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Disney-ABC Strikes New Streaming Deals With Netflix And Amazon

Disney’s announcement with Netflix this morning extends and expands a current deal, giving the streaming service rights to several shows 30 days after the last episode of the season airs. The one with Amazon is new and includes more than 800 library episodes. Both include prior seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and all episodes of Lost. They also both landed ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager and Phineas and Ferb. Beyond that there are a lot of differences, with Amazon landing prior seasons of Marvel’s animated shows including X-Men Evolution and Netflix getting ABC Studios’ Army Wives. Here’s the release for Netflix:

BEVERLY HILLS and BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 31, 2011 — Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced that they recently entered into an extension of their previous existing licensing agreement. The extension allows Netflix to continue to stream hundreds of library episodes from ABC Studios, Disney Channel and ABC Family over the Internet. As part of the deal, Netflix is also adding new content to its lineup of Disney-ABC series and TV movies.

The agreement adds to the growing selection of content that can be streamed from Netflix in the United States. Episodes from new seasons of current Disney-ABC series will be made available to Netflix 30-days after the last episode of each season airs. Among the series and TV movies extended as part of the deal include:

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UPDATE: ‘Brothers & Sisters’ Canceled, As Is ‘V’

By | Friday May 13, 2011 @ 11:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: It’s official, there will be no sixth season of ABC’s family drama Brothers and Sisters. And V won’t return for a third season either. ABC just made the calls.

PREVIOUS: Barring any last-minute miracle, it looks like this is the end of the road for ABC’s veteran family drama Brothers and Sisters. There had been a serious effort by ABC and producing studio ABC Studios to find a price point at which they could bring the show back for an abbreviated sixth and final season. There have been talks with star Calista Flockhart to return for six episodes next season. Last May, Brothers and Sisters clinched a last-minute 18-episode order that was subsequently expanded to 22 episodes. But the indications are, with so many drama pilots scoring high in testings and screenings this year, ABC is ready to say good-bye to the Walker clan.

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ABC Plotting Abbreviated Final Season Of ‘Brothers & Sisters’ With Less Calista

By | Thursday May 5, 2011 @ 1:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With Desperate Housewives‘ renewal assured after the series’ stars have have been re-signed, Brothers and Sisters remains the only veteran ABC series not picked up for next season. Being on the bubble is a familiar territory for the family soap, which was also there last season until getting an eleventh-hour reprieve with a 18-episode order. I hear that this year, ABC and sister studio ABC Studios, which produces Brothers and Sisters, have been proactive in exploring ways to bring the show back for an abbreviated sixth and final season that may feature less of Calista Flockhart’s Kitty Walker aka Kitty McCallister.

Because of its soft ratings and expensive large cast, the issues for renewal are economical, and I hear several months ago ABC created budget targets that would allow for the series to come back for a final foray. Brothers and Sisters‘ budget was reduced going into the current fifth season, and it will have to go down again for Season 6. The per-episode price increases by reducing the number of episodes because of less cost amortization, so I hear that ABC is exploring scenarios for a final season that could range from 6 to 18 episodes. Last year, the holdup in getting the renewal was getting the actors to agree to do fewer episodes, which they eventually did, and ABC gave the series a 18-episode pickup at the last minute. (That order was subsequently raised to a full-season 22 after the series started … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SNF’ Ties Franchise Record To Dominate Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s hot football season continued with last night’s Eagles-Cowboys game. With a 16.5/25 overnight rating, the game delivered the best overnight rating in the five-year history of Sunday Night Football, tied with last fall’s Week 2 game between the Giants and the Cowboys that marked the debut of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. The two games’ overnights also rank as the highest for a Sunday/Monday NFL primetime game in 12 years, since Broncos-Dolphins on Dec.21, 1998 on ABC (17.4/27). Versus last year’s Week 14 game, the Eagles-Cowboys face-off was up 20% and delivered another dominating Sunday win for NBC. Just how hot this year’s football coverage on NBC has been? Five SNF games this season rank among the top six NBC primetime games ever.

Following America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.2/6 in adults 18-49), which hit a season high, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/6) was up 9% from last week, but the fall finale of Desperate Housewives, which featured a Dallas-style (Who shot Paul Young?) cliffhanger was down a tenth to tie its season low. (BTW, J.R. aka Larry Hagman, is set to make a guest appearance on Desperate Housewives later this season.) Brothers & Sisters (2.5/6) rebounded nicely from last week’s series low with its holiday-themed episode, up 19% from last week.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ And ‘Brothers & Sisters’ Tie Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

I’m thinking of dropping “race” from the headline of the Sunday ratings story until the end of the NFL season because there is not much of a race on the night that is dominated by football. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the top-rated show on Sunday night for 13th straight week. The game between the Steelers and the Ravens for the leadership position in the AFC North posted a 14.6 overnight rating/23 share. That is the highest average ever for a Week 13 game, up 7% from last year’s Vikings-Cardinals face-off. NBC is once again projected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

Fox was fueled by a huge Fox overrun for a second consecutive week. It led into The Simpsons (4.2/11, 9.6 million), which was up a tenth from last week to tie its season high in 18-49 and post a new season high in total viewers. There was no halo effect over the rest of the Fox lineup, which last week posted double-digit gains. The Cleveland Show (3.2/8) at 8:30 PM was down 6%. Another Cleveland Show (2.8/7) subbed for Family Guy at 9 PM, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), which was down 14% from last week when it followed a Family Guy rerun.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SNF’ Wins, ‘Undercover Boss’ & ‘CSI: Miami’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With football season heading into the home stretch, NBC’s Sunday Night Football last night had another strong showing with a 14.2 household rating. NBC dominated the night as it has done every Sunday this season, with viewership for the game expected to be around the 20 million mark. CBS and Fox switched places again, with Fox benefiting from a late afternoon NFL game spilling into primetime this time around. Surprisingly, the football overrun, which scored a 7.0/19 rating in adults 18-49 from 7-8 PM provided little boost for Fox’s Sunday comedies, which last week posted big double-digit gains in their return after a two-week MLB preemption. Last night, The Simpsons (3.9/10) was up a modest 5% and may be adjusted down as it includes two minutes of an NFL overrun. The Cleveland Show (3.1/7) was up 3%, while Family Guy (3.3/8) was down 13% and American Dad! (2.6/6) was down 10%.

Also retreating after posting across-the-board rating increases last week was ABC’s Sunday lineup. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.2/5) was down 12%. Desperate Housewives (3.7/9) was down 8% from its fast national number last week, while Brothers & Sisters (2.5/7) was down a tenth. (Desperate Housewives was adjusted up a tenth and Brothers & Sisters slipped a tenth in the finals last week.)

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC, Fox Post Gains Against Football-Boosted NBC & CBS

Nellie Andreeva

Football ruled Sunday ratings once again with NBC’s Sunday Night Football and CBS’ football overrun towering over the primetime competition. But there was a good story on the entertainment side for ABC and Fox whose lineups were up across-the-board by double digits. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.5/6) led the gains with a 39% improvement from its season low last Sunday when ratings were impacted by Halloween celebrations. Desperate Housewives (4.0/9) was up 14%, and Brothers & Sisters (2.6/7) was up 13%. At Fox, which returned to regular programming on the night after 3 weeks of baseball preemptions, the biggest gainer was The Simpsons (3.7/9) at 8 PM, up 23% from its last original on Oct. 10. The Cleveland Show (3.1/7) was up 19% to tie its season high, Family Guy (3.8/9) was up 12% and American Dad (2.9/7) up 16%.

Another ratings swing at CBS whose lineup was impacted by a monster 67-minute NFL overrun. After dropping 53% without a football lead-in last week to a 1.6/5 at 7 PM, 60 Minutes was up by at least that much this week. The 8 PM hour, which featured 7 minutes of football overrun and 53 minutes of 60 Minutes averaged 4.0/10. (60 Minutes was additionally boosted by featuring an interview with President Barack Obama.) The 9 PM hour, which featured … Read More »

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‘Off the Map’ Gets Wednesday 10 PM Slot

Nellie Andreeva

Shonda Rhimes/Jenna Bans’ new ABC medical drama Off the Map will premiere Jan. 12 and will succeed the network’s recently cancelled new legal drama The Whole Truth in the Wednesday 10 PM time slot. ABC had originally planned to premiere Off the Map in the same time slot it once used to launch Grey’s Anatomy, Sundays 10 PM after Desperate Housewives. In preparation for the move, ABC gave the slot’s regular dweller, Brothers & Sisters, an 18-episode order in May. But then the veteran family drama did solidly in the ratings in the first few weeks of the season, leading to an order for 4 more episodes. Meanwhile, ABC brass were happy with Off the Map, ordering extra scripts and eventually 6 additional episodes. That made it impossible for the two series to share the Sunday 10 PM time period, and, with The Whole Truth done, Off the Map was slotted on Wednesdays. Off the Map, set at a medical clinic in the South American jungle, was created by Bans who is executive producing with Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Gretchen Berg. Aaron Harbert and director Randy Zisk. While the other networks are yet to unveil any midseason scheduling plans, ABC has been quietly putting in place key pieces of its midseason schedule. The network recently announced that V will return on Jan. 4 and will run in the Tuesday 9 PM slot.

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Full Seasons For ABC’s ‘Better With You’ & ‘No Ordinary Family’, More ‘Detroit 1-8-7′ & ‘Brothers & Sisters’, No More ‘Whole Truth’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC today became the latest broadcast network to make its full-season pickups, handing out back-nine orders to freshman comedy Better With You and drama No Ordinary Family. Additionally, the network has picked up 5 additional episodes from freshman cop drama Detroit 1-8-7 and 4 from veteran family drama Brothers & Sisters. Missing from the list is new legal drama The Whole Truth, which already has been on shaky ground and is preempted again next week. The series will stay on the air but the network doesn’t plan to order more episodes beyond the original 13. The episodic orders follow the pickup of 4 additional scripts each for No Ordinary Family and Brothers & Sisters 2 weeks ago. It brings the order for Brothers & Sisters to a full-season 22 episodes, up from the 18 ordered in May, meaning that ABC is probably considering a change in its launch plans for midseason drama Off the Map, which was to premiere in Brothers & Sisters Sunday 10 PM slot. (Off the Map also recently received an order for an additional script.) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 10 PM: NBC just released the overnight ratings for last night’s Sunday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers. It scored a big 16.0/25 rating, the best for an October NFL primetime game in 12 years, since, coincidentally, another matchup between the Minnesota and Green Bay on Oct. 5 1998  on ABC. This was the third-best SNF overnight rating ever, up 54% from last year’s Week 7 game.

PREVIOUS 9 AM: No major movement last night, with primetime once again dominated by football. There are no metered market ratings for last night’s Sunday Night Football on NBC this morning, but judging by the fast nationals, it was pretty big. The 18-49 fast national rating for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers game was 8.6 vs. a 6.5 for the game last week. It will certainly adjust up significantly – last week, SNF‘s rating went up by almost a rating point to a 7.4 in the finals. NBC is guaranteed another Sunday win in 18-49 and total viewers.

As it does every other week, CBS’ lineup was time shifted and boosted by an NFL overrun. The 7 PM hour (4.3/13) featured 17 minutes of NFL overrun and 43 minutes of 60 Minutes (it is ironic, isn’t it?). The 8 PM hour, which included the conclusion of 60 Minutes and the bulk of The Amazing Race did a … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Tops Baseball, ‘Undercover Boss’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

With Fox’s reach hampered by its ongoing carriage dispute with Cablevision that has the network blacked out in some 3 million Cablevision homes in the country’s top market, New York, NBC’s Sunday Night Football delivered its best primetime overnight rating against a Major League Baseball League Championship Series in 13 years. SNF, featuring the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 win over the Washington Redskins, earned a 13.2/20, up 10% from last year’s Week 6 game and more than doubling the overnight rating for MLB’s NLCS Game 2 (6.5/10) on Fox, in which the Philadelphia Phillies won over the San Francisco Giants. That despite the fact that Fox’s baseball coverage benefitted from a strong lead-in, an NFL overrun. NBC is expected to once again easily top Sunday night’s ratings. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules Again While ‘Desperate Housewives’ Hits Fall Low

Nellie Andreeva

With CBS and Fox alternating in getting football overruns, the only networks with fair week-to-week comparisons are NBC and ABC. For CBS and Fox, ratings gains the week the network has a football overrun are followed by a decline the following week. (with the exception of CBS’ Undercover Boss, which does better with no overrun as football pushes its start time to 10-11 PM.) NBC was solid with football last night, while ABC’s lineup showed across-the-board erosion. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules Again, ‘Boss’ Rises & ‘CSI: Miami’ Transitions

Nellie Andreeva

NFL football is expected to once again determine the ratings winner and runner-up on Sunday, with NBC logging another No. 1 finish with Sunday Night Football and Fox taking the silver thanks to a football overrun. But there was good news elsewhere too: CBS’ Undercover Boss got a Week 2 ratings bump, the network’s veteran crime drama CSI: Miami had a solid debut in its new Sunday 10 PM slot while ABC’s lineup held steady week-to-week.

NBC’s coverage of the New York Giants’ 17-3 victory over the Chicago Bears drew a 14.2 overnight rating/22 share, the best for an NFL primetime game in October since 2000. The network is expected to handily win Sunday night in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, with viewership for the game likely to exceed 20 million.

Without a football overrun-inflated 60 Minutes lead-in, CBS’ The Amazing Race (3.3/9) was down 13% from its 2-hour premiere last week. Undercover Boss (4.0/9), which featured its first female CEO last night, was up 5% from last week’s debut. At 10 PM, the season premiere of CSI: Miami (3.2/8) was down 26% from the last season debut in the Monday 10 PM slot but improved the Sunday time period by 52% vs. the season premiere of Cold Case last fall.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.5/7) and Desperate Housewives (4.3/10) were flat from last week’s season premieres, a sold accomplishment in Week 2 when most series drop. (Desperate Housewives may inch up in the finals.) And at 10 PM, Read More »

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Cheryl Hines In Talent Deal With ABC

By | Thursday July 1, 2010 @ 12:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CHeryl_Hines-240x300EXCLUSIVE: Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Cheryl Hines has signed a talent holding deal with ABC. Once the norm, such pacts are rare these days, with maybe a handful across all broadcast networks a season. Hines already has a history at ABC. She starred in the network’s short-lived comedy series In the Motherhood last year Read More »

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