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ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
The third season of "Downton Abbey" premiered across the pond Sunday night, and the sky-high ratings suggest that fans haven't tired of the soapy period piece. Approximately 8.6 million viewers tuned into to ITV1, the network that airs "Downton Abbey" in Britain, to watch Shirley MacLaine make her first appearance as Martha Levinson, the wealthy American mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Those numbers would be impressive stateside, but they're even more dazzling given the much smaller size of the British television audience.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
A bit of ratings counseling is in need for Charlie Sheen's TV comeback: His FX series"Anger Management" saw another double-digit drop in viewership in its third week. Its fourth episode, which aired Thursday night, delivered 2.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen figures - down 28% from the previous week and 27% in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo. The viewership dive is all the more troubling considering its second week had already experienced a drop of 2 million viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Looks like there is an Emmy ratings bounce. "Homeland," fresh from its surprise Emmy win for drama last month, scored with its Season 2 premiere on Sunday, delivering 1.7 million total viewers for Showtime, according to Nielsen. That was a 60% jump compared to the Season 1 premiere last year. PHOTOS: 2012 Emmys winner gallery With the program running three times Sunday night, the entire audience was 2.1 million -- giving the show its highest viewership total ever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
The performance ratings of individual teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be kept confidential until a legal battle over them is resolved, a judge decided Tuesday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled earlier this month that the ratings must be released to the Los Angeles Times because public interest in them outweighed any teacher privacy rights under the California Public Records Act. But L.A. Unified and United Teachers Los Angeles joined to ask Chalfant to delay the release until they could appeal the ruling.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
U.S. snowboarder Shaun White proved to be a powerful draw for Olympics viewers, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. White's unsuccessful bid for another men's halfpipe medal helped draw an average of 23.6 million viewers to NBC's prime-time sports coverage Monday night, up 16% from the comparable night of the 2010 Vancouver games.  The Olympics, which also prominently featured pairs short-form figure skating, garnered a rating of...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The funeral march is over for NBC -- "The Voice" is back. The singing contest returned Monday night with two new judges, Shakira and Usher, and the kind of ratings that hit-bereft NBC hasn't seen much of lately. An average of 13.6 million total viewers tuned in, making NBC competitive with ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (14.5 million), according to Nielsen. Last fall, "The Voice" premiered its Season 3 to 12.3 million. And those results don't tell the best side of the story for NBC. Unlike "DWTS," "The Voice" has a relatively youthful audience, so it was the clear winner for the night among viewers ages 18 to 49 (4.8 rating/13 share)
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
February 20, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, end in a few days, and at least one group of people probably won't be sorry to see the Games go: the producers of "American Idol. " Now in its 13th season, Fox's singing contest sank to some all-time ratings lows for a Wednesday show this week, according to Nielsen. That episode featured performances from the Top 10 boys. "Idol's" 2.6 rating was its worst-ever Wednesday number in the key adults ages 18 to 49 demographic. And the 10 million total viewers who tuned in made it the least-watched "Idol" during the traditional September through May TV season ("Idol's" first season was during the summer of 2002)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1991
Help! If Americans rate Reagan "average," America needs help. A twice-elected President has to be good, not just average. Oh yes, he was nice. SOPHIE BINGHAM, Laguna Hills
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