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When should we expect word on shows that haven't been cancelled or renewed yet? I'm especially wondering about ABCs Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue.

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^^^ Between now and the end of the season.

There is no date on the calendar by which the networks have to decide.
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Technically a show isn't 100% dead and cancelled until a network announces its new Fall schedule in May and the show is not there. Until then a show is technically "on hiatus" even if it was pulled after two or three episodes air and the sets are broken and the actors have booked gigs on new shows/pilots.
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Technology Notes/Reviews
Nexus 10, Nook HD are solid tablet choices
By Edward C. Baig, USA Today - Nov. 6, 2012

MIAMI BEACH — When it comes to tablets, you can live large or live small.

Days after Apple broadened the iPad lineup by selling the more petite iPad Mini model, Google went in the opposite direction. The search giant added the Nexus 10 to an Android roster that already includes Nexus 7, a popular tablet with a 7-inch screen and one of the slates Apple is obviously going after with the 7.9-inch Mini.

The bigger Nexus, which is made by Samsung, boasts a a splendid 10-inch, high-resolution screen that rivals the gorgeous retina-display on the recent generations of full-size iPads.

It goes on sale Tuesday at the relative bargain starting price of $399 for a Wi-Fi-only model with 16 gigabytes of storage, or $499 for double the storage. Apple charges $399 for the older generation full-size iPad 2.

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble is about to bring out a 9-inch Nook HD+. But the new tablet that I've been testing from the bookseller is the 7-inch, $199 (and up) Nook HD. It not only competes against the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, but also the Kindle Fire HD that's produced by Amazon.

For different reasons, I like both the Nexus 10 and Nook HD. A closer look:

Google Nexus 10

It is roughly an inch taller than my own third-generation iPad, but otherwise, a tad slimmer and not quite as wide. At 1.3 pounds, it's about an ounce lighter than Apple's latest full-size slate.

The black Nexus 10 has curved corners and a rubbery feel that's easy to grip. It's not as aesthetically attractive as the iPad, though. Still, you're looking at impressive hardware, especially for the price.

The front is protected by Corning's latest version of Gorilla Glass. There's a dual-core processor inside, along with a robust Wi-Fi radio, and NFC (near-field communications) technology that lets you share digital information with other devices through the Android Beam feature.

On board are micro USB and micro HDMI connectors for charging, or adding accessories. But the real knockout here is the 10-1 inch display, which has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and 300 pixels per inch, specs that are higher than those of the iPad.

Nexus 10 is a terrific tablet for watching movies, playing games, reading Web pages and magazines. The stereo speakers are first rate, too. Nexus 10 also runs Android version 4.2, the latest iteration of Google's Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

I appreciated improvements to the Google Now feature that anticipates the things you might want to search for before you actually search. For example, here in Miami Beach, cards displayed the current weather, nearby attractions, even some cool photo spots just down the road.

There's a new gesture-driven keyboard that lets you enter text by gliding your finger against the letters you mean to type. My sense is the feature is more useful if you're using a smartphone, such as Google's new Nexus 4, rather than a large tablet.

I had fun testing a new Photo Sphere feature that takes the idea of panoramic photos in new directions. Guided by a blue ball you align in a circle, you can snap pictures up and down, and side to side. What you shoot is stitched into a single image.

Nexus 10 has a 5-megapixel main camera capable of shooting 1080p high definition video and a 1.9-megapixel front camera (up to 720p video) that you can use in a Google + Hangout.

Next week, Google plans to add the ability to give multiple people their own areas on the tablet, with customized home screens, apps, games and more. But this new Jelly Bean feature wasn't available for testing.

Google says you'll get up to 9 hours of video playback and 7 hours of Web browsing. I didn't do a formal test, but nothing in my heavy mixed usage suggested the claim is out of whack.

In all, there are some 700,000 Android apps now, but relatively few that have been optimized for the tablet experience. Google doesn't break out the number, but there are far fewer than the 275,000 apps that have been optimized for the iPad.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

The 7-inch Nook is in a different league, price and size-wise. With a resolution of 1440 x 900 and 243 pixels per inch, it boasts a superb display compared with its main smaller-screen competition.

I enjoyed watching video on it and reading magazines, books and catalogs from leading retailers. Nice feature: You can virtually "tear out" or clip pages from a magazine or catalog and add them to a scrapbook app.

The device weighs slightly more than 11 ounces, making it almost 3 ounces lighter than the Kindle Fire HD. There are no ads, as on the Kindle. Nook HD comes with a power adapter, which Amazon leaves out.

At the entry $199 price, Kindle Fire HD gives you 16GB of storage compared with 8GB on the Nook HD. But the latter includes microSD expansion that the Kindle does not have.

Barnes & Noble has a strong ecosystem of books and magazines, but it's playing catch-up in other areas. The company has struck content deals with major studios and says it's adding thousands of movies and TV shows.

It does not have an offering to rival Amazon Prime, however, or anything close to the iTunes experience of Apple. There's no feature such as the appealing X-Ray for movies feature that Amazon has on Kindle Fire HD for revealing details on the fly about actors in a given scene.

My test Nook was preinstalled with such apps as Angry Birds Space, Cut the Rope HD, Evernote, Flipboard, Hulu Plus, OfficeSuite 6 and Rhapsody (Barnes & Noble doesn't have its own music service).

There's a separate e-mail app and Web browser. You can tap an ArticleView button to remove pictures and make the text within a Web article easier to read. But apps are another area in which Barnes & Noble has to play from behind.

The software interface on Nook HD is simple and inviting. Among the family-friendly features is the ability to set up unique profiles for different members of your clan. Barnes & Noble boasts a compelling lineup of children's content, with 35,000 chapter books and approximately 4,000 interactive kids picture books. A read-and-record feature lets parents or grandparents record themselves reading to Junior.

Worth noting: Barnes & Noble did not equip Nook HD with a camera.

Once more, I didn't conduct a formal battery test. Barnes & Noble says you can read for about 10.5 hours and or watch up to 9 hours of video, sums that seem in line with my use.

The arrival of the Nook HD and Nexus 10 — on top of all the other slates out there — means consumers have two more excellent tablets to choose from, both big and small.

The bottom line:

Google Nexus 10
$399 for 16GB (Wi-Fi only) or $499 for 32GB
Pro. Beautiful screen. Good price. Jelly Bean.
Con. Fewer tablet specific apps. Cameras are fair.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD
$199 for 8GB, $229 for 16GB (Wi-Fi only; smoke or snow color)
Pro. Excellent display. Family accounts. Strong books, periodicals and kids content. Expandable memory.
Con. No cameras. Playing catch-up on entertainment offerings and apps.

post #83255 of 93688
Name a show that has been canceled by network A that has been brought back on the fall schedule by network A.

I don't mean shows that have actually completed their scheduled run and announced as being canceled, only to have the network change their mind. That we've seen happen.

I don't know of any shows that have been canceled before even doing their initial run of episodes and coming back on the fall schedule of that same network.

I sure as hell wouldn't put any money on any show returning that had been pulled early in the season.
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Critic's Notes
TV coverage of elections all about special effects
By Don Kaplan, New York Daily News - Nov. 6, 2012

When it came to TV coverage of Tuesday night’s election, it was all about the special effects.

From setting up a vote-count light show from the spire of the Empire State Building to projecting the Electoral College results on the side of Rockefeller Center, TV networks devised some of the most jaw-dropping effects ever to illustrate the most important numbers game on the planet.

“The election is about people and our audience,” said Mark Lukasiewicz, senior vice president of NBC News Specials, one of the brains behind turning Rockefeller Center into a giant-sized outdoor studio to accommodate election night coverage for the network and sister channels MSNBC and Telemundo.

NBC’s most dramatic set piece was two giant colored bars — blue for President Obama, red for challenger Mitt Romney — that rose up the side of the network’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center.

When a candidate’s tally reached the building’s 16th floor, the network could declare a winner.

NBC also converted the iconic Rock Center ice rink into a huge map of the United States. Each state turned red or blue as the votes were tallied, and the news division borrowed a remote controlled camera, mounted on a zip line, from its sports division to occasionally zoom across the plaza.

“It’s all a way for people to see the democratic process, this great historical process,” said Lukasiewicz. “It's all a way to get people involved.”

About a mile south, CNN partnered with the Empire State Building and offered a first-of-its-kind light show on the building’s spire.

As each state was projected by CNN and electoral votes allocated to the candidates, a vertical LED-illuminated "meter" located on the very top of the of the building displayed CNN's running tally of the race to 270.

The cable network also offered John King manning his baffling Magic Wall, which follows various closely watched races in minute-by-minute detail.

In Times Square, ABC News plastered the glowing screens on its studio with real-time results as Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos hosted the network’s coverage.

While CBS operated on a decidedly smaller scale, it was no less 21st century as Byron Pitts broadcast from the “60 Minutes” studio and explained the House and Senate races with a virtual model of both chambers.

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Edited by dad1153 - 11/13/12 at 10:42pm
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Alright, control yourselves, children. This is AVS forum, lest you've forgotten.

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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Alright, control yourselves, children. This is AVS forum, lest you've forgotten.
Or I can do it FOR you. Posts removed.
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 7, 2012

ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on this sitcom, has been marginalized lately since the story lines have had her away at college – appearing, on the show, mostly by showing up on Skype. Tonight, though, she takes center stage, as Haley is arrested for underage drinking – an act of college-age irresponsibility that has her mom (played by Julie Bowen) both upset, and relying on brother Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), the family attorney, to come to Haley’s defense – literally. .

Bravo, 10:00 p.m. ET
Wolfgang Puck has made appearances on this series in previous years, but for Season 10, he becomes a regular, joining the other judges for a new round of competition, set in Seattle.

Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

Before the election, this series had shown its hand, and its gift for prediction, by calling this episode “Obama Wins.” Yet – just like Karl Rove for a while on Fox News – just because someone declared Obama the winner didn’t mean the results had to be accepted. Not when Cartman has a roomful of ballots.

Flix, 10:00 p.m. ET

This ultra-intense movie from 1978 is a war movie where the most violent and upsetting scenes happen off the battlefield – including a Russian roulette contest. Or two. Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken star.

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Part 1 of 2. Last week’s episode delivered a shocker, where the not-so-good doctor (James Cromwell) revealed the depths of his medical cruelty. This week, and next, there’s more of the same. The episodes share the title “I Am Anne Frank,” and feature guest star Franka Potente.

post #83261 of 93688
Wasnt due until next week but maybe since its thanksgiving weekend the NFL announced that week 12 SNF stays packers/giants....no gametime changes for that sundays games either as 49ers/saints stays the feature late game.
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Originally Posted by cocoon View Post

When should we expect word on shows that haven't been cancelled or renewed yet? I'm especially wondering about ABCs Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue.

My favorite place to follow cancellations and renewals: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/the-renew-cancel-index/
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

Wasnt due until next week but maybe since its thanksgiving weekend the NFL announced that week 12 SNF stays packers/giants....no gametime changes for that sundays games either as 49ers/saints stays the feature late game.
Why change? Those are good games. The only weeks for flexing on SNF appear to be 13 (Eagles/Cowboys) and/or 16 (Chargers/Jets).
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TUESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
NBC leads broadcast in election coverage
Longtime news leader finishes first for the night in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 7, 2012

NBC continued to pace the other networks as the presidential campaigns drew to a close last night, posting the biggest audience on broadcast for its election night results.

NBC led the night among both adults 18-49 and total viewers, as it did during the three presidential debates last month as well.

The network averaged a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating and 10 share during primetime, according to Nielsen overnights, with ABC in second with a 3.8/8.

Note that these numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Nielsen fast nationals reflect timeslot ratings and not actual program ratings, and they do not account for time zone differences.

Final numbers will be out late today, including total viewership for election coverage across broadcast and cable.

NBC was the first network to call the election in Barack Obama’s favor, though that came after primetime ended, at 11:12 p.m.

NBC is the longtime leader among the Big Three in the nightly news.

With NBC in first and ABC in second in primetime, CBS finished third at 2.7/6, Fox fourth at 2.0/4, Univision fifth at 1.4/3, CW sixth at 0.5/1 and Telemundo seventh at 0.4/1. All but the CW carried election coverage.

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-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

NBC was first each hour with its election coverage, starting with a 4.1 at 8 p.m. ABC was second at a 3.3, CBS third at 2.5, Fox fourth at 1.8 and Univision fifth at 1.4. CW was sixth with a 0.6 for a repeat of "Arrow" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for the election.

At 9 p.m. NBC was first with a 4.8, with ABC second at a 4.0, CBS third at a 2.7, Fox fourth at a 2.1, Univision fifth at a 1.5 and Telemundo and CW tied for sixth at 0.4, CW for a rerun of "Emily Owens, M.D."

NBC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 5.0 for the election, with ABC second at a 4.2, CBS third at a 2.9, Univision fourth at 1.4 and Telemundo fifth at a 0.3.

Among households, NBC led the night with a 7.5 average overnight rating and an 11 share. ABC was second at 6.8/10, CBS third at 5.3/7, Fox fourth at 2.9/4, Univision fifth at 1.8/3, CW sixth at 1.0/1 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/1.

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Technology/Legal Notes
Dish AutoHop Lawsuit: Judge Rejects Fox's Request for Injunction
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Nov. 7, 2012

Dish's AutoHop feature will keep helping customers jump past commercials. At least for the time being.

A judge in U.S. District Court in Central California denied Fox's request for a preliminary injunction against AutoHop, which allows Dish Network customers to skip past advertisements.

Fox requested the preliminary injunction in August, as part of a copyright-infringement legal battle between Dish and Fox. (ABC, NBC and CBS also have their own legal entanglements with Dish over the AutoHop feature.)

The network told TheWrap in a statement that it plans to appeal the court's decision to deny the injunction.

"We are disappointed the court erred in finding that Fox’s damages were not suitable for a preliminary injunction," Fox's statement reads. "We intend to appeal that portion of the court’s decision, as well as the court’s separate findings concerning the PrimeTime Anytime service. DISH is marketing and benefiting from an unauthorized VOD service that illegally copies FOX’s valuable programming.”

"The need for a preliminary injunction could not be greater," Fox said in court papers seeking an injunction, adding that Auto Hop cuts "the legs out from under the advertiser-supported broadcast television business model."

Dish has countered that its AutoHop feature is merely a more technologically sophisticated version of the fast-forward button on VCRs -- or, in a slightly more contemporary analogy, a souped-up version of DVR technology.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for common sense and customer choice," said Dish attorney R. Stanton Dodge in a statement. “DISH is gratified that the Court has sided with consumer choice and control by rejecting Fox’s efforts to deny our customers access to PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop -- key features of the Hopper Whole-Home DVR.

Judge Dolly Gee's ruling was not immediately made public so the companies could delete confidential trade information, Dish said.

Hollywood Reporter first reported news of the ruling.

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TV Notes
Done Deal: USA’s ‘Burn Notice’ Renewed For Seventh Season With 13-Episode Order
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Nov. 7, 2012

The deal to renew USA Network‘s veteran Burn Notice, which we reported last week as being negotiated, is now done. Burn Notice has been picked up for a 13-episode seventh season. The size of the pickup is smaller than the 16-episode Season 2 and Season 3 and 18-episode Seasons 4-6. (USA also recently gave a 26-episode two-season order to veteran Royal Pains after several supersized seasons). The renewal will allow Burn Notice to hit the 100-episode mark next year and become only the third series in USA’s history to do so. “Burn Notice is like a fine wine that gets better with age,” said USA Network co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel. “Delivering high-octane action, gripping drama and nearly 7 million viewers for the mid-season finale, this veteran series is a proven staple of our portfolio.”

Burn Notice joins fellow recently renewed USA series Suits, Royal Pains, White Collar and Covert Affairs as well as the upcoming Graceland, USA’s new series from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin. (Veteran Psych is on a different track, with its seventh season set to launch in February). USA recently cancelled sophomore Fairly Legal and freshmen Common Law and Political Animals. The only USA series whose fate is still in limbo is Necessary Roughness.

Burn Notice paired with Suits for the highest-rated block of scripted series on TV this past summer among adults 25-54, 18-49 and 18-34. The second half of Burn Notice’s sixth season kicks off tomorrow night with a two-hour premiere. Burn Notice was created, written and executive produced by Matt Nix. Mikkel Bondesen and Alfredo Barrios also executive produce for Fox TV Studios and Fuse Entertainment.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Fox News Tops Cable's Election Night Ratings, Growing From 2008
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Nov. 7, 2012

With NBC still on track to top all TV in election night coverage, initial cable ratings have Fox News Channel moving into second place, topping both CNN and MSNBC among total viewers.

FNC scored an easy win in primetime with 11.45 million viewers between 8 and 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, pushing the network to its most-watched block ever. It was the only network of the three to grow in that time period from 2008, besting CNN (9.25 million viewers) and MSNBC (4.67 million viewers). FNC had the highest peak viewership as well, averaging 11.8 million between 10 and 11 p.m.

The network did come in just shy of CNN in the coveted adults 25-54, though. CNN won that group with 4.57 million viewers, edging past FNC's 4.45 million. MSNBC pulled in 1.99 million in the demo.

CNN also has bragging rights between 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The sprawling seven-hour block -- which includes returns from all states, Mitt Romney's concession speech and President Obama's victory lap -- saw the network edge past FNC with an average 8.84 million viewers. FNC was close behind with 8.7 million, followed by MSNBC with 4.6 million.

The demo scores shared those rankings, with CNN out in front with 4.38 million adults 25-54, followed by FNC (8.7 million) and MSNBC (4.6 million).

Broadcast networks, which have thus far only reported fast affiliate returns, currently have NBC out in front with 12.56 million viewers. ABC follows with 11.15 million, with CBS behind with 8.42 million viewers.

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
THURSDAY 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)

8PM - Last Resort
9PM - Grey's Anatomy
10:01PM - Scandal
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kirstie Alley; animal handler Dave Salmoni; Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown perform)

8PM - The Big Bang Theory
8:31PM - Two and a Half Men
9:01PM - Person of Interest
10:01PM - Elementary
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Robin Williams; Homer Simpson presents the Top Ten List; Lianne La Havas performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (LL Cool J; Naomie Harris)

8PM - The Voice (LIVE)
9PM - The Office
9:30PM - Park and Recreation
10PM - Rock Center with Brian Williams
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Sally Field; TV host Chris Matthews; Lord Huron performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Robert Pattinson; Carrie Underwood performs)
1:37AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Producer RZA; Grimes perform)

8PM - The X Factor (LIVE)
9PM - Glee

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour
9PM - Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence
(R - Jul. 18, 2007)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow
(R - Nov. 5)

8PM - Por Ella Soy Eva
9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - Amor Bravio

8PM - The Vampire Diaries
9PM - Beauty and the Beast

8PM - Rosa Diamante
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal
10:30PM - El Rostro de la Venganza

11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Director Katie Dellamaggiore and Pobo Efekoro)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Rachel Maddow)

11PM - Conan (Javier Bardem; Lauren Cohan; Brandi Carlile)

11PM - Chelsea Lately (Hayden Panettiere; Brad Wollack; Ingrid Haas; Ross Matthews)

11:01PM - BrandX wth Russell Brand
11:31PM - Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Nov. 8, 2012

CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

Ask yourself: Could this sitcom get any geekier? Then tell yourself: Yes, it could, and tonight, it does. Making return appearances are two alumni from Star Trek: The Next Generation. One is Wil Wheaton, as an arrogant version of himself who is the long-time nemesis of Sheldon (Jim Parsons). The other is LeVar Burton. And in this very same episode, Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) finally moves out of his mom’s basement. Once you’ve been to outer space, as astronaut Wolowitz has, I guess you just need more… space.

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 1960 Jean-Luc Godard film helped launch, or at least popularize, the French New Wave cinema. Jean-Paul Belmondo plays a tough French gangster (in a suit, tie and hat!) who idolizes Marlon Brando, and whose swaggering good looks and wild exploits attract the attention and affection of a visiting American (Jean Seberg).

Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET

Just when you thought they were out, McKinley High pulls them back in: Even though Mercedes and Mike graduated from high school, tonight they return – to offer input in the casting of a school production of Grease. My advice: Stay away from the original Broadway show’s unedited lyrics to “Greased Lightning.”

USA, 9:00 p.m. ET
When last we saw Michael and Fiona (Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar), they were in Panama. Not on vacation, but on a mission gone awry, stranded and vulnerable with, seemingly, no way out. Well, tonight, in a two-hour episode and with a little help from their friends, they find a way out. (And if you consider that worthy of a Spoiler Alert, you’ve watched way too little television.)

TCM, 9:45 p.m. ET

In this film from 1935, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are at their best – and the songs in this iconic movie musical are just as classy and classic. Watch them dancing “Cheek to Cheek,” and you’re watching the best.

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Originally Posted by dad1153 
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.

I've seen this sentence many a time and it doesn't make any sense. It reads as if the viewer is traveling back in time to play a show captured on their DVR that hasn't even aired yet.

For example, if a show was recorded at 8 pm on the 12th, 3 am the day before would be on the 11th.

It should be the same night, not the night before. And technically, 3 am is the next day.
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Originally Posted by humdinger70 View Post

Why change? Those are good games.

Not saying there should be changes -- just saying they usually make the announcement 13 days ahead of time like they did monday 11/5 for 11/18 week 11.
So the 11/25 week 12 announcement even if there are no changes usually wouldnt be until monday 11/12 but they jumped the gun announcing it yesterday 18 days ahead of time instead of the usual 13 -- so like i said maybe it was due to thanksgiving weekend.
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Originally Posted by mrvideo View Post

I've seen this sentence many a time and it doesn't make any sense. It reads as if the viewer is traveling back in time to play a show captured on their DVR that hasn't even aired yet.
For example, if a show was recorded at 8 pm on the 12th, 3 am the day before would be on the 11th.
It should be the same night, not the night before. And technically, 3 am is the next day.
I read that as the ratings account for live and same day THAT day as well as any other show from another day replayed between midnight and 3.

I could be wrong, but we get a lot of bibble babble like that in radio ratings, too.
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Nielsen/TV Notes
Is the NBC Comeback Real?
By Josef Adalian, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Nov. 6, 2012

For years, it sometimes seemed as if executives at NBC were deliberately trying to destroy the network from within (or "tank it," as Jack Donaghy would say). But no more: Under the new Kabletown Comcast management team of Robert Greenblatt and Ted Harbert, the Peacock finds itself in the middle of what appears to be a legitimate Nielsen recovery. Evidence of the network's quickening pulse is unmistakable: Newcomer Revolution is drawing big crowds on Mondays; The Voice regularly clobbers the Simon Cowell–led X Factor; and Matthew Perry's Go On has found a decent-size audience on Tuesdays. Throw in monster numbers from Sunday Night Football (the network’s only bright spot in past seasons), and the result is a world where NBC actually won the first month of the 2012-13 TV season among viewers under 50, the demographic group most frequently fetishized by advertisers. But is it too early to call it a comeback? After diving into the Nielsen numbers and ringing up some of our best TV-industry sources, we came up with three reasons why NBC can be hopeful things have turned around — and two that suggest it still has a long road to recovery. Let's start with the bad news first.

The Voice is making NBC's recovery look stronger than it is.
As Bill Clinton might put it, much of NBC's year-to-year ratings gains are due, in large part, to arithmetic. The Voice, an established ratings hit that is averaging upward of 13 million same-day viewers this season, wasn't on the air last fall. It's airing in time slots previously occupied by the barely watched The Sing-Off on Mondays (average audience last year: 4.6 million) and the fading Biggest Loser on Tuesdays (7 million in 2011). "They're taking three hours of their schedule that were horrible and making them good," one network insider says. With Saturday devoted to reruns and Sunday devoted to football, the three — and in some weeks, four — hours of The Voice represent about 20 percent of NBC's first-run fall entertainment programming. So what's the problem?

On one level, there's absolutely nothing wrong or even unusual about a reality show powering a network’s ratings surge: Fox became TV's No. 1 network because of American Idol. But come December, The Voice will disappear from the Peacock's lineup for four long months until a new cycle returns in late March. And in early January, Sunday Night Football goes away as well. If you take both shows out of the mix, NBC suddenly finds itself flirting with fourth place again. What's more, there's also the issue of whether or not NBC made the right long-term call scheduling two editions of The Voice in one season. The half-life for reality shows seems to be growing shorter in recent years — witness CBS's Undercover Boss, which was huge in its first two seasons but now is a Friday-night hole-filler for the Eye. Fox's X Factor was never a big hit, but its second season is already tracking lower than its first. And as much as The Voice is boosting NBC, its ratings this season versus just eighteen months ago are down more than 20 percent. "It's a smart strategy for the short term, but in the long term, the question becomes, Are you going to burn it out quicker?" one Hollywood veteran says. What's more, while the plan to sub in different judges when the show returns next spring for season four (with Shakira and Usher tapping in for Xtina and Cee-Lo) could keep the format fresh, it's just as possible that it might dilute the brand even further. "That show is driven by chemistry of the four judges, and now you're going to have only half the panel in the spring," one industry wag notes. Add in the fact that there are now three music competition series vying nearly year-round for viewers in prime time, and it's easy to see The Voice being a ratings power for just a year or two more.

Thursday nights have fallen off a cliff.
NBC has been battling declining audiences on Thursdays for years, at least since Jeff Zucker made the short-sighted call to trash the "Must-See TV" brand by scheduling The Apprentice on the night back in 2004. But this fall, the Peacock has flatlined on what has historically been one of its strongest nights: 30 Rock, Up All Night, and Parks and Recreation are now barely pulling in 3 million viewers in same-day Nielsen numbers (by contrast, Community did about 10 to 15 percent better when it aired on the night last fall, while Parks never got below 4 million viewers during the first month of the 2011-12 season). Even more distressing is the fact that The Office, which for the longest time was an island of relative Nielsen strength for NBC on Thursdays, is collapsing as it nears the end of its run next May. Last week, the show just managed to attract 4 million, its smallest audience ever and about 30 percent below its viewership early last fall. And then there's Rock Center, the Brian Williams vanity project that has created a giant black hole for the network at 10 p.m. and hurt its already weak average rating for the night. NBC has already recognized the need for change, with 30 Rock and Office ending their runs and Up All Night going on hiatus to re-create itself as a multi-camera comedy (and likely never returning to Thursdays). Come 2012, NBC will bring back Community in February and hope adding newcomer 1600 Penn with Josh Gad will bring some spark. But given how much advertising revenue is available on Thursdays, when movie studios pay a premium to hawk the new releases, NBC's disastrous performance on the night remains a giant impediment to a full recovery.

Now, the reasons for the Peacock to feel a bit ‘cocky:

The network has done a great job using The Voice to turn Revolution into the fall's biggest success story.
Forget how corny it is or how many folks seem to watch just to mock it on Twitter: Revolution is the only real breakout hit of the season so far. Now, while the show is surely getting a boost from its position behind Voice, it's not just coasting along because of its lead-in. After all, Smash also aired behind the singing competition, and save for its first episode, its ratings never got above a 3.0 rating among viewers under 50. By contrast, Revolution has been above 3.0 every week it has aired, and it's proven to be among the biggest gainers when DVR viewing is factored in. "Revolution feels real," one rival executive warily admits. One reason is it seems to have the sort of audience momentum not seen in other shows that NBC has renewed in recent years. Some industry observers remain skeptical that the show's sci-fi premise can hold up for more than a season or two. That's a legitimate concern, but it's also the same concern many had about both 24 and Lost, and both shows had long, healthy runs. It'll be up to the show's creators whether Revolution ends up like one of those two shows, or like the quick flame-out that was Heroes.

… while a couple of other recent shows have also shown promise.
Go On hasn't been nearly as successful using its Voice lead-in as Revolution, but it's done a bit better than okay by trouncing ABC's established comedy competition (Happy Endings) and running neck-and-neck with Fox's New Girl. "It's held on long enough that you can see it lasting for a second season," one industry insider predicts. Meanwhile, last season's newcomer Grimm has done solid business on Fridays and is generating huge gains from time-shifting. It's a model that worked for Fringe for four seasons, and Grimm is actually doing much better than the Fox show. And then there's Smash: While its ratings got smaller as the year wore on, and many seemed to be hate-watching rather than loving it, the show did generate a decent-size fan base behind The Voice. It will be tested this winter, when it moves to 10 p.m. Tuesdays in February, but if the show can hold on to last year's viewers, it will end up improving NBC's Tuesday ratings. Taken together, Go On, Grimm, and Smash mark three strong utility players launched by NBC in fewer than eighteen months. That's a good track record for any network.

NBC now appears to be under competent management.
During the Jeff Zucker/Ben Silverman era at NBC, Hollywood's creative community, as well as the small army of talent agents who play a huge role in packaging new shows, felt the network had been taken hostage by captors who had no regard for the medium. Everything was about short-term fixes (supersize! The Apprentice: Martha Stewart!) or in Zucker's now infamous words, "managing for (profit) margins" (The Jay Leno Show). They were the Bush and Cheney of the TV world, but with better hair (well, at least in Silverman's case). But with Greenblatt and Harbert, it now seems as if adults are running NBC. While they ultimately decided to schedule two editions of The Voice each season, they at least wisely opted against rushing on season two of the show in the fall of 2011, something Zucker almost certainly would have done since it would provided a quick ratings and revenue boost. In addition, Greenblatt has been incredibly cautious about touting NBC's mild Nielsen gains over the past year. Yes, he and Comcast executives gave the New York Times a few quotes for a recent story about this fall's Nielsen momentum, but they've generally kept a low profile in the media and been wise about emphasizing just what a tough road the network faces. Greenblatt and Harbert also made a key behind-the-scenes move, stealing away veteran ABC scheduler Jeff Bader (and his No. 2, Steve Kern) to run the Peacock's strategic war room. Of course, some Community die-hards may disagree with the notion that NBC's executive brain trust has seen an IQ boost, given the network's tacit support for producer Sony Pictures Television's decision to oust Dan Harmon or the show's ever-changing return date. We're not going to re-litigate the Harmon situation, but consider this: NBC ultimately opted to keep the show on Thursdays (coming back — allegedly — on February 7) rather than go through the likely fatal Friday-night plan. Willingness to admit a mistake is a sign of good leadership. And that's something NBC, at long last, seems to have once more. That doesn't guarantee a full NBC turnaround — but it's a start.

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WEDNESDAY'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)
‘Voice’ fans ‘Fire’ to a new high
New NBC drama averages a 2.3 in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Nov. 8, 2012

Nothing like a highly rated lead-in to send a struggling drama’s ratings soaring.

The special edition of “The Voice” that aired last night, after being preempted from its regular Tuesday slot by election coverage, boosted lead-out “Chicago Fire” to a record high.

“Fire” averaged a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 44 percent over last week’s 1.6 thanks to “Voice’s” 3.7 lead-in.

It was NBC’s highest rating in the timeslot since September 2011, and “Fire” became the first new drama to grow from its premiere, which drew a 1.9 last month.

Though it did decline a bit from its first to its second half hour, from a 2.4 to a 2.1, it tied CBS’s “CSI” for first place in the 10 p.m. hour. The big question is whether that will lead to a sustained increase in viewership in the coming weeks.

“Voice,” meanwhile, put up NBC’s best in-season rating in the 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday timeslot in four years.

But it wasn’t, for once, the night’s highest-rated show. That honor went to ABC’s “Modern Family,” which drew a 4.7 at 9 p.m., up 11 percent over last week. In fact, every show on ABC’s schedule was up from its previous outing, including new drama “Nashville” (growing 11 percent to a 2.0 at 10 p.m.).

Another new drama also saw growth. The CW’s “Arrow” drew its biggest audience since its premiere, 3.7 million, and shot up 30 percent week to week in 18-49s, to a 1.3.

NBC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 3.2 average overnight rating and a 9 share. ABC was second at 2.8/7, CBS third at 2.7/7, Fox fourth at 2.6/7, Univision fifth at 1.5/4, CW sixth at 1.1/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.5/1.

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-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. NBC led with a 3.5 for "Voice," followed by CBS with a 2.7 for "Survivor." Fox was third with a 2.5 for "The X Factor," ABC fourth with a 2.4 for "The Middle" (2.8) and "The Neighbors" (2.1), Univision fifth with a 1.6 for "Por Ella Soy Eva," CW sixth with a 1.3 for "Arrow" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for "Rosa Diamante."

NBC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 4.0 for more "Voice," while ABC moved to second with a 3.8 for "Family" (4.7) and "Suburgatory" (2.9). CBS was third with a 3.0 for "Criminal Minds," Fox fourth with a 2.7 for more "X Factor," Univision fifth with a 1.7 for the premiere of "Amores Verdaderos," CW sixth with a 1.0 for "Supernatural" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.5 for "Corazon Valiente."

At 10 p.m. CBS and NBC tied for first at 2.3, CBS for "CSI" and NBC for "Fire." ABC was third with a 2.0 for "Nashville," Univision fourth with a 1.3 for "Amor Bravio" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.4).

CBS was first for the night among households with a 7.0 average overnight rating and an 11 share. NBC was second at 5.7/9, ABC third at 5.0/8, Fox fourth at 4.1/6, Univision fifth at 1.9/3, CW sixth at 1.8/3 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.


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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
At USA, crafting out a new identity
The longtime No. 1 cable network has relied on quirky dramas
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Nov. 8, 2012

Tonight at 9 p.m. USA’s “Burn Notice” begins the second half of its sixth season, a ripe old age for a cable program.

It’s still packing a ratings wallop for the longtime No. 1 cable network, but the same can’t be said of many of the channel’s other, newer programs.

USA has been cleaning its shelves the past few weeks, and the casualties are all newer than "Burn."

It canceled the first-year series “Common Law” and second-year drama “Fairly Legal,” and it declined to order a second round of low-rated miniseries “Political Animals.”

The changes come as the network begins to look beyond its traditionally drama-heavy lineup. It has several sitcoms and reality shows in development, a change after years of crime-solving or medical dramas featuring quirky lead characters.

Still, those programs remain the most reliable ratings draw for the network. Though “Animals” probably would have been renewed on any other cable network, averaging more than 2 million viewers, the standards are higher at USA, which has dominated cable for years.

“Burn” should have another strong season, though it could see viewership decline a bit now that it’s airing against NFL Network’s new “Thursday Night Football.”

The show averaged 6.4 million viewers during the first half of its sixth season, ranking fourth on cable over the summer. USA gave "Burn" a seventh-season order yesterday.

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Business Notes
TNT, TBS, HBO drive strong quarter for Time Warner
By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Nov. 7, 2012

"To me, the headline this quarter was the continued ... strength at our networks business," Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes boasted Wednesday as the media conglomerate reported strong financial results driven by channels including HBO, TNT and TBS.

Net income for the company as a whole and operating income across its business segments during the third quarter ended Sept. 30 was better than analysts had expected, driving a 3% rise in its share price to $44.41 by midday trading.

Time Warner revenue was down 3% to $6.8 billion, an expected decline due to difficult comparisons at the Warner Bros. studio, which during the same period last year released the final "Harry Potter" movie and sold the hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" into syndication.

Warner Bros. revenue was down 12% to $2.9 billion, despite the box office success of "The Dark Knight Rises," which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and such successful new TV shows as "Revolution" and "Arrow."

The Burbank studio's operating income fell 37% to $328 million.

Total net income for Time Warner rose 2% to $838 million.

In the networks group, which includes Adult Swim, CNN and TruTV along with the more profitable HBO, TNT and TBS, revenue grew 4% to $3.34 billion and operating income increased 12% to $1.22 billion.

Chief Financial Officer John Martin said that was due in part to domestic advertising growth that offset declines overseas, while Bewkes said HBO is enjoying "the best domestic subscriber trends... that we've seen in years."

The premium cable network recently launched overseas in the Netherlands and Scandinavia and signed a new deal guaranteeing it access to movies from 20th Century Fox through 2022.

Repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" have been a huge success for TBS, though Bewkes said original series for that network and TNT have been strong as well.

"One area of challenge remains CNN," he added. Though the network garnered strong ratings with its election coverage and during Hurricane Sandy, it still lags far behind Fox News and MSNBC when major news isn't breaking. Bewkes said he expects to announce his new choice to run CNN by the end of the year.

In the company's struggling publishing business, revenues fell 6% to $383 million amid a difficult market for magazines. But thanks to ongoing cost cutting, operating income was up 2% at $127 million.

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Business Notes
Profit Rises 16% at CBS on Higher Licensing Fees
By Brian Stelter, The New York Times' 'Media Decoder' Blog - Nov. 7, 2012

The CBS Corporation said on Wednesday that its revenue and earnings increased in the third quarter, reflecting sturdy growth in licensing fees for television shows and subscription fees for stations that more than offset a slight drop in advertising revenue.

CBS’s total revenue was $3.42 billion, up from $3.37 billion in the same quarter last year. Its net income rose 16 percent, to $391 million from $338 million last year. Its earnings per share were 60 cents, compared with 50 cents a share last year.

Excluding a one-time adjustment, the company earned $426 million, or 65 cents a share.

Leslie Moonves, CBS’s chief executive, attributed the results to a continuing “transformation” of the company into one that relies less on advertising revenue and more on distribution revenue than it used to.

The most recent example of a new distribution deal came on Monday, when the company made a multiyear deal with Hulu to stream episodes of old TV shows like “I Love Lucy” on the Web site.

Mr. Moonves, who signed a contract extension last month, said on a conference call with investors Wednesday afternoon that CBS was considering, for the first time, “opportunities to license past seasons of current CBS and Showtime programming.” Such deals could let viewers catch up on “The Good Wife” or “Homeland” through services like Hulu or Netflix.

Advertising still accounts for more than half of CBS’s revenue. In a few months, the network will televise the year’s biggest advertising event, the Super Bowl. Mr. Moonves said Wednesday that some 30-second commercial spots during the game had sold for more than $4 million.

But advertising revenue dipped 3 percent companywide in the third quarter, dragged down by weakness at CBS Radio and six nights of pre-empted prime-time shows during the national political conventions. The company’s chief financial officer, Joseph Ianniello, said some political ad buys were shifted to the fourth quarter from the third, which ended in September, “as campaigns chose to spend their dollars closer to the election.”

Despite the advertising headwinds, the segment of CBS that includes its broadcast network and its studio posted a 3 percent gain in revenue, in part because of increases in retransmission fees and television license fees. Revenue in the segment that includes its local stations increased 1 percent, with gains at its television stations offset by losses at its radio stations.

Acknowledging a continued drift away from live viewing of prime-time TV shows, Mr. Moonves said CBS would “make it a priority” to get paid by advertisers for all viewing. Ad rates are currently set based on the viewing of commercials within three days of their air date, a standard known as C3, but Mr. Moonves said CBS wanted to be paid for viewing “beyond C3.”

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Business Notes
AMC Q3 Profits Down But Beat Estimates After Dish Dispute
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Nov. 8, 2012

AMC Networks revenues were up in the third quarter, but profits were down in large part because of a dispute with Dish Networks that kept the satellite provider from airing its stations. AMC still handily beat Wall Street estimates.

Net revenues increased 17 percent to $332 million, operating income decreased 8 percent to $87 million, and adjusted operating cash flow decreased 10.9 percent to $110 million.

Third quarter net income from continuing operations was $37 million, 51 cents per diluted share, down from $40 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, for the previous third quarter. But the earnings beat analysts forecasts of 37 cents per share.

"We've enjoyed a long relationship with Dish Network and are delighted to partner with them again in bringing our channels and programming to their subscribers," said AMC CEO Josh Sapan in a statement. "While the litigation and associated carriage dispute impacted our third quarter financials, that issue is behind us and we are fully focused on continuing our strategy of investing in quality original programming."

He noted that "The Walking Dead" had the highest-rated debut of the fall in the 18-49 demographic.

Last month -- in the current, fourth quarter -- Dish Networks agreed to pay Cablevision and AMC Networks $700 million in a settlement involving the AMC subsidiary Voom. The agreement restored AMC Networks for Dish's customers.

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