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MEET THE PRESS RETURNS TO THIRD PLACE

Viewers of the Sunday morning interview shows gave Chuck Todd, David Gregory’s replacement on NBC’s Meet the Press, a look-see when he took over last month, lifting the show to second place behind the perennial winner, CBS’s Face the Nation. But the show returned to third place last weekend, down 22 percent from Todd’s debut... Read more of this article


SHEEN WANTS TO RETURN TO TWO AND A HALF MEN

Apparently, Charlie Sheen is ready to do whatever is necessary to return to Two and a Half Men for the show’s final season, which began airing Thursday night. "They know that I want to do it, and I know that they’re open to it," he told the syndicated entertainment show Extra on Thursday. "So I guess we’re just a meeting... Read more of this article


WORLD SERIES GAME 7 A BIG WINNER FOR FOX

The seventh game of the World Series Wednesday night scored strongly for Fox. The game, which saw the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2, attracted an average of 20.17 million viewers, according to preliminary ratings. It also drew a whopping 5.7 rating and a 17 share among the key 18-49 age group. the game peaked in primetime during... Read more of this article


MOST STILL VIEW TV AS IT’S BROADCAST

Consumers by and large still prefer to watch television the old-fashioned way — as it’s presented on-air during primetime, according to a study ("The New Living Room") by Frank N. Magid Associates for Sony Pictures TV’s Crackle. Some 67 percent of those surveyed said that they watch live TV during primetime, while 31 percent... Read more of this article


RICHIE RICH RETURNING AS NETFLIX SERIES

Netflix is reviving the Richie Rich franchise, which last saw Macaulay Culkin in the role of the richest kid in the world. That was in 1994, and the movie represented a single-shot attempt to bring the long-running comic strip to the screen. The Netflix series calls for 21 episodes to be produced. If kids "binge" on the series, they could... Read more of this article


FCC MAY GIVE AEREO A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled on Thursday that he would be willing to propose new rules that would allow Internet services to offer TV programs online — a move that would revive the recently killed-off Aereo service and pave the way for similar services. Wheeler observed that consumers have "long complained about how their cable service... Read more of this article


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BEATS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

CBS wrapped up its first season of Thursday Night Football with its coverage of the San Diego Chargers/Denver Broncos game leading the weekly Nielsen ratings list. It was the first time that the Thursday telecast had topped NBC’s Sunday Night Football in the ratings. However, the numbers were close. The CBS telecast averaged 20.2 million viewers;... Read more of this article


THE TOP TEN TV SHOWS: WEEK OF OCT. 20-26

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:1. Thursday Night Football, CBS, 12.3/21; 2. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 10.9/17; 3. NCIS, CBS, 10.5/17; 4. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.9/16; 5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 9.6/15; 6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.5/13; 7. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 8.3/13; 8. World Series Game 2, Fox, 7.9/14;... Read more of this article


FOOTBALL ON ESPN ONCE AGAIN OUTDRAWS BROADCAST SHOWS

ESPN’s Monday Night Football drew a bigger audience on Monday than any primetime program on broadcast TV. The game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys averaged 18.8 million viewers and peaked outside of primetime — during the 11:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. quarter hour — to 22.5 million, when the Redskins pulled out an... Read more of this article


WHERE DO FORMER BROADCAST NEWS HOSTS GO? TO YAHOO!

Two former broadcast anchors who lost their multimillion-dollars jobs when ratings for the shows they fronted crashed will be presiding over midterm election coverage for Yahoo! David Gregory, who was fired as host of Meet the Press in August and replaced by Chuck Todd, will be joining Katie Couric, the former Today show and CBS Evening News anchor.... Read more of this article


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