January 3, 2014 |
I'm at "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" the other day, cradling a drink the size of Marlon Brando, 40 corpulent ounces of sugar water priced higher than Texas crude. If this thing capsizes, I may well drown. This 40-ounce Coke is considered a "medium. " Presumably, the next size up is Lake Powell. Why so much soft drink? It's part of my test of a quirky movie app that tells you the best time to take a bathroom break. In this age of ever-longer movies (and ever-smaller bladders)
December 16, 2013 |
Ratings for "Survivor's" finale Sunday hit a low, while the NFL led the night. The last episode of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," the 27th cycle in the reality series' run, drew 10.2 million viewers and a rating of 2.5 in the key 18-49 age demographic for the episode that resulted in Tyson Apostol's victory. Viewership among those advertiser-coveted young adults fell 22% compared with last fall's comparable episode, marking the lowest rating...
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.