Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Jack Black Is “The Polka King”

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You don’t have to be Polish to enjoy “The Polka King,” on Netflix, but it helps.

The horn driven duple time sounds of Jan Lewan, the Pennsylvania Grammy nominee known by the film’s title sobriquet and enthusiastically played by Jack Black, are the heartbeat of polka music and familiar to anyone who grew up with  Fritz the Plumber, or something like it, on the radio in the background.

The multiple rousing musical scenes include a dancing chicken and bear as part of a ten piece orchestra fronted by a handkerchief waving Black bursting out of sequined leisure suits, with Jason Schwartzman on clarinet.

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Packer Ratings Take A Big Dip But Dominate

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It’s not surprising that on the first day of the 2016 football season, the Green Bay Packers game against the Jacksonville Jaguars – and other games – were Sunday’s most watched programming.

It is surprising, however, that the overnight rating for the Packer game dipped almost nine points compared to the season opening game in 2015.

Sunday’s game earned a 38.3 rating for Fox affiliate WITI-TV (Channel 6). This means 337,882 TV homes were tuned in.

In 2015 the opening game against the Chicago Bears earned a 46.7 overnight rating, or 411,987 TV homes.

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Packers Ratings Beat Olympics. Also, Sky Is Blue

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Milwaukee area TV households like their sports to be green and gold if Friday nights ratings are any indication. Also there is gambling in Casablanca.

The meaningless Green Bay Packer  pre-season victory against the Cleveland Browns on WMLW-TV beat NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics by a full 4 rating points or about 35,200 TV homes.

Weigel-owned WMLW won the night – the first time I’ve ever written that – with a 16.3 rating, or about 143,800 viewers.

NBC affiliate WTMJ earned a 12.2 or about 107,000 TV homes. A local rating point is the equivalent of about 8,822 TV homes.

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Convention TV Audience Tilts DNC Nationally, GOP Locally

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If national TV viewership for the political conventions foreshadow November’s presidential election results, it will be a tight race with a Democratic win within the margin of error.

But local viewership ratings suggest more of a horse race.

Final ratings for Thursday night’s speech by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are yet to be figured in the mix, so ratings for this week’s Democratic National Convention are not final.

These numbers reflect the audience on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MSNBC and CNN. Ratings for FOX were predictably higher during the RNC. MSNBC ratings were higher during the DNC.

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The 1983 Democratic Telethon Was Bad Television

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On June 1, 1983 Democrats reeling from the popularity of first term Republican president Ronald Reagan, decided to hold a fundraising telethon.

Had the 1984 presidential election hung on the “humorless and chintzy 17-hour” affair Reagan would have been guaranteed the second term that he ended up winnings anyway, I wrote in the Milwaukee Sentinel at the time.

If hosts Mary Tyler Moore, Paul Newman and Jack Lemmon made a movie together with profits going to the Democratic National Committee “that would have been worth watching,” I wrote.

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Milwaukee Media Notes: May Sweeps Results

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Some tech issues kept me from posting the local May sweeps ratings earlier today.

However they will not get in the way this afternoon, he said as the cursor flew across the screen.

Perhaps like Hillary I was hacked.

(Update: Genius Bar guy says my battery is “consumed” and I need a new track pad!)

So let’s keep this short and sweet.

– WITI-TV (Channel 6) won at 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and WISN-TV (Channel 12) had the number one newscast at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. WITI viewers get up early and stay up late, I guess. And WISN viewers are perhaps lunch bucket types who like a little news with their evening meal. And never the twain shall meet.

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Football’s back! Pack attack local ratings

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The Green Bay Packers are back to their winning ways on and off the field.

On the field their first game against the hated but not feared Chicago Bears resulted in a 31-23 victory.

Off the field the Fox broadcast of the game earned a 46.7 rating on WITI-TV (Channel 6).

That rating is up from last year’s Thursday night opening game against the Seattle Seahawks, which earned a 44.03 rating.

A local rating point is the equivalent of a 8,932 television households, which means the game was watched by a whopping 417, 124 television homes.

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Colbert Premiere Triples Letterman Ratings Here

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The premiere of “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” more than tripled the ratings of the David Letterman show on the same date last year. While the jump is impressive, it must be taken with a grain of salt, since it includes looky-loos who tuned in out of curiosity. How Colbert will do in the long run is still up for grabs.

Still the ratings for the much-anticipated premiere, which received strong reviews, earned an impressive overnight rating of 7.3 for CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (Channel 58).

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Milwaukee Stations Halt Live Shots After TV Journalist Shootings

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Milwaukee TV stations are cutting back and even eliminating live reports from the field in response to the shooting of a reporter, photojournalist and the person they were interviewing in Virginia Wednesday.

“Out of an abundance of caution we are not planning any discretionary live field reports from the field today,” WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) news director Janet Hundley wrote in a memo to the newsroom.

“If there is breaking news we will discuss our options,” she wrote.

“As always be mindful” and “come to us with any concerns.”

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Milwaukee Media Notes: Chase Cain Redux, “Live & Local” WKTI

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In my family we call this vacation weather.

And in fact we did take a few days off in a cloudy, cold Door County that was warmed considerably during a concert Monday by the Jayhawks, who turned in a solid performance like the road dogs they are.

We also rode bikes in Peninsula State Park.

And we saw “Ant Man” and “Mission Impossible” at the Skyway Drive-in theater (while @katflanigan snored) listening through the FM radio and the theater’s functioning Cylon-looking old school window speaker (which my automatic windows refused to accept.)

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