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Survivor 44 Announces 18 Players
Catch It March 1
From The Futon Critic

The CBS Original series SURVIVOR announced today the 18 new castaways who will compete against each other when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 44th season with a thrilling two-hour premiere, Wednesday, March 1 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The series is also available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+*. The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

Stranded on the beautiful islands of Fiji, these motivated new players must form a society and adapt to their physical and social surroundings, forcing them to decide what is more dangerous: the environment or navigating the complex social game and placing trust in their tribemates. The participants will be divided into three tribes of six and face a faster, more dangerous season from the moment they step on the beach. The moral dilemmas and mysterious new layers of this complex game will push even the strongest competitors to their limits, and the mental and physical challenges require players to constantly adjust their strategies in order to make it another day.

The individuals competing on season 44 are fans from diverse backgrounds who bring fresh perspectives to this new era of the game, with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast. And in the end, only one will remain to claim the title of Sole Survivor and win the $1 million prize. The following are the 18 new castaways competing this spring:

- Name: Yamil "Yam Yam" Arocho Age: 36 Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico Current Residence: San Juan, Puerto Rico Occupation: Salon owner
- Name: Matt Blankinship Age: 27 Hometown: Albany, Calif. Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif. Occupation: Security software engineer
- Name: Brandon Cottom Age: 30 Hometown: Newtown, Pa. Current Residence: Newton, Pa. Occupation: Security specialist
- Name: Kane Fritzler Age: 25 Hometown: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Current Residence: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Occupation: Law student
- Name: Carson Garrett Age: 20 Hometown: Rome, Ga. Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga. Occupation: NASA engineering student
- Name: Matthew Grinstead-Mayle Age: 43 Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio Current Residence: Columbus, Ohio Occupation: Barbershop owner
- Name: Lauren Harpe Age: 31 Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas Current Residence: Mont Belvieu, Texas Occupation: Elementary school teacher
- Name: Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt Age: 43 Hometown: Ponce, Puerto Rico Current Residence: Pittsburgh, Pa. Occupation: Engineering manager
- Name: Helen Li Age: 29 Hometown: Wayland, Mass. Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif. Occupation: Product manager
- Name: Frannie Marin Age: 23 Hometown: St. Paul, Minn. Current Residence: Cambridge, Mass. Occupation: Research coordinator
- Name: Danny Massa Age: 32 Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. Current Residence: Bronx, N.Y. Occupation: N.Y.C. firefighter
- Name: Bruce Perreault Age: 46 Hometown: West Warwick, R.I. Current Residence: Warwick, R.I. Occupation: Insurance agent
- Name: Maddy Pomilla Age: 28 Hometown: Huntingtown, Md. Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y. Occupation: Charity projects manager
- Name: Claire Rafson Age: 25 Hometown: Highland Park, Ill. Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y. Occupation: Tech investor
- Name: Jaime Lynn Ruiz Age: 35 Hometown: Mesa, Ariz. Current Residence: Mesa, Ariz. Occupation: Yogi
- Name: Sarah Wade Age: 27 Hometown: Rochester, Minn. Current Residence: Chicago, Ill. Occupation: Management consultant
- Name: Carolyn Wiger Age: 35 Hometown: North St. Paul, Minn. Current Residence: Hugo, Minn. Occupation: Drug counselor
- Name: Josh Wilder Age: 34 Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga. Occupation: Surgical podiatrist


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TV Live
Entertainment Weekly

TV Inisider

posted 1/31/2023


Fox First Run

Back for 2023-2024
Fox First Run to Return Trio Next Season
From NextTV

Fox First Run is bringing back five of its syndicated programs — You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno, Pictionary, 25 Words or Less, Dish Nation and Divorce Court — for fall 2023, said Stephen Brown, executive VP of programming and development for Fox First Run and Fox Television Stations on Tuesday. Those shows will remain on Fox Television Stations through the end of the next TV season, joining Fox's previously renewed TMZ and TMZ Live, as well as Warner Bros.'a Jennifer Hudson, which received a one-year extension earlier this month, and Debmar-Mercury's Sherri, starring Sherri Shepherd, which will remain on Fox stations for two more seasons.

"One of the topics that came up at the inaugural industry syndication event, The Summit, was the strength and staying power of legacy shows," Brown said in a statement. "They are like good old friends that we turn to every day. In the fall, Divorce Court is going into its 25th season, Dish Nation will be in its12th season, 25 Words or Less will start its fifth season and You Bet Your Life its third season. Week by week, Pictionary continues to grow, becoming that friend that viewers rely on for a half an hour of fun and laughs."

Hosted by Jay Leno, You Bet Your Life debuted in September 2021 with the show's trademark banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx. Former Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks shares hosting duties with Leno. Tom Werner serves as the executive producer, along with showrunner and executive producer David Hurwitz.

Hosted by Jerry O'Connell, Pictionary debuted as a preview show on the Fox Television Stations in July 2021, before going into syndication in fall 2022. The half-hour game show is produced by Fox First Run along with Bill's Market and Television Production and distributed by CBS Media Ventures. Based on Mattel's popular 1985 board game, the program is executive produced by David Hurwitz and Noah Bonnett. Fred Soulie, senior VP and general manager of Mattel Television and Phil Breman, VP, live-action, serve as co-executive producers for Mattel.

Hosted and executive produced by Meredith Vieira, 25 Words or Less debuted as a preview show on the Fox Television Stations in August 2018, before going into national syndication in fall 2019. The half-hour game show is a collaboration of executive producers Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris, showrunner Michael Canter and Bruce Sterten. 25 Words or Less is produced by Dino Bones Productions and distributed by Fox First Run.

NextTV
TV Newscheck

posted 1/31/2023


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 17
Results for the Week Ending January 22
From TV Newscheck

Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud led the games and all of syndication in the week ended January 22, which included the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday on Monday, January 16.

CBS Media Ventures' just-renewed Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune topped everything during the week. Jeopardy! stayed put with a 5.9 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen, making it 16 straight weeks at the top of the chart. Wheel forged ahead 4% to a new season-high 5.6 to take the number-two slot for the seventh time in eight weeks. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud inched up 2% to match its season-high 5.1.

Fox's 25 Words or Less and You Bet Your Life with host Jay Leno were both stable at a 0.7. Leno reportedly suffered broken bones in a recent motorcycle accident, not long after being released from the hospital where he was treated for facial burns suffered in a garage fire.

CBS' freshman game Pictionary, starring Jerry O'Connell, erased 20% to a 0.4, tying Allen Media Group's Funny You Should Ask, which advanced 33%.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.9 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.6 +4%*
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 +2%
- You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.4 -20%
- Funny You Should Ask (Allen Media Group) 0.4 +33%

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 1/31/2023

MONDAY: The Most Shocking Ratings Ever
NBC, ABC Split Night of CBS Reruns
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, and with CBS in rerun mode, ABC's The Bachelor led Monday in the demo while NBC's AGT: All Stars dominated the night in total viewers.

ABC's The Bachelor drew 2.9 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, dipping week-to-week. The Good Doctor (3.4 mil/0.3, read recap) was steady.

NBC's AGT: All Stars (4.8 mil/0.5) dipped week-to-week. Quantum Leap (2.1 mil/0.3) returned steady.

The CW's All American (480K/0.1) and Homecoming (394K/0.1) were both steady.

Leading out of a TMZ special (which with 2.4 mil and a 0.3 fared better than the most recent Fantasy Island), Alert: MPU (2.2 mil/0.3) ticked up in audience (to a best-since-special Sunday premiere number) and was steady in the demo for Fox.

Monday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship: Biz Kids (Food): 1.102m/0.19
- Master Minds (GSN): 529k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 492k/0.07
- Switch (P/GSN): 485k/0.08

TV Line
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/2023

SUNDAY: Football... and Little Else
CBS, Fox Win with Conference Championships
From the Hollywood Reporter

The NFL's two conference title games scored huge audiences on Sunday, besting last year's conference championship weekend. CBS' primetime broadcast of the AFC contest was the most watched for either conference in four years and helped a post-game Fire Country score its best ratings of the season by far.

CBS averaged 53.12 million viewers for the Kansas City Chiefs' last-second win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The telecast was up 6 percent over the same broadcast window in 2022 (50.23 million viewers for the NFC Championship on Fox) and 11 percent over last year's AFC title game (47.85 million), which had the afternoon slot. It was the biggest audience for either conference championship game since 2019, when 53.92 million people watched the AFC title matchup.

Fox drew 47.5 million viewers for the Philadelphia Eagles' blowout of the San Francisco 49ers, off by 5 percent from its primetime NFC Championship a year ago and about even with the 47.85 million for last year's afternoon telecast on CBS. The two games averaged 50.31 million viewers, a 3 percent bump from the 49 million viewers for last year's games.

Fire Country, meanwhile, soared to 10.08 million viewers, easily its best showing to date — no surprise, given that its lead-in was the most watched primetime telecast of the TV season so far and 10 times larger than the typical Friday episode of SWAT. The 10.08 million viewers for the first-year drama is 76 percent above its same-day season average of 5.72 million viewers and topped its previous season high (set the previous week) of 6.1 million by almost 4 million people. The episode drew a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, four times its usual number in the key ad demographic.

Fire Country also delivered CBS' best post-AFC Championship audience since 2017 (the debut of the short-lived reality series Hunted). An episode of FBI drew just under 9 million viewers following the AFC Championship two years ago.

The other broadcast networks largely stayed out of football's way on Sunday, but HBO's The Last of Us grew its audience for the second straight week.

Sunday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)
- Quien es la Mascara? (Univision): 1.220m/0.21
- Worst Cooks in America: Viral Sensations - 8p (Food): 754k/0.12
- Worst Cooks in America: Viral Sensations - 9p (Food): 654k/0.10
- MILF Manor (TLC): 619k/0.06

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/2023

FRIDAY: Smack and Sharks
ABC, Fox Win the Weekend
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, with CBS in rerun mode, Fox's SmackDown led the night in the demo, while ABC's Shark Tank reeled in Friday's largest crowd.

Ahead of the Royal Rumble, Fox's Friday Night SmackDown drew its best audience since Dec. 30 (2.4 million total viewers) while steady in the demo (with a 0.6 rating).

ABC's Shark Tank (4.4 mil/0.5) added eyeballs week-to-week while steady in the demo.

NBC's U.S. Figure Skating Championships coverage averaged 1.8 mil and a 0.2.

The CW | Penn & Teller: Fool Us (740K/0.1) gained some viewers, while Magic With the Stars (420K/0.1) lost a few.

Friday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV): 729k/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN) 489k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (MTV): 198k/0.08

TV Line
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/2023

THURSDAY: Happy Anniversary?
CBS Orders Two More Episodes on Back of Success
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, with CBS in rerun mode, NBC's Law & Order: SVU led Thursday both in total viewers and in the demo — and, in fact, drew one of its biggest audiences of the past four-plus years.

NBC's Law & Order rose to at least a season high in audience (with 5.2 million total viewers) and was steady in the demo with a 0.5 rating. SVU then posted 5.7 million viewers — its second-best prelim audience since May 2018 (the Season 19 finale), bested only by Stabler's April 1, 2021 return — and a 0.6 rating. Organized Crime closed out NBC's night with 4.1 mil and a 0.5. UPDATE: SVU in finals delivered 5.8 million viewers, its second-best audience since May 2018.

ABC's Celeb Jeop! (4.3 mil/0.5) was steady, while The Parent Test (1.9 mil/0.3) dipped and Jimmy Kimmel's 20th anniversary special did 2 mil and a 0.2.

The CW's Walker (750K/0.1) dropped a few eyeballs, while Independence (470K/0.1) gained some.

Fox's Hell's Kitchen (2.2 mil/0.4), Welcome to Flatch (940K/0.2) and Call Me Kat (1.2 mil/0.2) were all steady.

Thursday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)
- Battlebots (Discovery): 682k/0.11
- Master Minds (GSN): 518k/0.03

TV Line
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/2023


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CINDY WILLIAMS: 1947-2023
TV's "Shirley" Played Game Shows
From TV Insider

Cindy Williams, half of the beloved Laverne & Shirley onscreen twosome, has died after a brief illness. She was 75 years old.

Williams' children, Zak and Emily Hudson, announced the sad news via a statement through family spokeswoman Liza Cranis.

"The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed," the statement reads. "Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved."

Williams played Shirley Feeney to Penny Marshall's Laverne DeFazio in the popular spinoff of the Ron Howard and Henry Winkler sitcom, Happy Days. Laverne & Shirley ran from 1976 to 1983 and featured the two roommates who worked at the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee.

Williams left the show after eight seasons when she became pregnant with her first child.

Williams was a trained actress who got her start at The Actors Studio West alongside Sally Field and Robert De Niro. In 1973, Marshall landed her big break when she was cast in George Lucas' American Graffiti as Laurie Henderson, for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Williams also had a role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation in 1974.

Williams returned to sitcoms in the 1990s and in Normal Life and Getting By which was made by Laverne & Shirley producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett.

In game shows, Williams was on Hollywood Squares, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, The Test, The Weakest Link and Pet Star.

TV Insider
TV Newscheck/AP
TV Line
Deadline
Entertainment Weekly
CNN
The New York Times
PBS

posted 1/31/2023

The S-Word...
Could Reality See Another Boom?
From Deadline

The possibility of a writers' strike is one of the conversations dominating Hollywood right now, but Adam Conover, creator and star of truTV's Adam Ruins Everything and a WGA West board member, has urged members to filter out "misinformation" and "provocative claims" ahead of talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

"For the past three years, our staff has been researching and analyzing industry trends and working with the board members and officers you elected to track member concerns. We do this through one-on-one conversations with members, organizing meetings, show visits and our member survey, every response to which is read by multiple staff and elected board members so that we know what you the members say your needs are," he said.

As it prepares for negotiations for a new film and TV contract – and a possible writers strike in May – the WGA West is once again blasting Warner Bros Discovery for going back on its promise that the merger that created the giant media conglomerate last year would create more opportunities for content creators.

"WarnerMedia and Discovery promised that their merger would allow the new company to invest in more original content and create more opportunity for underrepresented storytellers," the guild said in a statement Monday. "Less than one year after the merger's close, Warner Bros. Discovery has laid off hundreds of workers and canceled, pulled, or written off $2 billion in content, spotlighting the predictable harms of consolidation."

"Warner-Discovery is the latest disastrous merger to demonstrate the harms of consolidation, and particularly the threat to diversity when gatekeepers combine to increase their power," Laura Blum-Smith, the guild's director of research and public policy, said in a statement. "Almost immediately after closing, Warner Bros. Discovery broke the hollow promises it had made of merger benefits. As a result, writers – including many women and people of color – have lost opportunities and future income, while consumers are left with reduced variety and choice of content."

A potential writers strike would be incredibly harmful for many in Hollywood, but there's one sector of the entertainment industry that is quietly optimistic that it could lead to a boom for them: the unscripted television makers.

As history has shown, there's also precedent for an uptick — from the 1988 strike that led to the creation of Fox's Cops and the 2007-08 strike, which bolstered unscripted shows such as The Amazing Race and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

The issue was top of mind at this week's Realscreen conference in Austin, where thousands of nonfiction producers, documentary filmmakers and buyers discussed the future of the unscripted business.

Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Discovery's U.S. Networks Group, told Deadline that while a strike would aid the unscripted business, she warned there would be "big repercussions".

The last strike benefited a wide range of unscripted shows and formats. CBS ordered two seasons of The Amazing Race for the 2007-08 season and an extra season of Big Brother. NBC's The Biggest Loser was supersized, going from a one-hour slot to a two-hour slot to fill the schedule. Fox's American Idol and fashion series Project Runway were among those shows that celebrated ratings highs.

Over the next few months, as the scripted world keeps a close on how talks go between the WGA and the AMPTP, we'll see whether the unscripted community's optimism pays off.

Deadline
Deadline

Deadline

posted 1/31/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Getting Real"

  • Anthony Anderson gets real about his diabetes (KTLA Los Angeles)

  • Alyssa, Kyle no longer a thing (Us Weekly)

  • KCAs: and the nominees are... America's Funniest Home Videos, America's Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Floor Is Lava, MasterChef Junior, The Masked Singer (TV Insider)

  • Blake Moynes goes under surgery (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: Love Is Blind: After the Altar trailer (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Adil Ray (Metro)

posted 1/31/2023


Sony Pictures TV/CBS Media Ventures

This Is The Way... to the Wheel
Wheel of Fortune to Celebrate Star Wars Week
From CBR

Anyone who is learned in the ways of the Force has a shot at becoming a contestant on Wheel of Fortune for a special Star Wars Week event.

The classic word puzzle game show is now accepting applications to appear in a round of Star Wars-themed challenges. Wheel of Fortune's official site provides a form that fans can complete and submit for a "chance to spin and win cash, Disney vacations, and restore order (to the alphabet)."

Wheel of Fortune is searching specifically for major Star Wars fans for the themed week, so this time it's okay to crave excitement and adventure. The application form requests potential contestants upload a video, and offers tips including "We're looking for Star Wars' biggest fans, let us know why that's you," and "If you have any fun Star Wars gear or attire, feel free to wear it." The instructions conclude with an assurance that no level of geekiness is too much: "Don't hold back. Show us your Star Wars fan personality.".

For further encouragement, the page displays a quote from the greatest sage of all time, Master Yoda himself: "Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." If Star Wars Week includes any other special nods to the franchise, they've been as carefully hidden as the plans to the Death Star.

CBR
The Blast

posted 1/30/2023

Joel Dommett to Shout It Out
"Masked Singer UK" Host to Present "Dream Game Show"
From Digital Spy

The Masked Singer UK host Joel Dommett is set to host a "dream" new game show for ITV titled In With A Shout.

Described as a "fast paced game show" in which contestants are challenged to shout at the TV to win a fortune, In With A Shout will launch on ITV1 and ITVX soon, though an exact date is yet to be announced.

"Two families battle against each other in a thrilling game with a uniquely challenging twist," a press release for the new game show reads.

For a chance to win £20,000, contestants are tasked with answering questions hidden in a montage of moving images and must shout out the answers displayed on television screens.

Digital Spy
Birmingham Mail

posted 1/27/2023

Family Puzzle Night
Winter Premiere of "People Puzzler" Airs January 30
From Broadway World

Next Monday, January 30, watch as PEOPLE PUZZLER host Leah Remini invites her family (George Marshall, William Kilmartin, and Jason Coulliard) to test their crossword skills, pop culture knowledge, and Leah's patience, as they play for charity in a special episode!

Leah Remini's Family Game Night will air Monday, 1/30 at 6:30 pm ET on Game Show Network.

In PEOPLE PUZZLER, hosted by Leah Remini, three lucky contestants put their pop culture knowledge to the test to complete iconic, PEOPLE PUZZLER crosswords. The player who has won the most points after three rounds will move on to the Fast Puzzle Bonus Round where they will have the opportunity to win a cash prize.

PEOPLE PUZZLER is produced by Meredith Corporation and Start Entertainment, LLC for Game Show Network. Leah Remini serves as producer. Executive Producers are Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini for Start Entertainment, LLC, along with Dan Wakeford and Rachel Feinberg for Meredith Corporation. Rane Laymance also serves as executive producer.

Broadway World
People

posted 1/30/2023


Marca
ANNIE WERSCHING: 1977-2023
"24", "Last of Us" Actress Dined at "Hell's Kitchen"
From TV Insider

Annie Wersching, a veteran TV actress who starred in 24 and Bosch, has died at age 45 after a two-year cancer battle.

Stephen Full, Wersching's husband, paid tribute to his late wife in a statement to Deadline on Sunday, January 29. "There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today," he wrote. "But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn't require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. 'Go find it. It's everywhere.' And find it we shall."

Wersching married Full, a TV actor who had roles on Dog With a Blog and Santa Clarita Diet, at their Los Angeles home in 2009, per People. They later welcomed three children: Freddie, 12, Ozzie, 9, and Archie 4.

"As I drove our boys, the true loves of her life, down the winding driveway and street, she would yell 'BYE!' until we were out of earshot and into the world," Full remembered in his statement. "I can still hear it ringing."

As Deadline notes, Wersching continued to work after getting her cancer diagnosis in 2020, appearing in episodes of Star Trek: Picard and The Rookie just last year. She also provided the voice of Tess in the original "The Last Of Us" games.

In game shows, Wersching was a guest diner on "Hell's Kitchen"

TV Insider
Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

Entertainment Weekly

posted 1/30/2023


CBC
BOBBY HULL: 1939-2023
NHL Legend Guested on "Definition"
From Deadline

Bobby Hull, the NHL Hall of Famer who was the first to score more than 50 goals in a single season and is considered among the league's all-time best left-wingers, died Monday, the NHL Alumni Association said. He was 84.

The Chicago Blackhawks — the Original Six team for which he played 15 seasons from 1957-72 — cited Hull's "historic impact" on the club, tweeting, "The Golden Jet helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup and delivered countless memories for our fans, whom he adored. Generations of Chicagoans were dazzled by Bobby's shooting prowess, skating skill and overall team leadership."

Longtime NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said is a statement today: "When Bobby Hull wound up to take a slapshot, fans throughout the NHL rose to their feet in anticipation and opposing goaltenders braced themselves. During his prime, there was no more prolific goal-scorer in all of hockey."

Hull joined the Blackhawks in the 1957-58 season and scored 30-plus goals twice before his record-tying 50-goal season in 1961-62, the year after he won the Cup with the club. He would break the NHL record for goals in a season with 54 in 1965-66 and got 52 the following year and a NHL-career-best 58 in 1968-69. He also scored 50 in 1971-72. Put into context, Hull had four 50-goal seasons before any other player got two.

But Hull would jump to the upstart World Hockey Association for the following season, inking a record 10-year, $2.7 million contract to play for its Winnipeg Jets.

He continued to light up scoreboards for the next half-dozen seasons in Manitoba, posting an astounding 77 in 1974-75. The Jets merged into the NHL in 1979, and Hull played part of one more NHL season with the club before ending his career later that season with the Hartford Whalers.

He also was the Jets' head coach while playing for the team in its first three NHL seasons and was its assistant coach in 1975-76. He led the league in goals seven times — a record that stood until Alex Ovechkin broke it in 2018-19 — and finished his NHL career with 610 goals, still the 18th-most in league history.

He added 303 in the WHA for a combined 913. He was named the NHL's MVP in back-to-back seasons and won three Art Ross trophies, given to the player with the most points (combined goals and assists) in a single regular season.

A 10-time All-Star, he was named to the NHL's 100th-anniversary list of its 100 Greatest Players in 2017, and a statue of Hull stands outside the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks retired his No. 9 jersey in 1983.

Along with his storied hockey career, Hull was the father of Brett Hull, an NHL legend in his own right who had three consecutive 50-goal seasons including 86 in 1990-91, still the fifth-most in any NHL season. He finished his Hall of Fame career with 741 goals. The Hulls are the only father-son team to win the NHL MVP award.

In game shows, Hull appeared on an episode of "Definition".

Deadline
NBC Sports Chicago
CBC News

posted 1/30/2023


CBS/Fremantle

WEDNESDAY: More Price, More Night
CBS Orders Two More Episodes on Back of Success
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' The Price Is Right at Night — with both NBC and ABC in rerun mode — this Wednesday rose to 5.2 million total viewers (a season high) and a 0.6 demo rating, topping the night in both measures.

TPIR at Night has also added another two primetime outings, on Feb. 15 ("Family Night" theme) and Feb. 22 ("Date Night" theme).

Lingo (3 mil/0.5) also hit a season high in viewers and ticked up in the demo, while Tough as Nails (2.1 mil/0.3) drew a best-since-premiere audience and was steady in the demo.

Of the night's only other fresh fare, Fox's Name That Tune (1.7 mil/0.3) dipped, while Special Forces: World's Toughest Test (1.7 mil/0.3) held steady.

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 635k/0.31
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 580k/0.14
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 549k/0.08
- Master Minds (GSN): 508k/0.04
- NFL Tailgate Takedown (Food): 462k/0.11
- Power Slap: Road tot he Title (TBS): 413k/0.13

TV Line
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

Soap Opera Network

posted 1/26/2023

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Showtime Mountain"

  • Paramount+, Showtime to merge branding (TV Line)

  • FIRST LOOK: "Spring Baking Championship's" new season (The Wrap)

  • "The Traitors" going tabletop in the fall... in the UK (Bustle)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeff Hephner (WSAZ Huntington/Charleston)

posted 1/30/2023

COVID Protocols to Extend
New Deadline: April 1
From Deadline

Hollywood's unions and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers have agreed to extend their Covid protocols through April 1, with only minor changes, including the elimination of pre-employment and weekly Covid testing for some crew members. The protocols will keep in place a mandate that gives employers the limited option to require vaccinations as a condition of employment.

Deadline reported exclusively Thursday that the unions and AMPTP were in talks to extend the protocols, which had been set to expire on January 31.

Unions signing off on the new agreement include the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Local 399, IBEW Local 40, LiUNA! Local 724, OPCMIA Local 755 and UA Local 78.

Deadline

posted 1/27/2023

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What's So Fun about Jogging?"

  • #ICYMI: Wheel talks about categories... (Deadline)

  • The verdict is in... Physical:100 is a hit (MSN)

  • Jimmy Kimmel remembers his first "Live!" (Variety)

  • Jay Leno recovering from injuries from a motorcycle accident (Variety) and loses his CNBC show (Deadline)

  • Amelia Brown exits Thames to launch an indie startup (Deadline)

  • Matt Hancock was paid $400,000, way above a government job, to be on "I'm a Celebrity..." (Deadline)

posted 1/26/2023

Back "In Fashion"
Gigi Hadid Joins Tan France for Season 2 March 3
From the Futon Critic

Next in Fashion is back! And Gigi Hadid joins Tan France to make chic happen. Tag along as they look for the next big name in fashion among a group of twelve incredibly talented designers. Next in Fashion Season 2 premieres on March 3, only on Netflix.

Next in Fashion, the high-stakes design competition series that embraces the fun in fashion, is returning to Netflix for a second season. Fashion designer and TV personality Tan France is joined by new co-host, A-list global superstar, supermodel and style icon Gigi Hadid. A group of up-and-coming, incredibly talented designers will compete for the chance to walk away with a prize of $200,000 and the chance to share their designs with the world.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/26/2023


CNN/Getty Images
LANCE KERWIN: 1960-2023
"Salem's Lot" Actor Was in "Battle of the Network Stars"
From TV Insider

Lance Kerwin, an actor best known for his role on the TV miniseries "Salem's Lot" and other notable series throughout the '70s, has died, his talent agent John Boitano tells CNN. He was 62. No information on his cause of death was provided.

Kerwin began his career appearing in a variety of television shows, including "Little House on the Prairie," "Wonder Woman" and "The Bionic Woman." He also appeared in several "ABC After School Specials," an anthology series aimed at kids and teens that counted Jodie Foster among its other alums.

The Southern California native was a thriving teen actor throughout the '70s and starred as Ramey Holvak in "The Family Holvak," a TV series about a reverend in the 1930s struggling to support his family. He also starred in the 1977 coming-of-age series "James at 15," a show notable for its authentic depiction of teen life in a manner that was not often seen on TV at the time.

Kerwin went on to appear in "Salem's Lot," the 1979 TV adaptation of Stephen King's novel, directed by Tobe Hooper. In the miniseries, which aired on CBS, he played the role of young Mark Petrie, who helps defend his town against evil vampires. His work in the cult-favorite miniseries earned him regular invites to horror conventions.

A role in 1995's "Outbreak" was his last professional credit until the 2022 film "The Wind and the Reckoning," starring Johnathon Schaech.

In game shows, Kerwin appeared on the "Battle of the Network Stars".

TV Insider
Variety
CNN
New York Times

People
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly

posted 1/26/2023


Facebook
MICHAEL TILLER: 1987-2023
Prominent Game Show YouTuber
From GSNN

We at GSNN are saddened to report that Michael Tiller, who brought game show moments to the masses through his Game Show Temple YouTube channel, died today after a lengthy battle with illness. He was 35 years old.

A longtime member of the online game show trading community, his Game Show Temple channel brought an impressive amount of content from his collection that spanned over six decades.

He later parlayed his fandom into a series over BlogTalkRadio.

posted 1/26/2023


Netflix/Fremantle

Netflix's Cheat Codes
Danny Dyer's New Quiz Show to Play on Netflix March 1
From What to Watch

Cheat is a brand new quiz show launching on Netflix which is hosted by former EastEnders star Danny Dyer and Ellie Taylor of Ted Lasso fame. Netflix has been a little bit canny too with the show's title, branding it Ch£at with a pound sign within it! And that's because there's an awful lot of money, or wonga as Danny Dyer might say, to be won!

Cheat arrives on Netflix on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Hopefully, the cash will be flowing to the contestants from the off! The Cheat episodes will be shown in binge-worthy bunches of four...
- Ch£at episodes 1 to 4 launch on March 1.
- Ch£at episodes 5 to 8 launch on March 8.
- Ch£at episodes 9 to 12 launch on March 15.

Cheat is a battle of brains and wit… and an ability to be able to tell barefaced lies! Each episode starts with four brave players who have their knowledge put to the ultimate test as they bluff and blag across three rounds to avoid elimination and build a potential jackpot of over £50,000 (almost $62,000). There's just one crucial rule, however... Don't get caught!

What to Watch
Entertainment Focus
Digital Spy
Netflix
The Sun
Yahoo!

posted 1/26/2023


Netflix

Netflix Responds to Squid Game Controversy
Reports: Medics Tend to Players in Freezing Temps
From Deadline

Netflix has been forced to defend the conditions on its upcoming Squid Game: The Challenge reality series following reports of freezing cold temperatures and medical issues during the Red Light, Green Light game.

In amidst UK temperatures that have dropped below freezing during the day, Netflix and producers Studio Lambert and The Garden said "while it was very cold on set – and participants were prepared for that – any claims of serious injury are untrue."

"We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and invested in all the appropriate safety procedures," added the statement.

According to The Sun, contestants felt unwell and experienced frostbite after playing the game Red Light, Green Light – in which they have to remain motionless to win for hours.

All3Media-owned Gogglebox producer Studio Lambert and ITV Studios-backed The Garden are co-producing Squid Game: The Challenge, which is one of Netflix's most eye-catching non-scripted titles in production at the moment – aiming to take advantage of the colossal success of South Korea's Squid Game. A second season of the thriller is also in the offing.

With 456 contestants lured from around the world and a $4.56M cash prize, the format recreates real life versions of the games played in Squid Game, albeit without the murderous endings. Other games from the series included Tug of War, Marbles and Hopscotch.

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Entertainment Weekly
LADBible
BBC News
Variety
Huffpost
ComingSoon.net
The Verge
BGR
The Telegraph

posted 1/26/2023

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Protect and Serve"

  • Producers in talks to renew COVID protocols (Deadline)

  • Tyra Sanchez comes out of retirement (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Greer Blitzer apologizes for defending blackface. In other news, there is a woman named "Greer Blitzer", and she's on a show called "The Bachelor" (TV Insider)

  • Adam Scott has one piece of advice for people who are reading gossip about his time on the set of "Boy Meets World"... Don't. (TV Insider)

  • Hannah Ann Sluss engaged to NFL player (Reality TV World)

  • Kelly Clarkson reunites with Randy Jackson (Wide Open Country)

posted 1/26/2023


MTV/CBS

Challenge World Championship to Play This March
Global Hosts to Join TJ Lavin
From Seat42F

Paramount+ today announced that the highly anticipated global tournament THE CHALLENGE: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will premiere on Wednesday, March 8 in the U.S. and Canada with two back-to-back episodes. The series will debut on the service in the U.K., Latin America and Australia on Thursday, March 9, and in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France on Wednesday, March 15.

After intense battles around the globe, THE CHALLENGE: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP brings together global champions and MVPs from "The Challenge: Argentina," "The Challenge: Australia," "The Challenge: U.K." and "The Challenge: USA" to represent their countries and battle for the coveted title of "Challenge World Champion." Joining longtime host TJ Lavin to kick off the premiere episode are global hosts Brihony Dawson (Australia), Mark Wright (U.K.) and Marley Biyendolo (Argentina).

In this 12-part series, each global MVP will be paired with a Challenge Legend, a notable veteran from a previous season of the MTV series, serving as a partner to form the most epic teams in the history of the franchise. They will help them win power and avoid elimination in order to make it to the most difficult challenge of them all, the brutal finale worth $500,000. In the end, only the most dominant will conquer the game and prove they are not just the best in their home country, but the best in the world. Full cast lineup to be announced in the coming weeks.

THE CHALLENGE: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP was created for MTV Entertainment Studios by Bunim/Murray Productions. Julie Pizzi and Justin Booth serve as executive producers. German Abarca, Ernesto De La O, David Sambuchi, Kristopher Schwalenberg and Brad Tiemann serve as co-executive producers. Skye Topic serves as supervising producer, Margaret Morales as producer and Jacob Lane as consulting producer. Dan Caster and Leanne Mucci serve as executive producers with Jared March as supervising producer for MTV Entertainment Studios and Donny Herran as SVP of Production, with Angela Liao as executive in charge of production.

Seat42F
Variety
The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/2023


BravoTV

"Top Chef" Goes to London for Season 20
Catch World All-Stars on March 9
From the Futon Critic

Today, NBCUniversal announced the most mouth-watering spread of integrated and out-of-show brand partnerships yet for the upcoming landmark 20th season of Bravo's "Top Chef" - taking place across the pond in London, England. For this special edition season, World All-Stars, fans will be able to experience the excitement and droolworthy meals of "Top Chef" internationally with world-leading brands including Anolon Cookware, BMW of North America, Delta Air Lines, Finish Dishwasher Detergent and Additives, Mastercard, Morton Salt, RITZ Crackers, Saratoga(R) Spring Water, Universal Pictures' "Fast X" and Vrbo. From grand prizes to intriguing branded Quickfire and Elimination challenges and interactive social moments, this season's brand partners will elevate the viewing experience for foodies everywhere. The Emmy, James Beard and Critics' Choice Award-winning series is set to premiere on Thursday, March 9 at 9pm ET/PT.

For almost two decades, Bravo's "Top Chef" has continued to deliver an exhilarating, high-stakes culinary journey for fans everywhere in the marketplace and massive impact for brand partners. The unique power of the series' storytelling paired with NBCUniversal Advertising and Partnerships' unparalleled creativity, and capabilities brings together premium content that drives business results across platforms with +50% lift in brand awareness, +32% lift in brand favorability, and +36% lift in product consideration. Last season alone, 71% of viewers expressed positive brand opinions of integrated partners, 74% agreed the series was a great partner to promote brands and 73% developed more of an interest in the integrated partners featured.

"Top Chef" continues to demonstrate how NBCU's One Platform is fueling fandom for audiences and marketers around the globe through content, technology and partnerships.

"Through NBCUniversal's One Platform, we are committed to fueling fandom with the best content in the business and at the same time, connecting the modern multidimensional consumer with brands that help shape culture across the world. And Bravo's 'Top Chef' is a prime example of that in action," said Ann Scheiner, Executive Vice President, Advertising and Partnerships, NBCUniversal.

"During this milestone international 20th season, we were able to open up the aperture and elevate this fast-paced competition series with both new and returning partners - including auto, financial services, food products and more - that are truly embedded seamlessly into each challenge, each meal, and each ingredient of the show as the cheftestants compete to be crowned the winner of 'Top Chef' World All-Stars."

"From foodies to athletes to travel enthusiasts, Bravo's 'Top Chef' has found the perfect trifecta of blending together storytelling, innovation and inspiration with a roster of world-leading brands to deliver a delicious and engaging viewing experience for decades," said Jamie Cutburth, Executive Vice President, Creative Partnerships, Advertising and Partnerships, NBCUniversal. "And for the first-time, this flagship season shot entirely abroad in London and Paris allowed our NBCU Creative Partnerships team to think outside of the box with each and every one of our partners to bring imaginative, innovative and authentic integrations to the table that are enticing to our viewers, important to their businesses and critical for cheftestants in the kitchen themselves."

The FUton Critic
TV Line

posted 1/25/2023

TUESDAY: Split Decision
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's Night Court led Tuesday in the demo, while CBS' FBI dominated the night in total audience.

NBC's Night Court opened the night with 5 million viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down 32 and 26 percent from its boffo, double-episode debut (which aired opposite an FBI rerun). American Auto's sophomore opener retained just 2.4 mil and a 0.4, matching its demo low.

CBS's FBI (7.3 mil/0.6) was steady in the demo. FBI: International (5.9 mil/0.4) and Most Wanted (5.1 mil/0.4) both dipped in the demo yet are eyeing their largest audiences since Oct. 18.

Fox's 9-1-1: Lone Star (3.8 mil/0.5) matched series lows with its Season 4 premiere. Accused Episode 2 (2.4 mil/0.4) was, of course, down sharply from Sunday's post-NFL launch.

The CW's The Winchesters (360K/0.1) returned to a new audience low but was steady in the demo.

ABC's The Rookie (4.2 mil/0.5), Feds (2.7 mil/0.3) and Will Trent (3 mil/0.3) all dipped, with the latter matching its lowest numbers thus far.

Tuesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 860k/0.14
- Master Minds (GSN): 540k/0.04


TV Line
Deadlne

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/25/2023


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 15
From TV Newscheck

The syndicated ratings chart was rocked by a sharp jump in talk shows in the session ending Jan. 15. All of the top six veteran chat fests finished at, or near, season highs, with four mustering major increases.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.9 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.4 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 NC
- You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 1/25/2023

"Love Is Blind" Returns "After the Altar" February 10
What Happened to the Season 3 Couples?
From TV Line

Who's ready for some drama? Netflix announced the premiere date for Love Is Blind: After the Altar Season 3, the follow-up to the dating show's chaotic third season in which two of the five featured couples made it past the altar. Mark your calendars: New episodes of After the Altar arrive on Friday, Feb. 10.

The upcoming three-part special takes place a year after the weddings, reuniting some pairs while others are figuring out the next step in their relationships. Fans will catch up with the Season 3 cast as they "readjust to life in Dallas after the altar and come together for a birthday extravaganza," per the official description.

As you'll recall in the Season 3 finale, Brennon and Alex, and Colleen and Matt made up the couples who exchanged vows. Meanwhile, SK decided not to go through with his marriage to Raven. The pair dated after the show and broke up amid allegations of SK cheating.

Bartise chose not to wed Nancy, resulting in a tense confrontation with her brother. Nancy later rebuked his efforts to keep things open between them. "You f–king gaslit me," she told him in a private conversation before declaring their relationship over.

Rather than say "I do" to Cole, Zanab called him out for disrespecting her throughout the season. "You have insulted me. You have critiqued me," she said at the altar. "You have singlehandedly shattered my self-confidence. And I hate that you have had that kind of effect on me.".

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/2023

Wheel, Jeopardy! Return to Germany
Wheel Heads to RTL2, Jeopardy! to Sat.1
From Worldscreen

Paramount Global Content Distribution has licensed a pair of its hit game-show formats to be revived in Germany.

Wheel of Fortune, which will air under the local title Gluecksrad, is headed to RTL2 (RTL ZWEI) in Germany. Wheel of Fortune was last on air from 2016 to 2018 on RTL+. Prior to that, it had been on air since the 1990s on different broadcasters in Germany. The local version is hosted by Thomas Herrmann and Sonya Kraus. Noisy Pictures (a Banijay Group company) is producing.

Jeopardy! is getting a local treatment on SAT.1 in Germany with an episode as part of the first season of Die Sat. 1 Kult-Show-Wochen (The SAT.1 Epic Shows Weeks). Jeopardy! was last on air from 2016 to 2017, also on RTL+. Prior to that, it had been on air since the 1990s on different broadcasters in Germany. Ruth Moschner is hosting the local Jeopardy!, which is produced by Noisy Pictures.

Worldscreen
C21Media

posted 1/25/2023

Penske, Dick Clark Productions Merge
"So You Think You Can Dance" Producer Absorbed by Media Journalism Company
From Deadline

Penske Media Eldridge (PME) has acquired Dick Clark Productions (dcp), the largest owner and producer of televised live entertainment programming. The deal is part of a larger strategic alliance with Eldridge augmenting its existing partnership with Penske Media's (PMC's) entertainment media brands and SXSW.

dcp is recognized globally for its live award shows and other music entertainment programs, including the Golden Globe Awards, American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, So You Think You Can Dance, in partnership with 19 Entertainment, and the Streamy Awards.

This deal marks the continued expansion and investment in Penske Media Eldridge's live event portfolio which includes SXSW, Life is Beautiful, ATX TV festival and LA3C. There are 60 years of archived titles of past shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming in the dcp archives.

Deadline
Variety

posted 1/25/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Oops"

  • Shayne Jansen reached out to his ex Natalie after being cast on "Perfect Match" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Glenda & Lumumba are expecting a "miracle baby" (Reality TV World)

  • Gabby Windey, Vinny Guadanino address dating rumors (Reality TV World)

  • Wheel of Fortune Experience coming to San Antonio (KENS San Antonio)

  • Samantha Harris helping fellow survivors through yoga (Muscle & Fitness)

  • Gabe Kaplan is hanging it up at Poker After Dark (World Poker Tour)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Physical 100 (Netflix) (Ready Steady Cut)

  • James Holzhauer delivers a shot: Anyone who played the game and then bashes it should be banned. Indefinitely (The Sun)

posted 1/25/2023


ABC/Getty Images

Bruno's Got Talent
DWTS Judge to Join "Britain's Got Talent"
From Deadline

"Dancing with the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli has replaced David Walliams on Britain's Got Talent.

In a video circulating on Twitter of a rehearsal, hosts Ant and Dec, who have just signed a three-year ITV contract, introduced Tonioli alongside fellow judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.

Reports had connected Tonioli with the role several weeks ago and it was confirmed by Fremantle shortly afterwards.

Tonioli will replace Walliams in the long-running hit ITV show, following a Guardian report late last year which included a recording of Walliams making derogatory remarks about contestants.

Tonioli was a Strictly judge from its inception until last year when he was replaced by Anton Du Beke. The Dancing With the Stars judge had been absent from the 2020 edition due to Covid-19.

He joins one of ITV's hottest properties, a Cowell creation produced by his Syco shingle with Thames that has been airing for 15 seasons in the Spring and is one of ITV's biggest ratings juggernauts.

Deadline
BBC News
Variety

posted 1/24/2023

MONDAY: Back Up Top
CBS Logs In a Clean Sweep
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' newly renewed The Neighborhood and ABC's The Bachelor tied for the Monday demo win, while CBS' NCIS easily drew the night's largest audience.

With no pesky NFL game to harsh their mellow this week, The Neighborhood (with 6.2 million viewers and a 0.6 rating) and Bob Hearts Abishola (5.7 mil/0.5) both hit season highs in audience and tied season highs in the demo. NCIS (7.3 mil/0.5) surged to its second-best numbers of the season (trailing only the crossover event), while NCIS: Hawaii (5.1 mil/0.4) posted its third-largest audience/second-highest rating of Season 2.

Leading out of The Bachelor's season opener (2.9 mil/0.6), ABC's The Good Doctor (3.2 mi/0.3) returned steady.

The CW's All American (506K/0.1) returned to its second-largest audience of the season; Homecoming (337K/0.1) also was up in viewers.

Fox's Fantasy Island (2 mil/0.2) was steady, while Alert: MPU (2 mil/0.3) is looking at its second-best numbers to date.

NBC's AGT: All Stars (4.8 mil/0.5) ticked up week-to-week.

Monday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.008m/0.12
- Barmageddon (USA): 624k/0.15
- Master Minds (GSN): 482k/0.02


TV Line
Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/2023

SUNDAY: Accused... of Winning
Fox Wins with Football, Premiere
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's coverage of the NFL divisional playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys averaged 34.4 million total viewers and a 9.1 demo rating from 7 to 10 pm ET.

Leading out of that, Fox's Accused anthology series retained 8.4 million and a 2.0, making it the top-rated and most-watched scripted broadcast debut in three years (since Fox's own 9-1-1: Lone Star) and the highest-rated scripted telecast of the 2022-23 season — across broadcast and cable, even besting Yellowstone's Season 5 premiere.

Sunday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Worst Cooks in America: Viral Sensations - 8p (Food): 801k/0.15
- MILF Manor (TLC): 751k/0.15
- Worst Cooks in America: Viral Sensations - 9p (Food): 690k/0.12

TV Line
Deadlne

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/2023

"Weakest" Links in Serbia
BBC Studios Inks Deal with PRVA
From Seenit

Weakest Link is returning to Serbian screens after a 17-year absence following a deal between BBC Studios and TV channel PRVA. A 40-episode run of the show, known locally as Najslabija karika, will be produced by Two Rivers for transmission in March.

André Renaud, Senior Vice President of Global Format Sales at BBC Studios, said: "Weakest Link has been an enduring success with audiences for over two decades on account of its entertaining, fast-paced and often ruthless gameplay. It is exciting to bring this iconic quiz to a new generation of Serbian viewers."

Katarina Pavlovic, Program Director at PRVA said: "We are very happy and proud that PRVA TV will bring back one of the most popular and entertaining game shows, Weakest Link.

"It has been too long since the last local version of this great format was produced and we are certain that the Serbian audience is more than ready to fall in love with it once again.

"We are confident that production company Two Rivers, with its vast experience and expertise in game shows, will create a great local version, we expect good ratings, especially with the target audience of 18 to 49, and we are delighted to be the broadcaster of this iconic format."

Seenit

posted 1/24/2023

"Too Hot" Arrives in Germany
Catch Netflix Spinoff February 28
From The Futon Critic

It's cold outside, German winters are long and dark - everyone's craving hot temperatures or a steamy adventure at least. Meet the hottest local singles who come together in a tropical paradise for what they think will be the sexiest vacation of their lives, participating in the made-up reality dating show Tropical Desire. But surprise: Instead of getting hot and heavy, they have to compete for a cash prize under strict 'no touching'-rules as the first-ever contestants of Too Hot To Handle: Germany.

With omniscient supercomputer Lana watching, will these wild German-speaking heartbreakers be able to stick to the rules and abstain from any kind of sexual contact (or self-gratification) in order to form meaningful connections, and keep that prize money as high as their sex drives? The pressure's on (quite literally)!

From entertainment production house Fremantle for Netflix, the international original Too Hot To Handle has quickly become a fan-favorite among global reality TV formats and most recently successfully premiered its fourth season. After a Brazilian and a Spanish-language spin-off, it's high time to bring the fiery format to Germany!

Too Hot to Handle: Germany launches on Netflix February 28.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/24/2023

"RocKwiz" Rockturns
Foxtel to Revive Series
From The Music

A few months ago, it was reported that RocKwiz would return to Australian television screens via Foxtel's FOX8 channel.

As Foxtel announced yesterday, the beloved musical quiz show will return to TV on Friday, 24 February, after its original run ended in 2016.

Host Julia Zemiro, adjudicator and co-creator Brian Nankervis, and trusted roadie Dugald McAndrew return on a fresh set with a new-look RocKwiz Orchestra.

Foxtel notes "a stellar line-up of new and established musical guests including Jimmy Barnes, Vance Joy, Tina Arena, Ben Lee, Dan Sultan, Sam Cromack, Allen Stone, Meg Washington, Chris Cheney, Ella Hooper, Meg Mac, WILSN, Isabella Manfredi, Gretta Ray, Fanny Lumsden and Thndo (via Mumbrella).

Co-creator and series producer Ken Connor commented, "We are thrilled to be back on the television, entertaining RocKwiz fans new and old. As always, our talented, musical guests will be a mixture of headline acts and emerging artists." While co-creator and series producer Peter Bain-Hogg added, "It's such a joy to bring RocKwiz back so we can give the artists we love a chance to perform their songs and a duet they have chosen live in front of a studio audience."

The Music

posted 1/24/2023

The TNet's Cluster... Explained
"The Cube" Not the Only Show Affected
From Deadline

There are hardly any other networks that have undergone more disruption over the past nine months than Warner Bros. Discovery's TNT and TBS have post-merger — and it's not over. The TNets just saw their major January series premieres — previously announced and already promoted — scrapped at the last minute. That includes Season 4 of TBS' Miracle Workers, which had been slated to open January 16; Season 2 of the network's unscripted series The Cube, which had been slotted for a January 8 debut; as well as TNT's acquired British drama The Lazarus Project, which had been teed up for a January 23 launch.

While the same happened with Season 2 of TBS' Chad before the show was dropped altogether (it since has landed at Roku), it does appear that TNets' leadership intends to air the three shows at a later date. It is unclear why all premieres are being pushed, though TNT and TBS do get better circulation and promotional opportunities in the spring with NCAA men's basketball March Madness and the final stages of the NBA season.

Deadlne
Decider

posted 1/24/2023

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Tale of Two Champions"

  • Troy Meyer talks about how he met his wife (The Sun) while another champ's diatribes have been heard (TV Insider)

  • Fred Roggin leaving KNBC Los Angeles (Deadline)

  • Maya Rudolph's new role? Replacing the M&Ms spokescandies (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Michael Strahan is enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (WTVD Durham/Raleigh/Fayetteville)

  • VIDEO WALL: LMAD welcomes WOW (Laughing Place)

  • BTS: Nobody's dying on the set of "Squid Game: The Challenge", but you'd be surprised at what you can live through (LADBible)

posted 1/24/2023


Studio T/Warner Bros. Discovery

"Rat" Exterminated
TBS Cancels Cooking Competition
From ComicBook

TBS has closed up shop with Rat in the Kitchen. On Monday, it was announced that the reality competition series has been cancelled after only one season. The show premiered in March of 2022, and was hosted by comedian Natasha Leggero and celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre. It followed a group of cooks competing to win a cash prize across a series of challenges. However, all the while, one of them is trying to sabotage their efforts – the rat in the kitchen.

The news of this cancellation was broken by Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Discovery's U.S. Networks Group, during a keynote at Reelscreen in Austin, Texas.

"We decided not to do more Rat in the Kitchen," Finch explained. "It is a great show, but we now have Food Network and Cooking Channel in the family, so it doesn't really make sense to spread the peanut butter so thin from a content perspective."

"We do a lot of competition shows on Food Network for a much better price point and we make them in a way that that enables them to repeat," Finch continued. "It's kind of a nuanced difference."

ComicBook
Deadline

posted 1/23/2023


Paramount Global/Warner Bros. Discovery

CW Lines Up Series
"Great American Joke Off" Coming, "Whose Line" Returning
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network today announced premiere dates for the new alternative comedy series THE GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFF, debuting Friday, March 31 (9:30-10:00pm ET/PT), and TOTALLY WEIRD AND FUNNY, premiering Saturday, April 8 (9:00-9:30pm & 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT). The network has also set return dates for the hit improv comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, which begins its twelfth cycle on Friday, March 31 (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT), and the third season of the investigative documentary series MYSTERIES DECODED, premiering Sunday, April 2 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

THE GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFF is a new comedy series that celebrates gags, wisecracks, one-liners and the simple art of telling a great joke. Hosted by Dulcé Sloan, the show features several riotous rounds in each episode that involve telling as many quick gags as possible on given categories, mashing different subjects together to create delicious puns, coming up with hilarious set-ups to different punchlines, or even using the texts on an audience member's phone as a springboard for jokes. Dulcé decides which team has won each round based on who she thinks has been the funniest. THE GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFF is created and executive produced by Dan Patterson, with Jed Leventhall and Derek Van Pelt serving as executive producers.

Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with a special guest comedian in each episode, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games, prompted only by random ideas supplied by Aisha and the studio audience. Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the U.S. that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady. Co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

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posted 1/23/2023

FRIDAY: Magic Returns
CBS Torches the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, there was a three-way tie for the Friday demo win, while two CBS dramas veritably tied for the night's largest audience.

CBS' SWAT (with 5.4 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating) is again looking at its best audience since May 2019 but it dipped in the demo. Fire Country (5.9 mil/0.5) and Blue Bloods (5.91 mil/0.4) were steady in the demo, with the already-renewed former eyeing its second-largest audience to date.

ABC's Shark Tank (3.8 mil/0.5) dipped week-to-week.

Fox's Friday Night SmackDown (2.1 mil/0.5) ticked down.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez (2 mil/0.3) and Young Rock (1.4 mil/0.3) were steady.

The CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us returned to 730K and a 0.1, followed by Magic With the Stars' 440K/0.1.

Friday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV): 578k/0.22
- Master Minds (GSN): 423k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 410k/0.04
- FAmily Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 410k/0.06
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (MTV): 214k/0.07

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/23/2023

"Fastest Finger's" Final Answer
Millionaire Spinoff Canceled
From Digital Spy

Strictly Come Dancing star Anita Rani's gameshow has reportedly been cancelled by ITV after just one series.

Fastest Finger First, a show which saw five contestants compete for a guaranteed place on the next series of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, debuted last year, running for five episodes.

However, after just one series there has been no return date announced, despite Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? looking for contestants to appear in the next series of the show.

ITV has now confirmed the Fastest Finger First won't be returning any time soon, telling Digital Spy in a statement: "As it stands we haven't recorded any future episodes of Fastest Finger First but wouldn't rule out further shows in the future."

Rani took part in the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing series, where she reached the semi-final with her partner Gleb Savchenko.

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posted 1/23/2023

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Encircling the WGA"

  • Michelle Buteau to host the WGA Awards (Deadline)

  • Ken Jennings calls "Jeopardy!" an institution at Calvin University Talks (MLive)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS S#*! UP!: A masterclass in biting the hand that feeds you (NBC News)

  • BRTUALLY HONEST REVIEW "The Traitors" (THe Mary Sue)

posted 1/23/2023

A New "Deal"
Stephen Mulhern to Front New Version for ITV
From Deadline

ITV is reviving Deal or No Deal in the UK after a seven-year hiatus.

The commercial broadcaster has greenlit a full series after last year piloting the game show with Stephen Mulhern, presenter of Britain's Got More Talent. The show will be produced by Remarkable, which is part of Banijay UK.

Deal or No Deal broadcast on Channel 4 for more than a decade before it was axed in 2016. The show was hosted by Noel Edmonds.

ITV's revival of Deal or No Deal is the latest in a long line of reboots in the UK. ITV is also bringing back Big Brother, while the BBC has returned to shows including Gladiators and The Weakest Link.

The U.S. version of Deal or No Deal made headlines last year after Meghan Markle said she felt like a "bimbo" when working on the NBC show. "I ended up quitting," said Markle. "I was thankful for the job, but not the way it made me feel, which was: Not smart."

ITV declined to comment.

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Daily Mirror
MSN

posted 1/20/2023


Variety
DAVID CROSBY: 1941-2023
Singer/Songwriter Played "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Insider

Legendary rock musician David Crosby has died at the age of 81. His cause of death is unknown.

Crosby was a member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, which later became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Throughout his career, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (Both for his work in The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash) and throughout his career was nominated for a Grammy Award ten times.

Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, paid tribute to his former bandmate on Facebook, even though they hadn't spoken in recent years.

"It is with a deep and profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed. I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years, " Nash wrote.

"David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world. He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy," Nash continued. "These are the things that matter most. My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all of the people he has touched in this world."

In game shows, Crosby was on a week's worth of "Hollywood Squares".

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CNN
Insider

posted 1/20/2023

THURSDAY: When the Eye's Away...
ABC's New GAmes Win Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's Celebrity Jeopardy! led Thursday in the demo, while CBS' Young Sheldon repeat drew the night's largest audience.

Celeb Jeop! this Thursday drew 4 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, down a tenth in the demo week-to-week. The Parent Test (2 mil/0.3) also dipped in the demo, while The Chase (2.3 mil/0.3) was steady.

The CW's Walker (760K/0.1) and Walker Independence (470K/0.0) both gained viewers vs. their midseason premieres, though the latter matched its series low in the demo.

Fox's Hell's Kitchen (2.1 mil/0.4) was down in the demo.

That Young Sheldon rerun drew 4.7 million total viewers.

Thursday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 637k/0.10
- Master Minds (GSN): 459k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 431k/0.06
- FAmily Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 410k/0.06

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/20/2023

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Perils of Power Slap"

  • "Power Slap" dragged online for obvious concussion (Deadline)

  • J!'s newest champ has a big fan... Lady Gaga (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jonathan LaPaglia (Metro)

posted 1/20/2023

Love Is On the Air
Game Show Vets to Play Cupid on Bahakel Station Group
From WCCB Charlotte

BAHAKEL ENTERTAINMENT presents the Valentine's Day treat Love is ON THE AIR, broadcasting and streaming on Bahakel Communications stations across the southeast. This exciting one-hour special is hosted by celebrities Jeff Sutphen and Charity Bailey. You'll see all kinds of twists, turns and surprises – from a jaw-dropping-can't-believe-that-just-happened marriage proposal – to a mini game show! Watch as Jeff and Charity compete against each other to see how well they know celebrity couples. We'll even put two couples to the test to see who knows their mate better.

And what would a love show be without America's favorite game show host Bob Eubanks from The Newlywed Game! The iconic star hosted nearly 16,000 couples on his show. "I found out doing The Newlywed Game that whoopie is a four-letter word… LOVE. And I'm proud to be apart of Love is ON THE AIR," said Eubanks.

Love is ON THE AIR will air February 11, 2023 at 7pm EST on Bahakel Stations WCCB, WFXB and WOLO and at 10:30pm CST on WAKA and WBBJ.

WCCB Charlotte

posted 1/19/2023

WEDNESDAY: NBC Wins, CBS Shows
One Chicago Rules the Midweek
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's Chicago Med and Fire tied for the nightly demo win, with the latter also copping Wednesday's largest audience.

NBC's Chicago Med (6.8 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating) was steady, while Fire (7 mil/0.6) and P.D. (5.4 mil/0.5) both added a few eyeballs but dipped in the demo.

ABC's The Conners (4 mil/0.5) and The Goldbergs (2.6 mil/0.3) both dipped, while Abbott Elementary (2.9 mil/0.5) and the Home Economics (2.1 mil/0.3) and Big Sky (2.4 mil/0.2) season (?) finales were steady.

FOX's Name That Tune: Celebrity/Charity Edition (1.7 mil/0.3) and Special Forces: World's Toughest Test (1.6 mil/0.3) were both down, with the latter slipping for a second straight week since its launch.

CBS's TPIR at Night (4.5 mil/0.5) and Lingo (2.7 mil/0.4) both dipped, while Tough as Nails (1.8 mil/0.3) held steady.

Wednesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- The Challenge: Ride or Dies (MTV): 637k/0.29
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 591k/0.11
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 565k/0.09
- Master Minds (GSN): 551k/0.06
- NFL Tailgate Takedown (Food): 450k/0.10
- FAmily Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 365k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 362k/0.06
- Are You The One? (OB/MTV): 134k/0.06

TV Line
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/2023

Tuesday's Child Goes Interstellar
"LEGO Masters" PRoducer Buys In
From Deadline

Lego Masters producer Tuesday's Child has acquired a controlling stake in compatriot British indie Interstellar.

Founded in 2020, Interstellar is behind shows such as ITV2's dating series Singletown and Question Team for UKTV channel Dave. Tuesday's Child is best known for creating entertainment format Lego Masters, which is makes in the UK for Channel 4 and co-produces in the U.S. for Fox.

Interstellar was founded by Managing Director David Williams and Creative Director Jamie Ormerod and has produced a string of hit shows including Singletown for ITV2, Question Team for Dave and Show Me The Honey! for CBBC.

Deadlne

posted 1/19/2023

TUESDAY: Court Is Now In Session
NBC Wins Night with Sitcom Reboot
From TV Fanatic

With CBS' well-watched FBIs in rerun mode this week, NBC's "Night Court" "new-boot" (as co-lead/EP Melissa Rauch likes to call it) debuted on Tuesday night — as a self-starter, mind you — to 7.4 million total viewers and a nearly-unheard-of-these-days 1.0 demo rating. A second installment then drew 6.8 mil and a 0.9.

Night Court now stands the No. 1 broadcast premiere of the 2022-23 season in both the 18-49 demo and in total viewers. What's more, the premiere delivered the highest total audience for any comedy series premiere since ABC's The Conners in 2018, and the best for an NBC laffer since Will & Grace itself got revived in 2017.

Leading out of Night Court, New Amsterdam's penultimate hour retained 3.4 mil and a 0.4, hitting and matching season highs), though the actual series finale dipped to 2.8 mil/0.3.

Fox's The Resident wrapped its season (series?) with 2.9 mil and a 0.4, marking one of its better audiences of the season while matching its season high in the demo.

Over on ABC, The Rookie (4.6 mil/0.6) ticked up week-to-week, while the GLAAD Awards-nominated The Rookie: Feds (2.9 mil/0.3) was steady. Will Trent (3.2 mil/0.3) added a few eyeballs in Week 3, while steady in the demo.

Tuesday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 709k/0.16
- Master Minds (GSN): 520k/0.02
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 417k/0.06
- FAmily Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 393k/0.04


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/2023

Phil Gurin Goes Global
"Lingo", "Singing Bee" Producer to Bring Formats Worldwide
From TBI

Format veteran Phil Gurin has launched a US-based global distribution company to represent formats from global producers.

TGC Global Entertainment (TGC GE)'s launch slate consists of entertainment, factual and documentary formats, series and specials, selected on the basis of their international appeal.

The slate includes Canada's Ultimate Challenge, entertainment formats Fridge Wars and The Singing Bee, and Parking Lot Payday, a gameshow from HDNET in the US.

Gurin will lead the LA-based company, which aims to provide direct access and format representation to major US and European broadcast and cable networks. He will also leverage global relationships to create opportunities for third-party independent producers looking to find a global audience for their IP.

TGC GE will establish a global network of sales agents, with particular focus on Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe/CIS, Latin America and North America.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/2023


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CJ HARRIS: 1991-2023
Singer/Songwriter, Daughter of Elvis Played "Idol"
From Deadline

C.J. Harris, a Top 6 contestant on American Idol in 2014, died Sunday of a reported heart attack in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama. He was 31.

His death was confirmed by first reported on the Jasper radio station WJLX.FM.

Family sources tell TMZ he died of a heart attack, and local news reports say he died at the Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. His death has been confirmed by the Walker County Coroner's Office.

American Idol, on its Instagram Story, wrote today, "C.J. Harris was an incredible talent, and the news of his passing deeply saddens us. He will be truly missed."

Born Curtis Harris, the singer first attended an American Idol audition in 2010, and subsequently (and unsuccessfully) tried out for both The X-Factor and The Voice. He tried again for American Idol's 2014 Season 13 at auditions in Salt Lake City while he was working as both an indie musician and a restaurant worker. Harris advanced to the season's semi-finals, most memorably performing covers of the Allman Brothers Band song "Soulshine" and "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker Band. He reached sixth place before being eliminated on April 24, 2014. (The year's winner was Caleb Johnson.)

After his Idol season, Harris continued his music career, releasing his debut single in 2019 with the song "In Love."

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Deadline

posted 1/19/2023

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Charged"

  • Alec Baldwin to be charged with fatal shooting (Deadline)

  • FIRST LOOK: The Masked Singer season 9 (Entertainment Weekly)

  • DeAnna Pappas ends her "Bachelorette" (TV Newscheck)

  • If Jeremy Clarkson leaves "Millionaire", will Warwick Davis take over? (Metro)

  • Why Nick Hewer left "The Apprentice" (MSN)

posted 1/19/2023


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SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending January 8
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment and news magazines stole the syndication spotlight in the first full week of 2023, the session ending Jan. 8, with Entertainment Tonight in the starring role.

Now in its 42nd season, ET was the biggest winner in the hottest category with a 21% weekly leap to a new season high 2.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and a 33% spike in the key women 25-54 demo, to a magazine best 0.8.

Other double-digit pops in household rating performances included 14% gains for Inside Edition and Access Hollywood; a 17% surge for TMZ; and 20% explosive growth for Extra.

Elsewhere, game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune turned positive after recent losses with 12% and 13% increases, respectively.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.8 +12
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.4 +12%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +12%
- You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
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Soap Opera Network

posted 1/18/2023

MONDAY: How 'Bout Dem Cowboys
ABC Wins with Super Wild Card Conclusion
From TV Fanatic

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's broadcast of the Cowboys' NFC Wild Card playoff win against the Bucs averaged 15.3 million total viewers and a 3.2 demo rating, obviously dominating Monday night in both measures.

Opposite that beefier competition….

CBS' The Neighborhood (5.1 mil/0.4) and Bob Hearts Abishola (4.6 mil/0.3) both returned from the holiday break down, and in fact both hit all-time demo lows. NCIS (6 mil/0.3) slipped to its second-smallest audience ever and hit a demo low, while NCIS: Hawaii (4.2 mil/0.3) hit an audience low but matched its last regularly scheduled demo rating.

NBC's AGT: All Stars (3.6 mil/0.4) dipped week-to-week.

Fox's Fantasy Island (1.6 mil/0.2) and Alert: Missing Persons Unit (1.5 mil/0.2) both held steady.

Monday cable numbers...
(totals/A18-49)
- Exatlon Estados Unidos (Telemundo): 1.337m/0.27
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 845k/0.12
- Master Minds (GSN): 475k/0.04
- Barmageddon (USA): 382k/0.09
- Family Feud - 10:30p (OB/GSN): 274k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (OB/GSN): 314k/0.04

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posted 1/18/2023

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