Saturday, January 31, 2015

CNN’S BLIZZARD REPORTS: A SNOW JOB?

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As everyone knows, cataclysmic weather stories are like manna from heaven for cable news, producing big ratings, ergo big revenue. One can only imagine the frenzied editorial conferences with reporters early Tuesday morning after weather forecasters predicted that the blizzard dubbed Juno would wreak havoc in New York City. Unfortunately for everyone concerned, the blizzard […]

AMAZON STEPS UP ITS PUSH INTO ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING WITH WOODY ALLEN DEAL

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It instantly became the talk of the TV and movie industries: Amazon’s announcement that it had signed a deal with Woody Allen to write and direct an original series for its Amazon Prime streaming service. San Francisco Chronicle: Amazon signs Woody Alen for series Los Angeles Times: Amazon’s Woody Allen series deal marks big step […]

RATINGS FOR GOLDEN GLOBES TICK DOWN

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Ratings for Sunday night’s Golden Globes presentations on NBC didn’t surpass those for last year, when they set a record. But they were nevertheless stronger than usual, thanks not so much to the popularity of the nominated films and TV shows but — once again — to the hosting performances of Tina Fey and Amy […]

DEADLY ATTACK AT PARIS SATIRICAL WEEKLY

January 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

At least 12 people have been killed at the Parisian satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which once published a cartoon lampooning the prophet Mohammad. The two masked gunmen escaped. The Associated Press via the Boston Herald: 12 Dead in Attack on Paris Newspaper; France Goes On Alert The Hollywood Reporter: Paris Terrorist Attack Leads News Coverage […]

RATINGS: WEEK OF 12/1-12/7

December 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten shows of the week among total households according to Nielsen Research: 1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 12.8/21; 2. Sunday Night  NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 9.2/14; 3. The OT, Fox, 8.7/14; 4. NCIS, CBS, 7.5/12; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.2/12; 6. Football Night in America Pt 3, NBC, 7.0/11; 6. The Voice (Monday), NBC, […]

PETER PAN LIVE! DOESN’T FLY WITH CRITICS OR VIEWERS

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The live, three-hour Peter Pan special was neither a ratings nor a critical success Thursday night. Preliminary ratings indicate that the special, which starred Allison Williams in the title role, was down 46 percent from last year’s Sound of Music Live!. Among total viewers it averaged 9.1 million viewers versus 9.5 million for CBS’s primetime […]

FOOTBALL DOMINATES THANKSGIVING WEEK RATINGS

December 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten shows of the week among U.S. households according to Nielsen Research:  1. Sunday Night Football (Denver vs. Kansas City), NBC, 12.5/20; 2. NFL Thanksgiving Special (Seattle vs. San Francisco), NBC, 11.4/23; 3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 110./17; 4. Dancing wtih the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.0/17; 5. NCIS, CBS, 9.6/16; 6. Dancing with the […]

SONY STILL REELING FROM HACK ATTACK; MOVIES LEAKED ONLINE

December 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles Times: Sony Movies Leak Online as Computer Systems Remain Dark Pirated copies of some Sony movies have begun to appear online on file-sharing websites in the days after the [hack] attack. … Among the titles that have popped up are the Brad Pitt World War II drama Fury, the musical remake Annie and […]

SB ALERT: NBC, CBS SPLIT RATINGS VICTORIES FOR WEEK OF NOV. 17-23

November 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TV by the Numbers: NBC No. 1 among Adults 18-49; CBS Wins with Total Viewers in Week 9 Ending November 23, 2014 The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research, showing household ratings/audience share: 1. NFL National Sunday, CBS, 14.9/26; 2. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 12.6/21; 3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.7/15; 4. […]

SB ALERT: NY TIMES’S MEDIA COLUMNIST JOINS IN COSBY TAKEDOWN — AND ISSUES MEA CULPA

November 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

New York Times media critic David Carr: Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself From the article: In 2011, I did a Q&A with Mr. Cosby for Hemispheres magazine, the in-flight magazine of United Airlines, and never found the space or the time to ask him why so many women had accused him of […]

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