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Letterman Farewell Draws 13.7 Million Viewers

blogs.wsj.com — David Letterman went out on a high note Wednesday night with 13.76 million people watching the CBS late night host's finale, according to Nielsen. The star-studded broadcast included a top-ten list delivered by Letterman regulars including Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Chris Rock and Bill Murray as well as a performance by The Foo Fighters, one of Mr. Letterman's favorite bands.

The Best Moments from the TV ‘Upfronts’

blogs.wsj.com — The big broadcast networks have made their presentation to advertisers at the annual upfronts, bringing a busy week full of booze and buzzwords to a close.And as media buyers and networks sit down at the negotiating table, CMO Today is bringing you the best -- and most cringe-worthy -- moments from the upfronts this week.

CW Adds ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ to Fall TV Schedule With ‘Jane the Virgin’

blogs.wsj.com — This season, the CW Network gambled on a virgin to lift its ratings, and it paid off. Next time around, it is betting on a crazy woman.Coming off a season in which it saw its audience grow by 12%, the CW is launching only one new show in the fall -- "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," which it is pairing with "Jane the Virgin," the network's hour-long comedy that drew solid ratings and lots of critical acclaim in its first year.

CBS Enlists Stephen Colbert to Schmooze With Advertisers

blogs.wsj.com — Stephen Colbert won't officially take over for David Letterman in the late-night time slot until Sept. 8, but CBS has already been putting him to work with advertisers. The former host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" took part in several meetings CBS had with major advertisers earlier this spring to talk about how to work together on "The Late Show," CBS Corp.

Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Drew a Record $400 Million in Pay-Per-View Sales

blogs.wsj.com — Floyd Mayweather's 12-round win over Manny Pacquiao set a record with more than $400 million in pay-per-view revenue, according to Showtime and HBO, which partnered on the telecast. More than 4.4 million people bought the May 2nd Welterweight Championship fight, which cost as much as $99 for a high-definition feed.

ABC Adds `Muppets’ in One of Network’s Few TV Schedule Changes

blogs.wsj.com — "The Muppets" are joining ABC in the fall, one of the only programming changes the network is making for the upcoming TV season.Walt Disney Co.'s ABC is making few changes to its fall television schedule, coming off a season in which it was the only major broadcast network to improve ratings for its prime-time entertainment programming in both viewers and the coveted 18-49 demographic.

ESPN to Simulcast NFL Wild Card Game on ABC

blogs.wsj.com — The era of a National Football League playoff game on cable television is over after just one season.ESPN told advertisers Tuesday at a marketing presentation that it would simulcast its coverage of an NFL wild card game on the ABC broadcast network, which along with ESPN is owned by Walt Disney Co.

Curtain to Come Down on Fox’s ‘American Idol’

wsj.com — "American Idol" will sing its last note next year, bringing an end to a Fox show that was once the most dominant program on U.S. television and ushered in a new era of reality competition shows that changed the entertainment landscape.

Fox to End `American Idol’ Next Season

blogs.wsj.com — Fox is pulling the plug on "American Idol." The network said next season will be the 15th and final for the talent show, which at its peak was the most dominant program on television and ushered in a new era of competition shows that changed the TV landscape.

NBC Adds Neil Patrick Harris Variety Program Among Nine New TV Shows

blogs.wsj.com — Coming off a disappointing season with no new big hits and several flops, Comcast Corp.'s NBC will unveil a 2015-2016 prime time schedule to advertisers Monday that will have nine new shows. Although NBC finished first in the race for adults under-50 and second in total viewers this season, that was primarily on the strength of "Sunday Night Football" and its talent show "The Voice."
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May 24, 2015

@kimmasters same issue as newspapers. Cutbacks which means fewer editors and more errors.

May 24, 2015

A broadcast network wouldn't make Grace and Frankie not because of subject matter but because of age of cast. Sad.

May 24, 2015

Very into Grace and Frankie. Highly enjoyable & while its plot gets most of attention, how about that its stars are AARP age and hilarious?

May 22, 2015

The National Examiner's big "exclusive" this week is that Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg had a fling decades ago.

May 21, 2015

Letterman's finale draws 13.76 million viewers, biggest audience since 1994 when he had Winter Olympic lead-in.

May 21, 2015

Per the trailer, only beautiful people are in jeopardy in San Andreas.

May 20, 2015

@franklinavenue Don't worry, the other 93 people watching tweeted every line.

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