Fastest-growing Spanish-language network in prime time among key demos in June
Total viewers +41%,  A18-49 +52%, and A18-34 +67%

Highest June ratings in 4 years across total viewers, A18-49, and A18-34

3.2 million total viewers & 1.5 million adults 18-49 in prime time in June

National Source: NTI Live+SD Program Data; 6/1/15-6/28/15 vs. 5/30/2016-6/26-16; AA growth based on impressions; reach includes six minute qualifier; program data based on strict daypart and excludes sports/specials.


Good morning. It’s Thursday July 7, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today’s Premieres:
DIY: Tiny Luxury at 9p and 9:30p
Great American Country: Lakefront Bargain Hunt at 8p
HGTV: High Steaks Flippers at 11p
MTV: Ridiculousness at 10p
RFD-TV: LandLeader at 2:30p
Viceland: Dead Set on Life at 10p, Party Legends at 10:30p

Today’s Finales:
Bravo: Million Dollar Listing New York at 9p
Cooking: Beach Bites with Katie Lee at 10p
WE tv: Match Made in Heaven at 10p

Friday’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Treehouse Masters: Out on a Limb at 9p
Discovery Life: Trauma Doctors at 10p
LMN: Blue: A Secret Life at 10p
TLC: Killer Women at 8p
WE tv: Million Dollar Matchmaker at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
Discovery: Hello World! at 8p
FYI: Waterfront House Hunting at 10p
Nick: Legendary Dudas at 9p
OWN: Flex & Shanice at 9p
Spike: Jail: Big Texas at 9p

Saturday’s Finales:
AHC: Apocalypse: Stalin at 10p
Animal Planet: Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet at 9p
DIY: The Vanilla Ice Project at 10:30p
Starz: Outlander at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
A&E: Escaping Polygamy at 10p
Bravo: The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8p
Discovery: Naked and Afraid XL at 10p
Food: Cooks vs. Cons at 10p
HBO: The Night Of at 9p
HGTV: Beachfront Bargain Hunt at 8p and 8:30p, Mexico Life at 9p and 9:30p, Island Hunters at 10p and 10:30p
History: D.B. Cooper: Case Closed? at 9p
Nat Geo: Original Sin: Sex at 9p
TLC: Return to Amish at 9p





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Longtime Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing network CEO and chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment and retaliation. Carlson, let go on June 23 when her contract was up, claims her dismissal was the result of having rebuffed advances from Ailes nine months prior. Carlson, who also alleges she was denied “fair compensation, desirable assignments and other career-enhancing opportunities” in retaliation for her complaints of harassment and discrimination, is suing Ailes, not the network.

The CW is airing the entire first season of Supergirl, plucked from CBS for season two, this summer. Starting Monday, August 1, two episodes will air each week until the superhero drama starts its sophomore run on Monday, October 10 at 8p.

Uncle Buck star James Lesure announced via Twitter that the freshman ABC comedy has been canceled. “Disappointed. No more @UncleBuck. Thankful to have worked with  @ABCNetwork. Proud of what we’ve done,” Lesure said on Wednesday, one day after the freshman finale delivered 3.2 million viewers and 1.0/4 rating among A18-49.

Baywatch is back. Pop struck a deal with FremantleMedia International to air 176 episodes of the soapy lifeguard drama, launched over July 4 weekend. The cult classic has aired in over 148 countries; a Baywatch movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron is slated for next summer.

Tony Dokoupil moves from MSNBC to CBS News as correspondent. Dokoupil, author of memoir “The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son and the Golden Age of Marijuana,” will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms beginning next month.

Outdoor Channel is making some moves. Swapping Monday timeslots for Thursdays are Legends of the Fall at 7p, Whitetail Freaks at 7:30p and Hunt Masters at 8:30p. “We have taken a new route for some of our nightly programming, for example positioning Monday evening to be outdoor lifestyle and adventure focused,” said Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks CEO and president Jim Liberatore. “We want to do the same thing with some of our other nights’ programming blocks. Thursday’s theme is ‘Calls of the Hunt,’ and this is a better fit for these WildComm shows.”

Was five-part ABC/ESPN documentary O.J.: Made in America, coming on the heels of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, too much of a good thing? Hardly, says branding and insights firm TruthCo. “2016 may well be remembered as the year that TV obsessed over O.J. Simpson,” says TruthCo.’s July’s Show to Know report. “However, instead of inducing O.J. fatigue, this pairing demonstrates dominant culture’s strong appetite for multiple perspectives on a single narrative, as finding many ways into one story reflects the environment of endless commentary that we’ve grown used to in the internet age.”

Daily half-hour strip Page Six TV, produced by the New York Post, Endemol Shine North America and Fox Television Stations, will be hosted by comedian/actor John Fugelsand (McEnroe). The gossip show starts a three-week test run in New York, LA, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Tampa Bay on July 18.

Roberto Escobar, brother of late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, wants a look at season two of Netflix drama Narcos. The series chronicles 1980s drug lords and law enforcement efforts to stop them. Labeling it a “formal, friendly request,” Escobar said in a statement that the series “is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me.” Escobar registered successor-in-interest rights to the Escobar family name in California in 2015.

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Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Jackson, Rushion McDonald and FremantleMedia North America are developing a reality show that takes celebrities back to the house they grew up in, visiting old haunts and meeting familiar faces. “LaTanya and I often talk about the nostalgia we have for the community in which we were raised, and the opportunity we have to pay it forward. Together with Rushion, we decided to empower some of our nearest and dearest celebrity friends to share this journey in their own voice, in their own hometown and to provide children and families with resources and facilities to further build their foundation,” said Samuel L. Jackson of his first unscripted project. “This is about connecting with the community where we became the people we are today and sharing that journey with audiences across America.”

ID is delaying filming the sixth and final episode of docu-series The Vanishing Women, investigating the open cases of four deceased and two missing women from Chillicothe, Ohio, to cover real-time breaks. The conclusion, postponed until the fall, will follow law enforcement’s tracking of new tips in the cases and will cover the criminal trial this month of Jason McCrary, awaiting his murder trial for the alleged killing of Timberly Claytor. The Vanishing Women finished 2016 as ID’s number one series, with the first four episodes reaching 9.2 million unique viewers P2+ and over 4 million unique P25-54 in Total Day in Live+3.

E! will follow six Rams players and their family as the team make their move from St. Louis to LA in greenlit Hollywood & Football. Docu-series is slated to kick off in the fall. “E! has a track record of success with pop culture programming centered in the world of sports, and this series will capture the off the field perspective of one of football’s most anticipated and high profile events as the Rams return to LA,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, programming and development.

Freeform greenlit comedy pilot Alone Together, about two overlooked millennial misfits in LA. Comedy comes from The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

Destination America has begun production on new series Kindred Spirits (wt), hosted by ghost hunting all-stars Adam Berry and Amy Bruni (Ghost Hunters).


TV One original movie The Secret She Kept, premiering Sunday, July 10 at 7p with an encore at 9p, tells the story of a family that lets shame, confusion and misunderstanding about mental illness derail them. The film, inspired by the book of the same name, arrives during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Never Say Can’t: The Bruce Cook Story tells how an FMX star who suffered a catastrophic injury during his debut at Nitro Circus Live reclaims his life. The 90-minute doc, airing Sunday, July 10 at 3:30p on NBC, is part of a partnership between NBC Sports Ventures and Nitro Circus that includes the inaugural Nitro World Games, debuting July 16.

Fuse is launching a weekly comedy programming block, “Fresh Baked Comedy,” on Friday, July 8 at 11p. Kicking things off is stand-up special Michael Loftus: You’ve Changed.  Shows are followed by Stand Up & Deliver: 2 Minutes or Less, as comedians are tasked with drawing laughs in under 121 seconds.

One-hour special Larrymania Acceso Especial, featuring best-of moments from seasons 1-4 of NBC Universo’s Larrymania, airs Saturday, July 9 at 6p. Season 5 of Larrymania premieres Sunday, July 17 at 9p.

Fifty years after launch, Smithsonian Channel’s Building Star Trek explores the lasting impact of the series, which debuted September 8, 1966. The special shows a team from the National Air and Space Museum as they attempt to restore the original model of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and uses clips from the original series to highlight scientific innovation and technology. Two-hour special premieres Sunday, September 4 at 8p.

OWN is re-airing a Super Soul Sunday interview with Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel tonight at 9p, followed by 2006’s A Special Presentation: Oprah and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz Death Camp at 10p. Wiesel died July 2 at age 87.


Nat Geo takes a different kind of look at the birds and the bees in Original Sin: Sex, premiering Sunday, July 10 at 9p. “For years, sexual revolutionaries have pushed boundaries that deeply changed sexual culture. Original Sin: Sex explores the transformation from all angles,” Mike Miller, exec producer, tells Cynopsis. “The sexual revolution may have happened over 50 years ago, but it’s still redefining our culture today.” Included are insights from experts like Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dr. Drew Pinsky, as well as input from pop culture stars Andy Cohen, Ann Coulter, and Margaret Cho, to name a few.

Celebrity cooks are spicing up the menu at Food Network and Cooking Channel. Smollett Eats has sibs Jake, Jocqui, Jojo, Jussie, Jazz and Jurnie braising and baking for six episodes starting in August and Ayesha’s Homemade (wt) starring Ayesha Curry, wife of NBA star Steph Curry, has been ordered to series and is headed for a fall premiere. Over at Scripps Networks Interactive sib Cooking Channel, Star Plates will feature the likes of Mindy Kaling, Erin Andrews and Alyson Hannigan getting a crash course as line cooks starting in August. “It’s an exciting time for Food Network as demand for food-centric content seems to be at an all-time high,” said Didi O’Hearn, SVP programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

ID’s Six Degrees of Murder examines investigations that require untangling complicated webs of relationships to get to the truth. Series debuts Wednesday, July 13 at 10p.

Newly discovered information about Adolph Hitler and his regime is shared in AHC’s Nazi Secret Files, a six-parter launching Monday, July 11 at 10p. First installment reveals a massive narcotics program behind the Nazi war machine.

New FX comedies Atlanta and Better Things make their debuts, respectively, Tuesday, September 6 at 10p and Thursday, September 8 at 10p. Atlanta was created by and stars Donald Glover as a music manager, while Better Things, co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., stars Adlon as a single working actor raising three daughters in LA. The net’s American Horror Story returns for season six Wednesday, September 14 at 10p.

Chris Harris is taking BBC America viewers for a ride with a show bowing Monday, July 11 at 9p, based on his hit YouTube series, Chris Harris on Cars. “If wanton tire destruction, powerslides and continuous drooling over the world’s fastest and most expensive road racers like the Porsche 911 GT3RS or the Aston Martin GT12 is your thing  you could do considerably worse than watch me put them through their respective paces on track and road on BBC America,” said Harris.

Rural Media Group’s RFD-TV launches real estate show LandLeader today at 2:30p. The series offers a marketing opportunity for properties from LandLeader, a network of real estate professionals.  “RFD-TV gives these farms, ranches, and recreational properties a home that reaches the American landowner, and also provides our members with exposure to buyers and sellers that need real estate assistance,” said LandLeader’s Dan Brunk.

In new Travel Channel series Driven by Food, Andrew Zimmern relies on his cab driver (or gondolier, or shikara driver) to explore cities and get to know locals. On the itinerary: Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, Berlin and Hyderbad, India, among others, starting Tuesday, August 16 at 9p.


In what Nat Geo WILD promises will be a “nail-clipping, bridge-building, bone-repairing, abscess-draining season of mending mysteries and sensational solutions,” The Incredible Dr. Pol is back Saturday, July 16 at 9p.

NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls returns Monday, August 1 at 10p with Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) and Tuesday, August 2 with pop star/actor Nick Jonas. Last summer the show averaged a 1.4 rating among A18-49 and 4.0 million viewers.

BBC One ordered a third season of Poldark, slated to air 2017. Season 2 launches later this year.

Funny as Hell will be back for season six on comedy streaming service Seeso. Stand-up series starts production July 26 at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival.

TNT renewed Animal Kingdom, while Turner sib TBS renewed Wrecked, the number one new cable comedy among A18-49, and Angie Tribeca, which had a season two premiere ratings jump of 41 percent among A18-49. “A year ago we began reinventing TBS, and thanks to the incredible talent behind these shows, we’ve come a long way in a very short amount of time,” said Brett Weitz, EVP of original programming for TBS. “Pulling the trigger on renewals early allows us to build on our success by giving fans new seasons more quickly.” As for TNT, “Animal Kingdom has signaled the new tone for TNT dramas and is moving the network in the direction we hoped it would,” said Sarah Aubrey, EVP of original programming. “I’m confident that our strategy of working with high-caliber talent and then getting out of their way will continue to pay off.”


Worldwide revenue from mobile video will surge to $25 billion by 2021, estimates Strategy Analytics, with advertisers aiming for the growing mobile video audience. While new mobile services are currently focused on building audience, “We expect direct monetization to follow,” said director Nitesh Patel in the report. “The strongest growth in mobile video revenue will come from advertising-funded content as advertisers look to catch up with the increasing quantity of video consumption,” said Wei Shi, an analyst at Wireless Media Strategies.

ABC won 9-10 percent price increases in upfront negotiations, according to numerous reports, as well as volume gains. CBS and The CW completed deals on June 27, also with double-digit CPM increases. Fox and NBCUniversal, negotiating their broadcast and cable networks together, are still wrapping things up.


Rob Lowe has joined the cast of CBS medical drama Code Black as a series regular. Lowe will play a doctor pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine. Three actors landed recurring roles as new ER residents on the show: Nafessa Williams (Twin Peaks), Noah Grey-Cabey (Heroes Reborn) and Emily Tyra (Flesh and Bone). Season two launches Wednesday, September 28 at 10p.

Quantico welcomes Blair Underwood (The Good Wife) for season two. “We look forward to creating a role that will showcase his huge range and boundless charisma,” said series creator Joshua Safran. ABC drama returns Sunday, September 25 at 10p.

Retta was upped to series regular on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, renewed in April for seasons 3-5. Retta joined the cast in season two.

Vanessa Lachey (Dads) landed a lead role in TV Land pilot The First Wives Club. Lachey joins Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty in the reboot of the 1996 film.

Tom Felton (Harry Potter) will join season 3 of CW’s The Flash in a series regular role, as a CSI at the Central City Police Department. Superhero series returns Tuesday, October 4 at 8p.


Two brothers “as different as tacos and telescopes” are the focus of Nickelodeon’s new Legendary Dudas, bowing Saturday, July 9 at 9p. Live-action comedy is shot in a single-camera, mockumentary format.


Ride TV is now available to the Dish subscriber base through August 2 on a Free Preview basis. “We believe that once people experience the entertainment value of Ride TV, they will want us as part of their regular programming through DISH’s AT250, Heartland or DishLATINO Max packages,” said Michael Trujillo, SVP, global distribution.


No disappearing act: Snapchat unveiled a new feature, Memories, that will let users save posts and edit them to create a collection, which can be reposted as “flashbacks” or stored in a passcode-protected channel. If users post a Snap taken more than a day ago to a Story, it will appear with a frame around to make it clear it’s from the past. Memories will be rolled out selectively over the next month “to make sure everything is running smoothly.”

Amazon and PBS Distribution entered into a multi-year agreement that expands on their previous deal and keeps Amazon Prime Video the exclusive premium subscription streaming home for PBS Kids series including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Arthur, Dinosaur Train, Peg + Cat and Odd Squad, among others. Prime members in the U.S. can watch episodes via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online.

Good news for Greenleaf. The new OWN drama was number two and number three among the top five episodes on Xfinity on Demand for the week of June 20. First was the season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, followed by the series premiere and episode 4 of Greenleaf, episode 4 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and the series premiere of USA’s Queen of the South. “Greenleaf is shaping up to be one of the top series of the summer,” said Steve Meyer, VP, video strategy and analysis at Comcast Cable. “Its series premiere came in as the second most-watched episode of the week, and episodes 2 and 3 made the top 20 as well. Also of note, OWN made episode 4 available on Xfinity On Demand a week before its live airing and viewers jumped at the opportunity to watch it early.”

With the closing of SES’s acquisition of RR Media, SES’s Platform Services Company has merged with RR Media to create global media services company MX1 (1 in Media eXperience).  MX1 offers full continuity and enhanced services to all of SES PS’s and RR Media’s existing customers and partners, including high-quality video and media solutions delivered over satellite, fiber and the internet. So what’s new? Avi Cohen, former CEO of RR Media and new CEO of MX1, tells Cynopsis, “MX1enables new, richer viewer experiences, the widest audience reach, and new business models for broadcasters, rights holders, sports organizations and distributors.MX1 brings a new kind of business to the market, serving U.S. and global customers as a complete end-to-end media experience provider.”

Netflix and The CW reached a new multi-year content licensing deal that keeps Netflix as the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for previous seasons of CW series. The agreement includes all current CW shows, as well as future programs produced during the terms of the deal. Starting with the 2016-2017 season, Netflix customers will have access to full seasons of programs beginning eight days after their season finales.

After years of talking about it (and sometimes not), Comcast and Netflix reached an agreement that will allow Comcast subscribers to watch Netflix content on Comcast’s next-generation X1 set-top boxes. But don’t hold your breath. “We have much work to do before the service will be available to consumers,” said the companies in a joint statement. “We’ll provide more details at that time.”

Nickelodeon’s “The Splat,” a programming block dedicated to Nick’s library of shows from the ‘90s and 2000, marks the 30th anniversary of Double Dare by bringing back original host Marc Summers for the first time in 16 years. Summers will preside a special live edition of the game show on Friday, July 22, during Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016.The event will be streamed on Facebook Live from The Splat’s Facebook page beginning at 9:30p.

Nat Geo WILD is launching its first digital series on Wednesday, August 3. wild_life With Bertie Gregory, tracking a 22-year-old wildlife filmmaker as he searches for coastal wolves in Canada, premieres on the net’s YouTube Channel and NationalGeographic.com. “This series is as much about the adventure to get the shot as it is about the shot itself,” said Gregory. “I’m taking viewers into the wild and getting up close and personal with Canada’s sexiest coastal predators. The camera is always rolling. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s intimate.”

Spanish Broadcasting System entered into a strategic content development agreementwith Bunim/Murray Productions to develop and produce digital content optimized for LaMusica, SBS’ online destination and mobile app for young Latino smartphone users. The new programming, which will include music, lifestyle and infotainment short-form content, will be available to the general public as early as summer 2016.


Chris Evans is exiting BBC Two’s soft-rated Top Gear reboot. “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months,” said Evans. “I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show.” Evans joined the show after an altercation between former host Jeremy Clarkson and a producer led to his team’s exit.

Content creation group Banijay Group is taking a minority stake in new Italian production company DRY, to produce existing formats as well as create and develop new, original formats for Italian and international markets for mainstream, pay and digital TV platforms.

Tricon Films & Television announced the sale of comedy Sensitive Skin to DirecTV in Latin America. Series stars Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City).

Discovery Communications and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) announced a new long-term partnership making the next Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018, and Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020, available to Swiss audiences on SRG SSR channels and platforms (online and applications) as well as on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player.


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ABC’s Greatest Hits launched Wednesday, June 30 to a 1.1/5 rating and 4.8 million total viewers, the net’s biggest summertime audience with regular programming in the hour since August 2014 and tying its best A18-49 rating since May 2013.

Season four of Showtime’s Ray Donovan opened to 1.1 million viewers, up 7 percent in Live+3 from last season’s premiere. The series launch of rock ‘n’ roll backstage comedy Roadies followed, drawing 360,000 total viewers.

ABC delivered the top 3 most watched TV shows on Sunday with The $100,000 Pyramid (6.5 million), Celebrity Family Feud (6.2 million) and Match Game (5.7 million), also topping the A18-49 demo from 9p-11p.

Discovery had its most-watched 2Q ever in P2+, with more top 10 unscripted cable series than any other network across P/M25-54, P/M18-49, M18-34, and P2+, including the Top 5 in M25-54. Discovery also claimed cable’s #1 unscripted series across 5 nights of the week among M25-54 & M18-49. June also was Discovery’s highest rated June ever among P25-54.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent drew its largest audience since 2011 on Tuesday, with 12.6 million viewers. The competition also matched a two-year high in A18-49 (2.6).

2Q16 was Velocity’s best ever in a 2Q Primetime among HH, Men (M18+), P18-49, P25-54 and P2+, while June 2016 saw the network earn its highest ratings and delivery ever in a June Primetime for HH, Men (M18+), P18-34, and P2+. Among networks with fewer than 70 million subscribers, Velocity ranked as the number one non-sports net for M25-54 in the quarter.

Even in repeats, Live with Kelly was the top syndicated talker the week ending June 26, down 4 percent versus the week prior to 2.6 in Live+SD. Dr. Phil, also in reruns, was a steady 2.5. Ellen DeGeneres hit a new season low of 1.8, down 18 percent.

Syndicated try-out The Jason Show ended its four-week test July 1 on four Fox stations with a .5/2 overall metered market average, down 29 percent from its average lead-in and off 38 percent from the year-ago time period average.

Azteca America finished June as the fastest growing Spanish-language network in prime time among key demos, including total viewers (up 41 percent), A18-49 (up 52 percent) and A18-34 (up 67 percent), according to Nielsen. The network also delivered its highest June ratings in four years across total viewers, A18-49 and A18-34. Azteca reached 3.2 million total viewers and 1.5 million A18-49 in primetime for the month. Main driver of growth: Viewer engagement, with A18-49 tuning in with 36 percent higher frequency and spending 50 percent more time with respect to average minutes with Azteca.

Episode 3 on June 28 of E! reality show Famously Single delivered a best-yet 802,000 total viewers in Live +3. Among A18-49, the series drew 502,000.

GSN wrapped its best 2Q ever in prime among all key demos. The net broke 2Q delivery records for HH, P2+, P25-54, W25-54, P18-49, W18-49, the 2nd straight year of 2Q growth for the demos. GSN’s success was partially driven by season three of their popular Skin Wars series, and the launch of its first spinoff, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, which debuted to record ratings on June 15, becoming the #1 competitive reality series debut, and #2 series debut, in GSN history.

Ghosts agree with Destination America. In 2Q16, the net had its highest rated 2Q ever in Prime for ratings among Women (0.20 W25-54, 0.15 W18-49). P2+ delivery for 2Q16 original premieres is up 21 percent above original premieres in 2Q15 (475,000 versus 394,000), with five Prime series delivering more than 400,000 viewers P2+, including premieres of DA originals Mountain Monsters (706,000), Ghosts of Shepherdstown (684,000), Ghost Brothers (547,000), Paranormal Lockdown (486,00) and Ghost Asylum (416,000).

With Por Siempre… Joan Sebastian (Forever, Joan Sebastian) Univision ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 broadcast network in the M-F 10p hour, respectively, among A18-34 and A18-49 the week of June 27. The show averaged 2.3 million total viewers, 1.2 million A18-49 and 532,000 a 18-34.

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of June 27, 2016
Program, Date, Tweets (000)
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 6/27, 146
The Bachelorette (ABC) 6/27, 141
Big Brother (CBS) 6/30, 89
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1) 6/27, 87
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 6/28, 67
WWE SmackDown! (USA) 6/30, 63
Big Brother (CBS) 6/29, 49
At Midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central) 6/30, 35
Scream (Fox) 6/28, 30
Big Brother (CBS) 7/3, 28
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of June 27, 2016
Program, Network, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 6818, 269, 25, 2392
E! News (E!) 2960, 799, 4, 25367
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 2188, 32, 68, 117447
Today Show (NBC) 1523, 516, 3, 10092
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1475, 2110, 7, 5260
Good Morning America (ABC) 1470, 694, 2, 9933
NBC Nightly News (NBC) 813, 283, 3, 3189
Shark Week (Discovery) 720, 510, 1, 2156, 53, 25, 24305
Fox & Friends (Fox News) 545, 295, 2, 2486
Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!) 542, 106, 5, 10655
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of June 20, 2016
ABC World News Tonight 7.513 million total viewers, 1.3/6 and 1.546 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.804 million total viewers, 1.6/7 and 1.896 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.467 million total viewers, 1.3/6 and 1.538 million A25-54

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 6/13/2016
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
FOXN 2074/NICK 1383
TNT 1705/FOXN 1246
HGTV 1659/ADSM* 1099
TBSC 1529/ DSNY 1051
USA 1512/TOON 1007
DISC 1413/HGTV 900
DSNY 1384/NAN* 871
ESPN 1382/TNT 759
HIST 1346/USA 766
ADSM 1186/CNN 744
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of 6/13/2016
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
TBSC 684/ADSM* 638
ADSM 645/NAN* 432
USA 631/NICK 410
ESPN 610/ESPN 365
DISC 546/USA 310
TNT 540/TBSC 292
FX 489/TOON 292
HGTV 480/HGTV 273
BRAV 471/FX 268
UDN 432/TNT 262
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performancse.

Top-Rated Cable Shows among A18-49 for the week of 6/13/2016
Teen Mom II Special (MTV) 1876
Street Outlaws (DISC) 1688
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!) 1612
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1547
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1474
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) 1452
Alaskan Bush People (DISC) 1397
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1383
The Real Housewives of New York City (BRAV) 1375
Deadliest Catch (Discovery) 1349
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of June 20, 2016 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 7.1AA

Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5AA

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9AA

Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7AA

The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.9AA

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9AA

Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8AA

Modern Family (2/T) 2.6AA

Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.6AA

Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.5AA

Two and a Half Men ((WB) 2.5AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of June 20, 2016 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 2.3AA

The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.1AA

Judge Judy (CTD) 1.4AA

Modern Family (2/T) 1.4AA

Family Guy (2/T) 1.3AA

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA

The Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.1AA

Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0AA

Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.0AA

2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 14 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of June 20, 2016
NBC: America’s Got Talent (6/28) 2.4/9

ABC: The Bachelorette (6/27) 2.0/7

NBC: American Ninja Warrior (6/27) 1.9/7

CBS: Big Brother (6/29) 1.9/8

CBS: Big Brother (6/30) 1.8/7

CBS: Big Bang Theory (6/30) 1.4/7

CBS: Big Brother (7/3) 1.4/7

NBC: Olympic Trials (6/28) 1.3/5

ABC: $100,000 Pyramid (7/3) 1.2/5

NBC: Olympic Trials 6/29 1.2/5

NBC: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race (7/2) 1.2/6

NBC: Olympic Trials (6/30) 1.2/5

NBC: Olympic Trials (6/27) 1.2/5

FOX: MasterChef (6/29) 1.2/5

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC drew the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 1.3/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC topped 8p with 1.2/6 for Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, followed by .6/3 for CBS’s Mom and 2 Broke Girls. NBC’s sparklers held the lead at 9p with 1.8/8, versus .7 for CBS’s Boston Pops Fireworks. Macy’s Fireworks maintained its lead for NBC at 10p with .9/4; CBS’s Boston Pops event was right behind with .8/4.

A18-49: NBC 1.3/6, CBS .7/3, ABC .4/2, FOX .4/2, TELE .4/2, UNI .4/2, ION .3/1, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, June 27 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

ABC: 1.6/4
The Bachelorette 1.7/4, Mistresses 1.4/4
NBC: 3.6/8
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks 4.1/9, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks 2.6/4
CBS: 2.6/5
Mom 2.2/2, 2 Broke Girls 2.0/4, Boston Pops Fireworks 2.8/6
FOX: 1.1/2
So You Think You Can Dance 1.1/2, Houdini & Doyle 1.1/2
Camino Hacia Destino 1.0.2, Tres Veces Ana .9/2, Yago .6/1
ION: .8/2
Criminal Minds .8/2, Criminal Minds .8/2, Criminal Minds .9/2
TELE: .7/1
Eva La Trailera .6/1, Esclava Blanca .61, Senor de los Cielos .8/2
CW: .4/1
iHeartRadio Pool Party .3/1, Whose Line Is it Anyway .4/1, Whose Line Is It Anyway .5/1


Marion Edwards is stepping down from her position as President, International Television, at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution at the end of 2016. Edwards, who has been with the company for 24 years, will hand the reins to Gina Brogi, currently Executive Vice President, Worldwide Pay Television and Subscription Video on Demand.

Paul Franklin has been named President of CBS Television Distribution. Franklin was previously Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager for 20th Television and MyNetworkTV. Arnold Nunez, who has led CTD and CBS Studios International for the past four years, will now focus solely on opportunities overseas as President and CEO, CBS Studios International.

Remco Lentjes has been appointed Chief Creative Officer at Zodiak Nederland. Previously, Lentjes worked at Endemol Shine Group as International Format Distribution Manager.

Alison J. Horn has joined AdSupply as Vice President of Marketing. Horn’s experience includes positions at Clear Channel and CBS Altitude Group.

Studio71, the digital entertainment company and multichannel network of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, tapped Matt Seiler to serve as President, Marketing Solutions. Most recently, Seiler was Chairman, IPG Media Brands.

Dish named Jay Roth Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, Roth led direct to consumer marketing efforts for JP Morgan Chase’s consumer banking and home lending organizations.

Andy Singer, most recently GM at Travel Channel, has joined creative content company Alkemy X as Executive Vice President of Television and Digital Programming.


Actress Noel Neill died July 3. She was 95. Neill was best known as Lois Lane in Adventures of Superman, a role she took in the show’s second season, in 1953.


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