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DANCING WALTZES OFF WITH RATINGS VICTORY

November 30, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Dancing with the Stars’s final two broadcasts of the season landed at the top of the Neilsen ratings list for total households last week, but only one episode — Tuesday’s results show — landed on Nielsen’s separate list for adults 18-49 — at No. 8. (Each episode drew nearly identical numbers of viewers — about […]

EX-NEWS OF THE WORLD REPORTER CALLS EDITORS “SCUM”

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A former reporter and features editor for Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World has claimed that two former editors were well aware that the voicemails of celebrities and politicians were being routinely hacked by reporters, working with private investigators. Paul McMullan, who worked for the tabloid from 1994 to 2001, told the Leveson […]

REPORT: COWELL TO RETURN TO U.K. TALENT SHOW

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Simon Cowell, who left the British version of America’s Got Talent (Britain’s Got Talent) to focus his energy on the launch of The X Factor in the U.S., will return to the show next year, the London Daily Mirror reported today (Wednesday), citing a source at ITV, the commercial broadcaster. Ratings for both BGT and […]

LAWSUIT: FILMS MADE $7 BILLION; INVESTORS EARNED $0

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In the latest lawsuit to accuse a Hollywood studio of cooking the books, a group of investors is claiming that it invested $375 million in 29 Paramount films that together grossed nearly $7 billion but have yet to see a profit. The group, Melrose 2, accused the studio of “understating gross receipts, delaying payments to […]

LATEST TWILIGHT CROSSES $500-MILLION MARK

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On its twelfth day of release, Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 crossed the $500-million mark at the worldwide box office. That brings to $2.3 billion the total earnings for the four Twilight movies thus far. A fifth Twilight movie (part two of Breaking Dawn) is due to conclude the franchise’s […]

MOVIE STARS ARE RICHEST UNDER-30’S IN U.K.

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The British gossip magazine Heat has printed its annual list of the richest showbiz people under 30 in the U.K. — and young movie stars top the list, beginning with Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe. (It is the second year in a row that Radcliffe has been ranked No. 1, but then this is only the […]

AUSTRALIA BANS HUMAN CENTIPEDE II

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Australia has become the second country to ban outright director Tom Six’s The Human Centipede II. The Australian Classification Review Board, a government unit that is the counterpart to America’s MPAA ratings board, ruled on Monday that the film may no longer be screened in the country because of its “gratuitous, exploitative, or offensive depictions […]

X FACTOR HELPS GIVE FOX WIN IN NOVEMBER SWEEPS

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It may not have lived up to expectations — particularly Simon Cowell’s expectations — but The X Factor was being credited with helping to lift Fox’s ratings among the key demographic group of 18-49 year-olds 15 percent above last November and giving the network a win in that category in the November sweeps period. It […]

NICKELODEON: WHERE DID ALL THE KIDS GO?

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When Viacom released its third-quarter results earlier this month, CEO Philippe Dauman described the steady loss of viewers at its Nickelodeon kids channel as “inexplicable.” Now new data from Nielsen Research showing a 1.7 percent overall rise in preteen TV viewers make the Nickelodeon losses appear even more inexplicable. Today’s (Tuesday) Wall Street Journal observes […]

ONLINE VIDEO WATCHING SETS NEW RECORD

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A record number of online users watched a record number of online videos during the month of October, according to a study released Monday by Reston, VA-based comScore. According to the study, 184 million Internet users in the U.S. each spent an average of 21.1 hours watching video on the web. Together they viewed 42.6 […]

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