LeBron James Day Tomorrow On ESPN

Nellie Andreeva

lebron-jamesLeBron James’ decision about where he will play next season is certainly newsworthy but to devote a one-hour prime-time special on it?! That’s what ESPN is doing with the dramatically-titled The Decision tomorrow night at 9PM. (That name is usually used … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: USA-Ghana Sets Record

By | Sunday June 27, 2010 @ 2:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2010_logo_largeTeam USA couldn’t deliver another comeback win but their loss to Ghana in Round 16 delivered blockbuster ratings for ABC. The Saturday match, which Ghana won 2-1 in overtime, is now the most-watched FIFA World Cup game with 14.9 million viewers. As it … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: World Cup Up With Team U.S. Heroics, ‘Hot In Cleveland’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

ESPN’s Wednesday morning World Cup match between the U.S. and Algeria set records as the highest-rated and most-watched soccer telecast in the history of the ESPN networks, while ESPN3.com drew the largest U.S. audience for a sports event on the Web with 1.1 million unique viewers watching the match for an average of 43 minutes.

Meanwhile, the second episode of the TV Land original sitcom Hot In Cleveland averaged 3.4 million viewers, down 29% from  the record-setting heights of the show’s premiere last week. The number is still pretty solid for TV Land. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Big Finish For U.S. Open, Soft Start For ‘Scoundrels’ & ‘Gates’

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

graeme_mcdowell2_1662463cNBC is expected to win Sunday night with the conclusion of the U.S. Open golf tournament featuring both big draws Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. But ABC’s new original series Scoundrels and The Gates didn’t get a lot of traction in their debuts, landing in the 1.3-1.5 demo range that has been reserved for premieres of new scripted dramas so far this summer. Read More »

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Phil Keoghan Goes Sailing With New Series

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 6:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

philkoeghanPhil Keoghan, host and producer of CBS’ realty series The Amazing Race is taking on hosting and producing duties for another unscripted series about a race. Keoghan has teamed with Exodus Film Group, which has secured North American rights to the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: It’s World Cup Fever With ESPN & Univision Viewing Records

By | Saturday June 19, 2010 @ 5:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2010_logo_largeAmericans continue to warm up to soccer’s biggest event, with ratings for the World Cup coverage on ABC and ESPN up 60% from the 2006 tournament (1.9 verage rating through Friday vs. 1.2 four years ago, despite the fact that most … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Record Basketball Ratings, Best NBA Finals Game In 12 Years

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 7:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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UPDATE 2PM: Game 7 of the NBA Finals was watched by an average of 28.2 million viewers and drew an 11.4 rating/33 share among adults 18-49. It scored the highest total viewer and 18-49 numbers for any NBA Finals game in … Read More »

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2 Film Directors To Lead London Olympics

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 3:05am PDT

Olympic CeremonyThe Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle, and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry, have been tapped as creative bosses of the London 2012 Olympics. Stephen Daldry will be in overall creative charge of the Olympics and Paralympics, while Danny … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 6 Down From Game 5 But Still Big

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 9:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The NBA Finals took an unexpected dip in the ratings last night. (Maybe some had written the Los Angeles Lakers off after the previous 2 games? Not us here in LA.) Last night’s Game 6, which saw the Lakers rebound to force a Game 7 with the Boston Celtics, scored … Read More »

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UK Exhibitors Brace For World Cup Slump

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 7:57am PDT

uk cinemaMultiplex chains are resigned to admissions dropping by anything between 10% and 20% during this month’s soccer tournament. Numbers of tickets sold could fall to under 10 million compared with 12.5 million this time last year, according to Cinema … Read More »

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R.I.P. Robert J. Wussler

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 1:16am PDT

robert_wusslerHe died at his home in Westport, Connecticut, on Saturday, June 5th, after a long illness. He was 73. Robert J. Wussler was internationally recognized as a leader in the television and sports industries, and held senior executive positions at CBS … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Continue To Rule While Tony Awards Slip A Notch

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 8:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 11AM: Based on special-ordered fast nationals by ABC, Game 5 of the NBA Finals, averaged a 7.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers overall to rank as the most watched NBA Finals game since the series-clinching Game 7 of the 2005 Pistons-Spurs Series. In viewers and adults 18-49, … Read More »

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Strong Ratings Start For The World Cup

By | Sunday June 13, 2010 @ 4:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was extremely easy to get a table for brunch in Los Angeles on Saturday. That’s because many were watching the much-hyped United States-England World Cup match. The game, which ended in a 1-1 tie, averaged 13.0 million viewers and 8.4 million households to become the most-watched FIFA World Cup … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Dominate

By | Friday June 11, 2010 @ 8:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

1276245277The contest is tight and the ratings are high for the NBA Finals, which once again dominated primetime for ABC last night. Game 4 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, in which the Celtics tied the series, delivered an … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Biggest Stanley Cup Final Game In 36 Years

By | Thursday June 10, 2010 @ 8:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE PM: With the Nielsen nationals in, The Stanley Cup Final Game 6 is officially the most-watched and highest-rated NHL Game in 36 years. It was watched by 8.3 million viewers and drew a 3.2/10 in adults 18-49. The four final games broadcast by NBC this year averaged 6.1 million … Read More »

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Award-Winning Playwright Pens Biopic

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 10:59am PDT

Laurie CunninghamKwame Kwei-Armah, the BAFTA-nominated TV scriptwriter, has turned to the big screen. Kwei-Armah is writing Black Flash, a biopic of 70s soccer star Laurie Cunningham for production company Fulwell 73. Cunningham was the first black player to represent England … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Strong Finish For ‘Glee’

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HGlee_Ep121-SC13_055OK, DVR viewers, the story is now spoiler-free and safe to read: The Glee kids did pretty well last night, drawing a 4.6 rating/12 share and 10.9 million viewers for the show’s season finale, the highest mark for a freshman series’ … Read More »

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Discovery Channel COO Tom Cosgrove To Run Sony/Discovery/IMAX’s 3D TV Network

By | Tuesday June 8, 2010 @ 9:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva


A little background: At the beginning of the year, ESPN and Discovery Communications announced plans to launch the first 3D television networks. ESPN’s net, ESPN 3D, will be introduced … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: B-Ball Rules Sunday

By | Monday June 7, 2010 @ 8:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 11AM: According to the specially-ordered fast nations by ABC, Game 2 of the NBA Finals averaged a 6.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.5 million total viewers. That was up 1.4 million in viewers and 9% in adults 18-49 over the second game … Read More »

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