Thursday, September 18, 2014

RATINGS LEAP FOR THE NEW VIEW

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ratings looked positively rosy for the 18th season debut of ABC’s The View on Monday. Or should the word have been spelled R-O-S-I-E? The debut featured the return of Rosie O’Donnell to the panel that also included another Rosie, actress Rosie Perez, and former Republican political strategist Nicolle Wallace. And if there had been, as […]

CBS: BACK ON TOP, THANKS TO FOOTBALL

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CBS returned to the top of the ratings last week, heading the list of most-watched shows and the list of those drawing the most 18­49 year-olds. The debut of Thursday Night Football with 20.77 million viewers put it over the top. While ordinarily its scripted series such as The Big Bang Theory and NCIS have […]

THE TOP TEN TV SHOWS: WEEK OF SEPT. 8-14

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The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research (rating/share): 1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 12.9/22; 2. Thursday Night Football, CBS, 12.7/22; 3. Sunday Night Football Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 9.4/16; 4. Thursday Night Football Pre-Kickoff, CBS, 8.6/16; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.7/13; 6. Football Night in America Pt. 3, NBC, 7.1/12; 7. Thursday Night […]

ANHEUSER-BUSCH TO NFL: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT OR ELSE

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Anheuser-Busch, which spends more on TV sports advertising than any other company, has strongly criticized the National Football League for its handling of recent scandals involving its players. In a statement, the company, whose brands include Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob, said that it is "disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have […]

CNN LOSES BATTLE WITH UNION — BUT WAR ISN’T OVER

September 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers it laid off in 2003 and compensate 200 others after finding that the cable news network wrongfully replaced a unionized subcontractor with a nonunion in-house staff without bargaining with the union about its decision. Noting that the NLRB’s decision came 11 years […]

BIG TURNOUT AT PBS FOR THE ROOSEVELTS

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ABC on Sunday counterprogrammed NBC’s Sunday Night Football with the Miss America pageant. But — there she went — the beauty contest attracted just 6.7 million viewers — 25 percent fewer than a year ago. But it now turns out that the real counterprogramming champ of the night was the opening episode of PBS’s Ken […]

SMALL ORANGE COUNTY STATION GETS DODGERS — BUT ONLY 6 GAMES

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The Los Angeles Dodgers may be leading the National League West by four games and would ordinarily be drawing relatively big TV audiences in its drive for the pennant — except for the fact that its games this year can only be seen by subscribers to Time Warner Cable. TWC paid $8.35 billion for distribution […]

EUROPEANS GET SHOWS ON NETFLIX THAT AMERICANS CAN’T

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In its European rollout, which began on Monday, Netflix is offering to its subscribers episodes of American TV shows that it does not offer to its U.S. subscribers, the Wall Street Journal observed today (Tuesday). Among the TV shows that it has acquired first-run rights to in Europe are CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, ABC’s […]

FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL EVERYWHERE FOOTBALL

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re not a football fan, you had little to watch on any of the four broadcast networks Saturday night. Each of them broadcast a college football game. CBS was the only network that did not devote its entire primetime schedule to football. Following an overrun of a college game that filled most of the […]

NETFLIX INVADES EUROPE

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Netflix plans to launch its European streaming service over consecutive days this week in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. "This is the biggest international launch we’ve ever done," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told the London Financial Times. "It represents nearly 80 million broadband households and about 200 million people." Currently Netflix counts 50 […]

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