ADAM LAMBERT IGNITES NEW CENSORSHIP FUROR
AMA AWARDS CHALLENGE FOOTBALL
ABC's telecast of Sunday night's American Music Awards averaged 14.16 million viewers and beat out NBC's Sunday Night Football from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., according to overnight Nielsen ratings. The football telecast -- Philadelphia at Chicago -- nevertheless averaged 15.11 million viewers and was the top-rated broadcast of the night, except for the overrun of CBS's own non-primetime football telecast, which pulled in 20.61 million viewers at 7:00 p.m.
OPRAH'S DEPARTURE WON'T HURT CBS, SAYS ANALYST
CBS's syndication arm is not expected to take a big hit when The Oprah Winfrey Show ends its run in Sept. 2011, Broadcasting & Cable reported today (Monday), citing a J.P. Morgan research note. "We think Oprah's significance is likely overblown for CBS," the note reads, noting that while the show accounts for about $300 million in total revenue, Winfrey and her Harpo Productions receive more than $250 million of that amount. "So while the loss of a longstanding distribution deal is disappointing for CBS, it's hardly a material hit to numbers, in our view," the J.P. Morgan note said. The CBS syndication unit, B&C noted, earns far more from Judge Judy and Entertainment Tonight than it does from Oprah.
VIVENDI COULD UPEND GE-COMCAST DEAL
Vivendi is playing hardball in its dealings with General Electric and is balking at the valuation that GE and Comcast have placed on NBC Universal. Vivendi must sell its 20-percent stake in the media company in order for GE and Comcast to form a joint venture that would run it. The Wall Street Journal said today (Monday) that GE and Vivendi are several hundred million dollars apart on a deal and that Vivendi is also asking GE to pay at least part of the price before any deal with Comcast closes. The newspaper cited a person familiar with the matter as saying that Vivendi doesn't want to assume the risk that the GE-Comcast venture could be blocked later on by federal regulators.