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THANKS TO TALENT, FOOTBALL, NBC’S GOT RATINGS

August 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

It was another week for NBC’s peacock to crow. The struggling network saw its America’s Got Talent rank first and second in the Nielsen ratings, with the two-hour Tuesday edition averaging 12 million viewers and the one-hour Wednesday edition 11.1 million. Moreover, its Sunday night preseason NFL telecast between the Saints and Raiders averaged 9.3 […]

IRENE BLOWS IN WEATHER CHANNEL’S BIGGEST AUDIENCE

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Katrina was more deadly and produced more destruction, but Irene got bigger ratings — at least so far as the NBC-owned The Weather Channel is concerned. According to Nielsen Research the channel averaged four million viewers on Saturday — the highest ratings for a whole day in its history, edging out the channel’s previous record […]

EBERSOL RETURNS TO NBC SPORTS — AS A “SPECIAL ADVISER”

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Just three months after resigning as head of NBC Sports and Olympics, Dick Ebersol is returning to the network as a special adviser, the New York Times reported today (Wednesday), citing several senior NBC executives. How his role will be different from what it was when he was officially running the unit was not spelled […]

CNN ENTERS TABLET FIELD BY BUYING ZITE

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CNN has paid a reported $20-25 million to acquire the iPad application Zite, which the developer describes as a “personalized magazine” that tracks a reader’s interests and collects news articles pertaining to them into an elegant layout for the Apple tablet. Such iPad apps have aggravated some content providers, who have charged the developers, including […]

WANNA WATCH YOUR HOME TEAM PLAY? FLY SOUTHWEST

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Travelers on Southwest Airlines flights will soon be able to watch live Major League Baseball games on their smartphones, laptops and iPads as the result of a deal between the airline and in-flight wi-fi service Row 44. In a statement, the company said that it will have the capability to stream 2,400 MLB telecasts per […]

ICAHN SHUTS LIONS GATE BEHIND HIM

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The bitter battle between Carl Icahn and the top executives of Lions Gate Entertainment has ended, with Icahn agreeing to sell nearly all of his 33-percent stake in the studio at 7 percent below Tuesday’s closing price and both sides agreeing to drop their lawsuits against one another. Icahn’s surprise move on Tuesday came just […]

FILMING SOARS IN L.A. AS LAWMAKERS CONSIDER CUTTING INCENTIVES

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For filmmakers, this may not be the best time for FilmL.A. to be announcing that location shooting in the Los Angeles area has risen 60 percent so far in the third quarter versus last year, with last week showing a 66-percent rise in location production days. The state Senate is expected to vote shortly on […]

NAMES OF NEWS EXECS WHO ORDERED HACKING TO REMAIN SECRET

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British actor/comedian Steve Coogan has been given the names of higher-ups at the now-defunct tabloid News of the World who assigned detective Glenn Mulcaire to hack into the voicemail of six celebrities whom he had tried to contact — but, for the time being, the names will not be publicly disclosed, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported […]

HURRICANE HYPE?

August 30, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Monday-morning quarterbacks were accusing the broadcast networks and the cable news channels (and The Weather Channel) of overplaying the dangers of Hurricane Irene in order to boost ratings and ad sales. In an interview with the Associated Press, Lise King, a fellow at Harvard University, complained that the coverage became more of an entertainment than […]

VMA’S SET MTV RATINGS RECORD

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Sunday night’s telecast of the 2011 Video Music Awards attracted an average of 12.4 million viewers, the largest audience ever to watch an MTV telecast, according to figures released by Nielsen on Monday. Some 8.5 million of those viewers fell into the channel’s target 12-34-year-old demographic — also a record for the channel. In addition, […]

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