The National Basketball Association has scuttled the first two weeks of the regular season as part of its dispute with the players union, and the impact on television programming and the league finances is huge.
As Reuters reports, TNT, ESPN and ABC collectively shell out about $930 million to broadcast NBA games, while earning some $1.25 billion ad revenue — and that doesn't even include regional sports-cable channels.
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Might stewardesses follow Playboy Bunnies into cancellation? Pan Am kept losing altitude in Week 3, with just 6.42 million viewers aboard.
That's down from 7.75 million viewers a week ago — and from 10.87 million when the ABC program took off. And among 18-to-49-year-olds, the rating has swooped down from 3.1 to 2.5 to 1.9, Nielsen overnights showed. That trajectory is not good.
Preceding the 1960s drama about stewardesses at 9/8c, Desperate Housewives was down 10 percent, luring 8.46 million viewers and a 2.7 demo rating, which tied a series low (vs. last week's 9.03 million/2.9 demo rating).
Unforgettable — the highest-rated new drama of the 2011-12 TV season's first week — apparently isn't memorable enough for some people to return to.
The show's third episode attracted 11.35 million viewers and nabbed a 2.4 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, overnight Nielsen ratings showed. It drew 19 percent fewer viewers two weeks after its debut, and last week it fell behind Person of Interest as the most popular new network drama.
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Terra Nova, which didn't exactly debut with dinosaur-sized (or even Dinah Shore-sized) numbers, still stood on terra firma with 8.31 million viewers, down about 8 percent from its debut, Nielsen overnight data shows. Fox's sci-fi thriller also matched its 3.1 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds for its premiere.
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The House Season 8 premiere that followed Terra Nova on Fox got 9.77 million people, posting a 3.9 in the advertiser-coveted age group — down just 9 percent and 7 percent from its fall 2010 start when it aired at 8/7c instead of 9/8c.
An Italian appeals court overturned Amanda Knox's murder conviction Monday, exonerating her in the slaying of her British roommate.
Knox — whose case had been dramatized in the Lifetime movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, starring Hayden Panettiere — collapsed in tears during the reading of the decision and had to be helped out of the courtroom. She was, however, found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay a fine, as pandemonium reigned outside the courthouse afterward.
Pan Am lost some altitude in Week 2, recruiting 7.75 million viewers — less than three-quarters of its premiere audience.
The ABC program, which took off with 10.87 million aboard, scored a 2.5 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds Sunday night, a 19 percent fall from last week's 3.1, Nielsen overnights showed.
Suburgatory scared up 9.81 million souls, according to preliminary Nielsen info.
The new ABC sitcom at 8:30/7:30c grabbed a 3.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, marking a 27 percent improvement over last year's tenant of the time slot, Better With You. The comedy, starring Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto, follows The Middle, which was down to 8.55 million from last week's 9.35 million. Similarly, most of Wednesday's ratings were lower than last week, though to varying degrees.
It looks like New Girl is no fluke. The second episode of the sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel attracted 9.26 million viewers and scored a 4.4 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, again bettering Glee.
Fox's Terra Nova opened to solid, though not monster-sized, numbers, scaring up 9 million viewers Monday, according to Nielsen overnight data.
The sci-fi thriller — with effects that wowed various critics but left them wanting more from the script and characters — scored a 3.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds for its two-hour premiere, while Week 2 of Dancing with the Stars — Nancy Grace's nip slip and all — posted a 3.3 rating and reeled in 16.02 million fans. Head to head with those Fox and ABC shows, NBC's The Sing-Off sang to 4.39 million (1.7 rating).