Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

Roma Downey’s Evolution From ‘Angel’ Actress to Producing Partner

April 20, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Shortly after marrying in 2007, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey decided to work together as producers, creating the company LightWorkers Media. "We didn't have any doubts," says Burnett. The same cannot be said of their stunned pals. "We have so many friends who say, 'Working with your husband? Are you crazy? I couldn't hang wallpaper with my husband!'" says Downey. "But it's been fantastic." That is an understatement. The couple's first project, 2013's The Bible, for History, became the year's highest-rated cable miniseries, drawing more than 100 million viewers during its run. "You might as well start big!" says Burnett. "That was epic," adds Downey, president of LightWorkers, which is now United Artists Media Group's faith and family division. "We hoped that it would have reach. We had no idea that it would have the kind of reach it had." Since then, Downey and Burnett have teamed up on miniseries A.D. The Bible Continues, last year's film Son of God, last December's Lifetime special The Women of the Bible, last month's CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers , the upcoming TLC series Answered Prayers and next year's remake of Ben-Hur. "We have a little slogan over at LightWorkers, which is that it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness," says Downey. "And so I'm personally most interested in material that in some way celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, that has as its essence an optimism or a hopefulness." It has been an organic evolution for Downey, who starred as the angel Monica on CBS' hit drama Touched by an Angel from 1994 to 2003

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What Do 13 of the Strongest Women on TV Have in Common? They’re All Tatiana Maslany

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A few short years ago, Tatiana Maslany was an up-and-coming actress with improv comedy chops, some TV and small movie roles under her belt and a profile little known outside her native Canada. Those days are definitely behind her. Now she's regularly mobbed at fan gatherings like San Diego's Comic-Con and revered by TV critics for her work on BBC America's much-lauded, sci-fi-tinged thriller Orphan Black . In it, the 29-year-old juggles multiple roles—a dizzying number of sister clones,

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The Beeb Creates Buzz With Splashy Thrillers

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sarah Barnett hasn't been genetically engineered, like all those clones in Orphan Black, for the job at hand. It just seems that way. Barnett's new gig—she's a few months into her tenure as president and general manager of the buzzed-about cable channel BBC America—brings her back to the place where she began her stateside career a decade ago, so she intimately knows the lay of the land. It also keeps her in the AMC Networks fold, where she methodically built SundanceTV from the quirky home of indie flicks into an ad-supported, original-content player with scripted series like Rectify, Top of the Lake and Carlos. Now that AMC has taken an operating stake in BBC America, the U.K.-born-and-bred Barnett will be running point on the new relationship. She'll also be guiding the channel, which recently logged its highest-rated year in prime time and total viewers, into the ever-competitive upfront presentations to advertisers and beyond, where she says she'll continue to take "the big swings" that helped put the "Beeb" on the map in the U.S.

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March Madness Ratings Surge To 25-Year Highs Thursday

March 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

March Madness remains hot for CBS and Turner Sports, with Thursday’s third-round action of the men’s college basketball tournament soaring to its highest overnight rating in 25 years and likely contributing to declines for dramas “Scandal” and “The Blacklist.” According to Nielsen metered-market overnights, last night’s coverage generated the highest rating for the Sweet 16... Read more

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8 Ways Fox Could Keep Empire’s Momentum Going After the Season Finale

March 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox is about to have the happiest and saddest day of its 2014-15 season. No, that day is not today, even though tonight marks the two-hour season finale to its breakout hit, Empire. Instead, that moment will come tomorrow morning, when overnight ratings finally come in and will almost certainly reveal an unbelievable 10th week of growth in total viewers. The audience began at 9.9 million in its January debut and has continued growing to 14.9 million last week. Ratings in the coveted 18-49 demo have also grown from a 3.8 for the first episode to 5.8 last week. Could it crack a 6 tonight?

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Broadcasters Are Going Movie-Crazy During Pilot Season

March 10, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Pilot season this year boasts five nonclassic movies being refurbished as contenders for primetime placement on broadcast this season (not counting script deals for Big, Marley & Me, The Money Pit and The Illusionist), so we asked the same question you're probably asking: why the rush to pay homage to a collection of cinematic treasures with a mean score on Metacritic of 51 out of 100? We got some interesting answers. "When a company already owns the rights to existing IP, they would almost always rather recreate/rehash that than gamble on original content," explained Jeremy Fox, writer and former head of development at Annapurna Pictures. A TV producer concurs: "The new landscape of Netflix and summer series and direct-to-series orders makes the usual pilot gambles less appetizing. When people would complain about the budgets, I used to say, 'You're supposed to be losing millions of dollars so that you get a hit!' I think there's less profligate spending now." Below, check out some of this season's film-to-TV transitions.

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth’ Stands Out with Solid Sunday Start

March 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

On a busy Sunday that marked the beginning of the networks’ spring lineup rollouts, Fox had the best news as its hourlong premiere of comedy “Last Man on Earth” stood as the night’s top-rated broadcast in young adults. ABC did decently with its two-hour launch of “Secrets and Lies,” but it was a sluggish start... Read more

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Chinese Variety Show Watched by Huge Local and Int’l Audience

February 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

China’s Spring Festival Gala is estimated to have been watched by some 450 million people.

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Jon Cryer on Two and a Half Men’s ‘Absolutely Crazy’ Series Finale

February 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When he landed the role of Alan Harper on CBS' Two and a Half Men in 2003, Jon Cryer says he had "an unusual sense of confidence" that the show would break his streak of four failed TV series. It did a lot more than that, of course. After 12 hit seasons, Two and a Half Men closes shop on Feb. 19, going down in history as television's longest-running multicamera comedy. Shortly after shooting the final episode, the actor spoke with Adweek about the shrouded-in-secrecy, "absolutely crazy" final episode, the Charlie Sheen chapter and how Ashton Kutcher stepped in and revitalized the show, and what's up next. Adweek: What was filming the finale like? Cryer: It was very emotional for everybody. The writers had a huge challenge because they had to basically end two shows and somehow weave them together. And they seized upon a very meta concept and really ran with it. So it's unlike any show we ever did before—and frankly, unlike any series finale I've seen. The title of the final episode, "Of Course He's Dead," seems to tease the return of Charlie Sheen. Does he come back

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A Humbled Fox Seeks to Change Its Fortunes

January 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The last time Fox was at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, then-chief Kevin Reilly declared that pilot season was dead (which topped my list of the most ridiculous statements network presidents said last year). Well, Reilly stepped down last May, pilot season is alive and well, and a

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