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ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2010 | By city news service
CBS' coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, combined with the customary strength of its regular programming, made it the most-watched network for the 19th time in the prime-time television season's 26 weeks. Although Fox Broadcasting got a 1-2 finish from the week's two "American Idol" broadcasts, CBS had each of the next eight most-watched shows and averaged 10.82 million viewers for its prime-time programming between March 15 and Sunday. CBS was the most-watched network on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when its prime-time programming consisted entirely of the NCAA men's basketball tournament coverage, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. The week's most-watched cable program was Sunday's premiere of the Discovery Channel nature documentary series "Life," which averaged 6.14 million viewers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2010 | By city news service
CBS' season-long dominance in scripted programming returned the network to the top of the prime-time ratings last week after a four-week interrup- tion caused by the Winter Olympics and Academy Awards. CBS had each of the eight most-watched scripted programs and averaged 11.27 million viewers for its prime-time programming between March 8 and Sunday -- its 18th weekly victory in the television season's 25 weeks, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. CBS' most-watched program was "NCIS," third overall, averaging 19.58 million viewers, behind the Tuesday and Wednesday "American Idol" episodes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2010
Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (March 8-14) 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. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions. Rank Network Program Viewers 1 FOX American Idol (Tue.) 22.75 2 FOX American Idol (Wed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2010 | By Meg James
Fox Broadcasting is inching closer to bringing Conan O'Brien back to late night. Key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are on board with the plan and would like to finalize a deal in coming weeks so they can make a splash on May 17 when the network unveils its fall lineup. Several significant issues remain and the Fox talks could fall apart, according to people close to the negotiations who asked anonymity because the discussions were meant to be private. But people close to O'Brien are cautiously optimistic.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2010 | By city news service
Viewership for the second and final week of NBC's prime-time Winter Olympics coverage was down 14% from the first, but nearly double that of runner-up Fox Broadcasting, despite finishing behind "American Idol" two of the three times it aired last week. NBC averaged 21.32 million viewers for its prime-time programming between Feb. 22 and Sunday, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. Friday night's Olympics coverage was the week's most-watched program, averaging 24.52 million viewers, more than double the 11 million combined viewership of ABC, CBS and Fox. Sunday's closing ceremony averaged 21.4 million viewers -- 45% more than for the 2006 closing ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2010 | By city news service
The first full week of Winter Olympics coverage gave NBC its most-watched week since the 2008 Summer Olympics and its widest margin of victory in the prime-time ratings race during the official television season since the 2002 Winter Olympics. With the Winter Olympics accounting for seven of the week's 10 most-watched programs, NBC averaged 24.75 million viewers for its prime-time programming between Feb. 15 and Sunday. Fox Broadcasting was second, averaging 8.68 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. NBC averaged 26 million viewers for the first 10 nights of Vancouver, Canada, Olympics coverage through Sunday, 27% more than the 20.4 million average for the 2006 Winter Games, which were held in Turin, Italy.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2010 | By city news service
A comedy called "Melissa & Joey," starring and produced by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, received a 10-episode order from ABC Family and will premiere this year. Hart, who starred in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" from 1996 to 2003, will portray the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself and is forced to care for her teenage niece and pre-adolescent nephew after her sister is jailed and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits.
BUSINESS
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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