The new national sports network, which launched Saturday in approximately 90 million homes, drew good ratings for a UFC fights Saturday night — handily beating the broadcast networks in key young male demos.
FOX Sports 1’s first ever primetime event, “UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen” averaged 1.78 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. This is more than 10 times the combined audience drawn by Speed, Fox Soccer and Fuel TV on the comparable night a year ago (141,000).
The gains are even bigger in key demos, with Fox Sports 1’s viewership more than 25 times greater than Speed/Fox Soccer/Fuel TV among both adults 18-49 and men 18-49, and 40 times greater among adults 18-34 and men 18-34.
The inaugural airing of news/highlights series “Fox Sports Live” averaged 476,000 viewers, more than double the 201,000 that Speed had averaged in the third quarter of last year.
Among Fox Sports 1’s new programs to launch this week is “The Crowd Goes Wild,” a late-afternoon weekday program hosted by Regis Philbin, which premieres today.
Discovery is making a free-streaming play in the U.K. and Ireland with the launch of Dplay. The ad-supported service launches this week. It will be programmed with content from Discovery’s bouquet of free-TV channels in the U.K., which includes Quest, Food Network, and former UKTV brands Really and Home. The lineup of launch titles includes: [...]
The climax of this year’s Canneseries came, appropriately enough, at its end, Ep. 1 of Russell T. Davies’ “Years & Years,” its final series, which played at its closing gala, concluded. There was a brief silence and then a barrage of applause. The audience knew,if comments from spectators made as they walked out of Cannes [...]
Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his annual weeklong residency in Brooklyn on Monday night with two of the east coast’s biggest music stars: Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. For the fifth year, Kimmel’s studio moved from Los Angeles to the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s theater where he taped his show in front of a live studio [...]
Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series has cast Joseph Mawle in a main role, Variety has confirmed with sources. Mawle joins previously announced cast members Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh. Official details of Mawle’s characters are being kept under wraps, but sources say he will play a villain named Oren. Amazon declined to comment. Reps [...]
In today’s TV news roundup, “She-Ra and the Princess of Power” Season 4 adds Jacob Tobia, and The Weather Channel announces the premiere date for its climate change special with the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. CASTING Jacob Tobia has joined Netflix‘s “She-Ra and the Princess of Power.” Voicing Double Trouble, Tobia joins Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, [...]
Who will watch the Watchmen? Turns out 1.5 million people, that’s who. The debut of the highly anticipated HBO series delivered that many sets of eyeballs across all the premium cabler’s platforms on Sunday night. For comparison, Sunday’s premiere was up 21% in linear on last week’s “Succession” season finale, and up 20% from the [...]
Melanie Lynskey has been cast in one of the main roles of the Showtime ensemble drama pilot “Yellowjackets,” Variety has learned exclusively. The project tells the story of a team of talented high school girls soccer players who survive a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated [...]