How Mr. Robot Owes Its Success to the Death of USA's Other Dark Drama

Critically acclaimed Political Animals was a turning point

USA made a bold move in 2012 by shaking up its "blue skies" formula (which yielded hits like Burn Notice and White Collar) and debuting a dark summer series. Political…

Which Network Was No. 1 in 2015? Almost All of Them, Apparently

Santa gave everyone a demo trophy this year

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town, and this year he's handing out 2015 ratings…

More People Tweeted About Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe Flub Than Actually Watched It

Spectacular mistake instantly went viral

Sunday was a day for thrilling conclusions. The Carolina Panthers outlasted the New York Giants with a last-second field goal to preserve their perfect record. Showtime drama Homeland capped its strong…

Q&A: Downton Abbey's Executive Producer on the Final Season and the Odds of a Movie

A spoiler-free chat with Gareth Neame

When Downton Abbey returns next month, the top-rated PBS drama of all time and U.S. television's most successful British import will cap its extraordinary run with a much buzzed about…

Tastemade Raises Another $40 Million for Its Booming Food-Video Business

Publisher reaches over 100 million active viewers

Tastemade has had quite a year. The company, known for its quirky short-form videos about food, travel and lifestyle topics, hit the 100 million monthly active users mark, with more than 1…

With a Record 409 Scripted Series in 2015, Did TV Reach Its Peak?

94 percent more than just 6 years ago

"Peak TV" has a name, and now it has a number: 409. That's how many scripted series (drama, comedy and limited) aired on all broadcast, cable, streaming and OTT services in…

Adele Gives NBC Its Biggest Music Special in 10 Years

Singer says 'hello' to 11 million viewers

Adele's media domination continues. Three weeks after her new album, 25, had the biggest-selling debut ever, the singer turned her record-breaking powers to TV, giving NBC its highest-rated prime-time music special…

The Today Show’s Willie Geist Shares His Not-So-Guilty Viewing Pleasures

And why he thinks Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer is the best character on TV

Specs Age 40 Claim to fame Co-host of the third hour of NBC's Today and co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe Base New York Twitter @WillieGeist Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning?…

MST3K Smashes Kickstarter Goal, Becoming the Web's Largest Crowdfunded Video Effort

14-episode season is now in the works

A Kickstarter project to bring back cult favorite TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 raised more than $5.76 million, plus an additional $425,000 outside of Kickstarter, surpassing its $5.9 million…

The Story Behind 'Instagram Husband,' the Year's Most Out-of-Nowhere Viral Hit

'It felt universal, so I knew we had something'

A week ago, Jeff Houghton was a local late-night TV personality in Springfield, Missouri. Today he's a viral video star. What happened in between was "Instagram Husband," a low-budget but perfectly presented…

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