Tuesday’s Social TV Must-Reads (May 14)


We are hitting the high mark in sweeps weeks and swimming in a high tide of upfronts news. But, not to worry, we have picked the best for you in an easy-to-read-share format in our mid-day roundup of must-read articles for the Social TV industry.

Today’s news highlights include:

  1. Ratings from Monday – Who is up, and down as the height of sweeps weeks is upon us.
  2. New Fall TV schedules — Fox and NBC and analysis articles
  3. Social TV Market, hurdles for the industry and a new $5K report
  4. Video market — Netflix v. YouTube
  5. Second Screen — The Living Room, Rights Deal for NBC Game, Shaw Media
  6. Latin Market — Univision and Telemundo and analysis articles.


Monday: ‘HIMYM’ & ‘Castle’ Rise, + ‘The Voice’ & ‘Revolution’ Down

NBC was number one with adults 18-49, while ABC won with total viewers. On NBC, notched a 3.6, down half a ratings point from last week’s 4.1 adults 18-49 rating. notched a 1.9, down a tenth from last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Fall Schedules

Fox’s Fall Schedule Announcement: A snap judgment

How do you fight a flagging American Idol franchise and ratings that dipped 20 percent last season? Hopefully, by luring your viewers back with some big names. That’s the latest strategy for Fox, which came out of the upfronts on Tuesday with a lineup that included Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Seth MacFarlane, J.J.

In ratings challenge, NBC and Fox revive old favorites

Broadcast networks Fox and NBC are turning to proven favorites to lure new viewers next season, with Fox rebooting the defunct Kiefer Sutherland action series “24″ and NBC bringing back Michael J. Fox in a comedy loosely based on his life.

Is TV Dead? Not so Fast!

Is TV really most sincerely dead? Knee deep amidst the network upfront announcements of axes swung (“Smash” cancelled!) and shows born (“The Blacklist”!) and reborn (“24″!?) comes a dire New York Times business article (” As TV Ratings and Profits Fall, Networks Face a Cliffhanger” by Brian Stelter).

  • Read the article, via Huffington Post

‘Star Trek’ Was Wrong: TV Won’t Last the Decade

That form of entertainment [television] did not last much beyond the year 2040.” Mr. DataStar Trek: The Next Generation – The Neutral Zone.” The usual problem with overabundance is that it generally becomes a nuisance and needs to be removed. Too much sugar in our food, too much rain, too much of the latest celebrity scandal.
Read the article, via Wired

Social TV Market

These Are the Biggest Hurdles Facing Social TV

TV has a new love-that little blue Twitter bird. And like any new infatuation, the promise of what’s to come is almost too good to be true. Most recently, the Grammys became #Grammys. Host LL Cool J (@llcoolj), when not busy doing bicep curls off stage, spent most of the evening hyping the “Hashtaggrammys.”

REPORT: Social TV (5th edition): The Digital Battle For Television’s Social Future

May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalog: Social TV (5th edition): The Digital Battle For Television`s Social Future. Publication date: April 2013, Report size: 284 pages, Report price: $ 5,075. 284 pages of analysis, including profiles of 97 Social TV startup companies, plus 80 tables and figures. An appendix has 63 Social TV color screenshots.

  • Read the article, via ReportLinker


Netflix keeps its lead in streaming video use at home, YouTube rules the road

When we last checked in with Sandvine’s stat trackers, Netflix reigned supreme in online video traffic at home, especially downstream. It’s still sitting pretty several months later, Sandvine tells AllThingsD. Quite possibly helped by the House of Cards debut, Netflix kept a healthy lead at 32.3 percent of downstream use on wired networks this past March.

Second Screen

Living room TV is now the “second” screen  For years we in the press have been describing anything that is viewed away from the living room television as “the second screen.” First it was the computer, then the handheld media player and later the cell phone.

Read the article, via Broadcast Engineering

All3Media Intl secures global rights for “Million Second Quiz”

All3Media Intl secures global rights for “Million Second Quiz” All3Media International will handle global distribution for NBC’s multi-platform game show The Million Second Quiz . Created by Studio Lambert, the show will see contestants take part in a 12-day, 24-hour trivia competition in a giant, hourglass-shaped structure located in Manhattan.

  • Read the article, via Realscreen.com

Shaw Media Introduces ‘Live On Screen’ Integration

Shaw Media unveiled today an innovative way for some movie advertisers to engage viewers with a dramatic new approach to commercial breaks known as a live on screen integration. A first of its kind for Shaw Media, Warner Bros.

  • Read the article, via Broacaster magazine

Latin Market

A ‘Breaking Bad’ Remake Is Happening

A “Breaking Bad” remake is officially coming to Univision. Sony Pictures Television and Teleset will produce “Metástasis,” a Spanish-language remake of the popular AMC drama. “Critics and audiences love ‘Breaking Bad’ and its original take on the drug dealing business,” Angelica Guerra, senior vice president and managing director, production, Latin America and US Hispanic for Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement.

  • Read the article, via Huffington Post

Univision’s Steve Mandala: Back to Where it All Started

The first time Univision hosted an upfront presentation in New York City was in May 1997, when the then company President and COO Henry Cisneros unveiled the network’s 1997-1998 season programming, boasting a record number of live hours of news, information, novelas, sporting events and specials.

  • Read the article, via Portada Online

Univision Presents Multiplatform Portfolio Offering

NEW YORK, May 14, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Univision Communications is unveiling its 2013-14 programming lineup at its annual Upfront presentation in New York, with more than 30 new shows and an emphasis on more targeted, multimedia programming, offering more product integration opportunities and more engagement with this coveted consumer.

  • Read the release, via Business Wire

Seacrest to produce variety series for Telemundo – TBI Vision

Ryan Seacrest’s production company will coproduce a variety series for Spanish-language for US Hispanic channel Telemundo. Duelo Musica: Super Estrella ( Superstar Showdown) is billed as a “spectacular showdown between two well-known music icons who go head to head in a friendly music battle royale”. A live audience will vote on a winner each week.

Telemundo Announces 2013-2014 Programming Lineup

The network will announce that “La Voz Kids,” will return for a second season. Additionally, Telemundo will unveil five, new primetime telenovelas: “Dama y Obrero” (Lady and The Worker), “La Impostora” (The Imposter), “Reina de Corazones” (Queen of Hearts), “Santa Diabla”—working title (Holy Devil) and “Camelia la Tejana” (Camelia The Texan). The daytime slate will include “Suelta La Sopa” (Tell Me More) and game show “Entre Grandes Y Chicos”—working title (Kids vs Grownups). The network will also produce “Duelo Musical: Super Estrella”—working title (Superstar Showdown), a new variety competition show in association with Ryan Seacrest Productions. And Telemundo’s weekly sports show, “Titulares y Mas,” will now air weekdays Monday-Friday at 11:35pm ET.

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