The Lakers’ 123-113 victory Wednesday night in Las Vegas was watched by 1.98 million viewers, ESPN said Thursday. A spokesman says that is the most viewers for an NBA preseason game on any network since at least 1994, which is as far back as the records go.
Women directed a record 25% of episodic television in the 2017-18 season, an increase of 4% from the previous season, according to the Directors Guild of America study released Wednesday.
Erik Logan departs after seven years as president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. He will be succeeded by the network’s EVP, business and legal affairs and board member Tina Perry who is being promoted to general manager. Her title aligns OWN, a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Winfrey’s Harpo, with the other Disney networks which are led by GMs.
After 25 years on late-night TV, Conan O’Brien hosted his final hour-long show on Thursday night. Don’t worry — O’Brien isn’t really going anywhere. In January, Conan will return to TBS with a new 30-minute format. The network unveiled this plan in May, though on Thursday, O’Brien revealed the show will take a three-month hiatus.
The telecast of the New York Yankees’ 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics was the most-watched program on cable Wednesday night, based on overnight delivery. It reached a peak of 7.5 million viewers, the best for an AL wild-card game ever on TBS. Its average viewership of 6.4 million was up 51% from TBS’s 2016 broadcast of the AL game between Baltimore and Toronto and 45% from last year’s NL game between Arizona and Colorado.