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Netflix and Formula 1 Announce a Season-Long Collaboration for an Original Docuseries 

Ten Episodes Ordered

Netflix are proud to announce a season-long collaboration culminating in an original docuseries of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, to be screened in early 2019. According to the press release, this Netflix original series will be the first to truly immerse the audience inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1. The series will have unparalleled and exclusive access to the world’s fastest drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team. 

Netflix ordered 10 episodes from the 2018 season, and the production team will film and reveal the intense fight for the heart, soul, and direction for the future of this multi-billion business.

This series will be executive-produced by Oscar winner James Gay Rees and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films. Sophie Todd will be the show-runner.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    “BLINDSPOT,” “TAKEN” & “DATELINE NBC” ARE THE TOP NON-SPORTS ALTERNATIVES IN TOTAL VIEWERS AT 8, 9 AND 10 P.M.

    “BLINDSPOT” AND “DATELINE” MAINTAIN 100% WEEK TO WEEK IN 18-49

    Friday Primetime Ratings:

    “Blindspot” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Retains 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6) and 99% in total viewers (3.362 million vs. 3.403 million, which was the show’s most-watched episode since Jan. 26).

    · Finishes #1 excluding sports in the timeslot among ABC, NBC and Fox in total viewers.

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – so far this season, “Blindspot” is increasing by +94% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.66 to a 1.28) and +2.2 million viewers overall (3.4 million to 5.6 million). When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Great News” 18-49 rating grows to a 2.05.

    · Upscale: “Blindspot” is attracting a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 116 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

    “Taken” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Ranks #1 among non-sports programs on ABC, NBC and Fox in the timeslot in total viewers.

    · Finishes within 0.1 of a point of last week in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.5) and retains 90% in total viewers (2.904 million vs. 3.238 million, which was the show’s top total-viewer result this season).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – the previous episode of “Taken” grew by +41% in 18-49 (0.46 to 0.65) and +1.2 million viewers overall (3.2 million to 4.4 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens.

    “Dateline NBC” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.7 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Retains 100% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6) and 96% in total viewers (3.714 million vs. 3.879 million).

    · Ranks #2 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers and is #1 excluding sports in those measures.

    · Is the #1 newsmagazine of the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers

    · Increases its rating from half-hour to half-hour in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers, despite the 10 p.m. hour.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting – the prior Friday’s edition of “Dateline” increased by +42% in 18-49 (0.64 to 0.91) and +1.2 million viewers overall (3.9 million to 5.1 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens.

    · Upscale: Friday’s “Dateline” is delivering a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 114 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.0/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” delayed by NCAA basketball; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/4 with an encore.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.5/3; “Late Show,” delayed by NCAA basketball; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2 with an encore.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.1/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” delayed by NCAA basketball. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; “Late Late Show,” delayed by NCAA basketball.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.