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Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021
The $113 billion deal to telecast NFL games through 2033 is head-swimmingly large — until you consider that the very survival of broadcast networks as we know them may depend upon it.
The deal announced by the NFL and media companies last Thursday spreads professional football content...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021
Stuck at home on a pandemic New Year's Eve, TV viewers turned to Ryan Seacrest, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen in big numbers for a virtual celebration, with Times Square largely empty as the ball dropped.
ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" with host Seacrest drew 18.4 million...
Tuesday, May. 19, 2020
In basketball terms, "The Last Dance" had a strong fourth quarter.
The last two episodes of the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, strung out over the last five Sunday nights, averaged 5.9 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. It was simulcast on ESPN and ESPN2.
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020
Lady Gaga, Michael Jordan and the remote Rolling Stones provided television entertainment over the weekend for millions of Americans homebound because of the coronavirus.
Gaga helped organize the "One World: Together at Home" concert that featured musicians like the Stones, Paul McCartney...
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2020
Director Jason Hehir Reflects On ESPN/Netflix Michael Jordan/Chicago Bulls Docuseries "The Last Dance"
Jason Hehir was a kid in the stands in Boston Garden on April 20, 1986, the day that Michael Jordan scored a playoff-record 63 points.
It was a Christmas gift from his father, who stuck a note promising "Two tickets to the Air Jordan Show" in his stocking that holiday season. It's a gift...
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019
With a feast of football, ESPN outpaced all of the broadcasters to be the most-watched network on television during holiday week.
The showcase was ESPN's college football championship semi-finals, which together averaged 19.3 million viewers and outpaced last year's games by 6%, the...
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
CBS won the television ratings crown last week despite being without the most valuable ratings commodity in this era, a primetime football game.
Two relatively lackluster games on NBC and Fox last week enabled CBS’ strong entertainment schedule to rule the week, the Nielsen company said....
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969.
What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn't have though was closure until a trip back there last year.
Bleier's visit to Vietnam — the first time he had been back since...
Monday, May. 27, 2019
Janet Guthrie did not receive a warm reception when she arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 43 years ago. The former aerospace engineer had become a race car driver — unheard of during her era — and Guthrie wanted a spot in the Indianapolis 500, the biggest race in the world.
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Alabama’s thrilling national football championship victory over Georgia drew 28.4 million viewers to ESPN on Monday night, the Nielsen company said.
It was second only to the Ohio State-Oregon championship game in 2015 as the most-watched telecast ever on cable television, the company...