Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Phyllis Fine, December 31, 2013, 12:20 PM
  • Cable TV Viewing Bounds Ahead Of Broadcast, But Gains UnevenUSA Today

    What cord-cutting? Despite the growth of on-demand video streaming, cable TV also had some impressive gains: "Viewers spent a record 17.2 hours per week watching ad-supported cable networks in 2013, rebounding from a slight dip last year, while the big four networks claimed a combined 7.5 hours, another low," writes Gary Levin. Still, "half of the top cable networks saw prime-time audience declines." Read the whole story...

  • 'New York' Mag's Restaurant Critic Finally Shows His Face In PrintNew York Magazine

    This week's New York magazine features a cover photo of the pub's food critic, Adam Platt, who abandons "the myth of anonymity" with a thoughtfully written piece that skewers "this dated charade" in a "crowdsourced age, [when] no one’s really anonymous anymore."

    "A couple of months back, the proprietors of the clam shack ZZ’s Clam Bar sent a bouncer over to boot me from their restaurant, presumably in retribution for an unflattering review," Platt writes. "Now that the great anonymity charade is over, maybe the bouncers will recognize me before I walk in the door." Read the whole story...

  • Esquire Network Makes Less-Than-Stellar DebutWomen's Wear Daily

    Ratings are in for the first three months of Esquire Network, the pub's cable TV channel, and the figures are less-than impressive: "Although NBC said Esquire would be available in 75 million homes, the channel has had trouble luring in even a fraction of that audience, amassing an average household viewership of 55,000 during prime time, according to data supplied by Nielsen," writes Alexandra Steigrad. Read the whole story...