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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Oct. 22, 2014

2014 WORLD SERIES
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

So much for the Kansas City Royals’ postseason undefeated streak. The San Francisco Giants not only beat the Royals in last night’s opening game of the fall classic, but beat them into submission. It was a thoroughly dominant victory, stifling the team, and the home crowd, from the opening inning. The Royals still have home-field advantage tonight – and tonight, will have to see if a new pitching matchup can make it more of an advantage.

MODERN FAMILY
ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tyne Daly is all smiles in this photo – but don’t expect a lot of smiles in her guest role on tonight’s Modern Family. She plays Lily’s second grade teacher – and she’s all business.

NOVA: "BEN FRANKLIN'S BALLOONS"
PBS, 9:00 p.m.

Tonight’s new Nova explores the chapter of manned flight that predates the Wright brothers – and goes back to 18th-century hot-air balloons, which were all the rage in Paris – and all the rage of visiting American Benjamin Franklin, who saw in airborne manned balloon flights the future of both travel and warfare. Using materials approximating those of the first flight, on Nov. 21, 1783, Nova takes to the skies to recreate that original liftoff. Tune in to see whether Franklin’s enthusiasms were well-placed – or full of hot air. Check local listings.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW
FX, 10:00 p.m.

Each episode this season has introduced new central characters. This week, the third episode of the Freak Show story, is no exception. Tonight, in the first of a two-part Halloween episode, meet fortune teller Maggie Esmeralda, played by returning repertory player Emma Roberts.

WEB THERAPY
Showtime, 11:00 p.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
Lisa Kudrow and her Skype-happy therapist character, Fiona Wallace, are back for another season, with more celebrity clients than ever – and with, once again, some old Friends.


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TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insights' Blog.
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Nielsen Notes
Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Bags Bully Ratings For PBS
By The Deadline.com Team - Oct. 22, 2014

More than 33 million people sampled Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, PBS said this morning. The seven-part documentary series, airing on consecutive nights in September, averaged 9.2 million viewers, making it the third-highest-rated Burns film following the 1990 broadcast of The Civil War, and Lewis And Clark in 1997. The premiere episode, debuting on Sunday, September 14, was the highest rated of the series, with an average of 11.7 million (besting all other broadcast and cable programs that night in total viewers). And the week of September 15, in which all other episodes premiered, is PBS’ most watched in 20 years — since the week in 1994 when PBS premiered Burns docu-series Baseball. That Thursday’s episode No. 5 scored the second-highest audience of the series — 7.6 million viewers.

Among those households that watched The Roosevelts, the average time spent viewing, per household, was more than four hours (248 minutes).

The TV ratings are noteworthy in that PBS made the entire 14 hours available for streaming for two weeks, beginning the day after the premiere — a Ken Burns first. Viewers could access all seven episodes through PBS stations’ video sites, pbs.org/theroosevelts, and PBS station-branded digital platforms including Roku, Apple TV and Xbox. The full episodes were streamed more than 1.85 million times, with one-third of the streams delivered via PBS’ over-the-top apps. Additionally, The Roosevelts has been a best-selling title on Amazon, iTunes and ShopPBS.org.

The Roosevelts ranked in Nielsen Social’s Daily Top 5 for series and specials three out of the seven days it aired new episodes. The program generated over 3.6 million Twitter TV Impressions over the course of the week, according to Nielsen.

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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
NBC comedy block declines on Tuesday
New 'Marry Me' falls 17 percent in its second week, to a 1.9
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 22, 2014

NBC’s Tuesday night comedy block declined by double-digit percentages in its second week.

The new show “Marry Me” posted a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, off 17 percent from last week’s 2.3 debut.

That was still easily the top comedy of the night on broadcast and keeps it behind ABC’s “Black-ish” as the No. 2 new sitcom this season.

“Marry” held 61 percent of its lead-in from “The Voice,” the night’s No. 1 non-sports show with a 3.1.

“Marry” lead-out “About a Boy” slipped to a series-low 1.4, off 18 percent from last week’s second-season debut. “Boy” is in a tougher timeslot this year, moving from 9 p.m., where its lead-in was “Voice,” to 9:30, where its lead-in is “Marry.”

Those weren’t the only comedies to fall Tuesday, on a night with stronger competition than usual with Fox’s World Series coverage kicking off.

ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story” also dropped to a series low, posting a 0.7, off 22 percent from last week. Lead-in “Selfie” had better luck, posting a 1.1, up a tenth from last week.

But the 9 p.m. drama “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was off 12 percent to a series-low 1.5.

CBS’s “NCIS: New Orleans” posted its best rating since its series premiere last month, drawing a 2.4 at 9 p.m., up 0.2 from last week.

At 8 p.m., “NCIS” was off a tenth from last week, to a 2.4.

The CW’s Tuesday lineup continues to post good ratings. “The Flash” drew a 1.4, off 18 percent from last week but still well above the typical CW show, while lead-out “Supernatural” drew a 0.9.

Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.9 average overnight rating and a 9 share. NBC was second at 2.2/7, CBS third at 2.1/6, ABC fourth at 1.2/4, CW and Univision tied for fifth at 1.1/3 and Telemundo was seventh at 0.5/2.

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.

Also, ratings for Fox’s World Series coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a 3.3 for its first hour of baseball, followed by NBC with a 3.1 for “Voice.” CBS was third with a 2.4 for “NCIS.” The CW and Univision tied for fourth at 1.4, CW for “Flash” and Univision for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” ABC was sixth with a 0.9 for “Selfie” (1.1) and “Manhattan” (0.7) and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones.”

Fox was first again at 9 p.m. with a 3.0 for baseball, while CBS moved to second with a 2.4 for “NCIS: NO.” NBC was third with a 1.7 for “Marry” (1.9) and “Boy” (1.4), ABC fourth with a 1.5 for “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Univision fifth with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo,” CW sixth with a 0.9 for “Supernatural” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for “Los Miserables.”

At 10 p.m. Fox led with a 2.4 for baseball, with NBC second with a 1.9 for “Chicago Fire.” CBS was third with a 1.5 for “Person of Interest,” ABC fourth with a 1.2 for “Forever,” Univision fifth with a 0.8 for “La Malquerida” and Telemundo sixth with a 0.7 for “Señora Acero.”

CBS finished first for the night among households with an 8.7 average overnight rating and a 14 share. Fox was second at 6.5/11, NBC third at 5.2/8, ABC fourth at 2.7/4, CW fifth at 1.6/3, Univision sixth at 1.1/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.8/1.

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Netflix Says 4K Streaming Will Change Web Video Forever
Ready or not, here comes Ultra HD.
By Michael Desjardin, Reviewed.com - Oct. 21, 2014

At the annual MIPCOM conference in Cannes, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that the streaming giant will shoot all of its original content in 4K from here on out. That includes original series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, as well as movies like the recently announced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend.

The news arrives on the heels of the announcement that Netflix is increasing the price of 4K streaming to offset the higher costs of producing and distributing ultra-HD content.

But despite the higher price point, Netflix believes that 4K is here to stay, and—more importantly—that service providers are already equipped to handle the transition.

"The advancements in compression will be able to deliver 4K just fine with current broadband speeds," Sarandos remarked at the MIPCOM keynote. "All of our original series are being shot in 4K, and certainly our original features."

The transition is the next logical step for Netflix, which has been steadily shifting its focus from distribution to programming in recent years. By producing ultra-high definition content, the company is aiming to stake its claim in the next generation of digital programming.

In fact, Sarandos believes 4K streaming is nothing short of a game-changer. "It will completely invert people’s expectations of quality of content on the internet."

According to spokesman Cliff Edwards, Netflix users who have already accessed UHD content will be grandfathered into their existing plan for at least two years. Future adopters hoping to flex their TV's 4K muscles via Netflix will have to upgrade to a "platinum" $11.99 plan.

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Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Named NBC Sports Lead Figure Skating Broadcast Team
By Tony Maglio and Ryan O'Connell, TheWrap.com - Oct. 22, 2014

Move over Scott Hamilton, Tom Hammond and Sandra Bezic — NBC Sports Group has a new No. 1 figure skating broadcast team: Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon. All three previously served as commentators during NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

“Johnny, Tara and Terry were breakout TV stars in Sochi,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “We're excited that viewers will be treated to this team's informative and entertaining commentary for many years to come, all while looking fabulous.”

The three will make their fall debut together on Oct. 26 during the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America, which is the first competition of the seven-event ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Hamilton, who has provided commentary for NBC since 2002, will remain part of the broadcast team as a special contributor. The network also said Hammond would return for their 2016 Rio Olympics coverage to cover track and field.

As TheWrap previously reported, Weir and Lipinski most recently served as fashion experts for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Kentucky Derby in May and “Access Hollywood's” coverage of the 2014 Academy Awards.

“I am so honored to be a part of the NBC family and I hope to bring figure skating and the Olympics into America's living rooms for many years to come,” Weir said. “I could not have asked for a better first experience than in Sochi and along with my broadcast partners Tara and Terry. I cannot wait to start a fresh new era of commentary and analysis that will entertain and inform. I love my sport and I can't wait to go on more Olympic journeys!”

“NBC gave us an opportunity of a lifetime in Sochi, I could not be more excited to continue this journey,” said Lipinski. “My goal is to continue educating, entertaining and bringing the incredible sport of figure skating to a new generation of fans. It is an honor to be a part of an Olympics. I cannot wait to begin and I'm lucky to have my talented co-pilots Johnny and Terry by my side. Being a part of this is a combination of all of my favorite things and I look forward to the adventures in the years ahead.”

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to cover skating at the highest level on NBC with partners that are informative, unpredictable and uniquely stylish…time to upgrade my wardrobe,” Gannon said.

Weir is a three-time U.S. figure skating champion. Lipinski won a gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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In fact, Sarandos believes 4K streaming is nothing short of a game-changer. "It will completely invert people’s expectations of quality of content on the internet."
It sounds like Sarandos is thinking about the wrong kind of quality. People want good programming, not high resolution. "You haven't lived until you've seen this cat playing the piano in razor-sharp UHD! It's the start of an Internet video revolution!"
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