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Martha Stewart Show Canceled

Adding insult to injury, Home Depot stops selling her paint

(Newser) - Martha Stewart is not having a good 2012 so far. The Martha Stewart Show will end in April due to poor ratings, and Home Depot won't even sell her paint anymore, the New York Post reports. Stewart's flagship show, currently on the Hallmark Channel, averaged 225,000 viewers... More »

NBC's Ratings Keep Sinking

Viewership down 9.3% from year before

(Newser) - NBC’s long-struggling ratings are only getting worse as the new television season gets under way. Some 3.3 million 18- to 49-year-olds have been tuning in to the network's primetime offerings over the past four weeks, a 9.3% drop from the year before, the Wall Street Journal... More »

New Must-See TV: GOP Debates

Executives debate the potential reasons

(Newser) - There’s one big difference between this year’s GOP presidential debates and those leading up to the 2008 contest: People are watching them. This September’s Fox News debate, for example, attracted 6.1 million viewers—almost double the 3.2 million that Fox’s September 2007 debate drew,... More »

Obama Jobs Speech Outdraws NFL Opener

He gets 31.4M viewers, vs. 27.2M for the Packers-Saints game

(Newser) - The ratings are in for President Obama's jobs speech to Congress, and White House spin doctors will be relieved to know he outdrew the NFL opener later that night. Nuggets from USA Today and the Los Angeles Times .
  • Nielsen says 31.4 million people watched his 7pm speech, more
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Olbermann Debut Loses to MSNBC, Beats CNN

Lawrence O'Donnell gets more viewers in key demographic

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann's new Countdown debut didn’t exactly come with a ratings blastoff. Current TV hasn’t announced the complete numbers for Monday's show, but it said the program managed 179,000 viewers in the all-important 25-to-54 demographic advertisers crave. Current is happy with the rating, but Mediaite... More »

Oprah Finale Draws Biggest Audience Since 1994

And it's not the only TV finale drawing eyeballs this week

(Newser) - It's starting to look like Americans haven't moved from the couch all week. Early numbers show yesterday's finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show drew the most viewers it has had in 17 years. The final episode—which featured no guests , but rather a personal conversation between Oprah,... More »

Glenn Beck, Fox Hated Each Other All Along

Both sides kvetch anonymously to the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - Publicly, Glenn Beck and Fox News may have put a happy face on their divorce, but there’s a whole lot of acrimony behind the scenes, sources from both sides tell the New York Times . Beck’s supporters say he was unhappy at Fox almost from day one, and has... More »

Latest Casualty of World's Upheaval: Media Budgets

From Libya to Japan, the money's running out

(Newser) - There’s been a lot of news around the world in 2011—too much, in fact, for some news organizations to handle. Japan, Libya, and Egypt have stretched already tight cable and broadcast news budgets to the breaking point, The Wrap reports. “We've already had a year's worth of... More »

Grammy Ratings Hit Decade-Long High

26.6 million tuned in for awards show

(Newser) - The Grammys hit a high note in the ratings last night, drawing the show's biggest TV audience in a decade. Preliminary Nielsen figures today show the CBS broadcast attracted 26.6 million viewers, improving on last year's robust audience by 680,000 viewers. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was also... More »

A Record 111M Tuned in Last Night

111 million tuned in for big game: Nielsen

(Newser) - For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl has set a new record for American television viewing. The Nielsen Co. said today that an estimated 111 million people watched the Green Bay Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers in football's ultimate game. That tops the 106.5 million who... More »

Irate Parker Threatens to Ditch Spitzer

Turns out she's not a huge fan of Spitzer

(Newser) - Parker Spitzer could soon be just ... Spitzer. Kathleen Parker is so unhappy with her role on the new CNN show that she's threatening to walk, sources tell the New York Post . The conservative columnist thinks she's playing second fiddle to co-host Eliot Spitzer, and she actually did walk off the... More »

Daily Show No. 1, Beats Leno, Letterman

Big guns play second fiddle for first time in years

(Newser) - It’s been a good few weeks for Jon Stewart: The Daily Show was the top-rated late-night talk show in October—the first such show in at least a decade whose full month’s average beat Letterman’s and Leno’s, says the Hollywood Reporter . Stewart reeled in 1.3... More »

Fox News Crushes CNN, MSNBC on Election Night

It more than doubles nearest rival in prime time

(Newser) - Last night's big victory for the right extended to the cable airwaves: Nielsen ratings show Fox News obliterated CNN and MSNBC in prime time, reports the LA Times . Fox averaged 6.96 million viewers, while CNN got 2.42 million and MSNBC 1.94 million. Compared to the midterms in... More »

Jeff Zucker Will Leave NBC

CEO explains Comcast's decision in email, interview

(Newser) - Oft-criticized NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker will leave the company when its acquisition by Comcast becomes official. Zucker made his decision public this morning in an email to NBC employees acquired by the Wall Street Journal . Though he says it wasn’t his choice to leave, he calls... More »

Couric Goes to Afghanistan; Ratings Hit 20-Year Low

CBS average viewership dips below 4.9M

(Newser) - This doesn't say a whole lot about civic affairs: Katie Couric broadcast from Afghanistan last week, and ratings for CBS Evening News tied an all-time low. An average of 4.89 million viewers tuned in on the five days (one of which was anchored by Harry Smith and another by... More »

CNN Could Lose Anderson Cooper, Too

Anonymous 'on-air personality' says everyone hates Coop

(Newser) - First Campbell Brown, then Larry King, and now Anderson Cooper? CNN is perilously close to losing its star anchor, who is entertaining offers from a number of suitors, sources tell the Wrap . Cooper's contract is up next year, and word is that there wouldn't be much love lost if he... More »

Leno Doing Worse Than Conan

Jay's ratings trend is now lower than his rival's

(Newser) - Checked out Jay Leno's ratings lately? They've flattened out since his return to the 11:30 slot, and he's now back even with Letterman. In fact, TV by the Numbers compares his ratings trend with that of Conan O'Brien's when he ran the Tonight Show and says Leno has fallen... More »

Betty White + SNL = Ratings Bonanza

Octogenarian's hosting stint tops Ben Affleck's November 2008 effort

(Newser) - With Betty White hosting , Saturday Night Live drew its best ratings of the season and the largest audience since Nov. 1, 2008, when John McCain appeared with the Tina Fey version of then-running mate Sarah Palin. The broadcast thrashed not just its time-slot competitors but also every primetime show, reports... More »

Idol Is TV's Biggest Moneymaker

'Two and a Half Men,' '24' also rake in the bucks

(Newser) - TV shows are judged by ratings, but ratings don't always reflect how much cash a show actually brings in. The biggest moneymakers are longstanding hits with broad appeal, Kantar Media found in a survey of TV's most popular programs. The winner, unsurprisingly, is a show that practically defines mass appeal:... More »

DWTS Beats Idol Ratings

For the first time, 'Dancing With the Stars' leads

(Newser) - Dancing With the Stars beat American Idol—both nights of it—in the ratings for the first time last week. According to Nielsen, nearly 23 million people tuned in to DWTS on Tuesday, compared to Idol’s 21.8 million Tuesday and 20.5 million Wednesday. One possible reason? “... More »

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