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Sluggish Debuts for Bad Teacher, Black Box As season winds down, 2 new shows stumble

With just a month to go before the 2013-14 broadcast TV season slinks off into the murk of history, the networks on Thursday night launched a pair of last-gasp series.…

April 25, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

C7 Ratings to Free Up Hundreds of Millions in Hidden Revenue Even incremental lifts will lead to a windfall

While the broadcast networks are pressuring agencies and clients to start writing more deals against a C7 ratings currency, at first blush, it would appear that there’s little cause to…

April 24, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

Rivalries Abound in CBS Thursday Night Football Slate Inaugural prime-time package could use a little Dallas dazzle

The National Football League on Wednesday night took the wraps off its 2014 regular-season schedule, and while CBS’ inaugural Thursday Night Football slate is packed with divisional rivalries, some of…

April 23, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

The 2014 Upfront Preview How the big 4 stack up

Analogies are often facile things, contrivances designed to hammer home a theme when a light tap of the mallet would suffice. But in light of the fact that it’s a)…

April 21, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

TiVo: Adherence to C3 Is Sucking Millions Out of TV Ad Market $87.8 million down the tubes—and that’s just the impact on the top 10 shows

In what may be the most cogent argument for the adoption of the C7 ratings currency, TiVo Research on Monday revealed that broadcasters beholden to the dated C3 metric are…

April 21, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

Fizzy, Busy Finale for ABC’s Scandal As Beltway drama blows up, 3 other network series await word of their fate

With no fewer than four broadcast series calling it a day, Thursday night was a time for cliff-hangers and farewells. But as has been the case throughout the season, only…

April 18, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

Stephen Colbert Named Successor to David Letterman Comedy Central mainstay signs 5-year pact with CBS

Stephen Colbert is moving three blocks east—and light-years from basic cable. The 49-year-old linchpin of Comedy Central’s long-running series The Colbert Report has been tapped to succeed David Letterman as the host…

April 10, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

‘Game-Changer’ Episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fizzles Captain America: The Winter Soldier crossover hits a series low

Although Tuesday night’s installment of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was heavily promoted as a tie-in to the newly released theatrical hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, relatively few viewers were on…

April 9, 2014, 5:56 PM EDT

Dogs and Cats Living Together: Ratings Dip for NCAA Finals Huskies-Wildcats grinder draws 21.2 million viewers

In winning its fourth NCAA Men’s basketball title in 16 years, the University of Connecticut on Monday night took its rightful place among the greatest college hoops programs of the…

April 8, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

NBCU’s Steve Burke Declares Victory Asks to be judged on 18-49 performance, suggests better measurement

“We don’t want you to think that we were trying to hide or conceal anything but we didn’t want to talk about what we were doing. [We wanted] instead [to]…

April 7, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

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