Nielsen: Almost 115M US households are avid TV watchers

August 28, 2009 by  
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topThe Nielsen Media Research company is saying United States households love their TV: according to their recent figures, there are over 114.9 million TV households as the new season is set to begin next month. That’s up 400,000 homes from last year’s figure, which also is (in the bad part of the news) the smallest increase in the past decade. It seems people both love TV, but newer watchers are harder to find.

It doesn’t help that truly high-quality TV shows are also harder to find than they used to be, in our opinion, but…we digress.

Viewers over age 2 have went up to 292 million, in a moderate increase as well, which is a good thing for the broadcasting industry as a whole, but still a bit below the figures they’d like to see going forward.

Paula’s Gone: Abdul not returning to American Idol

August 20, 2009 by  
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paulaPaula Abdul is not in talks to return to “American Idol,” her manager David Sonenberg told the Los Angeles Times, contrary to the many rumors floating about recently. She really is leaving, and that’s that.

Earlier this month, Abdul announced via Twitter she was ending negotiations and leaving the show. “With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #Idol,” she posted on the 4th.

It seems she’ll have no trouble finding work either. Sonenberg confirmed that most of the networks have already contacted her with opportunities to be in shows of various kinds, so don’t feel sorry for Paula.

Feel sorry for Idol, who no doubt will suffer some viewer losses (at least early on) from the departure, especially the nasty public way it was handled. It’ll probably rebound somewhat, but it won’t ever be the same, we know that much.

Good luck Paula, wherever you land.

Live and in Color: The Emmy Awards will be presented in real time

August 13, 2009 by  
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when-are-the-emmy-awardThe television academy isn’t going with its controversial “time-shifting” plans and will present all 28 Emmy Awards during the September telecast, live and in person. We applaud the decision to make the Emmy awards slightly relevant again with this decision.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided last month that it would “pre-tape” eight awards and speeches to follow, including some in the writing category. Needless to say, the Writers Guild of America took offense to the plans and blasted them.

The academy reversed field today, deciding to mend the fences with the WGA and make it all live once again.

“We appreciate that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has decided to present all 28 awards live on this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards,” the WGA statement said.

The 61st Emmy Awards will come on at 8 p.m. on Sept. 20 on CBS, and it might actually be a little more interesting now.

HBO renews its hit show block: True Blood, Entourage and Hung

August 1, 2009 by  
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trueblood_posterHBO announced the renewal of its now hit summer lineup of original shows, ordering another round of  “Hung, “Entourage” and smash hit vampire drama “True Blood.”

Network executives have stated “Hung” will get a second season due to strong ratings, “True Blood” a third season with all cast already signed and long-time hit “Entourage” a seventh season. All 3 will launch their new seasons sometime in 2010, probably summer/fall.

This Sunday-night lineup has given HBO its first two-hour hit block of must-see programming for the first time in several years. True Blood in particular has broken out, giving the network its most-watched show since “The Sopranos” in terms of pure market share. We’re not shocked, as its a high-quality, intriguing, well-written show.

“True Blood” has averaged 3.8 million viewers (11.2 when you add repeats, DVR and On Demand viewing factored in, one of the first shows to rise that much with those figures factored in), “Hung” has averaged 3.1 million and “Entourage” brings in about 3.0 million average, all of which makes HBO execs very happy, we’re certain.