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Discovery Channel Unveils New Slate, Including Motor Mondays

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT

Discovery_Channel_2000 (1)Discovery Channel touted its 2014-15 season slate to advertisers this morning at its upfront presentation, including Motor Mondays and the previously oredered The West with exec producer Robert Redford. The highlights of Discovery Channel’s 2014-2015 slate, unveiled ahead of its upfront presentation today, includes the following:

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‘Awkward’ Slightly Up In Return For Opener High, ‘Deadliest Catch’ Premiere Solid

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 3:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The season three premiere of MTV’s comedy Awkward last night garnered a 2.3 P12-34 rating for each of the two back-to-back episodes. That was up 5% from the show’s season two premiere and up 35% from Awkward‘s series debut to set a new season opener high mark. The series created by Lauren Iungerich also had its highest rating ever among teens, with a 4.0 rating for the 10 PM episode and a 3.9 for the 10:30 PM episode. The two Awkward episodes ranked as the top 2 telecasts yesterday among 12-34, teens and female teens. Awkward was also the most social TV program of the day, with a quarter of all Twitter TV conversations centering around the series, according to Social Guide.

Meanwhile, the ninth season premiere of Discovery‘s Deadliest Catch drew a 1.6/4 in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million total viewers, up 12% in the demo and 11% in total viewers from last season to post the veteran reality series’ best score in almost two years. It boosted Discovery to No. 1 among cable networks in adults 18-49 (1.2/3).

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ANALYSIS: Newcomer ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Comeback Kid ‘Futurama’, Justin Timberlake & Jeff Probst Rule The Creative Emmys

Nellie Andreeva

2011 Creative Emmys Winners, 2011 Creative Emmys By The Numbers
The top of the standings at the Creative Emmy Awards tonight looked familiar: HBO leading the network pack with most wins, 15, and an HBO program scoring the most wins. But there was a mild surprise on the show rankings side. The rule of thumb is that the program that scores the most Emmy nominations — almost always a longform project — usually bags the most trophies at the Creative Emmys. (Last year, it was HBO’s mega-mini The Pacific.) This year, another HBO mini, Mildred Pierce, landed the most Emmy noms, 21, but did not leave with the most trophies tonight. That honor went to HBO’s new drama series Boardwalk Empire, which, with its elaborate sets and period setting, dominated the field with 7 Emmys. Meanwhile, Mildred Pierce landed 3 Emmys, as much as The Kennedys and just one more than Downton Abbey. (All three are nominated for best TV movie or miniseries.) This could be a sign that the race in the top longform category, already made more competitive by merging TV movies and minis this year, may get even tighter.

Boardwalk Empire was not the only rookie to make a solid entrance into the Emmy circle. Fledgeling cable channel ReelzChannel, which this year is taking over from E! as the broadcaster of the Creative Emmys, landed its first 3 Emmy Awards tonight for its first original program, … Read More »

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‘True Grit’ Wins Best Sound Mixing Award

The Cinema Audio Society consisting of Sound Mixers and Associates from the film and television industries handed out its 47th Annual CAS Award Winners Saturday. The Society was founded to create a proper channel of communication between the related sound crafts and between those instrumental to the production and distribution of film and television soundtracks:

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for
Motion Pictures:

True Grit
Production Mixer
Peter F. Kurland, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Skip Lievsay, CAS
Craig Berkey, CAS
Greg Orloff, CAS

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movies and Mini-Series:

Temple Grandin
Production Mixer
Ethan Andrus
Re-recording Mixer
Rick Ash

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Series:

Boardwalk Empire (A Return to Normalcy-Episode 12)
Production Mixer
Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Tom Fleischman, CAS

Oustanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for
Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music -
Series or Specials:

Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day
Re-recording Mixer
Bob Bronow, CAS

7th Annual CAS Technical Achievement Awards:

Production:
Schoeps Super CMIT 2U

Post Production
Izotope Izotope RX-2

2011 CAS Filmmaker Award Honoree:
Taylor Hackford

2011 CAS Career Achievement Honoree:
Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for
DVD Original Programming:

30 Days of Night: Dark Days
Production Mixer
Michael Williamson, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Eric Lalicata, CAS

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Deadliest Catch’ Slips From Record Highs But Still Strong, ‘Covert Affairs’ Grows, MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ Debut Big

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Cable had another solid showing last night. Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch came down from its meteoric heights last week but was still the highest-rated cable program, USA’s Covert Affairs showed growth in Week 2, and MTV saw a huge turnout for the second season premiere of Teen Mom.

Deadliest Catch at 9 PM drew 5.5 million viewers, down 36% from last week’s episode that featured the death of Captain Phil Harris. After the Catch at 10PM also averaged 5.5 million viewers, down 19% from last week.

USA’s rookie CIA drama Covert Affairs (5.2 million) had a promising second-week bump, up 7% in total viewers from its premiere audience. In adults 18-49, it averaged 2.05 million viewers, down 3% from last week but still the highest-rated new scripted cable series this year in the young demo.

On MTV, the second season premiere of Teen Mom at 10 PM drew 3.7 million viewers, a series high and up whopping 72% from the series’ highly-rated debut last year. In P12-34, Teen Mom delivered a 3.3 rating, up 50%. Following at 11PM was the debut of MTV’s new series If You Really Knew Me, which opened with a solid 1.9 P12-34 rating and 1.8 million total viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Tosh.0′ & ‘Deadliest Catch’ Set Ratings Records

Nellie Andreeva

Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 continues to grow, surging to a new series high on Wednesday night when it drew 2.4 million viewers, eclipsing its previous all-time high by more than 20%. This was Comedy Central’s highest-rated telecast in the post-South Park Wednesday 10:30 PM time slot since the heyday of Chapelle’s Show in 2004.

Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch also continues to break records with the final episodes of the late Captain Phil Harris. The Tuesday night episode averaged 5.3 million viewers, 2.6 million of the in the 18-49 demographic. That was the largest 18-49 audience ever for a Discovery series.

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