Breaking Bad and Modern Family repeat at the 66th Emmys; Disney’s Friday lineup scores high ratings; Hub Network airs Barnyard and Harriet The Spy


Welcome to the Emmy 2014 edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!


Disney Channel’s Friday night lineup is at its best following the premiere of Star Wars: Rebels last week. Let’s see if the force proved worthy with the latest report:



For the week of August 18, 2014, powered by Friday’s line-up of new “Jessie,” “Dog With A Blog,” “Gravity Falls,” “Phineas and Ferb” and “Wander Over Yonder” episodes and a preview of the highly anticipated “Star Wars Rebels,” Disney Channel was cable TV’s #1 network in Total Viewers (1.37 million) and TV’s #1 network across target youth Kid 2-11 (723,000/1.8 rating), Kids 6-11 (532,000/2.2 rating) and Tween 9-14 (475,000/2.0 rating) demographics.
Disney Channel has been TV’s #1 network for 169-consecutive weeks in Tweens (3+ years) and was #1 for the 168th time in the previous 169 weeks in Kids 6-11.
Disney Channel defeated Nickelodeon by 41% in Kids 6-11 (532,000 vs. 377,000) and by 76% in Tweens 9-14 (475,000 vs. 270,000).

In Prime, Disney Channel is cable TV’s #1 network for the 469th-consecutive week among Kids 6-11 (758,000/3.2 rating – 9 years) and for the 206th week in a row among Tweens 9-14 (672,000/2.8 rating – 3+ years).

With 1 week to go in Summer 2014, Disney Channel is set to rank as cable TV’s #1 Total Day network for the 2nd summer in a row in Total Viewers (1.55 million) and as TV’s #1 network for the 3rd-consecutive summer in Kids 2-11 (836,000/2.1 rating), 5th in Kids 6-11 (603,000/2.5 rating) and 9th in Tweens (518,000/2.1 rating).

24-Hour Disney Junior channel

24-hour Disney Junior channel, now in its second year as a publicly-measured Nielsen network, ranked as TV’s #1 preschool-devoted Total Day network for the 73rd-consecutive week among Total Viewers (457,000), Kids 2-5 (235,000/1.5 rating) and Boys 2-5 (123,000/1.5 rating) –every week since 4/1/13– for the 55th time in the prior 56 weeks in Girls 2-5 (113,000/1.5 rating) and 61st in Women 18-49 (81,000).
For the week, Disney Junior channel exceeded Nick Jr. by double digits across the board: Total Viewers (+55% –457,000 vs. 295,000), Kids 2-5 (+81% –235,000 vs. 130,000), Girls 2-5 (+69% –113,000 vs. 67,000), Boys 2-5 (+95% –123,000 vs. 63,000) and Women 18-49 (+59% –81,000 vs. 51,000).
For the week, Disney Junior channel surpassed Sprout by triple-digit margins for the 73rd-consecutive week among Total Viewers (+266% –457,000 vs. 125,000), Kids 2-5 (+320% –235,000 vs. 56,000), Girls 2-5 (+304% –113,000 vs. 28,000) and Boys 2-5 (+356% –123,000 vs. 27,000) and by at least double digits for 73rd week in a row in Women 18-49 (+224% –81,000 vs. 25,000).


With Breaking Bad on its way to its last season this year, AMC’s hit drama desperately need it to end it with a bang. But before that, last Monday Emmy’s were the best weapon to use as the show scored a repeat. Which other shows made Emmy history Angie?


Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- Breaking Bad has long been mentioned alongside HBO’s The Sopranos as two of the best drama series ever. The dark AMC drama received a major validation tonight with a big sendoff, earning five Emmy Awards, including best drama series. It became only the second drama to win the top prize for its final season, joining Sopranos. And Breaking Bad did it in an emphatic way — sweeping the top categories, including best actor Bryan Cranston, and best supporting actors Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn.

Modern Family, winner for best comedy series, also recorded a historic achievement, tying NBC comedy Frasier as the scripted series with most Emmy wins. Both did it in a sweep over their first five seasons. Also connecting the two shows is Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd, who was part of the Frasier team that won all five best series trophies.

Breaking Bad‘s landslide victory tonight was even more impressive as it came a year after the show went off the air. It defused the much-hyped faceoff with HBO’s True Detective, which never materialized. The eight-part program’s submission as a drama series was one of the most discussed topics this Emmy season. True Detective netted only one trophy tonight, for director Cary Fukunaga. It was a rough night for all of the programs whose category allocation raised eyebrows, with Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and Showtime’s Shameless, both competing as comedies, not converting any nominations tonight.

Traditional media and TV actors triumphed over new technologies and movie stars. Broadcast and basic cable networks dominated the series categories over premium cable and digital platforms and even gave HBO a run for its money in the long-form categories. Netflix was shut out completely tonight, with HBO landing premium cable’s lone two series wins. And it was veteran series actors who got the trophies over feature stars like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Billy Bob Thornton.

The True Detective’s performance also illustrated the struggles newcomers faced this year, with the series categories dominated by repeat winners tonight. Best drama series (Breaking Bad), best comedy series (Modern Family), best variety series (The Colbert Report), lead actress and actor in a comedy series (Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons), supporting actress in a drama series (Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn), best director for a comedy series (Modern Family‘s Gail Mancuso) all were repeats from last year, with several others — best drama actor and actress (Cranston and The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies), supporting drama and comedy actor (Paul and Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell), best writing for a comedy series (Louie‘s Louis CK), best reality competition series (CBS’ The Amazing Race) — were previous winners. The only “newcomer” in the series acting categories tonight was one of the most decorated actresses on TV, Allison Janney, who won her sixth Emmy for her supporting role on CBS’ Mom, her second trophy this year alone. (She also won for her recurring role on Masters Of Sex). Earning her first writing Emmy was Breaking Bad‘s Moira Walley-Beckett, who also shared in the show’s back-to-back best series Emmys. Parsons is now tied for most wins in the lead actor in a comedy series category, 4. He matched the accomplishment of such comedy greats as Carroll O’Connor, Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammer. On the flip side, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm became the actor with most nominations (7) not to have won an Emmy. (Mad Men was shut out completely for a third straight year, as were House of Cards and Downton Abbey.)

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – ShowIn her acceptance speech, Margulies addressed another Emmy rule controversy this year, involving drama series — the advantage cable and digital shows that produce 7-8 episodes a year enjoy over broadcast series, which have to make 22-24 episodes a season (Breaking Bad‘s final installment, which earned the best-drama Emmy, consisted of eight episodes, as did the run of its main rival, True Detective.) “Our writers never cease to amaze me, 22 episodes a year,” Margulies said of The Good Wife, which didn’t make the cut for a nomination in the best drama category as the category has remained out of reach for network series for three straight years now.

With Breaking Bad closing the door on True Detective early on with wins for Paul and Gunn, the biggest surprises of the night came in the long-form categories, which produced the unlikely top Emmy winner of 2014, Masterpiece’s Sherlock: His Last Vow. The British show topped the list of programs with seven wins, including three tonight, for best actor and supporting actor in a movie/miniseries (Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman) and best writing (co-creator Steven Moffat).

It was a nerve-wracking night for longform favorite HBO’s The Normal Heart, which saw category after category in which it had been nominated go to other programs. The upsets ended in the final TV movie category, best movie, which was awarded to Ryan Murphy’s passion project about the 1980s AIDS epidemic. Murphy’s other longform contender, FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, had a good night with two wins, for lead and supporting actress (Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates). Underlining how blurred the lines between series and miniseries are, this was actually Lange’s second Emmy (and third nomination) in the movie/miniseries category for the same program.

It was a big night for FX and CBS. FX’s Fargo reboot snagged best miniseries as well as best directing for Colin Bucksey. Adding Louis C.K.’s trophy, FX tied CBS and AMC for most wins tonight, five. AMC’s awards all were for Breaking Bad, while CBS spread them over four series and three genres: Chuck Lorre’s comedies Big Bang (Parsons) and Mom (Janney), drama Good Wife (Margulies) and reality series (The Amazing Race), with a fifth coming for Glenn Weiss’ directing of the Tony Awards. Including the Creative Emmys, HBO was once again the winningest network with 19 trophies, followed by CBS and PBS (11) and NBC (10).


Back in the mid 90’s Nick used to air their own collection of Nick movies which later turn them into Nick shows. Now, The Hub Network’s doing what Nick used to do. What’s the story Dan?


Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- Oddly, though not as unexpected as you might think, the Hub Network will be airing at least two Nickelodeon Movies in September – the animated Barnyard: The Original Party Animals from 2006 and the 1996 Harriet the Spy.

Barnyard will premiere Monday, September 1 at 5 p.m. and Harriet the Spy will air Saturday, September 6 at 8 p.m. (ET).

The Nickelodeon Movies branded films are distributed by Viacom arm Paramount Pictures, so technically any television network can acquire broadcast rights. This has happened before with Cartoon Network airing the branded movies like Snow Day, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Nacho Libre. Hub Network has even aired the Nickelodeon Movies 2009 pic Hotel for Dogs.

What’s particularly interesting about Hub airing Barnyard is the fact that the movie is related to a Nickelodeon original series (Back at the Barnyard). Thus far, Nickelodeon has kept their animated original movies (like Rugrats, Jimmy Neutron, SpongeBob, etc.) on their own cable networks. Only premium networks like Showtime, or broadcast networks like CBS, have aired them otherwise.

Nickelodeon itself has aired most of their “Nickelodeon Movies” branded films. Again, strangely, Harriet the Spy is one of the movies Nick hasn’t aired – despite the fact that it was the first produced. Other films in the branded library that Nickelodeon hasn’t aired on TV include Snow Day, Clockstoppers, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Yours, Mine and Ours, Nacho Libre, Imagine That and everything since Rango.


With 2,076 Penguins fans taking a well-earned break before the new school year starts, Team Skipper takes action on this season’s Fall activities.


With summer in the books, it’s time to educate and cool off after a full packed vacation. New episodes return next week as Nick prepares to start this year’s Fall schedule. As we look forward to September, join me next time for the Fall editions of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.

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