November 5, 2023

Announcing Metcalf Entertainment Intelligence

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Anyone who’s been following the tumult in television, typified by the recently-concluded WGA strike and the ongoing-as-of-this-post SAG-AFTRA strike, knows that a key issue for the industry is that the streamers, who now dominate the programming landscape, keep their metrics deeply opaque.  This is their firm policy not just with their talent, but even with the companies who produce for them.  Shows go into a black box, and their renewal or cancellation fates can seem utterly random.

My colleague Mitch Metcalf, who’s worked for decades in the field of TV data analysis, has formed a new service called Metcalf Entertainment Intelligence, which provides insights and analysis of these and other industry issues.  Recent articles have concentrated on the viewership of streaming series, and the state of broadcast ratings.  Fans of sports programming will also find pieces dissecting those numbers, including this year’s World Series.

Check out the site for more content, as well as the other services Metcalf Entertainment Intelligence provides.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."