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Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021
On the penultimate day of the Tokyo Olympics, NBC Universal got the kind of picture that it pays for: Kevin Durant, draped in the American flag, exulting in the U.S. men's basketball team's gold medal victory over France.
The team persevered after losing its first game in Tokyo and so did...
Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021
If there's going to be a surge in viewership interest in the Tokyo Olympics, NBCUniversal is still waiting.
For three straight nights, viewership for the Tokyo Games has been down more than 30% compared to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, and the network has been hit by a steady...
Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021
For years, researchers have said a lack of diversity in Hollywood films doesn't just poorly reflect demographics, it's bad business. A new study by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company estimates just how much Hollywood is leaving on the table: $10 billion.
The McKinsey report,...
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...
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
The dramatic conclusion to "The Undoing," HBO's whodunit starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman, proved how it's still possible to bring people together in today's fragmented television world.
Three million people tuned in Sunday to find out who really killed the girlfriend of Grant's...
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020
President Donald Trump can still be a potent television draw, although in the case of "60 Minutes" this past week, it probably wasn't what he intended.
The 17.4 million people who watched the CBS newsmagazine, featuring interviews with Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, was the show...
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020
The big debate — the one between Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey — was a winner in the ratings.
"Saturday Night Live" scored its biggest season premiere audience in four years and second best in 12 years, emphasizing the importance of presidential election time for the NBC comedy show....
Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2020
The surest sign of how the coronavirus shutdown has devastated the television industry is the fourth-place finish of CBS in what was nominally the first week of a new fall season.
The network's viewership was down a whopping 61% from the premiere week last year, the Nielsen company said...
Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020
There's something missing in the Nielsen company's listing of last week's 20 most popular primetime programs, something that once would have seemed inconceivable.
Not a single scripted program is included — no drama or no comedy.
The most-watched scripted show of the week, NBC's...
Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020
Pro football has probably never been more important to television executives than this year, and its return has them ready to do a happy dance in the end zone.
A schedule of opening week games brought viewers back to their sets, led by a Hall of Fame caliber matchup between Tom Brady, a...