs Up a Broadcast Revival of Grease

April 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On the heels of NBC’s hugely successful revival of The Sound of Music , Fox on Monday announced it is prepping a three-hour live production of the musical Grease. Fox’s staging of the ‘50s musical will be based on the 1971 Broadway show of the same name. The 1978 theatrical, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the most profitable movie musical ever. Grease Live [working title] will be produced by Paramount Television production; the ensemble cast will be announced at a later date.

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Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins Is Helping Digital Video Get the Respect It Wants

April 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

At the moment, Mike Hopkins has the two hardest jobs in online video. The first is as CEO of Hulu (its third in a year and a half), where he’s responsible for a growing over-the-top video business that competes with juggernauts like Netflix and upstarts like Amazon Prime. And his other job is, well, as CEO of Hulu, where he looks out for the interests of owners Fox, Disney and silent partner NBCUniversal, three linear TV giants with huge broadcast networks and dozens of cable channels between them.

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Magna Global Eyes 6% Rise in U.S. Media Sales

April 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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The Wire’s David Simon: HBO Would Have Killed My Show Today

April 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Despite being widely considered one of the best TV shows of all time , The Wire's creator David Simon doesn't believe

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Rivalries Abound in CBS Thursday Night Football Slate

April 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The National Football League on Wednesday night took the wraps off its 2014 regular season schedule, and while CBS’ inaugural Thursday Night Football slate is packed with divisional rivalries, some of the matchups are strictly from nostalgia. Kicking off CBS’ TNF roster is the Week 2 (Sept. 11) grudge match between the AFC North’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. When last these two teams met on national television, they drew 21.1 million viewers and an 11.0 household rating, down 13 percent from NBC’s full-season Sunday Night Football average (12.6). The Ravens stole a victory from the visiting Steelers in a 22-20 squeaker that was played on Thanksgiving night. While Turkey Day generally offers a captive audience of tryptophan-doped football fans, the two antagonists actually put up bigger numbers in an earlier late national game on CBS.

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Mind the Gap: NBCU’s Burke Looks to Make Waves in the Upfront

April 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After spending the better part of the last 10 years at the very bottom of the broadcast ratings hierarchy, NBC is on pace to claim victory for the 2013-14 TV season. As such, the network fully expects to make a killing during the spring/summer upfront bazaar . Speaking to investors during Comcast’s first quarter earnings call, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said the Peacock’s ratings turnaround was unprecedented in the annals of modern television. “We’re going into the upfront with the best position we’ve had in over a decade, primarily driven by NBC,” Burke said. “Last year, NBC was 17 percent behind the leader, which was CBS ; this year, we’re estimating that we’ll finish in first, about 12 percent ahead of No. 2 [Fox]. So … it’s a 29 percent swing. Which, we’ve gone back to the beginning of people meters [and] we can’t find any network that’s swung that much in a year.” Through the first 30 weeks of the season, NBC is in first place with an average 18-49 rating of 2.8, up 17 percent from the year-ago period. Fox is in second with a 2.6, up 4 percent, while CBS is down 20 percent with a 2.4. Heading into the final month of the campaign, ABC will once again finish last among the Big Four, averaging a 2.1 in the demo (down 5 percent). Although it’s only two-tenths of a ratings point, NBC’s lead over Fox is probably insurmountable. That said, a blockbuster performance by Fox’s 24: Live Another Day , which premieres May 5, could make things interesting. While next season falls on a non-Olympic year, NBC will reap the benefit of hosting the Super Bowl in February. Manageable declines for Sunday Night Football and The Voice should allow NBC to raise its CPMs on its franchise properties, although pricing on its Thursday night comedies are likely to continue to lag. Burke said NBC’s growth spurt should serve it well in the upfront marketplace

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