Showbiz Sandbox 302: The Long Slow Death of Overnight Television Ratings

Taking a cue from cable networks like AMC and USA, Fox recently became the first major network to abandon the practice of touting overnight television ratings numbers. The move simply confirms the growing realization within the industry of a sea change in viewing habits that is having a massive impact on when shows are watched, what shows are produced and how they get promoted.

The publishing industry is undergoing its own set of struggles. New reports on book sales paint a dire picture for the ebook format and mid-size publishers. We’ll go over the numbers and explain what they actually mean.

Speaking of numbers, Adele’s new album “25” broke sales records selling 3.38 million copies in its first week, accounting for 67% of all record sales in Billboard’s Top 200. While you can hear songs from the album on the radio or purchase it via digital download and even on compact disc, Adele is not allowing you to stream it on services such as Spotify or Apple Music

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including how French television series were big winners at the International Emmy Awards, why only one of this season’s new TV shows have been cancelled and Sony’s decision to stop manufacturing Betamax tapes.


Activision Claims ‘Biggest Entertainment Launch’ of 2015 with $550 Million for ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’

‘Star Wars: Force Awakens’ Racks Up $50M-Plus in Advance Ticket Sales

Soft E-book Sales Underscore Down HBG Results

U.S. book Publishing Industry Stats From Nielsen

September Bookstore Sales Up 6.7%

Broadway Box Office: ‘Hamilton’ Dethrones ‘Lion King’ As Highest Grossing Show

‘Bones’ Producer Sues Fox for “Accounting Chicanery,” Claims Top Execs “Threatened” Him

Anne Frank’s Diary Gains ‘Co-Author’ in Copyright Move

ESPN Digital Nets Record Ratings In October

Disney’s Cable Channels See Steep Subscriber Losses

Weinstein Co. Planning Layoffs

France Leads International Emmy Awards as Winners Honor ‘Victims of Despair and Hate’

Gawker to Reboot as Political News Website, Announces Layoffs

Gawker to Retool as Politics Site

Stephen Colbert to Follow 2016 Super Bowl

Betamax Is Dead, Long Live VHS

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year Is Not a Word

Fall TV’s Slow Death March: How “Trimmed” Became the New “Canceled”

Adele Is Said to Reject Streaming for ‘25’

Adele’s ’25’ Sells 2.3M in First Three Days in U.S.

Adele’s ‘25’ Sells Record-Shattering 3.38 Million Copies

Why Adele Is Selling Records Like It’s 1999

Adele Plots U.S. Tour With Indie Promoters Snubbing Live Nation, AEG

Rdio Was Losing $2 Million Each Month Before Bankruptcy

Fox Becomes First Broadcast Network to Drop Same-Day Ratings Releases

Fox Abandons Same-Day Ratings