Having watched as countless contestants said their goodbyes on season 1 of "The X Factor," judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones will now do the same, without so much as a highlight reel to play them off.
As the Broncos beat reporter for the Denver Post, Lindsay Jones admits her job description has become "all Tim Tebow, all the time." But over the past two months, Jones has noticed that the Tebow phenomenon has filtered outside her city limits. As she's traveled to cover the Broncos on the road, the reporter says the lead feature in Sunday sports sections is often the Denver quarterback, and that Tebow is a recurring and vibrant subject on the sports-talk debate airwaves as well.
The most remarkable story in television these days might be NFL viewership. Last year overall ratings were up 13 percent over 2009, and games on CBS, Fox and NBC averaged 20 million viewers, more than twice what networks receive for their prime-time programming. Last season's Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers set an American television record with 111 million viewers.
STEAM CORNERS, Ohio -- The pursuit of Danica Patrick continues and most signs indicate she will switch from the IZOD IndyCar Series to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012, with perhaps seven races in Cup. And while that deal is far from being completed, many in IndyCar are already preparing for life without Danica next season. How would her departure affect the series? Would TV ratings plummet, would ticket sales suffer? Those in the industry have mixed thoughts on those issues as they await official word on whether she's staying or going.
1. Rob Neyer -- SB Nation: Arguably the Internet's most influential baseball voice -- the writer Jonah Keri referred to him as a "gateway drug" to baseball on the web -- Neyer left ESPN after 15 years to become the national baseball editor for the sports blog and community site SB Nation.
The e-mail landed in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's inbox at 8:22 a.m. Friday morning. The sender was a trusted member of the league's research staff. The subject? The television ratings for the first primetime draft in NFL history.
As the formal part of its annual NCAA basketball Media Day drew to a close last week, a reporter approached CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus to talk about a subject other than college basketball.
When I began working on a book about the 1979 NCAA championship game, one of the first things I did, naturally, was watch a DVD of the game. NBC's telecast began with host Bryant Gumbel narrating a pregame segment before handing the game off to the trio of Dick Enberg, Billy Packer and Al McGuire. During the segment, Gumbel stood by himself on the court. There was no set, no fancy trappings, no commercial presence at all aside from a small "Pro Keds" sign that disappeared from view when the camera zoomed in on Gumbel's face.
1. And your 2008 Cup champion will be...? After his road course win at Sonoma on June 22 there seems to be little that can stand in the way of Kyle Busch taking his first season title -- except, perhaps... Kyle Busch. With five wins in the first 17 races, the Shrub has excelled on just about every sort of venue, from Talladega's superspeedway to the Monster Mile at Dover, and he has a 67-point lead in the standings over second-place Jeff Burton.
Under big blue letters declaring WE ARE NIELSEN, executives of the world's largest measuring company gathered in the ballroom of a resort near Fort Lauderdale for their second annual leadership retreat. Over two days in early January they trumpeted accounts won and targets achieved, and plotted Nielsen's plans for the year ahead, such as expanding its Internet ratings service into China. But a recurring theme was the company's need to improve - and fast - its spotty reputation with the clients that pay millions for its TV ratings data and retail market-share rankings.
NASCAR's sanctioning body finds itself in a rather perplexing situation as the season approaches, just two weeks after chairman Brian France emphasized going "back to the basics" in his state of the sport address.
Nielsen Media Research, the firm that calculates national television ratings for shows, will start providing a reading on how many people are watching the commercials starting this November, according to a report published Tuesday.
News Corp., whose Fox News cable network is generally associated with conservative hosts and viewers, is turning to Democrats to battle a new television ratings system, according to a published report.
Actor Matt LeBlanc found millions of new pals as his television show, "Joey," won strong viewership for the NBC network, which hopes the spin-off will help rebuild its Thursday night lineup after the departure of longtime hit "Friends."