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American Idol is Back on Top of Weekly Ratings

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The Super Bowl and Grammys are long over. The Oscars are coming up this weekend. So, for now, it’s back to “normal” atop the weekly prime time ratings. Fox’s American Idol led the way with the top two programs for the week.

The Wednesday night Idol had an estimated 990,000 viewers on WNYW/Channel 5 with a 5.0 rating, according to Nielsen. The following night’s Idol registered 953,000 viewers and a 4.9 rating.

The NBA All-Star Game on TNT had a third-place finish with a 926,000 fans and a 4.7 rating. TNT’s coverage of the always entertaining All-Star Saturday night tied for eighth (807,000/4.1).

The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family also tied for third.

WNBC had just one appearance in the Top 30 with Law & Order: SVU at 27 (536,000/2.7).

PBS’ Downton Abbey finished in a 20th-place tie (570,000/2.9).

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Dancing Edges Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting as Most Watched Prime Time Show

Holiday regalia is full steam ahead! Office parties are the norm. And another seasonal mainstay is NBC’s tradition of the Christmas tree lightning at home base–Rockefeller Plaza.

The holiday favorite brought throngs in the Christmas spirit to Midtown, and millions to their seats. The show tied for second, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.4 million viewers tuned in to WNBC, and a 7.2 rating.

The final 15 minutes of CBS’ NFL coverage also nailed down number two for the week.

But standing atop all others was ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. The celebrity competition had the top spot with last week’s result show (1.4 million/7.4).  Performance night “settled” for fifth place (1.2 million/6.2).

CBS’ 60 Minutes found a home at number four (1.2 million/6.3).

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Iconic Sportscaster Marv Albert Reflects on Brooklyn Getting the Nets

Yes! and it counts! That was the plan for Marv Albert, scheduled to be at the mic as the Nets made their official start in Brooklyn last weekend. Fittingly, Albert was to handle the play-by-play opening night against the Knicks for TNT. But Hurricane Sandy canceled that great storyline for the NBA’s preemient voice. Despite the change of plans, Albert, a Brooklyn boy, is part of FishbowlNY’s special series commemorating Brooklyn’s resumption of professional sports.

His homecoming will have to wait as Albert is expected to broadcast from the Barclays Center for TNT two times later this season.

Unless you’ve been under a rock since the 1960s, you know Albert’s amazing resume and, of course, his ties to New York. He called Knicks games, either or radio or TV, for almost 40 years. In 2005, Nets began his association with the Nets as lead play-by-play announcer on the YES Network. Albert has always maintained his legendary break neck pace, but wasn’t able to keep the Nets games on his full plate after last season.

“CBS came to me with the NFL. It was at the time right after Turner and CBS had put together the college basketball deal where I ended up doing Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games on CBS,” Albert admits. “It was something I just felt I couldn’t pass up. I knew I would end up doing major games in Brooklyn for Turner. It would have been just too much. I could have stayed and done a partial schedule, and that was the thought, but it would have been just too many games.”

Now, though, Albert is able to wax nostalgic about his childhood.

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All That Glitters is NBC’s Olympic Coverage

The London Olympics proved to the most watched television event in history. So, of course, WNBC reaped golden results from the Games.

The Nielsen weekly ratings, once again, were ”top-heavy” with Olympics prime time action. It was the Closing Ceremony, however, that took the gold, as the top program of the week. An estimated 2.3 million Channel 4 viewers watched Sunday night  with an 11.8 rating.

The 90-minute lead-in to NBC’s Closing Ceremony had a sixth-place finish (1.4 million/7.5).

Coverage from the U.K. capital averaged 1.7 million viewers and a nearly a 9.0 rating.

Venerable 60 Minutes still squeezed its way into the Top 10. In going against the Olympics’ final night, the CBS mainstay had 484,000 viewers and a 2.5 ratings.

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Lebron and Co. Lift WABC to Winning Week with NBA Finals

With the storyline of Lebron James gunning for his first NBA title, the Finals took the Top 3 spots for the week.

Game 1 of ABC’s coverage between the Heat and Thunder had estimated 1.4 million Channel 7 viewers, according to Nielsen, with a 7.1 rating.

Game 2 also performed well with 1.2 million fans and a 6.4 rating. Sunday night’s Game 3 had a slightly smaller audience with 1.2 million viewers and a 6.1 rating.

No basketball for ABC Friday, but the network still scored a big win, thanks to Nik Wallenda. His exhilarating walk above Niagara Falls on a wire was number four with 722,000 people watching the two-hour live broadcast. The special presentation managed a 3.7 rating.

CBS made it’s first appearance on the survey with 60 Minutes at five (626,000/3.2), while NBC cracked the Top 10 with America’s Got Talent (614,000/3.1) in sixth place.

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Battling Finales: American Idol Powers Past Dancing With The Stars in Ratings

It’s on to the summer. But not before American Idol and Dancing With The Stars completed their season last week.

In the latest prime time New York ratings, Idol was king of the week with its star-studded, grand finale Wednesday night. The Fox competition, which crowned Phillip Phillips the winner, scored with an estimated 1.8 million WNYW/Channel 5 viewers and a 9.1 rating.

Not only did Phillips win the night, the Fox 5 News at 10 used that lead-in to its advantage. The Ernie Anastos-Dari Alexander newscast was sixth with 865,000 viewers and a 4.4 rating.

The previous night’s Idol settled for fourth with 1.1 million fans and a 6.0 rating.

As for Dancing, it ended the season with a number-two performance for the Monday episode (1.4 million/7.3). The ABC celebrity talent showcase also found a home in third place for the results (1.3 million/6.6).

Game 6 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals on NBC Sports Network landed in eighth place, as the Rangers were elimated by the Devils (806,000/4.1). Game 5 also cracked the Top 10 at number 9 (722,000/3.7).

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Rolling Stone Gets Boost from TBS and TNT’s Terrible Shows

The next issue of Rolling Stone will be bigger (10 by 11 3/4 inches, up from 8 by 11 inches) and jam packed with advertising from TBS and TNT. According to The New York Times, the magazine’s “Big Issue,” will feature Metallica on the cover and 14 ads from the two networks inside, along with other pop culture focused content.

If (unfortunately) you’ve seen any TBS or TNT programs, you understand why they decided to take over Rolling Stone. Their shows are so terrible that they make you wonder if they’re actually meant to be parodies, and you somehow missed that. In fact, the only reason we ever watched “Franklin & Bash” is because we have an irrational dedication to Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s career. If Rolling Stone readers see ads for the subpar shows splattered everywhere, maybe they’ll be fooled into tuning in at some point. It’s a stretch, but probably worth the try.

It’s a risky strategy for Rolling Stone, too. The magazine is supposed to be cool; a revamped “Dallas” is not cool. But ads sell magazines, so this is what happens. Cross your fingers that it works out for the title. And maybe cross your fingers that Gosselaar becomes the next James Bond. It could happen dammit!

[Picture via The New York Times]

And the Ratings Winner is… WABC/Channel 7 with Oscar Night

It is traditionally one of television’s biggest nights of the year. And despite the usual criticism, the Academy Awards was easily the most-viewed show of the week nationally, and in New York.

The Sunday night telecast, seen on WABC/Channel 7, had an estimated 4.2 million viewers with a bulging 21.7 rating, according to Nielsen. The Oscar Red Carpet special took the next three slots in 30-minute intervals, with the final portion ramping up to the actual event at number two (2.9 million/14.8).

After Hollywood’s annual pomp and circumstance came Fox’s own version. The two-day American Idol final judgment yielded a Top 5 and 6 performance.  As the judges whittled the field down to the Top 25, 1.2 million fans tuned in for the two-hour presentation Wednesday (with a 6.0 rating), while another 1.1 million watched Thursday (1.1 million/5.7).

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Local NBA Season to Begin Minus Marv Albert

With the 149-day NBA lockout on the path to ending over the weekend, the season will be salvaged with a Christmas Day start. The only remaining issue is for the league and the union to iron-out a new collective bargaining agreement.

For many weeks, fans were subjected to revenue sharing and economics 101.

But there is a bigger picture with the NBA likely to resume next month.

There will be no Marv Albert calling local NBA games, after decades in the broadcast booth. But Albert, 70, announced in June that he would leave the YES Network to concentrate on his new NFL gig with CBS. He’s still the top broadcaster of NBA action on TNT. He joined TNT in 1999.

Not many years removed from his Syracuse University days, Albert hooked up with the Knicks in 1967. Virtually every season for the next 37 years, Albert was the lead voice, either on radio or TV. Read more

Idol and Dancing Finale Perform Well in Weekly Ratings

American Idol wrapped up its tenth season last week on WNYW/Channel 5.  As it did all season long, Idol had the number one show for the week. The two-hour finale that ultimately crowned Scotty McCreery as the newest Idol, scored huge with an estimated 2.1 million viewers and a 10.5 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

Fox 5 News at Ten, with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander landed at fifth place, thanks to the Idol lead-in (1.3 million/6.8).

The performance show from Tuesday night, where McCreery and Lauren Alaina faced off, was number four (1.4 million/7.2).

As for Dancing With The Stars, Monday’s night performance (1.8 million/8.9) had a second-place finish. On Tuesday, the winner was revealed to a number three (1.7 million/8.5) showing. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s 8 p.m. hour was 10th (664,000/3.3).

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