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NBC: FIRST WITH FOOTBALL, LAST WITH EVERYTHING ELSE

November 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again NBC’s Sunday Night Football ranked No. 1 for the week with 20.3 million viewers tuning in — but football was all she wrote for the struggling network, whose second-highest-rated show, Law and Order: SVU, came in at No. 40. CBS’s NCIS captured nearly as many viewers as the NFL — 20 million, at […]

SENSATIONAL INTERVIEWS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD IN PRIMETIME

November 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was the week when ABC’s Diane Sawyer was expected finally to beat her arch rival, NBC’s Brian Williams, in the ratings. Not on the evening news, where she trails Williams by about a million viewers, but in primetime, when her 20/20 interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was expected to clobber Williams’s new magazine show, […]

KUTCHER’S MEN SLIPS TO FOURTH PLACE

October 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher slipped slightly in the ratings again last week, but still managed to remain in the top four and continue as television’s highest-rated sitcom. It was beaten by NBC’s Sunday Night Football contest between Green Bay and Atlanta, CBS’s always-strong NCIS, and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Among […]

TV’S NEW #1 SHOW: TWO AND A HALF MEN

September 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

When Ashton Kutcher was named to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, he remarked that it was like winning the lottery. It now appears that the producers of the show and CBS have struck it rich as well, as the season debut of the show with Kutcher ranked No. 1 in the […]

FINAL RATINGS FOR EMMYS DIP AGAIN

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Television’s annual Emmy awards, once one of the medium’s highest-rated annual events, landed in seventh place on the Nielsen ratings list for last week, outranked by NBC’s Sunday-night football telecast, which aired opposite it, a final installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and even a repeat of CBS’s 60 Minutes. Helped by football, the debut […]

THANKS TO TALENT, FOOTBALL, NBC’S GOT RATINGS

August 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

It was another week for NBC’s peacock to crow. The struggling network saw its America’s Got Talent rank first and second in the Nielsen ratings, with the two-hour Tuesday edition averaging 12 million viewers and the one-hour Wednesday edition 11.1 million. Moreover, its Sunday night preseason NFL telecast between the Saints and Raiders averaged 9.3 […]

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 […]

DUGARD INTERVIEW A HUGE COUP FOR ABC

July 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jaycee Dugard on a two-hour special edition of Primetime Sunday night, which averaged 14.8 million viewers, has turned out to be the most-watched summer newsmagazine telecast since June 20, 2004, Mediaweek reported today (Tuesday). For ABC, it noted, the telecast represented ABC’s biggest audience in the two-hour period for a non-sports […]

DUGARD INTERVIEW DRAWS 15 MILLION

July 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Viewers, it would seem, cannot get enough of real-life crime coverage. A week after the Casey Anthony verdict drew record audiences, Diane Sawyer’s two-hour interview with kidnapping and rape victim Jaycee Dugard — Dugard’s first since being reunited with her family — averaged 14.7 million viewers, 14 million during the first hour and 15.4 million […]

NBC OWNS HALF OF TOP-TEN RATED SHOWS

June 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Time was when NBC’s Thursday lineup alone would provide five contenders or more for Nielsen’s list of the top ten television shows of the week. These days, however, it is extraordinary when any five NBC shows land in the top-ten. But that’s what happened last week. Of course three shows were titled America’s Got Talent, […]

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