Here is a round-up of the main tv stories of the day:
Jimmy Kimmel, ABC’s late-night host won his first ratings victory over Stephen Colbert since the latter’s installation at CBS’ Late Show.
In total viewers, Kimmel led Colbert by 5 percent (2.626 million vs. 2.492 million); Kimmel also led by 5 percent in the demo (765,000 vs. 728,000). Kimmel’s guest that Thursday: Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, making her first visit to Kimmel’s show as an official candidate. She delivered Kimmel’s biggest overall audience on any night—3.116 million viewers—since an NBA finals-led telecast in June.
It also won by 22 percent in 18-49 over Late Show that night (0.73 vs. 0.60). Jimmy Kimmel Live was the only 11:35 p.m. talkshow up week to week, rising 6 percent in 18-49 and 10 percent in total viewers; the show’s Tuesday averages were excluded due to Election Night coverage. Tonight, which averaged a 0.91 in 18-49 and 3.372 million total viewers, and Late Show were both down 6 percent in the demo.
Hulu is seeking to sell a stake to Time Warner Inc. as part of a deal that would value the streaming-video service at more than $5 billion and advance its efforts to compete with Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Hulu is owned by Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast. Time Warner is negotiating for a 25 percent stake in Hulu, which would mean the portion owned by the other conglomerates would fall from one-third now to one-fourth if the transaction gets done.The deal would value Hulu at $5 billion to $6 billion.
Time Warner owns CNN, HBO, an array of other cable channels and the Warner Bros production studio. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has been one of the industry’s main proponents of what’s known as “TV Everywhere,” which lets cable and satellite TV customers watch shows via the internet by authenticating with a username and password.
Hulu said in April that the service has more than 9 million paying customers. Rival Netflix reported 69.2 million worldwide at the end of the third quarter, and 43.2 million in the U.S.
Viacom reported U.S. advertising revenue its fiscal fourth-quarter down 7 percent amid ongoing ratings challenges at MTV and Comedy Central. Viacom’s Class B shares have climbed 32.7 percent since fears about the future of the pay-TV marketplace shook media stocks in August. However, the stock remains down about 32 percent for the year, and is trading at a discount to peers, reflecting investor fears about the risks the company faces as consumers demand “skinnier” bundles of channels. Significant ratings declines persist at channels including MTV and Comedy Central.
Day After Debate, FBN has highest-rated Business Day ever. FBN averaged 192,000 total viewers for the business day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) Wednesday, up 98 percent vs. Tuesday. The boost comes following the network’s airing of its first presidential primary debate, which was watched by 13.5 million TV viewers Tuesday night.
In the news demo of ages 25-54, FBN scored 45,000 viewers during Wednesday’s business day—a 221 percent increase—which put it ahead of rival CNBC for business day in that metric, by 13 percent, for the first time ever. (In total viewers, CNBC logged 203,000 for the business day). FBN beat CNBC every hour from 5-11 a.m. ET in both metrics.