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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/2/20)
FOOD NETWORK: Undercover Chef (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Flipping Across America (Premiere) at 9pm
SUNDANCE NOW: Blinded (Premiere)
WE TV: Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: Council of Dads (Finale) at 8pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Ghost Adventures: Quarantine (Finale) at 9pm

NBCUniversal streamer Peacock struck a content licensing agreement with ViacomCBS. Series including Ray Donovan, The Affair, Charmed, Undercover Boss, The Game, Everybody Hates Chris and Real Husbands of Hollywood will be available to stream on Peacock with the launch of the service on July 15, while continuing to be available on ViacomCBS platforms. Films from Paramount’s library will stream on Peacock in limited exclusivity windows throughout 2021, 2022, and 2023. “We are truly excited to bring some of the most popular movies and series from across the ViacomCBS family of brands to Peacock,” said Frances Manfredi, President, Content Acquisition and Strategy, Peacock. “We continue to expand the Peacock catalog with premium programming from NBCUniversal and beyond; partnering with companies like ViacomCBS to ensure that all of our viewers can choose from the best entertainment options available in the market today.” Dan Cohen, President, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, said the partnership “is consistent with our strategy to maximize the value of our content by selectively licensing our library product to third parties while prioritizing franchise IP for our own platforms.”
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Comedy legend Carl Reiner died June 29 from natural causes. He was 98. In addition to hit films, Reiner created The Dick Van Dyke Show, won two Emmys as a cast member of Your Show of Shows and had numerous guest roles on television. “My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us,” tweeted Dick Van Dyke. CBS will pay tribute to Reiner with a colorized Dick Van Dyke Show special tomorrow, July 3 at 8p.
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Fox News fired Ed Henry, co-anchor of America’s Newsroom, following a complaint the network received on June 25 from a former employee’s attorney, alleging willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago. Henry was suspended immediately, and following an investigation of the claims, has been terminated. Rotating news anchors will co-anchor America’s Newsroom with Sandra Smith for the time being. Henry was on a leave of absence for four months in 2017 following a cheating scandal involving a Las Vegas cocktail waitress.
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WarnerMedia informed employees that CNN Center in downtown Atlanta is going on the market. “We are consolidating our WarnerMedia Atlanta operations in our recently renovated and redesigned Techwood campus. This will increase collaboration and optimize use of Techwood, which was created to be a state-of-the-art hub for our diverse business portfolio,” said the company. “As part of these changes we are selling the CNN Center.” After the property is sold, WarnerMedia said it will lease it back for at least five years, so “there will be no immediate impact to employees” working there.
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With revenue rising from digital subscriptions, the New York Times is ending its partnership with Apple’s curated news app, Apple News. “Core to a healthy model between The Times and the platforms is a direct path for sending those readers back into our environments, where we control the presentation of our report, the relationships with our readers and the nature of our business rules,” Meredith Kopit Levien, COO, wrote in a memo to employees. “Our relationship with Apple News does not fit within these parameters.” The Times will continue to work with Apple on apps, podcasts and hardware. Apple spokesperson Tom Nemayr said the paper had “only offered Apple News a few stories per day.”
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SAG-AFTRA’s national board approved a new three-year TV and film contract that includes a 26% gain in streaming residuals, wage increases, an increase in funding for the unions benefit plans and improvements in protections for performers working in the nude. The agreement now goes to the members for ratification. The WGA and the AMPTP have also struck a tentative deal for a new TV and film contract. The agreement is headed to members of the guild for approval.
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SNL alum Jay Pharoah is set to host Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered (previously Game Face). The remotely produced six-episode game show features panelists who must guess the identities of virtually disguised celebrity guests. Premiere date: Saturday, July 11, at 8:30p.
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NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular starts at 8p on Saturday, hosted by Today’s Craig Melvin. Black Eyed Peas, the Killers, Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley will take the stage before the fireworks begin in NYC; an encore presentation will follow at 10p. To prevent crowds during the pandemic, the spectacle was reimagined as a series of neighborhood shows, with fireworks displays that launched unannounced starting June 29 at land- or water-based locations across the city.
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MTV is moving forward with the 2020 Video Music Awards ceremony at NYC’s Barclays Center on Sunday, August 30. “The health and safety of artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is of the utmost importance,” said the network. “Show producers alongside Barclays Center management have been working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices for everyone involved.”
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Golf’s US Open is returning to NBC, which televised the event from 1995 until 2014. Fox Sports signed a 12-year contract with the USGA, but NBC bought the rights to the final seven years, through 2026. This year’s event was postponed until September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Unilever is halting all advertising on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the US at least through the end of the year. “Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time would not add value to people and society,” said Luis Di Como, Unilever EVP of Global Media. “We will be monitoring ongoing and will revisit our current position if necessary.” Last year, Unilever spent over $42 million in advertising on Facebook, according to Pathmatics.
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Shortly after Unilever’s announcement. Facebook said it is adopting Twitter’s stance on content posted by politicians that violate its policies: Keep the content, since speech from politicians is often in the public interest, but flag it with a warning label. Facebook is also banning a wider category of hateful content in ads, and taking measures to prevent new forms of voter suppression, said CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday.
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Still, Facebook is facing a one-month adverting boycott, #StopHateForProfit, over its policy on hate speech. Over 400 brands participating. Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications, said in a letter that while “there is no incentive” for Facebook to do anything but remove hateful content, “With so much content posted every day, rooting out the hate is like looking for a needle in a haystack. We invest billions of dollars each year in people and technology to keep our platform safe….We may never be able to prevent hate from appearing on Facebook entirely, but we are getting better at stopping it all the time.”
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NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign will run from August 1 to August 31. The “Adopt & Donate” effort, the sixth for NBC and Telemundo owned stations, will feature virtual pet adoptions.
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Mary Calvi has joined Inside Edition as weekend anchor and substitute for Deborah Norville. Calvin will continue to co-anchor WCBS New York’s CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News at Noon.
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Charter Communications is adding five Latino targeted TV networks, Kids Central, ¡HOLA! TV, Inglés Para Todos, Tarima TV and Hogar de HGTV, to its Spectrum TV lineup. The networks will be available at no additional cost to subscribers of Spectrum’s Mi Plan Latino and Latino View TV packages.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm has been renewed for season eleven on HBO. Larry David will exec produce alongside Jeff Garlin, Jeff Schaffer and Gavin Pone. “Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are,” said David. “One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.”
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HGTV ordered six episodes of new series Rehab Addict Rescue, starring home renovator and preservationist Nicole Curtis, star of DIY Network and HGTV’s Rehab Addict. Cameras will follow Curtis as she travels the country to mentor families who are overwhelmed by daunting historic home renovations. The show is slated to premiere in early 2021.
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Netflix announced a limited series from Ava DuVernay based on Colin Kaepernick’s younger years. Kaepernick will appear in the series; Michael Starrbury (When They See Us) will write and exec produce. “The series will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today,” said Netflix.
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Netflix also ordered a second season of teen comedy Never Have I Ever, co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. Streaming is slated to start in 2021.
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Comedy Central signed an expansive deal with Mike Judge to reimagine MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head, as well as additional spin-offs and specials. The network ordered two seasons of the new iteration, which sees the characters entering a whole new Gen Z world. The new series will target new and old fans – Gen X parents and their Gen Z kids, with Judge is set to write, produce and provide voiceover for both characters. “It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again,” said Judge.
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Landmark Studio Group, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, and Louisiana-based production studio, ORWO Studios (Twilight, The Magnificent Seven) will partner on the production of a new supernatural thriller series, Safehaven, created by James Seale (30 Below, Throttle) who will serve as showrunner with Brad Turner (24, Designated Survivor, Homeland) onboard to direct.
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NBC ordered spacecraft drama Debris, following two agents from two different continents working together to investigate the wreckage from an alien spacecraft. Production on the pilot had been completed before the coronavirus shutdown. Legendary Television will produce with Universal Television.
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Pre-production is underway for additional episodes of Food Network series Amy Schumer Learns to Cook. The initial batch of self-shot episodes averaged a 0.6 P25-54 in Live+3 ratings.
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E! greenlit new projects including Celebrity Call Center, an advice show executive produced by Nick Cannon premiering Monday, July 13 at 10p, and 10 Things You Don’t Know, a celebrity countdown series set to debut Monday, August 10 at 10p. Additionally, the network announced two new series in development: Glamsquad Showdown, featuring Nene Leakes and Brad Goreski, and The Seven Year Stitch, hosted by Terry and Heather Dubrow.
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Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, has landed a television project from French producer Éric Rochant (The Bureau), centered on the lives of intelligence officers from different countries. For his US television debut, Rochant will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series (title TBD), alongside Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Cowboy Bebop).
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Writer/producer LaToya Morgan (The Walking Dead) inked an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, calling for her to develop, write and produce new television projects via her TinkerToy Productions.
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SpringHill Entertainment, founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, inked a two-year overall deal for scripted television with ABC Studios. “SpringHill Entertainment makes the shows LeBron and I want to watch. We look at every project as a way to connect with our community and ask ourselves if it will entertain and empower them,” said Carter, CEO of The SpringHill Company. “We want our content to be insightful in every way.”
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Production on Freeform limited series Love in the Time of Corona, using remote technologies and shot in stars’ homes, began on Monday. The cast includes Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Nicolette Robinson (The Affair), Tommy Dorfman (13 Reasons Why), Rainey Qualley (Mad Men), Gil Bellows (Patriot), Rya Kihlstedt (One Mississippi), Ava Bellows (This Too Shall Pass) and L. Scott Caldwell (Lost). The series comes from executive producers Joanna Johnson (The Fosters), Christine Sacani (The Fosters), and Anonymous Content’s Robyn Meisinger.
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BET picked up a second season of Lena Waithe’s Twenties, and announced an FYC partnership with Showtime, which will air season one starting Monday, July 6. Twenties ranked as the #1 new comedy series on cable for African-Americans 18-49.
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Animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, focused on the support crew on a Starfleet ship in 2380, debuts Thursday, August 6 on CBS All Access. New episodes will be available to stream on Thursdays.
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The 90 Day Fiance universe expands again with the premiere of Darcey & Stacey on Sunday, August 16 at 10p on TLC. “For the past four seasons of our record-breaking series Before the 90 Days, fans have become obsessed with Darcey and her twin sister Stacey. They have clamored to follow along further on their quest for true love,” said TLC President and General Manager Howard Lee. “One of the reasons for the success of the 90 Day franchise is the raw, real and captivating individuals who share their stories with us. Darcey and Stacey don’t hold back – they live life out loud.” An early premiere of the show is available on TLC GO on Sunday, August 9.
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Wynonna Earp kicks off season four on Sunday, July 26 at 10p. Because of the production break caused by the health crisis, a mid-season finale will air Sunday, August 30; production of the final six episodes will resume later this summer.
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Season one of Britannia debuts on Epix on Sunday, August 2, followed by the US premiere of season two on Sunday, October 4. Epix will also be the home for season three of the series, now in production. The fantasy drama is a Sky Original for Sky in the UK, Italy and Germany.
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The third and final season of Comedy Central’s Corporate bows Wednesday, July 22 at 10:30p. “We know there’s absolutely nothing else going on in the world right now that could possibly need your attention,” said show creators Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman, “so we expect you all to tune in.”
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New drama series Lovecraft Country, based on the novel by Matt Ruff about a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America, debuts Sunday, August 16 at 9p on HBO.
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Also on HBO: Room 104 returns for its fourth and final season on Friday, July 24 at 11p. The late-night anthology series will have 12 new episodes.
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A new season of OWN’s Family or Fiance premieres Saturday, July 11at 9p, following engaged couples seeking the blessings of their families before their weddings.
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UK’s quarantine cooking show Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On, from Jamie Oliver Productions, has been acquired by Hulu, and will launch on the streamer on Monday, July 27. “The series was produced extraordinarily quickly as a direct response to people looking for help in these unprecedented times,” said Samantha Beddes, executive producer at Jamie Oliver Group.
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Every season of INSP’s The Cowboy Way, including the upcoming seventh season, will be available for the first time across multiple platforms, starting Wednesday, July 15. Season seven makes its debut on INSP on Wednesday, July 29 at 9p.
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The Soup is back on, with E! serving fresh episodes starting Wednesday, July 8 at 11p.
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Comedian/collector Jeff Foxworthy hosts What’s It Worth?, from Thinkfactory, launching Tuesday, August 4 at 9p. New series Extreme Unboxing follows at 10p, offering a look at entrepreneurs who buy large boxes of discounted merchandise, sight unseen.
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Lifetime’s Marrying Millions, following relationships where one partner is wealthy and the other is not, is back for season two on Wednesday, August 5 at 10p.
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New weekly half-hour lifestyle program +Life premieres nationally on ABC’s Localish network on Sunday, July 12 at 9a, 2p and 7p PDT in all eight markets of ABC Owned Television Stations. Hosted by entertainment reporter Karl Schmid, +Life will feature topical interviews and celebrity guests.
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Quibi and Nitro Circus have teamed for Life Size Toys, featuring iconic playthings brought to life, starting Monday, July 6.
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Australian crime drama The Code lands on Ovation TV on Saturday, August 1 at 7p.
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Fuse has extended season one of Genius x Fuse, which wrapped its initial 10-episode run on May 20. Five new episodes sponsored by Boost Mobile launched July 1.
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New CJC Network lifestyle and culture series Traveling will focus on vacation experiences from around the world. Denella Ri’chard, who has worked with Norwegian Cruise and Holland America, hosts.
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Netflix announced it will allocate 2% of its cash holdings to financial institutions and organizations “to directly support Black communities in the U.S.” The initial commitment will be as much as $100 million. For starters, $35 million will be split to finance a new fund, the Black Economic Development Initiative, that will invest in Black financial institutions, and the Hope Credit Union.
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Amazon Prime is adding a co-watching experience that supports chat with up to 100 people, no plug-in required. So far, the feature, being tested, is available on desktop browsers except Safari. Hulu is also testing a co-watching experience.
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Issa Rae (Insecure) landed the Best Actress award during the (virtual) BET Awards, and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) won for Best Actor. Beyonce was presented with the Humanitarian Award by former First Lady Michelle Obama, and her daughter, Blue Ivy, received the BET Her award for her part in the song, “Brown Skin Girl.” For a complete list of winners, go here.
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Accepting Daytime Emmy Awards were talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Jeopardy!’s Alex Trebek, and for Best Drama, The Young and the Restless. For more winners, go here.
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STARZ kicks off its “Summer of Blockbusters @Home” stunt with the premiere of 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level, starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, on Friday, July 3.
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Fuse Media is launching “Be Heard. Be Change.”, the latest iteration of its call-to-action initiative. The campaign will feature Stacey Abrams, former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and 2018 Democratic Party candidate for Governor of Georgia. Starting July 5, a series of 30-second vignettes featuring Abrams will detail the impact of climate change on communities of color and will encourage people to vote for politicians that include environmental responsibility as part of their platform.
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“31 Marathons in 31 Days” features nightly marathons of classic series during the month of July on streaming TV service Pluto. Shows include Walker, Texas Ranger; Married…with Children, Baywatch, Family Feud and more.
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HBO Sports has acquired North American television and streaming rights to the documentary feature film The Weight of Gold, a documentary exploring the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face. The film debuts Wednesday, July 29 at 10p on HBO.
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HLN is celebrating the Fourth of July with a 19-hour marathon of Forensic Files, from Saturday, July 4 at noon through Sunday, July 5 at 7a.
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MeTV celebrates the life of the late Carl Reiner with a month-long presentation of his favorite episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, starting Sunday, July 5 at 10p and 10:30p.
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The Decades Network is also remembering Carl Reiner, with a weekend binge of The Dick Van Dyke Show from Saturday, July 11 at 12p until Monday, July 13 at 7a.
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The season premiere of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America delivered a 1.06 Live+3 rating among P25-54, and 1.3 among W25-54, making it cable’s #s program in the June 21 9p time period.
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For the week of June 15, HGTV claimed the #1 spot in Total Day among W25-54 and was among the top 5 networks among P25-54 (#4), Households (#4), P2+ (#4), P18+ (#4), and W18+ (#4).
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The BET Awards drew 3.7 million total viewers P2+ Total Viewers, simulcast across ViacomCBS networks including BET, BET Her, and CBS, with 1.6 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating among A18-49 tuning in on BET alone. On CBS alone the telecast drew 1.9 million total viewers and 0.4 in the demo.
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The fifth and final season premiere of OWN’s Greenleaf delivered 1.9 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsens, up +1% vs. prior season premiere, and ranked as Tuesday night’s #1 cable telecast among W25-54, up +2% vs. prior season premiere.
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The season four finale of WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot delivered 1.6 million total viewers in Live+3, the highest viewership since its season one finale.
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In syndication, Judge Judy (three-week high 5.7 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 8% from the week before) led court shows and Dr. Phil was the top talker (1.9, up 6%) for the week of June 15, despite mostly encore episodes.
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Cooking Channel’s second quarter is on track to be its highest-rated quarter in network history for both Prime and Total Day for P25-54 and W25-54, with year over year gains pacing to be +43% and +39%, respectively.
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