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BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS SOAR IN RATINGS

May 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

He was roundly booed after performing twice and receiving two awards, but Justin Bieber was no doubt a significant factor in ABC’s telecast of the Billboard Music Awards drawing its best ratings in 12 years Sunday night. The three-hour show averaged 9.47 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/10 share among the key 18-49 age group. […]

BYE BYE, BABBA WAWA

May 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Barbara Walters, who began her network television career in 1961 as a 32-year-old writer on NBC’s Today show and eventually became a celebrity in her own right, parodied by the late comedian Gilda Radner as “Babba Wawa,” has announced that she will retire next year. Her announcement first appeared on the ABC News website Sunday […]

DISNEY HAS A GREAT QUARTER — EXCEPT FOR ABC

May 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Overall, Disney had a spectacular second quarter with net income soaring 32 percent. But conspicuously absent from the celebration was the company’s ABC television network, which finished the quarter dead last among the key 18-49 age group. Not only did the company take a hit from lower ratings — and a commensurate drop in ad […]

TE’O TO COURIC — I LIED, BUT YOU’D DO THE SAME

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A preview of Katie Couric’s interview with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o that aired on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday showed Te’o telling a confusing story about receiving a phone call on December 6 from a woman claiming to be the girlfriend he thought had died in September. It was two days before this year’s […]

KIMMEL SMOKES POT DURING ROLLING STONE INTERVIEW

January 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Entertainers have often granted interviews to Rolling Stone as part of an effort to alter their public image. Such was the case, for example, back in the ’70s when teen idol David Cassidy appeared nude on the cover of the magazine in a photo shot by famed RS photographer Annie Liebovitz. Such may also now […]

TWO SOAP OPERAS MAY RETURN FROM THE DEAD

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The long-running soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live may not be dead and buried after all. Following their cancellation by ABC last year, the production company Prospect Park announced that it planned to revive the two series online, but in November it said that it had been unable to “secure the […]

DANCING WITH THE STARS TRIPS IN RATINGS, MAY BE CUT BACK

December 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC may be considering cutting back Dancing with the Stars to one series per year beginning in the spring (a new DWTS season is slated to begin on March 18), the New York Post reported today (Friday), citing an unnamed production source. Despite the fact that last week’s season finale drew 16.7 million viewers, making […]

RNC CAN’T CRACK TOP 20 IN RATINGS

September 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

So far as the individual broadcast networks were concerned, their expensive coverage of the Republican National Convention was pretty much a bust. No network managed to place a single night of convention coverage in the top 20. That list was dominated primarily by reruns, reality shows, and ABC’s Saturday Night Football. Once again, NBC’s America’s […]

LENO RESPONDS TO BUDGET CUTS — IN HIS MONOLOGUE

August 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jay Leno responded Tuesday to reports that NBC has steeply cut the budget of the Tonight show and that Leno himself had offered to take a cut in pay of as much as 25 percent to prevent further cuts. Nevertheless, some 25 staff members of the show are expected to be pink-slipped. Leno tackled the […]

EVEN WITH CURRY OUT, TODAY TUMBLES AGAINST GMA

August 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

So it wasn’t Ann Curry after all, the latest Nielsen ratings for morning television appeared to suggest on Thursday. During the week before the Olympics — with Ann Curry out of the picture at the NBC morning show– ABC’s Good Morning America not only was rated No. 1 among total adults, as it had been […]

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