Apple TV+ launches today, but critics aren't super-impressed: Friday Wake-Up Call
R.I.P.: Utah is getting rid of a Prohibition-era rule that limited sales of stronger beer brews. In Salt Lake City, the brand staged a “funeral” for 3.2 percent alcohol-by-weight beers that became a staple under the longtime rules. Read more by Ad Age’s E.J. Schultz.
For the record: According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Wednesday’s World Series Game 7 on Fox “averaged 23 million viewers and a 13.1 household rating, making it the 20th most-watched broadcast of 2019,” Ad Age’s Anthony Crupi writes.
About Deadspin: A slew of journalists at website Deadspin resigned after their new owners, private equity firm Great Hill Partners, ordered them to stick to covering sports. Read why Ad Age’s Simon Dumenco thinks the meltdown was inevitable.
Today’s new made-up holiday: McCormick, the maker of spices, has proclaimed today the first-ever National Cinnamon Day. (Sorry McCormick, but we ate way too much candy last night to think about eating anything cinnamon-y today.)
Podcast of the day: In the latest edition of Ad Age’s Ad Lib podcast, Jarrod Dicker of The Washington Post talks about why his company has been building new advertising technology for publishers. “We are too beholden to just advertiser and subscriber revenue, and we’re completely out of our minds if we think that’s what’s going to be what carries us through the next generation of publishing,” he says. Listen to his conversation with Ad Age Editor Brian Braiker, and subscribe to Ad Lib on iTunes or Spotify.
Product of the day: McDonald’s Happy Meals turn 40 this year. And so it’s “bringing back some of its most popular Happy Meal toys in a nostalgic bid to drum up visits from families with young children—or collectors hungry to snag another Beanie Boo, Furby or Hello Kitty,” Ad Age’s Jessica Wohl writes. (Can we say 'no thanks’ to a Furby revival, though?)
To make sense of the changing landscape for publishers, media brands and advertisers, Ad Age is convening industry pros in Manhattan on Nov. 14 at Ad Age Next: Publishing. Learn more here.