CNN’s debate program “Crossfire” premiered to modest overall numbers Monday evening, though it was an improvement relative to the time period for the cabler.
According to Nielsen, the half-hour “Crossfire” averaged 581,000 total viewers and 171,000 adults 25-54 in the 6:30 p.m. ET hour — up over the net’s prior four-week average by 44% overall (from 403,000) and 21% in the demo (from 141,000). And vs. the comparable Monday of a year ago, “Crossfire” provided CNN with even bigger gains.
In adults 25-54, the CNN program finished ahead of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” (171,000 to 116,000), but both placed well behind Fox News, which averaged 384,000 viewers for “Special Report.” And in total viewers, “Crossfire” placed third, behind the 617,000 for “PoliticsNation” — with these two shows combining to draw merely half of the 2.4 million who tuned in for “Special Report.”
“Crossfire,” a revival of the series that aired on the network from 1982 to 2005, positions pundits from the left against counterparts on the right in a bid to present and challenge their viewpoints. Stephanie Cutter represented the left on Monday, with Newt Gingrich on the right.
The Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston agency has signed the Writers Guild of America’s Code of Conduct, allowing the agency to return to representing WGA members again. The WGA made the announcement Monday night. RBEL is joining more than 70 agencies allowed to represent WGA members thanks to agreeing to a ban of agency packaging fees [...]
BBC Studios the coproduction and rights sales arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, has appointed Fiona Lang and Ryan Shiotani as general managers in the Asia-Pacific region. Lang, currently COO for the company in Australia and New Zealand, is promoted to become BBC Studios’ GM in the same geography. Her responsibilities cover marketing, advertising, creative, [...]
Amazon has given an early Season 2 renewal to its forthcoming “Lord of the Rings” series. Pre-production on the project’s first season, which is set to film in New Zealand, is currently underway — although sources tell Variety that the full cast has not yet been set. Several actors, including Markella Kavenagh, Will Poulter, and [...]
A prequel series to the classic film “Chinatown” is in early development at Netflix, Variety has confirmed with sources. David Fincher and Robert Towne, the film’s writer, are attached to pen the script. It will reportedly focus on the exploits of a young Jake “J.J.” Gittes during his early days as a private investigator. Netflix declined [...]
In today’s TV news roundup, Pop TV releases a teaser for the final season of “Schitt’s Creek,” and Nickelodeon kicks off the holiday season with “Top Elf.” DATES Nickelodeon’s “Top Elf” series will premiere Nov. 29. “Top Elf” is a new competition series featuring guest judges Frankie Grande, Amirah Kassem, Peyton List, Alex Wassabi and [...]
Karen Cogan’s “Fled” has come top of The Brit List, a league table of unproduced scripts from British writing talent, this year devoted to television projects. The list, similar to The Black List in the U.S., was compiled from recommendations by British production companies, talent agencies, financiers and broadcasters. Cogan, represented by Independent Talent Group, [...]
ViacomCBS has named corporate heads of HR and inclusion as the companies prepare for the merger that is set to close early next month. The soon-to-combine Viacom and CBS have tapped Nielsen alum Nancy Phillips to serve as exec VP and chief people officer. Viacom alum Marva Smalls will serve as global head of inclusion, [...]