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Only 3 returning big network shows see rise in live viewers

Oct. 15, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's sophomore drama "A Million Little Things," reality show "Shark Tank" and the Fox first-responders drama "9-1-1" have something in common that they can take pride in. Over the first three weeks of the television season, they are the only three of 49 prime-time shows returning to ABC,...

Fox takes second week of television season

Oct. 8, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks into the season, two different winners have been crowned in a tight battle for prime-time supremacy among the television networks. Fox took first place last week in the Nielsen company's rankings, buoyed by its Thursday night NFL game between the L.A. Rams and Seattle....

Biden ads focus on early-voting states as he counters Trump

Oct. 3, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is committing to $6 million worth of television and digital advertising in the first four states on the 2020 election-year calendar. It’s the latest demonstration of an increasingly aggressive campaign as he tries to hold his place as the party’s top...

Wrestlers, start your smackdowns!: WWE big show goes to Fox

Oct. 3, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

The Rock says this: know your role and set the “Smackdown” station to Fox. WWE is ready to lace up its boots for a prime-time move from USA Network to Fox, where the sports entertainment behemoth will nestle in a loaded lineup that includes the NFL, Major League Baseball and NASCAR. Wrestlers, start...

Football helps NBC win first week of the fall season

Oct. 1, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With football in full swing and "The Big Bang Theory" nowhere to be seen, the first week of the fall season had NBC feeling like must-see TV again. The network that dominated prime time in the 1980s and 1990s won the week in total viewers for the first time in 18 years with an average...

ABC's Muir hits five-year mark at 'World News' on the top

Sep. 24, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — David Muir is celebrating his fifth anniversary as "World News Tonight" anchor with something that's rare in television: a larger audience. The ABC newscast finished its year-long season last week with an average of 8.6 million viewers a night, the Nielsen company said. It's the third...

Big players jump into the stream, testing Netflix dominance

Sep. 24, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Netflix are opening in negative territory for the year — the first time that's happened since 2016 — as major media players step into the stream to fight for subscribers. The streaming service revolutionized the way people watch TV and because of its success, there...

Football carries television networks until start of season

Sep. 17, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The new television season hasn't begun yet, but the football season has, and it's carrying the networks in the interim. Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company's top 12 shows last week, led by the Sunday night matchup of Philadelphia against Atlanta. ABC devoted its entire...

NBC's 'Peacock' to join the streaming fray in April

Sep. 17, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office." That means both will be leaving Netflix,...

ESPN president expects Silicon Valley to bid for NFL rights

Sep. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL...