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Virtual slime cannons go off in the end zone after a touchdown during Nickelodeon's kid-focused broadcast of the NFL wild-card playoff game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, Sunday,  Jan. 10, 2021 in New Orleans. The positive reviews for Nickelodeon's kids-focused broadcast of last Sunday's NFL playoff game showed the potential of alternate broadcasts of sporting events. The success of that broadcast has led to many wondering what other sports it could expand to and when we might see it again in the NFL? (CBS/Viacom via AP)

NFL wild-card games show potential for alternate broadcasts

Jan. 14, 2021 4:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Robbins directed “Varsity Blues” and was the producer of “Coach Carter,” but both of those might have been eclipsed last Sunday with Nickelodeon's successful kids-oriented broadcast of an NFL playoff game. Even a couple days after last Sunday's game, the...

Extra wild-card games lead to diluted ratings for NFL

Jan. 12, 2021 9:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two additional games on wild-card weekend resulted in somewhat diluted ratings for the NFL. The six games averaged 25.1 million viewers on television and online, which is a 20% drop from last season's per-game viewership on the first playoff weekend, according to the league and Nielsen....

Violent protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

CNN has best ratings day ever for Capitol attack

Jan. 12, 2021 6:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The attack on the U.S. Capitol last week brought more viewers to CNN than any other single day in the network's 40-year history. CNN averaged 5.2 million viewers last Wednesday, eclipsing its previous high of 5.1 million on Election Day 2016, the Nielsen company said. The network had 4.47...

This combination photo shows Fox News senior national correspondent John Roberts at the CBS News Republican presidential debate in Greenville, S.C. on Feb. 13, 2016, left, and CNN news anchor Jake Tapper at the WarnerMedia Upfront in New York on May 15, 2019. Both Fox and CNN announced schedule changes on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. CNN'sTapper and Fox's Roberts are among those taking on new roles. Roberts will co-anchor a daily news show from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern with Sandra Smith starting Monday. Tapper's daily news show will increase an hour, running from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (AP Photo)

Fox News shuffles daytime lineup; CNN makes changes

Jan. 11, 2021 3:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is shuffling its daytime lineup and adding a new hourlong opinion show at 7 p.m. Eastern to replace that hour's current anchor, Martha MacCallum. Both Fox and CNN announced lineup changes Monday, as is often the case for news organizations with a new president about to take...

A worker cleans seats in Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Even with empty stadiums, NFL still a ratings monster

Jan. 7, 2021 9:27 PM EST

Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. But in a year that saw the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a presidential election, the 7% decrease isn't as bad as the league and its broadcast partners feared before the season began. Games averaged...

Confetti flies after the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball drops in a nearly empty Times Square, late Thursday, early Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New York, as the area normally packed with revelers remained closed off to due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Homebound viewers boost New Year's Eve ratings; a CNN high

Jan. 6, 2021 9:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stuck at home on a pandemic New Year's Eve, TV viewers turned to Ryan Seacrest, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen in big numbers for a virtual celebration, with Times Square largely empty as the ball dropped. ABC's "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with host...

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'60 Minutes' keeps on the news and is rewarded by viewers

Dec. 29, 2020 8:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of television's hottest shows is also among its oldest. It's not the first time that's been said about “60 Minutes” since its 1968 debut. In the frenzied news year of 2020, however, the success is a tribute to both durability and adaptability. CBS' pioneering newsmagazine...

Hallmark holiday movies offer viewers balm in tough year

Dec. 22, 2020 6:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past decade, the Hallmark Channel has been a reliable destination for holiday programming. And in a year when many Americans are homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic, network executives say there's been a craving for the feel-good movies. Hallmark's ratings are up 2% over...

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, center, is brought down by a host of Baltimore Ravens defenders during the second half of an NFL football game, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Twin football games leads Fox to ratings win

Dec. 15, 2020 6:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two weekday football games were enough to lift Fox to victory in the weekly ratings race. The network's coverage of Tuesday's game between Dallas and Baltimore, and Thursday's New England-L.A. Rams matchup took up their entire prime-time schedules for the nights. The Nielsen company said...

Competitive CNN shows post-election surge in viewership

Dec. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Since the presidential election, CNN has been on one of its best competitive rolls in almost two decades, enough that it is taking out newspaper ads touting its success. Between Nov. 4 and Sunday, CNN has averaged 1.73 million viewers, more than double a year ago, the Nielsen company said....