Monday Night Football
ESPN has signed an eight-year extension with the National Football League to carry Monday Night Football though 2021.
ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the $15 billion agreement Thursday, saying that it includes expanded NFL studio programming, highlight rights for TV and ESPN.com, the Pro Bowl, the NFL Draft, 3-D rights and enhanced international rights. However, the deal still does not include playoff games or Super Bowls for the cable sports network.
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama's speech won't conflict with the kickoff of the NFL season — but it will skewer pregame coverage.
NBC Universal has instead punted that coverage to its cable outlets — Versus, USA Network, Syfy and G4 — while the president presents his job-creation plan to a joint session of Congress on the NBC broadcast network. NFL Opening Kickoff 2011, featuring performances by Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5, will return to NBC after the speech...
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy's 90-minute Season 4 debut became the series' most-watched episode, attracting 4.94 million viewers, a 20 percent increase over the third-season premiere, according to Nielsen figures.
Of that viewership total, some 3.22 million Tuesday night -- up 15 percent -- were in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 age group.
The annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon wasted no time in offering a tribute to its longtime host, Jerry Lewis, and potentially defusing any backlash or disappointment with his absence.
Jerry Lewis won't host this year's telethon
After a dance performance opened the show, Lewis' replacements — Nigel Lythgoe, Jann Carl, Alison Sweeney and Nancy O'Dell — took the stage and immediately took turns talking about the comedian/filmmaker's five-decade commitment to raising money for a cure. Huge photos of Lewis at various stages of his career served as a backdrop on stage as they talked.
MTV's Video Music Awards attracted the biggest audience in the network's history, drawing 12.4 million total viewers to Sunday night's event.
Of that total, Nielsen figures also showed that MTV delivered...
Hurricane Irene starred as the biggest thing on television through the weekend, as the broadcast networks, cable news channels, local stations along the Eastern Seaboard and, of course, The Weather Channel devoted hours upon hours to covering the storm.
Everyone won on The Glee Project, so in the spirit of the Glee spin-off and Glee itself and its unrelenting focus on self-esteem, forget that nearly 311 million people out of 312 million in the United States didn't watch. Let's focus on this, instead: The 1.24 million people who did watch set a high for the freshman series, Nielsen Media Research figures show.
Big Brother watching is bigger than it's been in nearly four years. On Wednesday, the CBS program about backstabbing housemates scored its best ratings among several demographics (18-to-49 overall, women 18-to-49, and all 18-to-34-year-olds) since September 2007.
MasterChef capped its season like a fine espresso with a touch of anisette that tops off a meal: Its two-hour finale averaged 6.64 million viewers and 2.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds.
Chef Ramsay, Elises
Hell's Kitchen was cookin' for 6.83 million viewers, winning Monday night among the industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds demographic with a 2.8 rating that matched its season high, according to Nielsen overnight figures.
The penultimate episode of MasterChef that followed at 9/8c served 6.04 million people and a 2.4 demo rating.