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  • Despite a 15 percent drop in viewership to 37.3 million, however, it is still worth the price tag for advertisers and broadcaster ABC, analysts said. ABC pays $75 million annually to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for TV broadcast rights, said Brad Adgate, the research director at Horizon Media. The contract with Walt Disney Co's ABC and the Academy...

  • Final Glance: Media companies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 47 or. 8 percent, to $59.15. Walt Disney Co. fell $1.01 or 1.0 percent, to $104.56. Gannett rose$. 43 or 1.2 percent, to $35.68.

  • Midday Glance: Media companies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:19 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 71 or 1.2 percent, to $58.91. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 94 or. 9 percent, to $104.63. Gannett rose$. 69 or 2.0 percent, to $35.94.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:35 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 67 or 1.1 percent, to $58.96. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 63 or. 6 percent, to $104.94. Gannett rose$. 24 or. 7 percent, to $35.49.

  • Midday Glance: Media companies Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:18 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 62 or 1.0 percent, to $59.79. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 98 or. 9 percent, to $105.65. Gannett rose$. 11 or. 3 percent, to $35.28.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:23 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 11 or. 2 percent, to $59.28. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 51 or. 5 percent, to $105.18. Gannett fell$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $35.15.

  • Final Glance: Media companies Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 96 or 1.6 percent, to $59.17. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 32 or. 3 percent, to $104.67. Gannett rose$. 22 or. 6 percent, to $35.17.

  • NBC stays in lead with Lester Holt Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Lester Holt's audience shot up by more than half a million viewers on his second week filling in at NBC's "Nightly News" for the suspended Brian Williams. NBC's newscast averaged 10.1 million viewers last week, roughly 600,000 more than the week before, the Nielsen company said. But on a busy news week with many viewers shut in by the cold, ABC's "World News...

  • Midday Glance: Media companies Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 87 or 1.5 percent, to $59.08. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 44 or. 4 percent, to $104.55. Gannett rose$. 15 or. 4 percent, to $35.10.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 76 or 1.3 percent, to $58.97. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 22 or. 2 percent, to $104.77. Gannett fell$. 10 or. 3 percent, to $34.85.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 23- There were underpants, Lego statues and a nail-biting finale on the Oscars stage on Sunday, but it was Lady Gaga's "Sound of Music" spectacular that sparked the most chatter on social media. Show highlights included host Neil Patrick Harris wearing just his underpants on stage in an homage to a scene from "Birdman," the audience receiving Lego...

  • Final Glance: Media companies Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 29 or. 5 percent, to $58.21. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 44 or. 4 percent, to $104.99. Gannett rose$. 29 or. 8 percent, to $34.95.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 23- Sunday's Academy Awards telecast on ABC drew its smallest audience in six years with 36.6 million average viewers, according to Nielsen figures, in what critics deemed a long, lackluster show and limited box office appeal among top nominees. Nielsen data on Monday showed a 16 percent decline from last year, a significant drop for Walt Disney...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 23- Walt Disney Co named consumer products chief Bob Chapek the new chairman of its parks and resorts division, the company said in a statement on Monday. Chapek replaces Thomas Staggs, who was appointed Disney's chief operating officer earlier this month. In the new role, Chapek will oversee a unit that employs 130,000 people around the world and...

  • Disney animators win Oscar 2 years in a row Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 2:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Walt Disney Co. proved Sunday that its power doesn't only come from Pixar. Neither film is connected to the company's Pixar unit, which Disney bought in 2006 for $7.4 billion in stock. The win shows that Disney has "deepened its bench" with the Marvel deal and 2012 acquisition of Star Wars owner Lucasfilm, said Seth Shapiro, a professor at the University...

  • Midday Glance: Media companies Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 44 or. 7 percent, to $58.06. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 56 or. 5 percent, to $105.11. Gannett rose$. 19 or. 5 percent, to $34.85.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $58.46. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 04 or percent, to $104.59. Gannett fell$. 07 or. 2 percent, to $34.59.

  • 'Birdman' leap makes Fox Searchlight shine at Oscars Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 2:02 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Feb 22- Fox Searchlight, the arthouse film division of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, dominated the Academy Awards on Sunday with eight awards including the coveted best picture prize for its absurd comedy-drama "Birdman." The studio also scored with offbeat winner " The Grand Budapest Hotel," which took home four trophies in technical categories.

  • Broadway and TV did Hollywood a favor, sharing Neil Patrick Harris for duties hosting the Oscars. Even better, he stewarded an Oscarcast on ABC that made up in charm what it lacked in suspense. Jack Black stormed the stage to decry the corrupt money-mindedness of Hollywood, ranting about "its margin trends and fickle friends and Hollywood baloney— believe me, Neil,...

  • ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 22- A one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando jumped on Sunday to $105 from $99, an increase that likely makes the Florida family attraction the first in the industry to breach the $100 psychological barrier. All other Walt Disney Co parks in Orlando and California increased prices for one-day, one-park admission, but...