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Nielsen Spots a Milestone in How We Watch TV
Nielsen Spots a Milestone
in How We Watch TV
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Nielsen Spots a Milestone in How We Watch TV

For the first time ever, Americans used streaming platforms more than cable

(Newser) - The numbers had been heading in this direction for a while, but July nevertheless represents a milestone in the way Americans watch TV. Nielsen reports that streaming—from the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and others—trumped cable for the first time ever in a given month.
  • The numbers: Streaming captured
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Maddow Announces Big Shift: 'We Will See How Things Go'

She'll be hosting her MSNBC program on Mondays only starting in May

(Newser) - Rachel Maddow will be sticking with her MSNBC program for the near future, but viewers hoping to see her return more fully to it are in for some disappointment. The 49-year-old host has been on a two-month hiatus from The Rachel Maddow Show, which airs each weeknight at 9pm ET,...

Network Cancels Reality Show, Loses Half Its Viewers

A&E nixed 'Live PD' and saw its prime-time viewership drop by 49%

(Newser) - Who knew a reality TV series had so much pull? A&E found that out the hard way after it canceled Live PD last month, a show that shadows police officers as they work their beats. The Wall Street Journal reports that after the show was nixed on June 10,...

Black Female Host Infiltrates 'Universe of White Men'

Joy Reid to anchor nightly show 'The ReidOut' on MSNBC, sliding into Chris Matthews' 'Hardball' slot

(Newser) - MSNBC's Joy Reid is moving from her weekend show to a coveted weeknight slot once occupied by Chris Matthews. The 51-year-old host of AM Joy will now anchor The ReidOut, taking the nightly 7pm space where Matthews' Hardball lived. That makes Reid just one of a few Black women...

Sarah Sanders Has a New Job
Sarah Sanders Has a New Job

Sarah Sanders Has a New Job

She'll join Fox News as an analyst next month

(Newser) - Sarah Sanders is returning to the public eye. The former White House press secretary is joining Fox News as a political analyst, the network announced . Her first appearance will be on Fox & Friends Sept. 6. Sanders served as press secretary from July 2017 through June of this year, though...

Verizon Comes Close to Dumping Disney Channels

But the two companies hash out a deal

(Newser) - Verizon customers can continue to watch ESPN, ABC, and other channels owned by Disney after the two companies announced a deal over programming fees, the AP reports. The telecommunications giant and the entertainment company say in a joint statement Sunday: "Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a...

Fargo, Dead? Not With Chris Rock Coming on Board

Rock says he 'can't wait' to star in season four

(Newser) - Chris Rock is returning to FX, but don't expect any standup. The funny man will star in season four of Fargo as the head of a black crime family in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950, Variety reports. The show will depict Rock's syndicate and an Italian family in...

Cops: Woman Takes Dispute With Cable Guy to New Heights

She allegedly turns off his van, stranding him in his lift in mid-air

(Newser) - Police in New Jersey say a woman got angry at a cable TV worker and left him stranded in the air. The dispute took place at an intersection in Ridgewood on Monday between a woman and an Optimum employee, reports NorthJersey.com . It's unclear what the dispute was about,...

MSNBC Just Scored an Unprecedented Victory

On Wednesday, it finished No. 1 in cable ratings for first time

(Newser) - A controversial week in DC has led to bragging rights for MSNBC. On Wednesday, the network finished with the highest ratings in the cable-network universe, which Variety reports is a first for the network. MSNBC averaged 1.52 million viewers for the "total sales day" (meaning the 6am-2pm period),...

Game of Thrones Had Viewers Yelling at Their TVs
Game of Thrones Had Viewers
Yelling at Their TVs
THE RUNDOWN

Game of Thrones Had Viewers Yelling at Their TVs

Huge reveals, a long-gone character re-emerges, and more

(Newser) - A possible pregnancy, the return of a possibly important character, and, as the Verge notes, a huge reveal "designed to make the audience scream at the screen" were just some of the plot points in Sunday night's Game of Thrones. Needless to say, there are some major spoilers...

'Jaw-Dropping Ending' on Game of Thrones
'Jaw-Dropping Ending'
on Game of Thrones
THE RUNDOWN

'Jaw-Dropping Ending' on Game of Thrones

And a much-awaited reunion

(Newser) - Last week's episode of Game of Thrones boasted a long-awaited meeting, and this week's offered another. Three Starks finally joined up in Winterfell, and that wasn't even the most exciting part of Season 7's portentously titled "The Spoils of War." What everyone's...

Cable Merger May Dominate Among Female Viewers

Discovery, Scripps merger combines Food Network, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, more

(Newser) - Discovery Communications will buy Scripps Networks for close to $12 billion, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from Animal Planet to the Food Network. The deal, announced Monday, puts the combined company in a strong position to draw female viewers, per the AP . The Wall Street Journal ...

A First for MSNBC in the Nielsens
A First for
MSNBC in
the Nielsens

A First for MSNBC in the Nielsens

Largest prime-time weekday audience on cable, across all networks (not just news)

(Newser) - Since it first took to the air in 1996, MSNBC has been deep in the fray, vying for coveted ratings in the fiercely competitive cable-television arena. Twenty-one years later, it has finally nabbed a big one: the biggest weekday prime-time cable audience, not only against news networks, but all networks...

Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good News From HBO

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' is coming back Oct. 1 for its 9th season

(Newser) - Cue up the tuba and mandolin for a big announcement from HBO. Per the Hollywood Reporter , Larry David and the gang—including Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, and JB Smoove—will be back for the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a full six years after the eighth season wrapped. The...

Bill Maher Will Face Ice Cube on His Return

First episode back after controversy over racial slur

(Newser) - Bill Maher's first show in the wake of his n-word controversy will have an interesting guest: Ice Cube. Though Al Franken dropped out, Ice Cube says he'll be there for the June 9 episode, reports the Los Angeles Times . On his last show, Maher jokingly referred to himself...

Astute Viewer Busts Poachers on Hunting Show

Observant man noticed hunters didn't have correct licenses while hunting elk

(Newser) - An eagle-eyed viewer in Wyoming watching a hunting show on cable TV noticed something amiss—an observation that's led to two hunters from Bedford, Ky., being sentenced for poaching and forced to pay hefty fines, the AP reports. Per a release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the...

Wrongful Billing Earns Comcast 'Biggest Cable Fine Ever'

It must pay $2.3M for negative option billing

(Newser) - Comcast has just been hit with what CNNMoney calls the "FCC's biggest cable fine ever." The company must pay a $2.3 million penalty after federal regulators found it charged customers for services and equipment they never requested. Customers had registered more than 1,000 complaints in...

Rumor: Trump Is Running Just to Start His Own Cable Channel

Sources say it makes a surprising amount of sense

(Newser) - Is Donald Trump running for president simply as a means of launching his own cable news network? That's the theory put forth by Vanity Fair , quoting anonymous sources close to the situation. Trump is reportedly "irked" that he's bringing in big ratings for other networks without getting...

TV, Internet, Phone Prices Have Spiked in Last 5 Years

And service isn't getting any better

(Newser) - You probably don't need another reason to hate your cable provider, but here's one anyway: The average customer's bill in 2015 is nearly $42 higher than in 2010, NBC News reports. That's an increase of 35%, according to market research firm SNL Kagan, which says bundling...

Sports Nuts Score: You Can Now Stream ESPN

Dish Network to offer sports network, others with $20-a-month Sling TV

(Newser) - Sports fans who've been holding tight to their cable TV package so they never miss a game will soon have a new option in their playbook: Sling TV, Dish Network's new streaming-video service that will include ESPN, the Washington Post reports. The $20-a-month service, which was announced yesterday...

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