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Television Ratings


Posted 11.22.2011 | Media

Fox's "The X Factor," Simon Cowell's newest venture and the American counterpart to the hugely popular British singing competition, debuted to underwh...

Do Television Ratings Reflect Who We Truly Are?

Pat Mitchell | Posted 11.21.2011 | Women
Pat Mitchell

Whether you love or hate reality television, you can't deny that it's been a massive cultural force in the last few years.

Charlie Sheen, Ratings Magnet

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 11.21.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Both Ashton Kutcher and Charlie Sheen have something to brag about during their big nights on television. Kutcher's debut as Sheen's...


AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 11.14.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — The return of the National Football League, with two gripping prime-time games, sent NBC vaulting into the week's lead in Nielsen's t...

USA Network Trounces Rivals

Adweek | September 28 2010 | Posted 10.25.2011 | Media

Rival cable channels cannot conquer USA Network, they can only hope to contain it. With less than a week to go before the sun sets on another summe...

Power to the People Works When People Claim the Power

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Rev. Barbara Kaufmann

Does the media have responsibilities? When people are in positions of power or influence over others, is there an inherent obligation to tell the truth?

Enthusiasm Not Curbed!

Posted 09.11.2011 | Media

The premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm's eighth season was the show's most watched episode since 2004. The 10 p.m. broadcast drew 1.7 million viewers, u...

CBS Reruns Hold Court In Summer Ratings

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 09.05.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — There's little secret to what entertainment choices viewers want from the broadcast networks this summer: reruns on CBS and competiti...

Jon Stewart's Historic Win

Posted 09.02.2011 | Media

'The Daily Show' reached a new milestone in the second quarter of the 2011 ratings: it became the first late-night show to beat "The Tonight Show" in ...


AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — The Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup-winning conquest of the Vancouver Canucks stands as the most-watched National Hockey League game on Am...

Tony Awards 2011 Ratings Climb In Key Demo

AP | Posted 08.13.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — CBS' Tony Awards show was seen by 6.9 million viewers, roughly the same number as last year, according to preliminary Nielsen figures...

Who Won The TV Season?

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 08.02.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Another television season is in the books for the major broadcast networks, and the results may sound familiar. CBS finished the 201...

'American Idol' Finale Ratings

AP | Posted 07.26.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Country crooner Scotty McCreery and Fox itself are both smiling over the conclusion of "American Idol." Wednesday's finale of the na...


AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 07.11.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — After a year spent mostly in the wilderness, NBC may have found its voice. "The Voice," the network's new talent show, had an audien...

Big Royal Wedding Ratings

AP | Posted 07.01.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Nearly 23 million Americans rose early on Friday to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. The Nielsen Co. said the 2...

ABC's Latest Experiment Does Well

AP | Posted 06.20.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — It's hardly the golden age of sitcoms, but ABC is now the second network to fill an entire night's prime-time schedule with them. AB...

The Naked Nielsens

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.14.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

How would you react if you found out that the basis of your business model was bogus? That's the nightmare that the television industry is finally waking up to, and I bet that online media won't be far behind.

NBC Show Struggles | Posted 05.29.2011 | Media

"The show doesn't strain or sensationalize," says Ron Howard, who produces the dramedy along with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer. Imag...


AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — "Secret Millionaire" paid off handsomely for ABC. The short-run series, in which a wealthy person goes undercover in a community and...

Oscar 2011 Ratings Down For ABC

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Preliminary Oscars ratings from the nation's biggest markets are down 7 percent from 2010. The Nielsen Co. said Sunday's Academy Award...

'Dancing With The Stars' Finale Gets HUGE Ratings

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — ABC says more than 26 million viewers saw Jennifer Grey win the mirror-ball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars." Tuesday's two-hour f...

UH-OH: 'Idol' Premiere Ratings Tumble

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The season premiere ratings of "American Idol" were down sharply from last year's. The tenth season opener, which saw the debut of the show's new Sim...

Football NBC's Only Ratings Bright Spot

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Take pro football out of the mix, and NBC's ratings problems are glaring. The NFL's Sunday night shootout between the New England Pa...

'Private Practice' Ratings Surge On Rape Episode

Live Feed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Ratings for ABC's Private Practice surged a whopping 44% Thursday night following last week's dramatic cliffhanger. The episode, "Did You Hear What H...

People Watching More TV Than Ever | BRIAN STELTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Americans watched more television than ever in 2010, according to the Nielsen Company. Total viewing of broadcast networks and basic cable channels ro...