Tuesday, September 30, 2014



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NFL TELECASTS DOMINATE SUNDAY — AGAIN

Ratings for Sunday Night Football climbed this week. Overnight figures put the NBC telecast well out in front of everything else on TV as it scored with just under 20 million viewers (19.85 million) for the New Orleans Saints/Dallas Cowboys matchup. Earlier in the evening the final quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles/San Francisco 49ers gamer brought... Read more of this article


COLLEGE FOOTBALL TELECASTS SINK

Despite two college football games on the primetime broadcast schedule Saturday night, overall ratings of the night looked pretty much the same as they did before the football season began. ABC averaged 3.86 million viewers for the game between Notre Dame and Syracuse, while Fox pulled in an average of just 1.59 million for its coverage of the Baylor/Iowa... Read more of this article


COMCAST CABLE VOWS TO REFORM

With the voices of Comcast Cable subscribers rising in near revolt over the company’s notoriously slow installation and repair services and intimidating phone representatives, the company said on Friday that it is making changes in its executive ranks, including giving a veteran Comcast exec, Charlie Herrin, the title of senior vice president... Read more of this article


HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER TAKES DOWN FOOTBALL

Thursday’s series debut of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. In fact with 14 million viewers, it even beat out CBS’s Thursday Night Football, which drew 12.50 million, to become the ratings leader of the night among total viewers. Football still ruled as the top-rated broadcast among 18-49-year-old viewers, posting a 4.5 rating and... Read more of this article


SURVEY: NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS STILL WATCHING AS MUCH REGULAR TV

It was a curious result. Netflix subscribers watch 7.1 TV shows per week and 3.8 movies. Nevertheless, when pollsters asked them how that many hours of streaming affected their regular TV viewing, most indicated "a neutral to slightly positive impact." A Netflix subscription did result in viewership of pay-TV channels, such as HBO and Starz,... Read more of this article


LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCE SAYS HE SENT RICE VIDEO TO NFL SECURITY CHIEF

A law enforcement source has told the Hollywood Reporter that he sent a copy of the Ray Rice video, showing the Baltimore Ravens running back punching out his then-fiancée, to the NFL’s security chief, Jeffrey Miller, last April. The report raises new questions about claims by the NFL that no one in authority was aware of the video until... Read more of this article


BLACKISH IS GOLDENISH IN DEBUT

The season premiere of ABC’s controversial new sitcom blackish debuted in first place in its time period among total viewers and the key 18-49 age group, according to overnight ratings by Nielsen Research. The show drew 10.79 million viewers, a tad less than the 10.93 million that ABC’s Modern Family, which preceded it, pulled in. It also... Read more of this article


ESPN UNDER FIRE FOR SUSPENDING BILL SIMMONS

Following Bill Simmons’s suspension by ESPN for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "liar," #FreeSimmons quickly became the top trending subject on Twitter. The cable sports network found itself being reviled on the social media with criticism every bit as scathing as Simmons’s remarks about Goodell. Several commenters observed... Read more of this article


CBS’S SUNDAY AFTERNOON NFL GAMES TOP NBC’S PRIMETIME GAMES

Ratings for CBS’s Sunday afternoon football telecasts are averaging 23 percent higher than those for NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecasts in primetime, the network said on Wednesday. The Sunday afternoon games on CBS have averaged 26.8 million total viewers, versus 21.8 million for NBC’s primetime telecasts. Last Sunday’s game,... Read more of this article


COMCAST ACCUSES MERGER PROTESTERS OF EXTORTION

Comcast charged on Wednesday that cable TV networks and video-on-demand providers are making "extortionist" demands on it, seeking to gain concessions worth $5 billion in return for dropping their opposition to its merger with Time Warner Cable, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Thursday). The cable giant made the charges in comments... Read more of this article


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