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IHeartRadio Music Awards Top Week’s Twitter TV Ratings

The IHeartRadio Music Awards harmonized with TV-watching social-media users, with 7.1 million unique Twitter followers — the week’s largest online audience for any show, according to Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings. Just off the lead was the 140th Kentucky Derby, at almost 6.85 million, and the pay-per-view boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Rene Maidana (6.4 million). It’s the first time in at least three weeks that a show topping the non-sports Twitter TV list also beat out everything in the sports top 10.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Debuts Soft, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Rises, ‘Bad Teacher’ Falls, ‘Idol’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ & ‘Black Box’ Down

2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards - ShowBetween the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards (5.4 million viewers, 1.7/5 rating in adults 18-49) on NBC and American Idol (1.5/5) on Fox, there was a lot of music on TV last night. There was also a lot of Jennifer Lopez and a ton of Ryan Seacrest as the Idol judge and host did double-duty with appearances on both shows. Of course, the fact that Seacrest’s company was also co-producing the live three-hour awards ceremony with Clear Channel – one of his other employers along with NBCUniversal – probably fueled Seacrest’s rush over to the Shrine Auditorium to hand Rihanna the Artist of the Year award with J-Lo. Still, for a show simulcast on 150 radio stations across the country and performances from new Voice coach Pharrell Williams and Acrade Fire among others, the iMAs was far behind the 9.9/25 rating and 28.50 million viewers this year’s Grammys drew in late January. The debut of the newest music awards show on NBC was also well behind the 2013 Billboard Awards, which pulled in a 3.5/10 rating among adults 18-49 with 9.48 million viewers overall on May 19 (a Sunday) last year. This year’s Billboard Music Awards is set to air live on ABC on May 18. No word when the next iMA is.

Related: NBC’s iHeartRadio Music Awards Hit With Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

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Tonight’s iHeartRadio Music Awards On NBC Hit With Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

DJP LEGAL BADGEIt won’t silence tonight’s inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC, but a new lawsuit aims to make the newest music awards show a very short-lived affair. A trial date of April 6, 2015, already has been set for the multi-claim trademark infringement and unfair competition complaint filed in federal court earlier this week against Clear Channel and Premiere Radio iheartradio music awards logoNetworks (read it here). While the live show will go on tonight, plaintiffs Radio Dogs claim that the new show, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest Prods, is far too close to their Radio Music Awards brand. They want an injunction against the show, its online presence shut down, materials destroyed and unspecified monetary damages “including all of Defendants’ profits or gains of any kind resulting from the actions complained of herein.” Radio Dogs registered the trademark Radio Music Awards with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on February 4, 2003.

Sounds pretty strong, especially when you consider that Radio Dogs produced the trademarked Radio Music Awards on the WB in 1999, then on ABC from 2000-01 and on — surprise, surprise — NBC from 2003-05. Add that American Idol frontman Seacrest was the host of those shows and Clear Channel was the major sponsor. And the fact is the two logos do share some characteristics. Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC To Launch iHeartRadio Music Awards Show Produced By Ryan Seacrest

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 7:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

iheartradioUPDATE, TUESDAY 7:30 AM: I hear Ryan Seacrest‘s American Idol schedule would not allow him to host the new awards show as hoped but he will be very much involved as a producer. The iHeartRadio Awards will be executive produced by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and Ryan Seacrest Prods. The show will be produced by Done and Dusted Production and directed by Hamish Hamilton.
PREVIOUS, MONDAY 10 PM: A new music awards show is entering the fray. I hear NBC would announce as early as tomorrow morning the launch of iHeartRadio Awards with Ryan Seacrest as host. Read More »

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