ESPN NBA Draft Ratings Up 13%


ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 NBA Draft averaged a 2.7 metered market rating, up 13 percent from a 2.4 in 2016, according to Nielsen. Hosted by anchor Rece Davis (photo above), the event was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and matches the third-highest rated NBA Draft on ESPN. The telecast peaked with a …

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NBA Finals Most Watched Since 1998


The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 to win the NBA Championship – was the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998, according to Nielsen. The five-game series averaged a total live audience (television plus streaming) of 20,840,000 average viewers, up from 20,578,000 viewers for last year’s seven-game …

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Fox News Names New Programming Execs


NEW YORK — FOX News Channel (FNC) has promoted six executives to its new programming leadership team, announced Suzanne Scott, President of Programming for the network. The newly promoted executives will focus on talent, production and show development, and report directly to Scott. Scott said, “We’re excited to announce a new programming leadership team that …

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Hank Williams Returning to Monday Night Football


ESPN’s Monday Night Football will feature the return of its iconic anthem this fall when legendary country singer Hank Williams Jr. kicks off the weekly Monday primetime game by asking NFL fans: “Are You Ready for Some Football?” Williams will perform his hit song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night” every Monday …

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56 TV Shows Were Filmed in NY This Season

NEW YORK— A record-breaking 56 television series were filmed in New York City during the 2016-17 season says Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. The new high, up from 52 last year, reaffirms the City’s status as the premier location for the episodic television production industry. The …

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ESPN Hires Chip Kelly as Studio Analyst


Former NFL and University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has been hired by ESPN as a football studio analyst for the upcoming season. ESPN has signed Kelly to a multiyear deal. The former Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year will have a significant presence on ESPN programming during the football season, predominantly …

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Late Show With Stephen Colbert Wins Ratings Season


THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS has overtaken “The Tonight Show” as the most watched late night program and will win the traditional broadcast season in viewers, according to Nielsen most current ratings through May 19. THE LATE SHOW currently leads “The Tonight Show” by +22,000 viewers (3.195m vs. 3.173m). This marks CBS’ …

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ESPN Says NBA Playoff Viewing Up 5%


With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors headed for a third straight NBA Finals matchup, the total live audience (television, plus streaming viewership) for the 2017 NBA Playoffs across ESPN and ABC was up five percent compared to 2016, according to Nielsen. The NBA Playoffs generated a total live audience of 4,488,000 average viewers, …

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Oxygen Network to Add New Crime Shows


NEW YORK – Oxygen Media is aggressively expanding its crime programming slate with the greenlight of eight new shows, two new series in development and the acquisition of “Dateline: Secrets Uncovered.” The network also introduced a new logo. The new crime offerings include projects from NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios, NBC News’ Peacock Productions, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures …

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Grammy Awards to Broadcast Live From NYC


In celebration of the GRAMMY Awards’ 60th anniversary, CBS Corporation plans to broadcast THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS live on both coasts from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at a new time, 7:30-11:00 PM, live ET/4:30-8:00 PM, live PT. “It is very exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will be …

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NBC News Names National Political Correspondent

NEW YORK – Steve Kornacki has been named National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, a role that will expand his duties and visibility across both networks. Kornacki will also contribute regularly to political reporting on NBC News’ TODAY and become the primary fill-in host for Hardball with Chris Matthews. In addition, Kornacki will …

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ESPN Signs Adam Amin to New Deal


ESPN has re-signed announcer Adam Amin to a multiyear deal. As part of the new agreement, Amin will continue calling college and professional games year-round across a variety of sports on both television and radio. The Chicago native, who began his career with ESPN at 24 years old, is already in his seventh year with …

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Sprout Network to Rebrand as Universal Kids


NEW YORK – NBCUniversal announced that Sprout, its preschool cable network, is rebranding to become Universal Kids this fall. Universal Kids is aiming to become the premier source for preschool programming as it expands its content to include DreamWorks Animation Television series, unscripted entertainment, live action scripted originals and proven international hits, extending its audience …

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Bravo to Launch Six New Shows


NEW YORK – Bravo Media has unveiled a slate of six new and 18 returning unscripted reality series to air on its cable channel. “Our fans look to us for a very unique brand of top quality unscripted content they simply cannot get anywhere else,” said Jerry Leo, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, Lifestyle Networks …

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