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'Game of Thrones' premiere sets a viewership record for HBO

Apr. 16, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" lived up to the hype. This past weekend's season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978. The Nielsen company said 17.4 million people watched the Sunday opener to the show's final season, either live...

HBO looks beyond 'Game of Thrones,' maybe back to a prequel

Apr. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the last drop — or gallon — of blood is shed and an exultant victor has ascended to the Iron Throne, viewers may be split over how HBO's fantasy saga ended but they'll be joined in deprivation. "What do you do without 'Game of Thrones?'" will be the lament heard after...

Disney, Comcast now Hulu's only owners as AT&T exits

Apr. 15, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T has sold its 9.5% share in Hulu back to the streaming TV company, leaving Disney and Comcast as its owners. Hulu said Monday that AT&T sold its stake for $1.43 billion, valuing the unprofitable Hulu at $15 billion. The Walt Disney Co. wound up with a 60% share after its...

Live online TV, once a bargain, is getting more expensive

Apr. 10, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise. Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital "skinny bundles" that were cheaper than cable. Now, many are raising...

Discovery says new Chip and Joanna Gaines to debut next year

Apr. 10, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lifestyle team of Chip and Joanna Gaines will launch their own Discovery-affiliated television network in the summer of 2020. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced the Gaines' channel Wednesday prior to a sales presentation to advertisers. There's no name yet. It will replace the current...

Big week for Trump leads to big week for Hannity in ratings

Apr. 2, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When there's a blowout in the normally tight race for cable news supremacy between Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow, it's best to check the political headlines to learn why. Hannity crushed MSNBC's Maddow last week, with the Fox News Channel personality averaging 3.78 million viewers, the...

Strong opening week for CBS, Turner with NCAA hoops tourney

Mar. 26, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One week into March Madness, CBS is feeling good. Based on ratings from the nation's largest media markets, the Nielsen company said CBS and the Turner Networks had the second best performance over the last 29 years for the first four games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The only...

Carlson comments signal brawl for advertisers

Mar. 13, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This week's controversy over statements made by Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson is as much about a high-stakes battle over the network's financial future as it is over what he said on a radio show a decade ago. The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this week released two...

The Latest: US journalist reported freed in Venezuela

Mar. 6, 2019 8:07 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the detention of a U.S. journalist by Venezuela security forces (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Executives at a Miami TV station say their correspondent based in Venezuela has been freed from custody hours after security forces seized him at his apartment. ABC affiliate...

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will step down in June 2020

Mar. 4, 2019 4:39 PM EST

Jim Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while steadfastly protecting the league's relationship with the Rose Bowl. Over three decades, as Big Ten revenues soared under his leadership, Delany has...