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Le oink a la blanquette, Monsieur Uncle Barky? Photo: Ed BarkThe annual summer Television Critics Association “press tour” beckons anew, and your friendly content provider once again is heeding the call.It’ll all begin with a bang -- a late Monday afternoon screening of FX’s opening Season 2 episode of Fargo -- before settling into a daily pattern of one interview session after another and usually a nighttime “working” party.This one stretches all the way from July 27 through Aug. 13th. And for at least one more time, let’s try to go the distance. Which means I’ll again be writing exclusively for New York-based tvworthwatching.com to help make a few ends meet while giving unclebarky.com a break from any postings until my return.You can find my tvww press tour posts right here, although the site won’t be back up until Monday or at the latest, Tuesday, due to a major server crash. I’ll also be tweeting my brains out -- hopefully not literally -- whenever anything of note happens either on press tour or back in D-FW regarding TV newsroom hires or fires. You can find the tweets via @unclebarkycom.Meanwhile, I’ve left behind a quartet of reviews of TV attractions that are premiering while I’m away. In chronological order with links, here they are:***Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix) -- begins streaming on Friday, July 31st. ***West Texas Investors Club (CNBC) -- premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 4th. ***Mr. Robinson (NBC) -- premieres on Wednesday, Aug. 5th.***America’s Next Weatherman (TBS) -- premieres on Saturday, Aug. 8th.OK, I think that takes care of everything. And away I go.
07/24/15 02:34 PMThe Wednesday and Thursday prime-time ratings had no real juggernauts. But NBC will gladly take the performances of two venerables -- Last Comic StandingDatelineWednesday’s 8 to 10 p.m. return of LCS and CBS’ 7 p.m. hour of topped all programming in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old measurement. Each drew 91,460 D-FW viewers in this realm, but the Peacock doubled its pleasure with two hours of demographic prosperity compared to CBS’ one.Wednesday’s top overall scorer was another old reliable, Fox’s Masterchef. It drew 202,246 total viewers in the 7 to 8 p.m. slot.On Thursday night, NBC’s two-hour Dateline Mystery won both the 8 and 9 p.m. hours in total viewers with an average of 153,428. It drooped, however, among 18-to-49-year-olds, with CBS’ Big Brother controlling the 8 p.m. hour before Fox4’s local newscast took control at 9 p.m. Still, Dateline has been a ratings Colossus for NBC since it supplanted and , both of which have been exiled to Saturday nights after dismal performances. Thursday’s season finale -- and possibly series finale -- of Fox’s Wayward Pines ran third from 8 to 9 p.m. in total viewers and moved up to second with 18-to-49-year-olds.Here are the four-way Wednesday and Thursday local news derby results.Wednesday -- TEGNA8 remained formidable at 10 p.m. despite another night of skimpy lead-ins from the ABC network. It won in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 methodically ran the table again at 6 a.m. and added twin wins at 5 p.m. TEGNA8 swept the 6 p.m. competitions. -- NBC5 edged TEGNA8 at 10 p.m. in both ratings measurements and Fox4 again notched doubleheader wins at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 6 p.m., but the Peacock had the 25-to-54 top spot to itself. firstname.lastname@example.org
07/24/15 08:49 AMFort Worth-based NBC5 is adding reporter Anthony Kiekow, who’s arriving from Fox affiliate KTVI-TV in St. Louis after a three-year stay there.Kiekow broke the news earlier this month on his Facebook page, saying that his last day at KTVI will be on Friday, July 24th. “I’ll miss St. Louis,” he wrote, “but this is a special opportunity to advance my career. Thank you to all the people who are rooting for me!”The University of Minnesota graduate also has worked at stations in Alexandria, Minnesota and Dayton, Ohio.
07/23/15 04:57 PMDallas-based TEGNA8 has decided to part ways with reporter Brian Glenn, best known for his out-and-about live segments during the station’s early morning Daybreak program.“As you know, that show has been trending down (in the Nielsen ratings) for months now,” Glenn said in an email reply Thursday. “Management has constantly changed the tone and direction of the show. Last Thursday I was told that my performance was not what they were looking for in that particular position.”Glenn joined TEGNA8 in August 2013 from Beaumont’s Fox affiliate, KBTV-TV, where he had been co-hosting that station’s Southeast Texas Live.“My mission has always been to entertain our viewers. Period,” he said. “They receive enough bad news throughout the morning. Why not give them a reason to smile or laugh while informing them on all the community events? I felt like I consistently did that on a daily basis. I leave with a smile on my face and no regrets.”TEGNA8 news director Carolyn Mungo has not returned an email sent Thursday morning asking about Glenn’s status. “I wish the station nothing but the best of luck, and hopefully they can figure out which direction is best for them,” he said. “I have several options in and out of TV and just need to figure out what’s best for me.”TEGNA8 has not yet hired a permanent replacement for Glenn. But Brandon Hamilton, fiancee of new CBS11 early morning traffic anchor Chelsey Davis, began filling in on Wednesday of this week.“Gather around the ole tube!” Hamilton said in a July 21st post on his Facebook page. “I’m back on TV starting tomorrow morning at WFAA News 8 in Dallas!”
Davis replied as part of the same post, “I am so proud of you!!! I can’t wait to watch my handsome and talented man on TV again!!!!!!”
Hamilton also assured well-wishers that “Phoenix will be home again one day! Promise!”
In the May ratings “sweeps,” CBS11 for the first time ever outdrew the 6 a.m. portion of Daybreak among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.
07/22/15 11:01 AMProof positive you’re a ratings disaster is when you can’t even outdraw Extreme Weight Loss.Fox’s premiere of Ryan Seacrest’s Knock Knock Live went unanswered Tuesday night, drawing just 48,818 D-FW viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. Summertime’s previous runaway ratings lightweight leader, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, finished third for the first time with a measly 55,792 viewers for its first hour opposite Knock Knock. Mind you, this is in a market of 6.97 million potential viewers, according to Nielsen estimates.Knock Knock had 18,923 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic, good enough to inch past Extreme Weight Loss (15,769) but possibly bad enough to merit a one-and-done verdict from Fox, which had massively promoted the show.In comparison, the time slot leader from 8 to 9 p.m., the second hour of NBC’s , had 237,116 total viewers and 85,153 in the 18-to-49 realm. also won from 7 to 8 p.m. in both ratings measurements. And the Peacock’s 9 p.m. episode of made it a clean sweep with 146,454 total viewers and 63,076 in the 18-to-49 demographic. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast perhaps deserves a bronze star, though, for more than doubling the lead-in audiences from Knock Knock. Also of note: CBS’ continued to perform decently in the 8 to 9 p.m. slot, with second place finishes in both total viewers (167,376) and 18-to-49-year-olds (47,307). Then again, it’s going against mega-lemons on both Fox and ABC.Here are Tuesday’s four-way local news derby results.Overcoming a skinny lead-in from Extreme Weight Loss, TEGNA8 nipped CBS11 for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 comfortably won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 also again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 stayed strong at 5 p.m. with twin wins. TEGNA8 and CBS11 tied for tops in total viewers at 6 p.m., with TEGNA8 edging CBS11 in the 25-to-54 demographic.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., July 20) -- Spieth-less Open playoff drops off but still beats prime-time Rangers game07/21/15 10:57 AMESPN’s delayed final round of The Open golf championship lost its big Dallas hook when Jordan Spieth’s quest for his third straight Major win ended just one stroke shy on the 18th hole early Monday afternoon.The ratings not surprisingly dropped off for the subsequent four-hole playoff, although The Open still had enough punch to outdraw the Texas Rangers’ 8-7 prime-time road loss to the Rockies.D-FW ratings for The Open peaked between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m., when Spieth made his last-gasp effort to join eventual winner Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in the playoff round. A total of 155,520 viewers were tuned to that 15-minute segment, with bar/restaurant and workplace audiences not fully factored in. From noon until 12:30 p.m., The Open had 149,592 viewers. Those were the only times it surpassed the 130,000 viewers mark.The remainder of The Open, which ended at 1:57 p.m. and included a clubhouse interview with Spieth, averaged 117,163 viewers. In comparison, the Rangers game on Fox Sports Southwest averaged 90,662 viewers with a peak crowd of 104,610 in the game’s early innings.Over in the Big Four broadcast network universe, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior led the prime-time parade with 181,324 viewers in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot. ABC’s competing two-hour edition of The Bachelorette ran second overall with 160,402 viewers.Ninja was the night’s runaway draw among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, with 97,768.Here are Monday’s local news derby results.CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 led with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 again logged twin wins at 6 a.m. and NBC5 ran the table at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. spoils were split between CBS11 in total viewers and TEGNA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs.-Sun., July 16-19) -- survey says Celebrity Family Feud is top weekend draw07/20/15 02:12 PMABC continued to hit a ratings jackpot Sunday night with another edition of the Steve Harvey-hosted Celebrity Family Feud.Featuring an appearance from the Gronkowski brothers and their “Creator” (as dad put it), Feud paced all weekend programming with 258,038 D-FW viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.CBS’ competing hour of ran a distant second in the time slot with 146,454 viewers but tied Feud among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (81,999 each). The two shows combined to pound welts on NBC’s 7 p.m. Season 2 premiere of Welcome to Sweden, which lured just 13,948 total viewers and 3,154 in the 18-to-49 demographic.ESPN’s coverage of the rain and wind-plagued Open golf championship from Scotland easily had its peak total viewers audience on Sunday. It hit a high of 174,350 between noon and 12:15 p.m.The elements, combined with a 6-hour time difference, obviously didn’t help the ratings for Dallasite Jordan Spieth’s pursuit of his third straight Major championship. Because play was suspended and resumed so often, we’ll just concentrate on the peak crowds for the Thursday through Saturday coverage. (On Saturday, only a handful of golfers, including Spieth, completed their 2nd rounds before officials pushed the third round back to Sunday and the climactic fourth to Monday.)Thursday -- 62,766 viewers between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m.Friday -- 83,688 viewers between 3:45 and 4 p.m.Saturday -- 76,714 viewers between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.First-run episodes of NBC’s Aquarius, both exiled to Saturdays after poor ratings on Thursdays, continued to be scantly seen drama hours. Still, Aquarius actually tied for first place in its 8 p.m. slot with a measly 41,844 total viewers opposite CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery. At 9 p.m., Hannibal ran last as usual with 20,922 viewers.Here are the local news derby results for Thursday and Friday.Thursday -- TEGNA8 ran first at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. face-offs and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and TEGNA8 among 25-to-54-year-olds.Friday -- TEGNA8 again had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. but was beaten by NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic.Fox4 as usual scored twin wins at 6 a.m. while CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. NBC5 answered by drawing the most 25-to-year-olds at 5 and 6 p.m.07/20/15 11:53 AMBud Gillett, one of the longest-serving TV reporters in D-FW, has decided to call it a day -- and a night.“As I’m part of gen-Deadhead: it’s been a long strange road,” Gillett tweeted Monday morning. “37 years in DFW but am packing it in. I retire Friday. Thanks, Texas. Love y’all.”Gillett has been at CBS11 since September 2001 after a long career at rival Fox4. He has survived a lot, including a sharply worded lawsuit filed against CBS11 in July of 2009. The suit, which he later dropped, charged the station with retaliation and reverse discrimination based on his age, sex, race and national origin. He was 60 at the time.Station management said the suit was without merit. In February 2011, Gillett told unclebarky.com, “It’s resolved. That’s all I’m authorized to say.”Gillett also will be remembered as a pavement-pounding street reporter who seemingly had no aspirations to anchor. According to his CBS11 bio, he spent a total of 42 years as a reporter in major TV markets. Before arriving in D-FW, he worked for stations in Detroit, St. Louis and Indianapolis.Gillett was a first-hand witness to some milestone Texas news events, including the Branch Davidian cult standoff in Waco in 1993 and the rescue of toddler Jessica McClure from a Midland well in 1987.He also had a nice, light touch when the occasion called for it. A favorite story down the stretch was this 2011 piece on a snow day at Flagpole Hill in Dallas. And now it’s time for Bud Gillett to exhale and coast a little, too.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., July 15) -- ESPYs not especially great for ABC, but still provide a boost07/16/15 02:20 PMESPN’s ESPY awards, televised on ABC for the first time, provided a ratings upswing without hitting a home run Wednesday night.The three-hour telecast, with Caitlyn Jenner accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in the closing half-hour, averaged 167,376 D-FW viewers and 63,076 in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic.Hosted by Joel McHale, the ESPYs were outdrawn from 7 to 8 p.m. in total viewers by CBS’ Big Brother (167,376) and by Fox4’s local newscast (188,299) in the 9 p.m. hour. The ESPYs audience peaked from 9:30 to 9:45 p.m., when 209,220 viewers were tuned in. But the 9 to 9:15 p.m. segment fell well short of that high with 130,480 viewers, allowing Fox4 to win the hour overall.Among 18-to-49-year-olds, the ESPYs also were bested by Big Brother and Fox4’s news while barely beating Fox’s competing 7 p.m. episode of Masterchef, Still, these were summertime boom times for ABC compared to Tuesday night, when its top prime-time draw was a Fresh Off the Boat repeat with 69,740 total viewers and 28,384 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results.TEGNA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. and also won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added a 6 p.m. win with 25-to-54-year-olds. CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.
NBC5 drew the most total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54 gold with TEGNA8.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon.-Tues., July 13-14) -- Fox's All-Star game scores well but NBC's Talent wins out07/15/15 08:59 AMBaseball’s annual All-Star game gave Fox a nice ratings boost Tuesday night, although NBC’s still outscored it in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot. drew 278,960 D-FW viewers in beating both pre-game All-Star coverage and the game itself, which ran from 7:32 to 10:34 p.m. The 7 to 7:30 p.m. portion had 223,168 viewers before the American League’s 6-3 win averaged 230,142 viewers.AGT also drew the most advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year--olds from 7 to 9 p.m., with 100,922. The All-Star pre-game had 85,153 viewers in this key demographic before the game averaged 100,922 viewers. (Ratings went up for the All-Star game from 9 to 10 p.m., when AGT gave way to NBC’s .)In terms of big Fox sports attractions, the All-Star Game came up far short of the network’s July 5th World Cup women’s soccer final between the U.S. and Japan. It averaged 543,972 total viewers and 230,227 in the 18-to-49 demographic. The All-Star game drew less than half those crowds in both ratings measurements.ABC played dead all night opposite NBC and the All-Star game while CBS’ biggest scorer in total viewers was an 8 p.m. episode of the new (202,246). That’s a solid showing, with also ranking as Tuesday’s No. 3-rated prime-time attraction among 18-to-49-year-olds (66,230).On Monday night, ESPN’s re-formatted and crowd-pleasing All-Star game home run derby drew 160,402 total viewers and 81,999 in the 18-to-49 realm. That’s a better percentage of 18-to-49-year-olds than Tuesday’s game.CBS’ 7 p.m. repeat of 2 Broke Girls narrowly emerged as prime-time’s top draw in total viewers with 174,350. NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edged the home run derby among 18-to-49-year-olds with 85,153 viewers. The Peacock’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls matched the derby’s 81,999 viewers.Here are the Monday and Tuesday local news derby results. -- CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 demographic. -- NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while the Peacock won outright with 25-to-54-year-olds.Fox4 notched another pair of 6 a.m. wins and CBS11 had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. (Fox’s All-Star pre-game coverage preempted Fox4’s 6 p.m. news.)NBC5 and CBS11 shared the 25-to-54 gold at 5 p.m. and TEGNA8 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.
07/13/15 03:09 PMDallasite Jordan Spieth’s latest PGA tour win, in a playoff at the John Deere Classic, gifted CBS with total ratings dominance Sunday afternoon and early evening.The unflappable 21-year-old’s victory over 46-year-old Tom Gillis in a who’s your daddy matchup averaged 97,636 D-FW viewers with a peak of 174,350 between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.. The match ended at 5:36 p.m. on the second overtime hole. Shortly before Spieth holed out, Leonys Martin struck out at 5:22 p.m. to end a Texas Rangers’ comeback attempt in a 2-1 loss to San Diego. A total of 111,584 viewers were tuned in when Martin swung and missed with the tying run in scoring position. Not a great way to enter the All-Star break.Sunday’s overall biggest draw came in prime-time, when ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud drew 271,986 viewers in the 7 p.m. hour. The Steve Harvey-hosted reboot has become one of summer’s hottest attractions. On Saturday night, the network’s 7 to 10 p.m. parade of Celebrity Feud repeats won all three hours in total viewers. Advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds aren’t as excited, though. Sunday’s first-run Celebrity Feud was handily beaten in this key demographic by CBS’ competing Big Brother (119,844 viewers to 88,306). The Deere Classic peaked at 53,514 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range.D-FW ratings weren’t available for Donald Trump’s cobbled together Miss USA pageant on ReelzChannel Sunday night. National ratings won’t be released until Tuesday by the still obscure cable network.Friday’s prime-time pacesetters were CBS’ rerun of Blue Bloods in total viewers (118,558) and NBC’s Dateline among 18-to-49-year-olds, (31,538).Here are Friday’s local news derby numbers.CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. but NBC5 won among 25-to--54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 ran the table as usual at 6 a.m. and also had the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 5 and 6 p.m.NBC5 ran first at 6 p.m. in total viewers and tied Fox4 for the lead in that measurement at 5 p.m.