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Seacrest In: Host Signs Two-Year ‘American Idol’ Pact Fox retains the services of a very busy emcee

Ryan Seacrest has agreed to host two more seasons of American Idol, signing a contract extension that will keep him in the Fox fold through the 2014 campaign. Seacrest’s current pact…

April 24, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

Broadcast Reality Check Despite their popularity, unscripted shows play understudy to pricier fare

When the curtain goes up on the network upfront presentations in New York in mid-May, media buyers will get a first look at the usual cavalcade of pricey scripted series.…

April 23, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

Ovation Bows First Original Series Upfront presentation highlights 'A Chance to Dance'

Ovation's February distribution deal with AT&T U-Verse has started bearing fruit: with distribution now in the low 50 millions, the network has enough breathing room to start talking original programming. The…

April 20, 2012, 5:18 AM EDT

Voices Carry: NBC Adds Another Hour of Reality Hit ‘The Voice’ sets up shop on Tuesday night

In a bid to pull the throttle back on its prime-time ratings, NBC has carved out another hour for its hit competition series, The Voice. Like American Idol before it, The…

March 8, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

Snoozy Start for NBC's 'Awake' Thursday night drama premieres to a 2.0 rating in target demo

Despite premiering against two repeats, NBC’s Awake got off to a sleepy start. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the psychodrama/procedural bowed Thursday at 10 p.m. to 6.24 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in…

March 2, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

CBS’ Moonves Eyes $4 Million Super Bowl Spot Bullish network boss sees record rates for NFL gem

CBS Corp. skipper Les Moonves on Wednesday made a bold prediction about the broadcaster’s Super Bowl prospects, telling investors that his sales team will set an all-time unit cost record…

February 15, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

Broadcast Spot Pricing Continues to Creep Up Average :30 network prime time increased 3 percent in 2011

The price of a 30-second advertisement on network prime time increased at a 3 percent rate in 2011, as strong demand helped push the average unit cost to just under…

February 7, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

'Idol' Hands Are the Devil’s Playthings Simon axes ‘X Factor’ stars Paula, Nicole and Steve

Producers of Fox’s freshman competition series The X Factor have cleaned house, cutting ties with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as well as host Steve Jones. Long rumored to be…

January 31, 2012, 10:52 PM EST

Despite Declines, ‘American Idol’ Remains Dominant Season 11 premiere draws a 7.4 in the demo

Season 11 of American Idol got off to a somewhat rocky start as the two-hour premiere failed to live up to last year’s debut. According to Nielsen live-plus-same day data, the…

January 19, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

Midseason Mucker: '¡Rob!' Sizzles, 'The Finder' Fizzles Premiere ratings misleading in wake of 'Idol' return

Viewers largely turned their noses up at this week’s menu of midseason premieres, although the overnights for the new CBS comedy ¡Rob! were promising. According to Nielsen preliminary data, the Rob…

January 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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