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Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Teen Choice Awards has its lowest viewership ever
About 1.01 million tuned in to last night's awards show, down 41% from the 1.7 million who watched last year. ALSO: Meghan Markle lost the Teen Choice Style Icon award to Harry Styles.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
ABC and Disney executives pushed hard for big Oscar changes: You are facing irrelevance!
For years, Disney and ABC executives have pressured the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make changes to the ceremony that would make it shorter and, thus, more watchable for viewers at home. And for years, the Academy refused. But then, according to Variety's Daniel Holloway, "ratings fell off a cliff" for this year's Jimmy Kimmel-hosted ceremony, the lowest-rated ever. Days later, a "come-to-Jesus meeting" was held with the Film Academy, where "the TV people walked through the lousy ratings at a granular level, identifying precise moments during the show that prompted viewers to stop watching," according to Holloway. "They made several recommendations about the ways that the telecast’s length could be reigned in, and proposed a 'best blockbuster' category that would reward films that had been seen by larger audiences. They also argued that viewers had become fatigued by the ever-increasing number of televised awards shows — including the Golden Globe Awards, whose viewership has been relatively stable in recent years — and that the Oscars should be moved to an early calendar period." Holloway reports that ABC and Disney executives are relieved following today's announcement, and they are unmoved by the social media backlash. As Holloway points out, ABC is the only one of the Big Four networks that doesn't broadcast the Super Bowl. So having a hit Oscar telecast is of the utmost importance.
- "The Popcorn Award" will ruin the Oscars, turning it into the People's Choice Awards
- "Below the line" film workers express outrage that speeches in their category won't air live: “I’m afraid this will end up being a little demeaning"
- It makes sense that Disney would push the Academy for a "popular film" award that could benefit its Marvel films
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
The Bachelorette did something shocking in the season finale, acknowledging that politics do exist
The Bachelor franchise has always been political, but it's never acknowledged that politics exist before, says Kathryn VanArendonk. "It’s deeply entrenched in the politics of marginalizing people of color, celebrating and prioritizing privilege, and reinforcing stereotypes of gender and romance," she says. "It’s also always pretended that it’s completely neutral and none of those things exist. Any overtly political subject feels so out-of-bounds, so completely anathema to the show’s false veneer of inhuman romance, that brushing up against the hint of politics feels like a shock. It is surprising that the franchise finally felt so pressured by the political climate that it had to incorporate Garrett’s scandal into its fairy-tale world. But it’s not at all surprising that The Bachelorette responded to (the Garrett Yrigoyen Instagram) scandal by ignoring everything political about it." VanArendonk adds: "This season of The Bachelorette was presented with a political scandal, one that includes the messy intersection of social-media trolling, the selves we perform online versus the selves we perform in person, Trump-approved ideology, transphobia, the conservative fondness for casting immigrants as animals, and dangerous far-right conspiracy theories. Its response was to reframe the entire scandal as an easily surmountable obstacle in the path of a nice romantic relationship."
- The Bachelorette had its worst-ever season finale ratings
- Garrett Yrigoyen responded to reporters' questions on his Instagram scandal: "I don't believe David Hogg is a crisis actor. No, I don't"
- Becca defended Garrett: "When you use social media to create a judgment on somebody, it is such a small sampling"
- The Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. secretly visited Becca with Lauren Burnham during The Bachelorette taping
- ABC reality boss Robert Mills names The Bachelor frontrunners, including Grocery Store Joe, Blake and Colton
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 9:49AM EDT
Orange Is the New Black had a strong Season 6 debut, Nielsen finds
Nielsen said the Season 6 premiere of the prison dramedy drew an "average-minute audience" of over 5.37 million U.S. viewers in its first three days of availability.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Making It has a strong debut
About 5.3 million watched the premiere of the Amy Poehler-Nick Offerman crafting competition.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story drew 1.2 million viewers airing on BET and Paramount Network
The premiere of the Jay-Z-produced Paramount Network docuseries was simulcast on BET. Viewership on the Viacom cable networks was about evenly split. ALSO: Rest in Power takes on the myth of post-racial America.
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis topped the roasts of Roseanne Barr, Rob Lowe, James Franco, Bob Saget and Joan Rivers
About 3.2 million total viewers watched the action star's roasting, which was fewer than the roasts of Charlie Sheen, Jeff Foxworthy, Justin Bieber, Pamela Anderson, Donald Trump, Denis Leary, Larry the Cable Guy, William Shatner and Flavor Flav.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Trial & Error returns to much lower numbers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The ratings decline was predictable since Season 1 premiered in March during the TV season, while Season debuted in mid-July.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Stephen Colbert had his biggest-ever spring audience
The Late Show's 3.63 million average viewership was up 5% over spring 2017. It also was way ahead of Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show (2.41 million) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2.10 million). Colbert is also getting closer to beating Fallon in the all-important 18-49 demo.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
ESPY Awards broadcast falls to an ABC low
This was the fourth year in a row that ABC showed the ESPN awards show, with ratings tumbling 26% in total viewers and 35% in the demo.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
How Robin Williams changed the way sitcoms are shot
Marina Zenovich’s HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind reveals how influential Williams was with his work on Mork & Mindy. He was so unpredictable in shooting scenes that a fourth camera was needed to capture all of his zany antics. And now many multicamera sitcoms use four cameras, instead of three. ALSO: About 1 million watched the Williams documentary on Monday.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Despite all the hype, Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? debuts to just 327,000 viewers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A 10-minute clip from the premiere has surpassed 10 million views on YouTube, but all the hype over Cohen's series didn't translate to big ratings on Sunday night. Still, Showtime says four additional airings added 375,000 viewers to the premiere's 327,000. An additional 301,000 watched via streaming and on-demand (Who Is America? was released online early Sunday, hours before its premiere), surpassing 1 million viewers.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Yellowstone is the second most-watched basic cable scripted series after three episodes
The Paramount Network drama starring Kevin Costner has held up to become No. 2 on cable to The Walking Dead among scripted series. Yellowstone has averaged 4.6 million viewers over three episodes, even growing in the key demographics.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Kevin Hart's TKO: Total Knock Out has an okay debut
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
About 4 million watched the premiere of the reality competition.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Fox Sports is expected to lose money for this year's World Cup
Viewership was down by one-third from 2014, as this year's ratings were essentially decided when the U.S. men's team failed to quality for the first time since 1986. ALSO: YouTube TV said "timing is horrible" as it suffered a service outage during the England-Croatia game.