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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
A good beginning for ‘The Mysteries of Laura’
Averages a 2.1 in 18-49s, NBC's best in the slot since February
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 18, 2014

With a big lead-in from the season finale of “America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s new dramedy “The Mysteries of Laura” got off to a good start.

“Laura” posted a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen, marking the highest demo rating in the 10 p.m. Wednesday hour for any Big Three network show since Feb. 26, not including sports programs.

“Laura” retained an impressive 91 percent of “Talent’s” lead-in 2.3 rating. The show did slide a bit from its first to its second half hour, from a 2.3 to a 1.9, always cause for concern.

“Talent” was the night’s No. 1 show with a 2.3 from 8 to 10 p.m., down 8 percent from last year’s finale.

Elsewhere last night, Fox also launched a new show, the 9 p.m. “Red Band Society,” which posted a 1.3. The drama held 93 percent of its lead-in, “Hell’s Kitchen,” which averaged a 1.4, down a tenth from last week’s premiere.

Also last night, the season and possibly series finale of CBS’s drama “Extant” surged to a two-month high, averaging a 1.1 at 10 p.m. That was up 38 percent from last week.

NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 2.2 average overnight rating and a 7 share. CBS was second at 1.4/5, Fox third at 1.4/4, Univision fourth at 1.1/4, ABC fifth at 1.0/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/2 an CW seventh at 0.4/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

CBS was first at 8 p.m. with a 2.2 for “Big Brother,” followed by NBC with a 2.0 for the first hour of “Talent.” Fox was third with a 1.4 for “Kitchen,” Univision fourth with a 1.3 for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo,” ABC fifth with a 1.0 for reruns of “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs,” CW sixth with a 0.6 for “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.3 for “Reina de Corazones.”

NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.6 for more “Talent,” while Fox and ABC tied for second at 1.3, Fox for “Band” and ABC for repeats of “Modern Family.” Univision was fourth with a 1.3 for “Hasta el fin del Mundo,” CBS fifth with a 1.0 for a rerun of “Criminal Minds,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for “En Otra Piel,” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “The 100.”

At 10 p.m. NBC was first again with a 2.1 for “Laura,” with CBS second with a 1.1 for “Extant.” Univision and Telemundo tied for third at 0.9, Univision for “La Malquerida” and Telemundo for “El Señor de los Cielos,” and ABC was fifth with a 0.6 for a “Nashville” rerun.

NBC was also first for the night among households with a 7.1 average overnight rating and a 12 share. CBS was second at 3.6/6, Fox third at 2.4/4, ABC fourth at 2.2/4, Univision fifth at 1.5/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/1, and CW seventh at 0.7/1.

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For buff dating, some boffo ratings
VH1's 'Dating Naked' wraps up with a nude wedding, a fitting finale
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 18, 2014

When you wear no clothes, there’s no hiding even the tiniest imperfections. Is that instant intimacy enough to build a lasting relationship on?

The first season of the new VH1 show “Dating Naked” indicates that answer is yes. The program airs its season finale tonight at 9 p.m. with a wedding.

Yes, two of the naked daters are getting hitched, which gives it a success rate well beyond most dating shows.

VH1 was very pleased with the show’s first season. Earlier this week the network renewed “Naked,” which has averaged 1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.

The premise of the show is exactly what it sounds like. Couples are paired up while in the buff, and they decide if they want to continue in a relationship that eventually will include clothing.

It’s certainly a unique twist on a concept, the dating show, that has begun to wear thin after years and years of incarnations on television.

In tonight’s episode, Alika, who describes himself as a “sexual healer” as well as a yoga instructor, and Ashley, an artist, are the ones tying the knot, though VH1 is a little coy on whether this is a real wedding or just a commitment ceremony made to look like a real wedding.

Whatever it is, there’s no doubt about what guests should wear. Everyone will, of course, be naked.

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SEPTEMBER 18

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BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS




THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Part 5. Tonight’s installment of The Roosevelts is depressing. That’s because it’s the installment that focuses on the Great Depression – and how Franklin Roosevelt dealt with it, in a series of moves so aggressive and transformative they were referred to as the New Deal. And in this stellar history lesson from Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward and company, that determination and innovation is explained, and fed, by Roosevelt’s complicated personal life. . For my full review, see Bianculli’s Blog. And to hear my review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which includes audio samples from several episodes, visit the Fresh Air website. Check local listings.








PROJECT RUNWAY
Lifetime, 9:00 p.m. ET

This week’s challenge creeps me out: Contestants are asked to design fashions, for young models, based on a line of American Girl dolls. What’s next: “Bride of Chucky – The Wedding Dress Mini-Challenge?” But I’ll watch anyway, because last week’s inventive “Project Rainway” challenge resulted in one of the best shows, and sets of fashion designs, in years.









GARFUNKEL AND OATES
IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

In tonight’s new episode, Riki and Kate have drastically different reactions after attending a baby shower. One of them immediately becomes obsessed about becoming pregnant – the other one, not so much.









THE HONORABLE WOMAN
Sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET

MINISERIES FINALE: If you’ve watched this gripping, very topical miniseries from the start, its ending is likely to really, really get you. Nothing about it – not its structure, its content, and certainly its performances – is routine, or easy, or easily forgotten. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars.









BBC WORLD NEWS
BBC America, 6:00 a.m. ET

This could just as easily be the first Bianculli’s Best Bets entry for tomorrow, rather than the last one for tonight. But I want to give readers enough time, and warning, to set their DVRs for 6 a.m. Friday ET, when BBC World News provides coverage of what is sure to be tomorrow’s lead story: The results of the vote whether or not Scotland should declare its independence from the United Kingdom.


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TV Guide Network Rebranding to POP in Celebration of Fans
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Sep. 18, 2014

TV Guide Network, or more recently TVGN, is ready to shed its ties to the well known TV listings brand. Starting in 2015, the cable channel will be known as POP, a channel and multi-platform destination with a renewed emphasis on celebrating fans of TV and pop culture.

The process of rebranding started back in November and took into account popular trends, what the competition was doing and the fact that the network couldn't control the branding of TVGuide.com, TV Guide Magazine and the app, all separately owned or run businesses.

“You want to be a unique and differentiated product for your distribution partners, for your advertising partners and for when viewers come to you they feel like you're giving them something they can't get anywhere else,” TVGN president Brad Schwartz told TheWrap of the decision to rebrand the cable network.

“We had a decision to make. Did we want to do a revolution or an evolution,” he added. “A revolutionary rebrand is something like the Style Network becoming Esquire or Discovery Health becoming OWN. Or, you go more the evolution route where you're not completely turning off the audience you have on the channel, you're building upon it. We decided to go the evolution route.”

The rebrand will officially launch in the first quarter of 2015 along with a new logo and new on-air graphics.

How did they land on POP as the network's new name?

“When you dig deeper and ask yourself what makes a fan, it's really that unique talent that you're drawn to, that one-of-a-kind maverick, that bright color, the thing that rises above the noise,” Schwartz said. “And the thing that describes all of those things is when something pops, when it's popping. Trending is almost so fleeting, that popping is what's important. And we really liked that. If something is so good that it's earned fandom, that's something that's popping.”

“People have a positive association with the word and it's strong and it's short,” he continued. “It's what we call things when they're really special.”

The network promises to unveil a new original programming lineup of more than 400 hours over the next few weeks geared toward fans, such as current series, ”Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block,” which follows die-hard fans of one of the most successful boy bands of all time, and “The Story Behind,” a series that goes behind-the-scenes of TV's greatest hits and most iconic shows and how they got their start.

“Through research, what really stood out for us was that it's a really amazing time to be a fan,” Schwartz said. “We thought it would be really something special to be a brand that celebrated the fun of being fan, that was enthusiastic about people's passions, that didn't sit on the outskirts of it poking fun at it, but lived right in it and loved it.”

The company refers to its target viewer as the “modern grownup,” who Schwartz described as men and women “in their mid to late-30s, someone who sort of grew up in the 90s and the 80s are still important to them.”

CBS purchased 50 percent of TVGN in May 2013, with the other half owned by Lionsgate. TVGN currently reaches more than 80 million homes.

“POP is an exciting new chapter for a cable network that has made great progress and generated significant ratings momentum over the past year,” CBS Corportation president and CEO Leslie Moonves and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a joint statement. “Our new brand not only positions the channel for continued growth but reflects its identity, focus and fan base.”

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Darrell Hammond returning to 'SNL' as announcer
By Gary Levin, USA Today - Sep. 18, 2014

The irreplaceable Don Pardo is being replaced as Saturday Night Live's stentorian announcer, and Lorne Michaels didn't have to look far: Longtime cast member Darrell Hammond is rejoining the show as the (mostly) unseen voice introducing the show, its cast and Weekend Update when the 40th season opens Sept. 27.

Hammond, 58, was SNL's longest-tenured star, spending 14 seasons at NBC's Studio 8H from 1995 to 2009. A master of mimicry, he played few characters but did 107 impressions, led by his flawless Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin and Sean Connery, who famously sparred with Will Ferrell's Alex Trebek in Jeopardy! segments. Clinton's was the most fun — "the guy's personality was so vivid, so strong, so interesting," he says — but Connery "was easily the most cross-culturally popular thing I've ever done. I still have people come up to me and shout out their favorite lines."

But many viewers don't know that Hammond also impersonated Pardo, who died last month at age 96 after a 70-year NBC career, including all 39 seasons of SNL. "I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years," Hammond says. "He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It's been a very improbable life; I didn't expect something like this, but it feels real good."

This time Hammond won't simply channel Pardo's voice. Michaels, who calls Hammond "staggeringly versatile," says he'll come up with a new version that respects the announcer's legacy and will be paired with a new opening-credit montage. "I just knew it wouldn't be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him," Michaels says. "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition. And it will be nice to have Darrell around. He understands the show and will probably be helpful in ways we haven't yet figured out."

He's one of several changes this season: Former writer (and current Daily Show correspondent) Michael Che will be paired with Colin Jost at the Update anchor desk, displacing Cecily Strong, who remains with the show. Pete Davidson joins as a new featured player, while Noel Wells, John Milhiser and Brooks Wheelan are gone, as is Mike O'Brien, who remains a writer. Chris Pratt, Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader host the first three shows (Hader's marks his first turn as host since he left last year).

Hammond felt he overstayed his welcome at SNL —"I was always part of the politics of it, and after Bush left office there wasn't really anyone for me to play" — but found it more difficult to quit a job that "you spent most of your adult life trying to get."

Since then, he's played a sociopath on FX's Damages, appeared in TBS comedy Are We There Yet? and on the stand-up circuit. He's also developing a one-man play at the La Jolla (Calif.) Playhouse based on his bestselling 2011 memoir about his troubled childhood, drug abuse and SNL career.

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FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Renewed For Second Season
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 18, 2014

For cable series, the run is often not a sprint but a marathon, and FX’s freshman drama Tyrant proved that in a major way. The cable network has given a 13-episode renewal to the Middle East-based political family series, increasing the order from 10 episodes in Season 1. Filming on Season 2 will begin next spring for a summer launch.

While Tyrant’s Live+Same Day series premiere ratings were not spectacular — 2.1 million total viewers and 775,000 adults 18-49 — the series proved to be DVR friendly and, most of all, incredibly consistent. Its adults 18-49 audience average for the first half of the season was identical to the second half. On a weekly basis, Tyrant averaged 5.1 million total viewers and 2.3 million adults 18-49 inclusive of linear, time-shifted and non-linear viewing (data through eight weeks). The series, from Homeland’s Howard Gordon, had to tackle an initial controversy surrounding its subject matter as well as logistical issues later on when production had to move from Israel to Istanbul because of the Gaza military conflict.

“We’re so proud of Tyrant’s performance throughout its first season,” said FX’s Nick Grad. “Howard Gordon’s ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking.”

Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent fictional Middle Eastern nation. Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland, accompanied by his American wife and children, for his nephew’s wedding. Barry’s reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth. The cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Fares Fares, Salim Daw, Justin Kirk, Mehdi Dehbi, and Alice Krige.

Tyrant, from Fox 21 and FX Prods., was created by Gideon Raff. It was developed by Gordon & Craig Wright. Glenn Gordon Caron, Peter Noah, Michael Lehmann, and Avi Nir also serve as executive producers along with Chris Keyser as consulting producer and Chris Levinson as co-executive producer. Gordon serves as executive producer and showrunner.

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Do TV And Advertising Still Belong Together?
By Brian Steinberg, Variety.com - Sep. 18, 2014

TV and advertising used to go together, to quote some famous commercial slogans, like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Or like food, folks and fun. Now, a new thought is rising that the two sides fit together less snugly.

Cable ratings this summer have been weaker, and broadcast ratings somewhat choppy, too. Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav recently told investors soft summer ratings could affect advertising revenue as well as results for this Silver Spring, Md., company’s third quarter. Nomura Securities analyst Anthony DiClemente has noticed unfavorable trends at Discovery, Viacom, Time Warner’s Turner , AMC Networks, and Walt Disney-owned cable outlets – and reduced his estimates for ad-revenue growth at the first three. Another media analyst, Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson, has cut his estimates for national TV ad spending growth in 2014 to 2% from 5% for broadcast and to 5% from 6% for cable.

The ratings turbulence adds a second punch to an industry gut soon after a first striking blow: a lackluster “upfront”market, during which advertisers opted to put less money down in advance for TV’s coming programs. In response, most media companies chose to sell slightly less of their ad inventory in the upfront and instead hold it for “scatter,” or ad time purchased closer to air. But the softer ratings – even though they come in summer – have spurred chatter that TV may have to work harder to turn a buck from Madison Avenue in autumn and during the winter holidays.

Are TV programs and the commercials that are intertwined with them coming apart at the hip?

One of Madison Avenue’s most followed allocators of ad money doesn’t believe so. Rino Scanzoni, who is chief investment officer of large media-buying firm GroupM, attributes some part of recent softness, particularly in the second quarter, to the presence of the Olympics earlier in the year. Advertisers had to pull from elsewhere in their marketing budgets to fund any promotion they wanted to do in conjunction with that heavily-watched event. “It comes mostly from TV budgets,” he said.

Also at play, he suggested, is a push for price correction in TV advertising, with marketers demanding to pay less for traditional commercials as consumers augment their TV consumption by sampling other kinds of video. Scanzoni projects moderate growth in ad spend for 2015 – with more money going to cable than broadcast.

The rapid adoption of digital media by consumers is also having an obvious effect. “On the structural front, we continue to believe there is a continued shift in TV budgets towards online video and [Internet] display,” said Nathanson in a recent research note. Earlier this week, Kantar Media, a tracker of ad spending, noted that four of the nation’s five biggest advertisers – Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Comcast, and L’Oreal appeared to trim back advertising on traditional media in the second quarter (meanwhile,six of the top ten, including General Motors, Pfizer and Toyota, increased spending).

There are plenty of signals advertisers see TV shows as sound promotional vehicles. Ford Motor has signed a deal with Fox to sponsor the superhero-inspired series “Gotham,” with Ford vehicles set to turn up in the show. NBC just unveiled a new deal with Nissan Motor that makes that automaker the exclusive car sponsor of “The Voice” for its next three seasons, NBC has sold between 70% and 80% of its ad inventory for its 2015 broadcast of the Super Bowl, an obvious proxy for advertisers’ feelings about the effectiveness of television.

One of TV’s most prominent executives does not see cause for immediate concern. Asked about advertising trends Wednesday at an investor conference organized by Bank of America, CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves said recent hand-wringing “doesn’t faze us at all.”

“We have 75% of our advertising locked in, which is perfectly normal, and the other 25%, I expect to be up from the upfront pricing,” Moonves said. “To sell from the 25% is not a big deal.”

He agreed some ad money is flowing to digital media, but believes the majority of it is “from print, clearly and also niche cable networks,” both of which emulate online advertising’s ability to aim for narrowly defined audiences.

It’s true, more consumers are using more kinds of devices to watch their favorite TV shows. But “that doesn’t necessarily mean we are watching less television,” said Tom Talbert, group director, media services at Interpublic Group’s Lowe Campbell Ewald.

Recent agreements that call for advertisers to pay for viewers who watch, say, “Scandal” or “The Good Wife” several days after their original air date, could give TV some new energy in weeks to come. But the battle to keep advertisers from testing new options in a world where consumers are increasing the time they spend with social and digital media will only intensify.

If TV wants to enjoy the bear hug it has had on its advertisers for decades, it will have to keep on innovating – and hold on to them more tightly.

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Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants
By Craig Timberg, Washington Post - Sep. 18, 2014

Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal quandary: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that prevents the company — or anyone but the device’s owner — from gaining access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers.

The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails and recordings. Apple once maintained the ability to unlock some content on devices for legally binding police requests but will no longer do so for iOS 8, it said in the new privacy policy.

“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its Web site. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

As the new operating system becomes widely deployed over the next several weeks, the number of iPhones and iPads that Apple is capable of breaking into for police will steadily dwindle to the point where only devices several years old — and incapable of running iOS 8 — can be unlocked by Apple.

Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information will have to adjust settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud.

Apple’s new privacy policy comes less than five months after the Supreme Court ruled that police in most circumstances need a search warrant to collect information stored on phones. Apple’s action makes that distinction largely moot by depriving itself of the power to comply with search warrants for the contents of many of the phones it sells.

The move is the latest in a series in which Apple has sought to distinguish itself from competitors through more rigorous security, especially in the aftermath of revelations about government spying made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year.

Although the company’s security took a publicity hit with the leak of intimate photos of celebrities from their Apple accounts in recent weeks, the move to block police access to the latest iPhones and iPads will thrill privacy activists and frustrate law enforcement officials, who have come to rely on the extensive evidence often found on personal electronic devices.

“This is a great move,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Particularly after the Snowden disclosures, Apple seems to understand that consumers want companies to put their privacy first. However, I suspect there are going to be a lot of unhappy law enforcement officials.”

Ronald T. Hosko, the former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division, called the move by Apple “problematic,” saying it will contribute to the steady decrease of law enforcement’s ability to collect key evidence — to solve crimes and prevent them. The agency long has publicly worried about the “going dark” problem, in which the rising use of encryption across a range of services has undermined government’s ability to conduct surveillance, even when it is legally authorized.

“Our ability to act on data that does exist . . . is critical to our success,” Hosko said. He suggested that it would take a major event, such as a terrorist attack, to cause the pendulum to swing back toward giving authorities access to a broad range of digital information.

Many security experts have blamed security weaknesses in iCloud — some of which have since been fixed — for the recent leak of celebrity photos. Several companies also make systems designed to crack the encryption of devices, including the iPhone and iPad. Security experts generally consider Apple’s devices to be better protected against such attacks than some rivals’, although people with short passcodes — of four digits, for example — are in greater danger of what are called “brute force attacks” that relentlessly try all possible combinations.

Adding more security can make it harder for users to operate a mobile device. People who forget their passcodes with iOS 8 will not be able to recover them by contacting Apple. However, most users will have the bulk of their data automatically backed up on iCloud and would be able to restore their phones, although not before wiping them of all user data.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Cable overnights: ‘For Better’ hits one-year high
By Tony Maglio, TheWrap.com - Sep. 17, 2014

The season two debut of Oprah Winfrey Network sitcom “For Better or Worse” drew its best viewership since a year ago this week.

The Tyler Perry program averaged 1.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen overnights, its best outing since its series premiere.

It also averaged a 1.0 among the network’s target women 25-54, ranking second overall on cable in the 9 p.m. timeslot.

MTV’s “Teen Mom II” was the top original show of the night among adults 18-49, posting a 1.1. It tied for first overall with a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” on TBS.

Top 10 Cable Programs
Ranked on Total Viewers
September 17

# Program Net (000)
1 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 2934
2 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 2905
3 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 2787
4 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 2567
5 THE OREILLY FACTOR-09/17/2014 FOXNC 2561
6 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 2526
7 KELLY FILE, THE-09/17/2014 FOXNC 2254
8 SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER-09/17/2014 FOXNC 2081
9 HOLES-09/17/2014 DSNY 2075
10 FIVE, THE-09/17/2014 FOXNC 2048
Source: Nielsen


Top 10 Cable Programs
Ranked on Adults 18-49
September 17

# Program Net (000)
1 TEEN MOM II SSN5B-09/17/2014 MTV 1440
2 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 1391
3 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 1286
4 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 1280
5 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 1245
6 FAMILY GUY-09/17/2014 ADSM 1211
7 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/17/2014 TBSC 1153
8 FAMILY GUY-09/17/2014 ADSM 1144
9 AMERICAN DAD-09/17/2014 ADSM 1092
10 AMERICAN DAD-09/17/2014 ADSM 1018
Source: Nielsen

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On The Air Tonight
FRIDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Feb. 28)
8:30PM - Last Man Standing
(R - Apr. 25)
9PM - Shark Tank
(R - Oct. 18)
10PM - 20/20
(R)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Morgan Freeman; reality-TV personality Julianne Hough; Ingrid Michaelson performs)
(R - Sep. 11)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
(R - May 9)
10PM - Blue Bloods
(R - May 9)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Michael Strahan; tennis player Marin Cilic presents the Top Ten List; mogul Richard Branson; Interpol performs)
(R - Sep. 9)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Morgan Freeman; Génesis Rodriguez)

NBC:
8PM - The Biggest Loser: Recap
9PM - Dateline NBC: The Charleston Affair (120 min.)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (James Spader; "Mystery Guest")
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Heidi Klum; Kieran Culkin; comic Leslie Jones)
(R - Sep. 4)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Comic Richard Ayoade; Franz Ferdinand performs; musical group Royal Canoe)
(R - May 12)

FOX:
8PM - Red Band Society
(R - Sep. 17)
9PM - Utopia

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - The Common Cause (1939-1944) (120 min.)
10PM - The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - The Common Cause (1939-1944) (120 min.)
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - La Malquerida

THE CW:
8PM - Masters of Illusion
8:30PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - Jun. 2)
9PM - America's Next Top Model
(R - Sep. 15)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Reina De Corazones
9PM - En Otra Piel
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE; Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell; political activist Matthew Segal; Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.); editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; Wendell Pierce)


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Rupert Murdoch explains why Fox dropped Time Warner bid
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Sep. 18, 2014

Rupert Murdoch has shared some of his thoughts on U.S. and British politics, the Scottish referendum for independence -- and why he aborted his company's $80-billion bid this summer for rival Time Warner.

Murdoch was interviewed Thursday morning by Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network, which is owned by the Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox.

Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of Fox, was speaking by phone in London, where he marveled at the large number of construction cranes dotting the skyline.

Cavuto, for his part, identified the media mogul as "my boss."

It didn't appear that rehashing Fox's failed pursuit of Time Warner was high on Cavuto's list of topics. In fact, it was Murdoch who broached the subject during a discussion on whether the U.S. markets are overheated.

“Well, I am also a bit bearish I guess .... That is why I pulled out of the Time Warner deal," said Murdoch.

"It was, to pay the price if that was necessary ... I just felt with all the uncertainties in the world, I didn't want to be carrying that degree of debt," Murdoch added.

He acknowledged that Time Warner's defensive reaction -- the company refused to entertain discussions with Fox -- came as a surprise.

“I thought it could be received rather differently, but here we are," Murdoch said. "The shareholders in both companies would have benefited."

Cavuto asked whether Fox would make another run at Time Warner.

“No. Certainly not in a hostile way," Murdoch said.

Cavuto wondered whether Murdoch had discussed the matter with Time Warner management since Fox dropped its bid in early August. "Not at all. Nope,” Murdoch said.

The 83-year-old mogul long has been fascinated by British politics, and more recently, the movement for Scottish independence.

Murdoch has taken to Twitter to add his observations about political posturing, the historic vote and, even, to address reports of ruckuses at the polls.

"Nonsense reports alleging violence in Scotland, surprisingly good mannered crowds both sides," Murdoch wrote on his Twitter feed early Thursday. "May change tonight with pubs open all night!"

During the interview with Cavuto, Murdoch said the political winds are changing -- particularly as economic policies have largely helped the rich but not the average worker.

"I think there is meaning in this, and it goes beyond Scotland," Murdoch said. "You are seeing it down here in Britain ...and in France...and really, you could take the U.S. and go across into Middle America, and what do they think about Washington? And Wall Street, for that matter."

"People are really looking for change," Murdoch said.

He closely follows U.S. politics, and mentioned the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“I am intrigued with the whole process. Who is going to run against Hillary on the Democratic side?" Murdoch said. "What could happen there?"

"And then, there are a lot of people in the Republican field… Rand Paul...Paul Ryan, though he hasn't declared yet. Jeb Bush may -- he would be a very good president. Marco Rubio is making some very interesting speeches," Murdoch said. "I think that ... John Kasich in Ohio is going to emerge as a candidate and Chris Christie, and there’s other governors.”

Cavuto wondered why Murdoch tacked the New Jersey governor's name at the end of the list. Was there any reason?

"No, not at all," said Murdoch.

“I think he will be a very visible and strong candidate when the primaries come," Murdoch said of Christie.

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'The Good Wife'
New season's offbeat moments court trouble as Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming and Chris Noth return in CBS drama
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - Sep. 19, 2014

Just because most people thought “The Good Wife” had a winning season last year doesn’t mean it should do any old thing it wants to do this year.

The sixth season opener of “The Good Wife” Sunday still has most of the elements that have kept its following loyal for the first five years. That list starts with Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, the flawed but sympathetic and intriguing character at the heart of it.

But the episode does a couple of things that feel more like “Scandal,” a proudly over-the-top soap that revels in always topping itself.

“The Good Wife” has always known how to have fun. But at least two moments Sunday border on sitcom.

The first involves an intern in the office of lady-loving Gov. Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). She answers a wardrobe question in a way that 1) wouldn’t happen, and 2) would get her fired if it did.

Here, Peter’s chief of staff, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), just shakes his head. While Eli has always been a point of humor, he also should keep ties to the way the world really works.

Another scene has attorneys Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) and David Lee (Zach Grenier) hatching a plot and mugging like characters in “The Simpsons.”

Meanwhile, the show takes its big swing with Cary (Matt Czuchry), gambling that a turn in his life will kick-start the new season.

The tension continues between the old and the upstart law firms, while the closest thing to a replacement for the late Will Gardner, Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode), quickly establishes a different kind of relationship with Alicia.

“The Good Wife” has endured, despite borderline ratings, because it handles the fundamentals so well. It needs to keep doing that.

'The Good Wife'
Network/Air Date: Sunday at 9 p.m., CBS
Rating: ★★★ (out of five)


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'Madam Secretary,' drama not too far from the news
By Verne Gay, Newsday - Sep. 17, 2014

THE SHOW 'Madam Secretary'

WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS/2

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
After 12 years in the CIA, professor Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) is living blissfully in Virginia with her professor husband, Henry McCord (Tim Daly), and children Alison (Katherine Herzer) and son Jason (Evan Roe). They also have a daughter in college, Stephanie (Wallis Currie-Wood). Then one day, President Conrad (Keith Carradine) comes calling. He wants her to become Secretary of State, after the current one dies in a mysterious plane crash. Goodbye bliss. The world is dangerous -- and so is Conrad's scheming chief of staff, Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek).

MY SAY "Madam Secretary" is one of those series (not unlike "Homeland") where the real world constantly shadows the fictional one, and runs the risk of oversimplifying the former to service the latter.

In blunter terms, it threatens to dumb down a big, messy, complicated and often tragic world just to make Leoni look heroic (and great in pumps).

The first three episodes deal with kidnapped Americans in Syria, a Benghazi-like raid on the U.S. embassy in Yemen, and an Edward Snowden-like story line. Little wonder then that it doesn't always succeed at that real world part, and maybe even rarely does -- this is a commercial TV show, after all, where viewers are supposed to leave the final act smiling.

But to the show's considerable credit, it understands those pitfalls, and redresses them in other ways. It's often good at the seemingly little touches, like the patter of sharp dialogue that fills in character, motivation and personality. Viewers may not always like these characters -- or more likely they will -- but they'll certainly know them by the end of the pilot, especially Leoni's.

The series does push into formula territory, as she sacrifices her ideals to the realpolitik nature of the job, or fights rear guard actions against White House paper-pushers. (When that happens, Stephanie steps in as sort of a nagging Greek chorus: "Oh, Mom ... ").

And tempo here can be a problem, too. You may fight the urge to occasionally prod the screen with your big toe -- "Come on, Madam Secretary, lets speed it up." No one wants this show to channel "24," but C-SPAN won't do either.

For the most part, however, "Madam Secretary" charts a steady -- and intelligent -- middle course.

BOTTOM LINE Good political/family drama -- carefully stripped of political leanings.

GRADE: B


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Although if you loaded up to show in heat 1 you won but thats another story.

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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog.


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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘The Biggest Loser’ sinks to a new low
Averages a 1.3 in 18-49s against CBS's dominant NFL game
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 19, 2014

Opposite strong competition from CBS’s “Thursday Night Football,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” slid to a series low last night.

The weight loss reality competition posted a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, off 19 percent from last week’s season premiere, which averaged a 1.3.

“Loser” was the No. 1 non-sports show on a night littered with repeats. ABC, Fox and the CW aired all reruns.

“TNF” averaged a 3.3 from 8:30 to 11 p.m., though that rating is not accurate. Overnights do not account for timezone differences. They also measure timeslot rather than actual program data, so CBS’s true performance won’t be known until final ratings come out later today.

Still, it appears that the game slid steeply from last week’s “TNF” debut, which posted a 5.5 in the overnights.

That’s likely because last night’s contest was a blowout, with the Atlanta Falcons thrashing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14. People tend to tune out when one team jumps to a big advantage.

But it will be interesting to see how ratings for other NFL games hold up on Sunday, when the bulk of the action takes place. The “TNF” decrease comes after another week of controversy for the NFL, with two more players arrested on charges of violence.

CBS was first for the night among 18-49s with a 3.2 average overnight rating and a 10 share. NBC was second at 1.2/4, Univision third at 1.1/4, ABC and Telemundo tied for fourth at 0.7/2, Fox sixth at 0.5/2, and CW seventh at 0.2/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. CBS was first with a 2.9 for football pregame and the start of “TNF,” while NBC and Univision tied for second at 1.3, NBC for “Loser” and Univision for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” ABC was fourth with a 0.7 for a repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Fox and Telemundo tied for fifth at 0.5, Fox for a rerun of “Sleepy Hollow” and Telemundo for “Reina de Corazones,” and the CW was seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “The Vampire Diaries.”

CBS increased its lead at 9 p.m. with a 3.6 for football, followed by NBC with a 1.4 for more “Loser.” Univision was third with a 1.2 for “Hasta el fin del Mundo,” Telemundo fourth with a 0.7 for “En Otra Piel,” ABC fifth with a 0.6 for a “Scandal” rerun, Fox sixth with a 0.5 for another “Sleepy Hollow” repeat, and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a rerun of “The Originals.”

At 10 p.m. CBS led again with a 3.0 for more football, with Telemundo second with a 1.0 for “El Señor de los Cielos.” Univision was third with a 0.9 for “La Malquerida,” NBC fourth with a 0.8 for a repeat of “The Mysteries of Laura” and ABC fifth with a 0.7 for another “Scandal” repeat.

CBS was also first for the night among households with a 5.8 average overnight rating and a 10 share. NBC was second at 3.0/5, ABC third at 2.8/4, Univision fourth at 1.5/3, Fox fifth at 1.3/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/2, and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

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Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 19, 2013

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: CBS, “Big Brother” 8 p.m.
Special Friday edition features highlights from the 16th season.

Best bet on cable: E!, “Fashion Police” 8 p.m. A look back at the late Joan Rivers’ most memorable moments from the show, on what the network is calling “Joan Rivers Day.”

Top sporting event: ESPN2, “Major League Baseball,” 8 p.m. A key American League Central matchup between the Tigers and Royals in Kansas City.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: PBS, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” 8 p.m.
The final episode of the documentary series begins with FDR winning a fourth term in office.

Best bet on cable: HBO, “Beyonce Jay Z On the Run,” 9 p.m. The hip-hop/R&B power couple performs over two nights at Stade de France in Paris.

Top sporting event: ABC, “College Football,” 8 p.m. No. 1 Florida State hosts No. 22 Clemson, but will be without suspended star QB Jameis Winston for the first half.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: CBS, “Madam Secretary,” 8:30 p.m. Series premiere.
New drama is followed by the season premiere of “The Good Wife.”

Best bet on cable: Disney Channel, “Liv & Maddie” 8:30 p.m. Season premiere. Liv has a premiere on the same night as a planned family outing.

Top sporting event: NBC, “Sunday Night Football,” 8:20 p.m. The Steelers (1-1) travel to Carolina to take on the 2-0 Panthers.


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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Sep. 19, 2014

THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 6.
Tonight’s installment of The Roosevelts treads on some familiar ground – World War II, which Ken Burns and company already have chronicled so effectively and evocatively. But here, the date that will live in infamy is given an even more personal perspective, as we learn how President Franklin Roosevelt, as well as First lady Eleanor, dealt privately with the very public pressures of a global war To hear my review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which includes audio samples from several episodes, visit the Fresh Air website. Check local listings.

BLONDE VENUS
TCM, 8:00 p.m.

In 1932, just a few years after the advent of cinematic sound, Marlene Dietrich starred in this amazingly bizarre drama, playing a nightclub singer with a unique sense of entertainment. In one number, “Hot Voodoo,” she performs a striptease – but the tease is that she’s stripping out of a very believable ape costume, revealing the shapely songstress underneath. The first time I saw this number in Blonde Venus, at a cinema revival house when I was in college, Dietrich instantly became the gorilla my dreams.

I'M NO ANGEL
TCM, 9:45 p.m. ET

In 1933, Mae West starred in this screen vehicle, which she co-wrote, playing a dancing beauty and occasional lion tamer. Lions weren’t the only things she was good at taming, either, as she was one of the era’s leading, most vocally outspoken sex symbols – female or male.

THE KNICK
Cinemax, 10:00 p.m. ET

In tonight’s episode, a risky new operation is tried. I know, that description could work for almost any episode – but still… I’m there. Clive Owen stars.

REAL TIME WIT BILL MAHER
HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

Last week, Bill Maher pulled of his bold two-parter, doing a live version of this show from Washington, D.C., then being escorted across the city to do a full standup comedy act, also live. He not only juggled those feats nicely, but in the second venue, he proved he’s still one of the best at shutting down unwanted hecklers. Tonight’s guests, with the show back in its home base of Los Angeles, include Gen. Colin Powell and actor Wendell Pierce.


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‘Supergirl’ Drama From Greg Berlanti & Ali Adler Lands CBS Series Commitment
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 19, 2014

Supergirl, Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s drama based on the DC female superhero, has landed at CBS with a series commitment. The deal closed last night, a day after the project was taken out to the broadcast networks on Wednesday. I hear the size of commitment eclipses the series commitment DC Batman drama Gotham got at Fox last fall. Warner Bros. TV is producing with studio-based Berlanti Prods.

The Supergirl character was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959. Of the several women who have assumed the caped girl persona in the comics, the Berlanti-Adler series will feature the most popular one: Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. Unlike WBTV’s long-running Superman series Smallville, which focused on the superhero’s journey up to acquiring the powers and becoming Superman, Supergirl starts with Kara beginning to use her abilities.

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Berlanti and Adler will write the script and executive produce with Berlanti Prods.’ Sarah Schechter. Also closely involved in the development of the project has been DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns.

While CBS may look as a surprising home for a younger-skewing superhero drama, it was the only broadcast network without a comic book series. Additionally, CBS has been making a push in female-lead dramas with Extant, Madam Secretary and CSI: Cyber joining staple The Good Wife.

There will be five DC/WBTV series on the air this coming season: Gotham on Fox, the CW’s Arrow, The Flash and iZombie on the CW, and Constantine on NBC. With the Supergirl deal, WBTV has successfully targeted every available broadcast network as ABC is considered off-limits because of its corporate ties with Marvel, producer of its series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

Supergirl expands Berlanti’s superhero series footprint. He also is behind popular CW drama Arrow and its upcoming offshoot The Flash. Additionally, Berlanti has new NBC crime dramedy The Mysteries Of Laura, which opened well on Wednesday.

This marks Berlanti’s second high-profile sale to CBS this year, along with supernatural procedural The Things They Left Behind, which has a put pilot commitment. His company also has conspiracy thriller Blindspot set at NBC.

Adler, who previously worked with Berlanti on his superhero-themed ABC drama No Ordinary Family, co-created the NBC comedy The New Normal. She and Berlanti are repped by WME.

There has been a push to get more female superhero characters in comic books and on the big and small screens. Marvel has a Jessica Jones series in pre-production at Netflix.

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Prescheduled social media posts from Joan Rivers promote iPhone 6



Apple may have arranged promotional deal



In an unusual gaffe, the official Instagram and Facebook accounts for comedian Joan Rivers -- who died on September 4th -- today briefly displayed identical, prescheduled posts about the iPhone 6. "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one)," the posts read. "I got this one [an iPhone 4] in 2010 and, after 4 years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iPhone #tech ." The iPhone 6 was only revealed on September 9th.


Both posts were quickly deleted, but not before screencaptures began circulating the Internet. It's speculated that Rivers and/or her agent may have negotiated a deal with Apple, in which case the incident may have exposed one of the company efforts at celebrity endorsements. In May Apple posted a job listing for a "buzz marketing manager," whose role would specifically involve "constant and compelling exposure of Apple products with high-profile users, especially those in film and television." The company's main rival, Sam



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"I knew you'd say that"...*BLAM!*

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