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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.
October 7, 2009 | Associated Press
Brett Favre's matchup with his former team has attracted the largest cable television audience ever. His Minnesota Vikings' 30-23 win over the Green Bay Packers on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" was watched by more than 21.8 million people. The previous record was more than 18.6 million viewers for last year's Monday night game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Crabtree close? Three top San Francisco 49ers executives have met with unsigned wide receiver Michael Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker.
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.
January 22, 2013 | By Scott Collins
TV viewers had a message for President Obama and his second inauguration: Been there, seen that. Ratings on the three cable news networks Monday plunged compared with four years ago, when Obama was swept into office on a message of hope and change. A combined total of 6.7 million viewers watched CNN, Fox News and MSNBC during the half-hour starting at 8:45 a.m. Los Angeles time, when a reelected Obama took the oath of office and gave his address. That was a 61% drop compared with the same period in 2009.
August 22, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel has had ratings woes in the past, but it appears to be on an upswing lately, thanks to high-profile interviews such as the one Oprah conducted with Rihanna on Sunday. That episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" gave OWN its second-highest ratings to date. The Rihanna interview had an audience of 2.5 million, second only to Oprah's March interview with members of Whitney Houston's family, including her teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina. That interview was OWN's highest rated program ever, with 3.5 million viewers.
July 31, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Here's what happens when a 17-year-old American swimmer wins her first gold medal: high TV ratings. Missy Franklin, the Pasadena native who took first place in the 100-meter backstroke, helped power NBC's fourth night of coverage of the London Olympics (the first night consisted of the Opening Ceremony, which more than 40 million saw). An average of 31.6 million total viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen. That's not quite as high as Sunday's figure (36 million), but it was nevertheless the best first Monday for a non-U.S.
September 12, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The ratings are in, and it's time to ask: What went wrong with "X Factor"?  Season 3 of Simon Cowell's singing show got a jump-start on the fall season Wednesday night, but the numbers were pretty close to a disaster. An average of 6.2 million viewers tuned in to the one-hour premiere, good only for an anemic second behind CBS' "Big Brother" (6.7 million) -- and that's with ABC running a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.6 million). In the key adults ages 18 to 49 demographic, Fox's "X Factor" lost more than one-fifth of its audience compared with last year.
August 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Breaking Bad," breaking records. The intense  hype surrounding the final episodes of AMC' acclaimed "Breaking Bad" paid off big-time. The launch of the series' final eight episodes on Sunday was the most-watched in the drama's history, scoring 5.9 million viewers. The tune-in was 102% over the viewership for the fifth season premiere last summer, said the network. The ratings also gave a strong boost to the premiere of AMC's new police drama, "Low Winter Sun," which followed the "Breaking Bad" episode.
October 23, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox is hoping history repeats itself when the Boston Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, which starts tonight. In 2004, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in four games to win their first series since 1918, the average audience for Fox was 25.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. At that time, it was the biggest audience for a World Series since the Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians in 1995. Of course, there were some extenuating circumstances that helped boost the ratings for the 2004 World Series into the stratosphere.
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