Nearly 9 million tuned in to A&E Networks one-hour Duck Dynasty Christmas special last night. While that’s not the show’s biggest crowd this year — the Season 4 premiere clocked nearly 12 million -- it’s …
Netflix‘s march into the major TV awards circles continues. After an impressive showing at the Primetime Emmy nominations, the streaming service, which has been an original programming player only since January, today received two Producers Guild Awards nominations: for best drama series, House Of Cards, and best comedy, Arrested Development. The double nomination puts Netflix in the same category as awards juggernaut HBO as the only two outlets with multiple scripted PGA nominations. (HBO’s contenders are drama Game Of Thrones and comedy Veep.) For House Of Cards, this is a first PGA nom, while Arrested Development continued its streak of four consecutive PGA nominations for each of its seasons — three on Fox and one on Netflix. Ironically, Netflix’s most buzzed about original series, Orange Is The New Black, didn’t make the cut, exposing again the PGA Awards’ outdated eligibility window — which includes series that aired between June 1, 2012-May 31, 2013, a month before Orange premiered.
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House Of Cards provided the only change from last year in the best drama series field. But it was a significant one as the newcomer replaced AMC veteran Mad Men, which had been nominated every year it had been eligible so far and won twice. Once the most dominant drama awards contender, Mad Men also was shut out from winning Emmys the past two years. Joining House Of Cards are returning PGA nominees Showtime’s Homeland, which won the award in January; AMC’s Breaking Bad, hot off winning the best drama Emmy; PBS’ Downton Abbey; and Game Of Thrones. U.S. commercial broadcasters were shut out completely for a second straight year, underlining the awards struggle for network drama.
There were no snubs on the comedy series side, with Arrested Development and Veep taking the spots vacated by Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louie, both not eligible this year. They join last year’s nominees, ABC’s Modern Family, which is aiming at a fourth consecutive PGA win; NBC’s departing 30 Rock; and CBS’ mega hit The Big Bang Theory.
Republicans are crediting A&E’s Duck Dynasty with a political upset in Louisiana over the weekend that thumped both the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. State Sen. Neil Riser was considered something of a certainty in Saturday’s election to …
A&E Network announced today it will roll out a new brand identity and new tagline: “Be Original” on December 11, during its Duck Dynasty Christmas special. In its announcement, the network noted its programming is 100% original in primetime — compared to, say, USA Network (11% original), TNT (20% original), FX (14% original) and TBS (7% original). “As the A&E brand continues to evolve, it has become increasingly important to let both the consumer and trade know what A&E stands for,” said Guy Slattery, EVP Marketing, A&E Network. “Our new tagline embodies who we are and not just what we do,” chimed in David McKillop, General Manager & EVP of A&E Network. “From Duck Dynasty to Bates Motel, we are 100% original with the most unique characters and content in television. ‘Be Original’ is much more than a tagline, it’s a rallying cry for our programmers and marketers to always take creative risks, perpetually innovate, inspire and engage the next generation of viewers.” Wish we had a buck….
Anyway, see if you can remember which networks had these taglines:
EXCLUSIVE: The beards of the stars from A&E‘s mega hit Duck Dynasty probably grew a few inches while their lengthy salary renegotiations were going on, but I’ve learned that the talks have successfully concluded with new deals, just in time for the series’ fourth season premiere tomorrow night. I hear the Robertsons, who have been catapulted to A-list celebrity status by the success of Duck Dynasty, have been able to secure the big salary increases they had been seeking. I’ve learned that under the new agreement, the clan will earn more than $200,000 an episode, divvied up among the nine adults and 11 kids on the show. That is roughly 4-5 times what the Robertsons previously made. Additionally, I hear the new pact includes additional seasons for the show as well as series/cast options. The Robertsons started conversations with A&E and series producer Gurney Prods. in early 2013, delaying the show’s fourth season. Duck Dynasty eventually went into production, and a fourth season premiere date was set, all while negotiations were ongoing. A&E and WME, which reps the Robertsons, had no comment.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Season 3 Premiere Sets A&E Ratings Records With 8.6M Viewers, Edges ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Idol’ For Top Demo Spot
UPDATE: A&E‘s Duck Dynasty is becoming a Jersey Shore-size ratings monster. The reality series’ Season 3 premiere not only set all-time records for A&E, it also edged broadcast juggernauts Modern Family and American Idol to rank as the No.1 telecast on all of television last night among adults 18-49. In a photo finish, Duck Dynasty‘s 10 PM telecast posted 4.995 million adults 18-49 in Live+same day, followed by Modern Family (4.987 million) and American Idol (4.945 million). A&E was the No.1 TV network in the 10 hour last night among 18-49 and 25-54, also beating its broadcast competition.
PREVIOUS NOON: The back-to-back Season 3 premiere episodes of A&E Network‘s hit reality series Duck Dynasty were the most-watched telecast of all-time at the network in total viewers and all key demos. Last night’s 10 PM episode drew 8.6 million total viewers, 5 million adults 18-49 and 5 million adults 25-54. For the hour, the episodes averaged 8.6 million total viewers, 5 million adults 18-49 and 4.9 million adults 25-54. Overall, the premiere was up by 132% in total viewers, 127% in 18-49 and 117% in 25-54 compared with the Season 2 bow.
The makers of hot cable show Duck Dynasty have just cashed out. British television giant ITV announced today that it’s expanding its U.S. production arm ITV Studios America with the acquisition of Gurney Productions. ITV is paying $40 million for a 61.5% controlling stake in Gurney Productions, best known for Duck Dynasty as well as Auction Hunters, American Digger and Haunted Collector. ITV also has a put and call option to buy the remaining 38.5% which can be exercised from 3 to 5 years after the initial deal. “Gurney Productions is a high margin business with three quarters of its revenues coming from returnable series. The company’s EBITA for 2012 is forecast to be at least $10M,” ITV said Saturday. Gurney Productions will report directly to Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President/CEO of ITV Studios America. Further, Gurney Productions’ revenues will be included in ITV Studio’s international revenues starting in 2013. Sources said the maximum total consideration payable by ITV is $111M, depending on the performance of Gurney Productions over the next 3 to 5 years and payable only if Gurney continues to deliver significant growth. ITV Studios America already produces
A&E’s breakout hit Duck Dynasty opened its second season last night with a series high average of 3.8 million viewers for the 10 PM and 10:30 PM telecasts, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.3 million adults 18-49. The series shattered its previous records of 2.6 million total viewers and 1.5 million posted by the first season finale that capped a season of very fast ratings growth.
Meanwhile, Jeff Dunham reaffirmed his status as the biggest standup viewer draw with another very highly rated special. The Halloween-themed Minding The Monsters drew 5 million viewers for its Sunday debut on Comedy Central (7.5 million for the night.) While it was down a bit from Dunham’s most recent special on the network, Controlled Chaos (5.5 million), it posted the best ratings of the year for a standup special on Comedy Central, and is the fifth most-viewed standup show for the network, with Dunham now holding three of the top five most-viewed programs on Comedy Central with A Very Special Christmas Special (6.6 million), Controlled Chaos and Minding The Monsters.