Hallmark Channel Cuts Ties With Lori Loughlin Over College Admissions Scandal

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Hallmark Channel has cut ties with “When Calls the Heart” star Lori Loughlin amid the ongoing college admissions bribery scandal, the network announced on Thursday.

“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” Hallmark parent company Crown Media said in a statement. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including ‘Garage Sale Mysteries,’ an independent third party production.”

Loughlin has been a fixture on Hallmark in recent years, toplining a number of its original films, including the “Garage Sale Mystery” series, in addition to serving as a series regular on the Hallmark drama “When Calls the Heart.”

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The network had previously said it would take a wait-and-see approach with regards to Loughlin when the actress and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were first identified by the FBI on Tuesday as two of the parents who are accused of buying into a bribery scheme in order to help place their kids into top-tier universities.

The “Fuller House” star surrendered herself to authorities on Wednesday and appeared before a federal judge in Los Angeles. She was released on $1 million bail. Her next court date is March 29 in Boston.

Loughlin had been ordered to surrender her passport but was given leeway to travel within the continental U.S. and British Columbia for work due to her obligations on “When Calls the Heart,” which films in Canada, and other projects.

Loughlin, along with 46 others including actress Felicity Huffman, were charged with paying bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into top universities like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC, according to charging documents. During a press conference in Boston on Tuesday, Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts, said this was the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” totaling $25 million in bribes.

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The official charges for both actresses were “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.” If convicted, they could each face up to five years in prison. Huffman made her initial court appearance on Tuesday and was released on $250,000 bond. Huffman’s next court date is also March 29 in Boston.

According to the charging documents, Loughlin and Giannulli “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

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109 Cable Channels Ranked by 2018 Viewership, From Fox News to Comedy.TV

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Somehow, mercifully, 2018 is almost over. Before we bid it goodbye and dive into a (hopefully) much better 2019, let’s look back at how the year treated our favorite cable channels.

For the third year in a row, Fox News Channel was the most-watched network on cable, according to Nielsen ratings. That claim holds true for both primetime (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and total day (6 a.m. to 6 a.m.). ESPN was again runner-up.

Thanks to midterm elections, Fox News rose about 2.5 percent year over year. ESPN declined.

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MSNBC, HGTV and USA Network rounded out the top five primetime cable channels. TBS, TNT, History, Hallmark and ID make it an even top 10.

Something called Comedy.TV ranked dead last in the study, which encompassed 109 networks.

The below Nielsen rankers are in thousands, which means Fox News averaged 2.482 million primetime viewers. Comedy.TV averaged 1,000 total viewers for the same hours.

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M-Sunday 8P-11P
P2+
Rank Network AA (000)
1 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2,482
2 ESPN 1,827
3 MSNBC 1,804
4 HOME AND GARDEN TV 1,331
5 USA NETWORK 1,297
6 TBS NETWORK 1,277
7 TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 1,189
8 HISTORY 1,042
9 HALLMARK CHANNEL 1,028
10 INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 1,007
11 CNN 989
12 DISCOVERY CHANNEL 952
13 A&E NETWORK 890
14 FOOD NETWORK 861
15 TLC 848
16 FX 749
17 AMC 745
18 ADULT SWIM 645
19 TV LAND 629
20 BRAVO 600
21 NICK-AT-NITE 586
22 LIFETIME TELEVISION 566
23 HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES 540
24 VH1 533
25 INSP 532
26 FREEFORM 517
27 SYFY 495
28 ANIMAL PLANET 466
29 MTV 455
30 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 446
31 TRAVEL CHANNEL 442
32 NICK JR 426
33 GSN 418
33 NBC SPORTS NETWORK 418
35 PARAMOUNT 416
36 OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK 403
37 BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 396
38 WETV 389
39 COMEDY CENTRAL 371
40 FOX SPORTS 1 345
40 LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 345
42 E! 341
43 WGN AMERICA 334
44 OXYGEN MEDIA 326
45 ESPN2 321
46 FXX 306
47 TRUTV 288
48 SCIENCE 287
49 NFL NETWORK 284
50 HLN 279
51 CNBC 278
51 NAT GEO WILD 278
53 CMT 262
54 MOTOR TREND 244
55 DIY NETWORK 239
56 BBC-AMERICA 237
57 SUNDANCE TV 228
58 IFC TV 200
59 THE WEATHER CHANNEL 193
60 UNIVISION DEPORTES 170
61 NICKTOONS 163
62 DISNEY XD 155
63 REELZCHANNEL 153
64 POP 148
65 MLB NETWORK 147
66 GALAVISION 140
67 TV ONE 137
68 COOKING CHANNEL 132
69 FX MOVIE CHANNEL 130
70 AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL 129
71 FYI 118
71 GOLF CHANNEL 118
73 TEENNICK 115
74 RFD-TV 109
75 DESTINATION AMERICA 105
76 BOOMERANG 103
77 SMITHSONIAN 102
78 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 101
79 GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 98
79 NBA-TV 98
79 UP 98
82 MTV2 92
83 VICELAND 88
84 DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 85
85 ESPNU 79
86 OVATION 74
87 UNIVERSO 64
88 DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL 62
89 LOGO 60
90 DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL 59
91 FOX DEPORTES 55
92 BABY FIRST TV 49
92 BET HER 49
92 TENNIS CHANNEL 49
95 EL REY 47
95 ESPN DEPORTES 47
97 FUSE 42
98 ESPNEWS 39
99 CINE LATINO 37
100 FOX SPORTS 2 35
101 DISCOVERY FAMILIA 28
101 UNIVERSAL KIDS 28
103 CNN EN ESPANOL 23
104 BEIN SPORT ESPANOL 17
105 JUSTICE CENTRAL 13
106 MTV CLASSIC 10
107 BEIN SPORT 6
108 ESN LIFESTYLES 4
109 COMEDY.TV 1

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Below is how the cable channels stack up on a 24-hour basis. Readers can see Nickelodeon jump up on the list, which makes sense considering kids are usually in bed for primetime. All-day news channel CNN also moves up in the rankings, as does ID, which has a strong daytime appeal to stay-at-home moms.

History channel, whose audience skews old and male, falls out of the top 10 here. Comedy channel TBS also doesn’t do so hot when factoring in the full day.

And yes, in case you were wondering, Comedy.TV stays exactly the same.

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M-Sunday 6A-6A
P2+
Rank Network AA (000)
1 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1,442
2 MSNBC 990
3 NICKELODEON 875
4 HOME AND GARDEN TV 743
5 ESPN 725
6 INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 717
7 CNN 702
8 HALLMARK CHANNEL 618
9 USA NETWORK 616
10 TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 598
11 HISTORY 539
12 FOOD NETWORK 526
13 TV LAND 493
14 TBS NETWORK 491
15 THE CARTOON NETWORK 478
16 A&E NETWORK 460
17 DISCOVERY CHANNEL 420
17 TV LAND CLASSIC 420
19 TLC 382
20 HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES 369
21 AMC 366
22 FX 365
23 INSP 346
24 LIFETIME TELEVISION 316
25 ANIMAL PLANET 285
25 FREEFORM 285
25 NICK JR 285
28 PARAMOUNT 283
29 GSN 280
30 BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 279
31 SYFY 273
32 MTV 265
33 TRAVEL CHANNEL 263
34 WETV 260
35 VH1 256
36 COMEDY CENTRAL 250
37 HLN 247
38 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 242
39 OXYGEN MEDIA 238
40 LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 235
41 WGN AMERICA 226
42 BRAVO 224
43 OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK 208
44 E! 200
45 NBC SPORTS NETWORK 192
46 THE WEATHER CHANNEL 182
47 SCIENCE 180
48 FXX 179
49 FOX SPORTS 1 176
50 ESPN2 173
51 TRUTV 172
52 NAT GEO WILD 162
53 CMT 159
54 MOTOR TREND 147
55 BBC-AMERICA 142
56 DIY NETWORK 139
57 NICKTOONS 138
58 CNBC 136
58 SUNDANCE TV 136
60 NFL NETWORK 135
61 DISNEY XD 131
62 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 127
63 GOLF CHANNEL 113
64 TEENNICK 111
65 IFC TV 110
66 BOOMERANG 100
67 AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL 91
68 FX MOVIE CHANNEL 90
68 MTV2 90
70 REELZCHANNEL 88
70 TV ONE 88
72 POP 84
73 COOKING CHANNEL 80
74 MLB NETWORK 79
75 UP 75
76 FYI 73
77 DESTINATION AMERICA 67
78 SMITHSONIAN 60
79 GALAVISION 57
80 GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY 54
81 UNIVISION DEPORTES 53
82 LOGO 51
83 NBA-TV 46
84 OVATION 42
84 VICELAND 42
86 BABY FIRST TV 41
87 ESPNU 40
88 DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL 38
88 EL REY 38
90 DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL 37
91 DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL 35
91 TENNIS CHANNEL 35
91 UNIVERSAL KIDS 35
94 BET HER 34
95 RFD-TV 33
96 ESPNEWS 31
96 UNIVERSO 31
98 FUSE 27
99 CINE LATINO 26
100 ESPN DEPORTES 23
101 FOX DEPORTES 23
102 FOX SPORTS 2 21
103 BEIN SPORT ESPANOL 19
104 DISCOVERY FAMILIA 14
105 CNN EN ESPANOL 12
106 JUSTICE CENTRAL 9
107 BEIN SPORT 7
107 MTV CLASSIC 7
108 ESN LIFESTYLES 2
109 COMEDY.TV 1

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Need to IMMEDIATELY known more about Comedy.TV? So did we.

Here is the channel’s description, per its website:

Some say laughter is the best medicine. It’s true. Standup comedy has been known to cure everything from bad moods and frowns to fits of pouting. So for those who need a heavy dose of hilarity, try a spoonful of “Comedy.TV.” With no traffic jams, parking debacles, or two-drink minimums of the local comedy clubs, the most clever comedians jump onstage for a full-fledged funny fest.

Find out if the channel is available in your market here. Let’s get those stats up in 2019!

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‘Home & Family’: Cameron Mathison to Replace Mark Steines as Hallmark Show Co-Host

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Cameron Mathison is set to replace Mark Steines as Hallmark’s “Home & Family” co-host, anchoring the daily lifestyle show alongside Debbie Matenopoulos, TheWrap is told.

The “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent has guest co-hosted “Home & Family” over the past five years and became a regular sub after Steines was fired in May. Mathison may be done auditioning for the gig, but he will continue to fill in on a rotational basis for the rest of the summer.

Mathison will begin co-hosting on a full-time basis when Season 7 of “Home & Family” premieres in September.

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The official announcement of Mathison as Matenopoulos’s new partner is expected today when Crown Media presents its fall slate at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

Deadline first reported Mathison’s hiring.

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Steines was let go after six years at “Home & Family.” He — and viewers — was taken by surprise by the decision.

“Today Hallmark Channel has parted ways with Mark Steines as the co-host of the network’s lifestyle series ‘Home & Family,’” a cryptic statement from the cable channel read back then. “We are extremely grateful to Mark for his incredible work and wish him all the best success in his future endeavors.”

As it turns out, Hallmark simply wanted to change the creative direction of its talk show, both sides said.

“Home & Family” airs Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. on Hallmark Channel.

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Hallmark Channel clarified exclusively to TheWrap on Friday that there were no complaints about Mark Steines’ behavior on or off the set of “Home & Family” before it abruptly cut ties with the veteran anchor after six years.

Mixing the #MeToo climate in Hollywood with the sudden and vague way the Crown Media cable channel announced it was severing ties with the “Entertainment Tonight” alum, some viewers wildly speculated online about possible misconduct. But there wasn’t “anything negative” behavior-wise when it came to Steines, a Hallmark Channel insider told us.

Instead, the show is just changing and going in a different direction, which is likely to include a new co-host, we’re told. Given the demographic makeup of “Home & Family” and Hallmark’s audience, as well as the daily lifestyle show’s female-skewing on-air talent pool, we would bet on a woman joining Debbie Matenopoulos.

However, no decision there has been made yet, we’re told. Stayed tuned to TheWrap (and, we suppose, “Home & Family”) on that one.

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Here’s the somewhat-cryptic way we all first learned about Steines’ departure: “Today Hallmark Channel has parted ways with Mark Steines as the co-host of the network’s lifestyle series ‘Home & Family,’” a Thursday night statement read. “We are extremely grateful to Mark for his incredible work and wish him all the best success in his future endeavors.”

That email came through at 9:45 p.m. ET.

On Friday, when reached by TheWrap, a Hallmark rep added this: “Shows evolve and change all the time. Mark has been an instrumental part of ‘Home & Family’ for the past 6 years, and we are extremely grateful for his incredible work and leadership. We truly wish Mark all the best in his future endeavors.”

Steines has yet to break his silence on the separation. The journalist and actor has not responded to TheWrap’s requests for comment on his departure.

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“We have a very hard announcement to deliver,” Matenopoulos closed Friday’s show. “Our dear friend, our very good friend, and my wonderful co-host for years, Mark Steines, is no longer with ‘Home & Family.’ He has been an amazing friend to all of us here at Hallmark Channel — the cast, the crew, and a wonderful friend to all of you at home as well.”

“And we are grateful to Mark,” she continued, fighting back tears. “We want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for six of the most incredible years that he has had here hosting this incredible show that he helped build. He really did. He’s been here from the beginning and a lot of this show has Mark’s handprint on it.”

“So we support him in everything he does in the future, his future endeavors,” Matenopoulos wound down. “We will miss him dearly and we will think about him fondly and often, and we thank all of you at home for your kindness and your understanding and your support and for being part of our family everyday.”

“Home & Family” airs weekdays at 10 a.m./9c on Hallmark Channel.

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Cats and Dogs: Puppy Bowl Rolls Over Kitten Bowl in Ratings

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Dogs rule and cats drool — at least on Super Bowl LI Sunday.

More than three times as many humans watched Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XIII” than watched Hallmark’s “Kitten Bowl IV.” A tail (spelling intended) of two fake football games, indeed.

“Puppy Bowl” totaled 2.5 million viewers — that’s nearly 3.6 times the audience the feline version adopted.

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The Kitten Bowl cozied up to 704,000 total viewers, down a little less than 7 percent versus 2016’s special. As TheWrap reported Tuesday, Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XIII” rose 12 percent from its own prior iteration.

To be fair, “Puppy Bowl” is more established and on the bigger cable channel. Plus, the kitties at least stopped their bleeding (sorry for the decidedly un-adorable visual) a year ago: the third-ever “Kitten Bowl” lost almost 42 percent of its audience from 2015 to 2016. Hiss.

Oh by the way, the actual Super Bowl, played by some humans and Hawks, hauled in like 111 million viewers.

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USA to Syfy: Top 20 Entertainment Cable Channels Ranked by 2016 Viewers (Photos)

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TheWrap has compiled the Top 20 ad-supported entertainment cable channels of 2016, ranking them by primetime total viewers.

This gallery doesn’t include news or sports, it counts the full week and includes the network’s year-over-year change from 2015. These Nielsen numbers are inclusive of a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

Below is a random sampling, in descending order.

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Rank: 3
Network: HGTV
Total viewer average: 1.578 million
YOY Change: +5%

Rank: 7
Network: AMC
Total viewer average: 1.243 million
YOY Change: -10%

Rank: 12
Network: Adult Swim
Total viewer average: 990,000
YOY Change: -6%

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Rank: 17
Network: Nick at Nite
Total viewer average: 808,000
YOY Change: -1%

Rank: 19
Network: Spike
Total viewer average: 702,000
YOY Change: -10%

Click through our full slideshow to see the full Top 20.

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Candace Cameron Bure Reveals She’s Leaving ‘The View’ (Video)

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Candace Cameron Bure is leaving “The View,” the co-host revealed on Thursday. She had just returned from hiatus for this morning’s episode.

The ABC chat show’s moderator Whoopi Goldberg threw the floor to Cameron Bure right at the beginning of “Hot Topics.”

“I’m very happy to be back, but … it’s a little bittersweet for me today, because I’m announcing that I will be leaving ‘The View,’” she said. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but before I started ‘The View,’ I had already had my commitments to ‘Fuller House’ and my work with the Hallmark Channel.”

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“Because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows,” Cameron Bure continued. “The commute of going West Coast to East Coast every single week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family, as well.”

“I want to make sure I am able to spend as much time with my children and invest in all the projects that I do to the fullest extent,” she said. “I thank everybody. Whoopi, Joy (Behar), I particularly want to thank you for welcoming me to this table.”

The “Full House” alum went on to thank everyone else by name. They returned the sentiment, and then moved on to “Hot Topics.” Fellow panelist Raven-Symoné also recently announced that she’s departing the late-morning talker for a spinoff of her own nostalgic show.

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