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TV Sports
DirecTV Subscribers Charged Extra for Regional Sports Packages
By Alex Ben Block, The Hollywood Reporter - Dec. 10, 2012

So much for Los Angeles Lakers games being available to all DirecTV subscribers on their most basic service tier.

This fall, as the Lakers added superstars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to their roster, Time Warner Cable was busy negotiating carriage deals for its new networks -- Time Warner SportsNet and Time Warner Deportes -- with providers like Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS... and DirecTV. There were two big sticking points: Time Warner Cable wanted almost $4 per subscriber more, and it wanted those networks available on the most basic tier of service. DirecTV signed a deal with Time Warner Cable to carry the channel on Nov. 15.

DirecTV has been adding a surcharge for new subscribers who want to watch regional sports teams - such as those who want to watch Lakers games on the new Time Warner networks. A spokesman for DirecTV said that they have added this choice, and the surcharge, in major markets across the U.S. -- representing roughly 20 percent of their subscriber base -- where there is more than one regional sports network. That way people who don’t want sports don’t have to take it and those that do pay for it.

“It’s really about the rising cost of sports programming that is going through the roof,” said a DirecTV spokesman. “This is one way to off-set sports costs. It doesn’t cover everything but it does cover a portion."

New subscribers who take the regional sports package will pay $3 more per month for their DirecTV service, where standard rates range from around $35-$90 per month. The DirecTV packages of channels that carry the surcharge, which has been rolling out nationwide since September, are Choice, Choice Xtra, Choice Ultimate and Premier, the most expensive option.

Those who don’t want regional sports can opt for the “entertainment” package of about 140 digital channels that includes ESPN but none of the regional sports networks, such as those offered by TWC. That costs $29.99 per month.

The surcharge applies not only in Southern California, but also in New York, Chicago, Denver and other cities where multiple regional sports networks are available.

Time Warner Cable had no comment on the surcharge.

The increased payment and different tier of service are interesting because as TWC negotiated with telecom providers like Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS for carriage of Lakers games, it sought assurances that its new networks would be available to all subscribers on their most basic tier. That way, TWC could aggregate the largest possible audience to sell to advertisers.

During the lengthy negotiations between TWC and DirecTV over carriage of the sports channels, there was a lot made of the rising cost of sports rights, most of which has to be passed on to subscribers. Even with the $3 surcharge, the DirecTV spokesman said that still does not cover all of their increased cost.

The TWC channels alone are said to cost the distributor $3.99 per month per subscriber; and in Southern California, DirecTV also pays to carry Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket (both owned by News Corp.). There was pressure on DirecTV to make a deal because it is known for its sports programming.

The precedent of adding a surcharge to cover the rising cost of local sports isn’t just going to come under scrutiny as it relates to TWC or Southern California, The Los Angeles Times pointed out in an article Monday that first revealed the new DirecTV surcharge.

Nationwide, professional sports have nearly all migrated to cable for most - if not all - of their games. So the rising cost is an issue not just for DirecTV but also for Comcast, Charter and other cable and satellite providers concerned about passing on the costs to subscribers who these days have a lot of viewing choices.

Dish Network has yet to agree to carry the two TWC sports channels over their cost.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/directv-surcharge-regional-sports-package-400205
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Technology Notes
LG's Ultra High-Definition TV comes with big price tag
By Josh Fields, USA Today/Reviewed.com - Dec. 8, 2012

On the surface, the 84LM9600 seems like any other LG Smart TV, just bigger. But look closer—this 84-inch monster is a different beast entirely. It's one of the new Ultra High-Definition TVs (UHDTV), with more than 8 million pixels of resolution and a price tag matching that of a Hyundai Sonata ($20,000).

MORE: Read the full, in-depth review on Reviewed.com

We saw this gargantuan set at CES 2012, back when the format was still called 4K and touching wasn't allowed. But LG recently invited us to take a closer look, giving us four hours alone with the future of television. LG had some sample UHDTV content for us to watch and, for the most part, it looked glorious: The UHDTV content we saw took full advantage of the screen's staggering 8,294,400 pixel count. It's not quite as jaw-dropping as the jump from standard-definition to high-definition was, but details come to life on the massive, ultra high-resolution display.

Does this mean that your HD television, with its miniscule 1080p resolution, is already outdated? Well…probably not. Yeah, Ultra HD displays (four times the resolution of 1080p) are now commercially available, but at four times the resolution of 1080p, you'll have a tough time finding anything to watch. And with most cable signals barely topping 720p, buying a UHDTV now is like calling your real estate agent to buy property on Mars. Is this TV worth as much as car? Early adopters can find out right now: It's been on sale at select retailers since October. The rest of us will wait it out for the next half-decade.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2012/12/07/reviewed-ultra-high-definition-tv/1750543/
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
TUESDAY 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 - Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (Special)
(R - Dec. 10, 1970)
9PM - Happy Endings
9:31PM - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
10PM - Private Practice
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Leslie Mann; teddy bear Ted; Sarah Jaffe performs)

CBS
8PM - NCIS
9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
10PM - Vegas
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Amanda Seyfried; ballerina Natalia Makarova; Mick Jagger and Keith Richards present the Top Ten List; AWOLNATION performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Betty White; Morena Baccarin; comic Dylan Moran)

NBC:
8PM - The Voice (LIVE)
9PM - Take It All
10PM - Parenthood
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Ewan McGregor; Bailee Madison; Allen Stone performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Anne Hathaway; comic Robert Smigel; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform; Beres Hammond performs with The Roots)
1:37AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (TV personality Steven Rinella; "The Central Park Five''; Fidlar performs)

FOX:
8PM - Raising Hope
8:30PM - Ben and Kate
(R - Sep. 25)
9PM - New Girl
9:30PM - The Mindy Project

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Saving Titanic (R - Apr. 1)
9PM - The Titanic With Len Goodman
(R - Apr. 10)
10PM - Frontline: Frontline: The Undertaking
(R - Oct. 30, 2007)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Por Ella Soy Eva
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - Amor Bravío

THE CW:
8PM - Hart of Dixie
9PM - A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (Special)
(R - Dec. 17, 2008)

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 (Laura Linney)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Malcolm Gladwell and Audra McDonald)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Nick Offerman; Chris O'Dowd; Graham Parker & Rumour)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Jessica Chastain; Brian Jarvis; Fortune Feimster; Jo Koy)
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TV Notes
NBC Rides ‘The Voice’ From Worst to First Place
By Bill Carter, The New York Times - Dec. 10, 2012

Could it still be true that even the worst performing television network is only one hit away from a turnaround?

Apparently so, as long as the hit is on for more than 40 hours in four months.

NBC has managed that unexpected turnaround from worst to first this fall, largely — competitors suggest almost exclusively — on the strength of the addition of a single show: “The Voice,” the singing competition that features swinging chairs and big-name musical artists as coaches.

Yes, NBC also has “Sunday Night Football,” but that powerhouse was on the schedule last fall, when NBC had a 2.6 rating among the viewers preferred by many advertisers, ages 18 through 49. Each rating point in that age category equals 1.26 million people. With those 40-plus hours of “The Voice” added (as well as vastly improved ratings for adjacent shows), NBC is up 23 percent to a 3.2 rating.

On Mondays, when the first of two weekly editions of the show plays, NBC is up a staggering 206 percent.

“We built our strategy around ‘The Voice,’ ” said Paul Telegdy, the president of reality and late-night programming for NBC. “We wanted to use Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to build momentum, and we’ve successfully done it.”

The show’s most recent edition started in February, coming out of a big introduction on the night of the Super Bowl. With its prime-time in tatters, NBC decided to insert the series twice this season, something its most similar antecedent, “American Idol,” has never done.

But the show’s executive producer, Mark Burnett, has done it before with shows he produced. “I knew it would be a challenge, but it was a challenge to take ‘Survivor’ to twice a season and ‘The Apprentice’ to twice a season, and that all worked out,” he said. The pressing question for NBC is what happens after Dec. 18, when this edition of “The Voice” has its finale. (Or, for that matter, when the N.F.L. season ends.)

Senior executives at two competing networks said NBC was taking a risk by being carried by one show. That immediately conjured comparisons to “Idol,” which for years lifted the Fox network almost single-handedly to first place, and — more ominously — to “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” the game show phenomenon that blazed at ABC and then flamed out from overuse.

“You do wonder if this is the NBC version of ‘Millionaire,’ ” said Brad Adgate, the senior vice president for research at Horizon Media.

Mr. Burnett questioned that premise, noting that his “Survivor” has been on twice a season and is now in its 25th edition.

Still, “The Voice” does occupy a singing genre crowded with Fox’s two entries, “The X Factor” and “Idol.” Both have had recent ratings declines for their latest editions.

“The Voice” will also go through a test when it returns in March with two new coaches, the singers Shakira and Usher, replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, who are taking off that cycle. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will remain in the four-coach mix.

Preston Beckman, the longtime senior program executive at Fox, said, “I do think they will feel the loss in January and February, and it gives ‘Idol’ the sole ownership of the genre for a few months. The real test will be what it does when it returns, especially with the two new judges. That will determine what happens to the network next year.”

Mr. Telegdy credited the success of “The Voice” to the power of the format, which was created by the Dutch producer John DeMol. It is now produced in more than 50 countries, and has been an explosive hit in many of them. “The finale of the Chinese version attracted 300 million viewers,” Mr. Telegdy said.

But he and Mr. Burnett credited strategic tinkering for enhancing the show this season. “The Voice” had some falloff in previous editions when the blind audition segments, which feature the coaches with their backs to the contestants swinging their chairs around to select singers for their team, ended. This season, the show introduced an element it called “the steal,” which allowed the coaches to take singers from another coach.

“It’s made it very sportslike,” Mr. Burnett said. “Like the N.B.A. or N.F.L. or soccer, where teams take away players or get them in trades.”

Mr. Telegdy said the idea for the steal came from NBC’s top entertainment executive, Bob Greenblatt, though he acknowledged the entire network hierarchy is consumed with managing NBC’s most crucial asset. “You understand the importance of this show to this place. You can imagine how many bright minds lie awake at night staring at the ceiling wondering what to do next with it.”

Mr. Telegdy said the show’s format was inherently strong enough to endure. “This is a thoughtful, quality music show,” he said. “No overblown production, no pyrotechnics, or air cannons. There are no back tracks or Auto-Tune or the audio manipulation that the other shows do.”

The show accommodates the coaches with an intensely packed production schedule. The blind audition segments are shot in just five days. The battle round is shot in four days. “It takes us only nine days to capture fully the first 18 hours of the show,” Mr. Telegdy said.

Beyond ratings increases, “The Voice” has let NBC break through with the drama “Revolution,” which follows it on Mondays, and the comedy “Go On,” which follows it on Tuesdays.

Still, Mr. Adgate said CBS would almost surely end the season, which began in the fall and ends in May, on top, (it will have the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 to add to other assets) and NBC could fall well behind with “The Voice” off the air for three months.

Mr. Telegdy acknowledged, “We’re prepared for, shall we say, a radically different rating for the period that ‘The Voice’ is off.” But that won’t change the result from this fall, he said. “We’ve rebuilt a very important quarter for us.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/business/media/nbc-rides-the-voice-to-first-place.html?ref=media
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Nielsen Notes
Fox News has oldest cable audience
By James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter - Dec. 10, 2012

Who has the most watched news network in all the land?

Fox News!

And who has the oldest audience in all of cable?

Fox News!

In a survey released by analyst Steve Sternberg, Fox News has the oldest audience among fully distributed cable networks. The network's average viewer last season was 65 years old, according to Nielsen. Heck, it's viewers are even older than viewers of Hallmark Channel, Military Channel and Golf Channel.

Perhaps the reason viewers tend to leave Fox News on all day racking up hours of big Nielsen numbers is they can't actually change the channel?

(Ah, Fox News, you know we only kid you because you sort of set yourself up for it).

CNN wasn't far behind, though -- its average audience was 63. MSNBC was a perky 59. CNBC is the young turk at 52.

The youngest fully distributed cable channel? Oxygen. Followed by Bravo and, weirdly, VH1 Classic, then Travel and TLC -- all averaging about 42 years old.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/fox-news-oldest-cable-audience-54230
Edited by dad1153 - 12/10/12 at 10:00pm
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Dec. 11, 2012

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

After tonight’s double-elimination episode, it’ll be down to the final two contestants. Next week: the finals. Funny thing: some of my college students are taking their finals today. Yet no one is facing elimination. Well, maybe one person. But I digress…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai was Westernized, quite literally, in this 1960 Western about a group of rogue gunmen hired to protect a town from marauding bad guys. The original Japanese film is better, but this one is loaded with iconic tough guys: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Eli Wallach, and that’s just for starters.

NEW GIRL
Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) concocts a questionable plan for the holidays: to hit as many parties in one night as possible. The guys don’t want any of it – not, that is, until she volunteers to be the designated driver.

DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23
ABC, 9:31 p.m. ET

The big day has arrived: James Van Der Beek faces premiere day on Dancing with the Stars. Yes, I know it’s meta, having the star of one ABC series, playing a playful version of himself, pretending to appear on another ABC series. But that’s part of what makes this sitcom so interesting – its disregard for convention, and its dislike of simplicity.

PARENTHOOD
NBC, 10:01 p.m. ET
MIDSEASON FINALE:
I’m going to miss this series while it’s gone, after this emotional holiday episode that finds Kristina back in the ICU. Peter Krause and Monica Potter, as Adam and Kristina, have done stellar work this year – work that tugs at my heart every time, and reminds me, as the closing credits roll, how few TV series are dealing with issues to which we all can relate. Watching Parenthood isn’t easy, but it’s endlessly rewarding. Just like parenthood.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Nielsen Notes
Fox News has oldest cable audience

As if this was a surprise to anyone with half a brain.
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Nielsen Notes
Fox News has oldest cable audience
By James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter - Dec. 10, 2012

CNN wasn't far behind, though -- its average audience was 63. MSNBC was a perky 59. CNBC is the young turk at 52.

Fox still clobbers those other newsies cnn,msnbc,cnbc in total day 25-54 viewers which i think is the target demo for news.
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Fox still clobbers those other newsies cnn,msnbc,cnbc in total day 25-54 viewers which i think is the target demo for news.
Maybe it's me, but I'd think a big reason is that most people who are home to watch the news nets (at least as far as Neilsen monitors) are retired. Second place would fall to shift workers and third would probably be the unemployed (which also skews a little older). Or maybe the fact the average is floating up as younger adults are getting their news from the 'net.
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TV/Washington Notes
TV commercials to pump down volume
By Maria Sciullo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Dec. 9, 2012
Television is about to get a bit quieter.

Beginning Thursday, television stations and cable providers are required to keep the volume of commercials at a level consistent with programming. No more blaring car ads or holiday shopping spots, unless providers want to incur the wrath of the Federal Communications Commission.

My local NBC station is the worst. But it could be NBC itself. Seems like local commercials aren't as bad. Glad to know this is coming.
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My local NBC station is the worst. But it could be NBC itself. Seems like local commercials aren't as bad. Glad to know this is coming.

Hmm, I'd swear it was always the local car dealership, and furniture store commercials that were loudest here. But its been quite a while that I've watched commercials outside of the superbowl and a few other live games or events.
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Hmm, I'd swear it was always the local car dealership, and furniture store commercials that were loudest here. But its been quite a while that I've watched commercials outside of the superbowl and a few other live games or events.

Same Here. I switched to DVDs in 2006, and I haven't looked back. Its so nice to watch a show without someone butting in to hawk something I'm not interested in. mad.gif
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Fox still clobbers those other newsies cnn,msnbc,cnbc in total day 25-54 viewers which i think is the target demo for news.

Apparently not. It isn't even close. The geriatric crowd wins out.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/12/11/cable-news-ratings-for-monday-december-10-2012/161128/
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Apparently not. It isn't even close. The geriatric crowd wins out.
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/12/11/cable-news-ratings-for-monday-december-10-2012/161128/

What do you mean apparently not ?

In total day 25-54 fox was 1st with 247,000 viewers, msnbc was 2nd with 160,000.
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What do you mean apparently not ?
In total day 25-54 fox was 1st with 247,000 viewers, msnbc was 2nd with 160,000.
I think he means that the target demo is the geriatric crowd (note the bolding). Of course, the target demo IS 25-54. The fact the "geriatric crowd" tunes in en masse doesn't mean they're the target demo. MY target demo is also 25-54, but I frequently clobber the competition in 18-49. Just means my actual skews younger than my target. Doesn't mean Wet Seal buys time on my show. I'm still marketed based on 25-54 numbers, forever the "money demo."
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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)
CBS snaps NBC’s Monday winning streak
Averages a 3.3 in 18-49s, boosted by extra episode of 'Girls'
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Dec. 11, 2012

NBC’s season-long Monday winning streak has been snapped.

With only a one-hour edition of “The Voice” last night instead of the usual two-hour show, NBC had its weakest Monday of the season, and CBS rode an extra episode of “2 Broke Girls” and a season high for “Hawaii Five-0” to the win.

CBS averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and 8 share in primetime, according to Nielsen overnights, 32 percent ahead of No. 2 NBC at 2.5/6.

NBC had an 11-week win streak heading into the night, its longest ever on Monday. But a so-so debut for new game show “Take It All” and a low-rated Michael Buble Christmas special at 10 p.m. lead to a lower rating than usual for the network, which has averaged a 4.9 on Mondays this season.

Also for the first time “Voice” was not the night’s highest-rated show. CBS’s “Girls” was, averaging a 4.0 at 9 p.m. Its second episode drew a 3.9 at 9:30 p.m., giving “Hawaii” its best lead-in of the season.

The drama won the 10 p.m. hour with a 2.7.

“Voice” drew a 3.8 at 8 p.m. “All” fell to a 2.2 at 9 p.m., though that was up a significant 47 percent from last year’s timeslot occupant, the premiere episode of the game show “Who’s Still Standing.”

Buble drew a 1.4 at 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” improved to a 1.3 at 8 p.m. and a 1.5 at 9 p.m., both up over last week.

Fox’s “American Country Music Awards” drew a 1.4 from 8 to 10 p.m., down 30 percent from last year.

And the CW’s “Gossip Girl” hit a season high in total viewers (1.03 million) and women 18-34 (1.0) in advance of next week’s series finale. Lead-in “90210,” airing its 100th episode at 8 p.m., had its best women 18-34 rating (1.0) since Oct. 15.

With CBS and NBC way ahead of the competition for the night, Univision finished third with a 1.5/4. Fox was fourth with a 1.4/4, ABC was fifth with a 1.4/3, and the CW and Telemundo tied for sixth with a 0.5/1 apiece.

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 the 3.8 for “Voice.” CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” (3.3) and “The Big Bang Theory” rerun (3.3) were second with a 3.3. Univision’s “Por Ella Soy Eva” took third with a 1.7, Fox’s first hour of the music awards was fourth with a 1.4, ABC’s first “Makeover” episode was fifth with a 1.3, the CW’s “90210” was sixth with a 0.6, and Telemundo’s “Rosa Diamonte” was seventh with a 0.5.

At 9 p.m. CBS led with a 3.9 for two episodes of "Girls" (4.0 and 3.9), followed by NBC with a 2.2 for "Take." Univision was third with a 1.6 for "Amores Verdaderos." ABC and Fox tied for fourth at 1.5, ABC for "Makeover " and Fox for the "ACMAs," and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.5, CW for "Gossip Girl" and Telemundo for 'Corazon Valiente."

CBS was first again at 10 p.m. with a 2.7 for "Hawaii Five-0," with NBC second with a 1.4 for "Michael Buble: Home For the Holidays." ABC was third with a 1.3 for a "Castle" rerun, Univision fourth with a 1.2 for "Amor Bravio" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.5 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.7) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.4).

CBS also led in households for the night, averaging a 6.6 rating and 10 share. NBC was second with a 5.1/8, ABC was third with a 3.6/5, Fox was fourth with a 3.2/5, Univision was fifth with a 2.0/3, the CW was sixth with a 0.8/1, and Telemundo was seventh with a 0.7/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/cbs-snaps-nbcs-monday-winning-streak/
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
'Dexter' breaks all Showtime records: Will it change the show's endgame?
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Dec. 11, 2012

Showtime is on fire this fall.

Dexter and Homeland have once again hit new series-high ratings.

Dex delivered 2.6 million viewers — the biggest audience ever for a Showtime original series. Normally such records are broken during season finales or premieres, not during penultimate episodes like this one. Homeland also keeps closing the gap with Dexter, now up to 2.4 million viewers — up 9 percent from last week.

Including their Sunday repeats, Dexter had 3.1 million and Homeland had 2.6 million for the night. Both shows have their season finales next week. Chances are strong Showtime will enjoy another round of happy headlines.

Question: Showtime’s previously stated non-definitive rough-draft plan has been to end Dexter next season. The rising popularity of Homeland makes this easier to follow through on, because now the network has a successful fall replacement hit. But will Showtime really pull the trigger on Dexter when its numbers keep shattering records? Everybody involved with the long-time serial killer drama makes it sound like the only factor for deciding when to conclude the show is its creative storyline — which, let’s face it, would probably benefit from some closure in the near future. But ratings momentum like this, when coupled with a real choice on the table, is unavoidably influential too.

It will be easier to have an opinion on this topic after next week’s finale. Until then, what do you think? How much longer should Showtime air Dexter?

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/12/11/dexter-homeland-break-ratings/
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I think he means that the target demo is the geriatric crowd (note the bolding). Of course, the target demo IS 25-54. The fact the "geriatric crowd" tunes in en masse doesn't mean they're the target demo. MY target demo is also 25-54, but I frequently clobber the competition in 18-49. Just means my actual skews younger than my target. Doesn't mean Wet Seal buys time on my show. I'm still marketed based on 25-54 numbers, forever the "money demo."

Yea thats like the #1 radio station here in NY Z100 a top 40 which generally targets females 18-34 yet they still manage to be #1 in overall 18-49 & even sometimes #1 25-54 beating AC stations....not too shabby....they just had their annual jingleball concert at MSG friday i hope Fuse replays it like they did last year.
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What do you mean apparently not ?
In total day 25-54 fox was 1st with 247,000 viewers, msnbc was 2nd with 160,000.
My bad. I didn't mean the geriatrics were the target, but that they won out.
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TV Notes
Pete Rose Reality Series Gets Premiere Date
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Dec. 11, 2012

TLC has set the premiere date for former baseball pro Pete Rose's new reality series, Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs.

Chronicling preparations for Rose and his fiancee, ex-Playboy model Kiana Kim, as they blend their families and prepare for wedded life, the six-part docu-series will launch on the cable network Monday, Jan. 14, at 10 p.m.

According to the official synopsis, the 71-year-old Rose -- who has been banned from professional baseball due to his gambling -- and Kim will face "challenges other families face." The upcoming nuptials mark Rose's third trip down the aisle, while Kim has two children from a previous relationship.

Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs. is produced by Creature Films and executive produced by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pete-rose-reality-series-gets-400978
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TV Notes
ABC Orders Paranormal Investigation Drama Series ‘Weird Desk’ For Next Summer
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Dec. 5, 2012

The network has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to mystery supernatural/UFO drama Weird Desk for summer 2013. The show hails from Christina Jennings’ Canadian production company Shaftesbury, which has a U.S. division.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/abc-orders-paranormal-investigation-drama-series-weird-desk-for-next-summer/

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ABC’s ‘Weird Desk’ Summer Series Shelved
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Dec. 11, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: That was quick — a week after ABC gave a 13-episode straight-to-series order to paranormal investigation drama Weird Desk, the network has put the project on hold. It will no longer be produced for summer as planned, and its status will be revisited after pilot season. While ABC brass had liked the Weird Desk concept and script for awhile, by the time the project got a green light, it proved hard to get production up and running fast enough for a summer launch while keeping the cost low, an important factor for a summer original series. Additionally, I hear there was concern, at Marvel and internally at ABC, that Weird Desk may be similar to Joss Whedon’s high-profile ABC pilot S.H.I.E.L.D., an offshoot of blockbuster vengers franchise. There is speculation about objections from Marvel, one of Disney Co.’s most prized possessions, to the new project. As a result, the network decided to put a pin in Weird Desk. ABC still has soap Mistresses on tap for summer.

Weird Desk, produced by Canadian production company Shaftesbury and distributed by ABC Studios, was written by Carl Binder and David Titcher. Based on the alleged real-life mysteries from this world and beyond, it centers on the workings of a clandestine organization rumored to be named “Weird Desk.” Working above the levels of top secret and above the office of the President, the unit is the destination for mysterious intelligence rerouted from the CIA and NSA. Tasked with investigating and solving occurrences of the paranormal, supernatural and sometimes extra-terrestrial, “Weird Desk” is led by Morgan, an obstinate, socially inept and brilliant man who would now be dead if it weren’t for his special forces trained partner, Rosetta.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/abcs-weird-desk-summer-series-shelved/
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TV Notes
'Game Change 2012' sequel is due next fall
By Craig Wilson, USA Today - Dec. 11, 2012

Presidential elections remain hot.

Penguin Press announced Tuesday that it will publish Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann next fall. HBO has already optioned the rights to the book, which will report on the battle between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama for the presidency.

HBO's Game Change, based on the authors' book of the same name about the 2008 election, starred Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and won five Emmy Awards earlier this year. It was one of the most viewed original movies in the network's history.

"John Heilemann and Mark Halperin reinvented the campaign narrative with Game Change," Penguin's Ann Godoff said in a statement. "Their new book, Double Down, will, of course, break news. But more importantly, it will create the lasting story of the 2012 race for the presidency."

Upon publication in 2010, Game Change entered USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list at No. 3 and remained in the top 150 for 14 weeks. The book became an international best seller and was widely credited as the definitive account of the 2008 campaign.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2012/12/11/hbo-movie-double-down/1761961/
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TV Notes
‘The Mindy Project,’ under construction
The first-year Fox comedy is undergoing some changes
By Media Life Magazine - Dec. 11, 2012

“The Mindy Project” was one of the first new shows to receive a full-season order this fall, but its ratings have never been strong. In fact, they’ve weakened quite a bit since the comedy’s debut.

Tonight “Mindy” airs its final original episode of the year at 9:30 p.m. It will be back in January with a new look that Fox hopes will boost viewership.

The show was picked up mostly on its creative promise and the network’s understandable desire to stay in business with Mindy Kaling, a multi-talented comedian reminiscent of Tina Fey who can act, produce and write.

But “Mindy” has not attracted the ratings Fox had hoped for. It’s averaging a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, though it’s been well below that in recent weeks, including a 1.3 last Tuesday.

Of even more concern, the show is losing 28 percent of its lead-in from “New Girl,” which is averaging a 2.5, plus “Mindy” has finished behind timeslot rival “The New Normal” on NBC the past few weeks.

Whether a makeover can turn “Mindy” into a hit is uncertain.

The changes are mainly in the show's support characters. Mindy’s boss, Stephen Tobolowsky, has been written out, and her best friend (Anna Camp) and officemate (Amanda Setton) will also be leaving.

At least one new character is joining the show, a yet-to-be-cast female college friend of Mindy’s.

If these cast changes fail to boosts ratings, “Mindy” most likely won’t get picked up for a second go-round.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/the-mindy-project-under-construction/
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