November 20, 2013 |
Bob Costas will serve as host for NBC's prime-time and late-night coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Costas has been prime-time host for every NBC-covered Olympic Games since 1992, including the 2012 London Games, which was the most-watched TV event in U.S. history with more than 217 million viewers. With his 2014 assignment, Costas becomes U.S. television's first 10-time Olympic prime-time host. Jim McKay hosted the Olympics eight times for ABC. This will be the second time that Costas has hosted both the prime-time and late-night Olympic coverage.
November 11, 2013 |
With a "Sunday Night Football" showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints, NBC had no trouble breezing past the other major broadcast networks. According to early numbers from Nielsen, which are subject to change because the results are not adjusted for time zones, the game drew 19.3 million viewers and a rating of 7.0 in the key 18-49 age demographic in prime time. In the advertiser-desired demo, "Sunday Night Football" improved 23% from the early numbers from last week's game. Overall, NBC had a preliminary rating of 5.7 in 18-49, in which a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers, easily outpacing its nearest broadcast competitor, CBS, which brought in a 3.0. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The game itself wasn't much of a nail-biter either, as Drew Brees ' Saints smashed Tony Romo's Cowboys 49-17. We won't know until later how it stacked up against AMC's "The Walking Dead," which has been beating the NBC football games in the demographic.
November 9, 2013 |
Television has a split image: one by day and another by night. In the daytime, blacks and other people of color are a prominent presence, hosting popular talk shows and playing juicy roles in soap operas. But at night, minorities are largely sidelined, with white performers holding most of the marquee roles. The industry's Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to diversity is underscored by the controversy engulfing NBC's "Saturday Night Live. " The sketch comedy series came under fire from within its own ranks and from outside observers who decried the show's long-standing lack of ethnic diversity.
October 12, 2013 |
The last coach to lead UCLA to victory in the Rose Bowl game - or any significant bowl contest, for that matter - still refers to the Bruins as “we” out of habit and affection. Terry Donahue's heart is still with UCLA, and he's an unabashed admirer of Coach Jim Mora and the coaching staff for pointing the team toward sustained success. Donahue, who won Rose Bowl titles after the 1982, 1983 and 1985 seasons, was at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for a ceremony that renamed the press box the Terry Donahue Pavilion.
October 10, 2013 |
It's been 30 years since the release of "The Big Chill," the ensemble drama about baby boomers pining for their lost youth while sprawled out on the floor of a vacation house and playing a lot of Motown music. If this reference eludes you, it's safe to say that you can consider yourself still young. If you remember this movie at all - especially if you remember the hype around its status as a cultural touchstone - I'm afraid you're tilting ever so slightly (or falling at a 90-degree angle)
October 9, 2013 |
Megyn Kelly is making the schedulers at Fox News look pretty smart. In her second day as host of the new 9 p.m. prime-time news magazine "The Kelly File," she averaged 2.8 million viewers and easily won the 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen. In both categories, the show beat the combined competition from CNN and MSNBC. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Kelly, who previously hosted a daytime show for Fox News, also improved greatly on her already solid Monday night premiere numbers.