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  • Nielsen's top programs for March 31-April 6 Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 17.73 million. 2. "NCIS," CBS, 17.16 million. 3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.31 million.

  • CBS dominant in ratings with music awards, finale Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 5:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A country music awards show, a series finale and the network's usually sturdy regular schedule led CBS to a dominant performance in the weekly television ratings competition. Fourteen of the 20 most-watched programs last week were on CBS, the Nielsen said Tuesday.

  • April 7- Longtime ratings laggard NBC is expected to win this season's broadcast TV ratings race in the age group most prized by advertisers, 18 to 49, for the first time in a decade, NBC Universal Chief Executive Steve Burke said on Monday.

  • LOS ANGELES, April 3- Comedian David Letterman, who brought a sardonic, offbeat wit to late-night television, along with bits such as "Stupid Pet Tricks" and his "Top 10" list, will retire as host of "The Late Show" on CBS in 2015, he said during the taping of his show in New York.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, March 30- "Noah", starring Russell Crowe as the biblical figure who built an ark to save his family and specimens of every animal from the great flood, collected $44 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to lead the weekend box office.

  • NEW YORK, March 28- Mystical ice creatures, fire-breathing dragons, and the people caught in between return to the small screen come April 6, when HBO's "Game of Thrones" unsheathes a fourth season that could see it crowned as the cable network's most watched series in history.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 4- The audience that tuned in to watch ABC's live telecast of the Oscars hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on Sunday was the show's highest in 14 years after ratings were upwardly revised. Walt Disney Co's ABC network has signed on to broadcast the film industry's highest honors through 2020..

  • UPDATE 1-Facebook says makes progress targeting users Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 3:13 PM ET

    Feb 26- Facebook highlighted on Wednesday two ad campaigns in an attempt to persuade advertisers that its massive membership base and ability to home in on specific audiences makes it a more effective advertising platform than broadcast TV.

  • Facebook says makes progress targeting users Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    Feb 26- Facebook highlighted on Wednesday two ad campaigns in an attempt to persuade advertisers that its massive membership base and ability to home in on specific audiences makes it a more effective advertising platform than broadcast TV.

  • U.S. housing recovery uneven across markets, study finds Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    By 2018, the median price of single-family homes will be close to the peak reached in 2006 before the national market cratered, according to the study from the Demand Institute, a nonprofit think tank operated by The Conference Board and Nielsen.

  • BOSTON, Feb. 25- When Alice Bast was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, she had to scour local health-food stores and send away to Canada for the gluten-free food her condition necessitated. Dillon estimates that where she used to spend $90 per week on groceries for her family of four, her weekly bill now is at least $130.

  • Fox's ratings hopes pinned on ex-CNBC anchor Bartiromo Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    Feb 24- Maria Bartiromo, whose high-profile Wall Street coverage earned her the nickname "Money Honey" during two decades on business channel CNBC, now takes aim at her former employer as host of a new morning show on the rival Fox Business Network.

  • In Asia, WhatsApp posts mixed message for Facebook Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 2:39 AM ET

    Singapore, Feb 21- WhatsApp may be hugely popular but its forays into Asia, the world's biggest mobile market, have had mixed success, raising questions about whether it can sustain the explosive growth Facebook Inc cited to justify its $19 billion price tag.

  • Peer Blackstone Group LP reported an 11.5 percent rise in the same quarter, Apollo Global Management reported a 9 percent rise and KKR& Co LP reported an 8.4 percent rise.

  • AMATITAN, Mexico, Feb 11- An expected surge in Chinese demand should boost Mexico's tequila exports by 20 percent within a decade, according to the regulator of the country's signature cactus-based liquor, and producers are gearing up for a boom.

  • Italian varieties are the top imported wine in the United States, which is the world's largest consumer market, according the Italian Wine and Food Institute. Sales of Moscato imported from Italy were up 26.3 percent by volume for the 52 weeks ending Jan. 4, according to the Nielsen ratings company.

  • Jan 28- Comcast Corp's NBC network, for years a ratings laggard, is ahead in a key contest among broadcasters even before it attracts millions of viewers this month to its marquee event, the Winter Olympics.

  • AT&T ends 'American Idol' sponsorship Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 10:14 PM ET

    Jan 15- AT&T Inc is no longer an official sponsor of Fox's "American Idol," as the pioneer singing competition's declining viewership appears to be making it less attractive to advertisers.

  • Barry Callebaut, which makes chocolate for the likes of Nestle and Mondelez, said on Wednesday consumers in the Americas in particular were flocking to premium chocolates.

  • UPDATE 1-Barry Callebaut Q1 sales volumes miss forecast Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 1:48 AM ET

    ZURICH, Jan 15- Barry Callebaut, the world's biggest maker of chocolate and cocoa products, confirmed its mid-term targets on Wednesday, even as it posted first-quarter sales volume growth that fell short of expectations.

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