Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Toilets get a makeover show. Arsineo is back! Major shakeup at NBCUniversal.

Arsenio Hall
Arsenio Hall, seen here in July, drew respectable ratings in his return to late-night TV. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)

Arsenio Hall returns to late night with solid ratings Monday.

Arsenio Hall is back on late night after a 19-year absence, and his return made a strong showing in ratings Monday, especially in Los Angeles, according to early numbers from Nielsen. 
In Nielsen's 25 markets with local people meters, CBS Television Distribution's "The Arsenio Hall Show" beat all other late-night talk show telecasts in key demographics.
The show garnered a rating of 1.2 among adults aged 25-54 years old and a 1.0 in the 18-49 age group. 
For comparison, among 18-49ers, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” scored a 0.6 and a delayed "Late Show With David Letterman" got a 0.5 and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" received a 0.8.
"The Arsenio Hall Show," which featured appearances byPaula Abdul, Chris Tucker and Snoop Dogg (putting aside his Snoop Lion alter ego), didn't compete quite as well in metered market households overall.
It generated a household rating of 1.9, placing it behind Leno, who nabbed a 2.3 while Letterman got a 1.8 and Kimmel came in with a 1.9.
Still, Hall's household numbers were up 19% from its lead-ins and up 90% from the time period averages last year for the channels carrying his show.
Hall did particularly well in Los Angeles, where it aired on Tribune Co.'s  KTLA. With a household rating of 3.2, it was the highest performing late-night talk show and also won the time period. The show aired at 11 p.m. on KTLA. (Tribune is parent company of the Los Angeles Times.)
In New York, on Tribune's WPIX, Hall's 1.6 rating came in second to Letterman, though it won in 25-54 and 18-49.  

After the coffee. Before getting over the Redskins' loss.

The Skinny: That was a brutal game last night. The Eagles looked great and the Redskins looked like they thought it was preseason. I couldn't tell if Robert Griffin III's mind couldn't convince his body he was ready to play or the other way around. Today's Morning Fix includes lots of stories about the big shake-up at Universal Studios and a redesign show for bathroom fanatics. 

Daily Dose: NBCUniversal's decision to pull the plug on rebranding its cable network G4 (see below) has started rumblings that perhaps parent Comcast is instead near a deal to sell the channel. G4 was on the block for some time but then pulled back when no deals emerged. Another issue, though, may have been getting pay-TV distributors to carry the network after it was rebranded Esquire. DirecTV already doesn't carry G4.

Universal Pictures/Everett Collection
Vin Diesel, in 'Riddick,'a Universal Pictures movie that was the No.1seller at the box office this past weekend. The studio has been on a roll. So why change now?

Shell game. NBCUniversal shook up the ranks at its Universal movie unit with Universal Studios head Ron Meyer moving to a broader role at the parent company and Universal Pictures head Adam Fogelson forced out despite a strong performance this year. Coming in to run the unit as chairman of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group is Jeff Shell, a veteran television executive who spent the last two years running NBCU's international operations. While Shell doesn't have movie experience on his résumé, he is a well-regarded media executive that NBCU needed to place in a high-profile position since his time abroad was coming to an end. Coverage and analysis from the Los Angeles TimesWall Street JournalVariety and the Hollywood Reporter 

Why Discovery Communications Pushed 'King of

Pimp my loo. Think television has gone in the toilet? Then "King of Thrones" is the show for you. From the cable channel Destination America, "King of Thrones" is a design show for those who want fantasy bathrooms. A toilet you can plug an iPod into? No problem. A shower for the dog? Sure. Oh, and Charmin is a sponsor of the show. The jokes write themselves for this one. More on "King of Thrones" from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Darko Entertainment
André Benjamin as the young Jimi Hendrix in John Ridley’s film “All Is by My Side.”

Getting in tune. Music biopics have always been a staple of the movie industry. There was "The Buddy Holly Story," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and more recently "Walk the Line." But in recent years, while musicals have become prominent, there have been fewer biopics. Now "All Is by My Side," about the rise of Jimi Hendrix, hopes to change that. The New York Times looks at the challenges of taking musicians to the big screen.

Bonnie Hammer
Douglas Friedman
Bonnie Hammer

"In pursuit of that same demo [as Bravo, E! and Oxygen], Style presents brand overlap within our portfolio," Bonnie Hammer noted in an internal memo explaining the surprise decision, which will result in layoffs and an employee reshuffling.

Change of heart. For months and months, NBCUniversal has been planning to convert G4, its cable network that targeted young men, into the Esquire Network, based on the magazine. Now the plan is to convert the female-skewing Style Network into Esquire, which is inspired by the  men's magazine. Not sure what that says about the men who read Esquire. More on the move from the Hollywood Reporter.

"New Girl"
Fox's "New Girl" is a favorite of DVR users. The show stars Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, right, and Lamorne Morris.(Fox)

Inside the Los Angeles Times: In a rare move, top executives from broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox gathered together to discuss how technology is changing TV viewership and what it might mean for ratings for the new TV season.

 Follow me on Twitter. I need cheering up after the Redskins loss. @JBFlint.

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