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Baseball's big TV deals. NBC's big win. Goodbye 'Jersey Shore.'

The Morning Fix

October 03, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • NBC's "Revolution" helped boost ratings for the network.
NBC's "Revolution" helped boost ratings for the network. (NBC )

After the coffee. Before the debates.

The Skinny: If you really want to pay attention to the debates tonight, turn off the TV and listen on the radio. Your focus will be on the words instead of the pictures. Wednesday's headlines include baseball's new TV deals, NBC's big ratings win and a sendoff to "Jersey Shore."

Daily Dose: As part of Tyler Perry's deal to make TV shows for OWN, the writer-producer could end up owning a piece of the the Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications-backed cable network. If Perry's shows are successful, one of the payoffs will be a piece of the channel, according to a person familiar with the deal. That helps to explain why Perry was willing to back away from his own plans to create a cable channel.

Walk-off home run. Major League Baseball struck eight-year TV deals with Fox and Turner Broadcasting that, when combined with its new ESPN deal, are worth a total of $12.4 billion. That's about double what baseball was getting in its previous rights deals. But the networks got some goodies as well, including the right to stream games online. In addition, Fox acquired more regular-season and post-season games that it can use for a national cable sports channel that it plans on starting next year. Analysis of the deals from the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.

What do you think? The Federal Communications Commission wants to know what people think about Liberty Media's planned takeover of Sirius XM Radio. The regulatory agency is seeking public comment about Liberty's application to have Sirius XM's licenses transferred. That is standard operating procedure for the agency whenever it reviews a merger or acquisition. However, it does not mean you can write in and complain that the Bruce Springsteen channel on Sirius plays the song "Point Blank" too many times. More from the Wall Street Journal.

Big win. NBC attracted more viewers in the 18-49 demographic than any other network last week, which was technically the first week of the new TV season. For NBC, it was its first win in that key demographic since 2003. Driving ratings were "Sunday Night Football," "The Voice" and "Revolution." NBC gave full-season orders to "Revolution," as well as new comedies "Go On" and "The New Normal." While NBC still finished third in total viewers, its numbers there improved as well. Details from Reuters.

CBS shake-up. CBS remains the most-watched TV network in prime time, but its daytime syndication efforts have been lackluster lately so the company is restructuring that unit. Armando Nunez, who had overseen international programming sales for CBS, will now be in charge of U.S. operations, including programming. Nunez is on the fast track at CBS. Coverage from Variety.

Jordan go boom. Writer and director Jordan Roberts' new dark comedy "3, 2, 1 Frankie Go Boom," which is on video-on-demand right now before a theatrical run, beat the odds to get to the big screen. A profile of Roberts from the New York Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look back and that was good and bad about MTV's "Jersey Shore" as it enters its final season.

 Follow me on Twitter. I promise not to tweet the debates. @JBFlint.

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