Monday, December 22, 2014



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RATINGS: WEEK OF 12/1-12/7

The top ten shows of the week among total households according to Nielsen Research: 1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 12.8/21; 2. Sunday Night  NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 9.2/14; 3. The OT, Fox, 8.7/14; 4. NCIS, CBS, 7.5/12; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.2/12; 6. Football Night in America Pt 3, NBC, 7.0/11; 6. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 7.0/11; 6. The Voice (Tuesday),... Read more of this article


PETER PAN LIVE! DOESN’T FLY WITH CRITICS OR VIEWERS

The live, three-hour Peter Pan special was neither a ratings nor a critical success Thursday night. Preliminary ratings indicate that the special, which starred Allison Williams in the title role, was down 46 percent from last year’s Sound of Music Live!. Among total viewers it averaged 9.1 million viewers versus 9.5 million for CBS’s primetime... Read more of this article


FOOTBALL DOMINATES THANKSGIVING WEEK RATINGS

The top ten shows of the week among U.S. households according to Nielsen Research:  1. Sunday Night Football (Denver vs. Kansas City), NBC, 12.5/20; 2. NFL Thanksgiving Special (Seattle vs. San Francisco), NBC, 11.4/23; 3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 110./17; 4. Dancing wtih the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.0/17; 5. NCIS, CBS, 9.6/16; 6. Dancing with the Stars (Monday),... Read more of this article


SONY STILL REELING FROM HACK ATTACK; MOVIES LEAKED ONLINE

Los Angeles Times: Sony Movies Leak Online as Computer Systems Remain Dark Pirated copies of some Sony movies have begun to appear online on file-sharing websites in the days after the [hack] attack. … Among the titles that have popped up are the Brad Pitt World War II drama Fury, the musical remake Annie and the upcoming film Still Alice. Employees... Read more of this article


SB ALERT: NBC, CBS SPLIT RATINGS VICTORIES FOR WEEK OF NOV. 17-23

TV by the Numbers: NBC No. 1 among Adults 18-49; CBS Wins with Total Viewers in Week 9 Ending November 23, 2014 The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research, showing household ratings/audience share: 1. NFL National Sunday, CBS, 14.9/26; 2. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 12.6/21; 3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.7/15; 4. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.4/15;... Read more of this article


SB ALERT: NY TIMES’S MEDIA COLUMNIST JOINS IN COSBY TAKEDOWN — AND ISSUES MEA CULPA

New York Times media critic David Carr: Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself From the article: In 2011, I did a Q&A with Mr. Cosby for Hemispheres magazine, the in-flight magazine of United Airlines, and never found the space or the time to ask him why so many women had accused him of drugging and then assaulting them. We... Read more of this article


JEFF FAGER RESIGNS AS CBS NEWS CHIEF

CBS News Release:  Jeff Fager Announces His Decision to Return to Role as Executive Producer of “60 Minutes” Full-time and to Step Down From Post as Chairman of CBS News  Read More →


“THE GRADUATE” DIRECTOR MIKE NICHOLS DIES AT 83

Los Angeles Times: Mike Nichols, groundbreaking director of ‘The Graduate,’ dies at 83  Read More →


COSBY DROPPED BY CBS, LETTERMAN FOLLOWING NEW RAPE ALLEGATIONS

Newsday: Bill Cosby booking on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ canceled New York Times: Appearance by Bill Cosby With David Letterman Canceled as Rape Allegations Swirl Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Has Released A Statement Addressing The Recent Sexual Assault Allegations  Read More →


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