At 9 p.m., the half-hour comedy special drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. It built on its lead in from “The Wall” (1.2, 6.2 million) by 42% in the key demo, and was the number two original show of the night on the Big 4 in the demo, behind only “Big Brother” on CBS. Additionally, no summer comedy, new or returning, has debuted higher than a 1.5 in eight years since ABC’s “The Goode Family” in 2009.
It should be noted that many local markets preempted primetime broadcast programming for NFL pre-season football, meaning these numbers could be subject to greater adjustment later today.
After “The Wall” and “Weekend Update,” “The Night Shift” (0.9, 4.5 million) is currently up in the demo on NBC.
On CBS, after “Big Brother,” “Zoo” (0.8, 3.5 million) rose significantly in both measures, doubling its demo number from last week.
On ABC, “Boy Band” (0.7, 3.4 million) is up in both measures, followed by part two of the documentary special “The Story of Diana” (1.1, 6 million). The documentary grew throughout its two-hour broadcast.
For Fox, “Beat Shazam” (1.1, 3.7 million) ratings increased in both measures, as did “Love Connection” (1.0, 3.5 million).
On The CW, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.5, 2.1 million) improved in both measures, as did a new episode of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (0.5, 1.7 million).
Bazinga! HBO Max has prevailed in the auction for streaming rights to “The Big Bang Theory,” one of the last major comedy franchises that has yet to be licensed for the binge-watching era. WarnerMedia’s nascent streaming platform will have exclusive rights to 12 seasons of the show from Warner Bros. Television and co-creators/executive producers Chuck [...]
Netflix has ordered “Equinox,” a six-part Danish supernatural thriller series based on a well-known podcast, “Equinox 1985.” The show, which will be created by Tea Lindeburg (“Kødkataloget”), is set to start shooting later this year. It will be executive produced by Piv Bernth (“The Killing”) at Apple Tree Productions, which is backed by ITV Studios. [...]
David Goodman, who was resoundingly re-elected president of the Writers Guild of America West on Monday, said the guild plans to meet with several talent agencies soon in an effort to ease the impasse over packaging fees and affiliated production. “Many agencies had indicated that they wanted to wait to see the results of the [...]
NBC has renewed the Dwayne Johnson-hosted competition series “The Titan Games” for a second season. The series features men and women battling opponents in head-to-head physical challenges designed by Johnson. Winners advance to Mt. Olympus, a test of speed, strength, agility and endurance. “When we launched ‘The Titan Games,’ we set out to create an [...]
David Goodman has been convincingly re-elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West, beating Phyllis Nagy in a bitter contest that became a referendum on the guild’s ongoing battle with talent agents. Goodman received 4,395 votes to Nagy’s 1,282 in an election that yielded record turnout among the WGA [...]
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The Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) hosted its 5th annual “State of Music in Media” conference on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Los Angeles Film School. Featuring a wide array of panel discussions on all manner of issues related to music in film, television and advertising, the confab drew top composers, music supervisors, licensing and [...]