American Spirit Media Stations Go Dark to DirecTV

American Spirit Media stations in seven markets went dark to DirecTV customers at midnight on Sept. 21, after the parties failed to reach a retransmission-consent agreement.

Nielsen Sues ComScore Over Misuse of People Meter

Ratings measurement giant Nielsen said it has filed a suit in federal court that claims troubled ratings measurement rival comScore violated a licensing agreement for its Portable People Meter (PPM) technology.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ After-Show Debuts Sept. 24

The after-show for Star Trek: Discovery will debut on CBS All Access after the first two Star Trek episodes premiere Sunday, Sept. 24. Matt Mira will host After Trek, which CBS says will offer “in-depth discussions and recaps of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode.

Soloway, Tambor Share ‘Transparent’ Season Four Highlights

The new season of Transparent starts on Amazon Friday, Sept. 22, and creator Jill Soloway says having cast member Gaby Hoffman direct an episode is a highlight of the new season. Season four has the Pfeffermans venturing to Israel, checking out the desert on a spiritual journey. “The family’s out in the landscape, the sand, the hills, the mountains,” says Soloway, “and having these huge questions—Who am I?

Emergency Alert Test Filing Deadline Postponed to November

The FCC is giving broadcasters, cable television service providers and other Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants in certain storm-torn areas of the U.S. an extra six weeks to submit their EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) results.

ESPN Shifts to Total Audience Ratings for 'Monday Night Football'

ESPN says it will begin reporting the viewership of its programs starting with Monday Night Football games based on Total Audience data that includes live TV, streaming and out-of-home viewing starting with the Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game on Sept. 25.

Primetime Ratings: Fox Sets the Thursday Pace

Fox was the top scorer in Thursday prime, posting a 1.0 in viewers 18-49, per Nielsen’s overnights, alongside a 4 share. That squeaked by CBS’ 0.9/4.

Fox had the premiere of Gotham at 1.0, then a new The Orville at 1.1. Gotham finished last season at 0.9. Enjoying an NFL lead-in Sunday, the last Orville did a 2.6.

Showtime to Adapt President Clinton Novel ‘The President Is Missing’

Showtime has acquired the rights to adapt the novel The President Is Missing, by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, into a series. The book is set to publish in June of 2018. It tells the story of a U.S. president’s disappearance, with what Showtime says offers the level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know.  

Amy Sedaris, Shawn Ryan to Speak at New York Television Festival

Amy Sedaris and Shawn Ryan are among the heavyweights speaking at the 13th annual New York Television Festival, which goes down Oct. 23-28, primarily at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space and SVA Theatre in Manhattan.