Posts Tagged ‘night’

Moonves: Big Bang Theory Will Move to Accommodate NFL Games

February 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a bid to accommodate the hulking bruiser that is the National Football League, Leonard, Sheldon, Penny and the rest of The Big Bang Theory crew next fall will be moving out of the Nerdvana of Thursday night for a slot earlier in the week. Speaking to investors during CBS Corp.’s fourth quarter earnings call, CEO Les Moonves confirmed that broadcast’s No. 1 scripted show would temporarily step aside to make way for the network’s new eight-game NFL package . “What we will do with our Thursday night is, we have some big shows, such as The Big Bang Theory … and we’re not going to wait until November to launch that,” Moonves said. “That’s going to be on the air on some other night, which will grow the ratings and the rates on some other night.” (That answers one question .) Moonves added that the sophomore drama Elementary is also likely to shift to another night, and while he did not offer a specific target destination, the smart money’s on Monday. Such a move would be a homecoming of sorts for Big Bang, which in its first three seasons occupied various time slots during the night before moving to the Thursday anchor position in fall 2010. CBS could also use a boost from Elementary, which if nothing else might stanch the bleeding in the network’s Monday 10 p.m. slot. In a rare stumble, two new CBS dramas have faltered in that position; the serialized thriller Hostages averaged just 5.16 million live-plus-same-day viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, while successor Intelligence is faring only slightly better against NBC’s The Blacklist. While no decisions have been made on its Thursday freshman comedies The Millers and The Crazy Ones, CBS is all but certain to cancel the long-in-the-tooth Two and a Half Men. Now in its eleventh season, the Chuck Lorre sitcom has plummeted 44 percent in the demo and features one of TV’s priciest casts. (Leads Ashton Kutcher commands on the order of $700,000 per episode for his work on Men, while Jon Cryer rakes in $600,000 for any given show.) After acknowledging that the competition for the new Thursday night NFL show case was “pretty fierce,” Moonves suggested that CBS was really the only proper fit for the league’s purposes. “At the end of the day, it really wasn’t about money,” he said. “The NFL was more interested in establishing their Thursday night and being in partnership with a brand, a company, a network that would do a better job of establishing that into the future.” Moonves went on to note that much as it does already on Sunday afternoons, football will serve as a powerful promotional vehicle for CBS’ fall schedule. He then added that the network hopes to extend the deal beyond the single year for which CBS is contracted. (The NFL has the right to add a second season of Thursday Night Football at its discretion.) “I am extremely pleased to have this.

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NBC Snows Over Rivals in First Night of Winter Olympics

February 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC on Thursday iced the competition with its first night of Winter Olympics coverage from Sochi, averaging 19.6 million viewers and a preliminary 5.8 rating among adults 18-49. Because the first night of competition was uncharacteristically scheduled before the Opening Ceremonies, event-to-event comparisons may be a bit misleading. That said, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, during the premiere night of activities during the Vancouver Games , NBC delivered 26.2 million live-plus-same-day viewers and a 7.6 in the dollar demo. At the risk of making any apples-to-hand grenades comparisons, last night’s Sochi coverage was down 24 percent versus the relative night four years ago. As fast national data is culled from 56 metered markets, representing roughly 70 percent of all U.S. households, the live-same-day numbers for Thursday night are likely to change. Upon adjustment, the bonus night of figure skating, snowboarding and freestyle skiing should come close to meeting NBC’s ratings guarantees for its entire 18-night package. Preliminary data pegs the network’s average household rating at an 11.8. Among the top local markets tuned in last night were: Minneapolis, (17.7 rating/29 share); Indianapolis (17.0/28); Kansas City (16.1/25); Denver (15.5/25) and Oklahoma City (15.3/22). The Opening Ceremonies begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST and will run until roughly 11:30 p.m. After the local news, NBC will air the final episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The man who Fallon will replace as the host of The Tonight Show went out with a bang Thursday night

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NBC Shuts Down The Michael J. Fox Show

February 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC’s beleaguered Thursday prime-time lineup continues to give the network fits, and as of this evening, the night’s

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Ratings ‘Falter’ as Super Bowl Disappoints

February 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It may have been the least competitive Super Bowl in recent memory, but Fox’s coverage of last night’s Seahawks-Broncos blowout still appears to have delivered massive ratings. According to preliminary Nielsen data, Super Bowl XLVIII delivered an estimated 96.9 million viewers and a 34.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. While that’s down significantly from last year’s fast nationals (108.6 million viewers and a 38.5 in the demo), we won’t have a more accurate picture of how the numbers will shake out until the final live-plus-same-day numbers are released later today. (Because fast nationals are not time zone adjusted, they are directional at best. If the numbers hold—and they almost certainly will not—Super Bowl XLVIII will stand as the least-watched NFL championship tilt in seven years.) Given the pasting Seattle gave Denver—the Seahawks had already posted 22 unanswered points by halftime, and things would only go downhill from there—it’s no surprise that the ratings suffered as the night went on. (And on. And on…) While some

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Leonardo DiCaprio Embraces Jonah Hill ‘Titanic’ Style on ‘SNL’

January 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Though Jonah Hill hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the third time last night, it was a surprise appearance from his “Wolf of Wall Street” co-star that is making waves. Hill, who recently received his second Academy Award nomination, marveled at his fortune during his opening monologue, but was a little put off when audience members... Read more

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Fox Is Bringing Metaphysics Back to the Masses With a Reboot of Cosmos

January 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It’s an early January afternoon on the Upper West Side, just days after the Earth began heaving itself along on yet another elliptical voyage around the sun, and a polar vortex has stupefied New York with an interstellar chill. With about two hours of daylight left, sinuses are rimed with hoarfrost, the bare pate of the guy manning the lone hot dog cart is steaming, and the exhaust from passing cars looks as substantial as batting wool. From outside the main entrance to the Rose Center for Earth and Space on Manhattan’s West 81st Street, the great sphere of the Hayden Planetarium looms in its glass case like a scale model of the ice planet Hoth. Three stories above the northern axis of the planetarium, in an office that practically twinkles with the light from thousands of man-made stars (even his vest is festooned with flickering suns), Neil deGrasse Tyson is launching into what comic books might refer to as his “origin story.” As it so happens, the astrophysicist and host of Fox’s upcoming revival of storied PBS documentary series Cosmos got his first taste of the universe under the dome of the original Hayden Planetarium’s Sky Theater. “When you’re a New Yorker, there is no night sky,” he says. “You’ll see the moon, maybe a planet or two, but there’s no relationship with the night sky. So, I saw my first night sky at age 9 at the Hayden Planetarium. And it was so compelling and so much of a kind of mental baptism that I thought it was a hoax. But that was it—that was the night the universe chose me to study it.” Years in the making, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey represents the kind of investment in science programming that hasn’t been a fixture of broadcast television since Carl Sagan brought metaphysics to the masses with the original Cosmos 34 years ago. Subtitled A Personal Journey, Sagan’s 13-part odyssey made abstruse concepts like black holes, wormholes and dark matter accessible to viewers who didn’t necessarily have an alphabet-soup jumble of academic abbreviations dangling from their surnames like so many comet tails. That Tyson was tapped to present the new Cosmos series is particularly apt, given his peripheral association with Sagan. As a 17-year-old student at Bronx Science, a college-bound Tyson was invited to meet Sagan at his laboratory at Cornell University. The visit made quite an impression on the budding scientist, and while ultimately he chose Harvard over the upstate New York Ivy, Tyson says the courtesy extended to him by Sagan wasn’t something he took lightly. “I said to myself that if I were ever as remotely influential as he was, I would treat students the way he treated me,” Tyson says. “With very high respect and regard for their ambitions.” Cosmos co-executive producer Seth MacFarlane says Tyson is the perfect host for the new series, being “the rare communicator who has the ability to talk to both sides of the room.” A space enthusiast since childhood, the Family Guy creator met Tyson through the Science & Entertainment Exchange, an initiative designed to encourage the development of more accurate scientific content in TV and film. (Tyson is seriously hyper-vigilant when quarantining science fact from science fiction. He good-naturedly tweaked Jon Stewart at the end of a 2012 appearance on The Daily Show by informing him that his “Earth is spinning in the wrong direction” in the opening credits. More recently, he took to Twitter to pick apart some of the sloppier gaffes in Gravity, a film he otherwise quite enjoyed.) Ann Druyan agrees with MacFarlane’s assessment, commenting that Tyson appears poised to continue the mission Sagan began so many years ago. A co-executive producer and writer of the new Cosmos, Druyan also wrote the PBS series with Sagan, her husband from 1981 until his death in 1996

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Golden Globes Rule Sunday Night

January 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC on Sunday posted a 10-year high with its presentation of the

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Diversity Done Wrong: How ‘SNL’ Mishandled Casting a Black Woman

January 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is being lauded this week for casting an African-American woman for the first time in many years. But the hiring of Sasheer Zamata leaves as much to condemn as there is to commend. Yes, there’s insufficient diversity of all kinds on TV. Anything that remedies that shortcoming deserves kudos. The prevailing whiteness... Read more

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‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Scares Up $1.2 Million in Late Night Shows

January 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” materialized with a respectable $1.2 million in the U.S. in its first late night shows Thursday at about 1,600 locations. Initial estimates range for the opening weekend range from $15 million to $20 million. Paramount’s “The Devil Inside” grossed $2 million in its late night shows and went on... Read more

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NBC Ends Fall With Dominant Weekly Performance in Demos

December 24, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC closed out a strong fall last week with another victory in key demos, this time blowing away the competish behind “Sunday Night Football” and the cycle finale of “The Voice.” The Peacock also got solid perfs from limited-run series “The Sing-Off” and kept the lights on with encores of holiday faves like “SNL Christmas”... Read more

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