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June 1, 2009 | Scott Collins
Jay Leno ended his 17-year run on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with one for the record books. His send-off drew the highest Friday overnight ratings during his tenure on the program. In the top 56 local TV markets, Leno scored an 8.8 rating / 20 share in households, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That more than doubled the 3.9 rating Leno has averaged in the second quarter of this year. And it was the highest-rated "Tonight" for any night of the week since President Obama visited the program on March 19. Final ratings, including total viewer numbers, will not be available until Thursday.
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February 25, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
California hospitals, under pressure to improve patient safety and cut unnecessary costs, reported a lower rate of early-elective deliveries last year, a new report shows. Hospitals in the state reported that 8.8% of deliveries in 2012 were early by choice, including elective inductions or caesarean sections between 37 and 39 weeks without a medical reason, according to the Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality. That was down from 11.3% among California hospitals reporting data in 2011, and it was less than the 2012 national average of 11.2%, Leapfrog said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2009 | Scott Collins
In a time of lowered ratings nearly everywhere else, Sunday's 63rd annual Tony Awards -- capped by 10 wins for the Elton John musical "Billy Elliot" -- actually delivered improved numbers. An average of 7.4 million viewers tuned in to the three-hour Tony telecast, up 17% compared with last year and the best figure since 2006, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. The Broadway award telecast, which also honored the musicals "Hair" and "Next to Normal" as well as the play "God of Carnage," played second fiddle in the ratings to Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
It's morning for America - "Good Morning America,"that is. In a shift that could remake morning TV, ABC'sa.m. extravaganza finally overthrew NBC's"Today" last week, ending its archrival's 16-year perch atop the weekly ratings. "GMA," hosted by George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, drew an average of 5,147,000 total viewers last week, just 13,000 more than "Today," according to early data released Monday from Nielsen. While "GMA" has beaten "Today" before now on individual days, it hasn't done so in the weekly averages since 1996.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2008 | Scott Collins
ABC can breathe a sigh of relief. "Grey's Anatomy" returned for its fifth season with a big ratings win, even though it happened on a Thursday that was pretty unimpressive for the networks all around. "Grey's" struggled in last year's strike-plagued season, so the night's biggest question was whether fans would return. They did: The two-hour season premiere was the night's most-watched show, hauling in 18.3 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. But the medical drama slipped 18% compared with last year's opener among viewers aged 18 to 49. And at 8 p.m., "Ugly Betty" slumped to its lowest premiere numbers ever (9.8 million viewers)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2009 | Scott Collins
Well, so much for the SuBo effect. The fourth season of "America's Got Talent" bowed on NBC Tuesday night, and despite predictions from creator Simon Cowell and others that the show's ratings would dazzle thanks to "Britain's Got Talent" phenom Susan Boyle ("SuBo" to the British tabloids), the numbers dropped. An average of 11.3 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour premiere, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That was a 12% dip compared with last year's season opener and the show's worst-ever premiere number.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | Scott Collins
Given that Fox's new high school show, "Glee," has already attracted a cult following, there was considerable speculation about how it would do in its official premiere Wednesday night. Turns out the show passed a key audition, but it's still too soon to tell its ultimate fate. "Glee" attracted 7.3 million viewers and won its time slot among adults ages 18 to 49, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That put "Glee" -- a kind of cross between "High School Musical" and "Freaks and Geeks" -- a strong No. 2 to NBC's "America's Got Talent" (9.7 million viewers)
SCIENCE
October 2, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers studying DNA from 500-year-old bone slivers said Friday that preliminary data suggests Christopher Columbus might be buried in Spain, rather than in a tomb in the Dominican Republic. The team insisted it had reached no firm conclusion and more research was needed. But it said some DNA samples taken from bones that Spain says are the explorer's matched DNA from a body widely believed to be that of his brother, Diego.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | Scott Collins
Given that Fox's new high school show, "Glee," has already attracted a cult following, there was considerable speculation about how it would do in its official premiere Wednesday night. Turns out the show passed a key audition, but it's still too soon to tell its ultimate fate. "Glee" attracted 7.3 million viewers and won its time slot among adults ages 18 to 49, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That put "Glee" -- a kind of cross between "High School Musical" and "Freaks and Geeks" -- a strong No. 2 to NBC's "America's Got Talent" (9.7 million viewers)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2009 | Scott Collins
Well, so much for the SuBo effect. The fourth season of "America's Got Talent" bowed on NBC Tuesday night, and despite predictions from creator Simon Cowell and others that the show's ratings would dazzle thanks to "Britain's Got Talent" phenom Susan Boyle ("SuBo" to the British tabloids), the numbers dropped. An average of 11.3 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour premiere, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That was a 12% dip compared with last year's season opener and the show's worst-ever premiere number.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2009 | Scott Collins
TNT can still round up a big audience for its summer shows, but the season premieres of "The Closer" and "Raising the Bar" hint at the first signs of viewer fatigue. "The Closer," the network's hit crime drama with Kyra Sedgwick, opened its fifth season Monday with an average of 7.1 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That's the largest audience for a scripted show on basic cable so far this year. But it's also down 9% from the series' Season 4 premiere last July and the worst performance for any "Closer" season opener since the year the show launched, 2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2009 | Scott Collins
Jay Leno ended his 17-year run on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with one for the record books. His send-off drew the highest Friday overnight ratings during his tenure on the program. In the top 56 local TV markets, Leno scored an 8.8 rating / 20 share in households, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That more than doubled the 3.9 rating Leno has averaged in the second quarter of this year. And it was the highest-rated "Tonight" for any night of the week since President Obama visited the program on March 19. Final ratings, including total viewer numbers, will not be available until Thursday.
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