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The 3 Surprises of How People Watched the London Olympic Games [video]

Olympics on NBC

Latest numbers regarding NBC‘s coverage of the now most recent Summer Olympics: The number of devices authenticated by NBC during the two-week event hit roughly 10 million. In addition, NBC says 13.6 million hours of video was live streamed by pay-TV subscribers. The numbers were first reported by AllThingsD.

Additionally, in news that probably isn’t too surprising, my old friend, Alan Wurtzel, President/Research and Media Development for NBCUniversal said late last week that the company’s decision to make the programming available on multiple devices led to a significant increase in viewership among kids and teens. “Among all demographic groups, it was kids and teens that showed double digit gains in their viewing over Beijing,” he said in the video announcement.

What about you? How did you watch the Olympics and what devices did you use?



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Talk Show Ratings

Anderson Cooper visited Wolfson Children's Hos...

Anderson Cooper visited Wolfson Children’s Hospital. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warner Bros.’ Ellen was No. 1 among the talk shows with a 2.8 household rating, while Live, which introduced former New York Giants Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s co-host in its season start on Sept. 4, had a 2.8 household rating last week. Among the newcomers, Katie did best, averaging a 2.3 household rating, flat to last September when ABC’s soap General Hospital was on the air in many of Katie’s time slots.
By Kevin Downey
TVNewsCheck, September 17, 2012 3:28 PM EDT
Three high-profile first-run talk shows bowed in last week, but it was two veteran shows – Ellen and Live with Kelly and Michael — that generated most of the ratings buzz in daytime syndication.

Warner Bros.’ Ellen was No. 1 among the talk shows with a 2.8 household rating, up 40% from a year ago, based on Nielsen’s Monday-Friday metered-marked weighted average ratings for primary-run episodes.

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It posted a 1.8 rating among women 25-54, up 64%, fueled in part by a strong lead-in New York (WNBC) and other key markets from Steve Harvey, a show from NBCUniversal in just its second week.

Live, which introduced former New York Giants Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s co-host in its season start on Sept. 4, had a 2.8 household rating last week, up 4% from a year ago.

Among women 25-54, Live had a 1.6, up 14%. Live debuted a week earlier to a 3.3 and 1.9 as viewers tuned in to get a first look at Stahan in the new role. (Ellen gets the No. 1 talk ranking based on the demo showing.)

Of the three newcomers, Disney-ABC’s Katie with Katie Couric did best, averaging a 2.3 household rating, flat to last September when ABC’s soap General Hospital was on the air in many of Katie’s time slots. Katie had a 1.2 in women 25-54, down 14%.

Katie did best on her first day (Monday) with a 2.8 rating with big-name guests Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow. On Thursday, when Katie didn’t have a celebrity guest, the show slipped to a 1.7. It bounced back to a 2.2 on Friday with guest Jennifer Lopez.

CBS Television Distribution’s Jeff Probst, which also premiered last Monday, managed just a 0.8 household rating, down 27% from its time slot average last year. Among women 25-54 it had a 0.5, down 29%. On Friday in some markets, Jeff was partially preempted by breaking news, which pulled its average down slightly.

The third new entry, Ricki, had a 0.7, down 36%, and a 0.4, down 20%. The Twentieth Television show perked up slightly as the week went on. On Thursday, it had a 0.5 women 25-54 rating, up from a 0.4 on Monday. The show was hurt by not being available in much of the New York DMA due to a retransmission dispute with WPIX owner Tribune and Cablevision.

Dr. Phil, from CBS, kicked off its 11th season a day late. Its Monday episode was preempted by U.S. Open Tennis. The show’s Tuesday episode focused on the Trayvon Martin murder case. Phil averaged a 2.4 household rating over five days, although it aired only four episodes. Still, it was flat to last year, and had a 1.0 among women 25-54, down 9%.

Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz had a 2.2 rating for its fourth season premiere, up 5% over last year. Among women 25-54, Oz had a 0.9, flat.

NBCU’s Harvey continued to exceed expectations in his second week. Based on Monday-Friday this past week, it averaged a 1.4, up 40% from last year. Among women 25-54, the Chicago-based talk show had a 0.9, an 80% improvement over the show’s time slots in September 2011.

Harvey is a comedian whose relationship-advice books are the basis for the show. He also hosts the Debmar-Mercury game show Family Feud, which has seen its ratings soar by double-digit percentages since he began hosting it in 2010.

CBS’s The Doctors had a 1.3, down 13%, and a 0.5 among women 25-54, down 29%.

As its new name asserts, Warner Bros.’ Anderson Live with Anderson Cooper began its second season with a live format and the promise of a different co-host each week. With actress Kristin Chenoweth last week, Anderson pulled a 1.2 household rating, up 9%, and a 0.5 among women 25-54, down 17%.

Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams had a 1.0 household rating, up 25%. Its 0.8 among women 25-54 was up 33%.

Debmar-Mercury conflict talk show Jeremy Kyle, which is now in its second season, had a 0.6 through Thursday, down 14%. It had a 0.3 among women 25-54, down 25%.

Several syndicated shows are premiering today, including the new season of CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray, which has a new set at the former Martha Stewart Show studio.

NBCUniversal’s Maury, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos kick off new seasons. Maury spinoff Trisha debuts and so does Entertainment Studio’s court show Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez.

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Decoding the New Age: VR, AR, SM, AI, what do they all mean?

Frank Radice

Frank Radice


AR – Augmented Reality
“Augmented Reality is a combination of real world environment and digital, computer generated information – and it is the technology that will rise to the top of the ‘new normal’. The potential impact it will have on all areas of life, including business, cannot be understated. More than anything else it can have a practical, day-to-day impact that make people’s lives better. The huge explosion of Pokémon GO earlier this year is one such simple example of the real world, combining with digital and producing a result that was a world-wide phenomenon. One of the real advantages it has over Virtual Reality (VR) is that it does not require any additional headwear like VR headsets, and the results can be just as impressive.

In a hands-on sense for businesses, the possibilities are endless. Technologies like Siri mean that you only have to speak into your phone to find out where the nearest restaurant is or what the weather is like. Soon this will develop further and you’ll be able to ask it, for example, where you can buy a loaf of bread? To which you’ll be told where you can buy the bread, how much it’ll cost, how that compares to other nearby shops, where the bread came from, how long it’ll stay fresh etc… Visibility and accessibility for businesses will be increased hugely by the improvements in artificial intelligence (AI). The way it combines with mobile phone technology will be key as everybody carries a smart phone.”

VR – Virtual Reality
VR is the flavour of the year. Everybody across sectors like gaming, sports, the media, entertainment etc are all trying to think of the best way to incorporate VR into their businesses.

VR is an immersive experience that can transport you to any setting, fictional or real life, and includes interactive elements. The future of VR is as limitless as AR. Before long, viewing films will be done using a VR headset, people will pay to be able to witness a Premier League football match as if they were actually there watching it.

The downside to VR is the awkward hardware that is required. Headsets and gloves are an integral part of the experience and are often hooked up to a computer as well. This makes VR harder to include in everyday life.
Companies are finding alternatives but AR is expected to supersede VR eventually.”

SM – Social Media
“The impact and relatively sudden importance of SM is huge. However learning how to use and harness it properly is important.
Video is the holy grail of social media, as is having effective content and materials – without which your channels will not generate conversation. Conversation is what is important is social media, it cannot be a one-way interaction. A back and forth between fellow users is what will get your channels noticed.

SM also allows businesses a direct route to the screens of millions of users via notifications. An email is easy to ignore, a flyer in the post box is easily thrown in the trash can, however notifications grab attention and force the user to act on it.
SM is also a very cheap, business-effective tool to employ – it is more than just marketing. We are still so early on in the development of SM and already its importance is unparalleled.”

AI – Artificial Intelligence
AI is what really turns people’s heads. So many associate AI with scenes from The Terminator movies, in reality it is much more subtle. Siri on an iPhone is a mild form of AI. What is so intelligent about AI is its ability to learn and memorise, so that it becomes personally tailored to the user, it learns what you are interested in, what music you want to hear etc.

Eventually, this technology is what will result in driverless cars and in-house robots that make a genuine difference and improvement in our lives. That is the re-occurring theme throughout all of these tools – they are being developed to improve our lives.

For businesses – this technology will change the kind of work that is produced, no matter what kind of business you are in.”

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