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Despite Blowout Game, Super Bowl XLVIII Is Most-Watched TV Show Ever (TVNewser)
That giant sucking sound you heard during the Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t viewers changing the channel. Despite it being a blowout, the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Denver Broncos averaged 111.5 million people, more than any television program in U.S. history, surpassing the 2012 game on NBC when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in a much closer game — 111.3 million watched that Super Bowl. The game is also now the most-watched program on Fox, breaking the 111.0 million viewer mark for the 2011′s Super Bowl, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adweek / VideoWatch Officially, according to Adobe Analytics, Fox’s live stream of Super Bowl XLVIII averaged 528,000 viewers. According to Fox, that’s the biggest live stream of a sporting event in history (a number that is hard to prove, though it would seem to top recent Summer Olympics and March Madness streams). Capital New York The ratings continue to show that the Super Bowl is a juggernaut unlike anything else on TV. Three of the last four Super Bowls have set TV ratings records. While most broadcast programming is losing viewers in an increasingly fragmented video landscape, football — and the Super Bowl in particular — remains untouched by the changes happening in the rest of the media industry. TVSpy The ratings are in for Super Bowl XLVIII, and interestingly enough, the leading market wasn’t Seattle or Denver: As the Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43-8, Kansas City drew the highest ratings, posting a 58.1 rating / 78 share, meaning 78 percent of TVs in use in the Kansas City market were turned to Fox affiliate WDAF. TVSpy Viewers of Little Rock, Ark. Fox affiliate KLRT lost eight minutes of what would normally be prime Super Bowl viewing when the station’s transmitter lost power. The station told viewers on its Facebook page, “We hope to have it restored ASAP. We sincerely apologize.” PRNewser From Vegas to Madison Avenue, everyone was looking to get in on some Super Bowl action. For marketers, that means standing out from the crowd. To accomplish these two things, JCPenney thought it would be a good idea to send out fake drunk tweets.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sanfuentes Out at NBC | Dorsey to Disney Board | AOL’s HuffPost Hopes

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Former D.C. Bureau Chief Leaves NBC News (NY Post)
Antoine Sanfuentes, the former Washington bureau chief for NBC News, is exiting the network. The news was confirmed in a farewell note emailed to staff by Sanfuentes Monday morning. The journalist had been with the Peacock network for 24 years. His last day is Jan. 20, he said in the email, a copy of which was reviewed by The New York Post. HuffPost His exit is the latest shakeup during what has already been a bumpy year for NBC News. Turness took over as president this past summer, and Today and Meet The Press have both struggled in the ratings. NY Post Turness is turning her attention to her troubled Sunday talk show, Meet The Press — asking staff to write a mission statement and explain what works and what doesn’t, the Post has learned. Turness has been reviewing individual shows one by one with the aim of having staff focus more clearly on winning the ratings wars, sources said. FishbowlDC But while Meet The Press has slipped in recent months from a strong first place in the ratings to third, NBC sources close to the matter tell FishbowlDC that scrapping the show — one of NBC’s marquee brands — is not on the table.

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Latest Patch Site is Hyper-Fictitious

And, in this anniversary month of the death of Walter Cronkite, Propwash Junction Patch is being edited by Windy Kronkite, no less.

She and the entire site are fake. Although Propwash Junction Patch looks and feels like every other recently redesigned Patch site, it’s actually a clever rich content ad for Disney’s August 19 animated feature Planes.

Links to the fake Patch, like the one above, are being embedded across real Patch sites. For our money, the funniest part of the Propwash hub is the local editor’s bio.

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Disney Tops Media Company Revenue List

Disney is the top dog (or mouse, if you want to be dumb/cute about things). SNL Kagan released its annual list which ranks media companies by analyzing revenue and profitability, and The Walt Disney Company takes the number one spot. According to Mediapost, the company had $42.3 billion in revenue last year. Not bad, considering the people who work at Disney thought Taylor Kitsch was a great actor.

Here’s the top five media companies, ranked by 2012 revenue:

1) Disney ($42.3 billion)
2) News Corp. ($33.7 billion)
3) Omnicom Group ($14.2)
4) CBS ($14.1)
5) Viacom ($13.9)

Longtime WNEW-AM Personality Bob Jones Remembered for Demeanor, Champion of Pop Standards

Lost in the holiday fanfare was the passing of a longtime radio host on WNEW 1130. Bob Jones was 70. The family’s obituary placed in The New York Times on January 4 listed Jones’ cause of death as complications from cancer.

Jones, for parts of three decades, had hosting stints on WNEW mainstays–The Make Believe Ballroom and The Milkman’s Matinee. He remained an advocate of the “Great American Songbook,” playing the likes of Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney (George’s aunt). He remained at WNEW until the end in 1992 when Bloomberg Radio took over the frequency.

One of the many colleagues that intersected with Jones is market veteran Bob Gibson. The retired newsman worked with Jones at WNEW.

“He was pleasant and always easy to get along with, but perhaps his most endearing trait was his love for the music he played and the care he took in telling stories about a particular singer or arrangement.”

In his later years, Jones was a midday announcer at classical WQXR and morning man at WQEW until Disney took over in 1998.

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Media Companies Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Repeat after us: Giant companies aren’t always bad. Especially when they use some of their overflowing money stash’s for the greater good. News Corporation, Viacom, The Walt Disney Company and NBC Universal are doing their part, as they’ve all pledged donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Rupert Murdoch got things going by pledging one million from News Corporation. “Newscorp giving $1million to help families in NY and NJ badly hurt by Sandy,” Murdoch tweeted. “Hope other companies will do same.”

Viacom is donating $1 million, half to the Mayor’s Fund for NYC and half to local organizations that are helping Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester County get back on their feet. Disney is also splitting its $2 million donation; half will go to the Red Cross and the other million to assorted charities.

NBC Universal is taking a slightly different route, as it plans to air a fundraising special Friday night at 8 p.m. Matt Lauer will host the program, which will feature performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Sting.

Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Will Probably Ruin Star Wars Even More

This isn’t really New York centric, but it’s definitely big news. Disney has agreed to buy Lucasfilm — and the entire Star Wars franchise — for $4.05 billion in stock and cash. Half of the payment will be in cash, and 40 million shares will be distributed at closing.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

If the acquisition wasn’t big enough news for you, Disney also announced plans to release more Star Wars movies, starting with Star Wars Episode 7, in 2015.

Should you find yourself upset that Disney bought the beloved Star Wars franchise and is adding more movies to it, remember that Lucas already ruined everything with Jar Jar Binks. It can’t get any worse than that.

News Corp. Falls Out of Top 25 Media Earners List

According to a new study from SNL Kagan, News Corporation’s bottom line dropped so far in the second quarter that it’s no longer one of the top 25 media company earners. The company reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during 2Q, compared with a $683 million profit during 2Q of 2011.

In News Corp.’s number two spot is Reuters, with $935 million net profits. Disney once again topped all media companies, pulling in $2 billion.

The full list is available here.

Disney Extends Worldwide Oscar Rights to 2020

The Oscars will remain under the Disney umbrella through 2020 after a new agreement was reached on Friday with the Motion Picture Academy.

The new deal ensures Disney Media Distribution will continue to own the worldwide distribution rights for another eight years. The current deal was set to expire in 2014. The Oscars is distributed to 225 counties across the world.

Last year, ABC and the Academy reached an agreement for the domestic TV rights of the Oscars through 2020.

Disney Plans To Start Several New Subscription Magazines for Kids

At a moment where it seems like everyone is lamenting the death of print, Disney is taking the opposite tack — it plans to build a children’s subscription magazine business in the U.S.

Such hopeful news! As it turns out, Disney’s magazine business is just thriving in Europe, and so on Tuesday, it plans to announce the introduction of not merely one but several new subscription magazines, the New York Times reports.

The problem is, of course, that unlike European kids, American kids apparently hate reading because they are too busy playing the latest video games, so even glossy magazines and comic books have been floundering (let alone actual books). Nickolodean killed its own kid magazine in 2009 to concentrate on its websites instead.

But Disney remains hopeful, as well as focused on the bottom line in this gamble — Aparna Pande, Disney’s general manager for American magazines, told the Times: “Kids want them, and moms will pay for them.”

Upcoming Disney glossies to look out for include Phineas and Ferb, a print companion to the animated television series of the same name, a monthly Cars magazine starting in the fall, and planned magazines built around Marvel movies like “Thor” and “Captain America.”

Now it’s just up to the kids to read them.

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