The 2016 NFL Season kicked off Thursday night with a Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, which earned a 16.5 overnight rating and 29 share in metered markets — down from last year’s 17.7/30 score for the season opener between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, but still dominant.
In fast nationals, NBC’s 8 p.m. pre-game “Kickoff Special” scored a 5.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.5 million viewers, while the game nabbed a whopping 8.5 rating in adults 18-49 before adjustments, and 23.3 million viewers. The other networks wisely stayed out of NBC’s way with a night of repeats, except for CBS’ “Big Brother,” which notched a 1.7 rating in the demo and 5.5 million viewers, and The CW’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which managed a 0.2 rating and 0.7 million viewers at 9 p.m.
Network averages for the night saw NBC earn a 8.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 22 million viewers overall, followed by CBS with a 1.1 score and 4.7 million viewers, ABC with a 0.6 rating and 3.5 million, Fox with a 0.5 rating and 2.2 million viewers, and The CW with a 0.2 and 0.7 million viewers.
Journalist Cokie Roberts, who was a contributing senior news analyst for NPR, a regular round-table analyst for “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” and a political commentator for ABC News, among many other contributions during a four-decade career, has died. She was 75. Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, her family confirmed. “Cokie’s [...]
Selena Gomez is set to produce a docuseries with Netflix. The series, entitled “Living Undocumented,” follows eight undocumented families who took the extraordinary risk of allowing film crews to chronicle their lives as they faced potential deportation. Ranging from harrowing to hopeful, their journeys illuminate and humanize the complex U.S. immigration system. The series depicts [...]
A “Veep” reunion is on tap this Sunday on the Emmy stage, as producers reveal the second round of presenters at this year’s ceremony. Emmy nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who’s poised to make history on Sunday if she wins (giving her the title for most Emmy wins ever by a performer), will be joined on stage [...]
Viacom continues stuffing more library content into Pluto TV, its free, ad-supported internet streaming service, adding a range of African American and LGBTQ programming from VH1 and BET. On Tuesday, Pluto TV launched seven new genre channels with content from its parent, including dedicated channels for VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — with episodes from the [...]
Late-night tv viewing is getting significantly more intense. In an era when audiences have become increasingly polarized by politics and their viewing habits have been fragmented by a dizzying array of streaming-video technologies, TV’s growing spate of late-night programs face new challenges. What’s funny to one crowd can be offensive to another. And with the [...]
Norman Lear often recalls the moment he became politically and socially conscious of the world around him. When he was 9, he discovered Father Charles Coughlin while tinkering with his crystal radio set. Coughlin was an infamously anti-Semitic broadcaster and considered the father of hate radio. Lear, who is set to receive Variety’s Creative Conscience [...]
NBCUniversal will draw on its news, sports, cable unscripted and Spanish-language divisions to provide an array of programming beyond scripted series for the launch of the streaming platform that has been dubbed Peacock. Nine months after she was tapped to lead NBCUniversal’s charge into the streaming wars, Bonnie Hammer on Tuesday offered the first glimpse [...]