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August 22, 2012 | By Meg James
Prime-time network reruns, once a reliable source of ratings and advertising revenue, are losing their appeal as the entertainment landscape becomes more crowded with options. A television viewership study released this week by RPA, a Santa Monica-based advertising agency, found that several long-term audience trends were reinforced during the most recent television season. Key among them: Major networks struggle to hold onto younger viewers, two blockbuster shows witnessed an exodus of viewers, and reruns were less potent.
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April 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
HBO has cut a deal to sell reruns of many of its hit shows to Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Instant Video platform. Among the programs  that will be made available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service are "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Girls" and "Veep. " The agreement also covers HBO's miniseries including "Band of Brothers" and original movies such as "Game Change. " As part of the pact, HBO's online streaming service HBO Go will also be available on Amazon's new Fire TV settop box the end of the year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Netflix has struck a deal for reruns of the Showtime series "Dexter," which ended its run last month. The sale is somewhat unique because pay-TV channels are often reluctant to sell their shows to another pay service. HBO, for example, does not sell its shows to Netflix. Under the terms of the deal, Showtime will still be able to telecast episodes of "Dexter" on its network as well as make the show available on its digital platform Showtime Anytime. CBS, which owns Showtime, is also selling reruns of "Dexter" to a basic cable network.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The third season finale of ABC's Beltway drama "Scandal" was high in emotion and ratings.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, Thursday's season closer drew 10.5 million viewers overall and a rating of 3.4 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, marking the series' highest rated finale yet and its second highest rated episode ever. The series high was the Season 3 premiere, in which the show returned from a major cliffhanger.  'SCANDAL' RECAP: Olivia flies off into the sunset ... for now Compared with the Season 2 finale, Thursday night's episode was up 15% in total viewership and 6% in 18-49.  ABC won the night in the 18-49 demo, notching an average of 2.2 -- where a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers -- driven by "Scandal," which posted Thursday's best 18-49 rating.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Is watching reruns a guilty pleasure? Well, cast aside your shame, lovers of old "Seinfeld" episodes, "I Love Lucy" addicts and closeted "Full House" fans: a new study finds you are not wasting your time; you're replenishing your spent powers of self-control so you can tackle challenges ahead. Research published recently in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests that far from zoning out in front of the tube, "people seek out familiar fictional worlds to become rejuvenated.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2012 | By Joe Flint
News Corp.'s Fox Television Stations Group has acquired rerun rights to Charlie Sheen's new comedy "Anger Management. " The deal keeps the show in the same family. News Corp.'s cable network FX telecasts new episodes of the show. "Anger Management" premiered to solid if not spectacular ratings for FX earlier this year, averaging close to 5 million viewers per episode. That was good enough for the cable channel to agree to order an additional 90 episodes. That commitment allowed the show's production company, Debmar-Mercury, to sell reruns to the Fox stations after just 10 episodes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Is Hallmark Channel already divorcing "The Good Wife?" The cable network, which acquired reruns of the critically acclaimed CBS drama last year, has yanked the show from its schedule after just a few weeks. According to Nielsen, the repeats were averaging just 331,000 viewers.  Intially, Hallmark was airing four episodes of "The Good Wife" in prime time. Then it scaled back to just two episodes. Now Hallmark is airing "The Waltons" and "Frasier. " A Hallmark Channel spokeswoman said the network still believes in the show "whole-heartedly" and "will find the right spot for it very soon.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1988 | LEE MARGULIES
The most watched program on television last week was on NBC, but it wasn't the Olympics. A rerun of "A Different World" topped the ratings list released Tuesday by the A. C. Nielsen Co., with the first three nights of the Olympics finishing respectably but far from spectacularly. NBC's Sunday night telecast ranked as the week's second-most-watched program, attracting 30% of the available audience, about 16 million homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2006 | Matea Gold
Missing the macabre Fishers? Later this year, you can relive the funeral home family's travails when Bravo begins airing repeats of "Six Feet Under," the critically acclaimed Alan Ball drama that ended its run on HBO last year. It's the latest HBO show to be picked up for syndication since "Sex and the City" found a home on TBS. -- Matea Gold
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1991 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . THINK TANK: The success of CBS' prime-time reruns of "All in the Family" has the network contemplating the consequences. "I don't think we should rule out classic material and using it again," says Peter Tortorici, CBS senior vice president of program planning. It was Tortorici who conceived CBS' attention-getting weekend of retrospectives of "The Ed Sullivan Show," "All in the Family" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
SHREVEPORT, La. - A woodsy stretch of Willow Lake Farm, just outside this city, has been painstakingly built to look like a 17 t h century New England village, filled with shops and houses with steep-pitched roofs and drab clapboard exteriors. Milling about nearby are women in elaborate capes and cinched dresses, and men clad in peasant shirts and heavy coats. It's all textbook quaint - until you see the towering gallows at the center of town. This is the setting for "Salem," the new TV series from Tribune Co.'s WGN America set in the Massachusetts village that was the scene of notorious Colonial witch trials.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Is Hallmark Channel already divorcing "The Good Wife?" The cable network, which acquired reruns of the critically acclaimed CBS drama last year, has yanked the show from its schedule after just a few weeks. According to Nielsen, the repeats were averaging just 331,000 viewers.  Intially, Hallmark was airing four episodes of "The Good Wife" in prime time. Then it scaled back to just two episodes. Now Hallmark is airing "The Waltons" and "Frasier. " A Hallmark Channel spokeswoman said the network still believes in the show "whole-heartedly" and "will find the right spot for it very soon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards red carpet, to be walked by film and television players alike, is certain to deliver a huge amount of glamour and any number of surprises - and you can watch it right here as it happens. The show's presenters list alone is star-studded enough to guarantee an amazing turnout. Among those slated to hit the stage, and likely the carpet, are Ben Affleck, Sean Combs, Jessica Chastain, Orlando Bloom, Emma Stone, Paula Patton, Jim Carrey, Jonah Hill, Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine, plus nominees Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock and Emma Thompson.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nothing on the major networks came close to beating a rerun of CBS' hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" in the ratings Thursday night. According to early numbers from Nielsen, the show drew nearly 11 million viewers and a rating of 2.6 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 age group.  That propelled CBS to a ratings win on a quiet night, with an average of 6.47 million people watching and a 1.4 rating among key young adults. CBS also had repeats of the Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Elementary.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
In a move that would have C. Montgomery Burns saying "excellent," the cable network FXX has acquired rerun rights to more than 500 episodes of the long-running Fox hit "The Simpsons. " Although reruns of "The Simpsons" have been on local television stations for two decades, contractual restrictions prohibited 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that makes the hit cartoon, from selling reruns to a cable network as well. However, the studio was able to negotiate new deals with the stations that had rerun rights that removed the exclusivity portion, clearing the way for a cable sale.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Netflix has struck a deal for reruns of the Showtime series "Dexter," which ended its run last month. The sale is somewhat unique because pay-TV channels are often reluctant to sell their shows to another pay service. HBO, for example, does not sell its shows to Netflix. Under the terms of the deal, Showtime will still be able to telecast episodes of "Dexter" on its network as well as make the show available on its digital platform Showtime Anytime. CBS, which owns Showtime, is also selling reruns of "Dexter" to a basic cable network.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | FROM A TIMES STAFF WRITER
KTTV-TV Channel 11 will launch a new midday program Monday . . . sort of. "Good Day LA Today" will air weekdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m., replacing reruns of "Cops." But the new program will be a bit of a rerun itself, consisting of highlights from the "Good Day LA" morning show running earlier in the day.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
Just when you were settling in for a long summer of reruns, along comes a first-run comedy series from NBC. But new is not necessarily better: "Me and Mrs. C," premiering at 9:30 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, is about as welcome as a heat wave. It's certainly one long dry spell in terms of laughs. And warming up to the characters is as pleasant as hugging a cactus.
SPORTS
April 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Apparently, trainer Doug O'Neill has taken the name of his most famous horse literally. Saturday, he decided, I'll Have Another. So, here we go again. If race fans have that feeling of "Groundhog Day," nobody could blame them. The O'Neill Show, a smash hit a year ago, will be a repeat headliner on horse racing's most prestigious stage, the Kentucky Derby. That was achieved in front of 33,005, when O'Neill's Goldencents won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, one of the prestigious prep races for the sport's most prestigious race.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before going to Kickstarter to fund a new car.  The Skinny: It's still early but I'm a little disappointed the new pope hasn't checked in with me. Doesn't he want to know what's going on in Hollywood? Thursday's headlines include a unique rerun deal for the CBS drama "The Good Wife," a "Veronica Mars" movie gets closer to reality and a Hearst executive's private life may have cost him his big TV job. Daily Dose: In a case of better late than never, CBS is launching an app for iPhones and iPads.
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