Chelsea ‘Worst Host’ Handler Has Last Laugh As VMAs Score Huge Ratings

Who’s having the last laugh now? It’s Chelsea Handler, who was lambasted by some for her “nervous” handling of the host job at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The telecast gave MTV its biggest viewing audience for any show it’s aired in eight years – since 2002 – including the channel’s now-iconic reality series ‘Jersey […]

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Users Speak: How Do You Solve A Problem Like ‘American Idol?’

As ‘American Idol‘ continues to hemorrhage viewers and anger ‘Glee‘ fans with DVR-disrupting runover episodes, opinions have poured in offering up causes for the ratings dip and solutions for how to revive the aging reality juggernaut. Below, a round-up of our favorite user comments of the week: Why are the rating falling? Let me count […]

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Why Is ‘American Idol’ Slipping In The Ratings?

Early returns have this week’s performance episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ which aired on Monday night and featured the contestants jiving and twirling to songs from the movies, beating the overall ratings of Tuesday night’s ‘American Idol‘ performance episode, which showcased the singers’ inspirational sides, for better or worse. ‘Idol’ has long been a […]

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As ‘Idol’ Ratings Drop, Seacrest Still Silent on Spoiling Results

‘American Idol‘ host Ryan Seacrest has yet to offer a simple “Sorry about that, folks” for spoiling this week’s results show for West Coast viewers and in doing so, possibly, possibly playing a small role in a significant ratings drop. ‘Idol’ on Wednesday averaged 20 million total viewers and a 6.6 rating in the 18-to-49 […]

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Strong Ratings for Leno’s Return to Late-Night

NEW YORK — After a smashing return, Jay Leno appears headed to a battle with David Letterman for late-night television supremacy. The Nielsen Co. says Leno averaged 5.6 million viewers last week, his first back at NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show‘ following the ill-fated prime time experiment. Letterman had 3.7 million at CBS. Leno took advantage […]

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Oscars Ratings: Best In Five Years

NEW YORK — Early indications are that an Academy Awards telecast where ‘The Hurt Locker‘ topped the popular ‘Avatar‘ for best picture was popular with viewers. The Nielsen Co.’s overnight measurement of the nation’s 56 biggest markets gave ABC’s Sunday telecast a 26.5 rating and 40 audience share. That’s a 14 percent increase over the […]

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Sarah Palin Shows Jay Leno Her Funny Side

Fox News analyst and political lightning rod Sarah Palin crossed the network divide last night to appear on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show.’ Neither she nor host Jay Leno seemed to know why she was there. Ratings, of course. Now that he’s back at ‘Tonight,’ Leno and his team are definitely working overtime to ensure NBC […]

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