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ROBIN WILLIAMS NEWS SPECIAL LANDS IN TOP TEN

Robin Williams would have been pleased. His return to TV with The Crazy Ones may have produced meager ratings on CBS and ended up canceled after its first season, but ABC’s 20/20 special about him, slapped together following his death, made it into Nielsen’s top ten list for last week. It was the sixth most-watched show of the week among... Read more of this article


THE TOP TEN SHOWS WEEK OF AUGUST 11-17

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 3.4/9; 2. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 3.3/9; 3. NCIS, CBS, 2.8/8; 4. 60 Minutes, CBS, 2.7/8; 5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 2.6/8; 6. 20/20: Robin Williams, ABC, 2.5/7; 7. Under the Dome, CBS, 2.3/7; 8. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS,... Read more of this article


NBC SETS U.S. RATINGS RECORDS WITH SOCCER

This summer’s record ratings for the World Cup has apparently given the regular season of international soccer a big boost in the U.S. NBC’s coverage of the Arsenal-Crystal Palace match on Saturday morning averaged 885,000 viewers, not huge by most U.S. sports telecasts but the most-watched opening weekend soccer match in U.S. history. On... Read more of this article


CNN TRIPLES ITS RATINGS WITH FERGUSON COVERAGE

CNN’s controversial coverage of the events in Ferguson, Missouri put it ahead of Fox News in the ratings among the key 25-54 age group on Monday night, according to Nielsen. The cable news network averaged 356,000 viewers in that demo for the day and 423,000 during primetime. Fox drew 302,000 total day and 405,000 during primetime. Among total... Read more of this article


DEADLINE & VARIETY OWNER BUYS MAGAZINE BUNDLE

Penske Media, the company that owns the Hollywood trade publications Deadline.com and Variety, among others, is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media’s trade magazines, including Women’s Wear Daily, from Condé Nast Publications, the companies announced on Tuesday. The New York Times said that Jay Penske had paid $100 million for the publications,... Read more of this article


STANDOFF BETWEEN PRESS AND POLICE IN FERGUSON

Video of CNN anchor Don Lemon being shoved by a police officer while reporting live from Ferguson, Missouri went viral following the incident on Monday. Later, Lemon told Anderson Cooper: "I’m in the middle of a live shot and this officer comes and just starts to push me along with the other people. … I didn’t know what was going... Read more of this article


ROKU INTERNET-INTEGRATED TV SETS COMING SOON — CHEAP

TCL and Hisense may be the world’s third- and fourth-largest TV manufacturers respectively, but they are largely unknown in this country. All that may change next month when they make a play for the U.S. market with four models that include the Roku Interface, allowing consumers to access such online video services as Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO... Read more of this article


SHARK WEEK BIG ON CABLE TV, BIGGER ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Shark Week not only dominated cable TV ratings last week, but it became a top trending topic on Facebook as well. Discovery Channel said on Monday that Shark Week registered over 21 million interactions involving 12.7 million viewers between August 10 and August 17. Women accounted for the overwhelming majority of the commenters, with women 25­34... Read more of this article


MEDIA SHAKE-UP IN CHINA

In a statement suggesting that a shakeup in China’s media structure is in the works, President Xi Jinping has announced plans to create new media groups that will "integrate traditional and new media," the state-run Xinhua wire service reported today (Tuesday). Xi’s statement was perhaps intentionally unclear. Xinhua quoted him... Read more of this article


REPORT: FERGUSON TO MOVE FROM LATE NIGHT TO EARLY EVENING

"I would do another [talk show]. I just don’t want to do this one anymore." That’s what Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson told Larry King in an interview last month. Well, now it appears that Ferguson, who has hosted the CBS late show for the past ten years, will indeed host another talk show — on Tribune stations during... Read more of this article


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