Friday April 19, 2013

NEW YORK -- Unlike the men’s basketball championship game itself, there was no contest in the ratings. Louisville’s gripping victory over Michigan to win the NCAA Tournament was easily the most popular event on prime-time television last week.

The game was seen by an estimated 23.4 million people, the Nielsen company said. That was a bigger audience than the last two men’s championship games.

Only two scripted series finished in Nielsen’s top 10 programs last week, Nielsen said. They were CBS’ Tuesday night mainstays, "NCIS" and its spinoff, "NCIS: Los Angeles,"

For the week, CBS led with an average of 10.8 million viewers. Fox had 6.1 million, ABC had 5.9 million, NBC had 5.1 million.

For the week of April 8-14, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships (in millions):

1. NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Louisville vs Michigan (CBS), 23.4.

2. "NCIS" (CBS), 17.2.

3. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS), 14.1.

4. "The Voice" (Monday) (NBC), 14.0.

5. "The Voice" (Tuesday) (NBC), 13.3.

6. "American Idol" (Thursday) (Fox), 13.19.

7. "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC), 13.15.

8. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 12.6.

9. "American Idol" (Wednesday) (Fox), 12.2.

10. "Dancing With the Stars Results" (ABC), 12.1.

Oscar show producers returning

LOS ANGELES -- Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the Oscars again.


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The film academy has announced that it has invited Zadan and Meron to return for the 2014 Academy Awards telecast, and the two producers said they’re honored to come back.

Their first Oscar show featured "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane as host. It drew Oscar’s largest audience since 2010, including more coveted younger viewers.

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Hawk Koch said Zadan and Meron have "the overwhelming support of the Academy’s Governors" to produce the Oscars a second time.

"To establish continuity with this year’s enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening," Koch said.

The duo’s production credits also include "Chicago," "Footloose," "Hairspray," "The Bucket List" and TV’s "Smash."

There’s no word on whether MacFarlane will also return as host. He said during the run-up to the show that he saw the Oscar job as "a one-time thing."

The 2014 Academy Awards are set for March 2.

Golden Globes set for Jan. 12

LOS ANGELES -- With the Golden Globes ceremony scheduled for next January, Hollywood’s 2014 awards season is set.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that the Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 12.

Awards shows face additional scheduling challenges to avoid overlap with the 2014 Winter Olympics, set for Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.

Globes organizers snatched up the last available weekend in January for the 71st annual ceremony. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are set for Jan. 18. The Producers Guild of America will hold its awards ceremony on Jan. 19. And the Directors Guild will present its annual honors on Jan. 25.

Golden Globe nominations will be announced Dec. 12.