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Rick Porter

Television Writer

Rick Porter joined The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 and covers TV ratings and measurement, deals, renewals and cancellations and other aspects of the business. He was previously editor of TV by the Numbers and associate editor at Tribune Media's Zap2it.

‘The Crown’s’ Final Season Will Be Split Into Two Parts

Netflix has announced a premiere date for the sixth and final season of The Crown — but it won’t be debuting all at once. As it’s done with several series in the past year and change, the streamer will split The Crown’s last run into two parts. The first four episodes will premiere on Nov. 16, […]

Infamous 1960s Series ‘Turn-On,’ Canceled Midway Through One Episode, Gets New Life (Exclusive)

One of the most notorious TV shows of the medium’s first half-century is getting a second life — after its first one ended almost as soon as it began. Producer George Schlatter is releasing the two completed episodes of Turn-On, a 1969 sketch comedy show that saw only one of those two air — and get pulled […]

Chris McCumber Leaving Blumhouse TV

Blumhouse Television president Chris McCumber is leaving the company after three years. The former USA Network executive is departing at the end of his contract. Jason Gold, currently president of production at Blumhouse TV, will take on the top job in the interim while the company seeks a permanent head. Blumhouse TV is also undergoing […]

‘Welcome to Flatch’ Canceled at Fox

Fox is further paring down its live action comedy roster. The network has canceled Welcome to Flatch after two seasons. The mockumentary series, created by Jenny Bicks and based on the BBC series This Country, finished its second season in February. The series also counts Paul Feig among its executive producers. “While audience response was […]

‘Suits’ Sets Streaming Chart Record for Most Weeks at No. 1

The summer of Suits continued past Labor Day, as the legal drama set a streaming chart record for most weeks as the No. 1 overall title. The former USA series, which streams on Netflix and Peacock, spent its 12th consecutive week at the top of Nielsen’s rankings, which go back three years. It had 2.36 […]

‘Sort Of’ to End With Season 3 on CBC, Max

The creators of the Peabody Award-winning Sort Of are bringing their show to a close. Bilal Baig (who also stars in the series) and Fab Filippo announced in an Instagram post Thursday that the forthcoming third season of Sort Of will be its last on Canada’s CBC and streamer Max. The streamer confirmed the ending; […]

‘Saturday Night Live’ Sets Return Date at NBC

Saturday Night Live will once again be live in October. The long-running NBC sketch comedy show will begin its 49th season on Oct. 14. Former castmember Pete Davidson will host the premiere; he had been slated to make his hosting debut in May before the show went dark during the writers strike. Ice Spice will […]

Jenna Boyd to Lead Scripted Development for Disney Branded Television

Disney Branded Television has hired Jenna Boyd for a key position in its development team. Disney Entertainment’s kids and family unit has named Boyd senior vp development. She’ll head the scripted development team at Disney Branded TV and will supervise pilots for Disney+ and Disney Channel, with a focus on building up the division’s roster […]

‘iCarly’ Sequel Canceled at Paramount+

Paramount+ has canceled its iCarly reboot after three seasons. The news comes after Laci Mosley, who starred in the update of the beloved Nickelodeon series, posted, “It’s canceled babes,” on X (formerly Twitter) in response to a fan wondering about the show’s future. “iCarly will not be returning for a fourth season on Paramount+,” a […]

‘Golden Bachelor’ Hits Three-Year High for Franchise With Cross-Platform Viewing

After a solid showing for its initial broadcast, The Golden Bachelor continued gathering momentum in the subsequent days — enough to hit a three-year high for the Bachelor franchise in total viewers. The Sept. 28 premiere rose to 7.7 million viewers after three days of cross-platform viewing, a gain of 3.34 million viewers (and almost 77 […]

Late Night Hosts Celebrate Return: “It Feels Good to Be Back”

Some of the first shows to go dark at the start of the writers strike were among the first to make their returns Monday. Network late night shows resumed Monday night, five months to the day after they closed up shop when the Writers Guild of America went on strike. With a tentative agreement in […]

TV Ratings: Chiefs, Jets and Taylor Swift Drive Big NFL Audience

The intertwining of two of the biggest forces in American popular culture — the NFL and Taylor Swift — paid off handsomely for NBC on Sunday night. The network’s Sunday Night Football telecast scored its biggest audience of the season, averaging nearly 27 million viewers across all platforms, according to Nielsen and Adobe Analytics (as […]