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ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Meg James
Daytime TV talk show ratings have surged this season, and the jockeying between the competing shows has been heating up. Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday welcomed back fan favorites, the British cousins Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie Mcclelland, to her Warner Bros.-produced syndicated show. The frilly pink-dressed girls' initial visits more than two years ago were instrumental in helping DeGeneres recruit legions of teenagers and young women to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," as well as her YouTube channel.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It looks like the biggest bombshell to come out of NBC's "Smash" is its ratings hit. The sophomore behind-the-scenes Broadway drama returned with a two-hour premiere Tuesday night -- and its reception fell way short of a standing ovation, averaging 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. It took a 71% dive from its debut last year, which fetched a 3.8 rating (to be fair, it had made its bow with a strong lead-in from "The Voice").  The dip was less drastic -- but still significant-- when compared to its May season finale, down 39%. For even more context: its lead-in, "Betty White's Second Annual 90th Birthday Special," outperformed the heavily promoted drama, drawing 6 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the demographic.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Maybe "How I Met Your Mother" fans don't mind their comedy laced with a little divorce and death.  CBS' sitcom signed off after nine seasons with a one-hour finale Monday night that surprised fans with some failrly downbeat story twists, at least by the standards of network TV. No spoilers here, but let's just say that not everyone's marriage was built to last. But a lot of fans turned out to see how it ended: A series record of 12.9 million tuned in, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
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
November 15, 2012 | By Meg James
Wall Street analysts are nervous about Viacom Inc.'s short-term growth amid a ratings slump at the company's key television networks. Ratings are down about 30% this season at MTV, the company's signature cable channel. The youth-skewing network also is losing its juggernaut franchise "Jersey Shore," which could make matters worse.  And for the last year, Viacom's other major cash cow, Nickelodeon, has been struggling to stop the flight of young viewers. TV networks provide about 90% of the Viacom's profits.  On Thursday, Wells Fargo media analyst Marci Ryvicker was blunt during a conference call with analysts to discuss the company's fiscal fourth quarter.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Time Warner Cable's blackout of CBS signals, resulting from an ongoing carriage dispute, has had a minimal effect on the network's ratings, CBS said Monday.  Through the first three nights of the outage, which began Friday, the network's ratings have been down by about 1%, according to CBS' estimates.  CBS-owned media outlets went dark for Time Warner Cable customers in several markets, including Los Angeles and New York, affecting about...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2012 | By Joe Flint
"American Idol"continued to suffer a ratings drop as it headed into its season finale Wednesday night and prepared to crown either Phillip Phillips or Jessica Sanchez the winner. According to preliminary ratings, the Tuesday night episode of the Fox show drew 14.3 million viewers. That was enough for an easy win, and the show also was first in the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults ages 18 to 49. "American Idol's" overall numbers, however, are inching downward. Last season, "American Idol" averaged almost 25 million viewers; this season is typically attracting around 19 million, according to Nielsen.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nothing like a visit from the president to boost ratings. President Obama's appearance Tuesday on the "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," in which he criticized Russia for granting temporary asylum to ex-National Security Agency consultant Edward Snowden and for its anti-gay legislation, lifted the show's ratings to its highest level in nine months.  PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments The NBC show scored a rating of 3.8 in...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Scott Collins
"Boardwalk Empire" is learning that there are tougher opponents than New Jersey mobsters. Like, say, NFL games. HBO's Prohibition-era drama returned for Season 4 on Sunday night with 2.4 million total viewers at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen. That was a 17% slide compared with the Season 3 opener a year ago. INTERACTIVE: Fall 2013 TV preview A big part of the problem? "Empire" was competing head-to-head against the kickoff of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" franchise, with two perennial top draws, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.
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