Wednesday, April 16, 2014



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NOW, IT’S THE VOICE THAT FALTERS

Audiences appear to be wearying of all singing contests — even the ones that produced some of last season’s highest ratings. The latest show to take a ratings hit is NBC’s The Voice, which recorded its lowest ratings for a Monday show ever. Viewers fell to 11.67 million, with a 3.3 ratings among 18-49 year-olds, the age group that... Read more of this article


SNOWDEN CRITICS ODDLY SILENT OVER PULITZER AWARD

Following the decision by the Pulitzer committee to award its highest prize to Britain’s Guardian and the Washington Post for their reports about the massive NSA surveillance revealed in the papers snatched by Edward Snowden, conservative commentators, who had initially denounced the newspapers were oddly subdued or even silent. In the U.K., several... Read more of this article


CNN MOCKED FOR ITS MALAYSIAN AIRLINER “BREAKING NEWS”

CNN may have boosted its ratings in the short term for its uninterrupted coverage of the disappearance of that Malaysian airliner, but it may be wonder what the long-term effect will be of the lampooning the network has been forced to endure since the story broke. On Saturday, NBC’s Saturday Night Live presented an “infomercial” for... Read more of this article


CHINA EXPORTS SONG-WRITING TV COMPETITION TO U.K.

After being mostly an importer of reality TV shows and formats, China will be exporting one this year. Britain’s ITV said that it has acquired the rights to air Star China’s Sing My Song in the U.K. In the show, song writers compete against one another for the best original song. In reporting the deal, China’s Xinhua news service quoted... Read more of this article


60 MINUTES IS SUNDAY’S MOST-WATCHED SHOW

Helped by a strong 12-minute overrun of the Masters golf tournament, CBS’s 60 Minutes easily captured the crown as the most-watched television show Sunday night. The episode, which featured a report on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and a combative interview with the Reverend Al Sharpton, drew 11.01 million viewers —... Read more of this article


REPORT: STAFF AND CREW BAILING ON AMERICAN IDOL

Apparently convinced that this will be the last season for Fox’s once-dominant American Idol, staff and crew members working on the show are desperately seeking new jobs, RadarOnline reported today, citing an unnamed insider. “The crew and staff on “Idol” are not new to the industry and have been around the block before. They... Read more of this article


SIMON COWELL’S BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT SETS RECORD

In contrast to the plunging ratings for American Idol, the U.K. talent contest Britain’s Got Talent drew its highest ratings ever for a season debut on Saturday night. The ITV show, produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle Media with Cowell as one of the judges, featured an astonishing dance performance by 79-year-old... Read more of this article


COLBERT ON LATE NIGHT: THE REACTION

The Stephen Colbert who will be hosting CBS’s Late Show will not be the same Stephen Colbert who has hosted Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report for the past nine years. In a statement on Thursday, he said: “I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking... Read more of this article


REALITY SHOWS AND DOCS TO MOVE INTO CNN’S 9:00 P.M. TIME SLOT

CNN has decided to drop its traditional news/interview format at 9:00 p.m. and substitute reality TV-type shows and documentaries in its place. “There’s a pool of advertisers for news, and there’s a pool of advertisers for broader programing, and we want to be able to tap into both,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told Adweek.... Read more of this article


THE INTERNET OVERTAKES TV IN AD REVENUE

In 2013 for the first time, advertisers spent more on the Internet than they did on television. Thanks to the growth of mobile broadband, online ad spending grew 17 percent during the year to $42.8 billion. For television, it was $40.1 billion. Driving the Internet ad growth, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), was the decision by... Read more of this article


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