The ongoing “Hamilton” hype helped boost the 2016 Tony Awards to the show’s highest overnight rating in 15 years, growing 33% from last year’s show. The CBS telecast averaged a 6.8/11 in overnight metered markets, up from last year’s 5.1/8, which was one of the least-watched in the show’s history. The show notched a 1.6 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic (up 60% from last year) and 8.7 million viewers, marking its largest audience since 2001.
Albuquerque Studios entered the spotlight last October when it was purchased by Netflix. While the complex is clearly the jewel in the crown of New Mexico’s production infrastructure, with eight soundstages totaling 132,000 square feet, 100,000 square feet of production offices, a large backlot and support space, it’s not the only modern studio facility in [...]
A&E has renewed “Wahlburgers” for a 10th and final season. The reality series following brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg will debut the new installment at on May 15. A&E has also released a trailer for the season. Season 10 will continue to focus on the Wahlberg brothers as they balance family and their eponymous [...]
By this time next year, many of the brightest lights in the current TV universe will cease to shine. Some of the most popular and acclaimed shows are set to air their swan songs this year and during the 2019-20 broadcast season. While programs come and go all the time, the sheer number of iconic [...]
Christina M. Kim has signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, Variety has learned exclusively. Kim is currently an executive producer on the WBTV series “Blindspot,” which is currently in its fourth season on NBC. Should “Blindspot” get picked up for a fifth season, Kim would remain an executive producer on the series while [...]
Last night, Jussie Smollett’s final episode of “Empire” season 5, and potentially his last episode on the show ever, went up in the ratings from previous weeks, but still posted low figures for the series. The episode, in which Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon tied the knot in TV’s first-ever black, gay wedding, returned a 1.1 [...]
Madison Avenue can’t place ads in NFL TV broadcasts in the off-season – there aren’t any – so it’s doing the next best thing. Disney says ad slots for its coverage of the NFL Draft, slated to air Thursday, Friday and Saturday on both ABC and ESPN, sold out about a week ago. Football can [...]
Viacom’s Music Group, which comprises of MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, has tapped Mala Chapple and Todd Radnitz to join its executive team, Variety has learned. Chapple will assume the position of SVP of content strategy, operations and media partnerships, while Todd Radnitz will be the company’s new SVP of original series. “Mala and Todd are at [...]