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Topic: American Idol

Ghost Town: The Vanishing 10 p.m. Broadcast Drama

2011-12 season ends with grim tidings for time slot

The 10 o’clock broadcast drama tottered further down the road to oblivion this season, as not a single series in the time slot finished among Nielsen’s highest-rated programs. Per 33 weeks…

'American Idol' Sets Social TV Records

Show tops NBC's 'The Voice' in social chatter by a mile, per Bluefin

Back in the old days, i.e., PF&T (pre-Facebook and Twitter), American Idol fans were still social. Yet instead of status updates and tweets, they did what they could with “the…

Oops!...Fox Did It Again

Network bolsters schedule with Britney, Demi and Mindy

It was perhaps the worst kept secret in the business, but when Simon Cowell on Monday afternoon introduced Britney Spears as one of The X Factor’s new celebrity judges, the…

Boning Up on the Upfront: A Cheat Sheet for the 2012-13 Bazaar

An advance look at TV’s annual pitch to the ad world

On the eve of the annual spectacle known as Upfront Week, broadcasters can take comfort in the knowledge that the four-day dog and pony show will lead to some $9.2…

The Long Goodbye: Renewal Hopes Kept Alive in a Night of Season Finales

‘The Voice’ goes out on top; ‘Unforgettable’ makes its case for a reprieve

A handful of series broadcast their season finales Tuesday night, and while two—NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s New Girl—are already booked for a return trip in the fall, two others may…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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