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.

Her...

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...

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Football drove TV viewership last week, carrying NBC and ESPN to hefty wins, Nielsen said Wednesday.

NBC enjoyed its sixth straight weekly win, which matched its longest in-season winning streak in 21 years. Meanwhile, ESPN beat its closest cable rival by nearly 7 million viewers.

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Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

As more and more people get their favorite TV shows and movies online, Disney is also learning to embrace the stream.

The Walt Disney Co. once resisted offering channels like ESPN directly over the internet, preferring old-fashioned cable subscriptions. Its investors are fretting over...

Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2016

What more is there is to say about O.J. Simpson and the age of race relations he helped define?

Turns out there's at least 7 1/2 hours more as crafted by filmmaker Ezra Edelman in his breathtaking documentary, "O.J.: Made in America."

Arriving two decades after Simpson was...

Wednesday, May. 18, 2016

ESPN says it has agreed with the Nielsen company to become one of the first television networks to regularly incorporate measurements of people watching TV outside of their homes in places like bars or health clubs into viewership estimates.

The technology is expected to become available...

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney's profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it's coming off a round of layoffs in the latest quarter. As more people cut the...

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Football games (and football chatter) ruled in the ratings arena last week, according to the Nielsen company.

That meant cable’s ESPN ruled in audience over all the broadcast networks. In primetime overall for the week, it averaged 8.64 million...

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