Marquee matchups on the tennis court and gridiron produced strong ratings over the weekend as the fall sports season kicks into high gear.
Fox execs were hoping for a moment like this -- and they weren't disappointed. After weeks of escalating media and viewer interest, Wednesday night's season finale of "American Idol" hit a Nielsen…
Fox's "American Idol" delivered more record-setting numbers Tuesday with the first of this week's two-part finale, surpassing 18 million viewers overall.
"American Idol" continues to boost Fox's primetime averages but it was a more consistent NBC that came away with another victory among young adults in the final week of the summer season.
For a second straight season, NBC is standing pat with its winning Friday lineup while its rivals are busy make wholesale changes.
And then there were two. With the finale a week away, Fox's summer smash "American Idol" scored its best numbers yet Wednesday night with an extended hourlong edition.
One week from its two-hour finale, Fox's "American Idol" attracted nearly 15 million viewers Tuesday and dominated its hour -- although there was no week-to-week surge this time.
In an upset in the August cable news ratings, CNN Headline News squeaked ahead of recently revamped MSNBC for third place in key demos.
The Sci Fi Channel's "Stargate SG-1" is averaging the best series ratings in the history of the network and stabilizing its Friday-night lineup of original series.
If every night were like Thursday for the broadcasters, cable would still be a speck in their rear-view mirrors.
The USA Network parlayed the original series "Monk" and "The Dead Zone," a pair of Adam Sandler movies and an AFI salute to Tom Hanks into a Nielsen trifecta: No. 1 among all cable networks for the…