After the coffee. Before seeing if Christopher Dorner coverage got higher ratings in Los Angeles than the State of the Union address.
The Skinny: Is it "Happy Gilmore" week on AMC? Every time I flip to AMC that Adam Sandler classic is playing. Wednesday's headlines include Comcast's move to buy out General Electric's stake in NBCUniversal, and Netflix makes another push into original programming. Also a peek at TV pilot season. Sorry, movie buffs, there was a shortage of real cinematic news today.
Daily Dose: The Television Bureau of Advertising, a cheerleader -- oops, I mean marketing association -- for TV stations, issued a report noting which cities got big ratings with Sunday's Grammy Awards. Most interesting is that nine of the top 10 markets with strong numbers were in time zones in the East and Midwest that carried the show live. No West Coast stations, which aired the show on tape delay, made the cut. The Grammys are one of the few remaining big awards shows to not be aired live in the West.
No buyer's remorse. NBC's recent ratings slump isn't worrying its majority owner Comcast. On Tuesday, Comcast announced it was buying General Electric Co.'s 49% stake of NBC parent NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion. The move was hardly a surprise as Comcast had an option to buy out GE's holdings as part of its initial deal to take control of the company. The timing is a little faster than some had expected, but Comcast has made no secret of its desire to become the solo owner of the media giant. While NBC is in a rebuilding mode, many of NBCU's cable properties, including USA Network, are humming right along. Still, there are long-term challenges facing the traditional media industry as new platforms and technology change the way people consume content. Analysis of the deal from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.