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In Today’s Issue

-Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-Nicolle Wallace Axed From ABC’s “The View”
-NBC Universal Portfolio Closes Upfront Selling at a Reported $6 Billion
-2015 Kennedy Center Honorees Announced

-AMC Renews “Turn: Washington Spies” for Season Three
-HGTV Upgrades “Listed Sisters” to Regularly Scheduled Series
-WGN America Announces Season Two Launch Date for “Manhattan”
-Sony Movie Channel to Showcase Western and War Epics
-Basic Cable Rankings – Tuesday 7/14/15

-Shareablee Social Scorecard: “Teen Wolf” on MTV Tops Week

-On the Air Tonight

-First Up at FX


Metered Market Wednesday Ratings

Wednesday 7/15/15

ABC 6.0/11
CBS 3.4/ 6
NBC 2.8/ 5
Fox 2.6/ 5
CW 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Oscar Evening – Wednesday 7/16/14:
ABC: +131, CW: +40, Fox: -13, CBS: -23, NBC: -24


Note: The following labels are based on the household overnights and are subject to change given the availability of other pending data streams. The overnights are your first look at what to potentially expect when the other results come in. And we always take into account other benchmarks including the expected demographic ratings, potential DVR and digital usage, the critical acclaim (or lack of) and the social media presence. Keep in mind, as always, that results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

“2015 ESPY Awards” (ABC)’ “Big Brother” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Bullseye” (Fox), “Extant” (CBS)


Ratings Breakdown:
“The 2015 ESPY Awards,” which is short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, led ABC to an easy Wednesday overnight victory. Telecast for the first time by ABC, “The ESPY Awards” averaged a 6.0 rating/11 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m., finishing first in each of the six half-hours (and peaking at 9:30 p.m. with a 6.4/11). Comparably, ABC’s advantage over No. 2 CBS was a hefty 76 percent.

Please visit the interactive forum at our website ( for a look at the fast affiliate rating results (which include adults 18-49) at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET.

CBS had nothing unusual to report care of summer favorite “Big Brother” (#2: 3.8/ 7) and a repeat of “Criminal Minds” (#2: 3.3/ 6) from 8-10 p.m. Both were on par from one week earlier, and that translated into a respectable 1.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 for “Big Brother” (based on the Live + Same Day data). But sophomore scripted drama “Extant,” starring Halle Berry, dipped to a 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m. (#2), which was a loss of 11 percent from one week earlier. And that only resulted in a 0.7/ 3 in the demo. Overall, these original scripted dramas (particularly on CBS) tend to skew older.

Elsewhere, recent non-scripted entry “Bullseye” on Fox (#4: 1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m.) remained a disappointment, slipping by 51 percent from lead-in “MasterChef” (#4: 3.5/ 6 at 8 p.m.). NBC populated the evening with encore telecasts of “America’s Got Talent” (#3: 3.6/ 7 from 8-9 p.m.) and “American Ninja Warrior” (#3: 2.4/ 4 from 9-11 p.m.). And The CW aired repeats of dramas “Arrow” (#5: 0.8/ 1) and “Supernatural” (#5: 0.6/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research



Nicolle Wallace Axed From ABC’s “The View”
As expected, Nicolle Wallace will not be returning to ABC’s “The View” next season. Just last fall, Wallace and Rosie Perez joined Whoopi Goldberg and returning Rosie O’Donnell in a completed revamped version of the veteran daytime chatfest. But the ratings remained on the downside, talk at the proverbial watercooler was nil, O’Donnell made a quick exit, and Perez announced her departure just last week. This time, however, ABC has reportedly offered Wallace an opportunity to return as an occasional contributor to the show.

In talks to replace Wallace are “GMA Weekend” anchor Paula Faris and upcoming “Fuller House” star Candace Cameron Bure. Confirmed returnees to “The View” next season are now Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symone and just added Michelle Collins. And “The View” will include a slate of rotating contributors who will sporadically appear on the series. In the running for those part-time gigs (in addition to Wallace) are Molly Sims, stylist Stacy London and former co-host Sherri Shepherd.

NBC Universal Portfolio Closes Upfront Selling at a Reported $6 Billion
Two months after the NBC network announced its fall 2015 primetime schedule to advertisers, NBC Universal has completed its 2015-16 upfront selling season with $6 billion in advance commitments across its portfolio of broadcast and cable platforms, according to published reports. And that does not include next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Comparably, NBCU is reporting a rise of two percent in overall dollar volume (with reported losses of 5 to 8 percent elsewhere), with digital sales in particular up by 50 percent. Automotive, entertainment, tech and pharmaceutical are singled out as positive categories for the various platforms. And NBCU’s Bravo, E! and USA led the cable marketplace in rate of positive change.

NBC itself (including football) is expected to be flat from one year earlier at an estimated $2.53 billion, versus a year-to-year rise in 2014 of 15 percent. And the network has secured a 5 percent increase in its CPM pricing (the rate of reaching 1,000 people), which at present is the highest of any network. New NBC shows singled out are Monday night drama “Blindspot” and temporary Tuesday variety-themed entry “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris.”

ABC is now the final network to be conducting upfront business.

2015 Kennedy Center Honorees Announced
American rock band Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson will be honored during “The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” which will be broadcast on CBS on Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 9-11 p.m. ET. CBS has aired the special each year since its debut 38 years ago. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, this next set of five will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

Casting News
Jalen Rose, “ESPN NBA Countdown” analyst and former NBA star, has joined the celebrity roster on the upcoming revival of classic game show “To Tell the Truth” on ABC. The previously announced celebrity panelists are actress and reality star NeNe Leakes and everyone’s favorite, Betty White. Hosted by Anthony Anderson and produced by FremantleMedia North America, this new version feature fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series.



AMC Renews “Turn: Washington Spies” for Season Three
AMC has greenlit Revolutionary War period drama “Turn: Washington Spies” for a third season, with an order for 10 new episodes for 2015. “Turn: Washington Spies” averaged 1.6 million viewers on season two on Monday, ranking as the third most affluent scripted drama among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 on ad-supported cable this season (behind AMC’s “Mad Men” and “The Americans” on FX).

The drama’s social media community has also seen growth, increasing its Twitter followers in season two by 70 percent over last season and its Facebook followers by 26 percent (with a significant spike in social conversation in mid-June around a fan-led #RenewTURN Twitter campaign).

HGTV Upgrades “Listed Sisters” to Regularly Scheduled Series
Following two pilot airings in the Monday 8 p.m. hour, HGTV has place a 12-episode order for “Listed Sisters.” Produced by Coolfire Studios, Listed Sisters features real estate expert Alana Barnett and renovation/design expert Lex LeBlanc who help their clients renovate, and transform homes into hot properties. Project manager Trey Palmer works closely with Lex to maximize each home’s resale value.

WGN America Announces Season Two Launch Date for “Manhattan”
WGN drama “Manhattan,” which is set in 1943 at the time of the Manhattan Project in a New Mexico town called Los Alamos, will open season two on Tuesday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET. The ensemble cast includes John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, William Petersen, Katja Herbers, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus, Mamie Gummer and Griffin Dunne.

Sony Movie Channel to Showcase Western and War Epics
Sony Movie Channel will present an array of Westerns and war epics in August in a themed programming block called “The Recline” each Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Western icon Randolph Scott will kick things off on August 5 in double feature “Comanche Station” (1960) and “Decision at Sundown” (1957). Next is a pair of World War II action epics on August 12 – “Hellcats of the Navy” (1957) with Ronald Reagan and “The Flying Missile” (1950) with Glenn Ford. On August 19 is Old West favorites “Ambush at Tomahawk Gap” (1953) and “Utah Blaine” (1957). And war-themed “Eight Iron Men” (1952) and “All the Young Men” (1960) cap off the series on August 26.

For a complete schedule of films and times, visit
In addition to airing these films on the dates noted above, some of the movies mentioned are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. (See listings for further details.)

Basic Cable Rankings – Tuesday 7/13/15
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable for Tuesday, July 13:

“Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT, 9 p.m. ET): 4.12 million, “Haves and the Have Nots” (OWN, 9 p.m.): 3.17, “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.57, “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 2.45, “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.15, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 2.12, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.11, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.00, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 1.98, “K.C. Undvercover” (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.97, “Liv and Maddie” (Disney Channel, 10:30 p.m.): 1.90, “Proof” (TNT, 10 p.m.): 1.82, “Counting Cars” (History, 9:31 p.m.): 1.80, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.78, “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): 1.70, “Girl Meets World” (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 1.69, “My Giant Life” (TLC, 10 p.m.: 1.68 – series premiere), “Counting Cars” (History, 9 p.m.): 1.69, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.67, “Best Friends whenever” (Disney Channel, 9 p.m.): 1.64

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Shareablee Social Scorecard: “Teen Wolf” on MTV Tops Week
MTV’s “Teen Wolf” was firmly entrenched at No. 1 for the week of July 12, with a total amplification of 277,286 from Shareablee (predominantly retweets) stemming from tune-in previews and the tweets promoting the cast at Comic-Con in San Diego. Nine of the Top 10 occupants this week (save NBC drama “Hannibal”) were housed on cable, with the No. 2 and 3 ranked shows, “Beyond Scared Straight” on A&E and “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” on VH1, registering only via the Facebook shares. FX drama “The Strain” made the cut with posts and tweets promoting its second season premiere on July 12.

Although canceled “Hannibal” is now being buried for the remainder of its traditionally low-rated run on Saturday, there is still value via the social media community.

Here are the Top 10 entries for the week of July 6 from Shareablee, which monitors the Facebook shares and Twitter retweets:

1. “Teen Wolf” (MTV) – 277,286 (6,141 Facebook shares; 271,145 retweets)
2. “Beyond Scared Straight” (A&E) – 37,244 (37,244 shares)
3. “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” (VH1) – 28,018 (28,018 shares)
4. “The Soup!” (E!) – 27,772 (27,461 shares; 311 retweets)
5. “The Fosters” (ABC Family) – 27,496 (10,107 shares, 17,389 retweets)
6. “The Strain” (FX) – 26,055 (21,361 shares; 4,694 retweets) – season premiere
7. “Hannibal” (NBC) – 24,315 (3,103 shares; 21,212 retweets)
8. “Scream” (MTV) – 18,030 (4,085 shares; 13,945 retweets)
9. “Power” (Starz) – 18,009 (13,717 shares; 4,292 retweets)
10.“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central) – 17.528 (16,214 shares, 1.314 retweets)



Thursday, July 16, 2015

8:00 p.m. “The Astronaut Wives Club”
9:00 p.m. “Mistresses”
10:00 p.m. “Rookie Blue”

8:00 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory” (R)
8:30 p.m. “Mom” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Big Brother”
10:00 p.m. “Under the Dome

8:00 p.m. “Food Fighters”
9:00 p.m. “Dateline” (R, two hours)

8:00 p.m. “Boom!”
9:00 p.m. “Wayward Pines”

8:00 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast”
9:00 pm. “Dates” (series premiere)
9:30 p.m. “Dates”

8:00 p.m. “This Old House Hour” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Masterpiece Mystery” (R, 90 minutes)
10:30 p.m. “Antiques Roadshow” (R)

Of Note on Cable:
-“The Chase” (GSN, 8 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“Kids Choice Sports 2015” (Nick, 8 p.m. ET)
-“Chain Reaction” (GSN, 9 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“Carnival Eats” (Cooking, 8 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“Impractical Jokers” (truTV, 10 p.m. ET): summer season premiere
-“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (FX, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“Friends of the People” (truTV, 10:30 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“Married” (FX, 10:30 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“Geeks Who Drink” (Syfy, 11 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“Reactor” (Syfy, 11:30 p.m. ET): series premiere

New Program Descriptions

“Chain Reaction” (GSN)
A reboot of the word association game show, which originally debuted in the 1980s, “Chain Reaction” features two teams competing against one another to complete a chain of seven words, after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and below it. By making inferences based on the revealed words and the revealed letters in incomplete words, contestants try to fill in the word chains to score points. Mike Catherwood hosts.

“Geeks Who Drink” (Syfy)
Based on the pub trivia contest of the same name, each installment of this game show will feature two teams of self-proclaimed “trivia geeks” battling it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics from pop culture to science fiction. Each team consists of three players – a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds of game-play, the winning team will earn bragging rights, a spot on the “Geeks Who Drink” leaderboard and a bevy of prizes to geek out over.

“Reactor” (Syfy)
Hosted by David Huntsberger, “Reactor” is a hybrid of talk and sketch comedy that will feature a mixture of exclusive clips, celebrity guests, and comedy bits, all of it focused on the intersection of science fiction and pop culture in contemporary movies, TV shows, and comic books.

“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (FX)
Produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios, this half-hour comedy centers on a character named “Johnny Rock” (Denis Leary), a middle-aged former head of New York’s legendary early ‘90s band The Heathens who desperately wants to be rich and famous. But he has a problem with booze, and coke and weed and pills, and he just happened to have a fling with his best friend “Flash’s” (John Corbett) wife and his bass player’s fiancé.


First Up at FX

Which one of the following five FX dramas debuted first?

a) “Damages”
b) “Nip/Tuck”
c) “Rescue Me”
d) “The Shield”
e) “Sons of Anarchy”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series is not considered a spin-off?

a) “Jake and the Fatman”
b) “Major Crimes”
c) “The Parkers”
d) “Petticoat Junction”
e) “Time of Your Life”
f) They all are

…Is: both a) “Jake and the Fatman” and d) “Petticoat Junction.” “Jake and the Fatman,” starring William Conrad and Joe Penny, aired on CBS from 1987-92. And “Petticoat Junction,” which ran on CBS from 1963 to 1970, was not a spin-off from “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Bea Benaderet played Pearl Bodine (Jethro’s mother) in the first season of “The Beverly Hillbillies” and Kate Bradley in “Petticoat Junction.”

As for the spin-off series:

-“Major Crimes” (TNT): 2012 – present (from “The Closer”)
-“The Parkers” (UPN): 1999-2004 (from “Moesha”)
-“Time of Your Life” (Fox): 1999-2000 (from “Party of Five”)

Today’s Trivia All-Stars 
Mark Amato, Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Jerry Gibbons, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Rick Locke, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, David Ruckman