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FALLON SPRINTS AHEAD OF DAVE AND KIMMEL

NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon continues to lengthen its lead against ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. NBC boasted on Thursday that the latest Nielsen figures show Fallon’s audience is larger than those for Kimmel and Letterman combined among the 18-49 age group. Aiding Fallon was the... Read more of this article


TV GUIDE CHANNEL GOES POP

The TV Guide channel, which once was an adjunct of the magazine found on the coffee tables of most American households and was the de facto programming guide for cable TV viewers, is dropping its name and will simply be called Pop, the channel, which is now a joint venture of CBS and Lionsgate, announced on Thursday. Like the magazine itself, a cable... Read more of this article


NFL ANNOUNCERS AVOIDING USE OF "REDSKINS" TAG

Seeming to portend that the days that the Washington DC football team will continue to be called the Redskins are numbered, a study by sports website Deadspin noted that NFL TV broadcasts during the first two weeks of the season have decided to avoid the use of the name, which some Indian activist groups have labeled racist. According to the Deadspin... Read more of this article


O.K. SEASON FINALE FOR AMERICA’S GOT TALENT

The season finale of America’s Got Talent Wednesday night attracted 11.98 million total adult viewers and a 2.3 rating and an 8 share among the key 18-49 age group. While it was Wednesday’s most-watched show on television the preliminary ratings were down 8 percent from last year’s season finale. The previous night, AGT recorded 11.3... Read more of this article


CABLE TV: MOST PROFITABLE SEGMENT OF MEDIA BUSINESS

Cable-TV operators may wring their hands over the high cost of content and blame the broadcast and cable networks for their soaring subscription fees, but a new study indicates that a huge chunk of those fees are going to the cable companies’ shareholders. Indeed, according to a new study by the accounting firm Ernst & Young, cable operators... Read more of this article


RATINGS LEAP FOR THE NEW VIEW

Ratings looked positively rosy for the 18th season debut of ABC’s The View on Monday. Or should the word have been spelled R-O-S-I-E? The debut featured the return of Rosie O’Donnell to the panel that also included another Rosie, actress Rosie Perez, and former Republican political strategist Nicolle Wallace. And if there had been, as reported,... Read more of this article


CBS: BACK ON TOP, THANKS TO FOOTBALL

CBS returned to the top of the ratings last week, heading the list of most-watched shows and the list of those drawing the most 18­49 year-olds. The debut of Thursday Night Football with 20.77 million viewers put it over the top. While ordinarily its scripted series such as The Big Bang Theory and NCIS have helped it dominate the ratings during... Read more of this article


THE TOP TEN TV SHOWS: WEEK OF SEPT. 8-14

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research (rating/share): 1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 12.9/22; 2. Thursday Night Football, CBS, 12.7/22; 3. Sunday Night Football Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 9.4/16; 4. Thursday Night Football Pre-Kickoff, CBS, 8.6/16; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.7/13; 6. Football Night in America Pt. 3, NBC, 7.1/12; 7. Thursday... Read more of this article


ANHEUSER-BUSCH TO NFL: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT OR ELSE

Anheuser-Busch, which spends more on TV sports advertising than any other company, has strongly criticized the National Football League for its handling of recent scandals involving its players. In a statement, the company, whose brands include Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob, said that it is "disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent... Read more of this article


CNN LOSES BATTLE WITH UNION — BUT WAR ISN’T OVER

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers it laid off in 2003 and compensate 200 others after finding that the cable news network wrongfully replaced a unionized subcontractor with a nonunion in-house staff without bargaining with the union about its decision. Noting that the NLRB’s decision came 11 years... Read more of this article


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