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January 30, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox dominated Wednesday night's TV ratings with "American Idol," which drew an average of 12.4 million viewers and a rating of 3.8 among the key 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen. With the advertiser-coveted young-adult viewers, the veteran singing contest was down just 5% from last week's episode and was easily the highest-rated show of the night. Fox's average 18-49 number of 3.8 more than doubled the closest competing broadcaster. That's partly due to the lack of original episodes of some of the usually high-rated shows, including ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "CSI.
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February 20, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Viewership for NBC's prime time Winter Olympics coverage on Wednesday -- featuring figure skating and U.S. skier Ted Ligety's gold medal run -- was virtually flat with the comparable night in 2010, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The Sochi Games drew an average audience of 20.1 million, compared with the 20.3 million who tuned into the second Wednesday of the Vancouver Games four years ago. However, NBC's night was down from 2010...
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February 20, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Viewership for NBC's prime time Winter Olympics coverage on Wednesday -- featuring figure skating and U.S. skier Ted Ligety's gold medal run -- was virtually flat with the comparable night in 2010, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The Sochi Games drew an average audience of 20.1 million, compared with the 20.3 million who tuned into the second Wednesday of the Vancouver Games four years ago. However, NBC's night was down from 2010...
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February 20, 2014 | By Meg James
CBS' entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, has earned a bigger title -- chairman of CBS Entertainment -- and a new employment contract that will keep her at the network through 2017. Tassler will continue to be responsible for all of CBS' entertainment programming, including prime-time, daytime and late-night hours. She also will head program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, mini-series and other TV specials. Tassler will oversee scheduling, research, advertising, promotions, publicity and business affairs for entertainment programming matters, but those division chiefs will continue to report CBS Corp.
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October 3, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like Rebel Wilson's night was super fun for a decent number of people.  ABC's "Super Fun Night," a comedy about a group of sheltered women who start to try to live outside their comfort zones, opened with 8.2 million viewers and a rating of 3.2 in the key 18-49 demographic on Wednesday, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The premiere, in which Wilson and her cohorts ventured to a piano bar for a sing-off, was flat in the...
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October 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
She stole scenes in "Bridesmaids" and "Pitch Perfect," but now Rebel Wilson is trying to make it as a TV star.  On Wednesday ABC will premiere "Super Fun Night," which features the zaftig Australian actress as an accident-prone single woman on the prowl. Wilson created the comedy, which is produced by Conan O'Brien's production company.  The network is making a big bet on the show, putting the premiere right after its No. 1 comedy, "Modern Family. " And Wilson has a proven connection with young viewers, winning an MTV Movie Award for her work on "Pitch Perfect.
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October 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Wednesday night's Game One of the World Series was a strong start for the Boston Red Sox, and it looks like it was an improvement in the ratings for Fox too.  According to very approximate preliminary numbers from Nielsen, which are not adjusted for time zones, the game drew an average of about 13.7 million viewers in prime time, up 25% from last year's early Game One numbers. In the advertiser-desired 18-49 age demographic, the game appears to be up 28%. Compared with last year's final numbers, which increased, the game was up about 12% in total viewership and 14% in the demo.  Keep in mind that the 2012 series, a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers by the San Francisco Giants, ended up  the least-watched on record .  PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings More accurate final numbers will be out later Thursday, but it looks like Fox was the top-rated network of the night.
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October 2, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
We've come a long way, maybe, since Camryn Manheim made her famous "this is for all the fat girls" acceptance speech at the 1998 Emmys after winning for her portrayal of Ellenor Frutt in "The Practice. " Since then, Brooke Elliott won critical praise for "Drop Dead Diva," Melissa McCarthy picked up an Emmy as the female lead in "Mike & Molly" and Lena Dunham, though plus-sized only by Hollywood standards, has done everything but play ping-pong in the nude on "Girls" to help HBO viewers reconsider their absurdly conditioned views on the female form.
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January 9, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's spinoff "Chicago P.D. " got a solid sampling by viewers Wednesday night as "The People's Choice Awards" and a returning "Modern Family" drew plenty of eyeballs.   The police-centered "Chicago Fire" offshoot opened at 10 p.m. and drew 8.56 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.0 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. That's a strong 18-49 number, compared with other dramas that bowed at 10 p.m. this season. Only NBC's "Blacklist" did better.
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October 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
What do the wealthy young people watch? Apparently, a lot of "Modern Family," "Big Bang Theory" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " Counting the first three weeks of the fall TV season, those are the top-rated broadcast shows among upscale young adults, according to data from Nielsen. In this context, "upscale young adults" are people in the key 18-49 age demographic in homes with a yearly income of $100,000 or more.  With shows including "Modern Family" and the new "S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC is leading among the major broadcast networks in a demographic that is attractive to advertisers.
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February 18, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 16 - 22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   See latest XXII Winter Olympics TV schedule here.     SERIES Nature The honey badger, a ferocious carnivore found in Africa, Asia and an irreverent viral video on the Web, is the subject of this new episode. 8 p.m. KOCE Inside the Actors Studio Oscar nominee Amy Adams ("American Hustle")
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February 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's prime time Olympics coverage Wednesday was down from the comparable night for 2010's Vancouver games, but it still put a dent in "American Idol. "  NBC's prime time Sochi Olympics telecast, with Matt Lauer subbing again for Bob Costas, averaged 20.8 million viewers, down 29% from the first night of Wednesday competition in 2010, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. Keep in mind, the comparable day in Vancouver, when live coverage drew a huge 29 million viewers, was one of the biggest audiences of the Games.  In the key 18-49 demographic, NBC again topped the other broadcasters with a rating of 5.6, also down sharply from four years ago. A ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers among 18-49-year-olds.  PHOTOS: Winter Olympics in film "American Idol" fell 13% from a week ago to a 3.4 in the advertiser-desired demo and drew 11.4 million viewers overall as the singing content whittled down to 30 contestants . In terms of percentage change, that's a smaller decline than the last time "Idol" faced the Olympics on a Wednesday.
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February 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"American Idol" kicked off its Hollywood stint Wednesday night to higher viewership and its first week-to-week gain among key young adults this season.  "Idol," now in its 13th season, drew 13.3 million viewers overall, up 7% from last week's episode, according to early numbers from Nielsen, making it the most watched program of the night. More importantly, it posted a 3.9 rating among advertiser-preferred 18-to-49-year-olds, an improvement of 3% from last Wednesday. While that's a tiny increase, it could be a positive omen for a show that last year didn't post a weekly uptick until Week 13.  Ratings for the veteran singing contest have fallen over the years and the show is trying to regain viewers with its revamped roster of judges, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.
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January 31, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ratings giants "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" on Thursday night faced off for the first time this season, resulting in declines for both, while comedy-driven CBS laughed away with a clear win. Meanwhile, NBC scored with "Saturday Night Live" clips of sports sketches.  "The Big Bang Theory" was off for the first couple of weeks of "American Idol's" 13th season. Thursday night's "Big Bang" episode drew an average of 18.9 million viewers overall, and a rating of 5.1 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
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January 30, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox dominated Wednesday night's TV ratings with "American Idol," which drew an average of 12.4 million viewers and a rating of 3.8 among the key 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen. With the advertiser-coveted young-adult viewers, the veteran singing contest was down just 5% from last week's episode and was easily the highest-rated show of the night. Fox's average 18-49 number of 3.8 more than doubled the closest competing broadcaster. That's partly due to the lack of original episodes of some of the usually high-rated shows, including ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "CSI.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's spinoff "Chicago P.D. " got a solid sampling by viewers Wednesday night as "The People's Choice Awards" and a returning "Modern Family" drew plenty of eyeballs.   The police-centered "Chicago Fire" offshoot opened at 10 p.m. and drew 8.56 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.0 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. That's a strong 18-49 number, compared with other dramas that bowed at 10 p.m. this season. Only NBC's "Blacklist" did better.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's prime time Olympics coverage Wednesday was down from the comparable night for 2010's Vancouver games, but it still put a dent in "American Idol. "  NBC's prime time Sochi Olympics telecast, with Matt Lauer subbing again for Bob Costas, averaged 20.8 million viewers, down 29% from the first night of Wednesday competition in 2010, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. Keep in mind, the comparable day in Vancouver, when live coverage drew a huge 29 million viewers, was one of the biggest audiences of the Games.  In the key 18-49 demographic, NBC again topped the other broadcasters with a rating of 5.6, also down sharply from four years ago. A ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers among 18-49-year-olds.  PHOTOS: Winter Olympics in film "American Idol" fell 13% from a week ago to a 3.4 in the advertiser-desired demo and drew 11.4 million viewers overall as the singing content whittled down to 30 contestants . In terms of percentage change, that's a smaller decline than the last time "Idol" faced the Olympics on a Wednesday.
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December 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The most wonderful time of the year also worked out for NBC in the ratings Wednesday night, with the holiday specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" and a "Saturday Night Live Christmas" combining to win the night among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  "Rockefeller," featuring performances from Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande, drew 9.86 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.3 in the 18-49...
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December 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The most wonderful time of the year also worked out for NBC in the ratings Wednesday night, with the holiday specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" and a "Saturday Night Live Christmas" combining to win the night among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  "Rockefeller," featuring performances from Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande, drew 9.86 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.3 in the 18-49...
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November 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's multi-Emmy-winning comedy "Modern Family" fell to its lowest rating in the key 18-49 age demographic since 2009, according to early numbers from Nielsen. CBS won Wednesday night in the demographic and in total viewership, with "Criminal Minds" growing to its largest audience this season.  "Modern Family" drew a 3.3 in the advertiser-coveted demographic Wednesday night, down 13% from last week, but it was still the night's best-rated show in the category. It drew 10 million viewers overall.  Elsewhere on ABC, "The Middle" fell 8% to a 2.2 in the 18-49 demo, followed by "Back in the Game," which dropped 11% to a 1.6. "Super Fun Night," Rebel Wilson's freshman comedy, was down a bit to a 1.9. However, "Nashville" ended ABC's prime-time lineup by growing week-to-week for the second time in a row, this time up 7% to a 1.6, tying its highest rating in seven weeks.
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