May 18, 1991
Howard Rosenberg missed one important detail May 1 in his brutal criticism of NBC's "Expose" segment on Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.), which insinuated adultery by Robb and Mafia-like intimidation by the senator's associates. In the week's ratings, the show tied for 78th place with "TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes." Enough said. PETER MUSURLIAN Glendale
September 25, 2012 |
"The Voice" will be around for a while. NBC has ordered a fourth and fifth cycle of the reality-competition series for spring and fall 2013. "The Voice," currently in its third season, is generating strong ratings and has become one of NBC's biggest hits. "This pickup will assure the many dedicated 'Voice' fans that this innovative show will continue to bring some of the most talented new voices to the world's attention through all of next year," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement.
September 8, 2012 |
NBC's lineup needs some extra voltage. But can "Revolution"be the show that will give prime-time dramas a much-needed jolt? Electricity-related puns aside, this costly, after-the-lights-go-out drama is probably NBC's biggest bet this year, not to mention the most-anticipated new fall show, according to Facebook and Twitter data. "Revolution" is so key to the beleaguered network's hopes that executives are plugging it into the high-visibility 10 p.m. Monday spot opposite a pair of popular-but-somewhat-vulnerable crime shows, CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and ABC's "Castle.
February 3, 2012 |
NBC is banking on a musical about a tragic icon for a reversal of its own misfortunes. In its biggest gamble since betting on Jay Leno in prime time, NBC on Monday will debut "Smash," an ambitious drama about turning Marilyn Monroe's life into a Broadway musical with soaring song and dance numbers. "Smash" has an all-star lineup in front of and behind the camera. It stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee and was created by playwright Theresa Rebeck. Producers include Steven Spielberg, Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar-winning "Chicago.
October 23, 2013 |
Sean Hayes thinks his new sitcom is the best. It's the network that he's less than thrilled about. Hayes, who shot to fame on "Will & Grace," is the star of "Sean Saves the World," a new Thursday comedy on NBC about a single gay dad of a teenage daughter. It's also a show that will be lucky to save itself from cancellation if the ultra-low ratings are any guide. "It's just the struggle of the elephant in the room, which is, 'How do you get viewers to NBC?,'" Hayes told The TV Page in an interview . "NBC programs great shows, it just doesn't have the eyeballs CBS does.
January 8, 2009 |
NBC got a bit of good news last week as sports propelled the long-struggling network to first place during an otherwise quiet holiday period. The network had the most-watched program for the week ending Jan. 4 with Saturday's NFL playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers. The matchup averaged a hefty 27.8 million total viewers, according to figures published Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. NBC also saw some decent numbers from a special Sunday preview of its new series "Superstars of Dance," which averaged 10.6 million.
November 2, 1986
NBC censored comedian Sam Kinison on "Saturday Night Live" by blanking out portions of its West Coast broadcast ("NBC Censors Comedian's 'Live' Jokes," by David T. Friendly, Oct. 21). The material deleted was a joke that referred to marijuana in a way not sufficiently negative to meet NBC censorship standards. How dare a broadcaster using the public airwaves arrogate to itself the right to decide what views the public may hear? The issue of drug prohibition is a matter of public controversy and the public is entitled to hear from all sides whether the views are expressed by "serious" newscommentators or comedians.
April 25, 1993
Please bring "Law & Order" (NBC) back to its rightful time slot--before "Homicide." Just as the series states, "Law & Order" is ripped from today's headlines, with interesting, information-packed plots jammed into and wrapped up in one hour. "Homicide" strings us along for four weeks on one case. Please, no more. L.M. Imperial, San Luis Obispo Note: "Homicide" has completed its two-month run and "Law & Order" is now seen at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
July 28, 2012 |
NBC posted the highest numbers ever for an Olympics opening ceremony held outside the U.S., garnering a 23.0 rating and 40 share for the primetime telecast, according to preliminary results released Saturday morning by Nielsen. The figures are 28% higher than NBC generated at the 2004 Athens Games and 7% higher than its Beijing festivities four years ago, which saw a splashy ceremony staged by the director Zhang Yimou. Friday's events were overseen by the filmmaker Danny Boyle and featured appearances by personalities including David Beckham to Queen Elizabeth, as well as a splashy presentation stocked with filmic, musical and political references.
August 13, 2012 |
Critics might have complained about the TV coverage of the London Olympics, but NBC has already draped itself with a gold medal - for ratings. The network on Monday said that the 2012 Games were the most-watched U.S. TV event in history, with a total of 219.4 million viewing at least part of the coverage, according to data from Nielsen. That is up 2% from the No. 2-ranked Beijing Games four years ago and dwarfs the records for single broadcasts of major events. The Super Bowl, for example, has in recent years set ratings records with about 100 million total viewers. Of course, the Olympics unfolded over 17 days and across multiple networks in the NBC family, a record-breaking 5,535 hours in all, so the company had plenty of time and channel space to rack up that Everest-sized total.