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November sweeps victory makes NBC the king of network TV

Dec. 4, 2019 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's victory during the November ratings sweeps period means there's a new king of broadcast television — at least for now. The network ended CBS' 18-year winning streak in November, a period when ratings are watched closely to set advertising rates. A combination of factors,...

The Latest: 4 more anti-government Iraqi protesters killed

Nov. 29, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 10 p.m. Iraqi officials say four protesters were killed amid ongoing violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, hours after Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his intention to resign. Security and hospital officials say one...

High winds ground balloons during Philadelphia parade

Nov. 28, 2019 12:18 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — High winds have grounded the large balloons during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that vice president Mike Monsell of parade broadcaster WPVI-TV said early Thursday morning that none of the 15 giant balloons were expected to take...

Hong Konger complains to UK about China TV forced confession

Nov. 28, 2019 10:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A former British Consulate employee in Hong Kong who says he was detained and tortured by Chinese police for information on protesters complained on Wednesday to U.K. regulators that China’s state TV channel aired his forced confession. Simon Cheng also says in his complaint to...

Hearings great for cable news, less so for broadcast

Nov. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Five days of impeachment hearings were a boon to programmers and accountants at the cable news networks. For the big broadcasters, not so much. The daytime hearing audience ranged from a high of 13.8 million on opening day to a low of 11 million on the third day, the Nielsen company said....

For some rural US TV viewers, local news is anything but

Nov. 24, 2019 10:18 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — When Dianne Johnson channel-surfs for news in her rural western Nebraska home, all she sees are stories about Colorado crime and car crashes from a Denver television station more than 200 miles away. It’s frustrating for the 61-year-old rancher, who wants to know the latest...

Fox hosts bash hearings their network spends hours showing

Nov. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The reviews are biting: “mind-numbingly dull,” “a huge dud” and “a frickin’ joke.” Yet they’re coming from an unusual place — Fox News Channel personalities talking about the programming that their network has spent hours...

Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 11-17

Nov. 19, 2019 4:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Seattle at San Francisco, ESPN, 16.95 million. 2. NFL Football: Chicago at L.A. Rams, NBC, 16.85 million. 3. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Fox,...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 11:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 4-10

Nov. 12, 2019 6:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 4-10. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Minnesota at Dallas, NBC, 22.99 million. 2. "NFL Sunday Night Pre-Kick," NBC, 16.72 million. 3. "NFL Sunday Post-Game," Fox, 15.71 million. 4. NFL Football:...