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How CNN Can Save Itself

Insiders pitch plans, from bringing back Crossfire to pulling an MSNBC

(Newser) - With CNN’s primetime viewership off 40% since last year, Michael Calderone at Politico undertakes a survey of news insiders to see what can be done for the “most trusted name in news.”
  • Resurrect Crossfire: CNN could give people the outspoken MSNBC- and Fox-style opinions they appear to
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Don't Expect to See Tiger's Every Move on ESPN

Augusta allows ESPN to carry tee-off, but rest will be bundled

(Newser) - Excitement for Tiger Woods’ comeback at the Masters next Thursday runs high—so fans and intrigued scandal watchers may be disappointed to hear that ESPN is taking the NBC Winter Olympics route and bundling coverage instead of showing Tiger's every move live. The exception is Woods’ first stroke, which will... More »

Oscar Ratings Hit 5-Year High

41.3M viewers tune in, highest since 2005

(Newser) - Last night's Oscar telecast attracted more viewers than the awards extravaganza has drawn in the last 5 years. Some 41.3 million viewers tuned in to see The Hurt Locker triumph over Avatar, compared to 36.3 for the 2009 show. The all-time high for Oscar viewership also involved James... More »

Leno Trounces Letterman in Return

Jimmy Fallon tops Craig Ferguson in ratings race

(Newser) - Jay Leno owned the 11:35 time slot last night, smashing both David Letterman and ABC’s combination of Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel as curious viewers tuned in to see Leno take back the Tonight Show gig. Leno scored a 5.7 rating, compared to 3.0 for Letterman, 3.... More »

Super Bowl TV Rating Breaks All-Time Record

Audience of 106.5M tops 1983 M*A*S*H finale viewership

(Newser) - This year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV program of all time, with 106.5 million viewers. More than two-thirds of American TVs in use were tuned in to the Saints' 31-17 upset of the Colts, a figure that soared to 82% in New Orleans and 80% in Indianapolis, reports... More »

Fox Has Top 13 Cable News Shows

In January overall, Fox was third most watched cable channel

(Newser) - "Fair and balanced" might be cause for lively debate, but Fox News' status as the top dog in cable news isn't—the network scored the top 13 programs in total viewership and the key 25-54 demographic through January. Bill O’Reilly’s show tops the rankings, with Sean Hanitty... More »

PGA Faces Life Without Tiger

Tour forced to sell sponsorships at cut rates

(Newser) - As the PGA Tour season gets under way, it has become painfully clear how important Tiger Woods has been to his sport. With the megastar conspicuously absent, the Tour has been struggling to sell sponsorships and attract ratings. Three of this year's events still lack a corporate sponsor, and the... More »

Let the Conan Backlash Begin

Face it, O'Brien's ratings weren't great

(Newser) - Conan O’Brien joins the ranks of the unemployed today, so the ousted Tonight Show host now has plenty of time to track the backlash and second-guessing about the TV shell game. Jay Leno remains the villain of the piece, but the hard truth is that O’Brien never drew... More »

NBC's Next Challenge: Fixing Prime Time

Network to produce 20 pilots next season

(Newser) - Now that NBC is nearly past the Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien fiasco, the network is refocusing on the job at hand: correcting a 5-year slide in ratings. The Leno gambit, which CEO Jeff Zucker described as an experiment in the "economics" of network television, represented the network's hope that Leno... More »

As the End Nears, O'Brien's Ratings Soar

Nation of jobless tunes in to watch him jab at NBC execs

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien is about to be out of a job, and his bitter cracks on NBC execs are doing what his show did not—viewership has soared. O'Brien's ratings have been rising through the week, and Tonight ratings Friday were 50% higher than they've been this season. O'Brien beat out... More »

Leno: 'Nobody Has Said Anything to Me'

NBC host talks 'cancellation' during tonight's monologue

(Newser) - Jay Leno got plenty of mileage tonight out of rumors his current 10pm NBC gig will be canceled, and that he’ll return to his old 11:35 slot. “So far, nobody has said anything to me,” he said during the opening monologue. “What does NBC stand... More »

Leno Headed Back to 11:35; Conan to 12:05

Amid ratings slide, NBC 'committed to keeping Conan O’Brien'

(Newser) - In a plan to boost NBC’s late-night ratings, Jay Leno would go back to his 11:35 time slot, while Conan O’Brien, who replaced Leno last year, will move to 12:05. TMZ first reported the Leno development earlier today, with the New York Times clearing up O’... More »

Affiliates Staggered by Tanking Leno Ratings

'Writing's on wall' for struggling show, say many

(Newser) - With 10 pm ratings in a free fall for many NBC affiliates, the question is on the table: When will the network ditch its Jay Leno Show experiment? The drop in last month's numbers was “staggering,” one manager tells Broadcasting & Cable. Another—who saw a 48.4%... More »

NBC Wants Seinfeld, Not Conan

As O'Brien's Tonight Show ratings struggle, NBC wishes for Seinfeld

(Newser) - Could Conan O’Brien be replaced as Tonight Show host—by Jerry Seinfeld? Maybe not, but that’s what many at NBC want. Executives tell PopEater that Conan has been struggling so much in the ratings department that replacement discussions have already begun, and Seinfeld's name is at the top... More »

SyFy Name Change Not So Stupid

Ratings up since 'Sci-Fi Channel' name was dropped

(Newser) - The Sci-Fi Channel's bizarre name change to "SyFy" attracted near-universal mockery earlier this year, but it looks like the network's execs are having the last laugh. Ratings are up in double-digits across all key demographics since the name change, boosted by hit new series Warehouse 13 and the continued... More »

Anderson Cooper's Ratings Plummet

With no election, CNN primetime stalwart staggers

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper may be widely respected, but he isnt widely watched. Anderson Cooper 360 is down 62% since last November, and down 70% among the 25-to-54 demographic that’s so important to advertisers, according to Nielsen figures. Last month the CNN 10pm stalwart came in second behind Fox’s On ... More »

Hannity Beats O'Reilly in Ratings War

His interview with Sarah Palin trumps that of his Fox colleague

(Newser) - Sean Hannity's interview with Sarah Palin helped him achieve a rare feat: his show beat the O'Reilly Factor as the top-rated cable news program of the week. Hannity's Nov. 18 interview drew 4.2 million viewers, a shade above Bill O'Reilly's talk with her the next night at 4.12... More »

Leno Ends Ratings Freefall

His recent shows have held steady in the ratings or improved

(Newser) - A turning point for Jay Leno? For about two weeks now, episodes of the Leno Show have either held steady in the ratings or improved, reversing a trend that started soon after the program’s debut in September. On the eve of Thanksgiving, for instance, every broadcast program was down—... More »

Jay Leno Not the Only Prime-Time Loser

Networks retune their lineup to court young viewers

(Newser) - Network TV's big hits—Modern Family, The Cleveland Show, NCIS: Los Angeles—join a pack of losers and losing news: NBC viewership is down 10% among young adults, ABC and CBS have slipped, too, and Eastwick, Hank, and Trauma have already been canceled. The LA Times surveys the playing field,... More »

To Save NBC, Rethink Leno Strategy

CEO Jeff Zucker to blame for slump

(Newser) - Cable giant Comcast wants to buy a controlling interest in NBC Universal. Sure, the company's movie business and cable channels are appealing, but what about the broadcast network? NBC is floundering, and CEO Jeff Zucker is to blame, Mark Harris writes in New York. One big problem is The Jay ... More »

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