Netflix’s ‘Ginny & Georgia’ Top Rising Show on TV Time Chart

Netflix’s “Ginny & Georgia” led TV Time’s rising show chart for the week ended Feb. 28.

The series, which also took the second spot on the binge chart, hit screens Feb. 24. It follows angsty and awkward 15-year-old Ginny Miller, who often feels more mature than her 30-year-old mother, the dynamic Georgia Miller. After years on the run, Georgia desperately wants to put down roots in picturesque New England and give her family something they’ve never had — a normal life. But Georgia’s past threatens her and her family’s new way of life.

Taking the silver on the rising show chart was “Superman & Lois,” which debuted on the CW Feb. 23. It follows the famous superhero and journalist, who after years of facing supervillains, monsters, and aliens, try to deal with the stress and complexities that come with raising two boys as working parents.

“Attack on Titan” took the top spot again on TV Time’s binge chart for the week. The anime series is based on the manga and is set in a world where humanity lives within cities surrounded by enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans.

Coming in fifth on the binge chart behind perennial binge favorites “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy” was Disney+’s superhero series “WandaVision.” The first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe features Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany).

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by almost 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Feb. 28 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Attack on Titan” (NHK) — 2.26%
  2. “Ginny & Georgia” (Netflix) — 1.82%
  3. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 1.72%
  4. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.59%
  5. “WandaVision” (Disney+) — 1.52%
  6. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.50%
  7. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.40%
  8. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.39%
  9. “Behind Her Eyes” (Netflix) — 1.26%
  10. “Naruto Shippuden” (TV Tokyo) — 1.12%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Feb. 28 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Ginny & Georgia” (Netflix) — 100%
  2. “Superman & Lois” (The CW) — 100%
  3. “Pekin Express” (M6) — 98.8%
  4. “Les Marseillais” (W9) — 95.6%
  5. “Solar Opposites” (Hulu) — 93%
  6. “Hotel Paradise” (PL) (TVN) — 91.8%
  7. “Love, Victor” (Hulu) — 86.7%
  8. “Cougar Town” (ABC) — 83.2%
  9. “The Great North” (Fox) — 82.9%
  10. “The Conners” (ABC) — 81%

‘Monster Hunter’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

For a second consecutive week, Sony Pictures’ action-adventure Monster Hunter led the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Feb. 28.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Available for early digital purchase Feb. 16, Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise, stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

The Universal/DreamWorks animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, newly available to own Feb. 9, again took the silver on the Vudu chart and the bronze on the FandangoNow chart. It’s a followup to 2013’s The Croods that finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984, which was released Feb. 12 as a 48-hour PVOD rental after debuting on WarnerMedia’s SVOD service HBO Max, again took the No. 2 spot on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu). A sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, the follow-up reunites director Patty Jenkins with star Gal Gadot and moves the setting from World War I to 1980s America, where the DC Comics heroine confronts the challenges of the Cold War.

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New to the charts was Lionsgate’s horror reboot Wrong Turn, available for digital purchase Feb. 23. The film, which was No. 3 on the Vudu chart and No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart, follows a group of friends who set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course — and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Wrong Turn
  4. Wonder Woman 1984
  5. Greenland
  6. Shadow in the Cloud
  7. Willy’s Wonderland
  8. Minari
  9. Freaky
  10. News of the World

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The Croods: A New Age
  4. Wrong Turn
  5. Greenland
  6. Minari
  7. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  8. News of the World
  9. Willy’s Wonderland
  10. Pinocchio

TV Time: Warner’s ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Most Anticipated Movie in March

Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong was the most anticipated movie in March on the TV Time chart.

The monster flick, which will debut in theaters and on Warner’s streaming service HBO Max March 31, is a sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island and is the fourth film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse. It stars Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by nearly 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

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Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run came in at No. 2 on the March TV Time anticipated movie chart. In the CGI-animated feature, coming to PVOD and the studio’s streaming service Paramount+ March 4, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing and a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. It features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg.

Meanwhile, another simultaneous streaming and theatrical debut, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, took the No. 4. spot. It comes out March 5 on Disney+ via Premier Access for an additional fee. The animated fantasy explores a world where humans and dragons once lived together in harmony, and when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.

 

 Most Anticipated March Movies

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros.) 3.31
  2. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Paramount) 3.4
  3. Chaos Walking (Lionsgate) 3.5
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney) 3.5
  5. Coming 2 America (Amazon) 3.5
  6. Zack Synder’s Justice League (Warner Bros.) 3.18
  7. Moxie (Netflix) 3.3.
  8. Boss Level (Hulu) 3.5

 

A Whip Media company, TV Time is a global community of 16 million users who have reported more than 18 billion views of TV and movie content across 230,000 titles.

‘Super 8’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD May 25

Super 8, from writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, will debut on 4K Ultra HD May 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on June 10, 2011, the film celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Newly remastered for the 4K Ultra HD release, Super 8 stars Joel Courtney (The Kissing Booth), Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) and Elle Fanning (“The Great”). It tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a Super 8 movie, only to discover that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants.

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The 4K Ultra HD release includes access to a digital copy of the film and more than two hours of previously released bonus content, commentary by Abrams, Bryan Burk and Larry Fong; “The Dream Behind Super 8”(HD); “The Search for New Faces” (HD); “Meet Joel Courtney (HD); “Rediscovering Steel Town (HD); “The Visitor Lives (HD); “Scoring Super 8 (HD); “Do You Believe in Magic?” (HD); “The 8mm Revolution (HD); Easter eggs (HD); “Deconstructing the Train Crash” (HD); and deleted scenes (HD).

Classic Musical ‘My Fair Lady’ Heading to 4K Ultra HD May 25

The classic musical My Fair Lady will debut on 4K Ultra HD combo pack May 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, My Fair Lady also won the Best Picture Golden Globe and was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Adapted from the Broadway stage hit, the film stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, a role that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor. The elitist Higgins attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher has a lesson or two to learn himself.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a recent 8K film transfer, as well as English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack also includes access to a digital copy of the film and more than two hours of previously released bonus content.

Halle Barry to Star in ‘The Mothership’ for Netflix

Halle Barry will star in the feature The Mothership for Netflix and MRC Film.

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Writer Matthew Charman (Bridge of Spies, Operation Finale) will make his directorial debut with the picture. Charman was nominated for an Academy Award for his Bridge of Spies screenplay with Joel and Ethan Cohen.

The sci-fi adventure follows Sara Morse (Berry) one year since her husband mysteriously vanished from their rural farm. When she discovers a strange, extraterrestrial object underneath their home, Sara and her kids embark on a race to find their husband, father and most importantly — the truth.

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Academy Award winning actress Berry will next star in the Netflix original film Bruised, her feature directorial debut.

MRC Film most recently released the Oscar nominated film Knives Out from writer/director Rian Johnson and The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae with Netflix.

Doc ‘Buster Williams Bass to Infinity’ Due on Digital March 16

The documentary Buster Williams Bass to Infinity will come out on digital March 16 from Virgil Films.

Jazz musician Buster Williams has played with everyone, from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. In this documentary, viewers join Williams as he tells stories about his life and the lives of other great jazz musicians, and is joined by, and plays with, some of the greatest living contributors to this music — Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and Lenny White.

Buster Williams Bass to Infinity is a film about a great contributor to America’s greatest art form, and many other greats — those mentioned above, as well as Monk, Trane and Paul Chambers.

The trailer is here.

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TV Time: Disney+’s ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Top Anticipated New Show in March

Disney+’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was the top anticipated new show on the TV Time chart for March.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

“The Falcon and the Winder Soldier,” debuting on March 19, features Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie reprising their Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero roles. The mismatched duo teams up for a global adventure.

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Also appearing on the new show chart were three other series from streamers. At No. 2 was “Foundation,” debuting March 1 on Apple TV+. It’s a science fiction show based on the book series of the same name by Isaac Asimov. At No. 3 was HBO Max’s “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” the director’s new cut of the Warner Bros. film hitting home screens March 18. And at No. 5 behind NBC’s sci-fi series “Debris” was another superhero series, “Invincible,” coming out on Amazon Prime Video March 26. It’s an adult animated show based on the comic book character of the same name by Robert Kirkman.

 

Most Anticipated New Shows for March:

  1. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney+) — March 19
  2. “Foundation” (Apple TV+) — March 1
  3. “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” (HBO Max) — March 18
  4. “Debris” (NBC) — March 1
  5. “Invincible” (Amazon Prime Video) — March 26

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for March:

  1. “My Hero Academia” (NTV) — March 27
  2. “The Flash” (2014) (CW) — March 2
  3. “Good Girls” (NBC) — March 7
  4. “Love Alarm” (Netflix) — March 12
  5. “Final Space” (TBS) — March 20

Whip Media Inks Data Tracking Deal with Tastemade

Software platform and data provider Whip Media Feb. 25 announced that Tastemade, a media company with a global audience of more than 300 million monthly viewers, will utilize its data performance tracking solution for linear free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST).

A lifestyle media company, Tastemade produces hundreds of hours of video content and original programming in the categories of food, travel, and home and design on all major digital, mobile and streaming television platforms, streaming 2.5-plus billion views each month, according to a Whip press release.

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“The rapid growth of Tastemade’s audience and global OTT distribution partners created the need for better content performance tracking specific to digital linear networks,” according to the release.

FAST content programmers do not currently have visibility into title-level performance across multiple digital platforms, creating data inefficiencies for FAST networks that need this data to make strategic content acquisition and programming decisions, according to Whip. Whip Media leveraged its data aggregation capabilities to solve this problem by mapping FAST network’s performance data to both its linear schedules and internal metadata, creating an automated performance tracking solution for digital linear networks. Designed to handle scale and improve performance visibility, this platform will help Tastemade make more informed programming decisions.

“As we rapidly expand our global distribution footprint, we’re excited to work with Whip Media to deepen our understanding of how viewers engage with our content across multiple platforms,” said Jay Holzer, head of programming, Tastemade Streaming Network.

“We applaud Tastemade, a truly data-forward modern media company and streaming network, for bringing more visibility to the industry and FAST networks to drive innovation in their businesses,” said Carol Hanley, chief revenue and strategy officer of Whip Media. “This partnership will help Tastemade to leverage the power of their data to drive revenue and share their premium original lifestyle programming with more audiences.”

DEG Forms New Committees, Defines Terms for Direct-to-Consumer Market

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s D2C Alliance Steering Committee Feb. 25 released a list of industry terminology endorsed by its members to help standardize communication about the various digital streaming models and services and to align the messaging regarding their features and benefits.

The Alliance-adopted terminology spans linear, transactional and subscription businesses:

  • AVOD: Ad-Supported Video-on-Demand services are usually free (no subscription fee) or discounted with the inclusion of advertising.
  • DTC: Direct-to-Consumer services deliver single- or multi-channel content to consumers directly from a network or provider.
  • DTO: Download-to-Own digital content is purchased or licensed from platforms like Amazon Prime and iTunes (similar to EST).
  • EST: Electronic Sell-Through enables standard or premium digital content to be streamed or downloaded by consumers for a fixed one-time fee over an extended period of time across multiple delivery points and devices.
  • FAST: Free Ad-Supported Television linear channels are delivered over the internet and available from third party platforms (e.g., Pluto, Tubi).
  • Linear TV: Linear TV refers to live or prerecorded television programs that are distributed in real time, rather than on-demand, by cable (e.g., Comcast), satellite (e.g., DirecTV), telco (e.g., Verizon Fios) or broadcast OTA (over-the-air) networks, as well as internet-delivered digital program distributors (e.g., Hulu + Live TV, YouTubeTV, SlingTV).
  • MVPD: Multichannel Video Program Distributors offer a variety of different linear content channels from multiple providers over cable, satellite or telco services (e.g., Comcast, DISH, DirecTV, Verizon Fios) on a subscription basis. Virtual MVPDS (vMVPDs) offer channels through internet-delivered services (e.g., Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV).
  • O&O: O&O is an abbreviated way to reference a broadcast station that is “owned-and-operated” by the network or company that it’s affiliated with. NBC 4 Los Angeles, for example, is owned and operated by NBCUniversal.
  • OTT: Over-the-Top services bypass traditional cable, broadcast and satellite TV platforms and use the internet to deliver or “stream” video directly to viewers. Netflix, Apple TV, and YouTube are all examples of OTT services.
  • PEST: Premium Electronic Sell-Through for a one-time fee offers a specific piece of digital content to be purchased or licensed earlier than its traditional release “window.”
  • PVOD: Premium Video-on-Demand services permit limited-time access, for a one-time fee, to a specific piece of content earlier than its traditional release “window.”
  • SVOD: Subscription Video-on-Demand services require a periodic fixed fee (most often monthly) for accessing and viewing content an unlimited number of times while a subscriber (e.g., Disney+, Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock).
  • TVOD: Transactional Video-on-Demand services charge a one-time fee for viewing a specific piece of content for either a limited rental period (typically 24 or 48 hours), or an extended collection period (EST).

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The DEG’s D2C Alliance is focused on identifying the issues pertaining to both SVOD and AVOD services, including (but not limited to) definitions and standards; uniform messaging; activation and adoption; research and data analytics; consumer consumption patterns; improved quality of service; and generating greater overall awareness about the direct-to-consumer experience.

To this end, the Alliance also recently activated two new committees: TV & Connected Devices and DTC Targeted Services.

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The members of the TV & Connected Devices committee include Amazon, Google, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Electronics, TiVo, Verizon and Xfinity. The TV & Connected Devices committee seeks open communication with platforms and services as a way to improve the overall consumer streaming experience.

The DTC Targeted Services committee is comprised of specialized content companies, such as

A+E Networks, AMC Networks, BBC Studios, FilmRise, National Geographic, The Great Courses, PBS Distribution and ScreenHits TV. The goal of the DTC Targeted Services committee is to ensure that the perspective of specialized services is represented in the key industry issues outlined above.

DEG’s D2C Alliance is guided by a group of Steering Committee executives, including Matt Strauss, chairman direct-to-consumer and international at NBCUniversal, as chair; Ron Lamprecht, director corporate business development at Amazon Prime, as vice chair; and Jonathan Zepp, M&E global partnerships, Google Platforms & Ecosystems, and Dan Cohen, president, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, as board officers. The officers were elected by the full D2C Alliance Steering Committee.

“Establishing accepted industry terminology is an important early step in both industry relations and consumer outreach,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president and CEO, in a statement. “This is an important milestone for the D2C Alliance as it moves forward with a strong base of support across platforms and services, device makers and content owners and distributors.”

Also Feb. 25, the DEG is presenting “The Maturing D2C Landscape,” an event to provide more insights about the emerging DTC ecosystem. The virtual event features experts from across the industry speaking about the targeted services landscape and the role connected devices play in consumer experience.