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How many people saw 'Hamilton'? For now, that's a secret

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney+'s streaming of “Hamilton” was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend. Just how big, however, remains a mystery. Disney knows, but it's not telling. Data is coming in to the Nielsen company, too, but won't be released until Disney gives...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019 file photo, CNN chief executive Jeff Zucker attends the 13th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in New York. A busy stretch of news with the coronavirus pandemic and racial demonstrations in the United States has led CNN to its best ratings in the network's 40-year history. Zucker says viewers have come to CNN for the news coverage, while the network's rivals are more about 'political talk.' (Photo by Jason Mendez/Invision/AP, File)

Hot news cycle leads CNN to best ratings in 40 years

Jul. 1, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An extraordinary stretch of news with the coronavirus pandemic and racial reckoning triggered by George Floyd's death has led CNN to its biggest audience for any three-month period in the network's 40-year history. Fox News Channel and MSNBC also had record-setting quarters ending in June,...

For third time this month, Fox News leads all networks

Jun. 30, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mention prime-time television stars in other ages, and you’d think of Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Harmon or Jennifer Aniston. Now it’s Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in prime-time television last week, counting both broadcast and cable,...

President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign rally at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

Trump rally flop in Tulsa, but a hit on television

Jun. 23, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Now it's apparent where many of President Donald Trump's supporters who stayed away from Saturday's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were instead: they were home watching it on television. Fox News Channel, which aired Trump's speech live, had the biggest Saturday night audience in the...

Players in action in front of the empty stands during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP photo/Shaun Botterill, Pool)

Merseyside derby watched by record 5m viewers on British TV

Jun. 22, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Merseyside derby was the most-watched Premier League game ever on British television. An average of five million people across Sky's channels watched Liverpool draw 0-0 with Everton, which was played on Sunday without supporters in the stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sky, which...

FILE - In this May 10, 2012, file photo, the

'60 Minutes' aside, summertime escapism rules network TV

Jun. 16, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Summertime escapism in the form of talent and game shows ruled on broadcast TV, with “60 Minutes” the exception. “America's Got Talent” on NBC was the most-watched show last week, according to Nielsen company ratings out Tuesday. But the No. 2 slot was claimed...

Aftermath of Floyd death drives news interest, notably CNN

Jun. 9, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Public interest in demonstrations following the death of George Floyd boosted news programming — none more so than CNN. Since Floyd's death on Memorial Day in the custody of Minneapolis police, CNN's prime-time audience is up 238 percent over last year, the Nielsen company said. Fox...

Police move towards a protester after curfew Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Weekend protest coverage boosts cable news viewership

Jun. 2, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For many Americans, the unrest sweeping through several cities this past weekend was reason enough to stay home and watch it on television. The Nielsen company said 4 million people saw coverage of the demonstrations on Fox News Channel at 10 p.m. on Saturday, not usually a big TV-watching...

FILER - In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, Iain Armitage, left, a cast member in the CBS series

CBS is TV's most-watched network for 12th year in a row

May. 27, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

The winner, and still champion, is CBS. The Tiffany network finished the traditional television season, which ended last week, as the most-watched broadcaster for the 12th consecutive year, the Nielsen company said. CBS has won 17 of the last 18 years, the lone exception coming when Fox topped the chart at the...

PGA, NFL stars attract nearly 6 million viewers in TV match

May. 25, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV. Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity" attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in...