Morning Media Newsfeed: Nielsen Reveals Ratings Glitch | NBC Crew Quarantined

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Nielsen’s Ratings Problem Is A Total Glitch (LostRemote)
Nielsen Friday announced internal “ratings irregularities” that date back to March 2, 2014 and were “generally imperceptible until [the company] saw high viewing levels associated with fall season premiere week.” TVNewser The company will now reprocess all of the impacted data going back at least to Aug. 18 — for entertainment, news and syndicated shows. TVNewser The company Saturday released updated data for the week of Sept. 22, which was the first week of 2014-15 TV season. As suspected, the inaccurate data favored ABC programs while hurting ABC’s competitors. The restated numbers are being most closely watched for revisions to the primetime ratings as new fall shows had their premieres. In the tight evening news race, World News Tonight With David Muir, had its numbers revised down, but it didn’t change the outcome. Muir’s newscast still won the week in the demo, and NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams won among total viewers. HuffPost Nielsen, the leading global measurement company and provider of television ratings data, said in a press release Friday that “a technical error” resulted in incorrect data over the course of about seven months. WSJ The difference in what was misattributed was less than 0.05 of a ratings point for about 98 percent to 99 percent of broadcast and syndicated TV shows, Nielsen said. The error didn’t affect overall TV viewership numbers, only how that viewership was credited to particular networks. Cable TV ratings weren’t affected by the glitch, it said.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Crew Now in Mandatory Quarantine (TVNewser)
NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman was spotted out and about in Hopewell, N.J., near Princeton Thursday under a self-imposed, not government-mandated, quarantine after working with NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who was diagnosed with Ebola in Africa two weeks ago. TVNewser The New Jersey Department of Health issued a mandatory quarantine order Friday night for Snyderman and the other crew members who returned to the U.S. last Monday. Deadline Hollywood The department said in a statement that the group, which included a freelancer who has testing positive for the disease, had failed to adhere to a voluntary 21-day quarantine. HuffPost / Reuters They said none of the team has exhibited symptoms of the often fatal disease since returning from Liberia, one of three West African countries at the epicenter of the outbreak. The mandatory quarantine will ensure the group remains confined until Oct. 22, the end of a 21-day maximum incubation period for Ebola, Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Health, said. “The NBC crew remains symptom-free, so there is no reason for concern of exposure to the community,” she said. NBC News The NBC News freelancer who came down with Ebola while working in Liberia has made a significant improvement, his family said Saturday. Mukpo, 33, received a blood transfusion from another Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly, as part of his treatment at The Nebraska Medical Center. TVNewser His physical strength has increased and his appetite has returned, his family said in a statement.

Fox, Apollo Complete Deal to Combine Shine, Endemol, Core Media (THR)
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management have finalized a deal to combine Fox’s Shine Group with Apollo’s Endemol and Core Media Group to create a TV production powerhouse amid continued industry consolidation. Deadline Hollywood The companies acknowledged in May that they were considering such a deal to create a so-called mega-indie, similar to the one Discovery and Liberty Global recently created with their acquisition of All3Media. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms for the joint venture, although Endemol, Shine and Core will continue to operate as separate companies — with Core also maintaining its own capital structure. NYT Included in the announcement was the news that Elisabeth Murdoch would step down from her position as chairwoman of Shine. Elisabeth, who is a daughter of Rupert Murdoch’s, started the production group in 2001 before selling it to her father’s News Corporation a decade later for $673 million. The new combined group will operate in more than 30 countries and control a portfolio that includes more than 600 scripted and unscripted program formats, with libraries including thousands more. Fox and Apollo each will own half of the new venture and they will jointly manage the group. TheWrap As previously announced, Sophie Turner Laing, former managing director of content at BSkyB, will serve as the group’s CEO. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory clearances and additional closing conditions.