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Election Night ratings down from 2008; NBC and Fox News lead in primetime
The 2012 presidential election wasn't as big a TV event as the 2008 contest, drawing an audience about 5 million viewers smaller than four years ago.
Nielsen says an average of 66.84 million people watched prime-time coverage of the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on 13 networks -- all of the big four broadcast nets plus PBS, Univision, Telemundo, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Current TV and TV One. That's down from 71.47 million in 2008 across a comparable spectrum of channels. The drop of about 7 percent in viewers pretty well mirrors the projected dip in voter turnout compared to 2008.
NBC led the way in primetime, drawing just over 12.1 million viewers. Fox News scored 11.45 million viewers from 8 to 11 p.m. Et, beating out both ABC (10.5 million) and CBS (7.9 million). The Fox network carried separate, Fox News-produced coverage and brought in 4.9 million people.
CNN delivered an audience of 9.25 million people in primetime, while MSNBC drew about 4.7 million viewers. »
Preview - FX's Cold War Spy Drama "The Americans"
If it were anyone other than FX doing this, I'd say The Americans is likely the first attempt to try to catch a little of Homeland's Emmy afterglow; since it is FX, and since they have such an excellent track record for cutting edge drama, my expectations are insanely higher. Truth be known, I've been [...]
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- Jon Lachonis
Les Moonves Urges Industry Watchers To “Stop Looking At Overnight Ratings”
Add the CBS chief to the gaggle of broadcast network execs who say that their soft early-season ratings mostly reflect changes in viewing habits — not dissatisfaction with their shows. “DVR usage has been growing, and streaming is pretty new, as is VOD,” Les Moonves told analysts in a call to discuss CBS Corp’s Q3 earnings. CBS shares are down about 10% since the fall season began, in part because investors are concerned about the ratings. (CBS is -17.6% in primetime among 18- to 49-year-olds for the first six weeks.) Things should improve, Moonves says, as Nielsen begins to count the growing number of viewers who watch shows on digital gadgets including smartphones and tablets. And he hopes to fold in many DVR users who record shows and watch them several days later. While the current system counts people who watch ads up to three days after a program airs, “we »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Hollywood’s Obama Endorsements: Video
Now that the election is behind us, we’re posting a handful of Obama endorsements from the Hollywood set. Enjoy. Harvey Weinstein and Bradley Cooper’s Hindsight: Will Ferrell: Paul McCartney: Elizabeth Banks: Ricky Gervais: Gabrielle Union: Justin Long: Jon Hamm: Olivia Munn: Hollywood women: Guys for women’s rights: Kevin Hart: »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
'Nashville' star Hayden Panettiere talks stolen nail polish and tonight's episode
It’s a testament to how quickly we’ve come to associate Hayden Panettiere with Juliette Barnes, her character on ABC’s Nashville (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. Et), that you almost slip into a Southern accent the second you start speaking with her. It’s okay it happens. She’ll just laugh it off. “I did the same thing,” she says. “I got lectured before by my best friend that I needed to not go on and put on a Southern accent. It’s not put on. Especially when you’re a singer, you tend to pick things like that up more quickly. »
- Mandi Bierly
Update: Election Night Ratings: NBC Wins But Overall Viewership Down From 2008
2Nd Update: 3:16 Pm: NBC won the ratings battle for Election Night 2012, but overall primetime viewership across all networks was down more than 4 million from 2008. Anchored by Brian Williams from “Democracy Plaza” in New York, NBC News’ 8-11 Pm broadcast pulled in an average of 12.122 million viewers, 5.772 million viewers in the key adults 25-54 demographic. Fox News Channel was second overall with 11.5 million viewers and 4.45 million in the demo. ABC was third with 10.517 million total viewers and CNN was fourth with 9.25 million, followed by CBS with 7.923 million, Fox’s broadcast network with 4.934 million and MSNBC with 4.66 million. Nielsen says 66.8 million viewers watched live coverage over 13 networks from 8-11 last night, down from the record-breaking 71 million who watched Election Night 2008. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current TV, and TV One broadcast the 2012 election. That compares with 14 networks in 2008. Related: Obama Wins & Romney Concedes »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
New York Comedy Fest kicks off tonight: Patton Oswalt explains how it'll make Sandy funny
If comedy is tragedy plus time, then New Yorkers might be ready to joke about Hurricane Sandy. Even if they’re not, chances are that the storm will be a hot topic at the New York Comedy Festival — a star-studded event that kicks off tonight with shows featuring Ricky Gervais and Key & Peele — concludes Sunday with a conversation between Robin Williams and David Steinberg. The Oscar winner and the prolific TV director will reportedly discuss “nothing that important.”
- Hillary Busis
Sons of Anarchy 5.10 Promo Pics - "Crucifix"
After last night's Sons of Anarchy, probably the first thing you will do with this set of Promotional pics from next week's super sized 90-minute episode "Crucifix" is look for signs of Juice. Alive or dead. Let me save you some trouble, he's not in there, I checked, but let me know if you can [...]
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- Jon Lachonis
Exclusive Nikita First Look: Devon Sawa Is Back!
Devon Sawa makes his triumphant return (as a series regular) to Nikita this Friday (The CW, 9/8c), and his fan fave Owen is more badass than ever! Just take a peek at our exclusive first look for proof.
The following clip finds Nikita and Michael, along with a few burly Division gunmen, on the search for Owen. Unfortunately, the ex-Guardian is caught off guard when he sees the squad (sans Nikki), so he starts kicking some major butt and demands to know where she is. Once she shows up and explains the current Division sitch? Well, Owen is just not having it. »
- Megan Masters
The CW Teams Up with Oscar Winner and Supernatural Producer for Navy Drama
Norfolk will follow the lives (and loves) of several young people based on the Norfolk Naval Station. Gamble will write and executive-produce with Hackford executive-producing and directing if it makes it to a pilot. Rizzoli & Isles' Bill Haber will also executive-produc
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- Robyn Ross
'Sesame Street' to air hurricane special Friday
Poor Big Bird can’t catch a break. In October, presidential candidate Mitt Romney threatened to effectively fire the Muppet by defunding PBS. Later that month, Mr. Snuffleupagus’s Bff had to contend with costume retailers selling unlicensed “Sexy Big Bird” outfits. And on Friday, the yellow guy will face his biggest challenge yet: A devastating hurricane that rips through Sesame Street, destroying Big Bird’s nest and leaving his entire neighborhood in chaos.
- Hillary Busis
'Moonshiners' Season 2: 'We did an amazing job of building on last season'
Discovery Channel exposes the insular world of a handful of backwoods moonshiners and the law enforcement officials trying to stop them in the hit series "Moonshiners," which returns for a second season on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
One of the stars of the series is Southwestern Virginia native Tim Smith, a living legend in those parts, who's been brewing "good liquor" considered a "whole lot stronger" than what you'd find on any liquor store shelf -- according to his sidekick, Tickle. Last season, both men allowed cameras to follow their step-by-step process of secretly brewing shine and shared what potential profits could be.
"He exposed his world for the opportunity, for hopefully, potentially, he can go legal," says Matt Ostrom, the series' executive producer. Tim's dream is to open his own distillery and launch his own brand. Season 2 promises a full dose of Tim and Tickle, as well as some new characters, »
Update: Dish Calls Denial Of Fox’s AutoHop Injunction Request “Victory For Common Sense”
Update, 3:35 Pm: Dish Network released the following statement today in regards to the court ruling denying Fox’s request for a preliminary injunction against Dish’s ad-skipping Autohop and Primetime Anywhere features: Today’s ruling is a victory for common sense and customer choice. Dish is gratified that the Court has sided with consumer choice and control by rejecting Fox’s efforts to deny our customers access to PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop — key features of the Hopper Whole-Home DVR. The ruling underscores the U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Betamax’ decision, with the court confirming a consumer’s right to enjoy television as they want, when they want, including the reasonable right to skip commercials, if they so choose. We look forward to vigorously defending AutoHop and Primetime Anytime, and the choice and control those features deliver our subscribers. – Dish Executive Vice President and General Counsel, R. Stanton Dodge Previously, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
IronE Singleton Opens Up About His Exit From 'The Walking Dead'
I'm sure by now most of you know that on the last episode of AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead, our man T-Dog (played by IronE Singleton) was essentially zombie lunch. We've heard what the show's creator and producer have had to say about T-Dog's exit (that his was a heroic death); but what about the actor who played the part - IronE Singleton? Speaking with the press, Singleton talked about his character's death, how he feels about it, getting the dreaded phone call from his bosses that his character would be killed off and what that moment was like, and whether we just might see T-Dog again in a future episode, whether alive, or as one of the walking dead - although it looked like the zombies feasted on him, so much that him returning in any form is unlikely. But here's Singleton in his own words: "I am »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Watch: Teaser for FX's Spy Drama 'The Americans,' Starring Keri Russell (Video)
FX's new series "The Americans" -- a 1981-set spy series created by former CIA officer-turned-tv writer and producer Joe Weisberg ("Falling Skies") -- is slated to premiere in January. The drama is set in Washington, D.C., where the Jennings pose as a seemingly normal married American couple but in reality are Kgb agents. Read More: FX Orders Up Keri Russell '80s Spy Drama 'The Americans' Created by CIA Officer FX has released a short teaser, below, for the series (via Deadline), which was given a 13-episode order in August. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell play the couple, whose marriage was arranged as a cover. That charade is slowly giving way to genuine feelings, but their relationship's progress is complicated by the missions they're given, their two children (who know nothing about their parents' original identities) and their new neighbor (Noah Emmerich), who happens to work for the. »
- Alison Willmore
Burn Notice's Jeffrey Donovan: One of Michael's Worst Decisions Ever Will Tee Up Season 7
The USA Network series unspools the final eight episodes of Season 6 starting this Thursday at 9/8c, with a double-header. When last we tuned in, Michael — stranded in Panama with Sam, Fi, Jesse and sketchy sniper Tyler Gray (played by Kenny Johnson) — had just gleaned that his CIA mentor, Tom Card (John C. McGinley), had set him up to die, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The X Factor: Ranking the Season 2 Top 12
If Election Day 2012 didn’t satisfy your hunger for civic duty, then tonight’s Top 12 edition of The X Factor will give you another chance to get your vote on.
To prepare for two straight hours of screaming teen audience members, aggressive light shows, writhing backup dancers, and Mario Lopez’s overreliance on the word “sweetie,” we decided to rank the remaining acts from worst to first.
Check out the photo gallery below, then hit the comments and tell us which rankings we got right, where we went wrong, and how you’d remedy our errors. And for all my reality TV recaps, »
- Michael Slezak
Dancing's Maks: I Believe We Can Make the Final
Hope you're all well and safe and sound, especially if you're on the East Coast. My and Kirstie's thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
It's been a very hectic few weeks and we're glad we don't have a Tuesday show this week. (I hope you all voted, by the way!) We decided to just take the day off completely. We didn't have rehearsals or anything. It's gotten to the point where last week was so draining physically and mentally for Kirstie that she could barely stand. We've never taken a day off, so it's good to let her have a chance to rest.
A lot of people have been saying to us, "Well, she's already done the show. She knows what to expect. How can she be so exhausted?" Yes, she's already done it, but this season isn't a direct replica of Season 12. None of us »
- Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer On Board For Lifetime's Anthology Series 'Five 2'
Jennifer Hudson and Octavia Spencer are joining Melissa Leo and Sarah Hyland to star in the Lifetime anthology movie Five 2, which chronicles the lives of various characters dealing with breast cancer. Laura Dern is on board to direct one of the segments in the anthology. The first film in the franchise, Five, which Jennifer Aniston exec produced, aired on the network last year. Aniston returns to again in the same position for Five 2, along with Marta Kauffman, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri. Sony TV is producing.
- Tambay A. Obenson
'American Horror Story' Recap: Don't Mess with Anne Frank
As the horror continues, so do the angles to each character's story in American Horror Story: Asylum. Dr. Arden is like a mad scientist.This guy's character continues to grow. Out of all the characters in American Horror Story: Asylum, I feel like Dr. Arden eclipses all of them in the evil department. Anyone who has been watching season two knows that this is saying something.
It appears that Anne Frank has joined Briarcliff and just in time. Frank is accusing Dr. Arden of being a Nazi war criminal. This guy's resume just keeps getting worse and worse. I have to say, when the crazy woman in the insane asylum who is claiming to be Anne Frank is more trustworthy than the doctor treating her, there is a big problem. »
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