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Game of Thrones Is the Most Popular Show Ever on HBO Average rating beats The Sopranos

The adventures of Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (among other characters, most of whom are probably dead now) have officially beaten out another HBO series with a lot…

June 5, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

Kevin Byrnes, VP of Ad Sales, on the Launch of Newsmax Fledgling news net taps Golf Channel vet

Newsmax, a conservative news site that specializes in media watchdogging, is turning into a full-blown cable network—or rather, a satellite network. The new net launches June 16 in DirecTV's 20…

June 5, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

The Broadcast Market Is Moving NBC, CBS write upfront deals, many buy C7

Three of the major broadcast networks have started to write upfront deals—NBC, CBS and Fox are all said to be signing contracts for inventory in the 2014-15 season. NBC is…

June 4, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

Netflix Creates the Best Worst Website for Its New Cartoon, BoJack Horseman A disturbing flashback to the '90s Internet

Netflix has done quite a bit of clever marketing in its recent past, from the minimalist teasers for House of Cards to its fake listings for shows featured in Arrested…

June 3, 2014, 4:54 PM EDT

Networks Pour Cash Into Summer Programming Our top picks for off-season TV

The broadcast season is over. Permanently. That’s not to say that a bunch of new series won’t be back in the fall, but you no longer have to watch reruns…

June 3, 2014, 5:57 AM EDT

Networks Will Write Discounted C7 Deals, but Not Everyone's Biting Fox scores a major get as metrics for makegoods become more complex

Even with Kevin Reilly out at the News Corp broadcaster and ratings declines from an aging American Idol, Fox has managed to score a serious deal: GroupM, arguably the biggest…

June 2, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

CNBC Isn't Offering Nielsen Ratings Guarantees During the Day Anymore Financial network offers internal numbers instead

CNBC, the financial news network, is done with daytime Nielsen ratings. "They are no longer guaranteeing the business day, which is the most important daypart for a financial client," a source…

June 2, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

TNT Show Brings New Chefs to Chili's, Denny's and Outback On the Menu to serve up family recipes

Here’s an idea for a TV show that comes with logistical challenges baked in: Have amateur cooks compete to put family recipes on the menu at a giant restaurant chain.…

June 1, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

LeVar Burton Gets $2 Million Via Kickstarter to Bring Back Reading Rainbow $1 million more than he asked for

LeVar Burton, probably best known to anyone who was or had a child during the 1980's and '90's as the host of Reading Rainbow, launched a Kickstarter on Wednesday asking…

May 29, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

Who Might Replace Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly? Probably Not John Landgraf Upfront season departure leaves awkward questions for ad execs

Fox's chairman Kevin Reilly has stepped down after much upfront-season speculation about how much longer the exec's tenure would last. In his absence he leaves... no one, yet. Reilly's direct reports…

May 29, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

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