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February 3, 2010 | By city news service
CBS combined the most-watched Grammy telecast since 2004 with the week's two most-watched scripted programs for its 16th ratings victory in the season's 19 weeks. CBS averaged 12.02 million viewers for its prime-time programming between Jan. 25 and Sunday, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. CBS' coverage of Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony was the week's most-watched program, averaging 25.87 million viewers, its largest audience since the 2004 ceremony, which averaged 26.29 million viewers.
January 28, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Like father, like daughter. Elisabeth Murdoch, chief executive of British TV program producer Shine Group, delivered tough talk in a keynote address to a gathering of television executives Wednesday in Las Vegas, sounding a lot like her father, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, when it comes to leveling charges of intransigence and myopia at the TV industry. Although she acknowledged that the economy has been hard on the media industry, Murdoch said she was worried that "we all act more like a victim support group than a gathering of dynamic industry leaders."
January 27, 2010 | By city news service
The most-watched NFL conference championship game since 1982 and two "American Idol" episodes helped Fox draw the largest weekly average for any television network in the last two broadcast seasons. With the National Football Conference Championship Game averaging 57.93 million viewers, and the two "Idol" episodes finishing second and third, Fox averaged 24.4 million viewers for its prime-time programming between Jan. 18 and Sunday, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. Viewership for the New Orleans Saints' 31-28 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday was the second largest for an NFL conference championship game, trailing only the 1982 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, which averaged 68.7 million viewers.
January 27, 2010
Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Jan. 18-24) as compiled by the Nielsen Co. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 286 million potential viewers in the U.S. age 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.
January 19, 2010 | By Batsheva Sobelman
Angry over a Turkish TV show that portrayed Israelis as ruthless killers, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkey's ambassador to his office this month for a dressing-down. "Pay attention that he is sitting in a lower chair . . . that there is only an Israeli flag on the table and that we are not smiling," Ayalon told the media, which he had invited to the meeting. But Ayalon's attempt at tougher diplomacy backfired, causing outrage in Turkey, which threatened to recall its ambassador unless Israel apologized.
January 12, 2010 | By Meg James
Conan O'Brien, caught in NBC's late-night shuffle, found encouragement Monday from rival network Fox. NBC confirmed Sunday that it was pulling the plug on the prime-time "Jay Leno Show" after just four months, and would shift Leno back to his longtime 11:35 p.m. slot in March. Although Leno has signed off on the time-period switch, O'Brien, the other person involved in the matter, hasn't agreed yet. O'Brien took over the storied "Tonight Show" in June when Leno stepped down to prepare for his prime-time show.
January 6, 2010 | By city news service
The final "Sunday Night Football" game of the season topped last week's prime-time television rankings, completing its fourth season on NBC with its highest season average. The New York Jets' playoff-clinching 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals averaged 16.33 million viewers, according to live plus same-day figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. For the season, "Sunday Night Football" averaged 19.4 million viewers, 17% more than last season's 16.6 million. In a week with little original entertainment programming until Sunday, CBS finished first for the 14th time in the season's 15 weeks, averaging 8.25 million viewers for prime-time programming from Dec. 28 through Sunday and was topped by a fourth-place finish by "60 Minutes" and a sixth-place finish by an "NCIS" rerun.
December 9, 2009 | By city news service
NFL games on ESPN and NBC were last week's two most-watched prime-time television programs, topped by ESPN's "Monday Night Football," believed to be only the third time a cable program has topped all broadcast competition. The New Orleans Saints' 38-17 victory over the New England Patriots Nov. 30 averaged 21.4 million viewers, the second-most for any program in cable television history. The most-watched cable program was ESPN's Oct. 5 "Monday Night Football" game matching Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre for the first time against his former Green Bay Packers teammates, which averaged 21.84 million viewers.
December 3, 2009 | By from times wire reports
For one week at least, Donny Osmond was a big-time television star again. Osmond's victorious turn on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was Thanksgiving week's most popular prime-time TV program, narrowly beating CBS' "NCIS." The "Dancing" results show came in third, the Nielsen Co. said Wednesday. Osmond is familiar with the prime-time television world, having hosted a variety show with his sister, Marie, three decades ago. Still, with an audience of 19.29 million viewers, it was the lowest fall finale for the dancing competition, down 7% from a year ago. The 2006 fall finale averaged 27.52 million viewers.
November 14, 2009 | By Christopher Reynolds
Winter D. Horton Jr., a broadcasting pioneer who co-founded KCET in Los Angeles, helped shape the nation's public television programming in the 1960s and later was appointed to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Board of Directors, died of natural causes Thursday in Pasadena. He was 80. Born June 2, 1929, in San Gabriel and educated at the Midland School in Los Olivos and Pomona College in Claremont, Horton got his first taste of show business at 19, as a gofer for his uncle, stage and screen actor Edward Everett Horton.
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