Disney Channel’s weekend lineup top 2nd week; Christopher Keyser re-elected as WGAW president; DreamWorks acquires Chapman entertainment collection

Welcome to the re-election edition Of gene Scallop’s Entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!

Chalk another win for the mouse as its weekend programs boosts the network to another win. As the mouse’s October schedule creeps closer, things will get spooky! But for now…

For the week of September 9, 2013, driven by all-new episodes of hit series “Jessie,” “Good Luck Charlie” and “Austin & Ally,” along with newcomers “Liv and Maddie” and “Wander Over Yonder,” Disney Channel ranked as the decisive #1 TV network in Total Day across Kids 2-11 (827,000/2.1 rating), Kids 6-11 (563,000/2.4 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (490,000/2.0 rating) – marking its 3rd consecutive week sweeping the major youth demographics – and was the #1 entertainment cable TV network for the 2nd week in a row in Total Viewers (1.50 million).

The #1 TV network 118 straight weeks, Disney Channel more than doubled runner up Nickelodeon in Tweens 9-14 (+120% – 490,000 vs. 223,000), marking its biggest competitive advantage in nearly 6 months in the demo, and recorded its largest edge in 2 months in Kids 6-11 (+56% – 563,000 vs. 360,000) – since weeks of 4/1/13 and 7/15/13, respectively. In Prime, Disney Channel stood as cable TV’s #1 network for the 435th week in a row among Kids 6-11 (1.01 million/4.2 rating – 8+ years) and 172nd in Tweens 9-14 (892,000/3.7 rating – 3+ years).
•Friday’s all-new 1-hour “Jessie” (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.) became the series #2 telecast on record in Total Viewers (4.77 million), Kids 2-11 (2.87 million/7.3 rating) and Kids 6-11 (2.37 million/10.0 rating), standing as the week’s #1 TV telecast across the target kid categories.
•On Sunday, “Shake It Up” (1.51 million/6.2 rating) posted 6-month highs in Tweens 9-14 – since 3/17/13 – ranking among the week’s Top 5 TV telecasts (see chart below).
•Overall, Disney Channel delivered the week’s Top 12 TV telecasts in Kids 2-11, Top 28 TV telecasts in Kids 6-11 and Top 25 TV telecasts in Tweens – Top 5 below:

Disney Junior Preschooler Block on Disney Channel

Powered by Friday’s all-new episode, Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First” ranked as the week’s #1 cable TV series in Kids 2-5 (584,000/3.8 rating) and Girls 2-5 (325,000/4.3 rating), and was the #1 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers (1.58 million) and Women 18-49 (317,000/0.5 rating).

Overall, the block aired the week’s Top 4 cable TV telecasts in Kids 2-5 with “Sofia the First,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and “Doc McStuffins”:

24-Hour Disney Junior Channel

The 24-hour Disney Junior channel ranked as cable TV’s #1 preschool-dedicated network in Total Day for the 24th straight week with Kids 2-5 (198,000/1.3 rating) and Boys 2-5 (103,000/1.3 rating) – each week since reporting public ratings on 4/1/13 – for the 7th week in a row in Girls 2-5 (96,000/1.3 rating) and for the 23rd time in the previous 24 weeks in Total Viewers (385,000).
•Disney Junior channel towered over Nick Jr. for the 24th week in a row in Kids 2-5 (+25% – 198,000 vs. 158,000) and Boys 2-5 (+39% – 103,000 vs. 74,000), for the 7th straight week in Girls 2-5 (+14% – 96,000 vs. 84,000) and for the 23rd time in the prior 24 weeks in Total Viewers (+22% – 385,000 vs. 316,000), despite being in 14.8 million fewer homes.
•Disney Junior channel out-performed Sprout by triple digits for the 24th consecutive week across core demos: Total Viewers (+133% – 385,000 vs. 165,000), Kids 2-5 (+171% – 198,000 vs. 73,000) and Boys 2-5 (+212% – 103,000 vs. 33,000), and by at least double digits for the 24th week running in Girls 2-5 (+140% – 96,000 vs. 40,000).

After week’s of voting from all WGAW workers, Chris Keyser continues his reign at WGAW to make sure everything’s ship shape. How did he survive his chances Jim?

Jim Fish (via The Wrap)- “Party of Five” co-creator Christopher Keyser was re-elected as president of the guild, as he ran unopposed

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) announced the final results of its officers and board of directors election on Tuesday.

Christopher Keyser was re-elected as president, while Howard A. Rodman and Carl Gottlieb were also re-elected as vice president and secretary-treasurer, respectively.


Keyser and Rodman — both of whom were unopposed on the ballot — received 100 percent of the vote, while Gottlieb squeaked by with 53.2 percent. A total of 1,463 ballots were cast in a vote  supervised by Robbin Johnson of independent firm Pacific Election Services.

“Man of Steel” screenwriter David S. Goyer was among the eight WGAW members elected to the board of directors. Other winners include Billy Ray, Patric M. Verrone, Alfredo Barrios, Jr., Carleton Eastlake, Ari B. Rubin, Thania St. John and Karen Harris.

The officers and board members will serve for a term of two years, effective immediately.

DreamWorks adds another addition to their entertainment arsenal as they keep up on Disney’s previous team-ups for full animation supremacy. What’s DreamWorks’ latest team-up Danny?

Danny Angelfish (via Screen Daily)- DreamWorks Animation, the company behind the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda franchises, has acquired the library of Chapman Entertainment.

The UK children’s television production and licensing company is behind brands including Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Little Charley Bear, all of which will now be distributed through DreamWorks Animation’s UK-based TV distribution operation.

Chapman Entertainment was formed in 2002 by Keith Chapman, the originator of Bob the Builder.

Eric Ellenbogen, co-head of DreamWorks Animation International TV and DreamWorks Classics, said: “The Chapman acquisition reaffirms our commitment to UK-based productions of distinction and we look forward to delivering brand new TV adventures from these popular series.”

The deal follows DreamWorks Animations’ acquisition of Classic Media in August 2012.

Checking the Penguins tally 148 fans sign in as the goal to 5000 comes slightly close. We’ll take a close look at the tally as this week progresses.

Next week, the cool down arrives after a unexpected shot of summer heat from the first 2 weeks in September. But don’t worry, everything’s back in flux! See you next edition for more surprises!

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