PRIMETIME BROADCAST RATINGS ROUNDUP: DEC. 20-26

CBS Stays On Top Again Last Week

The massive Northeastern snowstorm denied NBC its usual Sunday prime-time powerhouse with the cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings game. It was rescheduled for Tuesday, airing too late to help NBC in last week’s Nielsen ratings report. CBS came out on top, averaging 7.1 million viewers (4.5 rating/8 share).

FilmOn Founder Says He Is Suing CBS, CNET

FilmOn founder Alki David says he plans to sue CBS and its CNET tech website for “illegal distribution of DRM [digital rights management] removal software as well as the illegal distribution of file sharing software with malicious intent to infringe on copyright.”

CBS Reorders Schedule At Midseason

It shifts Blue Bloods to Wednesday. New comedy Mad Love, dramas Chaos and a Criminal Minds spinoff round out network’s midseason moves.

FilmOn To CBS: ‘Hypocritical, Thieving Liars’

FilmOn may have been handed a temporary restraining order preventing it from re-streaming the network O&Os, but the service’s billionaire founder Alki David is retaliating by accusing plaintiff CBS with promoting piracy of music, movies and TV shows through CNET.

 

CBS, Fox Bar Shows From Google TV

Google Inc.’s drive to bring the Internet to living-room TVs and generate fresh advertising sales is being threatened by the failure to obtain popular shows such as Glee and NCIS. CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and Chase Carey, the No. 2 executive at Fox parent News Corp., say after months of talks they’re in no hurry to let Google TV offer shows via the Web for free. They say there have been no lucrative offers and they aren’t sure of the search company’s intentions.

CBS To Stream College Hoops Online, Mobile

CBS Sports will again simulcast a run of college hoops games gratis on the Web and mobile devices, while adding a social-media component. A series of live games from three conferences highlighted by Kentucky-Louisville and the Big Ten championship will be available.

CBS, Alba Developing Twitter-Based Family Comedy

CBS Nabs Michael Patrick King Sitcom

Jason Alexander Preps Return To TV

Big 4 Nets Top List Of Must-See Programming

Give us the Big Four before we cut the cord, 300 people told a Needham & Co. survey. “We found that if folks listed one broadcaster, they generally listed them all,” said Needham’s Laura Martin. “They think of the four broadcasters as a monolith.

‘CSI’ Creator Sells Quartet Of Drama Projects

UBS GLOBAL MEDIA CONFERENCE

CBS Predicts 3.4% Gain In Broadcast Ad Rev

Speaking at UBS’s 38th annual global media and communications conference in New York, CBS Chief Research Officer David Poltrack said that network television advertising revenues are up 6.2% in 2010, up from his previous forecast of 5%.

CBS, ABC To Air On-Going News Specials

CBS launched its new series “Tough Choices” Wednesday night on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and ABC News is starting an on-going special of its own titled “Afghanistan: Can We Win?” that will air across all ABC platforms starting Monday.

CBS Signs ‘Unexpected’s Polaha To Holding Deal

‘Young And Restless’ Gets 3-Year Renewal

CBS’s daytime drama The Young and the Restless will be restless for at least three more years with a new renewal that will keep the top-rated soap on the network through the 2013-14 season.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Showrunner Moves To CBS

CBS, Fox Tie For November Sweeps Win

For the first time since 2005, CBS will win a November sweeps. And for only the second time ever, so will Fox. With three nights left to tally in the month-long measurement period used by local stations to set ad rates, CBS and Fox projected victory yesterday, with ABC taking third and NBC finishing fourth.

Michael J. Fox Headed Back To ‘Good Wife’

CBS Developing Modern-Day Western, Desperado

CBS Developing Comedy With Riggle, Smigel

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Adam Levy To Head CBS’s Miami Duopoly

The sales director at CBS’s KTVT-KTXA Dallas is moving into the VP-GM slot at WFOR-WBFS, succeeding Shaun McDonald. 

CBS Ups Andy Kubitz To VP, Scheduling

Andy Kubitz has been promoted to senior vice president, program planning and scheduling, CBS, it was announced today. In this position, Kubitz will continue to be responsible for the scheduling of CBS’s primetime series, specials, television movies and mini-series. He will also continue to contribute to the scheduling of The CW and coordinating CBS’s theatrical […]

CBS Sets FBI Drama Starring Dylan Walsh

Prince William Proposes, Networks Say ‘Yes’

CBS, ABC and NBC race to England to cover Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement.

CBS Ups PR Execs Gonzales, Metrose to SVP

More National Options For NCAA Advertisers

Advertisers in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be able to buy one unit that stretches across four nationally televised games in a specific time window, based on the sales approach Turner Sports and CBS have taken to the marketplace.

Turner, CBS In Sync As NCAA Sales Teammates

CBS Invents A Winning Thursday Formula

In scientific terms, the popularity of  CBS’s The Big Bang Theory could be likened to an asteroid: It started out small, quietly orbiting Monday nights, ranking 59th for total viewers its first season. By 2009, it had risen to No. 42, and by last season it hit No. 12. This season, it got moved and Thursday nights have exploded. Now CBS is beating NBC at its own game: comedy. Big Bang is dominating Community in the ratings, and in its wake, the critically reviled $#*! My Dad Says is besting the critically worshipped 30 Rock.

CBS To Remake ‘The Wild, Wild West’

TV Networks Seek To Stop FilmOn

ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC have asked a federal court to stop the Internet video service FilmOn.com from offering TV channels over the web and on Apple Inc.’s iPad for free.

Buyers: CBS Will Win Sweeps And Season

Powered by American Idol, Fox has won the last six seasons in adults 18-49, but media buyers by a narrow margin think this season belongs to CBS. Come spring, CBS, not Fox, will finish first in the demographic.

Comedy Project Goes To CBS Via Web

TIVO POWER WATCH RATINGS

CBS Beats NBC In Promo Success

Running a bunch of TV promos doesn’t always get you the most viewers for your TV shows. TiVo points to how NBC’s new shows performed so far this fall, versus where CBS put its efforts.

QUARTERLY REPORT

CBS TV Station 3Q Ad Revenue Jumps 25%

Better performing automotive and financial services ad categories as well as higher political ads drive the increase.

Google’s Goal: Make YouTube A TV Network

YouTube wants to be the boob tube. Google is pitching YouTube not only as a popular Web destination, but as a content channel to have a place in the living room alongside TV networks like ABC, CBS and NBC. As Google targets the TV set, it is also making a play for TV-sized ad buys rather than smaller online budgets.