Stanley Cup Final Is Most-Seen NHL Game Since 1973

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK – The Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup-winning conquest of the Vancouver Canucks stands as the most-watched National Hockey League game on American television since 1973. The seventh game victory was seen by about 8.5 million people on NBC, the Nielsen Co. said. That’s the biggest audience since a […]

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Weather Channel Star Breaks Down On-Air

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK – The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes arrived in storm-ravaged Joplin, Mo., right after a tornado had ripped through its soul. He looked around, spoke to the camera and began to cry. His emotional outbreak during coverage of Joplin became one of the defining television images of the […]

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Not Every New Show Is Ratings Winner For Networks

By David Bauder, AP Television Writer NEW YORK – What do ABC’s “Off the Map,” NBC’s “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and CBS’ “Chaos” have in common? It won’t be longevity, based on last week’s Nielsen Co. ratings. Every television season has more failures than successes, and these new shows appear to be misses. The medical […]

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Networks Using Skype in News Reports

BY: David Bauder NEW YORK – When he wanted to interview a source in Connecticut for a recent ‘World News‘ story on technology, ABC reporter Pierre Thomas didn’t even leave the office. ABC’s cameras showed him sitting in front of a computer screen, talking to Michael Coppolla through Skype. The video phone service has become […]

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CBS Comes Out on Top for the 7th Season in 8 Years

By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK Television’s champions for the season that concludes Wednesday will be familiar: the CBS network and Fox’s ‘American Idol‘ juggernaut. CBS’ status as the nation’s most-watched prime-time network for the seventh time in the past eight years isn’t in doubt. The network averaged nearly 2 million viewers a […]

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Diane Sawyer heads to Afghanistan

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Diane Sawyer is in Afghanistan, her first overseas trip as anchor of ABC’s ‘World News.’ She’ll anchor from Kabul tonight and tomorrow, and travel with the top U.S. commander there, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. ABC ‘Good Morning America Weekend’ host Bill Weir has been embedded with U.S. forces and will also be […]

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