Sunday ratings roundup: Viewers friend “God Friended Me”

Cubs, Bears score strong in Chicago Note: All numbers are 18-49 unless otherwise noted. These are finals. In a very contentious time in America, viewers needed a friend. And they found one Sunday night. CBS received strong sampling with new drama God Friended Me Sunday night, with a 1.3 rating/5 share and 10.2 million viewers. The series is about an […]

Judge approves AT&T-TimeWarner deal

Merger survives court challenge Tuesday’s federal court decision clearing the way for AT&T to acquire TimeWarner has implications not only for consumers and businesses, but the entire media landscape. Judge Richard Leon of the D.C. District Court ruled in favor of the two companies on Tuesday imposing no conditions after a long six-week trial. The merger was announced on a […]

The CW returns to Sunday nights

After nearly a decade, The CW is back in the Sunday night race Signaling they are not going anywhere, The CW announced Wednesday their intentions to return to programming Sunday nights after a nine-year hiatus. The expansion gives the network twelve hours a week to program, all in primetime beginning this fall. The move comes as The CW has received […]

“The Good Fight” off to a good start

First test for new show heading to CBS’ premium service When CBS’ new All-Access service was wheeled out in 2014, many thought the first original series to be rolled out and marketed as a flagship brand for the service would be the new Star Trek series – a well-known brand name to draw in viewers. Unfortunately, the new Star Trek […]

San Diego Comic-Con is here

Geeks, man your positions – it’s Comic-Con time. The 46th annual comics, gaming, and media convention stepped off Thursday in San Diego. Thanks to several movie studios bowing out, television is front and center panelwise with over 100 shows – related to sci-fi, fantasy, or not – being represented. Animated product also is taking center stage, with Minions and new […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: Sunday belonged to Cutler, “Walking Dead”

– Also: other Sunday, weekend rating results – The Game to stick around, while another The Game ends – Goodbye, Everybody Loves Mancow Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears’ winning performance Sunday also translated to a ratings victory – the game against the Atlanta Falcons drew a 31.5 Nielsen household rating according to Lewis Lazare at Chicago Business Journal – […]

TCA Summer Tour 2014: Crash course in cable

The Television Critics Association’s Press Tour got underway last week at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, Ca. For the next two weeks, TV and media critics will be listening to executives talk a lot of BS, see actors whining, and asking tough questions while tweeting away. But there is also the potential for some fun moments (remember a Downton […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: Alternative rock returns to 101.1

It’s official: the alternative rock format, which vanished from the 101.1 frequency in 2011 after Merlin Media took over, returned Friday morning at 9 a.m. prompt, simulcasting sister station WKQX/87.7 FM for a period of 30-45 days.  The move came a week after Cumulus announced it was taking over operations of three Merlin Media stations in Chicago. According to Radio […]

Introducing Quick Hits and Bits

Yours truly is testing a brand new feature titled Quick Hits and Bits, a quick roundup of the latest and not-so-latest television, radio, and Internet news – along with a few editorial quips. This is not meant to replace “The Grab Bag” column I’ve been writing about for the last few years, but wanted to get more media items on […]

“Breaking Bad” breaks the competition

Forget the major networks, Sunday night belonged to Walter White. The series finale of AMC’s Emmy-winning drama Breaking Bad after eight seasons was the most watched entertainment show of the evening, drawing 10.3 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49, translating to about 6.7 million viewers. Bad finished only behind the finales of HBO’s Sopranos (11.9 million in […]

Comic-Con, Day 4: Dan Harmon and “Breaking Bad” wrap it up

Comic-Con wrapped up on Sunday with the triumphant return of Dan Harmon and a farewell to Breaking Bad. – At the Community Comic-Con panel (see below), Harmon talked about being way from the show for the fourth season – and a la David Letterman when he’s made a mistake, continuing to apologize – to fans for his criticism of it. […]

Comic-Con, Day 2: “S.H.I.E.L.D” takes center stage

Plus: Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, Veronica Mars, Big Bang Theory panels pack ’em in  One of the most anticipated television projects in years took center stage Friday afternoon at Comic-Con in San Diego. Yes, it was ABC’s new Tuesday night series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that was the biggest attraction Friday afternoon. And it turned out there was more […]

Comic-Con 2012: Day 2

Here’s what went down on the second day of Comic-Con from San Diego: – Diana Rigg, star of the 1960’s British TV series The Avengers (not related to the Marvel property), has joined the cast of HBO’s hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones as Olenna Redwyne, Queen of the Throns, as it was announced at a rather limp panel Friday […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: WGN Radio loses steam in latest PPMs

A lot of stuff in this grab bag this week: – What’s this? A historic low for WGN Radio? The Tribune-owned talker finished in a tie for fifth place overall in 6+ with CHR WKSC-FM (Kiss) in the Arbitron May PPM survey. Even with Cubs baseball (and the you know the team sucks this year), WGN finished behind WVAZ (V103) […]