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More Nielsen gold during NBC's last week of Olympics coverage, landing 8 shows in the Top 10

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nielsen says NBC can toast its final golden week of Olympics coverage, which again gave it the seven most-watched prime-time telecasts. And there was a bonus: An eighth broadcast from Sochi on Sunday also landed in last week's Top 10. Monday was NBC's biggest night, seen by more than 23 million viewers to be the week's No. 1 program. The least-followed night of coverage, Saturday, placed seventh for the week. "Sochi Gold," aired prior to Sunday's closing ceremonies, ranked ninth.

Olympics coverage keeps NBC the ratings leader while dwarfing broadcast rivals in viewership

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The continuing Olympics handed NBC last week's most-watched seven telecasts, keeping the network in the Nielsen stratosphere. Tuesday was NBC's biggest night, seen by more than 23 million viewers. Its least-followed Olympics coverage, on Saturday, still placed seventh overall for the week, drawing 17 million viewers. AMC's "The Walking Dead" ranked eighth with 13 million viewers. Fox's "American Idol" placed 10th and 11th.

From Sydney to Sochi: How Olympics video has evolved online over 14 years

NEW YORK, N.Y. - NBC's Olympics coverage online has evolved over the years. In the beginning, NBC was worried about interfering with broadcast coverage — its own and those of others. Broadcast rights are sold by territory so Europeans aren't supposed to have access to NBC's video. Tools for restricting content by territory have improved, while NBC got new owners — Comcast Corp. Now, NBC sees the Internet as complementary to its television broadcasts. Here's a look at the evolution of Olympics video online: — 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.

From Sydney to Sochi: How Olympics video has evolved online over 14 years

NEW YORK, N.Y. - NBC's Olympics coverage online has evolved over the years. In the beginning, NBC was worried about interfering with broadcast coverage — its own and those of others. Broadcast rights are sold by territory so Europeans aren't supposed to have access to NBC's video. Tools for restricting content by territory have improved, while NBC got new owners — Comcast Corp. Now, NBC sees the Internet as complementary to its television broadcasts. Here's a look at the evolution of Olympics video online: — 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.

CBS wins bid to televise 8 Thursday night NFL football games

By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The CBS television network won a bidding war to air eight Thursday night National Football League games during the 2014 season, giving CBS one of TV's most highly prized programs on the night generally most coveted by advertisers. CBS and the NFL announced the deal on Wednesday.

U.S. network NBC to return to live musicals with 'Peter Pan'

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. TV network NBC will air another live performance of a Broadway musical, "Peter Pan," on December 4, hoping to repeat the ratings success of last year's broadcast of "The Sound of Music Live." The musicals are part of the Comcast-owned network's strategy to draw audiences to live events, a defense against later viewing on digital video recorders which is less valuable to advertisers.

Exclusive: Fox, CBS, ESPN bid for Thursday night NFL games

By Ronald Grover LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox, CBS and ESPN have submitted bids for the rights to broadcast as many as eight Thursday night National Football League games, three people familiar with the bidding process told Reuters, as bidders began assembling for what is expected to be a highly contested auction. NBC, which already broadcasts NFL games on Sunday nights, is expected to join the bidding by Friday night, when bids are due, according to one of the people.

NFL: Falcons-Lions London clash to test US morning TV interest

National Football League officials will use next year's clash at London's Wembley Stadium between the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons to test the American appetite for morning gridiron broadcasts. The NFL said Wednesday that kickoff for the October 26 game will be at 1330 London time, 0930 in the morning in the Eastern part of the United States where both clubs involved are based.

Astros sue ex-owner, 2 media companies over dispute about regional network that shows games

HOUSTON - Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has sued the team's former owner and a pair of media companies, alleging he's lost possibly hundreds of millions of dollars because they misrepresented the value of a regional television network that broadcasts Astros games. The lawsuit, filed in state court in Houston on Thursday, accuses former Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr., as well as Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal Media of fraud, misrepresentation and conspiracy. The suit also accuses McLane of breach of contract.

Astros owner Crane hopes to reach deal with CSN Houston despite network filing bankruptcy

HOUSTON - Houston Astros owner Jim Crane hopes Comcast SportsNet Houston will agree to pay his team what he calls a fair amount for its media rights, and they can boost carriage after a season where only 40 per cent of the city could view the games. But for now the situation has gotten uglier. The network recently filed bankruptcy, followed by the Astros filing a motion to dismiss that case. The Astros say the network filed the motion to gain leverage over the team in the dispute. Crane says the team can't take a "20-year bad deal."
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