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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.
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.
March 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
There are two ways to look at the ratings for the season finale of HBO's "Girls. " The old way would be to see that 632,000 people tuned in on Sunday night at 9 p.m. to watch "Girls," which is a decline of almost 40% from last season. But that won't really tell you how many people ultimately saw the show. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Girls' Season 2 For a more accurate reading, one has to include the two other times HBO ran "Girls" on Sunday night. Do that, and the number grows to 1.1 million.
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.
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.
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.
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
November 29, 2012 | By Scott Collins
"Duck Dynasty" is ascending the TV ratings throne. The 10:30 p.m. Wednesday episode of the A&E series about a once-poor Louisiana family whose fortunes were transformed by their duck-call business hit a record 4.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That's the type of number very few reality series see on basic cable. By comparison, TLC's notorious "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" -- about a rural Georgia family and their precocious pageant participant daughter -- hit a high of 3 million viewers earlier this year.
November 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
From the land that gave the cinema world Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman comes a plan for pressuring filmmakers to correct decades of gender stereotyping and sexism. Four independent Swedish cinemas, in collaboration with the state-funded Swedish Film Institute, have begun rating the films they show on whether they pass the "Bechdel Test. " The sexism ratings exam is named for American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who introduced it in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985.
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