Author: Stephen Battaglio

Grammy Awards draws 19.8 million viewers on CBS, a nine-year low

The CBS telecast of the 60th Grammy Awards was watched by 19.8 million viewers, a staggering 27% decline from last year’s show. The live program from Madison Square Garden in New York, with “The Late Late Show” host James Corden as emcee, drew its smallest audience since 2009, according to Nielsen… Source: Entertainment

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'Face the Nation' anchor John Dickerson will replace Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning'

“Face the Nation” anchor John Dickerson is taking over for Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning,” the network announced Tuesday. Dickerson, 49, will join co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, who have been sharing the table with fill-ins since Rose was fired Nov. 21 following allegations of sexual… Source: Entertainment

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NBC's telecast of Golden Globe Awards draws 19 million viewers, down 5% from last year

On a night when politics nearly overshadowed show business, NBC’s telecast of Golden Globes Awards was watched by 19 million viewers on Sunday, a 5% decline from 2017. Though the ratings from Nielsen were off from the previous year, the audience for the show emceed by “Late Night” host Seth Meyers… Source: Entertainment

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Peak TV continues to climb, with a 7% jump in series in 2017, says FX's Landgraf

Scripted-show production in the era of so-called peak TV peaked again in 2017, according to the numbers compiled by FX Networks. FX President John Landgraf presented his annual count of scripted programs Friday to the Television Critics Assn., which showed the total number of series was up 7% in… Source: Entertainment

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Matt-Lauer-free 'Today' is still top-rated morning show, but NBC's lead is shrinking

NBC’s “Today” extended its post-Matt-Lauer ratings winning streak to four consecutive weeks, but its lead over ABC’s “Good Morning America” is slipping. The Nielsen ratings for the week of Dec. 18-22 showed NBC averaging 4.38 million viewers to ABC’s 4.33 million. “CBS This Morning” was third with… Source: Entertainment

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Longtime ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas to exit the network in May

Longtime ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is leaving the network in May, at the end of the current season of her prime-time newsmagazine “20/20.” ABC News President James Goldston announced her departure Friday in a memo to staffers that said Vargas wants to “pursue new ventures.” Vargas, 55, has… Source: Entertainment

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Canine movie star Benji is ready for his close-up on Netflix

Netflix is hoping to learn some new tricks from an old dog. The streaming video behemoth has acquired the rights to a new version of the classic family film “Benji,” featuring the canine character that became an unlikely box office sensation in the 1970s and ’80s. If the movie catches on with Netflix… Source: Entertainment

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Former Fox News producer who settled mistreatment claim with Bill O'Reilly sues for defamation

Former Fox News producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein is suing Bill O’Reilly and Fox News for defamation and breach of contract, alleging they violated a settlement she reached with the fired cable anchor. In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Bernstein… Source: Entertainment

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Matt Lauer's exit from 'Today' could hurt the show's ratings — and morning TV

In the nearly 66-year history of NBC’s “Today,” the program that invented morning television, all of its stars have been considered part of an extended family. Every few years, regardless of whether they were fired or unceremoniously replaced, the hosts reappear to help celebrate a show milestone…. Source: Entertainment

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NBC News executive ousted over 'inappropriate conduct' with female employees

Matt Zimmerman, the executive in charge of booking for NBC News, has been fired for what the company called “inappropriate conduct” with female employees at the network. “We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at [parent company NBCUniversal],… Source: Entertainment

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