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Botched Acrobat

Francis Levy | Posted 02.18.2015 | Media
Francis Levy

Walking a tightrope blindfolded, 600 feet above ground with no net is a far cry from Ringling Brothers. One wonders what will be next in ratings wars.

Entertainment Industry Caves to Hackers and Refuses to Stand Up for America's Kids

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Steyer

I watched the hacking of Sony Pictures play out with a mixture of sadness and bewilderment, as studio executives fell victim to a coordinated cyber attack and pulled The Interview from theaters before eventually releasing it days later.

'Peter Pan Live!' Was Not A Big Hit

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment

"Peter Pan Live!" fell hard in the ratings on Thursday night when compared to last year's "Sound of Music Live!" According to early reports, the three...

Images and Media Ethics: How Much, How Far?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What is it about pictures that prompts journalists, activists, and social media users to take liberties with people's privacy, lives and destinies, and be sloppy in what they publish?

Unfortunately, Reviews on Yelp Cannot Be Relied Upon for Vetting Purposes

Mark Baer | Posted 11.27.2014 | Business
Mark Baer

I would be highly suspect in relying upon Yelp reviews in the future. I wish this were not true because it just makes it that much more difficult and confusing for customers to locate "real evidence" that is so essential to properly vet products and services.

Is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Missing A Big Opportunity?

John Dick | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
John Dick

Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies could be missing a big opportunity if they launch the movie with a PG-13 rating. As it stands, it doesn't look like parents are planning to add this movie to their summer blockbuster must-see list, at least not with their kids. Let's see how it plays out.

HBO's Biggest Premiere In Years

Posted 01.23.2014 | TV

HBO's "True Detective" soared in the ratings when it premiered on Sunday (Jan. 12). Opening to 2.3 million viewers, the new drama starring Woody Harre...

Duck Dynasty Proved Again Bucks Always Trumps Bigotry

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A&E's quick scrap of its suspension of Robertson was more than just a business decision based on the wild popularity of one show. It reflected the brutal reality of a commercial media that repeatedly puts dollars over bigotry.

How CNN Could Become the Highest-Rated News Network

Kevin Price | Posted 09.18.2013 | Media
Kevin Price

You would think that after a decade of being perennially in second place in cable news because of Fox, CNN would consider doing something about it.

Look Ma, No Fans!

Ari Weisbrot | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Ari Weisbrot

In the coming weeks, this blog will explore the causes (and effects) of the slow, but steady death of Today's domination of morning television. Spoiler alert: It's not Matt Lauer.

Fox News' Tough Month

Posted 04.02.2013 | Media

The cable news industry was hit with another month of tough ratings news. Every network saw its ratings drop from 2012, a politics-heavy election ...

There's Still Life In Reality

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.27.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — Two popular reality shows made a splash upon their re-entry during the past week – and a new one had a strong debut. A new epi...

What Jay Should Do About His Late Night Problem

Brent Green | Posted 05.22.2013 | Fifty
Brent Green

In this ratings contest, you're now merely tying host competitors Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon. Kimmel and Fallon especially are nipping at your heels. So, what are you going to do about it, Jay?

Survey: News Biz Shooting Itself in the Head Trying to Stay Profitable

David Ropeik | Posted 05.22.2013 | Media
David Ropeik

Less news = smaller audience = less profit.

WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media

Shawn Amos | Posted 12.29.2012 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Twitter's head of television Fred Graver highlighted Twitter's importance in the social TV space and floated the idea of a Twitter-fueled ratings system at Ad Age's Social TV Conference last week.

New Learning Ratings From Common Sense Media

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Daniel Donahoo

The rise of game-based learning has come a long way from the 1985 version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Today, in the world of education and learning, computer gaming is all the rage.

A Challenge to Rush: Prove Your Ratings

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.04.2012 | Media
Cenk Uygur

How many listeners does Rush Limbaugh have? Well, in the press there are only two numbers you'll ever see -- 20 million or 15 million. I've got news for you -- those numbers are a total fabrication.

'The Walking Dead' Smashes Ratings Records

Posted 02.13.2012 | TV

AMC's "The Walking Dead" broke cable records with its midseason premiere. "The Walking Dead" returned on Sun., Feb. 12 to more than 8 million viewers,...

Ratings Are In For 'CBS This Morning'

Posted 01.20.2012 | Media

Morning show ratings were released on Friday, which included the first ratings for the new kid on the morning show block: "CBS This Morning." As e...

CBS Continues Ratings Domination

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — CBS' strength in scripted material made for another non-competitive week in television ratings. Increasingly, it appears ABC, Fox an...

What Do Glenn Beck and Hugh Hefner Have in Common? (Video)

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


Ai Fiori's Two Stars From Adam Platt: An Ozersky Rant

Josh Ozersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Ozersky

I'm never going to criticize Platty again, but I can never bring myself to believe that a restaurant of Ai Fiori's caliber can only get two stars, much less three or four.

Olbermann Gone. Who Cares?

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Hegedus

I have to preface this by saying I've never been a fan of Keith Olbermann. But then I've never been a fan of any particular commentator. I've always...

Jason Linkins

Bush Interview Fails To Garner Decent Ratings | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Despite all of our efforts to talk about Matt Lauer's interview with former President George W. Bush, it seems that the televised tete-a-tete was something of a ratings disaster for NBC.

Prediction: Netflix Will Soon Produce Original Content

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Steele

In the world of streaming, Netflix is the undisputed king of prime time. According to the Fall 2010 Global Internet Phenomena report, "In the United ...