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TV Notes
John Barrowman, Debbie Gibson join ABC singing competition
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - May 20, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has signed judges, cast and a host for its new competition series Sing Your Face Off, and it’s quite a unique collection of famous names.

First, actor John Barrowman (Torchwood, Arrow) will host the show, where five celebrity contestants take on the identity of an iconic music performer each week.

The judges are former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond and pop singer Debbie Gibson.

And the show’s contestants learning to perform the hits of famous music stars are ex-Skid Row frontman and heavy metal singer Sebastian Bach, comedian Jon Lovitz, Toronto Raptors player Landry Fields, teenage Disney Channel actress-singer China Anne McClain and former soap star Lisa Rinna.

Of all the performers above, fans are probably most surprised to see Barrowman listed. He may be best known in the U.S. for his roles on cult-favorite sci-fi shows, but he’s hosted and served as a presenter on several unscripted shows in the UK.

The six-episode Sing Your Face Off is produced by Endemol USA with Georgie Hurford-Jones (America’s Got Talent) as executive producer and based on a successful international format. There’s no air date yet, but the production seems to gearing up for a potential debut this summer.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/20/john-barrowman-debbie-gibson/
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Business Notes
Layoffs Hit ESPN Amid Record Revenue
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter - May 21, 2013

ESPN is laying off upwards of 400 employees, despite continued financial success for the Walt Disney Company-owned sports giant.

The network confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, following an initial report by Deadspin, issuing the following statement: “We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive."

News of layoffs come less than two weeks after Disney's media networks segment rose 6 percent to $4.96 billion, with operating income up 8 percent to $1.86 billion. One of the company's most consistently lucrative properties, ESPN has enjoyed increased affiliate revenue in 2013.

Forbes recently called ESPN "the world's most valuable media property," estimating its worth at $40 billion.

The layoffs are a first for the ESPN since it last shed staff in 2009.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/layoffs-hit-espn-record-revenue-526212

I really shake my head at this as ESPN continues to rake in the money in creating all these conference channels that are springing up. Something here doesn't add up.
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NFL awarded Super Bowls today to the sf 49ers new stadium in santa clara & the hou texans stadium in houston so the next 4 are now set:

SBXLVIII -- fox 2014 east rutherford nj biggrin.gif
SBXLIX -- nbc 2015 glendale az
SBL -- cbs 2016 santa clara
SBLI -- fox 2017 houston

Also starting next year the NFL Draft will move to may so the 2014 dates are may 15-17.
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TV Notes
Broadcast Nets Expand Nightly News For Tornado Coverage
By the Deadline.com Staff - May 21, 2013

UPDATED, 9:40 AM: ABC News and NBC News said they will expand their evening newscasts to an hour tonight to cover the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado that so far has killed 24 including many children stuck in their schools. On CBS, the CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley is expanding to 90 minutes from 6:30-8 PM. ABC also is airing a special edition of Nightline dedicated to tornado coverage, and ABC News’ David Muir, Ginger Zee, and Mike Boettcher will report in from Oklahoma this afternoon on Katie.

PREVIOUSLY: The network and its sister outlets MSNBC and the Weather Channel will focus Tuesday on coverage of today’s massive twister that cut a huge swath of destruction near Oklahoma City. Along with live coverage from devastated Moore, Okla., on NBC’s Today and MSNBC’s morning programs, the broadcast network will air a one-hour special hosted by Brian Williams live from the scene at 8 PM ET (delayed in other time zones). That will pre-empt a recap show of The Voice featuring the top 10 performances; a new live episode of the singing competition will air as scheduled in the 9 PM hour.

Meanwhile, the Williams-anchored NBC Nightly News is slated to run in its regular half-hour starting at 6:30 PM and is not expected to be expanded. Today’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist also will report from Moore, as will Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Kate Snow and others. MSNBC anchors reporting live from suburban OKC will include Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Chris Jansing and Thomas Roberts.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/nbc-to-air-live-special-on-tornado-in-tuesdays-voice-recap-slot/
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Business Notes
Layoffs Hit ESPN Amid Record Revenue
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter - May 21, 2013

ESPN is laying off upwards of 400 employees, despite continued financial success for the Walt Disney Company-owned sports giant.

The State of Connecticut gave them $17.5 million to create 200 new jobs in the new digital media center that is to open next spring. Great, layoff 400 now and hire 200 next year and still keep the money.
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Note that I said the SD channels converted for basic cable. AFAIK many cableco's still simulcast that tier of channels 2-70 (or whatever). I'm not sure exactly how they do it, but I assume the bandwidth requirements are the same as analog. I just think the OP is talking about these and not digital SD channels that I believe are already letter-boxed on non-HD boxes. That was supposed to be revisited last year, but I never heard what the FCC decided. Comcast went all-digital years ago and I think they provide basic subscribers a free box to work with their old 4:3 analog TVs.

Edit: But then again maybe he wasn't. Maybe he's talking about channels like the SD HBO channel when there is an HD counterpart.

I guess my whole thing is we get charged HD fees for getting the unchopped version and in essence we also have to pay for the same thing cropped and chopped, they are double dipping and we have to pay extra for the untouched one.

Don't know who your carrier is, but there is no HD fee on Cox. If you receive the channel on your tier, both the SD and HD versions are included. The HD STB/DVR even has the same monthly fee as its SD only counterpart.
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I really shake my head at this as ESPN continues to rake in the money in creating all these conference channels that are springing up. Something here doesn't add up.

Oh you know it, Wall Street, more and more money, pile it up in the basement, or overseas, but above all make more money, cut jobs and we can make even more.
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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 (Season Finale)
8:30PM - Modern Family
(R - Nov. 14)
9PM - Modern Family (Season Finale)
9:31PM - How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)
10PM - Nashville (Season Finale)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Alyssa Milano; Chris "Ludacris'' Bridges; Darius Rucker performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Two and a Half Men
(R - Nov. 15)
8:30PM - 2 Broke Girls
(R - Nov. 12)
9PM - Criminal Minds (Season Finale; 120 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Woody Harrelson; comic Tommy Johnagin; John Fogerty performs with Dawes)
12:37AM - Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Stephen Fry)

NBC:
8PM - Dateline NBC
9PM - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season Finale)
10PM - Chicago Fire (Season Finale)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (Vin Diesel; comic Jeff Foxworthy; The Lone Bellow performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Dana Carvey; Elisabeth Moss; Bobby McFerrin performs)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Tom Brokaw; photographer Kevin Russ; The Coup performs)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef (Season Premiere; 120 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Nature: The White Aliens (R - May. 9, 2012)
9PM - NOVA: Secrets of the Sun
(R - Apr. 25, 2012)
10PM - Secrets of the Dead: Airmen and the Headhunters
(R - Nov. 11, 2009)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Porque El Amor Manda
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - Qué Bonito Amor

THE CW:
8PM - Movie: Love Happens (2009)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Pasión Prohibida
9PM - La Patrona
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Bill O'Reilly)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Music group The National)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Jesse Eisenberg; J.J. Abrams; 30 Seconds to Mars)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Zach Galifianakis; Moshe Kasher; Mary Lynn Rajskub; Josh Wolf)
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 22, 2013

THE MIDDLE
ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
Against all odds, Axl (Charlie McDermott) is scheduled to graduate. And Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is about to graduate as well – from elementary school to junior high. The good news is, they’re both coming back, along with this underrated sitcom, to make us laugh some more this fall.

THE NATURAL
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

Usually, when I point out this 1984 movie, it’s to praise the supporting performances around Robert Redford, playing an overage rookie baseball phenom. Glenn Close, Wilford Brimley, Robert Duvall and others. And this time, I’d be happy to single out Kim Basinger, who plays the tempting bad girl to Close’s angelic good one. But since Randy Newman just got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let’s single him out, because he wrote this movie score. And it’s a wonderful one, too – proving that he too, at this particular venture, was a natural.

MODERN FAMILY
ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
Phil’s mother dies in this season-ending episode. That may not sound like an occasion for a lot of laughs – but on this sitcom, it will be.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
What starts out as the seemingly routine arrest of a man exposing himself in Central Park turns into something much more complicated – and darker. And also leads for a guest star turn by Lauren Ambrose, who’s been scoring solid guest spots ever since Six Feet Under went, well, six feet under.

NASHVILLE
ABC, 10:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
Brad Paisley guest stars in tonight’s season one finale. But for me, the two most dramatic things about tonight’s show are a) the ongoing chapters in the stories of Rayna and Juliette (Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere), and b) the good news that ABC has renewed Nashville for a Season 2. More drama! More Connie and Hayden! And more music!


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
'Bates Motel' Finishes Steady Season With a Boost
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 21, 2013

Bates Motel temporarily closed up shop on Monday night with its freshman finale. The episode averaged 2.7 million viewers, with 1.5 million of them in the targeted adults 18-49.

That's a slight dip from March's 3 million opener, but on par with its season returns. The series averaged 2.7 million total viewers and 1.5 million adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 tuning in during the 10-episode run.

Compared to the previous week, Bates Motel was up 8 percent in total viewers and a robust 15 percent in the 18-49 demographic.

Live+Seven Day returns have the show earning 4.4 million viewers with DVR additions. The demographic scores rise to 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.5 million adults 25-54, boosts of a respective 72 and 67 percent.

As 2013 cable drama launches go, Bates Motel ranks only behind sister network History's Vikings in total viewers in both of the adult demos.

A&E renewed Bates Motel for a second season in April. It will return to the network in 2014.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-bates-motel-finishes-526254
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TV Notes
ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Undergoes Production Changes Heading Into Second Season
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 21, 2013

Nashville became the only ABC freshman drama to get a renewal after spending most of the spring on the bubble. And now that Season 2 is a go, the show will undergo some changes. For now, they appear to be limited to the production/post-production areas. Line producer Loucas George, who ran the operation on the ground in Nashville, where the series is filmed, announced on Twitter shortly after the renewal 10 days ago that his contract had not been renewed. That also applies to his team, including production supervisor Don Bensko, as the new line producer is expected to bring in his/her crew.

Changes on Nashville were expected following a rocky freshman season, with the show going through growing pains and struggling with its creative direction as well as the ratings. I’ve reported accounts of tension between co-producers ABC Studios and Lionsgate and other behind-the-scene issues, including star Connie Britton being unhappy with the experience. In an editorial for The Santa Clarita News, Bensko’s wife Micaela, lamenting the decision not to pick up her husband’s option, spoke about “14-20 hour days with an unrelenting schedule due to issues beyond their control” and “a string of endless and exhausting shoot days” as “a string of delayed scripts and tripping storylines kept everyone on edge.” She also recounted an on-set accident, in which “one of our crew lost his footing while rigging for a huge arena shoot at The Bridgestone. He fell twenty feet and almost died.”

Part of the issue has been the fact that Nashville is filmed in Nashville while the show’s writers as well as producers and studio executives are in Los Angeles. But the location helps Nashville stay authentic, and Lionsgate TV and ABC Studios are lobbying the state of Tennessee for better tax incentive terms. I hear the intention is to keep the production in Nashville but the economics will factor into the final decision.

Creatively, most problems seems to have been resolved, and Dee Johnson is expected to continue as showrunner on the series created by Oscar winner Callie Khouri. In addition to the solid response from critics (Britton is a major awards contender), Nashville draws important young viewers and also generates sizable revenue from digital music downloads.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/abcs-nashville-undergoes-production-changes-heading-into-second-season/
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TV Notes
ABC's 'Revenge' Ups Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts to Executive Producers
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - May 21, 2013

"Revenge" is being pretty sweet to Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.

Berg and Harberts, whose resume includes ABC's "Off the Map" and "GCB," have been upped to executive producers for the third season of the network's drama "Revenge" for the series' third season. The pair had previously served as consulting producers on the series.

The executive producer positions come as part of a new two-year overall deal with the pair at ABC Studios, which produces "Revenge."

Earlier this month, the series tapped Sunil Nayar, an executive producer and writer for the series, as its new showrunner, succeeding previous showrunner Mike Kelley, who stepped down in April in what was characterized as a "difficult mutual decision" between Kelley and ABC Studios.

Deadline first reported the news of Berg and Harberts' promotion.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/abcs-revenge-ups-gretchen-berg-aaron-harberts-executive-producers-93121
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Nielsen Notes
CBS boss Les Moonves king of network TV with 2012-13 ratings win
By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times - May 21, 2013

Last week, CBS boss Leslie Moonves told ad buyers his network was at the "center" of the media universe. On Tuesday, he proved why.

CBS wrapped the 2012-13 TV season with a commanding victory in every single ratings category, according to Nielsen.

That includes the key demographic of viewers ages 18 to 49, which CBS -- long the oldest-skewing of the four major broadcast networks -- had not won since the 1991-92 season.

Actually, CBS was down 3% in that category compared with the previous season. But all of its competitors dropped, too. Fox, hard hit by erosion at "American Idol," slid 22% and barely scraped past No. 3 NBC.

Among total viewers, CBS was easily No. 1, averaging 11.8 million total viewers -- a 1% uptick.

Of course, a big part of CBS' success was its broadcast of the Super Bowl, far and away the most-watched show on TV every year. But the home of "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory" was strong enough that it would have won even without the big game.

Last week, Moonves pitched ad buyers by saying, "We are the center of the universe" -- a line that was immediately seized upon by some wags who believe broadcast TV is an aging legacy business.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-cbs-les-moonves-ratings-win-20130521,0,106458.story
Edited by dad1153 - 5/21/13 at 10:56pm
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Business Notes
WB Adjusts TV Picture in Management Shakeup
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - May 21, 2013

Once it became clear that Bruce Rosenblum would leave his perch as Warner Bros. TV Group chief after being passed over the for the top job at the studio, a window of opportunity opened for CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

By necessity he had to rethink the management structure of the studio’s largest division, which meant he had free reign to remake it as he saw fit. Tsujihara chose to anoint worldwide czars of distribution and content as well as a business operations master, all three of whom report to him.

The structure is a departure for WB, which has tended to concentrate oversight of operations in uber-bosses like Rosenblum and his film counterpart, motion picture group prez Jeff Robinov.

The sweeping reorganization unveiled May 15 marks Tsujihara’s first big step in making Hollywood’s largest studio more attuned to the demands of new and globally oriented distribution platforms. Unavoidably, the changes also involved the home entertainment and digital divisions, where the Warner Bros. topper had to fill a leadership void created by his own ascent to the CEO post in March.

“One of the key objectives was, how do you create an organizational structure that aligns our interests with the way the business is changing,” Tsujihara said. “You work backwards from the consumer and look how new technologies are driving the globalization of our business. That’s how we come to a structure that takes advantage of the strengths of our executives in ways that make sense for our businesses.”

The biggest gainer in the shakeup is longtime Warner Bros. Intl. TV topper Jeffrey Schlesinger, who takes on oversight of all domestic and international TV distribution, including SVOD and the sale of films to TV platforms — a very lucrative biz for WB. Aligning responsibility for TV distribution under a single unit is a sign of the times. “With Netflix, Amazon, Google and a lot of the new partners that are beginning to emerge, we increasingly need to be thinking about the global implications of the deals we’re doing vs. looking at them as international and domestic opportunities,” Tsujihara said.

Schlesinger will serve as prexy of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. Like Rosenblum, he came to WB through its acquisition of Lorimar Telepictures in 1990. Schlesinger has headed international TV for the studio since 1994. Meanwhile, WBTV prexy Peter Roth becomes president and chief content officer for Warner Bros. TV Group, in addition to retaining his role as prexy of Warner Bros. TV, Warner Horizon Television and WB TV Animation. He’ll add creative oversight of the Telepictures Prods. unit and Warner Bros. Intl. TV Prod., a growing arena of local-language production for the studio.

Craig Hunegs, formerly Warner Bros. TV Group exec veep, becomes president of business and strategy for Warner Bros. TV Group. He’ll oversee all business matters, filling a big void left by Rosenblum’s departure, and be involved in expanding its production businesses around the world. He will also join the boards of the CW and U.K. production shingle Shed Media. Schlesinger, Roth and Hunegs now report to Tsujihara. Roth and Schlesinger will jointly oversee Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing headed by TV group chief marketing officer Lisa Gregorian.

In home entertainment, Ron Sanders advances to president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution. Thomas Gewecke, formerly president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, rises to chief digital officer and exec veep of strategy and business development for Warner Bros. Entertainment. Sanders and Gewecke report to Tsujihara. Those two execs will work with Schlesinger on developing strategies for windowing WB product around the world.

Gewecke will also oversee technical operations, corporate development and the Flixster arm, among other operations.

As part of the shuffle, DC Entertainment prexy Diane Nelson adds oversight of the WB Interactive Entertainment unit, overseeing its vidgame biz. She’ll report to both Tsujihara and Robinov. WB Interactive prexy Martin Tremblay will report to Nelson and Sanders.

The news of the promotions brought Rosenblum’s nearly 25-year tenure at WB to a close in a muted way — something that was noted by biz observers even amid the distraction of the network upfronts unfolding last week in Gotham. Tsujihara said he and Rosenblum came to a mutual decision that they determined “was in the best interests of both of us and the company.”

Tsujihara reiterated that he made his first major exec decisions based on careful consideration of the demands of the marketplace and the specific skill sets of the execs in place at the studio.

“The strength of Warner Bros. is our people,” he said. “Any change is difficult and challenging. This has not been an easy process. I do feel very strongly that this is the right structure with the right people in the right places.”

http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/wb-adjusts-tv-picture-in-management-shakeup-1200484680/
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TV Notes
Steven Spielberg working on 'Halo' TV series for Xbox One
By Yannick LeJacq, NBCNews.com - May 21, 2013

In a surprise move at Microsoft's Xbox One announcement Tuesday, the company revealed that it has partnered with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg to create a live-action television series based on the long-time Xbox-exclusive first-person shooter franchise "Halo."

Speaking alongside Microsoft's entertainment and digital media president Nancy Tellem, Bonnie Ross, studio head at "Halo" developer 343 Industries, said that she looks forward to merging "the storytelling magic of television with the interactive innovation of Xbox One."

Then Spielberg himself took the stage, albeit digitally.

"For me, the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet to create something really groundbreaking," Spielberg said, speaking on screen.

As part of Microsoft's general push to recreate its flagship gaming console as an all-in-one home entertainment device, Xbox Entertainment Studios plans to apply a game development model to producing original TV-style programming such as movies, sitcoms, live events and digital shorts.

Previously, 343 and Microsoft worked with director Stewart Hendler to create a web-series, "Forward Unto Dawn," to complement the release of last year's "Halo 4." This would be the first feature-length (or, more properly, TV-length) live-action production for the popular "Halo" franchise — not to mention the first to attract a director of Spielberg's stature.

"We've welcomed Steven Spielberg to the 'Halo' universe," Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, said after Tellem and Ross left the stage.

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/steven-spielberg-working-halo-tv-series-xbox-one-6C10015363
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Nielsen Notes
Rough network season in the ratings ends tonight
By Gary Levin, USA Today - May 22, 2013

It was a year most of the big broadcast networks would rather forget.

The 2012-13 TV season ends Thursday with a whimper, marked by ratings drops at three of four major networks, a lack of big breakout hits and a second yearly nosedive by TV's former champ, American Idol. That led overall Fox ratings to plummet 20% and knocked it out of first place among its target audience of young adults after an eight-year run.

CBS will win the full season, up slightly to an average of 11.9 million viewers as of Sunday. That's a huge margin of 4 million over No. 2 ABC, with 7.9 million, and well ahead of Fox (7.1 million) and NBC (7 million). For the first time since 1992, CBS also won the derby among ages 18 to 49 with an average of 3.7 million, a comfortable lead over No. 2 Fox (3.2 million), with NBC (3 million) and ABC (2.8 million) further behind.

But all the networks were down in that category, even factoring in DVR-delayed viewing. The steady erosion to cable and other viewing options led them to order more new shows and "limited series" for next fall, and plan fewer repeats, in schedules announced last week.

"We had some challenges — it was well documented — particularly in the fall this season," Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly says. He's optimistically looking ahead to next year, when Fox has the Super Bowl and an NFL conference championship game in prime time.

Also in Fox's favor, new thriller The Following, starring Kevin Bacon, was the season's top-rated new series among young adults, followed by NBC's Revolution, while CBS' Elementary was most-watched newcomer overall.

NCIS vaulted ahead of NBC's Sunday Night Football and Idol to become TV's most-watched show, and The Big Bang Theory became the No. 2 series and the top-rated comedy. In a remarkable accomplishment for long-running series, both CBS shows grew: NCIS rose 10% in its 10th season and Bang was up 18% in its sixth.

NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest and Blue Bloods were among other gainers at the network, while NBC's Parenthood and Grimm, ABC's The Bachelor and Shark Tank, Fox's Bob's Burgers and CW's Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries also climbed.

CW's overall ratings rose 4%, to 1.8 million, though its young-adult audience fell 7%. And top-rated Spanish network Univision inched 2% higher, to an average of 3.7 million, but its young-adult viewership was flat.

Two of this season's top 5 new series — Vegas and Golden Boy — were canceled. Both had too few young-adult viewers, and both aired on CBS, which lacked other time slots for new shows.

The top 5 newcomers:

Elementary (CBS) 12.7 million viewers
Vegas (CBS) 11.9 million
The Following (Fox) 11.9 million
Revolution (NBC) 10.5 million
Golden Boy (CBS) 9.7 million


http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/05/21/tv-season-end-low-ratings/2347517/
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The station has to have "compliant" equipment (it is a VERY small list) before FOX will allow it to be connected and configured.

I should have added that has a limited list of equipment in which they can purchase.
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The crawl does not come by default engaged. It must be configured by Cisco which maintains the splicer for FOX.

That I didn't know. But, they way Fox has operated regarding the splicer stuff, it doesn't surprise me.
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I really shake my head at this as ESPN continues to rake in the money in creating all these conference channels that are springing up. Something here doesn't add up.
What doesn't add up is the writer seemingly equating revenue with profit. They left expenses out of the equation. That's why it "doesn't add up." Those conference channels didn't just spring up. They were bought and paid for.

So, what's ESPN's forecast bottom line for this year with the new expenses? Just who was laid off? It's a public company. You WANT them to make a profit. Otherwise, the stock in your mutual fund goes down. And I kinda need my 401(k). biggrin.gif
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I hope that Modern Family "spoiler" isn't that huge, but I guess that's a very minor character
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I really shake my head at this as ESPN continues to rake in the money in creating all these conference channels that are springing up. Something here doesn't add up.

Sure it does; they are greedy bastards. I love their product but hate them.
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Nielsen Notes
Rough network season in the ratings ends tonight
By Gary Levin, USA Today - May 22, 2013

Two of this season's top 5 new series — Vegas and Golden Boy — were canceled. Both had too few young-adult viewers, and both aired on CBS, which lacked other time slots for new shows.

The top 5 newcomers:

Elementary (CBS) 12.7 million viewers
Vegas (CBS) 11.9 million
The Following (Fox) 11.9 million
Revolution (NBC) 10.5 million
Golden Boy (CBS) 9.7 million


http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/05/21/tv-season-end-low-ratings/2347517/

Idiots...when are they going to realize that people over 49 spend money too? (I really liked Vegas.)
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Idiots...when are they going to realize that people over 49 spend money too? (I really liked Vegas.)
Exactly! I regularly watch (watched) three of the five (all CBS) and couldn't care less about the other two.
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Nielsen Notes
Rough network season in the ratings ends tonight
By Gary Levin, USA Today - May 22, 2013

It was a year most of the big broadcast networks would rather forget.

Elementary (CBS) 12.7 million viewers
Vegas (CBS) 11.9 million
The Following (Fox) 11.9 million
Revolution (NBC) 10.5 million
Golden Boy (CBS) 9.7 million[/size]

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/05/21/tv-season-end-low-ratings/2347517/

I liked Vegas and Golden Boy. I think it's ridiculous that both shows were among the top 5 new shows yet got cancelled. I'm 58 and I buy consumer products too!
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Hard to believe that two shows with 12 and 10 million viewers gets canned.
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Hard to believe that two shows with 12 and 10 million viewers gets canned.

Hard to believe that ESPN needs to layoff that many people.
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The articles said these shows didn't attract enough "Younger Viewers" (Tht's Age 18-49 for those of you in Rio Linda). I've seen shows that get high ratings get cancelled for the exact opposite reason, It's a winner in the timeslot, but the network wanted older viewers. Sometimes you are damned if you do, damned if you don't. mad.gif As for the networks complaining about declining viewers, look at your product, it's the quality stupid!
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Originally Posted by mikeewing View Post

I liked Vegas and Golden Boy. I think it's ridiculous that both shows were among the top 5 new shows yet got cancelled. I'm 58 and I buy consumer products too!

Exactly! I'm 56 and my wife is 54. We spend a hell of a lot more money than our two sons who are in that 18-49 age bracket. I think the real problem is that people our age probably aren't influenced by ads as much as younger people are.
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Exactly! I'm 56 and my wife is 54. We spend a hell of a lot more money than our two sons who are in that 18-49 age bracket. I think the real problem is that people our age probably aren't influenced by ads as much as younger people are.
We have longer attention spans and are not swayed by snake oil salesmen... biggrin.gif
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We have longer attention spans and are not swayed by snake oil salesmen... biggrin.gif
Nice try. But the people in the marketing departments who sign on with the advertising agencies and most of the people IN the agencies are thirtysomethings who see you as an old fart on a fixed income. They don't see you at the restaurants they frequent on Madison Avenue. They don't see you at the stores they go to. And, since people tend to believe their own sphere of reality extends to everyone, they assume you're not hip nor spending money.

Trust me. I've seen the blank stares in the boardrooms when you try to convince an ad agency that boomers still like to spend with reckless abandon.

Resistance is futile.
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