Wednesday’s Social TV Must-Reads (March 6)

English: Kim Novak at a reception in Hollywood.
English: Kim Novak at a reception in Hollywood.

English: Kim Novak at a reception in Hollywood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s the middle of the week and we in New York are awaiting a snow storm to blanket us for the next 48 hours. In other words, it’s a good time to watch TV and do some second screening.

What’s good tonight? We have the critics’ recommendations from the LA Times, NY Times and USA Today, as we do every day.  The outlets pick Kim Novak on TCM, Nashville and The Americans as shows not to miss. We plan to test our new American Idol mobile app and dole out our 50 votes as the top 10 men perform.

What was good last night?

The NBA Lakers-Thunder basketball game, won 122-105 by the Thunder, dominated the social TV conversation with some 680,000 mentions against 222,000 mentions of Idol as tabulated by Trendrr.

Today, our top story is how reporters tweeted up some humble pie for History Channel for bragging a bit too much about its Sunday night ratings.

In sports, Fox introduced its new sports channel yesterday in New York and the NCAA lifted its Twitter limits for game coverage.

In the Latin Market, TV News Check profiles Univision-ABC’s Fusion channel.

Check out these stories and more in our daily roundup of news stories for the Social TV community.

Top Story

History Channel apologizes after boasting about ‘Vikings’ ratings

We heard your Tweets and read your emails, and are humbly reissuing the releases sent earlier.”

Read the article, via Washington Post

Last Night’s Buzz

  • American Idol was the top buzzed-about show on broadcast TV last night, according to stats. The show had 221,795 mentions on Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue and Viggle, Trendrr said. The LA Lakers-Oklahoma Thunder game on TNT was tops on cable with 680,000 mentions, with Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family second with 475,000 mentions.

Social Guide had Idol tops in broadcast with 152,586 Twitter mentions while Lakers-Thunder tops in cable with 645,307 tweets.

  • ‘American Idol’: The Top Five girls are easy to pick

Debut of Idol app: “Each viewer is given 50 votes to split amongst the contestants as they see fit. It’s nice to see American Idol trying to really embrace social media and technology more but there’s something about it that seems vaguely wrong, like when your grandparents open a Facebook account.”

Read the article

Critics Pick Today’s TV

  • Life and career of Kim Novak on TCM

Kim Novak discusses her life and career in this interview with host Robert Osborne, taped at last year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday on TCM.

Read the article, NYTimes via Seattle Times

  • Kim Novak, ‘Nashville’

A repeat episode that showcases in bright outline what’s working — and what’s not — in this promising new series. Nashville ABC at 10 p.m.

Read the article, via USA Today

  • ‘The Americans’ on FX

New episode, at 10 on FX.

Read the article,0,2337141.story

TV Ratings

  • ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Loser,’ and ‘Deception’ down on Monday.

Fox was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Read the article

  • Talk Shows Swell at February’s End

Whether it was the glow from the Academy Awards or just a good week to watch TV, almost all syndicated talk shows were up smartly for the week ending Feb. 24.

Read the article


  • Roku Completely Revamps Its Smart TV Software and Launches a Brand New Set-Top Box

The new Roku 3 will cost $99.99 and begins shipping in April.

Read the article

  • Delta launches live TV on 2nd screen

Dutch cable operator Delta has launched a service which streams twelve channels live to iOS and Android devices.

Read the article


  • Fox takes aim at ESPN with national sports TV channel

News Corp introduced Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday, aiming to compete with leader ESPN in an increasingly crowded TV sports marketplace. Fox will launch the channel on August 17 in 90 million homes, executives of the network said at an event in New York City.

Read the article

  • Social media at 190 mph: Las Vegas Motor Speedway turns to Twitter

If The Bachelor TV show can post Twitter feeds from viewers during its broadcasts, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway figures it can offer instantaneous social networking quips at a new social media nerve center at this weekend’s NASCAR race event.

Read the article

  • NCAA lifts ban that limited reporters’ in-game tweets

The NCAA has backtracked on a rule that restricted the number of updates reporters were allowed to post to social media during postseason events. A meeting between the NCAA and the Associated Press Sports Editors confirmed that the policy is no longer in effect, and APSE president Gerry Ahern told GeekWire “the NCAA decided that there’s no reason to put a limit on live Tweets per game.”

Read the article

Latin Market

Fusion Gears Up for Late Summer Launch

The new ABC-Univision English-language cable network targeted to Hispanics is busy building its suburban Miami headquarters, staffing up and developing marketing and advertising strategies. The next big step will be the hiring of a CEO, which is in the works. Fusion will be a completely separate entity with its own employees, talent and executives. However, during the startup, Univision will lead the charge in terms of programming, while Disney/ABC will focus on ad sales and distribution.

Read the article

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