Broadcast Nets Hit The Median: The Big 4 Are Now 50+

“Most broadcast networks have seen generally lower viewership for the first two weeks of the season. Also, the average age of network viewers has gotten older.” Read More Here.

Dick Cavett / Pyramid Power, Over Me

““Password” was fun, too, and being a panelist on the old “What’s My Line?” was a superthrill. But the laughs gotten from my friendly sparring with Dick Clark were great, and the games themselves were a day at the gym for your brain. Five shows in a row taped with only economics-dictated short breaks between them left you all but cortex-dead and, when the show was in Los Angeles, barely qualified to drive yourself home.” Read More Here.

Why Even Nora Ephron’s Death Couldn’t Save Ann Curry

“You shouldn’t have to be an aging woman to write copy that appeals to women (or men) over 40, but it sure seems to help. Over the last three decades, Nora Ephron — who died last month at 71 — wrote screenplays that became iconic representations of Boomer life, and in so doing made many billions of dollars for the film studios that hired her. Given this nearly unmatched record of success, you might think that media companies would have begun hiring older women for all kinds of jobs, from writing more screenplays to communicating more directly with the many viewers who value an older person’s experience and humor.” Read More Here.

TV / ‘Dallas’: The Original Sinner Returns

“Damn, it’s good to have J.R. Ewing back. As the ruthless oil baron of Dallas, he was the original dashing scumbag arch-villain, on the original prime-time soap. Played by the great Larry Hagman, J.R. was Tony Soprano in a Stetson, Tyrrion Lannister in a Mercedes, Don Draper with more notches on his oil well – those guys couldn’t exist without J.R. to show them the way. As Hagman says, with his Texas cackle, “My favorite J.R. line was, ‘Once you get rid of integrity, the rest is a piece of cake.’ And lemme tell ya, it’s true.” Read More Here.

This Nielsen Data Suggests People Aren’t Watching TV Anymore

A new report from Nielsen, the TV audience ratings and measurement people, shows that the number of people who watched TV at least once per month—a pretty low bar—declined from 90 percent of the population to 83 percent last year.” Read More Here

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