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WHILE NBC SOARS, CBS SLUMPS

October 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

While last season’s fourth-rated network, NBC, is off to a rousing start as the No. 1 network among the highly prized 18-49-year-old age group, CBS, last season’s champ, has seen its ratings slump further than any other network. They’re down about 20 percent in the young demo, a circumstance that could cause the network to […]

MOONVES URGES CABLERS TO DROP NETWORKS NO ONE WATCHES

October 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS chief Les Moonves has urged cable operators to change their business model if they wish to cut costs — stop making package deals with giant media corporations to carry dozens of channels that no one watches. “The truth is that he who has the most eyeballs wins,” Moonves said in an interview with the […]

MOONVES MAY YANK CBS OFF DISH NETWORK

September 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

CBS chief Les Moonves vowed on Wednesday to yank his network’s programming off DISH network if the satellite distributor continues to offer its Hopper DVR to subscribers. “Hopper cannot exist,” Moonves said at an investors conference in Beverly Hills. “If Hopper exists, we will not be in business with [DISH] — it’s pure and simple. […]

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 […]

BARKER NOT INVITED TO PRICE IS RIGHT CELEBRATION

September 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Bob Barker may have hosted The Price Is Right for 35 years and may have written an autobiography in 2009 titled Priceless Memories, but his follow-up could be titled How Soon They Forget. CBS aired a 40th anniversary special of the game show on Tuesday but didn’t include the 88-year-old Barker in it. Asked by […]

DOWNTURNS AT CABLE, FILM HIT VIACOM

August 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Sumner Redstone, the chairman of CBS and Viacom, got good news and bad about his two media companies on Thursday. On the one hand, CBS reported record profits in the last quarter; on the other hand, Viacom’s profits sank. The blow to Redstone’s older and larger media conglomerate might have been less troubling had its […]

ALL-STAR GAME A DECISIVE HIT FOR FOX

July 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Last week’s Major League Baseball All Star Game helped lift Fox to No. 1 in the ratings among the key 18-49 age group and to second place among adults overall. CBS remained the most-watched network of the week, thanks to its summer reality series, Big Brother, and to solid rerun performances by its Thursday-night sitcom […]

MLB MAY SCORE $1 BILLION IN DEAL WITH NETWORK

July 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

With its current deals with ESPN, Fox and Turner set to expire at the end of the season next year, Major League Baseball is being wooed by CBS and NBC, each of which is offering what today’s (Tuesday) New York Post described as “a mountain of cash” to take over exclusive rights to the telecasts. […]

GLASS HOUSE SHATTERS IN DEBUT

June 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

After an expensive and stormy legal battle with CBS, ABC finally debuted its The Glass House Monday night. But CBS, which had claimed that the show ripped off the format of its own Big Brother but could not get a federal judge to accept that view, no doubt took satisfaction with the ratings results. Glass […]

CBS THROWS LEGAL ROCKS AT ABC’S GLASS HOUSE; MISSES

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Federal Judge Gary Feess indicated today (Friday) that he is not likely to grant CBS’s request for a temporary injunction that would block ABC’s upcoming reality series The Glass House from debuting on Monday. CBS had argued that the show was a virtual copy of its own long-running reality series Big Brother and that it […]

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