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FOOTBALL TURNS LIGHTS OUT ON GLOBES

January 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Sunday night’s telecast of the Golden Globe awards on NBC had to contend with a massive audience for the NFL playoff game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers on Fox. According to overnight Nielsen ratings, the runover at 7:00 p.m. drew 40.1 million viewers, reducing the audience for the Globes’ red-carpet […]

CNN LOSES IN IOWA

January 5, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

CNN, which ordinarily draws big ratings for live coverage of special events, saw its audience plunge Tuesday night for its coverage of the Iowa caucuses. According to Nielsen Research, total viewers dropped to 1.3 million — 41 percent below the 2.2 million viewers who tuned in a year ago. As it did last year, Fox […]

VIEWERS FOR BBC’S ARABIC BROADCASTS INCREASE 80 PERCENT

December 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While state-controlled broadcasters have attempted to buttress the besieged Arab regimes caught up in uprisings across North Africa, the BBC’s Arabic-language broadcasts have increased their audiences 80 percent, according to a study by the International Audience Research Program (IARP) conducted in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. The biggest increase was seen in […]

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 […]

MCCREERY WINS BIG; SO DOES AMERICAN IDOL

May 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox’s season finale of American Idol Wednesday night averaged 28.16 million viewers. Here’s a run-down by half-hours: 8:00 p.m.: 22.95 million: 8:30 p.m.: 27.78 million; 9:00 p.m.: 30.63 million; 9:30 p.m. (in which the winner, 17-year-old Scotty McCreery, was crowned): 31.27 million. In addition, Fox announced earlier in the day that 122.4 million votes were […]

NBA GAME SETS RATINGS RECORD

May 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TNT’s telecast of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls drew 11.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched basketball game on cable television in history. It broke a record set in 2003 when 10.8 million viewers watched Michael Jordan playing in his last All-Star Game. The […]

MOSES RETURNS TO MOUNTAIN TOP

April 25, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

After being knocked into second place a year ago, when it competed against basketball, Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses, averaged 7.05 million viewers. That compares with the dismal 5.88 million who tuned in for the ABC telecast of the holiday classic a year ago. In 2009, ABC’s telecast of […]

THE KENNEDYS: ASK NOT

April 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The so-called Kennedy Curse may have hit ReelzChannel, the company that picked up The Kennedys miniseries after the History Channel dropped it and after it was rejected by other cable channels as well. On Tuesday it said that the show’s two-hour premiere (the first two episodes), which aired on Sunday night, attracted 1.9 million — […]

CBS REGAINS FIRST PLACE

February 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a week that saw CBS’s Grammy Awards telecast draw its biggest audience in eleven years but the finale of CBS’s Live to Dance with Paula Abdul flatline with just 4.6 million. Four shows attracted more than 20 million viewers, the Grammy Awards with 26.7 million; Wednesday’s American Idol on Fox with 24.1 million; […]

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