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The Real Business of Reality TV and What Determines a New Show's Fate

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.23.2014 | TV
Sandy Malone

Are you a reality television junkie? Are you a closet Housewives fan? Or do you only watch the news, sports, and legitimate television dramas because you think reality TV is a post-Millennial fascination? Did you know that reality television actually originated on the radio, and that it's one of the longest-running genres in television? Seriously.

The Color of Money: Inclusive Casting Proves Profitable

Mellini Kantayya | Posted 05.10.2014 | Media
Mellini Kantayya

Episodic television is a big employer of actors like me because they're in constant need of doctors, victims, cops, and witnesses.

The 2013 Fall TV Schedule (Or What's Left of It)

Spencer Green | Posted 11.09.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

NBC - Shouldn't We Be Empowering These People to Rejoice In Their Obesity? Huh? Have We Learned Nothing? Oh, Shame -- Shame On Us And Our Mixed Messages!

Miley Cyrus, Syria's Chemical Weapons, and the Business of News

Sam Fiorella | Posted 10.29.2013 | TV
Sam Fiorella

How can Miley Cyrus be added to the news rotation alongside Syria's use of chemical weapons and the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech?

Is America's Pastime Dying a Slow Death?

Joey Spitz | Posted 10.01.2013 | Sports
Joey Spitz

The truth of the matter is that baseball, though destined to remain a touchstone of American history, will continue to be marginalized in a culture of instant gratification.

Is TV Dead? Not so Fast!

Kevin McDonough | Posted 07.13.2013 | TV
Kevin McDonough

Knee deep amidst the network upfront announcements of axes swung and shows born and reborn comes a dire New York Times business article. The end of every TV season brings predictions of TV's demise. Is The End really near?

Ensequence Drives TV Ratings up to 20 Percent with Interactivity for "First Screen"

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.30.2013 | TV
Andy Plesser

While much has been said about a "second screen" powering television viewership, Ensequence is harnessing the power of the TV set, or "first scree...

I'm Not Watching Another "Epic" Television Series Until You Give It A Six-Season Run

Morgan Evans | Posted 08.22.2012 | TV
Morgan Evans

Like most things, the title of this article is something I don't take seriously. I'll continue to watch things as they're pumped through a coaxial cable (HDMI now?) and into my retinas.

Secrets of a May 'Nielsen Family'

Bob Sellers | Posted 07.29.2012 | Media
Bob Sellers

Based on my experience, keeping a Nielsel diary is a well-meaning but imperfect measuring system that suggests advertisers may be rolling the dice when they pay for ads designed to reach a particular audience.

Nielsen in the New Age

Bethany McHugh | Posted 07.22.2012 | TV
Bethany McHugh

It's astonishing that with all the technology available to us a more definitive method for measuring the popularity of TV shows hasn't been established.

Quit Canceling The Shows We Love

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 07.14.2012 | TV
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Every spring, I'm forced to say good-bye to welcome visitors who've graced my home week after week. Yup, I'm talking about my favorite TV series that somehow find themselves on the chopping block even though millions of viewers enjoy them.

Rise In Hockey Violence Draws Attack From Unexpected Group

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business

Ever hear the Rodney Dangerfield joke about how he went to a fight and a hockey game broke out? Sponsors of the NHL aren't laughing at the violence...

Bad News For Spongebob And Friends

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.29.2012 | Entertainment

Though Nickelodeon once claimed a dip in its ratings was a technical error, it appears as though the network's troubles have not been resolved. Th...

Why I'm Scared to Say Cougar Town Is the Best Job Ever

Christa Miller | Posted 05.20.2012 | TV
Christa Miller

It's an honor to work with my husband. I realize I am biased. I just think he is one of the best comedy writers/show-runners of all time.

Ron Dicker

Super Bowl: Online Viewership Ratings Are In

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

The 2,105,441 viewers who watched NBC's first live stream broadcast of the Super Bowl discovered that the Internet experience still can't entirely rep...

Networks Resort To Trickery In An Attempt To Lift Ratings

nytimes.com | BILL CARTER | Posted 04.03.2012 | Media

This is the kind of programming sleight of hand that executives seize on as they seek to gain every possible edge in the television ratings game, at a...

In Defense of "The Boob Tube"

Nora Zelevansky | Posted 02.12.2012 | TV
Nora Zelevansky

For the last four weeks, I went without TV. And the weirdest thing happened: I didn't get any smarter. I didn't pen (or even read) the great American novel, listen to more NPR or spend extra time boning up on politics online. I can do that while watching TV, after all.

NBC News May Be A Victim Of Network's Primetime Malaise

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 01.07.2012 | Media

NEW YORK — Despite the slow, seemingly bottomless decline of NBC's prime-time lineup over the past decade, the network's other programming remai...

Fox Rides World Series Wave

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 01.01.2012 | Media

NEW YORK — A thrilling, seven-game conclusion to the World Series between St. Louis and Texas turned baseball's annual championship into a winne...

The New TV Wasteland

nytimes.com | BILL CARTER | Posted 12.14.2011 | Media

Saturday night has long been the loneliest night of the week in the television business, but lately it's been joined by another evening pining for vie...

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...

Who Are the Joneser Boomers Keeping Up With?

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.11.2011 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

If you think the Wall Street protests are formidable, watch out when the boomers fully wake up to their plight and mobilize. Then you will know: It's one solid generation to reckon with.

CBS Continues Ratings Supremacy

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.05.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Two weeks into a new television season, CBS is continuing its domination. The network, which has won eight of the past nine TV seaso...

Simon Cowell Admits He Was Wrong!

AP | ALICIA RANCILIO | Posted 12.04.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Simon Cowell acknowledges that he regrets saying ratings less than 20 million for the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be a failu...

Are Sitcoms...Back?

nytimes.com | BILL CARTER | Posted 11.26.2011 | Media

As dominant as "The X Factor" story was, it supplied only one of several plotlines that had television executives buzzing in the first week of the ne...