Nielsen: December Household TV Streaming Inched Up 1.9%

Household television streaming video usage increased 1.2% in December 2023, but the uptick was not enough to maintain streaming’s November market share, and the category fell to 35.9% of overall TV usage (-0.2%). Streaming still dominated overall, with cable realizing 28.2% market share, followed by broadcast (23.5%) and “other” at 12.5% — the latter driven by video games. The streaming increase was led by 18-24 year-old viewers, whose usage was up 2.7%.

Netflix viewership climbed nearly 6% to account for 7.7% of TV usage (+0.3%). Fox’s free ad-supported streaming platform Tubi saw a 6.6% bump in viewing to maintain 1.4% of TV usage. YouTube’s share of TV fell to 8.5% (-0.4%) following a 3.4% drop in usage, but it still maintained the top spot among streaming platforms.

Netflix’s usage increase was partially driven by this month’s top two streaming titles: licensed episodes of “Young Sheldon” (also streaming on Max), which was the No. 1 most-streamed title with 6.7 billion viewing minutes, and the Netflix original movie, the apocalyptic thriller Leave the World Behind, which claimed No. 2 with 4.5 billion minutes.

Meanwhile, December marked the second-highest month of TV viewing in 2023 — behind January 2023. Monthly TV usage increased 1.7% vs. November. December recorded five days with more than 100 billion viewing minutes, with Dec. 31 totaling more than 105 billion minutes (the second-highest day in 2023 behind Super Bowl Sunday on Feb 12).

Following four consecutive months of growth (August through November), broadcast TV viewing decreased 4.3% from November. Decreased viewing was led by viewers 25-34 who watched 13% less broadcast programming than in November. Sports remained the most-watched broadcast genre, accounting for 28.5% of broadcast viewing, with NFL games accounting for 12 of the top 13 broadcast telecasts during the month. ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” took the 13th spot.

Cable viewing climbed another 1.3% this month, but due to the larger increase of overall TV usage, cable gave up a 0.1% share point to finish at 28.2% of total TV usage. Cable sports viewing was up 8.4% versus November, led by both NCAA bowl games and NFL programming. The top telecast went to ESPN’s NFL matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 30, which totaled more than 11 million viewers. Feature film viewing nearly tripled that of sports, however, accounting for 21.4% of cable usage compared with 8.1% for sports.

Showtime Linear to Rebrand as Paramount+ With Showtime Jan. 8, Include Some of Streamer’s Originals

Showtime linear will be rebranded Paramount+ with Showtime on Jan. 8 and will feature new Showtime titles and select Paramount+ original series.

The move aligns the brand with the Paramount+ with Showtime plan, a cornerstone integration for the streaming service, making this the first of its kind multiplatform brand that integrates streaming and linear content, according to Paramount+.

As part of the rebrand, Showtime subscribers Jan. 8 will have access to new Paramount+ original series “Sexy Beast,”the upcoming second season of “Halo” as well as other Paramount+ content, including season one of “Halo,” seasons one and two of Taylor Sheridan’s “Mayor of Kingstown,” seasons one through four of “Star Trek: Discovery,” and season one of “Wolf Pack.”

Showtime subscribers will also have access to new Showtime original series “A Gentleman in Moscow,” the George Clooney executive-produced “The Department” and “The Woman in the Wall,” as well as the Showtime titles “Fellow Travelers,” “The Chi,” “The Curse,” “Yellowjackets” and “Your Honor,” among others.

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Starting Dec. 11, a launch campaign, announcing the Paramount+ with Showtime rebrand, will air on Showtime owned and operated linear channels.

 

AXS TV and Spin Magazine Join for ‘Spin 100 Greatest Rock Stars’ Series

AXS TV is partnering with music and culture outlet Spin Magazine to present the original listicle series “Spin 100 Greatest Rock Stars,” premiering Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The 12-episode series on AXS TV is based on the magazine’s landmark “100 Greatest Rock Stars Since That Was A Thing” feature curated by Spin founder Bob Guccione Jr. — a detailed listing of the 100 greatest musicians he believes embody what it means to be a true rock star. “Spin 100 Greatest Rock Stars” serves up a star-studded, sometimes irreverent and often surprising odyssey, spotlighting trailblazers such as Elvis, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Page, Eminem, Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Gwen Stefani, Grace Slick and Pere Ubu’s David Thomas.

Additionally, the season will feature special “Artist Spotlights” and surprise segments honoring beloved rock stars hailed and revered by their peers such as Sammy Hagar, Brian Wilson and Angus Young; and provide guest commentary from a slate of entertainment icons including Joel McHale, Dee Snider, Stewart Copeland, Carnie Wilson, Steve Vai, Roy Orbison Jr., David Archuleta, Kenny Aronoff, Bruno Major, Bob Mould, Shawn Stockman, and U.K. music journalist Kylie Olsson, among others.

“The problem with lists like this is they are invariably BS. So our prime objective was to make sure we didn’t do a BS list,” Guccione said in a statement. “A rock star is, perhaps by definition, undefinable. They just are. They’re luminescent. Even when, in some cases, they didn’t want to be. I’m excited to bring this list to life with AXS TV. They have a great audience of dedicated and knowledgeable music fans. They’ll let us know what they think.”

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“We are excited to produce this show with SPIN. It has been one the most definitive platforms for music since its inception and this celebration of rock stars is legendary,” Katie Daryl, executive producer of the series and VP of programming for AXS TV, said in a statement. “We hope that this will be the first of many collaborations moving forward into the future as we continue to partner with more and more music brands.”

AXS TV is a multi-platform music and entertainment digital platform and television company owned and operated by Anthem Sports & Entertainment. AXS TV’s library offers content headlined by concerts and music-inspired programming, professional wrestling and MMA.

Season Two of ‘Hotel Portofino’ Headed to PBS Platforms Oct. 15

Season season of “Hotel Portofino” headed to all PBS platforms, including PBS Masterpiece Prime Video, in the United States Oct. 15.

The British period drama series, starring Natascha McElhone (“Californication,” “The Crown”), follows an elite yet dysfunctional British family who open a hotel for upper-class travelers on the Italian Riviera during the Roaring ’20s. Set in the Italian village of Portofino, season two begins in the summer of 1927 as Bella Ainsworth is still devoting her energy to Hotel Portofino, which has overcome teething troubles and is starting to prosper. Aside from her hotel duties, Bella is concerned for her children — Lucian, whose marriage to Rose might be facing trouble, and Alice, who needs a break from her responsibilities at the hotel. Bella’s husband Cecil has not been seen since returning to England at the end of the previous summer. With Cecil’s unannounced return to Portofino, the messy private lives of her children, and a visit from a travel guide that could make or break the hotel’s future, Bella does her utmost to keep all the plates spinning.

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Doc Series ‘The Golden Boy’ Headed to HBO and Max July 24

The HBO original two-part documentary The Golden Boy debuts July 24 (9 p.m. ET/PT), followed by part two on July 25 at the same time on HBO. Both episodes will be available to stream on Max beginning July 24.

Directed by Fernando Villena (HBO’s “Dear Rider” and “Any One of Us”), the documentary will celebrate its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Festival.
 
By the age of 19, Oscar De La Hoya was an Olympic boxing gold medalist, a multi-world-title-winning professional boxer, a hometown hero and a role model to his Mexican-American community in East Los Angeles. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” De La Hoya — with his good looks, electric charisma, and heartfelt story of winning Olympic gold for his dying mother — rocketed to national prominence as a superstar both in and outside the ring. But all was not what it appeared to be behind that polished facade. 

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Told in De La Hoya’s own words through a series of candid interviews with him and those closest to him, and featuring rare archival footage, The Golden Boy peels back the layers of this celebrated yet complicated figure, exploring his triumphs and turmoil to reveal a man struggling to come to terms with lifelong demons and the impossible burden of a nickname he couldn’t live up to.

Complete Series of ‘The Event’ Due on Blu-ray June 6 From Mill Creek

The complete series of “The Event” will be released on Blu-ray Disc June 6 by Mill Creek Entertainment.

The 22-episode conspiracy thriller — from Nick Wauters (“The 4400”), Steve Stark (“Medium”), Jeffrey Reiner (“Friday Night Lights”) and Evan Katz (“24”) — follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “Gen V”) as he investigates the disappearance of his would-be fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer, Disturbia), unwittingly exposing a cover-up so big it could change the fate of all mankind. Sean’s quest sends ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including newly elected U.S. president Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”) and Sophia Maguire (Laura Innes, “ER”), the leader of a mysterious group of detainees. 

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Scott Patterson (“Gilmore Girls”), Ian Anthony Dale (“Daybreak”), Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek), Taylor Cole (The Violent Kind), Lisa Vidal (“The Division”), Bill Smitrovich (“The Practice”) and Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”) also star. 

Extras include “Making of ‘The Event’” featurettes, a Dr. Dempsey alternate story, deleted scenes, and episode commentaries with creators, cast and crew.

Paramount Announces Another ‘Yellowstone’ Spinoff on the Way

Paramount Network May 5 announced a new, untitled “Yellowstone” sequel from creator Taylor Sheridan — a further expansion of the “Yellowstone” universe — has been greenlighted straight-to series. 

The cast will be announced shortly, according to the company.

The new series will premiere in December on the Paramount Network and later on Paramount+ following the final cycle of “Yellowstone,” which will debut in November.

Season 5A of “Yellowstone” garnered more than 17 million total viewers. 

Both shows are produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios.

“’Yellowstone’ has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits — from ‘1883’ to ‘Tulsa King,’ and I am confident our ‘Yellowstone’ sequel will be another big hit, thanks to the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan and our incredible casts who bring these shows to life,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement.

“The Dutton story continues, picking up where ‘Yellowstone’ leaves off in another epic tale,” David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring this new journey to audiences around the world.”

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“Yellowstone” chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect — the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders — an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and vicious business rivalries.

“Yellowstone” is co-created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Hell or High Water, Sicario) and John Linson. Executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari, Stephen Kay and Christina Voros.

Season 16 of ‘Criminal Minds’ Headed to DVD and Blu-ray June 20

Season 16 of the procedural series  “Criminal Minds” — “Criminal Minds: Evolution” — arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 20 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The three-disc release includes all episodes of season 16 (which also streams on Paramount+) and more than 35 minutes of special features, including three featurettes.

In season 16, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers come up against their greatest threat yet, an unsub who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. As the world opens back up, the network goes operational, and the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time. 

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Season 16 stars original cast members Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), A.J. Cook (J.J. Jareau), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis), Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez) and Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) as well as Zach Gilford (Elias Voit).

Whip Media: ‘True Lies’ Top New Show, ‘Shadow and Bone’ Top Returning Show, ‘John Wick 4’ Top Movie Anticipated in March

CBS’s “True Lies” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone” was the most anticipated returning show, and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for March.

“True Lies,” which debuts March 1, is based on the 1994 James Cameron action-comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent with an unsuspecting wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) who gets caught up in his latest mission. The series has the couple (played by Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga) working together on assignments.

“Shadow and Bone” returns for its second season March 16. The fantasy series is based on the books about an orphan girl with special powers.

John Wick: Chapter 4, the next installment in the action series starring Keanu Reeves as a legendary hitman, debuts in theaters March 22.

Top anticipated movies available to stream in March include Murder Mystery 2, a mystery sequel starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, streaming on Netflix starting March 31, and Tetris, about the genesis of the popular video game, streaming on Apple TV+ beginning March 31.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for March:

  1. “True Lies” (CBS) — March 1
  2. “Gotham Knights” (CW) — March 14
  3. “Daisy Jones & the Six” (Prime Video) — March 3
  4. “Rabbit Hole” (Paramount+) — March 26
  5. “Lucky Hank” (AMC) — March 19

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for March:

  1. “Shadow and Bone” (Netflix) — March 16
  2. “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) — March 1
  3. “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+) — March 15
  4. “Yellowjackets” (Showtime) — March 26
  5. “Succession” (HBO) — March 26

 

Most Anticipated Movies for March:

  1. John Wick: Chapter 4— March 22
  2. Shazam! Fury of the Gods — March 17
  3. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves — March 31
  4. Scream VI — March 10
  5. Creed III — March 2
  6. 65 — March 10
  7. Murder Mystery 2 — March 31
  8. Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre — March 3
  9. Tetris — March 31
  10. A Good Person — March 24

Hub: Gen Z Entertainment Choices, Device Use More Varied Than Older Cohorts

There’s a fundamental shift in how the next generation of consumers defines “entertainment,” according to data from Hub Entertainment Research.

Gen Z spends more time watching non-premium video and playing video games than watching TV, according to Hub. Unlike their parents — for whom “must see TV” was not just a pasttime but a cultural touchstone — TV is just one of a constellation of on-screen activities for those under 25. In fact, those over 35 say they spend more than double the time on TV shows that Gen Z does, Hub found. And Gen Z respondents spend more time on both gaming (22%) and non-premium videos on platforms such as YouTube (21%) than they do watching TV shows (17%).

Gen Z doesn’t watch cable much, according to Hub. Gen Z consumers spend about one-fifth of their screen time watching through apps on a smart-TV (the same as their older counterparts), but only 8% of their time goes to watching shows through a cable box (compared with 31% among older viewers). And they spend more time watching on their cell phone than on any other screen.

Platforms such as YouTube face the prospect of being left behind, according to Hub. YouTube has flourished as viewers spend more time on non-premium video. But for Gen Z, TikTok has become a go-to destination in a very short amount of time. Among Gen Z consumers who use both platforms, 54% say they spend more time on TikTok (and 40% spend “a lot more time”), and 73% say that if they could only use one, they’d keep TikTok. More than half of Gen Z viewers say they watch less “regular” TV because of the time they spend watching non-premium video.

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“Gen Z is just as passionate about entertainment as their Gen X parents and Boomer grandparents,” Jon Giegengack, principal and Hub founder, said in a statement. “But they are content omnivores, and TV is just one of a constellation of things competing for their attention. Most importantly: so far, there’s no reason to think they’ll outgrow their attachment to short form video or gaming as they get older.”