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April 1, 2013 | By Meg James
Turner Broadcasting has extended "Conan" through November 2015, solidifying the network's relationship with late night host Conan O'Brien. Time Warner-owned Turner scooped up the red-haired O'Brien in 2010 shortly after red-faced NBC executives displaced the comic to shuffle Jay Leno back into his longtime perch at 11:35 p.m. on "The Tonight Show. " O'Brien had hosted NBC's marquee late night program for seven months, but ratings proved to be an issue. O'Brien's ratings on TBS are not huge either -- the show is averaging 906,000 viewers an episode.
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OPINION
April 8, 2014
Re "Yelp's tactics feel 'nefarious,' even if they're legal," Column, April 4 David Lazarus seems to have a point about ads on Yelp.com, but my question is why would anybody rely on reviews posted on the site anyway? Reviews signed by random "critics" like Johnny B. from San Clemente and Sandy Z. from Agoura Hills have about as much merit as a note on the boys' locker room wall that says, "For a good time, call Peggy Sue B. " You want to know if a restaurant is good? Ask some friends who have been there.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2010
The Nielsen Co. list of prime-time television rankings that usually appears on Wednesdays is delayed this week because of the Presidents Day holiday. It will be published in Calendar later this week.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performance, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that airline performance improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Yvonne Villarreal
OWN's first scripted drama, Tyler Perry's "The Have and the Have Nots," got off to a great start among viewers, scoring record ratings, but was blasted by some critics. The creative marriage between Perry and Oprah Winfrey -- at least for now -- seems to be a match made in ratings heaven for Winfrey's OWN. Tuesday's back-to-back episodes of “The Haves and the Have Nots” were the network's highest-rated premiere “ever,” according to a release from OWN. The 9 p.m. airing delivered 1.77 million viewers (1.57 million of them women age 25-54)
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Californians searching for a doctor have new ratings from Consumer Reports on 170 physician groups statewide. The scores released Wednesday are intended to help consumers see how different medical offices measure up on providing care and dealing with patients. Consumer Reports said the ratings showed all California physician groups had room to improve and that patients' experiences vary widely. For instance, in the Los Angeles area, patients' views on their overall care ranged from 51 to 73 out of 100. Those lowest scores mean about half of patients at those medical groups didn't think their care was the best possible.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Magic Johnson apparently isn't the only one who thinks the Lakers are unwatchable. The Lakers' ratings on Time Warner Cable SportsNet declined 37.5% over the team's first 40 games versus the same period last season, according to Nielsen ratings in the Los Angeles market. Lakers games averaged a 2.72 rating over those games, down from a 4.35 last season, TWC's first as the team's broadcast partner. "I wouldn't be overly concerned about it, but I certainly would keep an eye on it," said David Carter, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013
Across California, 27 schools this year lost their rating on the Academic Performance Index — the key indicator by which schools in the state are judged. The list below has links to the report on each affected school, listed by school district. Beryessa Union Blue Oak Flat-Groveland Unified Burbank Unified Claremont Unified Clear View Elementary Compton Unified Delano Joint Unified Fontana Unified Jurupa Unified Lancaster Morongo Unified New Haven Unified Ontario-Montclair Orange Unified Parlier Unified Pasadena Unified Placerville Unified San Diego Unified Santa Cruz Schools Sweetwater Union Torrance Unified Twin Rivers Unified Vallejo City Unified Wheatland Union
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Scott Collins
[ This story has been corrected. See bottom of post for details .] Sunday's Super Bowl may not have been exciting football, but it drew record TV ratings anyway. An average of 111.5-million total viewers tuned in to Fox to see the Seattle Seahawks stomp the Denver Broncos, 43-8, making it the most-watched TV program in U.S. history, according to Nielsen. That was just a hair above record-setting 111.3 million for the 2011 Giants-Patriots Super Bowl XLV on NBC. Three of the last four Super Bowls have set television audience records, making the annual winter game one of the very few TV programs showing steady growth in viewing.
OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
WORLD
April 6, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Johan Gerber is a shy, neat man with iron-gray hair, a ready smile and a quiet voice. But on the streets, he has taken to carrying an open pocket knife with a mean 4-inch blade, concealed in an envelope and ready to use. Last month, three men accosted him in broad daylight, one of whom hit him in the stomach and grabbed his cellphone. A few years back, eight men surrounded him, held a knife to his throat and stole his wallet. His car and two trailers also have been stolen.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy shook off the winter doldrums and added a healthy batch of new jobs last month, a reassuring sign that the labor market recovery remains on track. The gain of 192,000 jobs in March, reported Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicated that the hiring slowdown earlier in the winter was temporary and stemmed from the unusually cold weather across much of the country. All the jobs added last month came in the private sector, lifting total non-government payrolls to a new peak.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
TUNICA, Miss. - Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons. The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. "They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex - that she's been used," said Barnard, who works in public health.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency. Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs. The system still was robotically hanging up on 80% of frustrated callers as recently as mid-February. But in March, EDD phone staffers suddenly picked up the pace, responding to a Feb. 7 call for action from the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | DAVID LAZARUS
Critics of safety-net programs such as Social Security and Medicare are fond of saying that the private sector would do a much better job of protecting people thanks to the magic of the marketplace. Mike and Judy Holtzman of Laguna Woods are now experiencing the magic of the marketplace for long-term care insurance. And it stings. They were recently informed by their insurer, John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Co., that their annual premiums will almost double. They're both now in their mid-60s.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Michael Strahan is off to quite a start on "Live!” after officially becoming Kelly Ripa's permanent cohost on Sept. 4.   In Strahan's first four days on the job, "Live!"
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Meg James
ESPN's gamble to serve more tennis appears to be paying off as the sports network said last weekend's Wimbledon championship matches produced some of the highest ratings for tennis in ESPN's 33-year history. Last year, ESPN began providing TV coverage of the final weekend of the storied London tennis tournament, replacing incumbent NBC. The peacock network had broadcast Wimbledon championship matches for more than 40 years but the All England Lawn Tennis Club showed NBC its backhand after the 2011 tournament.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's economy perked up in February, adding 58,800 net new jobs and gaining some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before. The job gains helped push the unemployment rate down to 8% from 8.1% in January, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. "California employment is coming back very nicely after a bump in the month of January," said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at Cal State Channel Islands. "We are seeing more and more cylinders in the economic engine firing.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Chad Terhune
Under fire for a shortage of Latino sign-ups for Obamacare, the state's health insurance exchange is looking for a booster shot from a well-established Southern California clinic chain. One recent weekday, Maria de Lourdes Martinez sat at a cubicle inside an AltaMed enrollment office in East Los Angeles browsing through the health plans available under the Affordable Care Act. Martinez, 49, of Rosemead, came to this strip-mall storefront across from a Starbucks because she'd brought her grandmother to an AltaMed clinic before.
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