Nick’s Saturday Night schedule sweeps November with best performance; Plot details of Finding Dory revealed; Jeff Bewkes to get his chance with Video on Demand



Welcome to the plot detail edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report here’s what’s topping today!


On the last ratings report, Nick completed sweeps week with of course a sweep thanks in part to its Saturday Night lineup earning the network their 6th weekly win. As November came to a close 2 weeks ago, did Nick take it for their 4th November win? Let’s check the numbers:





Nickelodeon marked its fourth consecutive month as the top basic cable network in total day, winning November with kids 2-11 (2.3/698K). Nick’s performance was powered by its robust portfolio of best-in-class live-action shows.

With kids 2-11, the network swept the top three spots with Henry Danger (4.7/1.4M) leading the comedic trio, followed by Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (4.4/1.3M) in second and The Thundermans (4.2/1.3M) in third. Also, The Haunted Hathaways gave the network the top four live-action series for the month with kids 2-11, coming in fourth place with a 3.7/1.1M average. With Kids k-11, Nick’s live-action slate once again dominated, as Henry Danger (6.3/1.2M), Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (6.0/1.1M), The Thundermans (5.9/1.1M) and The Haunted Hathaways (5.3/990K) netted the top four spots, respectively.

The net also scored basic cable’s top two kids’ programs with total viewers for November, with SpongeBob SquarePants landing the number-one spot (2.6M), followed by Henry Danger (2.4M).

Nickelodeon’s niche nets also posted double-digit year over year gains for the month, with Nicktoons up +48% with kids 6-11 and TeenNick up +18% with its core teen 12-17 demo.

Additionally, Nickelodeon capped off the month of November with a weekly win (11/24/14-11/30/14), scoring the number-one spot on basic cable in total day with kids 2-11 (2.5/759K). The premiere of Santa Hunters (Friday, Nov. 28, 7:00 p.m. ET/PT), the network’s brand-new original TV movie, was the week’s number-one telecast with kids 2-11, averaging a 5.8/1.8M and drawing 3.0M total viewers.


Back in 2003, we dived into the depths of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo. The story continued back on Monday when the studio fished out the  storyline of Marlin’s best friend Dory, sequel stated for next year. What should fans of the franchise do until then Johnny?


Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Just keep swimming … to the Marine Biology
Institute of California.

Our favorite forgetful blue fish is coming back in the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. Pixar president Jim Morris gave away a few more details about the film at Comic Con Experience in Brazil this past weekend.


Morris said that the majority of the film would be set in the Marine Biology Institute of California, a large rehabilitation facility for marine life. Dory finds out that she was born there and was freed into the ocean at a young age, reports Omelete.

Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is inspired to embark on a journey in search of her parents after she joins Nemo on a school trip to watch the migration of manta rays. The film takes place several months after Finding Nemo left off and Dory is living with Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and Nemo, who join her on her adventure to California. New characters including an octopus, a whale and sea lions will be featured as well.

Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy are the voices for Dory’s long-lost parents, and Ty Burrell is playing a whale named Bailey. The film is set to hit theaters on June 17, 2016.


Fresh off the layoffs from the Warner’s workforce from the botched merger, Warner’s CEO Jeff Bewkes is gunning for chance to eliminate his latest loss from Rupert Murdoch. In his upcoming possession, he’s preparing to join the on demand craze which could help him put away his lastest regret. What’s he up to Angie?


Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- Seems that Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes sees little wrong with the entertainment business that can’t be cured by more video on demand. “That is clearly where the power of video content reaches its full realization,” he told investors today at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. VOD “has brought the vitality back to television. We’ll adjust all of the aspects [of Time Warner’s business] to realize that opportunity.” Indeed, he adds, “we’re trying to create a revolution in the way television rights are available.”


VOD hasn’t come as quickly or easily as he’d like. Bewkes continued to hammer cable operators for dragging their feet in offering VOD and TV Everywhere streaming. They’ve “paid for the programs. It’s all there. Let’s make it available.”

But Time Warner doesn’t want to mess with pay TV’s lucrative strategy that requires subscribers to pay for channels that they don’t watch. “There are about 100 million homes in America that have the multichannel package. It’s a tremendously successful package.” That’s why he continues to insist that he won’t play with fire next year when he begins to offer HBO Go’s streaming service directly to some consumers who don’t also pay for the expanded basic bundle. He’ll work with operators to offer it to about 10 million non-pay TV homes — including lots of millennials — as part of a low-priced package with broadband and broadcast channels. “It’s becoming painfully clear that [cable operators] are leaving money on the table,” Bewkes says. “It’s crazy to fly planes with nobody in the seats.”

Like many other moguls at the UBS confab, Bewkes rejected the thesis that digital services led by Netflix are largely responsible for the recent downturn in cable ratings, and weaker-than-expected TV ad sales. Nielsen’s audience measurement idiosyncrasies, and slowness to catch up with mobile viewing, accounts for “maybe a third or half” of the ratings drop. But “we don’t think that the viewing numbers you’re looking at are going to continue to be down. We don’t think it’s a secular trend.”

Bewkes also urged investors to look more kindly on the movie business which — while a much smaller contributor to profits than TV — frightens those who look at erratic box office results and the big decline in DVD sales. “We’ve been saying we’re going to do well for the last 10 years and we’ve done it every year.” Warner Bros’ success comes from its large pipeline and ability to develop franchises including  Harry Potter and Lego, he says. The CEO also rejected a growing concern on Wall Street that audiences will become fed up with Hollywood’s production line of superhero movies including ones such as Superman and Batman from Time Warner’s DC Comics. “If you do good writing and casting development, these things are able to be part of the real world.”


Checking the Penguins tally, 2,001 fans sign in as they overshadow Team Skipper latest loss in the box office as DreamWorks’ franchise mojo continues to keelhaul them.


While we prepare the last few weeks of the year, let’s see if the box office can get just enough rest after a well deserved break last week. In the meantime, see you for the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report!

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