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CBS Pulls Into Tie with FOX in A18-49s; The Eye Comfortably Ahead in Households and P2+

After eleven nights of the 2010 November Sweep, CBS has pulled into a basis point tie with FOX for first in A18-49s, with both nets sporting a 2.63 average (CBS is even to last year, while FOX is down -32% from last years Yankee-fueled 'World Series' numbers which ran five nights in the Sweep vs four nights this year). NBC has moved into third with a 2.54 average each in A18-49s, ABC has fallen to fourth with 2.40, while Univision sits in fifth with 1.45, The CW is sixth with a 1.11 A18-49 average, while ION sits in last place with 0.30.

CBS leads in households with a 6.6HH average (up +1% from last year) and is tops in P2+ viewers with a 10,704,000 average (up +2% from last year).

Year-over-year, the seven broadcast nets (excluding MyNet) are down -9% in A18-49s, down -8% in households and down -6% in P2+ viewers. Much of the decline can be attributed to the year-over-year fall off in numbers for the 'World Series' on FOX.

          nights nights
demo demo demo demo % won won
Rank web 2010 2009 chg 2010 2009
1 CBS 2.63 2.64 0% 3 3
1 FOX 2.63 3.89 -32% 4 6
3 NBC 2.54 2.39 6% 2 1
4 ABC 2.40 2.70 -11% 1 1
5 UNI 1.45 1.31 10% 1  
6 CW 1.11 1.14 -3%    
7 ION 0.30 0.28 9%    
  total 13.06 14.35 -9% 11 11
          nights nights
HH HH HH HH HH won won
rank web 2010 2009 chg 2010 2009
1 CBS 6.6 6.6 1% 6 4
2 ABC 5.4 5.7 -6% 2 1
3 FOX 5.0 7.0 -29% 3 5
4 NBC 4.5 4.4 2%   1
5 UNI 1.8 1.7 4%    
6 CW 1.5 1.6 -1%    
7 ION 0.7 0.6 22%    
  total 25.5 27.6 -8% 11 11
          nights nights
viewers viewers viewers viewers viewers won won
rank web 2010 2009 chg 2010 2009
1 CBS 10.704 10.501 2% 6 4
2 ABC 8.535 8.981 -5% 2 1
3 FOX 8.361 11.700 -29% 3 5
4 NBC 7.303 7.075 3%   1
5 UNI 3.612 3.338 8%    
6 CW 2.474 2.424 2%    
7 ION 1.076 0.920 17%    
  total 42.06 44.94 -6% 11 11

* MyNetworkTV 2010 data is reported on a two week delayed basis.



FOX aired their Animation Domination Halloween episodes last night on a one week delay this year, and 'The Simpsons' legendary annual "Treehouse of Horror" special garnered a rather non-horrible A18-49.
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SUNDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings - along with Media Week Analyst Marc Berman's view of what they mean -- have been posted on his blog: http://pifeedback.com/eve/forums/a/t...51/m/349108333.
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I was going to ask how long Keith Olbermann's suspension was going to last for. I was thinking, well maybe, suspended from NBC News but not NBC Sports, he might make appearances on FNIA, like he did last year...

But now that I've read in prior postings here that he'll be back starting Tuesday (hooray, return of Fridays With Thurber), to quote Emily Latella from SNL: "Oh that's different. Never Mind."
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Bump for 'Simpsons' Halloween special
'Treehouse of Horror' averages a 3.7 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - November 8th, 2010

"The Simpsons'" annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode, featuring the voice of "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe as a totally dreamy vampire in the "Twilight" spoof "Tweenlight," saw a healthy bump over the cartoon's most recent episode.

"Simpsons" averaged a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, up 23 percent from its most recent episode on Oct. 10, before Fox's MLB postseason coverage began.

The episode was down from a 4.1 for last year's "Treehouse" episode - but that was a lot more timely, airing two weeks before Halloween instead of one week after.

In fact, Fox's entire lineup was up by double-digit percentages over their most recent outings, likely due to the Halloween focus, though the network still finished only third for the night.

NBC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 5.3 average overnight rating and a 13 share. CBS was second at 4.6/12, Fox third at 2.8/7, ABC fourth at 2.7/7 and Univision fifth at 1.2/3.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Thirty-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

Also, ratings for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

At 7 p.m. CBS was first with an 8.7 for NFL overrun, followed by NBC with a 2.1 for "Football Night in America." ABC and Fox tied for third at 1.6, ABC for "America's Funniest Home Videos" and Fox for an hour of repeats of "Simpsons," with Univision was fifth with a 0.8 for "Aqui y Ahora."

NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with a 5.8 for NFL pregame and the start of "Sunday Night Football," while CBS fell to second with a 4.0 for "60 Minutes." Fox was third with a 3.4 for "Simpsons" (3.7) and "The Cleveland Show" (3.1), ABC fourth with a 2.5 for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and Univision fifth with a 1.4 for "Mira Quien Baila."

At 9 p.m. NBC was first again with a 6.9 for football, with ABC second with a 4.0 for "Desperate Housewives." Fox was third with a 3.4 for "Family Guy" (3.8) and "American Dad" (2.9), CBS fourth with a 3.2 for "The Amazing Race" and Univision fifth with a 1.6 for more "Baila."

NBC was first at 10 p.m. with a 6.3 for more football, while ABC and CBS tied for second at 2.6, ABC for "Brothers & Sisters" and CBS for "Undercover Boss." Univision was fourth with a 1.0 for "Sal y Pimienta."

CBS led the night among households with a 9.6 average overnight rating and a 15 share. NBC was second at 8.4/13, ABC third at 5.9/9, Fox fourth at 3.5/5 and Univision fifth at 1.7/3.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...en-special.asp
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Business Notes
Study: Comcast-NBC Universal Merger Will Cost Consumers $2.4 Billion
By Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter - November 8th, 2010

The American Cable Association unveiled an economic study Monday that argues that consumers over the next nine years will pay at least $2.4 billion more for pay TV services if regulators don't place conditions on the planned Comcast-NBC Universal deal to curb the combined entertainment giant's pricing power.

The organization, which represents small cable operators and has opposed the proposed merger - at least without conditions, said Monday that $204 million in estimated financial benefits from the deal claimed by the merger partners will be outweighed by "consumer harm" of the transaction of $2.566 billion.

The study, conducted by Dr. William Rogerson, professor of economics at Northwestern University, who served as the FCC's chief economist 1998-1999, estimates vertical harm of the deal at $1.43 billion and the horizontal harm at $1.14 billion over the next nine years.

Vertical harm stems from the combination of programming assets and distribution, which will permit Comcast-NBC Uni to raise the fees it charges for programming to other distributors, including ACA members, such as RCN and WOW!

The horizontal effect stems from the merged firm's control of key programming assets from both companies, which will allow it to negotiate prices for a broader portfolio, the group said.

"It is clear that the Comcast-NBCU deal will send monthly cable bills higher by billions of dollars over the next decade, underscoring ACA's view that regulators must protect consumers and competition from a transaction whose benefits are vastly outweighed by its harms," said ACA president and CEO Matthew Polka. "Without meaningful and cost effective conditions on the Comcast-NBCU transaction, regulators also run the risk of crippling effective competition in the pay-TV distribution market."

Rogerson argues that the combination will raise fees for NBC Uni national cable networks by $1.6 billion, Comcast regional sports networks by $651.2 million and NBC TV stations by $355.6 million. Markets hit the hardest will be those where Comcast has a significant cable presence and owns an RSN in addition to the NBC station, such as in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Conn.

ACA has called for such merger conditions as the right for all distributors that can't reach a programming agreement with Comcast-NBC Uni to submit a dispute to binding baseball-style commercial arbitration.

For smaller operators who can't afford binding baseball-style commercial arbitration, Comcast-NBC Uni "shall be prohibited from requiring any pay-TV provider with 125,000 video subscribers or fewer locally to pay a fee for an NBC station or RSN that is 5% greater than the lowest fee paid by any other local pay-TV distributor for that market's NBC station or the area's RSN," another one of its proposed conditions states.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...l-merger-42878
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TV Notes
Comeback For HBO's 'The Comeback' With Sundance Channel Acquisition
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - November 8th, 2010

It may have been ahead of its time and may have faced a premature cancellation on HBO but now the pay cable network's short-lived comedy series The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow is getting a second lease of life on Sundance Channel, which has acquired basic cable rights to the show.

Created by Kudrow and Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King, The Comeback will make its Sundance Channel premiere on November 23 and will run all 13 produced episodes. Shot in the style of a reality show, The Comeback follows sitcom actress Valerie (Kudrow) through her home life and her career resurgence.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/come...l-acquisition/
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I don't remember all the needless commentary about everything but the game. The announcers are just to full of themselves and they all try way to hard to get ratings. Why can't they just show the game and do the play-by-play.

This is even more on target this weekend. During the Colts/Eagles game when Collie laid motionless on the field, Jim Nantz went on a rant about how dirty the play was, (it wasnt) how the NFL needs to clean up plays like this, (they are) and how people who are against the new rule changes do not want to prevent plays like this (they do).

It was neither the time nor the place for that commentary. I could only imagine the director screaming in Nantz ear to STFU. Even a motor mouth like Simms new not to speak during that time.
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Watch List
Monday Watch List: CONANMANIA
By Drew Magary

Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and get promoted by your boss, only to get demoted by your boss once your retired colleague decides to unretire, only to be let go by your boss and allowed to walk to a smaller company that promises less money but will allow you to keep your beard. LET'S GO!

CONAN - 11:00PM (TBS)
You've been waiting 11 long months for Coco to return to the airwaves. And now, at last, the prodigal son returns ($45 million richer) with his own new late night show on TBS. The debut of Conan marks a milestone in many ways. Conan will be the first real late night cable competitor Jon Stewart has ever had, Chelsea Handler aside. Conan's show also creates an entire late night talk show block for TBS (George Lopez airs after, more on that in a second), which means other cable networks could soon follow suit (FX? Bravo?), further eating away at the long-standing late night dominance of the broadcast networks. This could be the beginning of a whole new THING, or it could just be Conan making jokes with Pimpbot. Either way, it's all terribly exciting.

The thing that should enthrall late night fans most of all about Conan's new show is that it revitalizes the entire category. Late night TV was at its best when Conan was leaving NBC back in January, and the focus that Conan brings back to the genre means that Letterman and company will all be trying to step up their game. Jon Stewart, who I think has coasted by for a while now with relatively easy jokes about Republicans, is gonna have to work a little bit harder with his buddy cannibalizing hipster viewers. And the creative leeway that TBS surely is allowing Conan means he'll be completely untethered, free to go anywhere he pleases with his brand of insane (but never insulting) comedy. It should be something to watch. Conan's guests for the maiden voyage include Seth Rogen and Lea Michele, and Andy Richter returns as Conan's sidekick (BOOSH!). Strap on in. You've waited long enough. ANTICIPATION: HIGH!

HOARDERS - 10:00PM (A&E) A woman's basement is so horribly cluttered that she doesn't even realize that a homeless man has been living in it. It's like a Family Guy joke sprung to life. ANTICIPATION: HIDDEN WINO!

HOUSE - 8:00PM (FOX) Back in time for November sweeps, House introduces Amber Tamblyn this week as a temporary (but hopefully permanent) replacement for Olivia Wilde's tiresome Thirteen character. But more exciting than that, the show brings in Jack Coleman for a guest turn. Mr. Horned Rimmed Glasses himself. The only good thing about Heroes. I hope he's crazy evil. ANTICIPATION: SINISTER!

MATT LAUER REPORTS - 8:00PM (NBC) Our Today show host has a candid sitdown with former President George W. Bush in advance of his new memoir, Decision Points, though I think it would be more enjoyable if the book were called Decider Points. And what is a decision point? Shouldn't the correct title be Decisions? I'm not scolding. I'm just being a snot-nosed punk. ANTICIPATION: BUSHHHHHH!

LOPEZ TONIGHT - 12:00AM (TBS)
But it's NOT tonight anymore! It should be called, Buenas Lopez! Lopez' show has been completely retooled, with a new producer, set and taping schedule (they used to take three hours to tape each show. HOLY UNDERWEAR!). So check it out. ANTICIPATION: LOPEZZY!
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TV Notes
Comeback For HBO's 'The Comeback' With Sundance Channel Acquisition
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - November 8th, 2010

It may have been ahead of its time and may have faced a premature cancellation on HBO but now the pay cable network's short-lived comedy series The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow is getting a second lease of life on Sundance Channel, which has acquired basic cable rights to the show.

Created by Kudrow and Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King, The Comeback will make its Sundance Channel premiere on November 23 and will run all 13 produced episodes. Shot in the style of a reality show, The Comeback follows sitcom actress Valerie (Kudrow) through her home life and her career resurgence.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/come...l-acquisition/

This is one of my all-time favourite television series. Right up there on the shelf beside my 'Veronica Mars' season sets.

I do hope its reprise run on Sundance Channel is a big success for them -- they're not Nielsen rated, so I'm not sure how they'll measure success (new subscriptions or carriage).

Every now and then, a television gem gets a well-deserved comeback.



'The Comeback' story of Valerie Cherish merits a second season, if only to highlight the amazing comedic talents of Miss Lisa Kudrow. Had it survived network and producer politicking, by now in the 'Room and Bored' sitcom canon, we'd probably be winding up season five of poor Valerie playing Juna's beleaguered Aunt Sassy, no doubt still costumed in that hideous pink and white tracksuit.
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^^^ And, like "Veronica Mars," yet another TV-on-DVD series I've owned for years (bought it for $10 new back in the day) that I have yet to watch or even remove the shrink-wrap from the box.
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One of their ESPN channels (probably Classic or ESPN-U), which have as much reach as Versus, will become the permanent home of NHL games and the marquee match-ups will probably be assigned an ESPN 2 or ESPN window. If ESPN is good at anything is hype and cross-promote whatever sports it has the rights to on its most visible time slots. Example: lots of NHL star profiles on "Sports Center" followed by a plug at the end of the piece (and throughout the ESPN/ABC schedule) telling the world to watch the NHL on ESPN X.
Rumors have been rather persistent that change is coming soon to ESPNEWS and ESPN Classic, since the former has been made redundant by 9am-3pm SportsCenter (plus West coast Sportscenter running fresh late into the night) and the latter has been left to languish for years without any decent programming.

But those rumors have been around for a while and so far nothing has happened. They kind of boxed themselves into a corner too, since they named ESPN3 their internet portal. They could've just rebranded ESPNEWS as ESPN3. At this point, with their workflow, it makes more sense to do it that way, since they shuffle programming between the three networks as is.

Maybe there's hope for The Ocho.
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^^^ And, like "Veronica Mars," yet another TV-on-DVD series I've owned for years (bought it for $10 new back in the day) that I have yet to watch or even remove the shrink-wrap from the box.
Jeez and I thought I was bad not having got started on the last two seasons of The Wire I bought two years ago!

Next new show that you are watching that gets canceled prematurely just replace it with Mars. You will not regret it.

As long as you like snappy banter, interesting PI stories and charming lead characters.
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NBC announced today they will not be flexing out SNF Giants/Eagles Nov 21.

No surprise since its a good game + Pack/Vikes & Cots/Pats were protected.

Yay NFC East !!
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Technology Notes
SyFy Begins Blocking Google TV
By Janko Roettgers, The New York Times/GigaOM.com - November 8th, 2010

Want to watch Sanctuary, Stargate Universe or Caprica on your Google TV? Well, you’re out of luck, at least if you’re looking for free episodes on SyFy.com.

The SyFy Channel just joined the list of programmers that block Google TV users from accessing full episodes on their sites, with the video player displaying the following message: “Sorry, the video you’re trying to watch is not currently available on this device.”

GtvHub reported first about the blocking late Saturday, and we were able to confirm it when we tried to access SyFy content with a Logitech Revue.

The move isn’t entirely surprising. SyFy belongs to NBC Universal, which has been blocking Google TV from accessing video content on NBC.com ever since the first Google TV devices reached the market last month.

Google TV users have also been blocked from accessing content from Hulu, ABC and CBS. Some were able to regain access by using various workarounds, but sites like Hulu have been quick to close any loopholes.

However, cable networks have so far been more open to Google TV than the broadcasters. We found that content from most cable channels is still available on the device.

http://www.nytimes.com/external/giga...ref=technology
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TV Notes
AMC Renews 'Walking Dead' For Season 2
By Deadline.com/Press Release - November 8th, 2010

(New York, NY - November 8, 2010) AMC announced today the renewal of The Walking Dead for a 13-episode second season. Since debuting Sunday, October 31, The Walking Dead has broken ratings records, with the series reaching more Adults 18-49 than any other show in the history of cable television.

Today's announcement also includes Fox International Channels' (FIC) global renewal for a second season, following record-breaking premiere ratings in 120 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. The Walking Dead was the highest-rated original series premiere ever to air on FIC simultaneously worldwide.

The Dead' has spread! said Charlie Collier, President, AMC. No other cable series has ever attracted as many Adults 18-49 as The Walking Dead.' This reaffirms viewers' hunger for premium television on basic cable. We are so proud to be bringing back The Walking Dead' again, across the globe.

Ratings Highlights for The Walking Dead - Episode 2, which premiered on AMC Sunday, 11/7:
10pm airing - 3.1 HH rating with over 4.7 million viewers;
Adults 18-49 - 3.3 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 - 2.8 million viewers;
Men 18-49 - 2.1 million viewers.

Ratings Highlights for the The Walking Dead - Episode 1, which premiered on AMC Sunday, 10/31:
10pm airing - 3.7 HH rating with over 5.3 million total viewers;
Adults 18-49 - 3.6 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 - 3.1 million viewers;
Men 18-49 - 2.0 million viewers.

I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one, said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming. The Walking Dead' is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more. Kudos to AMC!

AMC's The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion and Charles Chic Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serve as Executive Producers.

The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.

Shot on location in Atlanta, The Walking Dead is led by a cast that includes Lincoln (Teachers, Love Actually) as Rick Grimes, Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden (The Shield, Stephen King's The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King's The Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Steven Yeun (The Big Bang Theory) as Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy and Chandler Riggs (Get Low) as Carl Grimes.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/amc-...-for-season-2/
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Was that in doubt? Surely they wouldn't have commissioned an HD transition (HD episodes begin tomorrow) if they were planning to cancel it a year from now.
In doubt only because soaps in general are nearing their end life. DOOL's budget slashing two years ago, eliminating major decades long characters of John and Marlena (especially Marlena, given that Stefano was back), was a sign to many that their time was coming too.
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TV Notes
Kevin Pollak to Host Fox Prime-Time Game Show
By Gina DiNunno, TVGuide.com - November 8th, 2010

Kevin Pollak has been tapped to host Fox's new prime-time game show Million Dollar Money Drop, the network announced Monday.

The game show — from the masterminds behind Deal or No Deal — gives a team $1 million in cash; to keep it, they have to answer seven multiple-choice questions.

Million Dollar Money Drop will premiere Monday, Dec. 20 at 8/9c, and air for four consecutive nights to start.

Actor-comedian Pollak is best known for his roles in A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and Casino.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Pollak-F...w-1025198.aspx
This could be a winner for Fox. I've seen the show in the UK and if you enjoy these types of shows it's pretty compelling. Though I'd prefer to see someone like Davina hosting over Kevin.

Is it going to be live like in the UK?
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^^^ Unless Kevin converted (look at the air dates) I don't think it's going to be live.
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Nielsen Overnights
Friday Final Ratings (Network)
From Marc Berman's MediaWeek.com Blog (Posted by Travis Yanan: http://travisyanan.blogspot.com/) - November 8th, 2010

ABC CBS NBC FOX The CW

Supernanny
- 4.717 million viewers
- 3.1/6 HH
- 1.2/4 A18-49

Primetime: What Would You Do?
- 5.711 million viewers
- 3.6/6 HH
- 1.8/6 A18-49

20/20
- 5.352 million viewers
- 3.7/7 HH
- 1.7/5 A18-49


Medium
- 6.969 million viewers
- 4.5/8 HH
- 1.5/6 A18-49

CSI: NY
- 10.577 million viewers
- 6.5/12 HH
- 2.0/7 A18-49

Blue Bloods
- 10.313 million viewers
- 6.5/12 HH
- 1.8/6 A18-49


School Pride
- 2.231 million viewers
- 1.5/3 HH
- 0.6/2 A18-49

Dateline (120 minutes)
- 6.031 million viewers
- 4.0/7 HH
- 1.3/4 A18-49


House (R, 97% coverage FOX normally 98%)
- 3.409 million viewers
- 2.2/4 HH
- 1.0/4 A18-49

The Good Guys (97% coverage)
- 2.701 million viewers
- 1.7/3 HH
- 0.8/3 A18-49


Smallville
- 2.634 million viewers
- 1.6/3 HH
- 1.1/4 A18-49
- 1.2/5 A18-34
- 1.1/5 W18-34

Supernatural
- 2.459 million viewers
- 1.5/3 HH
- 1.1/4 A18-49
- 1.2/5 A18-34
- 1.4/5 W18-34


Source: Nielsen Media Research

Note: Previous overnight ratings are available at Marc Berman's Programmers Insider blog:
http://pifeedback.com/eve/forums/a/t...1433#982101433
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Man I was expecting bigger guest stars on Conan.. I'm guessing TBS couldn't pay big ticket stars.. I even had to google them to see who they were..

But I hope Conan will be as funny as ever.. perhaps with the no restrictions of Network TV?
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Other shoe finally dropped. Wade Phillips fired as head coach of Dallas Cowboys. Jason Garrett replaces him for the remainder of the season. Link from Sports Illustrated article below.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...html?eref=sihp
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TV Notes
AMC Renews 'Walking Dead' For Season 2
By Deadline.com/Press Release - November 8th, 2010

“I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming.

If there are no brains then arent the zombies somewhat cheated.
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Man I was expecting bigger guest stars on Conan.. I'm guessing TBS couldn't pay big ticket stars.. I even had to google them to see who they were..

Actors typically get a small "appearance fee". And maybe a nice hotel/limo if they had to fly them in from out of town.
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This is even more on target this weekend. During the Colts/Eagles game when Collie laid motionless on the field, Jim Nantz went on a rant about how dirty the play was, (it wasnt) how the NFL needs to clean up plays like this, (they are) and how people who are against the new rule changes do not want to prevent plays like this (they do).

It was neither the time nor the place for that commentary. I could only imagine the director screaming in Nantz ear to STFU. Even a motor mouth like Simms new not to speak during that time.

True, the play wasn't dirty, and I hope the guy doesn't get fined for the hit. I really don't believe he was trying to be malicious. Nantz on the other hand, needs to be fined for talking too frakkin' much.
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Rez -- No $$ fine on the player because Austin Collie's contact was a result of Collie being driven toward the defender from a prior hit.


ESPN, NFL reopen rights deal
Mobile rights, cable exclusivity among negotiating points


The NFL and ESPN are in the middle of an exclusive negotiating window that could change important parts of the network’s record-setting $1.1 billion annual rights deal with the league.

The window was triggered around Labor Day and remains open up to Thanksgiving. As part of ESPN’s deal, signed in 2005, the two sides were allowed to reopen the contract to negotiate different terms.

It’s not known which side initiated the trigger, but both groups have interest in renegotiating aspects of the deal. ESPN is looking for enhanced mobile rights, while the league wants the ability to offer a full-season’s worth of NFL games to its own network or, potentially, additional cable partners.

Both ESPN and the NFL declined comment on the talks.

ESPN has “Monday Night Football” games through 2013.ESPN has a deal to carry “Monday Night Football” games through 2013, and that is not expected to change. But the company is talking to the league about acquiring more mobile rights, according to sources familiar with the talks.

ESPN wants the mobile rights to stream “Monday Night Football” games as part of the cable industry’s “TV Everywhere” concept, which allows authenticated cable subscribers to watch full channels via broadband and mobile. Currently, ESPN only has such a deal in place with Time Warner Cable, which last month started streaming the entire ESPN channel to its broadband customers.

Plans to expand the service to mobile customers are still to come.

The problem is, though, that ESPN doesn’t have the rights to stream its “MNF” schedule — or any live NFL games, for that matter — to mobile devices. That means ESPN’s “MNF” games would be blacked out to Time Warner Cable subscribers who want to watch on mobile devices when the operator starts streaming ESPN to mobile devices.

At issue is the NFL’s four-year, $720 million deal that grants Verizon exclusive mobile rights. The NFL wants to protect that deal, which is the league’s most valuable sponsorship agreement.

Another issue preventing the league from granting these rights to ESPN is the NFL’s relationship with Time Warner Cable. So far, TWC is the only cable operator that has the right to stream ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU to its broadband and mobile subscribers. But lingering bitterness exists between the NFL and the cable operator, which still has not cut a deal for NFL Network or NFL RedZone. Because of that, sources say, the NFL is not going out of its way to release rights that would benefit Time Warner Cable.

ESPN is not the only one that would benefit from re-opening the deal, however. The NFL is looking to relax a “cable exclusivity” clause that ESPN put in the original contract. The clause says that no other cable network can carry a full-season’s schedule of NFL games.

NFL Network has carried an eight-game schedule since 2006.

As the NFL looks to expand to an 18-game schedule as early as 2012, the league wants the flexibility to shop additional packages to cable networks, such as, potentially, Turner Sports, Versus and FX.

It is not clear how a renegotiated deal would affect ESPN’s rights fee, which remains the highest of all the league’s television partners, but it’s likely any additional rights would come with an increased fee.

Earlier this year, ESPN successfully negotiated a bundle of broadband, mobile and international rights. It was not allowed to stream “Monday Night Football” to a wireless carrier, however.

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/67312
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I'll have to record this one, what he writes is interesting so I'm going to assume what he says is as well.

I just bought his new book, The War for Late Night: When Leno went Early and Television went Crazy. I loved his last book and HBO movie about the subject in the early '90sThe Late Shift. I'm hoping for more of the same.
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Nielsen Overnights
Friday Final Ratings (Cable)
From Marc Berman's MediaWeek.com Blog (Posted by Travis Yanan: http://travisyanan.blogspot.com/) - November 8th, 2010

Teach: Tony Danza
- 0.534 million viewers
- 0.4/1 HH
- 0.2/1 A18-49

Fatal Attractions (9pm)
- 1.037 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.5/2 A18-49

Swamp Loggers (9pm)
- 1.319 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.6/2 A18-49

Suite Life on Deck
- 3.167 million viewers
- 2.0/4 HH
- 0.5/2 A18-49
- 2.8/13 T12-17
- 4.0/15 K2-11

The Soup
- 1.024 million viewers
- 0.7/1 HH
- 0.5/2 A18-49

ESPN NBA Game (8:06pm, 176 minutes)
- 2.473 million viewers
- 1.6/3 HH
- 1.0/3 A18-49

Real Time with Bill Maher (10pm, 58 minutes)
- 1.282 million viewers
- 0.8/2 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

Big Time Rush
- 2.840 million viewers
- 1.7/3 HH
- 0.4/2 A18-49
- 2.3/10 T12-17
- 4.0/14 K2-11

Victorious
- 2.638 million viewers
- 1.6/3 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49
- 2.4/10 T12-17
- 3.5/13 K2-11

WWE Smackdown (120 minutes)
- 2.772 million viewers
- 1.5/3 HH
- 0.9/3 A18-49

Sanctuary
- 1.257 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

What Not to Wear (9pm)
- 1.304 million viewers
- 0.9/2 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

What Not to Wear (10pm)
- 1.179 million viewers
- 0.8/2 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

Sym-bionic Titan (8pm)
- 1.917 million viewers
- 1.1/2 HH
- 0.3/1 A18-49
- 2.4/9 K2-11

Generator Rex
- 1.652 million viewers
- 1.0/2 HH
- 0.2/1 A18-49
- 2.1/8 K2-11

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- 1.838 million viewers
- 1.2/2 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49
- 2.0/7 K2-11


Source: Nielsen Media Research

http://pifeedback.com/eve/forums/a/t...1433#463101433
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Nielsen Notes
Nielsen: More Than 80% of Viewing Still in Standard Def
Only 19% of broadcast programming and 13% of cable is viewing in HD
By George Winslow -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/8/2010 4:18:51 PM

Even though Americans have spent billions of dollars on new high definition TV sets and more than 56% of all American homes are getting HD signals on their high def sets, most viewing, well over 80%, is still done in standard definition, Nielsen reports. Only 13% of the viewing for the entire day of cable programming and only 19% of the viewing in broadcast TV is done in high definition, the study found.

The lack of HD viewing reflects several factors, including the fact that 44% of all homes either don't have an HD set or haven't hooked their high def set up so they are receiving HD signals. Many homes with HD sets also have standard definition sets in other rooms that are regularly used. Even when viewers are using a HD set, about 20% of the viewing is done on standard def feeds.

The study also found that HD viewing varies by the type of programming and age. Sports networks lead in HD viewing, with about 21% of all sports viewing being done in HD, followed by entertainment networks (16% in HD), news networks (15%) and kids networks (2%.)

People aged 18 to 34 were the most likely to watch programming in HD, with this demographic viewing 28% of its sports programming in HD, followed by entertainment networks (23%) and news networks (18%).

HD viewing also varied with race and ethnicity, with about two thirds of all Asian homes set up to watch HD, while around half of all African American homes were getting HD signals on their high def sets.

Looking forward, Nielsen predicated that several factors would boost HD viewing, including the spread of HD TV sets into bedrooms where kids and teens do much of their viewing and the growth in the number of HD channels.

While Nielsen found that 56% of homes are able to view HD programming, the actual number of homes with HD sets is actually higher, over 60%. A number of people have still not hooked their HD TV up to either an antenna or a HD service from a multichannel provider so they can receive HD signals.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...andard_Def.php
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TV Notes
Three Actors Vying For 'Spartacus' Lead
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - November 8th, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: The search for the new lead of Starz's flagship drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, is entering its final stage, with the field narrowed down to three actors: Stephen Amell, Aiden Turner and Liam McIntyre. I hear the three are being flown to New Zealand for screen tests and to meet with the show's cast and crew, with a final decision on who would be the next Spartacus expected as early as this week. The actor will replace original Spartacus star Andy Whitfield who dropped out in September when his cancer returned. He was first diagnosed with treatable Stage 1 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in early March when the series was in pre-production on Season 2.

Whitfield's cancer recurrence put the second season of Spartacus in limbo, leaving the series' producers with a choice to recast the role or end the series,which put Starz on the original programming map with its highly-rated first season. Ultimately, they launched a search for a new actor to play the famous gladiator. Like Australian Whitfield was before he landed Spartacus, Canadian Amell (Closing the Ring), Brit Turner (All My Children) and Australian McIntyre (The Pacific) are relatively unknown foreign actors with chiseled looks and impressive physique. Turner is probably the most familiar name among the three because of his long run on All My Children and his stint as a contestant on ABC's hit reality series Dancing with the Stars in the spring. The Spartacus prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, is slated to launch in January.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/thre...partacus-lead/
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Technology Notes
SyFy Begins Blocking Google TV
By Janko Roettgers, The New York Times/GigaOM.com - November 8th, 2010

Google really didn't think this one out, I suspect that the Google TV devices are going to tank terribly.
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