May 18, 1986 |
While viewers are watching (or spurning) the new prime-time series this fall, the networks will be watching their programming beachheads erode or strengthen. Each show's placement in the schedule, as well as its rating, has become increasingly important. The biggest and best example of the individual significance of each time slot is a tale of two cities - Dallas vs. Miami Vice. They'll battle to the death Fridays at 9 p.m., and one show will emerge as the hero and be showered with glory.
October 5, 1988 |
The sharks smell blood. In this case, the predators are syndicators that sell original first-run, non-network shows to TV stations around the country. Their prey is the hemorrhaging new series "USA Today: The Television Show," the much-ballyhooed program that, during its first three weeks, was clobbered in the ratings and beaten senseless by the nation's TV critics. As the program (airing in here at 1:30 a.m. on Channel 3) staggers into its fourth week, competitors scurry to come up with a replacement should efforts to revive the video cousin of newspaper USA Today fail.
February 2, 1988 |
Back in 1964, the TV networks and their two ratings services, Arbitron and Nielsen, got together for an unusual summit to determine how to regulate ratings to help advertisers. The summit produced the concept of "sweeps months," times when Nielsen and Arbitron would conduct more intense audience surveys than normal. The months chosen were May (because it comes just before the summer buying time for fall series), November (to give new fall shows a few weeks to gain viewers), and February (to give "second-season" shows that same opportunity)
March 28, 1986 |
"Good Morning America" (weekdays at 7 a.m. on Channel 6) slid past the "Today" show (weekdays at 7 a.m. on Channel 3) in the ratings for the first time in 14 weeks. According to the Nielsen national ratings for the five-day period of March 17 through 21, "GMA" scored a 5.7 rating and a 24 share, while "Today" came in second with a 5.5/23 and the "CBS Morning News" limped in third with a 3.2/14. (A rating point is equal to 859,000 households. The share is the percentage of sets in use tuned to a particular show.
December 1, 1986 |
It's still a tight race for second place between the news divisions of Channels 3 and 10, while Channel 6's "Action News" continues on its winning way, according to the A.C. Nielsen ratings. Here's how the local stations competed in the November sweeps period between Oct. 30 and Nov. 26. 5-5:30 p.m. - Channel 6, the only local television station still airing news at 5 p.m., scored a 12.7 rating and a 26 share; Channel 3 ("Newlywed Game") had a 10.3/21; and Channel 10, which airs reruns of "Magnum" from 4:30-5:30 p.m., scored a 7.0/16.
June 10, 2009 |
Adam Lambert: No surprise, I'm gay It took American Idol Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken five years - five years of dodging reporters' questions, tabloid rumors and innuendos - to come out of the closet as a gay American man in September 2008. Adam Lambert, 27, on the other hand, has announced in the new issue of Rolling Stone mag that he is also a gay American man - barely five minutes after he was announced as the Season 8 runner-up. "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear I'm gay," Adam says.
January 28, 1995
A DUMB FLAP It was dumb for Newt Gingrich's mother to think she could stage-whisper the House Speaker's alleged opinion of Hillary to millions of the TV viewing audience. It was dumb and contrived of the scheming Connie Chung to take advantage of her - or did she? It was also dumb of the first lady to invite Newt and his mama to the White House for tea - too conciliatory and phony. Equally dumb is the fuss made over it in the ratings war. Who really cares in two-faced Washington, where you pretend to be political allies but are really secret enemies, where honesty is a forgotten word?
November 3, 1986 |
Once again, as we enter November, we are about to be swept away, as the networks and local stations start tossing out their high cards in the poker game known as "sweeps month. " It's during these months, the others being February and May, that ratings are tabulated on which the next few months of advertising prices are based. So it is, with television being a bottom-line business, we are usually bombarded during the sweeps with glitz and glamor and fanfare and specials and gut-issue reports and high-drama regular episodes and anything else the networks and stations can offer that will attract the largest number of viewers imaginable.
April 2, 1990 |
The "New Q-102" just got newer. Yesterday, in a quest to "take the station to the next level," WIOQ-FM (102.1) operations manager Mark Driscoll and general manager Gil Rozzo canned two jocks and the production director to bring in people with even more "off-the-wall" personalities. The hard-driving contemporary dance music will remain unchanged, said Driscoll. "Year One was start up; Year Two is grow up," said Driscoll, noting that yesterday's bombshell had been quietly in the works for weeks.
October 16, 1989 |
"G-o-o-d m-o-r-n-i-n-g to Tina Christmas, wife of Rev. James Christmas," says Art Douglas in his comfortable baritone. "The mother of three lovely children, she's very active in the church and community affairs. She's the superintendent of Mount Zion Baptist Church Sunday school, also the choir director, a missionary, and she's a member of the Concerned Parents of Coatesville. "She works at Philadelphia Electric in Caln. And the Pastors' Aid Society would like to say, 'Happy birthday!