I was out for two weeks. Here’s a quick summary of things I missed and so may have you:
- Melissa Carter, who stepped down from Q100’s Bert Show last year, has decided to get back into radio: she is now the afternoon host at All News 106.7, owned by the same company, Atlanta-based Cumulus Media. She can be heard from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
“It is nice to be in a newsroom, rather than the only news person,” she wrote to me via Facebook. “And I must say I do NOT miss the 3:30am alarm!”
Ratings for the all-news station in its first month were modest and a big drop off from its predecessor Atlanta’s Greatest Hits. In June Arbitrons, the station garnered a 1.1 share (22nd place) compared to 2.9 (16th place) in May when it was a music station.
- Monica Pearson is ending her incredible 37-year run at Channel 2 Action News on Wednesday at 6 p.m. She made the announcement earlier this year. I will blog about it tomorrow.
- TNT’s “Falling Skies” was renewed for a third season, although ratings have been down about 15 percent this year than season one. Overnight ratings have settled around 3.6 million viewers with a 1.2 18-49 rating. Still, its average ratings over a week (Live + 7, including DVR use over a week) has been 5.9 million, with 2.7 million 18-49. Those younger demographics make the show a formidable basic cable show. Plus, it has received hit status in multiple countries overseas.
- Locally made TV shows didn’t get any love from the Emmys. The most likely recipient of an Emmy nomination of any sort would have been AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” But the drama was shut out.
Turner Broadcasting shows didn’t garner many major Emmy nominations either. “Falling Skies” picked up an “Outstanding Special Visual Effect” nomination. “Southland” picked up a nomination for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination.” “Christmas in Washington” has one for “Outstanding Music Direction.” Conan O’Brien on TBS received one modest nomination: “Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Enhancement To A Television Program Or Series” for its Team CoCo app. Cartoon Network’s nominations included “Children’s Hospital” with “Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs” and four nominations in Outstanding Short-format Animated Program, including “Robot Chicken” (Adult Swim), “Adventure Time,” “Regular Show” and “MAD.”
- I missed the entire brouhaha over DirecTV and Viacom, which ended over the weekend. For a couple of weeks, DirecTV did not air MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and Comedy Channel, among others, to its 20 million customers. Viacom was able to get a 20% increase in its rates, down from its initial 30% request. The result: ratings fell sharply among those networks while they were blacked out. Smaller Dish Network is in a dispute with AMC Networks, so those subscribers are not able to watch that network since the end of June.
- Talkers magazine ranked 100 top sports radio shows. A few local teams were named. My colleague Darryl Ledbetter wrote about it last week.Top ranked Atlanta show was David Archer and Mike Bell of 790/The Zone at No. 30, followed by the Rude Awakening on 680/The Fan at 62, the Zone’s mid-day show with the 2 Live Stews at No. 81 and Mayhem in the AM snuck in at No. 97.
- The Southeastern Emmys, which was taped last month at the Hyatt in Buckhead, will air on WPBA-Atlanta at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28. 11 Alive News (WXIA-TV) took home 23 Emmys at the Southeastern Emmy Awards, by far the most of any TV station. Channel 2 Action News, the local ABC affiliate, won 11 Emmys. 11 Alive reporter Matt Pearl took home the most individual trophies for the night: six. He was on stage so many times, special honoree and former CNN CEO Tom Johnson joked to the audience that he thought Pearl might get his prize.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk