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Perennial Ratings Winner, Yankees and Red Sox Do it Again for YES

Once again, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox head into the final month of the season jockeying for position atop the AL East. And once again, their games rocket high in the ratings.

The mid-week series at Fenway Park grabbed the top two prime time slots, according to the Nielsen.

The September 1st game, which the Yankees held on for a 4-2 victory, was number one with 733,000 YES Network viewers and a 3.6 rating.

The previous night (won by the Red Sox, 9-5) settled for number two (630,000/3.1) on YES.

Even without Boston, the Yankees’ ratings didn’t suffer. Friday night hosting (and beating) the Blue Jays took sixth place (488,000/2.4).

USA’s drama Royal Pains notched a third-place finish (602,000/3.0), while WCBS had their usual outstanding showing from 60 Minutes at four (557,000/2.8).

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America’s Got Talent Tops the Week for WNBC

Led by America’s Got Talent, WNBC took the weekly prime time number one spot, according to the Nielsen Company.

The competition had an estimated 666,000 viewers with a 3.3 rating. Talent also landed at number three with an additional 627,000 viewers and a 3.1 rating.

WCBS took second place, thanks to 60 Minutes (650,000/3.2).

Yankee Baseball on the WWOR was fourth (599,000/3.0) as C.C. Sabathia came close to pitching a perfect game on July 26 against Seattle.

WCBS was fifth with NCIS (569,000/2.8).

President Obama cracked the Top 10 with his debt ceiling address July 25 on NBC (497,000/2.5).

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MLB All-Star Game Lifts WNYW to Weekly Top Spot

With the temperatures consistently in the 90s, summer also means the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The annual mid-summer classic took the number one prime time position for the week, according to the Nielsen Company.

The All-Star Game had an estimated 945,000 WNYW/Channel 5 viewers, with a 4.7 rating.  The 30-minute pre-game show also got strong numbers–landing at number three (714,000/3.5).

ESPN basked in the All-Star glow as well. The Home Run Derby had a fourth-place showing (633,000/3.1).

In a non-baseball related entry, America’s Got Talent gave WNBC the number two slot (780,000/3.9) and fifth place (571,000/2.8).

WCBS got its highest program with 60 Minutes at number six (519,000/2.6).

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USA Network Takes Over Entire New Yorker Issue

Advertisers love to get our attention, so what better way to do that than to buy out an entire website or magazine? The USA Network thinks this is the right path, because it owns all the advertising space in the special “newsstand only” issue of The New Yorker, which came out today.

The issue is centered on the magazine’s popular “Talk of The Town” feature, and can be purchased for $5.99. If you’re a New Yorker subscriber, you can download the iPad version for free.

According to Ad Age, USA is going to use the space it bought to promote its new summer shows.

If you’re the type of person who can ignore ads, then you’re fine. You probably won’t even realize USA has purchased all the space.

But if you’re not someone who can ignore ad blasts, get ready for a million ads for shows like Suits (a hotshot Manhattan lawyer hires a guy who isn’t even a lawyer to be his colleague and hijinks ensue!).

USA Network Retains Crown: Most Watched Cable Network

monk.jpgUSA Network, bolstered by the success of Tony Shalhoub‘s detective series “Monk” and other shows like “Burn Notice” and “Psych,” has claimed the most-watched cable programming crown again, averaging about 2.8 million viewers in prime-time, the Hollywood Reporter said.

This had to be good news for NBC Universal, which has not had a stellar year at the box office.

NBC executives were jazzed that USA’s average was 463,000 viewers than the Disney Channel. But it also knocked Fox News, ESPN and CNN for a loop.

Hooray for Hollywood, indeed!

Watch the Box: Misdirection

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VH1 likes Celebracadabra – Seven TV and film celebrities learn and perform magic tricks from top magicians at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Watch and marvel as they make their careers disappear.

Bravo’s ordered a new docu-drama series The Rachel Zoe Project with tiny, tan celebrity stylist, Rachel Zoe, her husband Rodger and her style team, as they work to build her business. The production promises that A-list celebrities will appear, but that’s highly unlikely. Bet it never goes beyond pilot.

Nashville Star moves from USA Network to NBC this summer. Auditions begin next month, and duets and groups can audition, in addition to solo performers.