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SHOOTING COVERAGE TOPS FRIDAY’S RATINGS

July 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS, NBC, and ABC on Friday dumped scheduled programming to present news specials dealing with the theater massacre in Colorado. Final ratings figures on Monday revealed that none of the specials individually drew a sizable audience, but together they accounted for more than 17 million viewers. CBS led off at 8:00 p.m. with a 748 […]

RATINGS STRENGTHEN FOR TWO AND A HALF MEN

November 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ratings for CBS’s Two and a Half Men jumped back to where they were after Ashton Kutcher took over from Charlie Sheen at the beginning of the season. Monday’s episode drew the best ratings of any show of the night as 15.7 million viewers tuned in. It was the best performance for the sitcom since […]

NBC’S DATELINE USES ITS FACEBOOK FANS AS FOCUS GROUP

September 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In a move that will no doubt rile many traditional journalists who often see their job as providing information that their readers or viewers need to know about, producers of NBC’s news magazine Dateline are seeking to determine what they want to know about. As reported by Advertising Age, Dateline personnel have been studying the […]

SAWYER CLOSING IN ON WILLIAMS

July 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

An excerpt from Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jaycee Dugard that was included in last Thursday night’s World News with Diane Sawyer not only gave the ABC newscast a rare win for the night over NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, but helped narrow the gap between the rival newscasts to a minuscule 4 percent for […]

BRIAN WILLIAMS SET TO DEBUT IN PRIMETIME

May 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC, which leads in news programming while nearly all of its entertainment shows continue to languish, is planning to launch a new primetime magazine program hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Friday), citing two people familiar with the matter. NBC’s Dateline series has managed to produce solid […]

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GOES OUT WITH A BANG

January 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC said goodbye to its top-rated program on Sunday as Sunday Night Football played its final game of the season, averaging 15.79 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s overnight figures. Next Sunday, the network resumes airing back-to-back episodes of its news magazine Dateline in the 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. hours, followed by the two-hour series […]

NBC SENDS CONAN ANOTHER CANCELLATION NOTICE

October 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Conan O’Brien has received another cancellation notice from NBC — this time for the legal drama Outlaw that his production company Conaco produced but which attracted few viewers in its Friday-night time slot. Although the debut episode of the legal drama drew 10.7 million viewers in a time period following NBC’s hit America’s Got Talent […]

ABC TO LAUNCH THIRD MAGAZINE SERIES

August 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Unlike NBC, which airs all of its primetime news magazines under the Dateline banner and CBS, which has two distinct news magazines, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours Mysteries, ABC continues to use two banners interchangeably for its primetime news magazines, Primetime and 20/20. Those two programs often borrow the talent and sometimes the stories that […]

NBC STANDS BY CONTROVERSIAL “DATELINE” FEATURE ABOUT DETROIT

April 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC has rejected complaints from the Detroit chapter of the National Assn. of Black Journalists and several community activists that it presented an unbalanced and sensationalized portrait of the city on a recent Dateline program. “NBC News is proud of Dateline‘s recent hour about Detroit, ‘America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope,’ reported on by […]