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NBC WANTS LENO TO REMAIN IN ITS STABLE

July 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC wants Jay Leno to stick around after he hands over the Tonight show to Jimmy Fallon early next year. Speaking to members of the Television Critics Association on Saturday, the network’s entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said, “Nothing would make us happier than to have him, a la Bob Hope, stay at the network.” Hope, […]

ISAAC DAMPENS GOP FESTIVITIES IN TAMPA

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As many Republicans no doubt feared, Isaac drew attention away from Mitt Romney on the day he was officially declared the party’s candidate for president in 2012. On cable news coverage during the day, in particular, it was the gathering hurricane that produced the drama, while the goings on in Tampa, mostly devoted to procedural […]

LENO AND TONIGHT: BACK TO 2009

August 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For Jay Leno and the Tonight show, it must have seemed like 2009 all over again. That was the year that NBC decided to move him into primetime as it turned Tonight over to Conan O’Brien. Leno reportedly got a hefty raise — to $25 million — when that occurred, and he also was able […]

CONAN RETURNS TO HIS OLD STUDIO, RESCUES TRIUMPH

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Conan O’Brien returned to the NBC studio where he had hosted his late-night show for 16 years — which is now occupied by Jimmy Fallon. Fallon had just launched into a discussion of the frosty New York weather when O’Brien walked onto the set, looking a bit frosty and glum himself. He acknowledged a standing […]

LENO AND LETTERMAN TAKE BIG RATINGS HITS

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was not an auspicious start-of-the-season week for either Jay Leno or David Letterman. With DVR use way up and more and more viewers watching shows via cable’s on-demand technology or via Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, or catching hipper, less restricted hosts on cable, like Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien, the two late-night […]

TBS PLANS TO BOLSTER CONAN’S SHOW WITH STRONGER PROGRAMS

August 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite Conan O’Brien’s plummeting ratings, TBS plans to invest heavily in new programming to air before and after his 11:00 p.m. show, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Thursday). The newspaper reported today (Thursday) that O’Brien’s ratings have tumbled about 60 percent since his premiere last September (to 958,000 viewers from 2.4 million) and that […]

LATE-NIGHT TV SHOWS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE

August 12, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The demise of George Lopez’s late night show has underlined the obstacles that late-night programs in general continue to face from increasing competition and from viewers watching programs that they recorded earlier in the evening on their DVRs. Today’s (Friday) New York Times observed that the first half hour of NBC’s Tonight show averaged 3.6 […]

GEORGE LOPEZ LOPPED OFF TBS

August 11, 2011 by · 16 Comments 

TBS’s hope of creating a solid two-hour late-night block of Conan O’Brien followed by George Lopez has gone the way of the primetime Jay Leno/O’Brien-Tonight-show fiasco, with Lopez axed after less than a year in his midnight timeslot (and O’Brien struggling in the ratings). TBS, however, is not allowing Lopez the long goodbye that NBC […]

ADVERTISERS NOW SPENDING AS MUCH ON CABLE AS ON BROADCAST

June 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Although advertisers have increased their upfront spending for broadcast television by about 10 percent, they have increased them even more — by about 15 percent — for cable networks, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Monday). The result: advertisers for the the first time are spending as much on cable networks as on broadcast networks. […]

JON STEWART TOPS JAY LENO IN MAY

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart edged out The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to become the No. 1 late-night talk show among adults 18-49 during May. According to Nielsen Research, Stewart averaged 1,344,000 viewers to Leno’s 1,340,000. That’s a difference of just 0.3 percent, statistically insignificant, but Comedy Central remarked that it […]

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