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NBA All-Star Game Nets 7.8 Million Total Viewers Across TNT & TBS

Eastern Conference LeBron James of the Cleveland Caveliers (23) goes to the basket during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Last night’s NBA All-Star Game was a winner, not only for the Western Conference but for Turner Sports. The game, which saw the West beat the East 192-182, drew 7.8 million viewers across TNT & TBS, making it the most-viewed NBA All-Star Game telecast since 2013, according to Turner and Nielsen. Last night’s live game coverage was up 3% over last year’s event, peaking with an average of 8.5 million total viewers from 8:30-8:45 PM ET. Meanwhile, TNT's coverage of State… Read


George “The Animal” Steele Dies: Iconic Wrestler Starred With Johnny Depp In ‘Ed Wood’

George The Animal Steele Died

William James Myers, who as his pro wrestling alter-ego George “The Animal” Steele became one of the iconic names in the sport, has died. He was 79. Steele’s persona — wild eyes, a furball body, green tongue, mute and a slightly unhinged penchant for eating turnbuckle padding — made him a star well before the WWE came into prominence on TV and pay-per-view in the 1980s. He later caught the eye of Tim Burton, who cast him as Swedish actor Tor Johnson in his 1994 pic Ed Wood… Read


Tom Brady Book & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team

Tom Brady movie

EXCLUSIVE: A new book and feature film project about Tom Brady, who has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history, is on its way. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s The Finest Hours who were nominated for an Oscar for The Fighter, and New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman are reteaming. Joining up with them is Boston journalist Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author on Boston Strong. Tamasy and Johnson used the book as part… Read


‘Andre The Giant’: WWE, Bill Simmons & HBO Tag Team On Documentary


“The Eighth Wonder of the World” is coming to a TV near you — ideally a big-screen. WWE, HBO and Bill Simmons Media Group are teaming to produce Andre the Giant, a feature-length documentary about the pro wrestling legend who helped build an entertainment empire. Sports Emmy winner Jason Hehir will direct the first project from Bill Simmons since HBO canceled his talk show in November. "Going back to 2007 and 2008 when I was creating and developing 30 for 30 for ESPN… Read


Golden State-Oklahoma City Showdown Scores For ABC

Klay Thompson, Andre Roberson

Saturday’s Golden State Warriors win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on ABC delivered a 4.1 metered market rating, the highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA regular-season game on any network since 2013, according to Nielsen. The match-up also marked a series-best for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, up 58 percent from last season's comparable ABC game (Warriors-Clippers, 2/20/16, 2.6). Last night's broadcast peaked during the 11-11:15 p.m. ET slot with a 4.7. The 19.5 rating… Read


Soccer Star Hope Solo Inks TV Deal, Will Host Sports Medical Series ‘The Cutting Edge’

Hope Solo TV Host Deal

World Cup-winning soccer star Hope Solo has signed a deal with INvelop Entertainment to develop and produce unscripted TV content. The first project under the pact is  a new season of the sports medical series The Cutting Edge, with Solo attached to host. The series follows athletes and the risks of sports injuries, and treatment and rehabilitation methods using the most current research. Solo was featured in Season 1 which aired on Fox Sports 1. It one of more than a… Read


“Tom Brady” Makes Appearance On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’


There is no length to which Matt Damon will not go to sneak onto Jimmy Kimmel Live. Even risking the ire of the show viewers, leading them to believe they’re being treated to an appearance by five-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady the night after Brady pulled off the biggest comeback in the game’s history. “We have a surprise guest with us…probably the most beloved Patriot of all,” Jimmy Kimmel said at the top his late-night show Monday. “We're very, very honored he's here… Read


’24: Legacy’ Debuts Post-Super Bowl With Most Watched Franchise Episode Ever; No Ratings Record


It was the third latest starting post-Super Bowl show of the last 17-years and the results were mixed for 24:Legacy last night on Fox. On the one hand the 11 PM ET launching spin-off of 24 clocked in the most watched episode ever in the franchise's nearly 16-year history with 17.6 million viewers. On the other hand, even with the fourth most watch show in U.S. TV history as its primary lead-in, the Corey Hawkins starring Legacy was not the highest rated show of the… Read


Lady Gaga Scores Second-Most Watched Super Bowl Halftime Show Ever

Lady Gaga Super Bowl Halftime

She strutted, sang, danced and seemed to fly through the air during Super Bowl LI last night, and it seems Lady Gaga also came very close to breaking a record with her halftime show. Reaching back into her extensive catalog, the Grammy winner and American Horror Story actress snared 117.5 million viewers on Fox for her 13-minute performance at NRG Stadium in Houston. While Gaga started her spectacle at 8:13 PM ET, Fox has gauged the eyeballs on the self-described Mother… Read


Super Bowl Ads With Political Messages Have Trump Fans Seeing Red


TV news outlets spent the day after the Super Bowl documenting the outrage of Donald Trump supporters over all the Big Game ads that went in for politics. Marketing execs at Budweiser have insisted in interviews that its "Born the Hard Way" ad is not intended to make any kind of political statement about this country's raging immigration debate, which would be easier to swallow had the ad's story of Adolphus Busch's immigration been a little less creative a molding of the… Read


Donald Trump Super Bowl Interview With Bill O’Reilly Nets 12.2 Million Viewers


UPDATED with more data: President Donald Trump’s 10 minute pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News star Bill O’Reilly snagged more than 12 million viewers on Fox broadcast network, according to Nielsen fast national stats. This comes up short compared stats for former POTUS Barack Obama’s pre-Super Bowl sit downs. But, among the important variables, the annual pre-game POTUS chat’s proximity to the actual Super Bowl impacts the interview’s audience size in no small way… Read


‘Tonight Show’ Books Super Bowl Champs Bill Belichick & Julian Edelman

Bill Belichick Julian Edelman The Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon

A day after their team’s unlikely, if not altogether improbable, comeback win in Super Bowl LI, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and receiver Julian Edelman will talk about it on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. The pair will be on the NBC late-night talker tonight, just having been added as guests on an episode that already features Tom Selleck and Joe Jonas. Absent from the guest list, however: Tom Brady, who just became the first player to win five… Read