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NFL Scores Ratings Touchdown

Recession keeps people on couch on Sunday

(Newser) - NFL ratings are through the roof this year, as the recession keeps fans on the couch on Sunday afternoons...and Sunday nights and Monday nights. Ratings are at a 20-year high, with an average 17.2 million watching each game. “The NFL and television are actually getting the so-called... More »

Letterman Scandal Is Ratings Gold

That and Leno's exit make erstwhile underdog late night winner

(Newser) - David Letterman’s scandalous admission of intraoffice sex and his role in a blackmail scheme appear to have titillated audiences. CBS’ Late Show is up 13% in total viewership for the season over last year. Sure, Dave is off 8% in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, but that’s nothing compared... More »

DVRs Aren't Killing TV, They're Saving It

Turns out nearly half of viewers don't skip commercials

(Newser) - A year ago, TV networks were terrified of the DVR. The devices allowed viewers to skip commercials on playback, and who, given the choice, would watch TV commercials? Lots of people, it turns out. TV watching is such an inherently lazy activity that many viewers can’t summon the energy... More »

Say Goodbye to NBC as We Know It

It's probably going be more like a cable network

(Newser) - Monday was a milestone for NBC’s misbegotten Leno experiment: only 4.6 million tuned in, the worst Monday of the year, writes Matthew Greenberg. This is getting so bad it may signal the beginning of the end of NBC as we know it. The network’s rationale for putting... More »

CNN Last in Prime-Time Ratings Race

Cable viewers prefer opinion-based news programming

(Newser) - CNN’s ratings have fallen behind those of the other major cable news networks as prime-time viewers pass over the network in favor of opinion-based news coverage. Every prime-time CNN show lost to its Fox News opponent, and in some instances the losses were even more humiliating—at 10pm, for... More »

DVR Viewers Give Ratings Boost to Grey's, Others

Execs hope these watchers will eventually translate into ad dollars

(Newser) - TV networks dismayed at low ratings early in the season are getting a ray of hope in the form of the once-feared DVR. Sure, ad buyers won’t pay out when a viewer watches Grey’s Anatomy on TiVo, but that and other shows are gaining a massive audience days... More »

Leno's Ratings Tumble

Real prime-time shows beat talk show every night

(Newser) - Here’s one headline Jay Leno won’t want to read. Ever since the fall TV season began in earnest Sept. 21, the former king of late night has been getting his keister kicked in primetime. He’s finished in last place every single night, with his numbers falling steadily... More »

Just Wait: 'Trashy' Letterman Letters Are Coming

Birkitt penned series of 'Dear Dave' letters, plus more on extortion

(Newser) - It’s only a matter of time before Stephanie Birkitt’s “trashy” love letters to David Letterman become public. Sadly, “we’re not talking crazy sexual escapades,” a source tells the New York Daily News. “It’s her musings about them. It’s trash.” More... More »

At First Blush, Fans Forgive Dave

Scandal-tainted David Letterman rules in ratings and with devotees

(Newser) - David Letterman’s fans—at least the handful surveyed by the Daily News—agree: All is forgiven. In fact, his extortionist is the one who should be ashamed of himself. “We love Letterman no matter what he does. He brings us joy,” said a would-be audience member outside... More »

ABC, CBS Urge Stars to Boycott Leno

The Jay Leno Show performing well, but many still want it to fail

(Newser) - Jay Leno touched off a firestorm of industry backlash as he launched his primetime show, and it’s not over yet: Rival networks ABC and CBS are encouraging their stars to boycott The Jay Leno Show since it competes with their own 10pm series, the Los Angeles Times reports. Julia... More »

Enter Doogie: Can He Save the Emmys?

Slipping awards show hopes Neil Patrick Harris can fend off football

(Newser) - Last year's Emmys rated the worst in the show's 60-year history—so executive producer Don Mischer is working under a little, ah, pressure to turn things around. "All awards shows have been sliding in the ratings," he tells the Christian Science Monitor, and adds that on-set control room,... More »

Conan vs. Dave? Nightline's Beating Them Both

ABC launches ad campaign to tout its victory

(Newser) - ABC is trying to remind America that it has a show on at 11:35, too. The network is launching a campaign touting Nightline's ratings, which, since Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show takeover, have averaged 3.459 million viewers a night. That puts it on top of both David... More »

Fox News Set for Best Year Ever

Ratings soar with Dems in office

(Newser) - Conservatives may not have their preferred president, but they do have a preferred network: Fox News is on a roll, set for its best ratings year ever, the AP reports. Viewership is up 11% over last year—though the boom hasn’t come without controversy, with some critics suggesting that... More »

Phelps Crashed in 'Tranny Hooker District'

Plus, Edwards might finally cop to love child

(Newser) - After analyzing the location of Michael Phelps’ car accident, a Gawker tipster reveals that the Olympic legend “may have been leaving the tranny hooker district” of Baltimore at the time, leading blogger the Cajun Boy to wonder, “Was Michael Phelps trolling for a tranny? It's highly doubtful, but... More »

TV Companies Team Up to Take On Nielsen

(Newser) - A  group of media companies has joined forces with major advertisers to challenge Nielsen's dominance in TV ratings measurement, the Financial Times reports. The firms involved—including NBC, Time Warner, Disney, and Procter & Gamble—aim to have their rival audience measurement scheme up and running by next month,... More »

Dobbs' Ratings Plummet After Birther Talk

Questioning prez birth certificate scares off 15% of viewers

(Newser) - Even Bill O'Reilly thinks that Lou Dobbs' continuing sympathy with the birther movement questioning President Obama's birth certificate is just a ploy "to get ratings, trying to be provocative." But if Dobbs is pushing conspiracy theories to bump up viewership, it isn't working, reports the New York Observer.... More »

Kate Dodges Paps, Jon Moves In to New Digs

(Newser) - Jon and Kate Gosselin were both in Manhattan this weekend—but decidedly not together. While Kate's security guards fended off a mob of paparazzi as she headed with the kids to a photo shoot, Jon was moving into his tony new digs near Lincoln Center—solo. The wayward hubby picked... More »

For Struggling TV Networks, Obama's a Cash Cow

(Newser) - The right might complain that television networks are in thrall to Barack Obama, but they have a good reason to be: the president is good for business. As Politico reports, Obama-related programs send ratings spiking—when he appeared on the Tonight Show, it had its best Friday night in 17... More »

Fox Has Top 10 Cable News Shows

(Newser) - More evidence of Fox News' growing domination of cable TV: The network now has the top 10 programs in terms of total viewers, reports Mediabistro's TVNewser blog. Bill O'Reilly still leads the way, followed by Sean Hannity. Glenn Beck is in third, but his viewership of about 2 million is... More »

Fox News On Track for Most-Watched Year Ever

Network stays strong as rivals suffer post-election blues

(Newser) - Fox News has avoided the post-election ratings drop that hit other networks and is on course to have it best year ever, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The network, helped by programming changes like shifting Glenn Beck to 5pm, has shown a steady rise in ratings and now has as... More »

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