May 25, 2004 |
This week's two-part season finale of "American Idol" offers a dramatic battle between two charismatic young singers, the soulful Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo, the Georgia-bred girl next door. But the music may be bittersweet for Fox Broadcasting Co., where "Idol," despite its enormous popularity, is beginning to show some early signs of wear. Controversies over the show's phone-in vote system have reportedly irked some loyal viewers.
March 27, 2004 |
Fox Television is in a family way again. The company has ordered a minimum of 22 new episodes of the animated series "Family Guy" more than two years after its initial run ended. The move is in response to the series' strengthening afterlife on DVD and in reruns on the Cartoon Network. It's been drawing high ratings on cable since the Cartoon Network began programming it opposite the broadcast networks' late-night talk shows, and it ranked as the top-selling television offering on DVD in 2003.
March 23, 2004 |
This season's "American Idol" has unleashed a number of surprises, including the unlikely celebrity of William Hung, the contestant famous for his guileless rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." But a more significant paradox is playing out behind the scenes, where the show's dominant ratings are creating a dilemma for Fox Broadcasting Co.
January 22, 2004
Fox won the prime-time television ratings last week thanks to a turnout of 40.4 million viewers who watched the NFC championship game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. For the week, Fox averaged 13.6 million viewers and CBS had 13.2 million. The full list of ratings will appear in Friday's Calendar.
January 21, 2004 |
Monday's return of the Fox ratings phenomenon "American Idol" and the debut of the controversial unscripted series "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" teamed up to score the highest ratings thus far this season for both a returning and a debuting network series. "This is super beyond our expectations," Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman said Tuesday. "We're feeling pretty tremendous over here."
December 2, 2003 |
The Fox network's ratings struggles during the November sweeps had a residual effect on Fox-owned KTTV, which barely lost out to long-standing rival KTLA Channel 5 in the highly competitive morning and 10 p.m. news races, according to local Nielsen ratings released Monday. But CBS' strong performance during the just-ended sweeps gave a boost to KCBS' long-struggling news programs. "Good Day L.A.
October 18, 2003 |
Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans aren't the only ones feeling dazed and dejected. Fox Broadcasting Co.'s executives also are a little bummed after watching their dream match-up strike out. Fox had been rooting for the underdog teams to advance to the World Series, which begins tonight. They figured a sensational struggle between two storied and snakebit franchises would generate worldwide interest, gigantic ratings and a windfall potentially worth tens of millions of dollars.
October 17, 2003 |
Faced with the extraordinarily popular baseball playoffs on Fox, rival networks have cried uncle and pulled several original series episodes for reruns. CBS and NBC shelved new editions of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Friends" -- television's most popular drama and comedy -- on Thursday because the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were playing the deciding game of the American League championship.
October 10, 2003 |
Scores of baseball fans have their fingers crossed that this year finally might put an end to "the curse." But nobody is rooting harder than the suits at Fox Broadcasting Co. For them, the focus isn't the "Curse of the Bambino," which allegedly has kept the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series since they sold Babe Ruth to their archrivals, the New York Yankees, in 1920.
September 15, 2003 |
Fox, a certain Beverly Hills ZIP code notwithstanding, has struggled with shows named for Southern California cities. Its "Pasadena" ended almost as soon as it started, and "Bakersfield P.D." was a bust. However, Fox is doing more than OK with "The O.C.," a drama set largely in Orange County's Newport Beach. Launching in the late summer, with reruns as its main competition, it is a burgeoning hit. Yet if strong early ratings for the show evoke memories of "Beverly Hills, 90210," "The O.C.'