10 Times That ABC’s Scandal Changed TV As We Knew It

From the moment that Scandal debuted on April 5, 2012, the series immediately distinguished itself from every other show on television. Kerry Washington, who stars on the ABC drama as Washington D.C. “fixer” Olivia Pope, became the first African-Americ…

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As TV Viewing Habits Change, Local Broadcasters Turn to Live Streaming

When the 2018 Major League Soccer season kicked off last month, Real Salt Lake fans didn’t have to fly down to Toyota Field in Frisco, Texas, to watch the Claret and Cobalt play its Western Conference rival FC Dallas. They didn’t have to turn on their …

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As Broadcast Companies Like Sinclair Get Bigger, ‘We Keep Losing Editorial Voices’

The corporate-mandated “fake stories” promo that recently aired across most of Sinclair Broadcasting’s 193 stations has sparked a conversation about what an increasingly consolidated news media means for the viewer–perhaps nowhere more so than within …

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MSNBC, the Network of The Resistance, Is Rising

For years, MSNBC was a middle-of-the-road basic cable network, ratings-wise. That’s no longer true, thanks in large part to President Trump. Led by progressive opinion hosts Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC has become an outlet…

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Live Telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar Hits 3-Year Ratings High for NBC

NBC’s live telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar gave the network its best Easter Sunday in 12 years and its best Sunday overall in three years, not including sports and the Golden Globes. With John Legend playing Jesus Christ, Broadway star Brandon Victo…

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After Roseanne’s Huge Return, ABC Quickly Renews for Next Season

Less than 48 hours after Roseanne returned to enormous ratings, ABC has already picked up the revival for another season. On Tuesday, the hour-long return of Roseanne in its former 8 p.m. time slot was watched by a whopping 18.2 million viewers and ear…

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Roseanne Has the Last Laugh, Drawing 18.2 Million Viewers in Its Return

If any network executives were still on the fence about the ratings potential of a well-timed revival, the gargantuan numbers from Roseanne’s return on ABC last night should put the matter to rest. The hour-long premiere of Roseanne in its former Tuesd…

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Why Freddie Highmore Initially Turned Down The Good Doctor, And What’s Ahead for Season 2

There are many reasons that The Good Doctor became this year’s breakout freshman drama, as detailed in this week’s cover story. But showrunner and executive producer David Shore says the real secret of the ABC medical drama’s success is its star, Fredd…

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ABC Hopes Buyers Won’t Judge Roseanne Based on Last Year’s Disastrous Upfront Appearance

Over the years, ABC has been able to use its May upfront event to ignite enthusiasm among buyers for new shows like Modern Family and Designated Survivor, both of which built buzz after the network screened all or some of its pilot for the Lincoln Cent…

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The Good Doctor Is Bringing the 10 P.M. Broadcast Drama Back to Life and Might Save ABC, Too

During ABC’s upfront presentation last May, Disney-ABC Television Group advertising sales president Rita Ferro enthusiastically touted all of the network’s current and upcoming shows in her pitch to buyers. But when she arrived at Tavern on the Green i…

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