March 3, 2010 |
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.
February 24, 2010 |
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.
February 3, 2010 |
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.
February 2, 2010 |
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.
January 31, 2010 |
A treasure trove of TV shows can be found archived on the BBC website, featuring classic dramas, sitcoms, concerts, sports events, operas and documentaries. But, except in rare cases, you can't see them. They're electronically restricted to Internet users in Britain. Elsewhere, the stream is blocked. Ditto for two other major British TV networks. ITV is home to "Britain's Got Talent," the show that made Susan Boyle a mega-star. And Channel 4 has online episodes of "Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape," a new show starring the highly popular, profane chef.
January 28, 2010 |
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 |
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 25, 2010 |
Want to buy a commercial to welcome Jay Leno back as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show"? It'll run you only about $35,000. If that sounds like a lot, a few years ago that ad time would have gone for $50,000. For all the hype about the futures of Leno and Conan O'Brien, the era when a comedian could be crowned the undisputed "king of late night" is, like the price of a 30-second spot in one of their shows, on the ebb -- and with it, the economics underpinning late-night TV. The world that O'Brien entered when he began his first late-night show 16 years ago is radically different from the one that will greet him when he returns to the air. Those changes are likely to shape everything from where O'Brien lands to how much he will be paid and the format of the show -- band or no band?
January 19, 2010 |
After days of being portrayed as the bad guy, Jay Leno came out swinging on his show Monday and provided a detailed chronology of NBC's bumbling behind-the-scenes maneuvers that sparked the talk-show host tug-of-war engulfing the network. In an unusual departure from his typical banter, Leno described how NBC several years ago concocted a plan to push him out while he was still No. 1. He said he was skeptical that NBC's solution of a prime-time show would work. It "didn't seem like a good idea at the time," he said, though he ultimately went along.