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Feb 8, 2016
8:07 am
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Early Ratings for Super Bowl Rank It Among the Highest of All Time (Media Life, TVWeek)

The early numbers for Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, broadcast by CBS, rank the game at near-record levels, Media Life Magazine reports.

The game, in which the Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in what many observers believe will be legendary quarterback Peyton Manning’s final NFL game, averaged a 49.0 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets, according to figures released this morning by CBS.

“That was behind only last year’s contest on NBC, which posted a 49.7 metered-market household rating. Overnight records go back to 1976,” Media Life notes.

Super Bowl 50 delivered a 73 share, indicating that almost three-quarters of households watching TV were tuned in to the game.

Viewership totals will be in later today, and it remains up for grabs whether Sunday’s game will beat the record of 114.4 million for last year’s game.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
7:24 am
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CBS Pulls Plug on Drama Series (TVWeek)

CBS picked a high-profile venue to announce the end of an acclaimed drama series. The network broke the news via a promo airing during the Super Bowl that “The Good Wife” is ending its run after seven seasons.

The show and its star Julianna Margulies have been fixtures at the Emmy Awards since 2010, chalking up 39 nominations and bringing home five trophies, including two Lead Actress wins for Margulies. Actresses Archie Panjabi, Martha Plimpton and Carrie Preston have all won Emmys for guest and supporting roles on the series.

CBS’s Super Bowl promo for the show put to rest rumors that have been swirling around the fate of “The Good Wife” for some time, fueled by the announcement earlier in season seven that creators Robert and Michelle King would be leaving the show.

The promo announced that the remaining nine episodes will wrap the show’s final season. The last nine episodes begin airing next Sunday, Feb. 14, with the series finale due to air May 8.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 8, 2016
7:11 am
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Influential Musician Dead at 74 — Known for a String of Quirky Songs Going Back to the Late Sixties (TVWeek, Rolling Stone, YouTube)

The influential singer, guitarist, songwriter and frontman of the musical group behind songs such as “I Scare Myself” and “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” has died. Rolling Stone reports that Dan Hicks, whose group “Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks” was a fixture of the counterculture music scene since 1969, died Saturday after battling cancer for two years. He was 74.

Hicks was a part of the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene in the mid-1960s as the drummer for the Charlatans before he formed the Hot Licks in 1967. The group had a soft country-rock sound, but the quirky tunes penned by Hicks resulted in the Hot Licks’ often being pigeonholed as a novelty band.

Various Hot Licks lineups survived well into the 21st century, with the classic period including a string of successful 1970s albums released either under the Hot Licks banner or as Dan Hicks solo albums, notably “Where’s the Money” (1971), “Striking It Rich” (1972), “Last Train to Hicksville” (1973) and “It Happened One Bite” (1978).

Here’s a taste of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks from 1972, featuring what many consider the classic Hot Licks lineup of Sid Page on violin, John Girton on guitar and Jaime Leopold on bass along with Lickettes Maryann Price and Naomi Eisenberg …

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Feb 8, 2016
6:11 am
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This Is Easily the Most Talked-About Commercial of Super Bowl 50 (Huffington Post, TVWeek, YouTube)

The one commercial airing during Super Bowl 50 that appears to have captured the cultural zeitgeist, according to many observers, is Mountain Dew’s “Puppymonkeybaby.”

The Huffington Post calls the spot “one of the most disturbing commercials of Super Bowl 50.” The ad introduces a hybrid creature combining, as the title implies, a puppy, a monkey and a baby.

In addition to the 30-second spot, the soft drink company spotlighted the creature in a series of tweets released throughout the Super Bowl. (Click on the link above to see some examples.)

Here’s the commercial …

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Feb 8, 2016
5:57 am
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Here’s the Commercial That Viewers Voted the Worst of Super Bowl 50 in USA Today’s Ad Meter Survey (USA Today)

In addition to ranking the best Super Bowl 50 commercials, USA Today’s Ad Meter survey also ranked the worst, and the worst of them all, with a score of 3.22 (vs. a 6.91 for the highest-rated commercial, Hyundai’s “First Date”), is Valeant’s “Jublia.”

Here’s the spot:

TVBIZWIRE
Feb 7, 2016
8:28 pm
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The Five Best Super Bowl Commercials From Sunday’s Game, According to USA Today’s Annual Ad Meter Poll (USA Today)

Here are the five best Super Bowl Commercials, according to USA Today’s annual Ad Meter poll.

Says USA Today in a separate article, “For 28 consecutive years, USA TODAY’s Ad Meter has stood as one of the nation’s most closely watched gauges of advertising success. This year, nearly 20,000 preregistered panelists from across the country weighed in.”

To see the ranking of all the the other Super Bowl ads — including the ads themselves (beyond the top 5, which you can see below) please click here.

The most popular commercial, as ranked by the Ad Meter, is this one from Hyundai, titled “First Date.” [It scored 6.91 on USA Today’s Ad Meter]:

In second place is this commercial from Heinz, called “Weiner Stampede” [6.64 on the Ad Meter]:

The third most popular Super Bowl commercial was Doritos’ “Ultrasound” [6.61 on the Ad Meter]:

Next, in slot number four, is another Doritos commercial, called “Doritos Dogs” [6.49 on the Ad Meter]:

Rounding up the top five, in fifth place, is another spot from Hyundai, this one titled “Ryanville” [6.27 on the Ad Meter]:

TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
2:57 pm
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One Network Has a Big Week Among Younger Viewers (TVWeek)

One of the big 4 broadcast nets turned in a dominant performance in the key demo of viewers 18-49 for the week of Jan. 25-31. Fox had all of the top four programs of the week in the demo, with “Grease: Live” leading the way.

Based on Nielsen Live+3 data for the week, Fox’s “Grease: Live” delivered a 5.2 average rating in 18-49, followed by “The X-Files” with a 4.4 average, “Lucifer” with a 3.4 and Wednesday’s “American Idol” with a 3.0. CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and ABC’s “The Bachelor” tied for fifth place with 2.9 averages.

“Grease Live” was also the top show of the week in total viewers, delivering 14.301 million in L+3. CBS, however, had three of the top 5 shows, including second-place “Scorpion” with 13.582 million and third-place “NCIS: Los Angeles” with 13.058 million.

Fox’s “The X-Files” was fourth in total viewers with 12.704 million, ahead of CBS’s “NCIS” encore with 12.265 million.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
2:41 pm
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Is This the Most Iconic Super Bowl Halftime Performance of Them All? (TVWeek, E! News, YouTube)

With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, anticipation has been building not only for the game and the commercials, but also for the halftime show. This year’s performance is scheduled to feature Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.

But some cultural observers say this year’s lineup is unlikely to reach the heights achieved by the 2001 Super Bowl halftime show, which many culture watchers consider one of the high points of the modern era. That year Britney Spears shared the stage with ‘N Sync, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and Aerosmith.

E! News breaks down the events of that memorable halftime on Jan. 21, 2001, in a rundown you can read by clicking here.

Or just judge for yourself …

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Feb 5, 2016
2:29 pm
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Popular Netflix Series Gets Three More Seasons (TVWeek)

A critically acclaimed and wildly popular original series running on Netflix will be back for three more seasons. The streaming service announced that it has renewed “Orange Is the New Black” for seasons five, six and seven.

The show’s creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan will also be back as showrunner for all three seasons.

Netflix and producer Lionsgate announced the news today. The show’s fourth season is scheduled to premiere Friday, June 17.

In the announcement, Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, said: “Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them.”

Kohan added: “Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures. Here’s to keeping it interesting.”

The series stars a diverse and award-winning ensemble of women including Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez, along with Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. The show is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
1:47 pm
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What’s the Most-Watched Original Scripted Series on Cable? The Answer May Surprise You (TVWeek)

A cable channel that only a few years ago was struggling to find viewers now has the most-watched original scripted series on cable.

Based on Nielsen Live+3 data for the week of Jan. 26, OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” drew the largest total audience of any prime-time scripted cable original series, including both basic cable and pay cable. The Tyler Perry soap opera averaged 3.659 million total viewers.

Second for the week was USA’s “Suits” with 3.294 million, followed by Showtime’s “Shameless” with 2.586 million, USA’s “Colony” with 2.548 million and Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” with 2.446 million.

In the key 18-49 demo for the week, “Pretty Little Liars” came in at No. 1 with 1.545 million viewers, ahead of MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles” with 1.407 million, “Shameless” with 1.371 million, “The Haves and the Have Nots” with 1.328 million and “Suits” with 1.291 million.

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