FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/2/19)
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight (Premiere) at 8pm
A&E: Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On (Premiere) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Building Alaska (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: Making It (Premiere) at 10pm
AXS TV: The X Factor: Celebrity (Finale) at 8pm

Thursday’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys was the most-watched Thanksgiving Day game on CBS Sports in 27 years, with an average 32.54 million viewers P2+. That’s up +22% from last year’s game on the net, according to Nielsen fast nationals. It was the most-watched regular season game on any network in three years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s back to work at HGTV’s Windy City Rehab. The city of Chicago had issued stop work orders over the summer for the renovation show, citing building violations, but nearly a dozen of those orders have been lifted, allowing co-stars Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt to resume work on existing rehabs. HGTV renewed the hit series in February.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Repercussions from the departure of Gabrielle Union from America’s Got Talent continued over the holiday weekend. Union, who was cut from the NBC show after one season, had expressed concerns over racially insensitive segments and been critiqued for her appearance, according to Variety. Among those tweeting in her defense was Will & Grace star Debra Messing, who posted, “Yes, women become ‘difficult,’ when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored.” In a statement, NBC and producer Fremantle said, “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.” Julianne Hough, who was let go from AGT along with Union, saw her experience differently. “I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent. I loved working with the cast, crew and producers,” said Hough; she and brother Derek are starring in NBC’s Holidays with the Houghs, airing December 16.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Twitter account of another disgraced TV superstar, Bill Cosby,encouraged his followers to avoid major news outlets and subscribe to black-owned media options. “No longer should we succumb to the fear of many mainstream media outlets like Associated Press, CNN, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post & Radar Online just to name a few,” said Cosby’s Twitter account. Another post read, “It’s #BlackFriday, so lets spend our dollars with #BlackPressUSA & all Black media outlets that propel the truth and the facts, not Fake News.” The messages follow Cosby’s interview in BlackPressUSA.com, in which he called the case for which he is serving time in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 a “set-up,” and expressed no remorse.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu has a Black Friday offer for new subscribers: $1.99 per month for its ad-supported basic tier service plan. Interested cord-cutters had better act quickly – the deal, which can’t be combined with other offers or its Disney bundle, ends today.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Burgers, Brew & ‘Que returns to Cooking Channel on Tuesday, January 7 at 9p. Season kicks off with Michael Symon checking out ribs in Las Vegas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Some older Roku models will no longer be supported by Netflix, starting today. Owners of Roku SD (N1050); Roku HD-XR (N1101); Roku HD (N1100, 2000C); and Roku XD (2050X, 2050N, 2100X, 2100N) will need to upgrade to access the streamer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Let the memes begin: Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram suffered worldwide disruptions and outages on Thanksgiving, due to what the company described as an issue in one of its central software systems. #InstagramDown began trending on Twitter, with brands jumping into the fray. “Don’t make me talk to my family,” posted Slim Jim. The issue was resolved by 3p ET.
(Source: Cynopsis)Original movie Sacrifice premieres on BET+ Thursday, December 19. Legal thriller stars Paula Patton (Hitch).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon ordered a second season of Indian original The Family Man,about a man who secretly works as a spy. Series launched in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 50th telecast of animated Frosty the Snowman earned CBS an A18-49 rating of 0.7 and 4.04 million viewers on Friday, enough to top the night. Fox’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown tied Frosty in the demo, and drew 2.34 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the November 2019 sweep, Univision reports it averaged 1.3 million Total Viewers 2+, 581,000 A18-49, and 238,000 A18-34 during primetime. With an average median age of 46, Univision is attracting an audience that is 13 years younger than the combined average viewer of the major English-language broadcast networks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade averaged a heaping 467,885 OOH viewers, reports Tunity Analytics.
(Source: Cynopsis)

British chef Gary Rhodes died suddenly from a subdural hematoma during a break from filming a new show for ITV. Among Rhodes’ TV credits are hosting MasterChef for the BBC, as well as MasterChef USA for PBS and Gary Rhodes At the Table. “He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map,” said Gordon Ramsay.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Frozen II – $85.3 million
Knives Out – $27 million
Ford vs. Ferrari – $13.2 million
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – $11.8 million
Queen & Slim – $11.7 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 


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