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Bachelorette ; Congrats Are In Order

ABC said Tuesday that Monday's season finale of The Bachelorette After the Final Rose brought it its largest Monday summer audience in over 10 years. Its 11.5 million viewers beat CBS and NBC programming combined...

The Bachelorette Rises To No. 1

ABC's hit summer reality series The Bachelorette rose to the top of the Nielsen ratings heap last week as it drew 7.55 million viewers. The number amounted to not a lot by ordinary standards and...

Cbs Is First -- And Last

CBS led again in the Nielsen ratings as the most-watched television network last week, but it was the least-watched network among the key group of adults 18-49. That honor fell to Fox, which has been...

Networks Share Ratings Spotlight

Each of the broadcast networks had something to boast about with the release of last week's ratings (delayed because of the Fourth of July holiday). Although it aired more repeats than any other network, CBS...

World News Producer "Frustrated" Being No. 2

ABC's World News executive producer Jon Banner has acknowledged that he is "deeply frustrated" that the news program with Diane Sawyer at the helm has made such slow progress in overtaking NBC Nightly News ,...

Sawyer Narrows Gap With Williams

Among the nightly newscasts last week, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer continued to cut into the lead of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams last week. ABC said that compared to the same week...

The 2009-2010 Season Is Over

The last full week of the 2009-2010 broadcast season was won by ABC, an also-ran through most of the season, among adults 18-49 and by CBS among viewers overall. ABC was helped by a full...

Idol Is Again Tv's Most-watched Show

Heading towards the final competition showdown, Fox's American Idol regained its position as the most-watched television show last week, with Wednesday's results show drawing 19.57 million viewers and Tuesday's performance show, 19.17 million. ABC's Monday-night...

Regrets? Idol Producers May Have Had A Few

American Idol did it Sinatra's way last week and saw its ratings plunge to their lowest level since 2002, the year the show debuted. Tuesday's performance episode attracted 17.5 million viewers, to place third for...

Dancing Leads, Idol Steps Back

ABC's Dancing with the Stars retained its title as the most-watched television show of the week as it attracted 20.4 million viewers, edging out Wednesday's results edition of American Idol , which drew 20.1 million...

Dancing Trips Idol Again

Once again, Fox's American Idol was not the top-rated show last week. For the third consecutive week, it was beaten out by ABC's Dancing with the Stars , whose Monday edition attracted 21.07 million viewers....

Networks Stuck With Summer-like Ratings

It suddenly looked like summer last week as overall viewing plummeted to its lowest level since the week of July 13, 2009. To be sure, the biggest shows like Dancing with the Stars and American...

Sawyer Continues To Gain On Williams

ABC's Diane Sawyer narrowed the ratings gap between herself and NBC's Brian Williams further last week. Sawyer attracted 2.04 million 25-54-year-old viewers last week versus 2.40 million who watched Williams. CBS's Katie Couric drew just...

Abc's Sawyer Chasing Nbc's Williams

ABC's nightly newscast last week appeared to be narrowing the ratings gap between it and NBC's for the first time since Diane Sawyer took over as anchor last year. Among the key demographic group of...

Cbs And Fox Dominate Ratings

Once again, judging from Nielsen's top ten list, it looked like a two-horse ratings race last week as Fox landed the top two spots with its two editions of American Idol and CBS took the...

Fox's Idol Remains Top Show; Cbs, Top Network

All three American Idol episodes once again dominated the top-ten Nielsen chart among both overall viewers and those 18-49. But every other show on the chart aired on CBS, which won the week among overall...

Olympics Win Gold Ratings; So Does Idol

So far as the Nielsen top ten list was concerned last week, it was all either Winter Olympics or American Idol . Not another show made the list. Looking below the top ten, the standouts...

All Seven Olympics Telecasts Make Top Ten

Seven Winter Olympics telecasts -- one for each day -- two American Idol telecasts, and one Undercover Boss telecast comprised the Nielsen top ten for last week. In fact, there was hardly any competition at...

Newsy Week Helps Nightly Newscasts

Ratings for all three network nightly newscasts shot up last week thanks to the Vancouver Olympics (and the earlier tragic accident that took the life of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili), the East Coast snowstorm, and...

Grammys Shine In Ratings

The Grammy Awards were back in the spotlight last week as 25.87 million viewers tuned in to CBS's Sunday-night telecast, up 35 percent from last year, when the telecast attracted 19 million, according to Nielsen...

Fox Crushes Rivals With Football, Idol

Scoring the highest ratings for a non-Super Bowl NFL telecast in 28 years, Sunday's telecast of the NFC Championship Game between Minnesota and New Orleans easily beat everything else on television last week as it...

Saturday Night Lives

Conventional thinking in the front offices of the television networks that few people are willing to spend Saturdays in front of their TV sets was dealt a blow last week when CBS coverage of the...

Nbc Again Has No. 1 Telecast -- But What Now?

NBC's coverage of the final NFL game of the regular season was the most-watched telecast of the week as it attracted 16.3 million viewers, but it did little to lift NBC out of the weekly...

Football Is Nbc's Biggest Xmas Present

During a typical week of pre-Christmas reruns, the broadcast networks last week saw a huge drop in viewers, save for the football telecasts. Some 19.04 million viewers tuned for NBC's telecast of the Dallas-Washington Sunday...

Ratings Cbs Swamps The Competition

CBS made it almost a clean sweep in last week's ratings competition. Of the top 15 entertainment shows, CBS accounted for 14 of them. Its Monday-night Big Bang Theory and its Tuesday-night The Good Wife...

Football Fans Control The Remote

Sunday Night Football on NBC continued to trounce every other program on network TV last week as coverage of the Minnesota Vikings/Arizona Cardinals game attracted 20.89 million viewers. By contrast, the No. 2 show, CBS's...

How Will Comcast Deal Affect Nbc News?

Former Hard Copy host Barry Nolan, who became an anchor for Comcast Cable's CN8 channel -- and was fired by Comcast after protesting a local Emmy award to Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly -- has...

Larry King To Interview Alleged Gate-crashers

CNN's Larry King has landed an interview with the Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who managed to slip through security on November 24 to attend President Obama's first state dinner without an invitation. They...

Nbc's Brian Williams Praises Daily Show 'S Jon Stewart

Writing in Newsweek, NBC' anchor Brian Williams suggests that Jon Stewart and The Daily Show have had a profound influence on television news in general and his own newscast in particular. "On occasion, when we've...

World Series Nabs Top Ratings Score

The World Series made a surprise comeback last week, drawing an average of 19.4 million viewers and peaking in Game 6 with 22.3 million, according to final figures released this week by Nielsen Research. Last...

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