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.

That's easily...

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

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.

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...

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