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Viewership Is Up but Ratings Are Down—What's Going On? Our show is especially popular among imaginary viewers

There's a problem with the metric that TV networks are asking everyone in the media to look at when it comes to viewership: At least from an advertising perspective, it…

November 19, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

Katherine Heigl's New Show Pulled the Viewers, but Will They Stick Around? Ratings are positive, but not so much the reviews

State of Affairs, as we observed in September, has some problems. But it also has a high budget, a bankable star and a time slot after NBC's flagship show, The…

November 18, 2014, 3:01 PM EST

The Definitive Ranking of Every Adult Swim Show Currently Running Yes, we watched them all

Over the next few weeks we're going to be looking at some of the highest-rated cable networks on the airwaves in much the same way we ranked the shows on…

November 13, 2014, 9:05 AM EST

Viacom’s Downturns Have Gotten So Predictable They’re an Easy Buck for Investors Conglom is trying to figure out the multiplatform game

As usual, Viacom is doomed. People have been preaching the End of Days for the company since Tom Freston left and was replaced by Philippe Dauman in 2006, and yet it…

November 10, 2014, 12:02 AM EST

Adult Swim's Warped Viral Sitcom Parody References a Stunning 30+ Shows and Movies 'Too Many Cooks' crams a lot in the kitchen

Adult Swim lifer and writer/director Casper Kelly has really outdone himself with this one: Too Many Cooks, an 11-minute credits sequence for the show Infomercials, runs the gamut from sitcom…

November 7, 2014, 12:25 PM EST

Ex-Fox Chairman Lands a Top Job at Turner Running TNT and TBS Carves new position as content chief

Kevin Reilly, the former chairman of Fox, has been out of a job since just after the upfronts in May. Now, he's landed one of the most interesting gigs in…

November 4, 2014, 5:57 PM EST

Are DirecTV Customers Going to Lose AMC in the Middle of The Walking Dead? Show rates higher than football

Ah, November: The Christmas decorations are going up, flights home are getting expensive, and networks are going to war with cable providers. It's always an uphill battle with satellite and…

November 3, 2014, 5:07 PM EST

As of Halloween, This Season's TV Ratings Are So Low It's Scary Fox cancels Utopia, NBC cancels Bad Judge and A to Z

It is the middle of the fall, when the leaves turn brown and die, as so do the sitcoms. This has been a notably bad year for new broadcast TV—multiple networks…

October 31, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

Taylor Kitsch on True Detective, Call of Duty and Living Out of His Car in L.A. Actor opens up about the rough road to unexpected stardom

Taylor Kitsch is someone you'll be seeing a lot of, and soon. From his first role—a minor part in Samuel L. Jackson surprise hit Snakes on a Plane—to his breakout…

October 27, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

Honey Boo Boo Show Canceled Over Mom's Reported Relationship With Sex Offender TLC 'ended all activities' after learning couple reunited

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is going off the air for an appalling reason. The hit TLC reality show about the misadventures of an Arkansas family has been canceled in…

October 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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