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ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The 12th season of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox premiered with ratings that were generally in line with last year's opener, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The culinary boot camp reality series kicked off with an average of 5.3 million viewers, up slightly from last year, though it was down 5% among key 18- to 49-year-olds. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, the 8 p.m. telecast drew a rating of 1.9.  "American Idol" moved to 9 p.m. and held steady from last week's low of 2.2 in the demo.
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BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Teenagers throughout the nation are having a tougher time finding work opportunities, but few are finding it more difficult than those living in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region. The details come from a gloomy report released Friday by the Brookings Institution titled "The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults. " Among teens aged 16 to 19, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana were dubbed the lowest with fewer than 2 out of every 10 teenagers able to land a job (a 16.9% employment rate)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"American Idol" posted a weekly ratings decline Wednesday, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Still, Fox held off CBS to win Wednesday night in the key viewing demographic.  The veteran singing competition drew an average of 10.1 million viewers and a rating of 2.4 among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, the category most cherished by advertisers. That's a drop of 11% from last week's score in the coveted age group.  CBS won the night in overall viewership with an average audience of 10.2 million.  CBS' "Survivor" delivered 9.9 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in 18-49, rising slightly for the second week in a row as it continued to challenge "American Idol.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates edged higher early this week, with Freddie Mac's survey showing lenders offering 30-year fixed-rate loans to solid borrowers at 4.37%, up from 4.28% a week earlier. The average rate for a 15-year fixed home loan rose from 3.32% to 3.38%, according to Thursday's report , and the start rate also rose for variable-rate loans with an initial five years at a fixed rate. Analysts said a positive report on employment late last week contributed to the trend. The economy added a better-than-expected 175,000 jobs in February despite harsh weather, the government said, and figures for the two previous months each were revised upward by 25,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Tuesday's episode of "The Voice," the final round of blind auditions, fell in the ratings from last week but was still the top show in prime time, propelling NBC to a nightly victory in a key demographic.  "The Voice" averaged 13.1-million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Its rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the demographic preferred by advertisers, fell 17% from last week to a 3.4. In the 18-to-49 category, a ratings point equals about 1.3-million people.  The new comedy "About a Boy" also fell week-to-week by 16% in a key demo to a 2.1 and drew an overall audience of 7.9 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Turns out you can teach an old time slot new tricks. The recent passing of "The Tonight Show" torch from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon sparked the inevitable state-of-the-genre conversation. In a world ruled by tweets and memes, Netflix and YouTube, is there even a place for late-night talk shows anymore? FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A critic's notebook in the March 13 Calendar section implied that "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon has not interviewed a U.S. president. In fact, Fallon interviewed President Obama on his previous show, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's "The Voice" beat the 18th-season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" in the ratings Monday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Juan Pablo Galavis' "Bachelor" run came to an end, wooing fewer viewers than last year's finale.  The reality series' season closer averaged 9.6 million viewers over two hours, with a rating of 3.2 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, Nielsen said.  In the advertiser-desired young-adults demographic, "The Bachelor" was down about 9% from last spring's finale, which faced "The Biggest Loser" on NBC instead of "The Voice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday he was bent on writing "a new chapter" for the Department of Water and Power with the help of its new leader Marcie Edwards - a task that goes beyond cleaning up its woebegone billing system, he said. In electing him mayor, "Los Angeles voters really gave me a mandate to reform the DWP," Garcetti told a roomful of business leaders and reporters Tuesday. Even his own father - onetime Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti - had complained to him about being on hold with the agency for more than 40 minutes, the mayor said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's season finale of "True Detective," the HBO crime anthology starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, according to Nielsen. That's the biggest audience ever for the 9 p.m. cable drama and 50% higher than the 2.3 million who watched the show's premiere.  The show's big closer faced heavy competition on cable and broadcast networks, including the premieres of ABC's "Resurrection" and Fox's "Cosmos," along with an episode of the AMC hit "Walking Dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Was "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" a red giant in the TV ratings or more of a white dwarf? Well, that depends on whom you ask. The science-minded people at Fox predict that Sunday's premiere of "Family Guy" producer Seth MacFarlane's reboot of the classic Carl Sagan docu-series - this time hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson - will be seen by more than 40 million total viewers this week, according to Nielsen numbers.  How did...
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