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THURSDAY NIGHT: VIEWERS CAME, SAW, LEFT

September 30, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Thursday night — which generally draws more television viewers than any other night of the week — saw a big drop in viewers versus the first Thursday night of the season last week. In particular, Fox’s The X Factor saw its numbers drop 12 percent from last Thursday, while NBC’s Whitney plummeted 24 percent and […]

X FACTOR: AUDIENCES PREFER THE ORIGINAL

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Like the series premiere on Wednesday, the second night of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor produced good ratings for Fox on Thursday, but they were well below the network’s — and TV columnists’ — expectations and about half of those for American Idol. For the first 90 minutes of the two-hour telecast, they failed to […]

BROADCAST NETWORKS MAKE STRONG SHOWING AT EMMYS

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After being trounced by the cable networks for years, the broadcast networks made a comeback Sunday night, collecting a slew of Emmy awards for such shows as ABC’s Modern Family, PBS’s Downton Abbey, and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, and The Good Wife. One would be tempted to add DirecTV’s Friday Night […]

RATINGS FOR ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS FALL BELOW NEWSCASTS’

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For the second week in a row, television executives might have been wishing that their entertainment programs were drawing the sizable audiences that their evening newscasts were. While NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 7.87 million viewers, NBC’s primetime programming averaged 4.56 million (the average was ballooned by high ratings for America’s Got Talent; […]

NEWS BEATS ENTERTAINMENT IN RATINGS

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

More TV viewers were watching reports about the budget crisis last week than most entertainment programs. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 7.9 million viewers for the week. That would have put it at seventh place on the Nielsen primetime ratings list. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with an average of 7.4 million […]

NBC: LEAST-SEEN TV?

July 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC, which once attracted 25-30 million viewers or more on Thursday nights with its Must-See TV comedy lineup and E.R., barely drew a tenth of that audience this week. Reruns of its comedies between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. averaged just 2.16 million viewers, while a repeat of Law and Order: SVU at 10:00 p.m. […]

FOX FIRST AMONG YOUNG VIEWERS, LAST AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS

July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox’s highest-rated show among total adults last week was the Wednesday edition of So You Think You Can Dance, which came in at No. 23 in the overall weekly ratings. Nevertheless, among the key demographic group of adults 18-49, Fox was the top-rated network for the week, followed by CBS, which attracted far more overall […]

EMMY SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Friday Night Lights, the critically praised but ratings-challenged drama, is going out with a bang. The show, which recently was able to stay alive by first being televised on DirecTV before being rerun on NBC, was nominated today (Thursday) as one of the five dramas in the best drama category in the 63rd Primetime Emmy […]

IDOL, SEASON FINALES TOPS ON THURSDAY

May 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The penultimate results episode of this season’s American Idol attracted 21.16 million viewers Thursday night. The Fox talent show easily outdistanced every other show in the Nielsen ratings for the night, but some season finales on CBS also drew impressive numbers. At 8:00 p.m., the season finale of The Big Bang Theory posted 11.12 million […]

HBO’S BOARDWALK EMPIRE BIG WINNER AT GOLDEN GLOBES

January 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

HBO’s lavishly produced series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition, won the Golden Globe Sunday night as television’s best dramatic series, while its star, Steve Buscemi, won the best actor award in a TV drama. Some critics observed that the competition, like the Emmy awards, was unfair. No broadcast network can spend as […]

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