Latest Television industry News

'America's Got Talent' dominates the ratings competition

Aug. 13, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a week dominated by competition shows, "America's Got Talent" dominated the competition. NBC's variety showcase brought in 9.7 million viewers last week according to the Nielsen company's ratings. The show chose the singers, comedians, dancers and beatboxers that will be on its...

CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming

Aug. 13, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly combined ViacomCBS will invest in more movies and TV shows and try to sell more advertising as it seeks to become a bigger player in the growing business of streaming video. Yet the bigger company still might not be big enough to be competitive, as larger rival Disney launches its...

A beaming 50 Cent, tough questions part of TV critics event

Aug. 9, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — After the TV industry unveils its new-season schedules and series to advertisers in New York each May, it takes the show on the road to a swank Southern California hotel ballroom to coax attention from television-centric news reporters and critics. The annual summer meeting of...

Disney results miss as Fox studio business underwhelm

Aug. 6, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is feeling some pain from its biggest transformation in decades as its acquisition of Fox's entertainment businesses contributed to a 39% drop in earnings. CEO Bob Iger said one of the biggest issues affecting earnings was underperformance at the Fox movie and TV studio. Tuesday's...

Networks sue Locast, a service that streams TV for free

Jul. 31, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's biggest TV networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — have sued Locast, a streaming service that transmits their broadcasts for free, in federal court in New York. The companies said in the suit, filed Wednesday, that Locast is violating their copyrights and asked for...

T-Mobile's $26.5B Sprint deal OK'd despite competition fears

Jul. 26, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday's approval from the Justice Department and five state attorneys general...

The Latest: T-Mobile expects to close Sprint deal in 2019

Jul. 26, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on approval of T-Mobile's Sprint takeover (all times local): 1:35 p.m. T-Mobile CEO John Legere says he's hoping to engage with state attorneys general who have sued to block its $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint. Legere says he believes the deal can close by the end of the...

Fox News viewers flock to Trump's holiday speech

Jul. 10, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fourth of July meant hot dogs, fireworks and President Donald Trump for many Fox News viewers. Fox News reached an average of 4.09 million viewers between 6 and 8 p.m. EDT last Thursday for its coverage of Trump's much-discussed holiday parade in Washington, D.C., the Nielsen company...

NWSL reaches television deal with ESPN for 14 games

Jul. 4, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Women's Soccer League has a television contract for the second half of its season to replace the partnership with A+E Networks that was cut short a year early by the broadcaster in February. ESPN announced Thursday that it will televise 14 matches in its first NWSL broadcasts...

Showtime's Ailes series has modest start, but it's early

Jul. 2, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Intensely loyal viewers routinely make Fox News Channel the most-watched cable network each week. So how many people want to watch a miniseries about Roger Ailes, the man who developed and ran the place for its first two decades? The safest answer for Showtime's "The Loudest Voice in the...