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Thursday, August 2, 2012

August 2, 2012 by Marc Berman in Newsletter with 0 Comments
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In Today’s Issue

-Cable – Day One
-BBC America to Co-Produce The Musketeers
-Tippi Hedren on Alfred Hitchcock
-Ethel and Rory Kennedy Discuss Upcoming HBO Documentary


-Metered Market Tuesday Ratings

-FX Announces American Horror Story: Asylum

-Syndication Rankings – Week of July 16

-On the Air Tonight

Note: The daily Trivia Challenge will return on Monday, August 6.



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Cable – Day One
Unlike network, cable is a variety of panels and events with different networks each day, and yesterday featured a Current TV breakfast during a taping of talker The Stephanie Miller Show. Next were sessions on two Ovation series, A Chance To Dance (featuring Nigel and Simon Lythgoe) and Johnny Cash: Song By Song; followed by sessions on BBC America series Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, The Hour, The Spies of Warsaw and Copper. A TVOne working lunch featured comedy The Rickey Smiley Show, documentary Save My Son and reality-driven R&B Divas.

HBO is always the biggest draw during the cable portion, and the paid service immediately announced that the second seasons of Enlightened and Girls will begin in January 2013.

In other news at HBO, a scripted for a potential big-screen version of Entourage is in the process of being written; Curb Your Enthusiasm could return if Larry David chooses to continue after a movie he is producing and starring in for the cable net; a new documentary on the Rolling Stones will air this fall; and Ethel, an original documentary from Rory Kennedy focused on her mother Ethel Kennedy, will debut on Thursday, October 18. In the movie department is The Girl, which tells the tale of director Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) and actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller). It debuts on Friday, October 12.

BBC America to Co-Produce The Musketeers
BBC America will co-produce The Musketeers with BBC One, a new drama set in the 17th century that will tell the tale of a group of soldiers assigned to protect their king and country. Penned by Adrian Hodges (My Life with Marilyn), The Musketeers will debut in 2004 on BBC America’s “Dramaville” programming block. Ten episodes have been ordered.

Tippi Hedren on Alfred Hitchcock
One of the classic figures in the world of cinema historically is Alfred Hitchcock, of course. And the “Master of Suspense” was known for his obsession with icy blonde leading ladies. One such actress was Tippi Hedren, who headlined two Hitchcock flicks, The Birds in 1963 and Marnie in 1964, and she was present at HBO’s portion of the Summer Press Tour to discuss her troubled relationship with the famed director for upcoming movie The Girl.

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Ethel and Rory Kennedy Discuss Upcoming HBO Documentary
Legendary 84-year old Ethel Kennedy was at The Press Tour with filmmaker daughter Rory Kennedy in a session focused on upcoming HBO documentary, Ethel. Reluctant to initially tackle the project, her mother’s first interview in 25 years was the deciding factor.

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-Showtime Update:
-The CW at the Summer Press Tour –
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Arrow:
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Emily Owens, M.D.:
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Beauty and the Beast:
-CBS at the Summer Press Tour:
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Made in Jersey:
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Vegas:
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Partners:
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Elementary:
-ABC at the Summer Press Tour:
-ABC Season and Series Premiere Dates:
-NBC Executive Session:
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Revolution:
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – The New Normal:
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Go On:
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Animal Practice:

-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Chicago Fire:

-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Guys With Kids:
-Suburgatory and The Neighbors to Switch Time Periods:
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – The Neighbors:
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Nashville:
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Last Resort:
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Malibu Country:
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – 666 Park Avenue:
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – The Mob Doctor:
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – Ben and Kate:
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – The Mindy Project:
-Downton Abbey Update:
-PBS Kicks-Off Summer Press Tour:
-TCA Summer Press Tour:



Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
London Olympics Steamroller Continues

Wednesday 8/01/12
Metered Market Results

NBC 20.1/33
CBS 3.0/ 5
ABC 2.1/ 3
Fox 1.4/ 2
CW 0.7/ 1


Ratings Breakdown:
The London Olympics on NBC massacred the competition, of course, with an average 20.1 rating/33 share in the overnights for the primetime portion last night (peaking at a 21.9/34 at 9:30 p.m.). But one night earlier it was stronger at a 23.6/37, which translated into a 38.72 million viewers and a 12.8 rating/35 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day results.

Big Brother on CBS got some mileage despite facing the Olympics juggernaut, with a 3.7/ 7 at 8 p.m., and that led into encore telecasts of Criminal Minds (#2: 2.7/ 4) and CSI (#2: 2.7/ 4) from 9-11 p.m. ABC was in repeats from 8-10 p.m. care of The Middle (#3: 2.3/ 4), Suburgatory (#3: 1.9/ 3) and two episodes of Modern Family (#3: avg. 2.3/ 3). And it capped off the night with summer entry Final Witness at a third-place 2.1/ 3 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox populated the evening with a two-hour encore of So You Think You Can Dance, which averaged a fourth-place 1.4/ 2 from 8-10 p.m. And back-to-back repeats of Supernatural scored a 0.7/ 1 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.

Once again, it is all about NBC, and will be until the London Olympics concludes on August 12.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


FX Announces American Horror Story: Asylum
Ryan Murphy has unveiled the title of the new chapter of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Asylum. Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum will feature Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes and, in a new role, returnee Jessica Lange.
The inaugural season of American Horror Story, which concluded last fall, earned 17 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, tying for the most of any program this year and setting a record for the most Emmy nominations for a miniseries in basic cable history. American Horror Story: Asylum debuts on FX in October.



Syndication Rankings – Week of July 16
Here is the top 30 rated shows (first-run and off-network) based on AA (average audience) households for the week of July 2:

The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 6.6 rating; Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 6.1; Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 6.0; Jeopardy (CBS) and Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 5.2 each; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 4.6; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.) and Family Guy – Monday-Friday (Twentieth): 4.0 each; Family Guy – weekend (Twentieth): 3.7; Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.5; Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 3.2; How I Met Your Mother – Monday-Friday (Twentieth): 3.0; Inside Edition (CBS): 2.9; How I Met Your Mother – weekend (Twentieth): 2.8; Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC Universal), Without a Trace (Warner Bros.) and Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS): 2.7 each; Criminal Minds (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), Monk (NBCU) and Two and a Half Men – Weekend B (CBS): 2.6 each



Thursday, August 2, 2012

8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
9:00 p.m. Wipeout
9:30 p.m. Rookie Blue

8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
8:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men (R)
9:00 p.m. Big Brother
10:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R)

8:00 p.m. 2012 Summer Olympics

8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)

8:00 p.m. Raising Hope (R)
8:30 p.m. Raising Hope (R)
9:00 p.m. New Girl (R)
9:30 p.m. New Girl (R)

Of Note on Cable:
-Brand X With Russell Brand (FX, 11 p.m. ET): season finale


As a reminder: The daily Trivia Challenge will return on Monday, August 6.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “The CBS Evening News,” CNN, and more; and was the author of 2014 desk calendar, “This Day in TV History.”

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