Sunday, April 20, 2014

AEREO FOUNDER HOPES SCOTUS DECISION WILL BE CLEAR-CUT

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The founder of Aereo says he is hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court makes a clear-cut decision after hearing arguments in the broadcasters’ case against the TV service next Thuesday — and not return the case to the lower courts. In an interview with TheWrap.com, Chet Konijia commented, “If they choose to remand the case, […]

KIMMEL BEATS FALLON WITH SCANDAL-THEMED EPISODE

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The late-night battle between the two Jimmys became closer Thursday as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live with a Scandal-themed episode beat the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the ratings by a substantial margin. According to preliminary figures, Kimmel averaged a 3.4 household rating and an 8 share for Thursday versus Fallon’s 2.1/5. Among the 18-49 […]

SCANDAL SEASON FINALE GIVES ABC THURSDAY RATINGS WIN

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC’s Scandal led the network to a Thursday-night ratings victory among viewers 18-49 and produced its best numbers ever for a season finale, the network said today (Friday), citing Nielsen figures. The show averaged 10.45 million viewers and posted a 3.4/10 in the demo, to complete its best-ever season. By comparison, its 2013 season finale […]

WAS FARGO A HIT? ANALYSTS DISAGREE

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Any cable-TV episode that attracts 4.2 million viewers, 1.79 million of whom are in the 18-49 age bracket, is ordinarily considered a solid hit. And several publications, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times acknowledged Fargo as such on Wednesday. “Fargo gets strong start in ratings,” headlined the L.A. newspaper. The New […]

SCOTUS JUDGE ALITO CHANGES HIS MIND, WILL HEAR AEREO CASE

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Putting an end to discussions about the possibility of a tie vote by the Supreme Court in the legal battle between Aereo and broadcasters, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who previously had recused himself from participating in the case, has apparently decided to join the other eight members of the high court in doing so, […]

DISCOVERY REPORTEDLY PULLS OUT OF BIDDING FOR U.K. CHANNEL 5

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Just when it appeared as if a sale of Britain’s Channel 5 network to Discovery Communications and the U.K.’s BSkyB satellite service was a done deal, reports have emerged that Discovery is backing away from it for the time being. According to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Discovery had expected BSkyB to take an equity stake in […]

AMERICAN IDOL FALLS OUT OF TOP 20

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Talk about a “fallen idol!” Last week, Fox’s American Idol, which once dominated the Nielsen ratings, fell out of the top 20 for the first time. The talent contest, which reached its peak in 2007 with an average audience of more than 30 million and which continues to hold the record for the number of […]

THE TOP TEN SHOWS: WEEK OF 4/7–4/13, 2014

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. NCAA Basketball Championship, CBS, 12.4/20; 2. NCIS, CBS, 11.1/18; 3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.0/18; 4. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 9.3/14; 4. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.3/15; 6. NCAA Basketball Championship Pregame, CBS, 7.3/11; 7. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 7.2/11; […]

SCOTT PELLEY REPORTEDLY SEEKING A BIG RAISE

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley is seeking a substantial pay raise from his current $5 million per year when his contract comes up for renewal in the weeks ahead, Politico.com reported today (Wednesday), citing sources familiar with the negotiations. Pelley currently earns less than half what his rivals, Brian Williams at NBC and Diane […]

NETFLIX SAYS DEAL WITH COMCAST FOR FASTER SPEED PAID OFF

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix’s decision to pay Comcast to connect directly to its Open Connect delivery network has paid off with an average speed boost of 65 percent, Netflix said on its blog Tuesday. In February Wedbush Securities estimated that Netflix had agreed to pay Comcast between $25 million and $50 million for the direct connection, although each […]

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