Category Archives: TV Business

Broadcast Rat Race Week 8: ABC Turns “Wicked City”‘s Lights Off, Throws “Of Kings and Prophets” to Tuesday 10pm Wolves

The only real developments to come out of this week came from ABC, which announced their midseason schedule, which includes a number of shows taking time off until February or March… including a few shows premiering in March, which will have difficulty truly establishing themselves before ABC has to make a decision on their future. […]

Broadcast Rat Race Week 7: NBC: “‘Blindspot’, You Get a Renewal! ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘P.D.’, You Get a Renewal! ‘Mysteries of Laura’, You Get Three Extra Episodes!”

For the most part, the dawn of November sweeps means we’ve moved out of the part of the schedule where new shows’ fates are decided, at least those that premiered in September, and networks’ attention is starting to turn to midseason – or in the case of NBC, next season, as “Blindspot”, “Chicago Fire”, and […]

Broadcast Rat Race Week 6: Full Seasons for “Grandfathered”, “Life in Pieces”, Less So for “The Muppets” As “Supergirl” Flies Out the Gate

There’s not much to read into things this week, with most of Fox’s primetime shows, including everything more popular than “Gotham”, pre-empted for the World Series, resulting in the shows that did air being left without weekly indices. It’s also hard to read anything into the drops for ABC and CBS’ Sunday shows, given they […]

Cord-Cutting is On the Rise, But Is It Too Late to Save Broadcasting?

To hear some people talk, 2015 may be shaping up to be a turning point for the sports TV landscape and that of TV in general, where cord-cutting may be hitting a tipping point and substantially impacting ESPN’s business. It started with the advent of Sling TV allowing people to get ESPN without a traditional […]

Broadcast Rat Race Week 5: “The Player”, “Blood and Oil”, “Truth Be Told” Catch Episode Cut Epidemic; “Limitless” Given Back-Nine Inoculation – As Has “The Grinder”?!

We’ve had a veritable spate of episode-order cuts this year; Fox started it by cutting “Minority Report” to ten episodes, and every show listed as “cancelled” on the chart below has had their episode order cut. This is the latest evolution in how networks deal with flops. Once upon a time, flops would simply be […]

Broadcast Rat Race Week 4: “Rosewood”, “Dr. Ken” Prescribed Back Nines, “Blood and Oil”, “The Player” Terminal, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “Truth Be Told” Stillborn

I’ve condensed the top lines for shows well into “certain renewal” status in order to save me the work needed to come up with write-ups for all of them. (Don’t worry, they should be easier to read next week.) Of course those weren’t the only shows I had trouble writing up. I had some material […]

Broadcast Rat Race Week 3: Full Seasons for “Blindspot”, “Quantico”, “FotB”, Not So Much for “Minority Report”

Except for the CW, this week marks three weeks of the new TV season, which means it’s where the adjusted index numbers finally diverge from the raw index numbers. And not a moment too soon, as networks’ reactions to their early-season performances have begun, with Fox slashing “Minority Report”‘s episode order, “Blindspot” getting a full-season […]

Broadcast Rat Race Week 2: “Limitless”, “Quantico”, “Blindspot” Gleaming, “Hollow” Sleeping, “Queens” Screaming

Two weeks after all the other broadcast networks, the CW finally kicked off its 2015-16 season last night. It may be the most pivotal season in the network’s history for reasons that have nothing to do with how its shows do in the ratings, because it may be the CW’s last season in its current […]

Broadcast Rat Race Week 1: “Blindspot” a Bright Spot, “The Muppets” Makes a Splash, “Minority Report” Looks Grim

I’m introducing a new feature on Da Blog, adapting the Renew/Cancel Index used by TVbytheNumbers the past few years to predict the fates of scripted shows on broadcast television. The basic formula involves taking the average live+same day 18-49 ratings of each show and dividing by the average of all scripted shows on that network. […]

What the Mayweather-Pacquiao Distribution Problems Say About the Future of Linear Television

Of the many, many issues with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, from the fact it took so long to be put together to the continued arguments even after the fight came together to Credential-gate to the lackluster nature of the fight itself, the one that I found to be most interesting, and most telling both of the […]