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February 5, 2014 | By Joe Flint
CBS has scored the rights for a new Thursday night football package. The one-year deal with the National Football League is for eight games that CBS will air in the first half of the NFL season starting this fall. While terms were not disclosed, it is less than $300 million, people familiar with the matter said. As part of the agreement, the league-owned NFL Network will also simulcast the eight games carried on CBS. In addition, the NFL Network will have six exclusive Thursday games and two exclusive Saturday games.
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March 16, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 16-22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Voice The singing competition moves to its battle rounds in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC Star-Crossed Gloria (Victoria Platt) grants the Atrian Seven some time outside their sector, and Roman (Matt Lanter) takes advantage of the opportunity to investigate his father's past - with unexpected results.
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BUSINESS
September 2, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Golf fans won't have to tweak how they swing the remote control. The PGA Tour will remain on CBS and NBC through 2021. The new nine-year television deals, which extend agreements that run through 2012, continue a long-term partnership that the PGA has had with the two networks. Also part of the agreement is the Golf Channel, a cable network owned by NBCUniversal, which is a unit of Comcast Corp. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the rights fees were going to rise in the new pacts.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The 12th season of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox premiered with ratings that were generally in line with last year's opener, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The culinary boot camp reality series kicked off with an average of 5.3 million viewers, up slightly from last year, though it was down 5% among key 18- to 49-year-olds. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, the 8 p.m. telecast drew a rating of 1.9.  "American Idol" moved to 9 p.m. and held steady from last week's low of 2.2 in the demo.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 14 - 20 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES The Big Bang Theory:  Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) returns from space in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). 30 Rock:  Liz (Tina Fey) runs damage control on Tracy (Tracy Morgan) in the wake of an offensive Tweet and also tries to keep Jenna (Jane Krakowski) from losing it over some unflattering press. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte guest stars in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The last new episode of "I Love Lucy" was broadcast over 50 years ago, but the classic sitcom is still a cash cow for CBS. Speaking at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York on Thursday, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said "I Love Lucy" is still delivering about $20 million in revenue. Reruns of the show still run on a regular basis on the cable channel TV Land.  During much of the interview, Moonves stressed the value of CBS' new and old content, particularly as new platforms such as Netflix and Amazon are spending heavily for product.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Well, here we are in the season of ratings glory by way of women prancing around in their undies. The "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" -- the modern-day yuletide carol -- helped CBS lead Tuesday night in the ratings. The annual breast fest brought in 9.3 million viewers and was the No. 1 program in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 -- outdistancing NBC's "Parenthood" and ABC's "Private Practice" in the 10 p.m. hour. Despite being the high-rated program of the night, the lingerie extravaganza was down nearly 10% from the previous year.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Serena Williams' three-set win over Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open drew about 5.2 million viewers for CBS on Sunday afternoon against heavy NFL competition from Fox, which broadcast a highly anticipated match between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. The audience was a 5% improvement over the 2011 women's final, which drew 4.9 million viewers. On Monday, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will square off in the delayed men's finals. Originally, the men were supposed to do battle on Sunday, and the women on Saturday, but as has been the case for the last several years, weather got in the way and high winds forced the matches to be delayed.
NEWS
June 25, 1995
I wish to congratulate CBS on destroying "Burke's Law." First, it takes the series off the schedule until April despite the fact it won its ratings period every Friday. Then CBS programs reruns for a few weeks. Then the show is preempted by phony beauty contests and silly award shows. Now, it has been canceled. No wonder CBS is in last place. Larry Ginsky, Glendale
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
CBS is breaking up its low-rated "Partners. " The network is canceling the comedy about the professional and personal relationship of two male friends -- one of whom is gay. The show, from "Will & Grace" co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, was the lowest-performing show on the network's Monday hit comedy bloc, which includes "Mike and Molly" and "2 Broke Girls. " "Partners" is the third new show to be canceled this season. CBS yanked "Made in Jersey" while NBC pulled "Animal Practice.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | by Scott Collins
Sorry, Robin Williams, but you and your peeps at "The Crazy Ones" will just have to wait a little longer. CBS announced Thursday that it will return 18 series already on the schedule for the 2014-15 TV season, including old favorites like "NCIS," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Two and a Half Men. " The new comedies "The Millers" and "Mom" made the cut as well, as did the critically acclaimed but sometimes ratings-challenged drama "The...
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March 12, 2014 | By Jon Healey
Add CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves to the list of network bigwigs who see Aereo as a well-nigh existential threat. According to Variety , Moonves raised the possibility Tuesday that CBS would abandon its over-the-air broadcasts if the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo did not violate the networks' copyrights. Speaking at an investor conference, Moonves explained his reasoning this way: "If the government wants to give them permission to steal our signal, we will find another way to get them our content and get paid for it. " His remarks were reminiscent of those made last year by a top executive at News Corp., who said the company might yank the Fox stations off the air and turn them into cable TV channels.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
CBS has set its summer slate, with return dates for "Big Brother" and Stephen King's "Under the Dome" announced -- among others -- and a slight delay for the Halle Berry-Steven Spielberg limited-run series "Extant. " The end of June kicks off the rollout. "Big Brother" will return Wednesday, June 25. New legal drama "Reckless" will make its debut a few days later, on Sunday, June 29, finished off by the third season premiere of "Unforgettable. " Then, on Monday, June 30,  it's time to gear up for people trapped in a bubble, with the return of “Under the Dome.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A "Big Bang Theory"-powered CBS beat its rivals in the ratings Thursday night with solid showings from most of its comedies.  "Big Bang" was the highest rated show with 17.9 million viewers total and a rating of 5.2 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic equals about 1.3 million people watching.  CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a rating of 2.7 for an easy win in prime time. The Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" rose from last week to a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, but "The Crazy Ones" fell 11% to a 1.7, its lowest rating so far. "Elementary" rose a tick to  1.7. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "American Idol" hit another low in the demo, falling to a 2.2 in 18-49, while bringing in 9.7 million viewers overall.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city's bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall , and the venerable venue's namesake jazz band. The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
CBS won Thursday night with help from "The Big Bang Theory" as Fox's "American Idol" hit a new low among key 18-49-year-old viewers.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers in prime time, led by "The Big Bang Theory," which drew 17.5 million overall and notched a rating of 4.9 in the key 18-49 demographic, down a tick from its last original episode. It was the most-watched and highest-rated telecast of the night.  In the advertiser-desired demographic, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.  "The Millers," "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" all rose from their most recent new episodes, though "Elementary" fell 11% to a 1.6.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Returning dramas helped ABC grab a close second place finish, with an average 18-49 rating of 2.4 versus CBS' 2.5. "Grey's Anatomy" rose 11% from its mid-season finale to a 3.0 (9.3 million people watched total)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
David Letterman isn't going away just yet. The CBS late-night host has extended his contract through 2015. His deal had been set to expire in 2014. In a statement, Letterman cracked that he had a conversation with CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and they both agreed that "I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Letterman has been with CBS since 1993. Though he currently trails rival Jay Leno in the ratings, CBS is optimistic that will change when Leno steps down and is replaced by Jimmy Fallon early next year.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Meg James
Higher fees for programming boosted broadcasting giant CBS Corp. to a solid third quarter with 15.7% growth in profit. For the period that ended Sept. 30, the company reported net earnings of $391 million, or 60 cents a share, up from $338 million, or 50 cents a share, during the third quarter of 2011.  The earnings matched Wall Street analysts' forecasts. "CBS is keeping its streak with another quarter of record-breaking results," Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Wednesday in a conference call with analysts.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
CBS has signed talent holding deals with three performers from its annual Diversity Comedy Showcase, including one for a key role in the pilot for the spinoff of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother. " Drew Tarver, who has appeared on "Animal Practice" and the Web series "Get Up," has been cast in a ensemble role for "How I Met Your Dad. " The actor is a member of the Upright Citizen Brigade Harold Team. Also signed to deals were Haneefah Wood, who has appeared in several Broadway productions including "Rent" and "Avenue Q", and Nico Santos, who has appeared as a recurring panelist on "Chelsea Lately" and has written for "Fashion Police.
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