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Fox NFL Delivers Best Week 1 Viewership Since 2016

15 September, 2020

FOX Sports ushered in its 27th season of NFL coverage Sunday with an average of more than 25 million viewers for AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK (AGOTW), combining with FOX’s best Week 1 regional performance in four years to score the network’s most-watched opening week since 2016.


According to Nielsen Media Research, AGOTW, the No. 1 show on TV for 11 consecutive years, scored the most-watched telecast since Super Bowl LIV on FOX in February. The game, pitting Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Brady’s debut as a Buc, drew an average audience of 25,848,000, up +7% over last year’s Week 1 performance of 24,216,000 viewers.


FOX’s regional games posted their best Week 1 performance since 2016, scoring an average viewership of 13,530,000, up +6% over last year’s 12,723,000 viewers between the Giants and the Cowboys.


“What a way to start the FOX NFL season. Our NFC package is about storied brands and Hall of Fame quarterbacks, and those factors came together to produce a four-year Week 1 high and television’s biggest audience since the Super Bowl,” said FOX Sports’ Mike Mulvihill, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Analytics. “Sports is leading America’s comeback from a challenging summer, and FOX Sports’ powerful fall lineup is just getting started.”


On the streaming side, Week 1 accounted for FOX’s most-streamed NFL regular-season Sunday ever -- an +84% increase over last year’s opening Sunday with an average minute audience (AMA) of 592,144 across regional and national windows. AGOTW drew an AMA of 647,000 and 3.5 million unique streamers, leading to the network’s most-streamed NFL regular-season window ever. FOX also set a record for its regional windows, with an AMA of 537,000 and 3.8 million unique streamers.


Key highlights are below:




  • AGOTW drew an average audience of 25,848,000 million, up +7% over last year’s Week 1 performance of 24,216,000 viewers


  • Most-watched telecast of any kind since Super Bowl LIV on FOX


  • FOX’s most-watched Week 1 national game since 2016


  • Key demographic ratings increases over 2019 include:


    • A18-34           +8%     6.09 vs. 5.66 rating  


    • A18-49           +3%     7.88 vs. 7.62 rating


    • A25-54           +4%     9.41 vs. 9.08 rating




  • Average viewership of 13,530,000, up +6% over last year’s 12,723,000 viewers


  • FOX’s best Week 1 regional performance since 2016


For more information on FOX NFL, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.


*All linear viewing is according to Nielsen Media Research.

*Digital streaming is according to Adobe Analytics.

ABC’s Broadcast Of Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Game 2 On Sunday Is Most-Watched 2020 NBA Playoffs Game

Written by 14 September, 2020

ABC’s Broadcast of Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Game 2 on Sunday is Most-Watched 2020 NBA Playoffs Game: 5,432,000 Viewers

Peaked with 7,012,000 Viewers from 10:45-11 P.M. ET

ABC generated an average audience of 5,432,000 viewers for its broadcast of the Los Angeles vs. Houston Rockets Western Conference Semifinals Game 2 on Sunday, September 6. This makes it the most-watched 2020 NBA Playoffs game so far, according to Nielsen. Game 2 peaked from 10:45-11 p.m. ET with 7,012,000 viewers.

Additionally, ABC’s broadcast of Lakers vs. Rockets Game 2 delivered 1,720,000 viewers in the coveted M18-34 demographic, making it the most-watched television program in the demo since May 17 when ESPN aired the series finale of ESPN’s The Last Dance.

ABC’s broadcast of Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 4 on Sunday delivered an average audience of 3,576,000 viewers. This is the fifth-most watched 2020 NBA Playoffs game to date. It peaked with 5,881,000 viewers from 6:15-6:30 p.m. ET.

ESPN and ABC have combined to televise the five most-watched 2020 NBA Playoffs games. The list is below:

Game Viewership Date Platform
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Round 2 / Game 2 5,432,000 September 6 ABC
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets Round 1 / Game 7 4,293,000 September 2 ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Round 2 / Game 2 4,035,000 September 4 ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers Round 1 / Game 3 3,858,000 August 22 ABC
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat Round 2 / Game 4 3,576,000 September 6 ABC

*All viewership figures are provided by Nielsen

Ovation TV To Air 'Death In Paradise' On Thursday Nights

Written by 11 September, 2020

Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, has announced that it will begin airing the much-loved British detective series Death in Paradise on Thursday nights this fall. The long-running fish-out-of-water drama series stars an international cast including Ben MillerSara MartinsDanny John-JulesGary CarrDon Warrington, and Élizabeth Bourgine. The first six seasons of Death in Paradise will air on Ovation TV in four-hour blocks starting Thursday, October 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.


At the start of the series, UK detective Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is assigned to investigate the murder of a British police officer on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie. After he successfully finds the murderer, he is ordered by his supervisors to replace the victim and stay on as the head detective inspector of the island, solving new cases as they appear and being the object of many fish-out-of-water jokes. Kris Marshall joins the series as detective Humphrey Goodman in seasons 3-6; Ardal O’Hanlon joins as Jack Mooney in season 6.


Season One, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, October 1 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

In his first cases on Saint Marie, detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the murders of a fellow British detective inspector, a bride, a voodoo priestess, and a missing husband.


Season One, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, October 8 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the murders of a prisoner, an experienced diver found in ten feet of water, the lead singer of a rock band, and a police informant.


Season Two, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, October 15 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the deaths of a sugar plantation owner, a teenage nun, a plastic surgery patient, and a treasure hunter.


Season Two, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, October 22 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) investigates the murders of an aspiring singer, a British tourist, a researcher, and a philanthropist.


Season Three, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, October 29 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) arrives on Saint Marie to investigate the murder of DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller). After his wife back in the UK leaves him, he decides to stay on the island. He also investigates the deaths of a horror-film stand-in, a gigolo, and a flight attendant.


Season Three, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, November 5 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of Saint Marie’s commerce minister, a birdwatcher, a land developer, and a newly retired senior citizen.


Season Four, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, November 12 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the murders of a rum distillery owner, a surf school owner, the president of the Saint Marie Heritage Society, and a bachelorette.


Season Four, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, November 19 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of a lead singer of a pop group, a high-profile volleyball player, an overbearing boss, and a prisoner.


Season Five, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, November 26 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the murders of a millionaire philanthropist, Saint Marie’s outgoing governor, a fashion model, and the friend of an officer.


Season Five, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, December 3 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of a businessman, a restauranteur, a treasure hunter, and a tourist.


Season Six, episodes 1-4, will air on Thursday, December 10 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) investigates the deaths of a volcanologist, the former classmate of a Sergeant, a hotel manager, and a cricket club president.


Season Six, episodes 5-8, will air on Thursday, December 17 from 7pm ET to 11pm ET

The murder of a partygoer in Saint Marie leads the team to London. There, detective inspector Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) agrees to replace Detective inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) in Saint Marie after Goodman decides to stay in the UK. Mooney’s first cases in Saint Marie involve the deaths of a tourist and a mayoral candidate.


Episodes will also be available on demand.

E's 'Daily Pop' Guests: Week Of 09/14-09/18/2020

Written by 11 September, 2020

Monday, September 14 - Sarah Jessica Parker from New York Fashion Week, plus "Selling Sunset's" Chrishell Stause on joining "Dancing with the Stars" 

Tuesday, September 15 – Drew Barrymore on the premiere of her new talk show, plus new "Dancing with the Stars" host Tyra Banks 

Wednesday, September 16 – An Inside Look Behind the Scenes at a New York Fashion Week Show, plus We're Counting Down to this Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards 

Thursday, September 17 –  Erika Jayne on last night's final part of the reunion for "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," plus Lil Nas X from New York Fashion Week

Friday, September 18 – Emmy Nominee Laverne Cox on this Weekend's Primetime Emmy Awards 

Listings are subject to change. 

PeopleTV Guests: Week Of 09/14-09/18/2020

11 September, 2020

MONDAY, September 14

  • Reality Check: Andy Cohen (Sirius XM 5th Anniversary)


TUESDAY, September 15

  •  Reality Check: Contestant (Big Brother)


WEDNESDAY, September 16

  • Reality Check: TBA
  • Royal Report:  Susan E. Kelley (Founder,


THURSDAY, September 17

  • Reality Check: TBA


FRIDAY, September 18

  • Couch Surfing: Bina Daigeler, Lou Eyrich & Sarah Evelyn, Analucia McGorty, and Donna Zakowska (Emmy-nominated Costume Designers)

Formula 1 COVID-19 Statement (09/11/2020)

Written by 11 September, 2020

The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that between Friday 4th September and Thursday 10th September, 5,589 tests for COVID-19 have been performed on drivers, teams and personnel. Of these, one person tested positive.

The FIA and Formula 1 are providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to teams or individuals will be provided by the FIA or Formula 1 and results will be made public every 7 days.


TBS Orders Full Season Of 'Go-Big Show'

Written by 09 September, 2020

TBS has ordered a full season of Go-Big Show, an hour-long extreme talent competition starring celebrity judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and “The American Nightmare” Cody, and hosted by popular comedian Bert Kreischer. The show’s pick-up was announced by the host and judges this evening from the set in Macon, GA and broadcast simultaneously across TBS, TNT and truTV, marking the three networks’ inaugural roadblock announcement.
Go-Big Show showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. Featuring monster trucks, alligator trainers, stunt archery and other radical feats, the program celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale’s ultimate $100,000 prize.

Go-Big Show has begun production on 10 episodes at the Macon Coliseum, where contenders and staff are operating under strict Covid-19 safety protocols and isolating together for the duration of production. TBS is producing this series in consultation with local authorities, the unions and medical experts. The network’s first priority is the health and safety of employees, production partners, cast and crew.
While the 7,000 seats within the arena will remain empty during tapings, the show’s lively indoor festivities will extend outdoors to TV’s first-ever, interactive drive-in audience. Spectators will cheer for their favorite competitors in real time during a socially-distanced tailgate party just outside the venue which follows Macon-Bibb County Commission’s Covid-safety mandates.

"Go-Big Show celebrates unique, untraditional and unforgettable American talent,” said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. “Each contestant brings tremendous heart and swagger, which also perfectly describes Bert and our judges, a dream team of larger-than-life talent.”

"We are going bigger and bolder with our unscripted line-up at TBS to provide more of the content that viewers love from our platform,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager, TNT, TBS and truTV. “Go-Big Show not only delivers on this promise with a thrilling new take on talent competition, but it’s also another example of our innovative spirit as we continue to create brand-defining, must-watch television.”

Debuting on TBS in 2021, Go-Big Show is produced by Propagate and Matador Content, a Boatrocker Company. The series is executive produced by Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson of Matador Content; Howard T. Owens, Ben Silverman, and Greg Lipstone of Propagate Content; showrunner Conrad Green; Bert Kreischer, Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung for Snoopadelic Films.


Fox Sports Rolls Out Unrivaled Studio Lineup Ahead Of 2020 NFL Season

03 September, 2020

FOX Sports ushers in its 27th season of in-depth NFL coverage with a talented group of seasoned hosts, expert analysts and engaging personalities headlining its Sunday and Thursday studio lineup.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, at 7:00 PM ET on FOX, the network looks ahead to the highly anticipated NFL season with a special edition FOX NFL SUNDAY 2020 SEASON PREVIEW. Veteran co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw anchor the desk alongside FOX NFL analysts Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson (via remote) and FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer. The preview show features exclusive interviews from FOX NFL lead reporter Erin Andrews with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones; FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Michael Vick with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes; and Glazer with Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 13, FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s most-watched NFL pregame show for 26 consecutive years, makes its season debut at 12:00 PM ET on FOX. Menefee hosts the Emmy Award-winning pregame show along with four-time Super Bowl champ and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bradshaw. Super Bowl champions Johnson, Long and Michael Strahan flank the only NFL pregame show desk comprised entirely of Hall of Famers. Glazer, FOX’s NFL Insider, also contributes up-to-the-minute information from around the league. As previously announced, Johnson will contribute to the broadcast remotely.

FOX NFL KICKOFF immediately precedes at 11:00 AM ET on FOX. Charissa Thompson hosts the one-hour pregame show, which comes off its most-watched season, beside 14-time NFL Pro Bowler and Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, four-time Pro Bowler Vick, Super Bowl winning-defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt, veteran analyst/reporter Peter Schrager, longtime sports media personality Colin Cowherd and Cooper Manning, who contributes segments throughout the season.

In its third season, the network returns FOX NFL THURSDAY on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. The show moves to FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio, for the 2020 season only, ahead of the primetime matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. Menefee hosts alongside analysts Bradshaw and Gonzalez on a weekly basis. Strahan, Long and Glazer lend their voices and expertise as contributors. Strahan appears weekly from New York, while Glazer joins from Los Angeles. Long makes select appearances throughout the season. 

SOURCE: Fox Sports

CNN Premieres 'John Lewis: Good Trouble'

04 September, 2020

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), will premiere for television Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9:00pm Eastern and Pacific on CNN.  The documentary explores the extraordinary life of the legendary civil rights activist and legislator, the now-late Rep. John R. Lewis.  Porter and Laura Michalchyshyn of Trilogy Films, produced the documentary, alongside Erika Alexander and Ben Arnon of Color Farm Media.

The feature was executive produced and financed by CNN Films, AGC Studios, TIME Studios, and JustFilms/Ford Foundation.  Magnolia Pictures and Participant originally distributed the film domestically, including to theaters and on demand services.  JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE was also an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

“It was such an honor to create this film alongside Amy Entelis, Courtney Sexton, and Alex Hannibal, three women I admire so much.  Spending a year filming with the Congressman was a thrilling experience that I will always treasure.  I am so grateful that he was able to see the film before he passed, and to understand how much he was loved.  I hope you will join me and get into ‘Good Trouble’ in his memory,” said director Dawn Porter.

As America’s summer of civil rights protests against police brutality continues, this CNN Films documentary explores Lewis’ life and life’s work of social justice.  The primarily cinéma verité film uses contemporary interviews with Lewis’ sisters, son, and brothers; fellow civil rights ‘foot soldiers’ such as Xernona Clayton, Rep. James Clyburn, Rev. James Lawson, and Ambassador Andrew Young; lawmakers and friends Sen. Cory Booker, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner; as well as former President Bill and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and many others, to highlight Lewis’s personal milestones, his love of art and higher education, and his inestimable contributions to civil rights.

Rare archival footage from Lewis’ more than 60 years of social activism and legislative action yields new perspectives on historic events.  Lewis himself, and others, movingly recount his now-legendary 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., for voting rights.  The film also reflects on Lewis’ emotional commemoration of the 50th anniversary of that seminal event, accompanied by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president.

“Dawn’s work beautifully illuminates Congressman John Lewis’s exemplary life, his civil rights legacy, and how he continues to inspire,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide.  Entelis and Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films, are executive producers for the documentary.  “We are deeply appreciative to Rep. Lewis for trusting us to produce this film about his lifelong mission for human dignity for all.  It has been an honor,” Entelis said.

Throughout the film, Porter deftly weaves Lewis’s recollections in his own words: his happy rural Alabama childhood, surrounded by a large and loving family, his fateful first meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his horror at the lynching of Emmett Till that ignited the national conscience, and his accomplished legislative record.  Porter also examines Lewis’s contentious political rivalry with fellow civil rights icon Julian Bond, his mentorship of his staff and new Congressional colleagues, and his marriage of partners with his beloved late wife, Lillian Miles Lewis.

Composer and performing artist Tamar-kali (MUDBOUND, SHIRLEY) created a beautiful and evocative original score for the film.  Additional executive producers for the documentary are Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann for Participant; Dori Begley for Magnolia Pictures; Stuart Ford for AGC Studios; Rachel Traub; and Ian Orefice and Mike Beck for TIME Studios.

During the Sept. 27 premiere on CNN, JOHN LEWIS: Good Trouble will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo ( and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.  The film will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 28, on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps.  The film will encore Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:00pm Eastern and Pacific.  Following the availability on CNN, the film will stream via HBO Max, beginning Oct. 27.


Shout! Factory and Anime Limited announce a new entertainment distribution deal for the cult-favorite anime series 'Bartender'

04 September, 2020
Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Anime Limited, the esteemed UK distributor of animation, have announced a new North American entertainment distribution partnership for the highly sought-after anime series, Bartender.
This charming anthology series that brims with captivating slice-of-life narratives and scrumptious-looking anime was directed by Masaki Watanabe (Battle Spirits, Bakumatsu, KADO – The Right Answer), written by Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo the Animation) and produced by Palm Studios. Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series by Araki Joh and illustrated by Kenji Nagatomo, Bartender was adapted into an anime series in 2006 and a live-action Japanese television drama in 2011. The announcement was made today by Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory, and Andrew Partridge, Founder and CEO of Anime Limited.
This multi-year distribution alliance provides Shout! Factory with distribution rights to Bartender, including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, plans to bring this coveted anime series to the entertainment marketplace early 2021, with a set release plan for a special 15th Anniversary multi-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set and a digital launch across major entertainment platforms. 
“We’ve been enjoying our on-going collaboration and couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity with Anime Limited. This truly unique and highly entertaining anime series is a very exciting addition to our anime library. We look forward to bringing BARTENDER Collector’s Edition to fans and collectors in North America.”
“We’re excited to once again be working with Shout! Factory to distribute another one of our great home video releases in North America. BARTENDER is a special title and we’re thrilled to bring our Collector’s Edition to fans in the US and Canada – an edition that shows a lot of love to a hidden gem of a series."

SOURCE: Shout Factory
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