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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Football boosts NBC to No. 1 on Sunday
Averages a 6.5 among 18-49s in primetime
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 17, 2012

The story of Sunday night, as it will be for the next four months, was football.

NBC dominated primetime with “Sunday Night Football,” and CBS got a nice boost from its 7 p.m. football overrun, which prompted the network to revise its Sunday primetime schedule earlier in the week.

“SNF” averaged a 7.5 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30 to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, easily the highest-rated program of the night.

Note, fast nationals measure only timeslot, not program, data, and the football game ran well past 11 p.m. Its final rating will likely adjust up.

The game between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers peaked with an 8.1 at 8:30 p.m.

Earlier in the night, CBS scored the night’s second-best rating with a 6.3 at 7 p.m. for football overrun.

The network shifted its Sunday primetime schedule last week, acknowledging the fact that football was pushing back show start times week after week. The move was designed to help viewers know when to tune into their programs for the remainder of the night.

“60 Minutes” now starts at 7:30 p.m., and last night it got a nice lift from football, averaging a 3.2.

NBC finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 6.5 average overnight rating and a 17 share. CBS was second at 2.5/7, Fox third at 2.0/5, Univision fourth at 1.0/3, ABC fifth at 0.7/2 and Telemundo sixth 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-five percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 7 p.m. CBS led with a 5.0 for football and the first half of "Minutes," followed by NBC with a 3.9 for "Football Night in America." Fox was third with a 2.0 for reruns of "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show," ABC fourth with a 0.9 for a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos," Univision fifth with a 0.7 for "Aqui y Ahora" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.3 for the movie "El Cuatrero."

NBC moved to first at 8 p.m. with a 7.3 for NFL pregame and "SNF," while CBS slipped to second with a 2.7 for the end of "Minutes" and start of "Big Brother." Fox was third with a 1.9 for repeats of "The Simpsons," Univision fourth with a 1.1 for "Mira Quien Baila," ABC fifth with a 0.6 for a repeat of "Revenge" and Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for its movie.

At 9 p.m. NBC was first again with a 7.9 for football, with Fox second with a 2.0 for "Family Guy" reruns. CBS was third with a 1.6 for "Brother" and the start of a repeat of "The Good Wife," Univision fourth with a 1.3 for "Baila," ABC fifth with a 0.6 for more "Revenge" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.4 for "Yo Me Llamo."

NBC was on top again at 10 p.m. with a 6.9 for football, followed by Univision with a 0.9 for the final hour of "Baila." ABC and CBS tied for third at 0.7, ABC for another "Revenge" rerun and CBS for "Good Wife" and a repeat of "The Mentalist," and Telemundo was fifth with a 0.3 for more "Yo Me Llamo."

Among households, NBC was first for the night with a 9.6 average overnight rating and a 15 share. CBS was second at 5.7/9, Fox third at 2.6/4, ABC fourth at 2.3/4, Univision fifth at 1.4/2 and Telemundo sixth at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/football-boosts-nbc-to-no-1-on-sunday/

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TV Sports
With lockout, NHL season is now on ice

It's taken seven years for the National Hockey League to fully recover from the last player lockout, but it seems the hard lessons of that work stoppage did not stick.

The league is in another potentially damaging lockout.

The collective bargaining agreement between players and owners expired on Saturday night, following two days without any substantive negotiations.

A note posted on NHL.com over the weekend said that training camps will be suspended until a new CBA is reached.

The season was slated to start on Oct. 11. Unless the two sides reach an agreement in the next 10 days, which seems unlikely, that start day is in jeopardy.

Another lockout seemed unthinkable just a few years ago, when the NHL began enjoying a surge of popularity following four years of ratings decline and fan malaise following the last lockout.

The entire 2004-'05 season was wiped out by a labor dispute, and when players finally returned to the ice, they were met with disinterest.

ESPN dropped its carriage of the league. Instead the fledgling Versus, which has since become NBC Sports Network, began carrying games, to low viewership.

NBC picked up the NHL finals without even paying a carriage fee.

But then came the 2010 Olympics, and the popularity of hockey soared as the U.S. and Canada battled for the gold medal.

The hockey fever carried into the playoffs, and viewership hit new highs during last year's Stanley Cup finals.

The NHL signed a new deal with Versus and NBC in April 2011 that netted the NHL $200 million over 10 years, more than double the value of its previous contract.

Perhaps flush with the new dollars, players and owners seem to have forgotten how badly both sides came out of the last lockout, when fans became disgusted with what they perceived as the extreme greed on both sides.

Players and owners haven't spoken since Wednesday and remain at odds over how to split the league's revenue.

Last season players earned 57 percent. Owners want to cut that down so that players no longer command the majority of the profits, but the NHL Players Association has staunchly fought that attempt.

Training camps were supposed to open on Friday. Instead several NHL players have already signed deals to play in Europe for the next several months, signaling an apparent belief that the lockout won't wrap up anytime soon.

It seems labor unrest has been the story of professional sports over the past 16 months. Last year both the NFL and the NBA instituted lockouts.

The NFL lockout ended after several months without any regular-season games getting canceled. But the NBA lost about six weeks of the season.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/with-lockout-nhl-season-is-now-on-ice/
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TV Notes
Stephen Colbert, 'Modern Family' Cast Among 'Good Morning America' Guest Hosts
By Tim Keneally, TheWrap.com - Sep. 17, 2012

"Good Morning America" will be getting a dose of truthiness in the coming weeks.

"The Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert will be among the numerous guest hosts to fill in for ailing co-host Robin Roberts on ABC's morning show, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Also slated to guest-host in Roberts' absence: Cast members of ABC's primetime hit "Modern Family," a different one of which will guest-host each day for a week.

"Parks and Recreation" star Rob Lowe has also been tapped to fill in.

Roberts took medical leave at the end of August to prepare for a bone marrow transplant. The host, 51, has been diagnosed with the blood and bone marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome, also referred to as MDS. (USA Today reports that Roberts will undergo the transplant this week.)

"GMA" senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski told the AP that the celebrity guest hosts will be featured in the show's second hour, which leans toward pop culture topics, and that the show is hoping that the guests will provide some spontaneous laughs for the audience.

Also read: Stephen Colbert's Children's Book, "I Am Pole," to Be Released on May 8 (Video)

"It shows them in a different light for a little bit and you get to see them do something different," said Cibrowski. "It might be a little funny if they have to read the prompter and there's some slip-up. It's all spontaneous."

In addition to the celebrity guests, seasoned television journalists Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters are expected to fill in for Roberts, as is Oprah Winfrey.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/stephen-colbert-modern-family-cast-among-good-morning-america-guest-hosts-56701
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TV Notes
Shakira, Usher Join 'The Voice' for Spring, Replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green
By Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter - Sep. 17, 2012

Shakira and Usher have closed deals to join the spring edition of NBC’s The Voice.

The network announced the news Monday afternoon, shortly after The Hollywood Reporter reported that the duo were close to finalizing deals with the show.

Shakira and Usher will replace Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will return for the fourth cycle. Aguilera, who is working on a new album to be released in November, has made no secret of her desire to make more time for her music.

During an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his radio program, she characterized The Voice as a "side project."

Both Shakira and Usher fit into the Voice mold of recruiting recording artists who are still topping the sales charts. Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of alternative and late night programming, recently told THR that “a chair on the panel is not a job for life, nor should it be.”

And he added that the coach's “authenticity, relevance and credibility are all wrapped up in what they do and how they define themselves, which is as active, relevant touring musicians. That may mean a seat on the panel becomes available.”

Representatives for Usher and Shakira declined comment.

As the competition between singing shows has heated up, it has become increasingly important to lure big-name talent. American Idol last week announced its new judging panel with widely rumored additions of Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban joining Mariah Carey, who finalized her $18 million-deal during the summer. One source says Minaj will bank about $12 million, though another source says the number is about $7 million plus allowances for hair and makeup teams. Urban is said to be taking home about half of what Minaj will make. Randy Jackson, who has been behind the judges table since the show’s inception and is Carey’s manager, also returns as a judge for season 12.

The new Idol panelists replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

Adding fresh faces to the Voice coaching panel is in keeping with a growing trend of musical chairs at singing competition shows -- an imperative to stand out from the pack.

The X Factor this season signed up Britney Spears (for about $15 million) and Demi Lovato (at $1 million) to replace fired first-season judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

Aguilera is also heading back out on tour in support of her new album, Lotus. Meanwhile, Green has a scripted comedy based on his life in development at NBC.

“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to The Voice," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in press release announcing the move. “The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake. Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and CeeLo. The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return.”

Both Aguilera and Green are expected to return for the show’s fifth cycle next fall.

“Being a coach on The Voice is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family,” added Aguilera. “I am so proud of being part of the show from the beginning, all the work we've done, and proud of what the show stands for as a whole. As I have expressed since day one of the show, that I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love. Since this year NBC and The Voice have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for.”

Added Green: “It’s great to also give a host of other talent the chance to experience what a joy it is to be part of what is truly THE BEST SHOW of them all, THE VOICE! I will return for season five and will be watching season four. NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned – ‘mi casa su casa.’”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/voice-shakira-usher-370785
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Emmy Notes
Jimmy Kimmel is ready for the Emmys
By Marco Della Cava, USA Today - Sep. 18, 2012

Jimmy Kimmel sounds faintly out of breath. "Sorry, I've been testing comedy effects," he says. "Right now, I look like (the bulldog) Petey from Little Rascals. I'm also a wreck."

Such is the glamorous life of an Emmy telecast host. Anything for a laugh.

But as Kimmel prepares for his Jimmy Kimmel Live to move a half-hour earlier to face Letterman and Leno come January, he vows to make a good impression as he takes the baton from last year's Emmy host, Glee's Jane Lynch, Sunday (ABC, 7 ET/4 PT).

"I'd like to do a very good job, so I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself," he says. "I love TV. I watch five or six hours a day, I even watch on a small TV under my (host) desk during commercial breaks. There's a reason my body is in the shape it's in."

Despite Emmy promos that show Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez doing Kimmel's taxes and The Office's John Krasinski giving the host a piggyback ride, this new job has required some heavy lifting. "The toughest part has been getting other people to participate (in filmed bits)," says Kimmel. "I feel like when I was 12 years old, trying to get people to play Nerf football. One person's never home. Someone else is crying."

Asked whether he'll be more of the biting Ricky Gervais-style host or a good-natured Billy Crystal type, he says he'd be foolish to take any tack but his own. "I'll just shoot for what I always do."

Kimmel, a fan of Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Dancing With the Stars, among others, will be pulling for a few favorites. "I know Bryan (Cranston of Bad) wins all the time, but it'd be great to see if his show can beat Mad Men," shooting for a record fifth consecutive drama win. "And who could vote against (reality show host) Betty White?"

Kimmel's 10-year-old show took its first nomination this year. Don't think he wouldn't like to beat nine-time winner The Daily Show. "I would think by now Jon (Stewart) is sick of thanking people. Who's left to thank, the lady who grooms your dog?"

He's willing to reveal only one thing about the show. Although he came to the pre-dawn nominations in July in a pair of fuchsia pajamas, this weekend "don't worry, I'm going to wear pants."

http://www.usatoday.com/life/tv/story/2012/09/17/jimmy-kimmel-is-ready-for-the-emmys/57797286/1
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They send that cost right down to the subscribers charging them over $5 a month for their channel. That amount will continue to rise as their monopoly gets bigger.
No doubt, it's obscene the amount of money involved in what used to be a very boring sport visually. The article talks about how the NFL along with advancements in TV broadcasting techniques has taken a boring sport and evolved it into an exciting show, a show that keeps people's interest for 3 hrs while watching a 1 hr regulation game that really only has maybe 15 mins of real action.
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So, Comcast now owning NBC and Universal isn't vertical integration?
Or how about Timer Warner?
Not to mention, both those have a significant number of satellite customers as broadband customers.
...and to think the feds didn't want Dish and DirecTV to merge. I'm personally glad the deal fell through, but still...

Exactly! Just look at CSN Philly as an example of what will happen to the satellite providers and cable overbuilders..
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Exactly! Just look at CSN Philly as an example of what will happen to the satellite providers and cable overbuilders..
While I'm not a fan of oppressive regulations to halt growth, it seems like the government is on a tear lately removing decades of the regulations created to prevent big businesses from doing whatever negative things they want strictly for the bottom line.

Banks, media companies and communications companies all seem to have gotten even bigger than before the regulations were originally put in place - and they now charge customers far more than they ever did for the privilege of often having no other options. Even when there is a competitor, it's often a wash to switch as pricing, fees, hardware and features are often nearly identical.

Essentially, despite the "choices", we have monopolies through lack of differentiation.

The only options left are to hold back features or make deals for "exclusive" items, something that will become far easier for the big cablecos than it is now.

Cable companies used to be satisfied with their hold on the customer through ease in connecting to the outlet nearly every house and apartment has come standard with for the last 20 years. No muss, no fuss made the choice easy. Now, with HD and other services that require a box, it's not so simple and cable has taken a hit. Exclusive channels are their only ace in the hole they have left and soon they can go back to exercising it.
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No doubt, it's obscene the amount of money involved in what used to be a very boring sport visually. The article talks about how the NFL along with advancements in TV broadcasting techniques has taken a boring sport and evolved it into an exciting show, a show that keeps people's interest for 3 hrs while watching a 1 hr regulation game that really only has maybe 15 mins of real action.

Sorry but that's just BS. Soccer and basketball may have more "action" but I find both boring as hell. Sorry, but 2 teams kicking the ball back and forth for 90 minutes just to come to a 0-0 tie is not exciting to me.
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Sorry but that's just BS. Soccer and basketball may have more "action" but I find both boring as hell. Sorry, but 2 teams kicking the ball back and forth for 90 minutes just to come to a 0-0 tie is not exciting to me.

I enjoy playing the games of Soccer and Basketball...great excercise...

I enjoy watching footbal/baseball.
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MONDAY'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)
An impressive debut for NBC’s ‘Revolution’
Top drama premiere on any network in three years
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 18, 2012

NBC’s highly anticipated new drama “Revolution” delivered on those expectations last night.

The show had the best debut for any new drama in three years, getting a strong lead-in from NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice.”

“Revolution” averaged a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights. The last new drama to score that high was ABC’s “V,” which bowed to a 5.2 in 2009.

In fact, “Revolution” was the highest-rated 10 p.m. drama on any network since an episode of ABC’s “Private Practice” drew a 4.2 in January 2010.

It also marked NBC’s top-rated drama debut since “Bionic Woman” averaged a 5.7 in 2007.

“Revolution” retained 89 percent of “Voice’s” lead-in. The show did decline from a 4.4 for its first half hour to a 3.8 in its second, which may indicate that some of the audience wasn’t interested in what it saw.

But overall it was a very strong debut on a good night for NBC.

“Voice” had its best rating since March 19, even bettering last May’s finale, which averaged a 4.4.

In other series premieres last night, Fox’s new drama “The Mob Doctor” didn’t fare well. The show averaged just a 1.5 rating at 9 p.m., airing opposite NBC’s dominant “Voice.”

It dropped 35 percent of lead-in “Bones’” 2.3 rating.

NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 4.4 average overnight rating and a 12 share. Fox was second at 1.9/5, ABC third at 1.7/4, Univision fourth at 1.6/4, CBS fifth at 1.3/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1 and CW seventh at 0.3/1.

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-five percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

NBC finished first each hour, beginning with a 4.3 at 8 p.m. for the first half of "Voice," followed by Fox with a 2.3 for "Bones." Univision was third with a 1.7 for "Por Ella Soy Eva," ABC fourth with a 1.6 for "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," and CBS fifth with a 1.4 for back-to-back repeats of "How I Met Your Mother." The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.4, CW for "The L.A. Complex" and Telemundo for "Rosa Diamante."

At 9 p.m. NBC increased its lead with a 4.9 for more "Voice," while ABC and Univision tied for second at 1.8, ABC for more "CMA" and Univision for "Abismo de Pasion." CBS was fourth with a 1.6 for two reruns of "2 Broke Girls," Fox fifth with a 1.5 for "The Mob Doctor," Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for "Corazon Valiente" and CW seventh with a 0.2 for more "L.A. Complex."

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 4.1 for "Revolution," with ABC second with a 1.6 for "CMA." Univision was third with a 1.4 for "Amor Bravio," CBS fourth with a 0.9 for a repeat of "Hawaii Five-0" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.5).

Among households, NBC was first for the night with a 7.7 average overnight rating and a 12 share. ABC was second at 4.1/6, Fox third at 4.0/6, CBS fourth at 3.1/5, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1 and CW seventh at 0.4/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/an-impressive-debut-for-nbcs-revolution/

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Nielsen Notes (Syndication)
Yes, daytime has a new No. 1 talk show
And it's not 'Katie,' not yet. 'Ellen' is tops during premiere week

There is a new queen of daytime TV, and it’s not Katie Couric, at least not yet.

During the most-hyped premiere week in years, veteran talk show host Ellen DeGeneres topped the competition for the first time, with “Ellen” finishing just ahead of the resurgent “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”

“Ellen” averaged a 2.9 household rating for the week ended Sept. 16, according to Nielsen metered markets, 0.1 ahead of “Live.”

Among the key women 25-54 demo, “Ellen” drew a 1.9, topping “Live” by 0.3.

Her win was a surprise. There had been so much attention focused on the new shows, including the premiere of Couric’s highly anticipated “Katie” and the return of host Ricki Lake to syndication, that DeGeneres seemed more of an afterthought.

But she continued the momentum gained last season, when “Ellen” moved into a number of the plum timeslots vacated by Oprah Winfrey in top markets across the country.

“Katie” did well in her first week, too, though her ratings dipped following a very strong first day, when she tied for the best talk show debut since “Dr. Phil” 10 years ago.

Couric’s show averaged a 2.3 for the week after premiering to a 2.8. She finished fourth overall for the week, behind “Ellen,” “Live” and “Dr. Phil,” and was easily the No. 1 new talk show.

Among women 25-54, “Katie” was third for the week with a 1.2, even topping “Dr. Phil,” last season’s No. 1 talk show among households.

“Live” continued its strong start to the season, placing second for the week in households and women 25-54.

The program, which like “Katie” is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, actually scored the best debut of any show this season during the week ended Sept. 9, when Michael Strahan was introduced as the program’s new co-host.

“Live” averaged a 3.1 that week, before most of the talk competition had returned.

“Dr. Oz” rounded out the top five among households with a 2.2.

Among the new talk shows, “The Steve Harvey Show” placed second with a 1.4 household rating and 0.9 in women 25-54, finishing seventh overall. The show has made strong improvements on both its lead-in and last year’s timeslot average.

“Jeff Probst” and “Ricki” got off to slower starts, drawing a 0.8 and 0.7, respectively, in households and ranking in the bottom three.

“Ricki” was hurt a bit by a retransmission dispute in New York City between the station that carries her, WPIX, and Cablevision. The spat kept her program off the air in 40 percent of the country’s No. 1 market.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/yes-daytime-has-a-new-no-1-talk-show/
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
An impressive debut for NBC’s ‘Revolution’
Top drama premiere on any network in three years
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 18, 2012
NBC’s highly anticipated new drama “Revolution” delivered on those expectations last night.

The show had the best debut for any new drama in three years, getting a strong lead-in from NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice.”

“Revolution” averaged a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights. The last new drama to score that high was ABC’s “V,” which bowed to a 5.2 in 2009.

Wow. I wanted to like it, but it made my brain hurt.

xnappo
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Not sure if it's on the newsstands yet but the current issue of Rolling Stone has a very good article about how football on TV has evolved and what's entailed in producing what you see at home. It focuses on the crew that does the ESPN broadcasts. Also mentions that the latest contract ESPN has with the NFL is costing them(ESPN) $111mm per game, that's a lot of money!

It's more shocking what they pay relative to Fox, CBS and NBC. They get easily the weakest package of games of the four, yet they pay by far the most.
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Originally Posted by BCF68 View Post

Sorry but that's just BS. Soccer and basketball may have more "action" but I find both boring as hell. Sorry, but 2 teams kicking the ball back and forth for 90 minutes just to come to a 0-0 tie is not exciting to me.
Your comment has nothing to do with what I'm talking about.

I didn't compare any sport to another as far as being enjoying to watch, I compared watching football on TV many, many years ago - seeing a bunch of helmeted people mash into each other from a great distance to gain 3 yds - to watching football on TV today - being practically inside the huddle and visually within a few feet of the play as it happens - it's a completely different experience, one that has made football the biggest entertainment spectacle on TV today, it's far more show today than game(to paraphrase the title of the piece in RS.)

What that has to do with soccer and basketball, I have no idea.
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It's more shocking what they pay relative to Fox, CBS and NBC. They get easily the weakest package of games of the four, yet they pay by far the most.
That's what happens when you have money to burn I suppose.
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That's what happens when you have money to burn I suppose.
No, it's what happens when the league demands that much knowing that - for the time being - ESPN will pay it to keep the contract.

The thing is, if it keeps going up the way it has been, I can foresee a time when ESPN says no way to it based on the value for the cost. The current contract doesn't run out for a while - more than enough time to bolster their lineup elsewhere.

Why do you think they're so heavily invested in college football, to the point where they've actually created additional events to increase the value of the package to the network?

It's a bargain by comparison, yet generates a ton of ad revenue and other sponsorship dollars. There may come a time where the return on the NFL pales in comparison and they can afford to give it up. It's getting closer to the point where ESPN needs the NFL less than the NFL needs them.
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ESPN will keeping paying stupid amounts of money to sports leagues as long as they can keep getting more money from the cable and satellite providers. Their model won't change until the providers start to balk about passing that cost along to all subs and try to make them a premium channel. I don't know if any provider except perhaps Dish Network would take on that fight.
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ESPN will keeping paying stupid amounts of money to sports leagues as long as they can keep getting more money from the cable and satellite providers. Their model won't change until the providers start to balk about passing that cost along to all subs and try to make them a premium channel. I don't know if any provider except perhaps Dish Network would take on that fight.
Actually, they'll pay more only if the return is there.

If the NFL games suck and the ratings don't justify the cost of the package, I can totally see them dumping it. They know full well that ratings do equate to demand for the channel and demand for the channel equates to the price they can get for it.

At a certain point, it doesn't matter how much they get in fees - if the product costs too much for the performance it provides, it's not going to stay on the network.
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If the NFL doesn't do something about the situation with the refs networks will have to start re-scheduling their prime time shows due to all the slow downs from poor officiating. rolleyes.gif
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No doubt, it's obscene the amount of money involved in what used to be a very boring sport visually. The article talks about how the NFL along with advancements in TV broadcasting techniques has taken a boring sport and evolved it into an exciting show, a show that keeps people's interest for 3 hrs while watching a 1 hr regulation game that really only has maybe 15 mins of real action.



You're close. I remember reading about an egghead who sat down with a stopwatch and timed the actual action on the field. NFL games were averaging 9 minutes of real action.
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You're close. I remember reading about an egghead who sat down with a stopwatch and timed the actual action on the field. NFL games were averaging 9 minutes of real action.

I don't watch much, but the NFL was made for DVR - 30 second skip pretty much takes you from snap to snap.
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Technology Notes
All the TV News Since 2009, on One Web Site
By Bill Carter, The New York Times - Sep. 18, 2012

Inspired by a pillar of antiquity, the Library of Alexandria, Brewster Kahle has a grand vision for the Internet Archive, the giant aggregator and digitizer of data, which he founded and leads.

“We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans,” Mr. Kahle said.

As of Tuesday, the archive’s online collection will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news.

The latest ambitious effort by the archive, which has already digitized millions of books and tried to collect everything published on every Web page for the last 15 years (that adds up to more than 150 billion Web pages), is intended not only for researchers, Mr. Kahle said, but also for average citizens who make up some of the site’s estimated two million visitors each day. “The focus is to help the American voter to better be able to examine candidates and issues,” Mr. Kahle said. “If you want to know exactly what Mitt Romney said about health care in 2009, you’ll be able to find it.”

Of course, if you want to discredit or satirize a politician based on a clip showing some reversal of a position, that will be made easier as well. Or, as Mr. Kahle put it, “Let a thousand Jon Stewarts bloom.”

Many conventional news outlets will be available, including CNN, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, and every purveyor of eyewitness news on local television stations. And Mr. Stewart’s program, “The Daily Show” is one of those 1,000 series that is part of the new news archive.

“Absolutely,” Mr. Kahle said. “We think of it as news.”

The Internet Archive has been quietly recording the news material from all these outlets, which means, Mr. Kahle said, capturing not only every edition of “60 Minutes” on CBS but also every minute of every day on CNN.

All of this will be available, free, to those willing to dive into the archive starting Tuesday. Mr. Kahle said the method for the search for information would be the closed-captioned words that have accompanied the news programs. The user simply plugs in the words of the search, along with some kind of time frame, and matches of news clips will appear.

Mr. Kahle predicted there would often be hundreds of matches, but he said the system had an interface that would make it easy to browse quickly through 30-second clips in search of the right one. If a researcher wants a copy of the entire program, a DVD will be sent on loan.

The inspiration of the Library of Alexandria, the archive of the knowledge in ancient world in Egypt, was not frivolous. Mr. Kahle said that early effort to assemble the collected works of civilization was in his mind when he conceived the idea to use the almost infinite capacity of the Web to pursue the modern equivalent.

“You could turn all the books in the Library of Congress into a stack of disks that would fit in one shopping cart in Best Buy,” Mr. Kahle said. He estimates that the Internet Archive now contains about 9,000 terabytes of data; by contrast, the digital collection of the Library of Congress is a little more than 300 terabytes, according to an estimate earlier this year.

Mr. Kahle calls himself a technologist and says he moved to the archive project after previously founding and selling off two data-mining companies, one to AOL, the other to Amazon.

The television news project, like his other archive projects, is financed mainly through outside grants, though Mr. Kahle did put up some of his own money to start. He said grants from the National Archives, the Library of Congress and other government agencies and foundations made up the bulk of the financing for the project. He set the annual budget at $12 million, and said about 150 people were working on the project.

The act of copying all this news material is protected under a federal copyright agreement signed in 1976. That was in reaction to a challenge to a news assembly project started by Vanderbilt University in 1968.

The archive has no intention of replacing or competing with the Web outlets owned by the news organizations. Mr. Kahle said new material would not be added until 24 hours after it was first broadcast. “We don’t expect this to replace CNN.com,” he said.

As enormous as the news collection is, it is only the beginning, Mr. Kahle said. The plan is to “go back” year by year, and slowly add news video going back to the start of television. That will require some new and perhaps more challenging methodology because the common use of closed-captioning only started around 2002.

Mr. Kahle said some new technique, perhaps involving word recognition, would be necessary. “We need some interface that is good enough and doesn’t interrupt commerce enough that they get upset with us.”

But the goals for the news service remain as ambitious as all the other services the Internet Archive has embarked upon.

“Yes, we want eventually to be able to make coverage of, say, the 1956 political conventions available,” Mr. Kahle said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/business/media/internet-archive-amasses-all-tv-news-since-2009.html?_r=1&ref=media1
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Obituary
NFL Films President Steve Sabol Dies at 69
By Danielle Paquette, TheWrap.com - Sep. 18, 2012

Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, died Tuesday after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 69.

Regarded by NFL fans, players, commentators and executives as a football innovator, Sabol took the reins of the league’s official production company in 1985 from his father, Ed Sabol, who founded the venture.

Under Sabol's guidance, NFL Films was the first production company to wire players and coaches for sound and use ground-level, slow-motion montage editing in sports.

During his three-decade rule at NFL Films, Sabol won more than 40 Emmy awards and oversaw 107 Emmys.

Sabol started his career as a cameraman.

"Steve was the creative genius behind NFL Films' remarkable work," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday in an email to NFL personnel, which was posted on NFL.com. "Steve's passion for football was matched only by his talent and energy. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we looked at football and sports, and a great friend. His legacy is assured.”

After news of Sabol’s death broke, admirers took to Twitter:

“I am greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Sabol,” wrote former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. “I would like to send my most heartfelt condolences to the Sabol family.”

“He did not play or coach or own a team but few have impacted the NFL like Steve Sabol,” tweeted ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” announcer Mike Tirico. “So sad to lose this legend.”

“The NFL lost one of its most influential figures and the world lost a great man. RIP, Steve Sabol,” wrote NFL analyst Adam Schefter.

“Steve Sabol always refused to name his favorite player of all time: ‘It's like asking me to name my favorite noodle in a spaghetti dinner,’ recalled veteran Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King.

Sabol is survived by his wife, Penny, his son Casey, his sister Blair and his parents Ed and Audrey.

The Sabol family requested that any donations be sent to the Jefferson Foundation for Brain Tumor Research, c/o Lindsey Walker, 925 Chestnut Street, Suite 110, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/nfl-films-president-steve-sabol-dies-69-56946
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TV Notes
FX’s ‘Totally Biased’ Renewed For Second Cycle
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Sep. 18, 2012

FX has now extended both of its late-night comedy series. After ordering seven more episodes of Russell Brand‘s Brand X in July, the cable network has now done the same with Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell. The show, executive produced by Chris Rock, will wrap its six-episode first cycle Thursday at 11 PM. The second cycle will begin October 11 in a new 11:30 PM time period, following the return of the revamped BrandX With Russell Brand that night at 11 PM. “What we’ve seen through five shows only reinforces our belief that Kamau is one of the sharpest, smartest and funniest young comedians in the business,” said FX EVP Nick Grad. “He brings an interesting perspective to late-night TV and has proven to be very comfortable in this format.”

Totally Biased, from Bell and executive producers Rock, Chuck Sklar and Keri Smith Esguia, stars stand-up comedian Bell as he dissects politics, pop culture, race, religion, sex and the media. The show, produced by FX Prods, also features live guests and taped segments. Said Rock, “I’m very excited and looking forward to working with the good people at FX. Please don’t tell Rupert Murdoch.”

http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/fxs-totally-biased-renewed-for-second-cycle/
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TV Sports
NFL ratings bulletproof even with replacement refs?
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Sep. 18, 2012

The top truism in TV sports: NFL TV ratings are bulletproof.

So there's no way ratings for NFL games, which last year produced 23 of the 25 highest-rated TV shows of the fall TV season, could take a hit. After the past two NFL seasons were the most-watched since 1989, nothing could stop its ratings roll.

Right? But remember that sometimes when consumer demand is on fire -- like the craving for Internet stocks in the 1990's or for home real estate before that bubble burst -- it turns out that everything isn't as good as it seems.

And the league might be about to find out if its ratings are bulletproof. If, that is, it keeps using not-ready-for-primetime replacement refs on TV's most-watched shows.

In the short run, the learning-on-the-job substitutes for the locked-out refs might be a TV attraction. They've certainly created what any TV shows want: More buzz.

That showed up in ESPN's Denver Broncos-Atlanta Falcons Monday NightFootball rating. Obviously, in the kind of thing that the league with the most made-for-TV scheduling looks for, an early-season TV platform for Peyton Manning in a Broncos uniform will be a draw.

ESPN's MNF drew a 10 rating, which translates to 10% of U.S. households -- up 29% from comparable coverage of a St. Louis Rams-New York Giants game last year.

But that big audience heard ESPN announcers, particularly MikeTirico, repeatedly note officiating flaws that should have embarrassed the league -- even as it also lengthened the cablecast as the new refs tried to sort things out.

It's not often you hear announcers, particularly on networks paying billions to carry NFL games, in effect criticizing the league itself.

But Tirico on Tuesday said ESPN hasn't put any restrictions on what he could say about the replacements. "I have not been told anything except to share your honest opinion," he said. "At no point has anyone at our place said, 'Lay off the officials.' ''

While Tirico suggests the replacements will improve with time, for now he mainly feels sorry for them. "The players, after Week 1, got a better sense of what they could get away with. I wouldn't be surprised if the league just told them to be more aggressive -- be quicker with the whistle. But I feel bad for them. They're doing the best they can. I have empathy for them. They're in a brutal spot."

Spokespeople for other networks carrying NFL games said Tuesday they have no restrictions on what their announcers can say about the refs. And clearly, the TV analysts are turning on the league. NBC's Tony Dungy says the replacements are missing downfield contact, which has resulted in "a lot of wrestling" between receivers and defenders. ESPN's Steve Young, after MNF's Denver-Atlanta game, criticized the officiating but insisted the league doesn't need to worry about it "because there's nothing that changes (consumer) demand for the NFL" -- adding there's "inelastic demand" for the league.

Except, not to ruin the surprise for anybody who hasn't yet taken Econ 101, inelastic demand refers to demand for something remaining constant even when there's a price increase.

But this isn't about pricing. Most of the NFL's overall revenues come indirectly from viewers tuning in, at no cost, to watch its games. TV viewers aren't making thoughtful buying decisions, they'll just keep clicking. Ratings were down for three of the four weekend NFL TV game slots this past weekend. That might be indicative of viewers' willingness to channel-surf away from this season's NFL action to watch, say, MLB's unusually tight playoff races.

Because viewers might start asking: If the NFL itself doesn't seem to care all that much about its games, why should they?

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/story/2012/09/18/nfl-ratings-bulletproof-even-with-replacement-refs/57803444/1
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Technology Notes
Not enough 'NCIS: Los Angeles'? CBS launches 'second-screen' app
By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Sep. 18, 2012

When one of TV's top scripted dramas returns next week for its fourth season, the crack investigative team of "NCIS: Los Angeles" will employ technology in an entirely new way: to capture the second screen in the living room.

CBS is offering an iPad application that synchronizes with each episode and delivers content designed to complement the TV viewing experience. The "NCIS: Los Angeles Connect" app, available Tuesday through Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, will afford viewers the chance to examine evidence more closely, learn more about the suspects and vote on whom they believe committed the crime.

"Anyone who watches 'NCIS: Los Angeles' knows that it’s a show that uses a lot of technology. Technology really is very much front and center when we break our stories," said Executive Producer Shane Brennan. "When the opportunity came up for us to get involved in this app, it seemed to use to be a perfect fit because it allows the audience to become interactive ... and for those 43 minutes, to become part of the investigation."

Television networks have been grappling with the intrusion of a "second screen" in the living room -- the industry's term for a mobile phone, laptop or tablet computer. These devices increasingly vie for the viewer's attention. Indeed, one Nielsen report this spring found that 61% of people checked their email while watching TV.

Networks are experimenting with ways to harness these smaller screens in a bid to keep the viewer engaged in the TV shows. A new "X-Factor" app from Fox launches this fall, with the start of the new season, will offer background on the performers, clips and voting, according to the network's vice president of digital platforms Hardie Tankersle. AMC similarly has a mobile app that delivers behind the scenes features, interviews and updates for shows including "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad."

"The second screen has exploded within the last two years," said Guy Finley, executive director of the 2nd Screen Society. "There are companion experiences that need to happen, that are absolutely essential to the evolution of how we engage our consumers on the whole."

At CBS, the new "NCIS: Los Angeles" application provides the show's creators an opportunity to serve its fans -- to take them into the crime lab to get a detailed look at evidence that may flash on the TV screen for seconds or dive deeply into a character's back-story.

Brennan said the interactive elements allow the show's writers to expand the storytelling beyond the time constraints of the broadcast hour. Two dedicated staff members comb through script as much as six weeks ahead of production, identifying digital "modules" for the app, he said.

"My concern was it might require more time than it actually has," Brennan said. "It’s actually fitted into what we do in a natural kind of way."

Viewers can talk about the show on Facebook or Twitter -- without ever leaving the app. The supplemental features are available, whether the viewer catches the show during its scheduled broadcast time or records it and watches later.

"People are on these devices anyway," said Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president and general manager of entertainment at CBS Interactive. "If you're going to be on that device, we're saying, 'We'll give you something else to do while you're there. '

"We’re not going to say, "Don't wander," DeBevoise said. "We're saying, 'Hey, wander back.'"

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-cbs-launches-ncis-los-angeles-second-screen-application-20120917,0,181554.story
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Critic's Notes
An Appointment to View, a Desire to Binge
By Mark Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Sep. 17, 2012

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time. If this is true, I may just be a genius, because I truly support both conflicting answers to the question I'm about to pose.

The question, of course, is nothing new — nor am I anywhere near the first person to pose it — but it's something I've been thinking about more and more recently, every time I finish consuming another gem from the canon of television: When watching an intentionally serialized piece of art, is it better to delay or to demand? To wait, or not to wait?

Now, it won't surprise you to hear that this question re-entered my mind during the closing credits of Breaking Bad's mid-season finale. My brain barely had time to release the endorphin rush from watching Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Hank's Walt Whitman toilet epiphany
before it reloaded with a surge of anger. How the hell do they expect us to wait a year to finish this?! I mean, as over-used as the expression is, I felt like I truly couldn't wait until next season. And then, of course, it became clear: Isn't the waiting the best part?

Yes, it is.

Well, then again, no...

But, in a way...

Damn you, Fitzgerald!

I recently made a list of all my favorite TV shows, then assigned each into one of two sub-categories — Appointment or Addiction. The Appointment shows, as implied, were watched in honest, respectable old-school TV fashion. I waited eagerly for a certain time on a certain day, once a week, every week, spending years and sometimes painstaking off-years with the same group of characters until the inevitably polarizing finale closed the book. The Addiction shows, named for their ability to command ravenous Netflix or Hulu viewing, were shows that I either missed partially (or entirely) during their first run, or simply never bothered to watch. Usually the former.

Now, my list might reveal my youth a bit, but bear with me — it's just an exercise. The point is for you to think of your own, and realize my dual point.

First, we have the Appointment shows. For me, the highlights were The X-Files, The Practice, The Sopranos, Oz, Lost, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and currently, Louie, Veep and Homeland.

Then, there are the Addictions. Each devoured in one or two hermitic weekends inside a lightless room, or from a quilt-covered couch with a seasonal flu. These include The West Wing, Mad Men, The Wire, The (UK) Office, Extras, Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks, Scrubs, Damages, Dexter, Eastbound & Down, Summer Heights High, Game of... Okay, I'll stop here. But if you're anything like me, it will start to become clear that the Addiction List grows much longer. In today's OnDemand, live-streaming, instant gratification culture, it seems that our time and attention is more preferably spent finishing what we've started, voraciously and without delay.

Now, this method has its obvious benefits. For one thing, it seems that immediate back-to-back viewing is the way certain shows — especially dramas — were intended to be watched. Similar to reading an engrossing novel (Mad Men) or a page-turning spy book (24), or even a campy beach read (True Blood), it's almost ludicrous to deny the impulse to turn to the next chapter. And while DVRs have made commercial interruptions virtually obsolete, the week-long intervals between complex story arcs go against every natural instinct we have as a viewer or reader or listener. The prolonged cliff-hanging sensation can indeed be wonderful, but does the art truly necessitate it? Isn't its torturous sluggishness simply a product of advertising that goes back to the days of Dickens? (See: Great Expectations, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Brothers Karamazov, Madame Bovary, and Sherlock Holmes.)

A great story wants to be told. An avid reader wants to read. Some of my fondest TV-watching memories are actually quite similar to devouring books as a child. Sure, the dim flashlight under the covers has been replaced by the blue glow of an LCD, but the experience is essentially identical. The same late-night hours dwindle away, the same feverish curiosity races through the chapters, and the same sense of complete immersion allows an escape from the outside world. Temporarily, sure, but fully. The art exists in its purest form, a complete experience devoid of complication. If it were love, it would be that lusty, teenage, Romeo & Juliet love. Attraction and fulfillment.

But the analogy of love actually reveals the problem with such unadulterated consumption: it doesn't require any discipline to enjoy. In a column for Wired magazine, comedian/author Patton Oswalt describes the imminent state in which the easily-accessible glut of pop culture will eventually eat itself — a state he calls "ETEWAF" — or "Everything That Ever Was — Available Forever." And while he was making a larger point about the detriment to creativity caused by constant rebranding and re-booting of cultural archetypes, the silly acronym actually speaks to something quite depressing. Almost everything we watch is immediately available. And it always will be. Thousands of once-anticipated hours, filled with torturous excitement and emotional reflection, are now stacked up neatly and painlessly for anyone to devour at will. Dying to know what happens next? Just click NEXT. No problem.

But that is the problem.

I'll give you an example of what I'm talking about. When the show Lost premiered, I saw the pilot episode on TV and was blown away. I'd never seen anything like it. And neither had my college roommates and friends, who regularly watched with me every Wednesday night as we were fed the sprawling mystery, bite by bite. In between, we theorized about what the island represented, and read the bottomless cache of blogs and message boards pointing out the hidden symbolism and buried clues. I remember the covers of Entertainment Weekly, the cast becoming celebrities, the friends who came over, and the restaurant from where we'd order food. It was a phase of my life, attached to multiple distinct memories that surrounded and enhanced the experience. It was ritualistic, communal, and gave us something to look forward to. "Oh, it's Wednesday … Lost is on tonight!"

Now, compare that to six years later, when my wife picks up the Netflix remote and says, "you know, I've actually never seen Lost..." Cut To: Me, walking home to a dark apartment, noticing that she's at the end of Season 2 and it's only been a day and a half! She's on an episode where a character, locked in a hatch, has to hit a mysterious button every 108 minutes or his world will presumably end. When the episode finishes, my wife hits the button on the remote without thinking. She does this every 42 minutes. Locked in our apartment. I don't mention the irony.

Now, whose experience was better? Or can't they just be equal, but different? All I know is that the faster I burn through a show, the more alone I usually am. Conversely, I watched the finale of The Sopranos in a room with 20 people. It was amazing watching everyone's reaction when the screen cut to black — an experience I'll never forget. But was it amazing because it was inherently amazing, or because I had waited seven years for that moment? All the yearning, tension, disappointment, and catharsis… If it were love, forget Romeo and Juliet; It was Odysseus and Penelope.

Now, it would be perfectly logical around this time to point out that one's TV-watching experience is usually a product of circumstance. Either a show is currently on TV or it's not. Either you DVR it every week, or your only option is to watch it all at once. But I guess what I'm asking is: in a perfect world, which would you prefer? If there were a hypothetical magic button that could play the entire current season of football for you on command, would you push it? Or is the Sunday ritual part of what you enjoy about football season? Is the destination better if the journey is prolonged?

You may have noticed that the one show I didn't mention in my lists above — which happens to be the catalyst for the entire story — is Breaking Bad. This is because it is the only show that I started watching by catching up late yet currently watch every week. A beautiful hybrid of Appointment and Addiction. It also happens to be — episode for episode — my favorite show of all time. Now, is this because I enjoyed it through both platforms, swinging the pendulum from gluttony to starvation, impatience to… well, a more painful form of impatience? I'm starting to think instead that it's the content that dictates the result, not the manner in which it's consumed. But I'm not sure.

Guess I'll have to wait and see.

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
WEDNESDAY 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 - The Middle
(R - May 23)
8:30PM - Suburgatory
(R - May 9)
9PM - Modern Family
(R - May 23)
9:31PM - Suburgatory
(R - May 16)
10:00PM - Revenge
(R - May 23)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Julie Bowen; Nate Parker; The Afghan Whigs perform)

CBS:
8PM - Survivor: Philippines (Season Premiere, 90 min.)
9:30PM - Big Brother SD (Season Finale, LIVE, 90 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Michael Strahan; Arthur Meyer; Band of Horses perform)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Sophia Bush)

NBC:
8PM - The Voice
(R - Sep. 11)
9PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
(R - May 23)
10PM - Revolution
(R - Sep. 17)
* * * *
12:05AM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Amy Poehler; TV host Joe Scarborough; Big & Rich performs)
1:07AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Maya Rudolph; Dave Annable; Elmo; The Avett Brothers perform)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly
(R)

FOX:
8PM - The X Factor (120 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: Outback Pelicans (R - Mar. 27, 2011)
8PM - NOVA: Making Stuff: Making Stuff Stronger
(R - Jan 19, 2011)
8PM - NOVA: Making Stuff: Making Stuff Stronger
(R - Jan. 26, 2011)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Por Ella Soy Eva
9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - Noticias Univisión Presenta...: El Gran Encuentro con el Gobernador Romney

THE CW:
8PM - Oh Sit!
9PM - Supernatural
(R - May 11)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Rosa Diamante
9PM - Corazón Valiente
10PM - Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal
10:30PM - El Rostro de la Venganza

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Musician Pink)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Musician Itzhak Perlman)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Simon Helberg; Anna Kendrick; musical guest Delta Rae)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Melissa Etheridge; James Davis; Kerri Kenney-Silver; Mo Mandel)

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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Sep. 19, 2012

THE VOICE
NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

Lengthening the blind auditions has worked for this series, maintaining its popularity while giving viewers even more of the entertaining power shifts that result when judges hit their buttons, swivel their chairs, then beg to be chosen as mentors. And even after two weeks of shows so far this season, we still have quite a while to go before the four judges have filled their team quotas.

SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES
CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE:
This is the start of the 25th cycle for this long-running, influential reality competition series – but 25, for me, is a few too many, and I’ve dropped this series from my regular viewing list. In case you haven’t, however, there remain some reasons to watch, including three castaways from previous editions, as well as one new celebrity contestant, Lisa Welchel from The Facts of Life. That’s not compelling for me, either – but there you go.

SHOGUN
Encore, 8:00 p.m. ET
Part 3.
I hope you’re watching, and enjoying, this classic miniseries, starring Richard Chamberlain as a British sailor who learns and absorbs the customs of 17th-century Japan. They don’t make many miniseries like this one. But they should.

HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Another classic Marilyn Monroe comedy, this one from 1953, co-stars Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall as three savvy gold diggers setting traps for wealthy men, using themselves as very appealing bait.

LOVE, ACTUALLY
MoreMax, 9:00 p.m. ET

This 2003 comedy, written and directed by Richard Curtis, interweaves the stories of eight different couples, in a way that makes you care about, and root for, each. And what a cast: the talented players here include High Grant, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Laura Linney and Colin Firth.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
An impressive debut for NBC’s ‘Revolution’
Top drama premiere on any network in three years
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Sep. 18, 2012
NBC’s highly anticipated new drama “Revolution” delivered on those expectations last night.

The show had the best debut for any new drama in three years, getting a strong lead-in from NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice.”

“Revolution” averaged a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights. The last new drama to score that high was ABC’s “V,” which bowed to a 5.2 in 2009.

Wow. I wanted to like it, but it made my brain hurt.

xnappo

I wanted to watch it, but my DVR said NO. Alas...NBC is giving us all another chance on Wednesday night.
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