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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.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's up with all the strikeouts? The Dodgers are whiffing at an alarming rate early this season. They've already struck out 215 times, just four below the major league-high marks of the Mets and White Sox. By comparison, the Tigers have only 119 strikeouts in four fewer games. You can't get a hit if you don't put the ball in play, which partially explains why the Dodgers have a dismal .301 team on-base percentage mark and are an unexpected 18th in runs scored. This team is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, but it's shown only flashes of its potential thus far. Few Dodgers have been able to free themselves of this unforeseen malaise.
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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
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation's lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. Just $235 billion in home loans were started in the first three months of the year, the lowest figure recorded in a quarter since 2000, according to data from trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. That's down nearly a quarter from the end of 2013 and more than half from the same period last year, when the housing market was heating up, especially in Southern California.
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.
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
February 5, 2011
KOCE-TV Channel 50, the Orange County-based public broadcasting outlet, has seen its ratings soar 150% since it took on the full PBS schedule on Jan. 1, according to the Nielsen Co. A year ago, KOCE was delivering a 0.2 household rating for its programming day. Now, with PBS signatures such as "American Experience" and "Charlie Rose" added to the lineup, that rating has jumped to a 0.5 for the month of January. That is the same number KCET-TV Channel 28 was doing with the PBS schedule during the same period last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2010 | By Scott Collins
Maybe the world was craving an Elton John-Lady Gaga duet. Or perhaps a Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatic routine from a nearly naked Pink. Or it could be that viewers just like hearing bleeped rap songs. Whatever the case, the 35% ratings surge for Sunday's Grammy extravaganza on CBS -- nearly 26 million viewers, or about as many as for Fox's singing smash "American Idol," according to early results from the Nielsen Co. -- has the TV business asking: Are award shows staging a comeback?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2010
The Nielsen list of prime-time television ratings that normally appears Wednesdays is delayed this week because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. It will be published in Calendar later this week.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Tired of hearing about "Sharknado"? So were the vast majority of TV viewers Thursday night, if ratings are any indication. Syfy's made-for-TV movie about a shark-filled tornado striking Los Angeles was an instant sensation on Twitter. But not on TV, it seems. An average of 1.4 million total viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen. That's a decent rating, but far from exceptional. Two years ago, Syfy drew 2.2 million to "Swamp Shark" -- which was similar in theme to "Sharknado" but got nowhere near as much social-media traction.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
The mortgage industry's output of new loans is at the lowest point in 14 years, according to estimates from a trade publication.  Inside Mortgage Finance said Thursday that even in the depths of the financial crisis, mortgage lenders were busier than during the first quarter of 2014. One factor is the end of a refinance boom as interest rates have risen well off their record lows. But though the rates are still great by historical measures, mortgages written for home purchases have been weak as well, as sales of new and previously owned homes have slowed.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Fixed mortgage rates edged higher this week, with Freddie Mac reporting that lenders were offering 30-year loans to solid borrowers at an average of 4.33%, up from 4.27% a week ago. The average for a 15-year fixed loan rose from 3.33% to 3.39%, the McLean, Va.-based home finance company said Thursday .   Start rates for variable-rate loans were unchanged.   Helped by stimulus measures from the Federal Reserve, the 30-year rate dropped below 3.5% in late 2012, but as recovery set in it rose back above 4.5% by the middle of last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
The Los Angeles Unified School District does not need to release the names of teachers in connection with their performance ratings, according to a tentative court ruling issued Thursday. A three-judge state appellate court panel tentatively found a stronger public interest in keeping the names confidential than publicly releasing them. Disclosure would not serve the public interest in monitoring the district's performance as much as it would affect the recruitment and retention of good instructors and other issues, the ruling said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
The Los Angeles Unified School District does not need to release the names of teachers in connection with their performance ratings, according to a tentative court ruling issued Thursday. A three-judge state appellate court panel tentatively found a stronger public interest in keeping the names confidential than in publicly releasing them. Disclosure would not serve the public interest in monitoring the district's performance as much as it would affect the recruitment and retention of good instructors and other issues, the ruling said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"American Idol" rose in the ratings Wednesday according to early numbers from Nielsen, orchestrating a weeknight win for Fox.  The veteran singing contest, Fox's only program for the night, earned a 2.1 average rating among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 11% from a week ago.  The second-place network among young adults, ABC, was the one with the highest-rated show in the key demo: "Modern Family. " The sitcom scored a 3.4 in 18-to-49, up slightly from its most recent episode, while "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" each fell a bit. The new comedy "Mixology" rose 25% to a 1.5.  CBS' "Survivor" was the night's most-watched show, with 9.3 million viewers overall and a 2.2 in 18-to-49, down 4%.  NBC showed only reruns.  ALSO: William Hurt pulls out of 'Midnight Rider' 'Last Comic Standing' editors return to work FX Network brews up sponsorship deal with MillerCoors ryan.faughnder@latimes.com Twitter: @rfaughnder MORE ON LOCATION: People and places behind what's onscreen PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 PHOTOS: Celebrity production companies  
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's new comedy "About A Boy" rose week-to-week in the ratings, even with a diminished showing from its big lead-in, "The Voice. "  According to early numbers from Nielsen, "About A Boy" earned a rating of 1.9 among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 6% from the last episode, marking the second week in a row that the show has grown. Singing contest "The Voice," Tuesday night's highest-rated show, fell 10% to a 2.7, its lowest ever, not counting specials. "Growing Up Fisher" was flat at a 1.5. NBC was the top network, turning in an average of 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic, where a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV CBS showed only reruns but was still the most-watched network, averaging 9.4 million viewers, versus NBC's 7.3 million.  On ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
Wall Street continues to look favorably on California's financial progress. On Monday, Fitch became the latest ratings agency to issue a positive report about the state, citing "fiscal management improvements" and "two successive years of structural budget progress. " The kind words did not come with a rating bump, but Fitch said an upgrade could come in the near future. "The economy is wealthy and unmatched among U.S. states in its diversity and breadth," the report said.
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.
OPINION
April 23, 2014 | By Edward J. Pinto and Stephen D. Oliner
Even though the recent financial crisis is barely in the rearview mirror, risk is starting to build once again in both the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Contrary to the prevailing view that only borrowers with pristine credit records can get a mortgage these days, many risky loans are still being made. A new index published by the International Center on Housing Risk at the American Enterprise Institute measures this risk month by month, based on about three-quarters of all home-purchase loans extended across the country.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Every San Jose forward recorded at least two points in the team's two playoff victories over the Kings, a testament to the depth the Sharks have developed after years of featuring two strong lines and a bunch of moving parts. While top-six forward Joe Pavelski led the Sharks in scoring in the first two games with one goal and four points, the performances of the third and fourth lines were instrumental in helping San Jose win those first two games before the series shifts to Staples Center for Game 3 Tuesday night.
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