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DISH CLASHES WITH NETWORKS OVER AD-SKIPPING DVR

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Satellite-TV operator DISH appears unfazed by angry comments from TV network executives about its plans to roll out a new DVR, dubbed the Hopper, from Echostar that allows users to skip commercials automatically. DISH CEO Joe Clayton has told the New York Post that the company plans to triple its marketing budget for TV, radio, […]

NETWORK RATINGS REBOUND

April 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On Sunday — the same day that the New York Times reported that ratings for TV network shows had plummeted — ratings for all of the network shows zoomed up, particularly among the 18-49 age group, the demographic that advertisers prefer. “The broadcast networks were granted a small reprieve on Sunday,” the Times allowed, noting […]

VIEWERS FLEEING NETWORK TV

April 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Every broadcast television network has lost a significant number of viewers this season — particularly among the 18-49 age group that most advertisers target, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing figures from Nielsen Research. Fox, which airs American Idol, has lost an average of 709,000 viewers or 20 percent of its 18-49 demo. […]

IDOL COLLAPSE COULD AFFECT ALL NETS, ADVERTISERS

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Falling ratings for Fox’s American Idol could have far-reaching reverberations throughout the broadcast and advertising industries, Advertising Age observed today (Monday). The trade publication pointed out that Idol can no longer claim to garner the highest ad rates of any regular telecast. It now shares that status with NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Moreover, if ratings […]

ER CREATOR: EDGY SHOWS NOW GOING TO CABLE

January 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Writer/producer/director John Wells, who was responsible for bringing such shows as China Beach, ER, and The West Wing to television said on Thursday that he would have struck out if he tried to sell the networks any of those shows today. Instead, he would have taken those shows to cable. Currently, his Shameless airs on […]

FOOTBALL IS THROWN FOR A RATINGS LOSS

December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The most-watched television show last week was not NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In fact, the contest between Baltimore and San Diego ranked only fourth on the Nielsen ratings list for the week, presumably brought down by competition from the season finale of CBS’s Survivor: South Pacific. No, the No. 1 show was CBS’s eight-year-old drama […]

WHERE DID ALL THE SUNDAY VIEWERS GO?

September 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There were disappointments galore Sunday night as the new season saw returning shows and new entrants draw relatively weak overnight ratings. Versus the same night a year ago, CBS’s 60 Minutes was down 16 percent, The Amazing Race down 21 percent, The Good Wife down 12 percent and CSI Miami down a whopping 31 percent. […]

DGA SAYS TV PRODUCERS PLEDGE DIVERSITY BUT DON’T PRACTICE IT

September 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Directors Guild of America has accused television networks and producers of paying lip service to the idea of racial and gender diversity in the hiring of directors but by and large failing to do so in practice. According to results of a DGA survey released on Wednesday, during the 2010-11 season, white males directed […]

NETWORKS’ UPFRONT SALES ARE WAY UP

June 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Judging from their success selling ads during the just-completed upfront market, the major television networks appeared to be returning to health — robust health at that. (The upfront market is a period in May and June when the networks sell about 65 percent of their advertising time for the coming season beginning in September; the […]

COMCAST NOW OFFERS VOD FROM ALL NETWORKS

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Throw away the TV guide. If you’re a Comcast subscriber, you’ll be able to watch many network television shows any time you wish. Comcast said on Wednesday that it has become the first cable-TV provider to offer programs from all four major television networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, on its video-on-demand service beginning the […]

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