New Year’s Eve television viewership takes a dip

Football 01/02/19, 17:41

Television ratings for New Year's Eve celebrations took a tumble this year — and you can probably partly blame the weather.Contrary to what the soggy celebrants in New York's Times Square might think, it is because of good weather. Last year's ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" had its biggest audience ...

Lopsided games, schedule drag down CFP television ratings

Sports 12/30/18, 12:53

Television ratings for the College Football Playoff on ESPN dropped from last season, dragged down by lopsided games and not being playing on New Year's Day.ESPN says Alabama's 45-34 victory against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night drew a 10.4 overnight rating, peaking at 11.8 early in the ...

White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall

Politics 12/23/18, 18:03

A top White House official signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump is willing to accept less money than he's been demanding to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but a senior congressional Democrat said that, while their own offer could be sweetened, they still will not agree to a wall. The back ...

Longtime Sabres announcer taken from press box on stretcher

Sports 12/22/18, 23:40

Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret was taken out of the press box on a stretcher Saturday night during the third period of Buffalo's game against the Anaheim Ducks.The team did not provide an immediate update on his condition following a 3-0 victory, but one was expected. WGR radio, the Sabres' flagship ...

Football dominates television viewing as holiday nears

Football 12/18/18, 17:03

Professional football is the lifeblood of live television this time of year. And it illustrated its dominance in the ratings last week.Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company's 20 most popular prime-time programs, with NBC's Sunday night and Fox's Thursday contests the top two. Both games featured Los Angeles ...

Bomb explodes outside private Greek TV station, no one hurt

Europe 12/17/18, 04:08

A powerful bomb exploded outside private Greek television station Skai early Monday, causing extensive damage but no injuries.Police said the blast occurred at 2:35 a.m. outside the broadcaster's headquarters in a coastal area near Athens after telephoned warnings to a news website and another TV station prompted authorities to evacuate ...

Team Sky’s future in doubt after broadcaster pulls backing

Sports 12/12/18, 05:13

The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast.Team Sky, which had a rider win the Tour de France this year for the ...

CBS sells Television City for $750M to LA developer

Entertainment 12/11/18, 11:27

CBS says it has sold Television City, its Los Angeles headquarters and production facility, to a real estate developer for $750 million.Shows on Television City sound stages include "The Late Late Show with James Corden" and "The Price is Right." They will continue to be based there for at least ...

Russell Wilson jokes about shoe toss against 49ers

Football 12/07/18, 19:56

Russell Wilson knew the question was coming and tried to lean into it with some levity on Thursday."I think somebody is missing a shoe somewhere," the Seattle quarterback joked as he took to the lectern for his weekly press conference.So why was Wilson making jokes about shoes?San Francisco 49ers coach ...

Victoria’s Secret show tumbles to lowest ratings

Entertainment 12/04/18, 15:23

As a television event, the Victoria's Secret fashion show appears headed for the remainder bin.The show has been buffeted by bad publicity, bad reviews and now bad numbers. Shown on ABC on Sunday after several years on CBS, its audience of 3.27 million viewers was the smallest since becoming a ...

Nexstar offers just over $4B for Tribune Media

Texas 12/03/18, 10:36

Nexstar offering to buy Chicago's Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group.The deal would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. ...

US ambassador angers Poles with letter to prime minister

Europe 11/27/18, 10:34

The U.S. ambassador to Poland has triggered anger on social media with a letter allegedly sent to the prime minister that takes his government to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned independent television station.The letter on embassy letterhead and signed by Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher circulated in Polish media Tuesday. ...

British man seeks China state TV ban for forced confession

China 11/23/18, 12:06

A British corporate investigator filed a complaint Friday to U.K. regulators about China's state TV channel, saying its British license should be revoked because it aired his forced confession when he was imprisoned in China.Peter Humphrey submitted the complaint against China Central Television and its international division, China Global Television, ...

‘Dancing With the Stars’ no longer hopping for ABC

Football 11/20/18, 17:18

The dance floor is thinning over at ABC.The Nielsen company says viewership is down for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" franchise, which concluded its fall season on Monday with country radio host Bobby Bones beating Disney star Milo Manheim, actress Evanna Lynch and model Alexis Ren.Each episode averaged 8.2 million ...

NBC, CBS fighting for television ratings dominance

Sports 11/13/18, 16:39

Score one week for NBC in what's becoming an intriguing battle with CBS for dominance in the television ratings this season.NBC's victory in the most recent measurements provided by the Nielsen company means it has won bragging rights for three weeks so far this fall, with CBS also winning three ...

NFL television ratings see increase for most packages

Sports 11/09/18, 04:13

After years of declines, NFL television ratings are showing modest gains.Three of the league's television partners have shown increases after the first nine week of the season while one remains flat. That is welcome news after ratings decreased 9.7 percent last season and 8 percent in 2016."I'm glad the league ...

Australian watchdog approves Nine network, Fairfax merger

Business 11/07/18, 21:42

Australia's competition watchdog on Thursday approved the proposed merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into a media giant to be known only as Nine.Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims said the merger, proposed in July, reduced the number of corporations focused on Australian ...

Midterm coverage a roller-coaster, maybe to expected result

Politics 11/07/18, 02:51

After hours of television commentating, swinging needles on election meters and reams of statistics from obscure counties called up on computer screens, CNN's Jake Tapper had a revelation about Tuesday's midterm elections. "Actually," he said, "this is pretty much what we thought was going to happen." The House of Representatives appeared on ...

Alabama-LSU on CBS draws best TV rating of college season

Football 11/04/18, 13:42

CBS says Alabama-LSU in prime time Saturday drew the best overnight television rating for any college football game this season.The top-ranked Crimson Tide's 29-0 victory against the Tigers, who came into the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25, earned a 6.7 rating. That was up 81 percent ...

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