2016-17’s Most Popular Shows, 18-49

With so many options available to viewers, from internet streaming options to online gaming, it makes sense that the ratings for the top shows on TV would be down. But there are still a lot of popular shows on broadcast and cable TV, and in the coveted, high-spending 18-49 demographic, the leading show was not a broadcast show, it was AMC’s The Walking Dead. Below, courtesy of Nielsen as reported by Indiewire, are the rest of the top 50.

1 The Walking Dead AMC 8.0
2 NFL Sunday Night Football NBC 6.9
3 NFL Thursday Night Football NBC/NFL Network 5.2
4 NFL Thursday Night Football CBS/NFL Network 5.0
5 The Big Bang Theory CBS 4.9
6 This Is Us NBC 4.8
7 Empire Fox 4.3
8 NFL Monday Night Football ESPN 3.9
9 Modern Family ABC 3.7
10 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 3.5
11 American Horror Story FX 3.4
12 The Bachelor ABC 3.1
13 The Voice (Monday + Tuesday) NBC 3.0
14 Designated Survivor ABC 2.9
15 How To Get Away With Murder ABC

Scandal ABC

2.6
17 Survivor CBS

Talking Dead AMC

NCIS CBS

Chicago Fire NBC

The Goldbergs ABC

2.5
22 Law & Order: SVU NBC

Criminal Minds CBS

Black-ish ABC

Lethal Weapon Fox

Chicago PD  NBC

2.4
27 Bull CBS

Kevin Can Wait CBS

Speechless ABC

2.2
30 The Simpsons Fox

American Housewife ABC

The Middle ABC

Dancing With the Stars ABC

The Blacklist NBC

Timeless NBC

Chicago Med NBC

24: Legacy Fox

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 6 VH1

2.1
39 Scorpion CBS

Star Fox

Hunted CBS

Family Guy Fox

2.0
43 Life in Pieces CBS

Mom CBS

The Good Place NBC

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

The Flash The CW

Gotham Fox

Saturday Night Football ABC

1.9
50 Lucifer Fox

Blue Bloods CBS

The Great Indoors CBS

The Mick Fox

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS

Blindspot NBC

Hawaii Five-O CBS

60 Minutes CBS

South Park Comedy Central

Prison Break Fox

Little Big Shots NBC

1.8

 

5 Ways to Cut Your Cable Bill

With cable rates rising each year and many more options now available to the consumer, including streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and internet-based skinny bundle plans from providers like Dish Network’s Sling TV, it is easier than ever to cut your cable bill. But say you want to stick with your cable TV provider. Are there ways you can still lower your bill without switching to another service or cutting the cord altogether? There sure are. Read on below for three ways you can lower your monthly cable bill without leaving your cable TV provider.

  1. Buy a bundle. When you purchase cable TV as part of a two or three service bundle with a provider like Charter Spectrum, you save on the monthly price of each service and only have one bill to remember. Consider a three-service bundle for the most savings and consolidate your internet, TV and phone onto one monthly bill. Or if you don’t need a landline, bundle TV and internet and you can still save.
  2. Trim the Fat. Take a look at your channel lineup and see what it is you really watch. If you don’t watch extra sports or premium channels, cut those from your package and see how much you can save by moving to a basic package from a mid-level or gold tier package.
  3. Avoid Contracts. While contracts can lock you in to a lower rate they also keep you locked up for a certain period of time, usually two years. With technology and the industry quickly changing, you might find yourself looking at a cheaper option and unable to switch in the middle of your contract. Find a service, like Charter Spectrum, that does not lock you in to a contract

In addition, you can always negotiate with your provider if you find your bills too high to handle. You’d be surprised how much you can get knocked off your bill by just threatening to cancel. If you pay your bills on time, they’ll definitely work with you for a more reasonable rate in order to keep your business.

Scientific Discovery Could Improve High-Speed Internet

Combined research by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Vermont could reduce the energy consumption necessary for high-speed internet connections while also reducing the necessary costs. The research was published in the journal Nature Communications and funded by the National Science Foundation. The work allows simultaneous nonlinear optical processing of multiple light beams by a single device without converting them to electrical form, which could lead to cheaper and more energy-efficient high-speed internet communications.

More from Science Daily:

“Our new nonlinear medium has allowed us to demonstrate simultaneous all-optical regeneration of 16 WDM channels by a single device, and this number has only been limited by the logistical constraints of our laboratory” Vasilyev said. “This experiment opens the opportunities to scale the number of channels to over a hundred without increasing the cost, all in a book-sized device.”

The multi-channel regenerator could even potentially shrink to the size of a matchbox in the future if the nonlinear-optical medium could be implemented on a microchip.

“This breakthrough is an example of how UTA researchers can positively impact the physical and economic well-being of society in the area of data-driven discovery and global environmental impact, themes in UTA’s Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions | Global Impact,” said Jonathan Bredow, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering in UTA’s College of Engineering.

The new net neutrality rules may slow down connections for consumers—that is yet to be seen. But with continuous innovations like these, faster internet could be available to everyone at a much lower cost.

T-Mobile to Launch New Cable TV Service in 2018

As the wireless industry grew, one of the most successful upstarts was T-Mobile, who attacked larger cell phone providers with acumen in order to take a place at the top end of the market. Now, the company which has predominantly only operated in the mobile space is looking to conquer a new market: cable TV.

According to Fortune, T-Mobile has acquired a Denver startup called Layer3 TV, and will use some of that company’s technology and relationship with TV programmers to launch its own nationwide cable TV provider. While it is not entirely clear how the service will work, the Fortune article surmises it will be a hybrid between traditional providers like Charter Spectrum and internet-based services like Sling TV:

T-Mobile says it wants to offer something like Layer3 TV’s current 256 channel service, and not a so-called skinny bundle that features fewer channels like plans from the Internet players. T-Mobile’s service will also integrate popular Internet streaming services like Netflix (NFLX, -0.43%)and Hulu. T-Mobile (TMUS, +0.64%) also plans to offer multiple options to add channels, instead of just one or two packages. But just like the streaming services, T-Mobile’s will also be delivered online, not through dedicated cable wires.

T-Mobile says that by relying on Internet-based delivery, it won’t need to wire millions of homes with new connections. Customers will be able to use whatever provider they have. “It will work on your Comcast Internet connection,” chief operating officer Mike Sievert says. The carrier also plans to leverage its base of 71 million wireless subscribers and 16,000 retail stores to help attract customers. And in addition to the usual service fees, T-Mobile sees the possibility of selling TV ads using targeting technology that is more precise than what is possible through cable networks. Whatever the cost of rolling out the new TV service, the carrier said it is not changing its three-year forecast for increasing its free cash flow by 45% to 48% annually.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will be a success, or whether new net neutrality rules will have an effect on companies competing with the major internet providers who also have cable TV service. But a new big company on the market with the spending power to compete with the industry leaders should be a good thing for consumers, if only to force the big boys to lower their prices to compete.

Streaming Gaining Steam over Cable TV

A survey reported on by eMarketer shows that 31% of internet users, nearly a third of all users, use streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu for their primary mode of TV watching. That’s behind only traditional cable TV providers at 35%, and up from 24% just a year ago. Satellite TV comes next at 17%.

More findings from the survey:

Among the top reasons given by those who retained cable packages for traditional TV service were access to broadcast TV channels, sports content and premium channels.

On the other end, streaming’s success can pretty much be summed up in one word—Netflix. Over three-quarters (76%) of respondents named Netflix as one of the services they would pay for if they had to choose just three, based on their current budget.

Netflix’s strategy of picking up the back catalogs of content studios at cut-rate prices is long gone, now that it’s demonstrated that even decades-old content can still have value in the digital era.

But the company’s pivot to creating its own original content appears to be working. According to data from RBC Capital Markets, 58% of Netflix subscribers surveyed in November said the company’s original content influenced their decision to sign up.

Netflix appears to be doubling down on its originals strategy. In its Q3 earnings call, the company said it planned to spend $8 billion on content in 2018, hoping to increase the share of that type of material to half of its overall content library.

Surveys like these showing the growth of streaming and the shrinking of cable subscriptions abound, and the findings show that the convenience of watching what you want, when you want to beats live TV every time, except for live sporting events and the odd other live popular events, like the Academy Awards. They also show that cable TV companies aren’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon, because they’re usually also the major internet provider for a given area.

Still, cable companies will need to improve the convenience and selection of their On Demand options and continue to offer content that no one else can get, making sure that some popular shows stay on cable and off of Hulu, if they want people to continue to get cable along with their internet.

College Football Bowl Game and Playoff Cable TV Schedule

The college football regular season and conference championships have finally run their course, with the playoff teams and bowl games now set. This year, the college football playoff first round will occur on January 1 in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, with Oklahoma and Georgia facing off in the 2-3 matchup in Pasadena and the 1-4 matchup, a rematch between Alabama and Clemson from the past two title games, will occur at the Sugar Bowl. The winners of those two games will meet a week later to determine the national champion for this year.

That’s the deal on the games that “matter,” at least in terms of the national conversation, but the rest of the games matter to the teams playing them and their collegiate fan bases. The following is the complete bowl schedule for broadcast and cable TV, via Bleacher Report, all times EST, with the betting favorite in the final column.

Celebration Dec 16 noon Grambling State vs. North Carolina A&T ABC NC A&T
New Orleans Dec 16 1 p.m. North Texas vs. Troy ESPN North Texas
Cure Dec 16 2:30 p.m. Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State CBSSN Western Kentucky
Las Vegas Dec 16 3:30 p.m. Boise State vs. Oregon ABC Oregon
New Mexico Dec 16 4:30 p.m. Marshall vs. Colorado State ESPN Colorado State
Camellia Dec 16 8 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State ESPN Arkansas State
Boca Raton Dec 19 7 p.m. Akron vs. Florida Atlantic ESPN Florida Atlantic
Frisco Dec 20 8 p.m. SMU vs. Louisiana Tech ESPN SMU
Gasparilla Dec 21 8 p.m. Temple vs. Florida International ESPN Florida International
Bahamas Dec 22 12:30 p.m. UAB vs. Ohio ESPN UAB
Potato Dec 22 4 p.m. Central Michigan vs. Wyoming ESPN Wyoming
Birmingham Dec 23 noon South Florida vs. Texas Tech ESPN South Florida
Armed Forces Dec 23 3:30 p.m. Army vs. San Diego State ESPN San Diego State
Dollar General Dec 23 7 p.m. Toledo vs. Appalachian State ESPN Toledo
Hawaii Dec 24 8:30 p.m. Houston vs. Fresno State ESPN Fresno State
Heart of Dallas Dec 26 1:30 p.m. Utah vs. West Virginia ESPN West Virginia
Quick Lane Dec 26 5:15 p.m. Northern Illinois vs. Duke ESPN Northern Illinois
Cactus Dec 26 9 p.m. Kansas State vs. UCLA ESPN UCLA
Independence Dec 27 1:30 p.m. Florida State vs. Southern Mississippi ESPN Florida State
Pinstripe Dec 27 5:15 p.m. Boston College vs. Iowa ESPN Boston College
Foster Farms Dec 27 8:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Arizona Fox Arizona
Texas Dec 27 9 p.m. Texas vs. Missouri ESPN Texas
Military Dec 28 1:30 p.m. Navy vs. Virginia ESPN Navy
Camping World Dec 28 5:15 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State ESPN Oklahoma State
Holiday Dec 28 9 p.m. Michigan State vs. Washington State FS1 Washington State
Alamo Dec 28 9 p.m. TCU vs. Stanford ESPN Stanford
Belk Dec 29 1 p.m. Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M ESPN Wake Forest
Sun Dec 29 3 p.m. North Carolina State vs. Arizona State CBS North Carolina State
Music City Dec 29 4:30 p.m. Northwestern vs. Kentucky ESPN Kentucky
Arizona Dec 29 5:30 p.m. Utah State vs. New Mexico State ESPN New Mexico State
Cotton Dec 29 8:30 p.m. Ohio State vs. USC ESPN USC
TaxSlayer Dec 30 noon Louisville vs. Mississippi State ESPN Louisville
Liberty Dec 30 12:30 p.m. Iowa State vs. Memphis ABC Memphis
Fiesta Dec 30 4p.m. Penn State vs. Washington ESPN Penn State
Orange Dec 30 8 p.m. Miami (Florida) vs. Wisconsin ESPN Miami (Florida)
Outback Jan 01 noon Michigan vs. South Carolina ESPN2 South Carolina
Peach Jan 01 12:30 p.m. Auburn vs. UCF ESPN Auburn
Citrus Jan 01 1 p.m. Notre Dame vs. LSU ABC LSU
Rose Jan 01 5 p.m. No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia ESPN Oklahoma
Sugar Jan 01 8:45 p.m. No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama ESPN Clemson

Enjoy the games!

NHL National TV Schedule: December

With the college football playoff set and the NFL season winding down, it’s time to start paying attention to that other cold weather sport: hockey. NBC Sports Network airs two or three games a week nationally, with a focus on popular east coast teams and classic rivalries. Here is the NHL national cable TV schedule for the month of December (all times EST):

Tue., Dec. 5 N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 5 Minnesota Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 6 Chicago Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 12 Tampa Bay St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 13 Boston Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 16 Montreal Ottawa NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 19 Boston Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 20 Detroit Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 27 Washington N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 28 Boston Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 28 Vegas Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 29 Nashville Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.

There are a couple of games that pique particular interest. Tuesday, December 12’s matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning pits the league’s two best teams this year against one another. Both are well-balanced teams and it should be an up tempo game featuring quite a bit of offense. December 28’s game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Los Angeles Kings will bit the two best teams in the Pacific—though since it takes place in Los Angeles, the Vegas home ice advantage won’t have either team hungover.

NBCSN is available from most cable TV and satellite TV providers.