Ricarlo Flanagan, ‘Last Comic Standing’ Semifinalist And ‘Shameless’ Star, Dies At 40

‘Squid Game’ Shatters Netflix’s 28-Day Viewership Record

The dystopian-themed Korean hit surpasses Extraction as the streaming platform’s most initially viewed show.

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NBC Tops Broadcast Nets Last Week

NBC was the most popular network in primetime last week, averaging 6.1 million viewers. CBS had 5.9 million, Fox had 5.3 million, ABC had 3.5 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and Ion Television had 910,000. ESPN led the cable networks with a 2.92 million average in primetime while Fox News Channel, in its 25th anniversary week, reached 2.25 million.

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G4 Sets Relaunch Date For Linear TV And Streaming

Overnights: ‘The Voice,’ ‘NCIS’ Lead Monday

CBS’s NCIS drew 7.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, dipping on both counts yet still commanding Monday’s largest audience. Over on NBC, The Voice (6.8M/0.9) dipped week-to-week yet still topped Monday in the demo.

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‘Jeopardy’ Finds A Ratings Answer In Matt Amodio

The Yale doctoral student’s winning streak moved Jeopardy up 2% in the week ending Oct. 3.

Top Disney Movie Exec Alan Horn To Retire

In a move that many were expecting, Alan Horn, 78, is retiring as chief creative officer of Disney Studios Content, effective Dec.31. It will end a nine-year run at the Burbank, Calif., lot in an executive TV and motion picture industry career that has spanned close to 50 years. The news comes in the long wake of Bob Iger’s retirement from Disney which will be at the end of this year.

Golden Globes Will Be Awarded In 2022, Just Not On NBC

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is forging ahead with a way to recognize the best of this year’s film and television achievements despite the fact that NBC will not televise this year’s Golden Globes ceremony.

Former ESPN Commentator Jon Gruden Out As Raiders Coach After Racist And Homophobic Emails Emerge

Matt Amodio’s ‘Jeopardy’ Run Ends At 38 Games

The Yale doctoral student failed to answer the Final Jeopardy clue correctly and came third on Monday’s show, leaving him with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money.

Mark Harmon Exits ‘NCIS’ After 18 Seasons

Monday’s episode of NCIS was Mark Harmon’s final one as the lead of the long-running CBS procedural. He exits the show after 18 years of playing Leroy Jethro Gibbs, dating back to the character’s introduction on JAG in 2003. Though Harmon is leaving the series, CBS’s longest-running and most watched current scripted show, executive producer and showrunner Steven D. Binder left the door open for Gibbs to return sometime in the future.

ESPN And Fox Bet On Sports Wagering. But Will They Go All In?

ESPN, Fox and other networks are ramping up their sports betting efforts.

Mayim Bialik Wants The ‘Jeopardy’ Job. Is She ‘Neutral’ Enough?

Alex Trebek projected impartiality. Bialik has questioned vaccines, endorsed a disputed brain supplement and weighed in on hot-button issues.

Overnights: ‘Equalizer,’ ‘NCIS: LA,’ ‘SEAL Team’ Eye Steady Returns

CBS‘s Sunday dramas are all seeing steady returns, pending possible adjustment due to NFL overrun in some markets. NBC Sunday Night Football (16.5M/4.8) was down sharply from last week’s preliminary numbers, yet of course led the night across the board.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ & ‘FBI: International’ Get Full-Season Orders At CBS

The first back orders for new fall 2021 series have gone to CBS’s NCIS: Hawai’i and FBI: International. The breakout success of the two shows, which have been among the bright spots so far this season, underscores the value of popular procedural drama franchises as arguably the best — and safest — bets on broadcast TV these days with three NCIS, three Chicago, three FBI, two 9-1-1 and two (soon to be three) Law & Order series all doing well.

Jordan & Shea Cornette To Host SportsNation On ESPN+

ESPN duo Jordan and Shea Cornette will take over hosting duties for SportsNation beginning Monday, Oct. 11. Airing weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN+, SportsNation delivers recaps of sports highlights through the lens of opinion, debate and social media. Each weekday morning, the Cornettes will be joined by a rotation of special guests, analysts and commentators, including ESPN’s […]

Can Pro Sport Leagues Reverse The Trend Of Declining Younger TV Viewership?

The change comes as people turn away from traditional TV viewing.

Granville Adams, Actor On HBO’s ‘Oz’, Dies After Battle With Cancer

TV Production Boom Accelerates As MIPCOM Kicks Off

International broadcasters are ramping up original production to compensate for the loss of U.S. shows as studios shift their series to in-house streaming platforms.

Homer Simpson Was Made For Fashion

Behind the painstaking creation of the Balenciaga-Simpsons episode that took nearly a year to make.

MLB Broadcaster Jim Kaat Apologizes For ’40-Acre’ Comment

HOUSTON (AP) — MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat apologized during Friday’s AL Division Series game between the Astros and White Sox after saying teams should try to “get a 40-acre field full of” players who look like Chicago infielder Yoán Moncada. Kaat, a former All-Star pitcher and longtime commentator for the New York Yankees and […]

NHL Tracking Pucks This Season, Opening Up Gambling Options

Data generated by the pucks and from sensors about the size of a thumb on the backs of players will be used by teams to develop their players and to scout opponents. Passing, puck possession, takeaways, giveaways and more can be accurately recorded without the potential subjectivity of a scoring crew in an arena. Perhaps later this season, gamblers are expected to be able to wager on a new wave of bets. How far does the puck travel in a game? Who skates the fastest in the second period? Who has the hardest shot in the game? TV networks will continue to display and talk about some of the information on broadcasts and studio shows.

‘Nash Bridges’ Revival TV Movie With Don Johnson & Cheech Marin Gets Premiere Date On USA

Overnights: ‘TNF’ Game Tops Thursday

Fox touched down strong in Thursday primetime with its Thursday Night Football matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, which saw the former earn a 26-17 victory on Fox. Per Nielsen fast affiliates, the game drew in a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.15 million viewers, easily surpassing the rest of the night’s programming. Coming in second overall is the Season 6 premiere of CBS’s Young Sheldon (0.7, 6.89M), which drew in the highest numbers for non-sports programming.

‘Lucifer’ Fires Back Up, But Is Edged By ‘Clickbait’ On Nielsen Streaming Chart

Lucifer roared back to near the top of the Nielsen U.S. streaming chart after a new season of the show dropped on Netflix, but Clickbait edged it to stay No. 1. During the week of September 6 to 12, Clickbait collected 1.1 billion total viewing minutes, while Lucifer totaled 1.05 billion.

NBCU Digital Vet Lisa Hsia Leaving After 27 Years

Longtime NBCUniversal executive Lisa Hsia, who has worked in a wide variety of roles through the years at the company, is exiting after 27 years. The Emmy award-winning exec has decided to switch careers and work as a consultant for organizations. Hsia was most recently EVP of audience acquisition and growth for NBC Entertainment and NBC Sports, handling first-party data, optimizing CRM capabilities and driving audience engagement and growth across entertainment and sports platforms.

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WLS Celebrates Return Of Chicago Theater And Performing Arts

NFL Is Up 17%, Averaging 17.3 Million Viewers

Through the first four weeks of the new season, professional football games are averaging 17.3 million viewers on television and digital, a whopping 17% increase over last season and 3% compared to two years ago.

Netflix To Edit ‘Squid Game’ Phone Number After Woman Inundated With Calls

Golden Globes Group Partners With NAACP