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NIELSEN WILL RATE IPAD USAGE

March 29, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Tens of millions of Americans have purchased Apple’s iPad digital tablet, and all of the major television networks have designed free apps for it to allow users to access a limited number of their TV shows. But so far no one is quite sure how many people are actually using those apps, which programs are […]

OPRAH’S CABLE NETWORK MAKES GAINS IN FIRST QUARTER

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Just when some analysts were shaking their heads over the dismal ratings for Oprah Winfrey’s cable network OWN, with some predicting that it could go down and cost Discovery Networks dearly — as much as $145 million — the network on Wednesday released a statement boasting of huge audience increases in the first quarter. In […]

KATIE COURIC RETURNING TO MORNING TV — ONE WEEK ONLY

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For the first time since she stepped down from NBC’s Today show six years ago, Katie Couric will return to doing what she had done from 1991 to 2006, co-hosting a morning network talk show. But this time the show that she’ll co-host will be the one that she competed against for 15 years, ABC’s […]

WILL FOX CHALLENGE ESPN?

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A report by Bloomberg News on Wednesday that Fox Sports is considering launching a new cable sports network that would rival ESPN has been dismissed by people familiar with the matter, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). The newspaper observed that should such a network actually transpire, it could touch off fierce bidding between […]

HUNGER GAMES SOUNDTRACK LANDS AT NO. 1

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According to conventional industry wisdom, nobody’s interested in soundtrack albums anymore. What people want are single records that can quickly be download onto their iPods from Apple’s iTunes store. Tell that to the producers of The Hunger Games CD, which sold 175,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. And Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound,” […]

HUNGER GAMES EARNS $10.35 MILLION ON TUESDAY

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There was no let-up in demand for tickets for The Hunger Games on Tuesday. For the second weekday in a row sales topped $10 million. ($10.82 million on Monday, $10.35 million on Tuesday.) The film opened to strong but not overwhelming business overseas, with the U.K. leading the pack with $7.80 million. That made it […]

MOVIEGOERS TO COVER COST OF CAMERON’S DEEP SEA EXPLORATION

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So, who paid for James Cameron’s pioneering voyage to the bottom of the sea last weekend? Well, he indicated in an interview with reporters in London, you and I did. It was already known that Cameron had a massive lighting display rigged up on the body of the Deepsea Challenger, together with 4 3D movie […]

JUDGE REJECTS SAG DISSIDENTS’ ARGUMENTS; MERGER VOTE TO GO AHEAD

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Rejecting arguments from a dissident group of Screen Actors Guild members led by Martin Sheen and Ed Harris, a federal judge on Wednesday permitted a vote on the merger of SAG and the American Federation of Television Artists to go forward. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said, “Voting in favor of […]

NCIS BEATS OUT TALENT CONTESTS

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CBS’s NCIS was back on top of the Nielsen ratings chart again last week, beating out such formidable competitors as ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Fox’s American Idol and NBC’s The Voice. Its margin of victory was slight — and insignificant statistically. It drew 19.06 million viewers (an 11.9 rating and a 19 share) to […]

LUCK — NOT MUCH OF IT FOR ITS CAST AND CREW

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The decision by HBO and the producers of Luck to shut down production of the series following the deaths of three horses came as devastating news to the 180-member crew and dozens of actors working on the series, as well as local suppliers, including prop houses and vendors who supplied services and equipment, the Los […]

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