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  • Does Pre-Season Buzz Really Matter?
    Prior to the 2020-21 TV season, I released an annual report examining the impact of pre-season buzz on new TV shows. Each time my conclusion has been the same: despi ...
  • Pre-Upfront Thoughts On Broadcast TV, Promotions, Nielsen, And AVOD
    In this week's edition I offer some wide-ranging thoughts to set the stage for this year's marketplace. ...
  • Make Mine Marvel: Reviews Of Every Marvel TV Series Available To Stream
    Television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are based on characters appearing in Marvel comics who have a shared reality with the theatrical film franchises. From 2013-2020, ...
  • New Broadcast TV Series: The Good, The Bad, And The Too Bad
    Because of the pandemic, this is the first time in 30 years I haven't seen any fall pilots and have only seen a few mid-season shows prior to their premiere ...
  • Mask On, Mask Off And Other Thoughts On The New TV Season
    There is apparently no standard for how prime-time series handle the Coronavirus pandemic. Many incorporate it into their storylines, while others touch on it briefly and then move on ...
  • Review: 95 Series Worth Bingeing
    In this era of "Peak TV+," there are so many good series year-round on so many different platforms that I am constantly discovering new shows to watch, many of whi ...
  • Streaming Now: The Rise And Fall Of Ad-Supported Cable TV
    Twenty years ago, with very few exceptions, four broadcast networks were the only places you could find new original scripted series programming - and basically only six or seven mont ...
  • 10 More Hidden Gems To Stream
    I've been analyzing television research and programming for more than 30 years, and have always prided myself on being able to keep on top of the ever-changing video landscape. ...
  • New Television Season Things To Ponder
    More issues with TV audience measurement, network promotional follies, why ratings don't matter anymore and how shows are dealing COVID-19 and police brutality are among the things I've been ponderi ...
  • TV Shows To Stream As You Wait For Your Favorites To Return
    This week's edition focuses on some of the best original scripted series available to stream. ...
  • A Dozen Binge-Worthy Hidden Gems To Stream
    I've been analyzing television programming for more than 30 years. There was a time, not too long ago, when I could list every show on TV on any given nig ...
  • How To Make The Emmys Better
    My mother-in-law hasn't watched the Emmy Awards in five or six years. The main reason, as she puts it, "none of the shows I watch get nominated anymore." Now, I ...
  • Advertisers To Waste Money On Out-of-Home 'Viewing'
    Nielsen recently announced it is delaying plans to incorporate out-of-home viewing into its regular ratings reports, which had been scheduled to start with the upcoming fall TV season. There w ...
  • When The Big Lie Meets The Big Truth: Why TV Is No Longer Trump's Friend
    The concept of "the big lie" is essentially that if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually believe it. Since most people tell sma ...
  • Netflix Is Still The Best Thing Ever
    In 2011, I wrote my first report on streaming, titled, Netflix is the Best Thing Ever. This was a year before its first original scripted series, Lilyhammer, and two yea ...
  • Diary of a Mad House Life: Musings Of A Self-Quarantined TV Viewer
    As I'm writing this, it's the 60th day we've been self-quarantined in Hoboken New Jersey. I'm in my apartment with my wife, my son who turns 21 this week, a ...
  • A Young Media Person's Guide To Evaluating TV Pilots
    Ordinarily, the new television season starts in late-September. Ordinarily, advertisers and their agencies, TV critics, and media analysts like me, would be getting ready to attend the broadcast network upfro ...
  • Advertisers Don't Need The Upfront Anymore
    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic tossed any idea of a normal fall TV season to the back burner, the value of the upfront marketplace was being questioned. In this week ...
  • COVID-19 And The Resurgence Of Local News: Why It Might Be Bad News For President Trump
    Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill was famously quoted as saying, "All politics is local." While all news is not local, it is certainly true that all catastrophes a ...
  • TV Shows To Binge When You Have To #StayTheF***Home
    As many of us are working from home, and stuck at home, with no bars or restaurants to go to, no clubs or concerts to attend, and no live spor ...
  • In The Era Of Peak TV+, Can Nielsen (Or Anyone) Measure TV Viewing?
    By mid-year, there will be no less than seven major streaming services and several smaller ones producing original, scripted series and spending upward of $40 billion per year on vid ...
  • Traditional TV Gap Widens Between Younger, Older Viewers: Total Video Viewing Stable
    In this week's report, I examine how the spread between young and old viewers is growing, though overall viewing remains stable. ...
  • Making The Academy Awards More Viewer And Advertiser Friendly
    As an avid movie fan and reasonably heavy moviegoer, I look forward to watching the Academy Awards every year. And every year I find myself asking the same question: " ...
  • Broadcast Has Some Great TV Series Too
    In December, I released my analysis of the 27 best TV series of 2019. As was the case with the Emmys, The Golden Globes, and virtually every TV critic, ...
  • The 2020 Streaming Wars
    In this week's edition, I break down the winners and losers in the Streaming Wars. ...
  • A Brief History Of Cable And Streaming Dramas
    Twenty years ago, the four broadcast networks were the only places you could find new original scripted series programming - and basically only six or seven months out of t ...
  • The Best 27 TV Series Of 2019
    That's right, I said 27. In this week's edition I examine the embarrassment of riches, not to mention the paradox of choice, of 2019's best TV series, many of whi ...
  • "New Streamers Continue To Siphon Broadcast Network Viewers, No End in Sight"
    That's one possible headline we might see over the next year or two as more major streaming services come online. Another could be: "Despite New Streamers, Broadcasters Gain Viewers ...
  • Creating TV Buzz At Comic Cons
    The TV industry has always had big events, confabs and stunts designed to create some early buzz for upcoming series, and given the role that super heroes, sci fi, a ...
  • Netflix Still Rules The OTT-Verse, But How Much Longer?
    With so many program choices available during this current era of "peak TV," it often takes viewers longer than ever to even become aware of a new show, much le ...