Nielsen's top programs for April 17-23

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 17-23. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 13.33 million. 2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 11.19 million. 3. "Bull," CBS, 10.32 million. 4. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.16 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.9 million. 6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.57 million. 7. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 9.44 million. 8. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.85 million. 9.

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) -- An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment." The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox's chief counsel.

Rough week for Fox broadcast in television ratings

NEW YORK (AP) -- It felt like a summer week on the Fox broadcasting network -- and that's not a good thing. Bereft of hits and in the traditional April lull before the last big month of the traditional TV season, Fox averaged a paltry 2.2 million viewers last week. Its most popular show, "Empire," aired a rerun that had barely over 3 million viewers.

Viewership of 'O'Reilly Factor' drops without Bill O'Reilly

NEW YORK (AP) -- Through four days of Bill O'Reilly's vacation, his show's viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld. O'Reilly is on a nearly two-week vacation at the same time Fox News Channel's parent company looks into a woman's accusation that her career was slowed when she spurned his advances.

Kids prefer the TV for their viewing, but love other devices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Grace Ellis has never known a time when you needed a TV to watch TV. The North Attleboro, Massachusetts, fifth-grader watches shows like "Liv and Maddie," ''Jessie" and "The Lodge" on her laptop, iPad and phone. "Sometimes I watch TV in the car," she says. "I have ballet every day, so I watch on the way.

Bill O'Reilly goes on vacation amid sponsor backlash

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill O'Reilly is taking a vacation from his Fox News Channel show amid sponsor defections triggered by sexual harassment allegations. Announcing the break at the end of Tuesday's show, O'Reilly made a point of saying it was planned and long in the works. He said he will return April 24. Around this time of year, "I grab some vacation, because it's spring and Easter time.

Nielsen's top programs for April 3-9

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 3-9. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, CBS, 23.01 million. 2. "NCAA Pre-Game," CBS, 14.08 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 13.83 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.6 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.64 million. 6. "Bull," CBS, 11.1 million. 7. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.47 million. 8.

Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly, but viewers aren't

NEW YORK (AP) -- Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly's "no spin zone" on Fox News Channel, but viewers are remaining loyal. "The O'Reilly Factor" averaged 3.71 million viewers over five nights last week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. That's up 12 percent from the 3.31 million viewers he averaged the week before and up 28 percent compared to the same week in 2016.

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JORDAN KLEPPER GETS OWN SHOW LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jordan Klepper says getting his own show on Comedy Central is both "incredibly humbling and deeply disturbing." And while he is also questioning the wisdom of the move by his bosses, it won't stop him from taking the gig he's been offered. Comedy Central says Klepper will retain his pompous "Daily Show" persona on his new show, which starts in the fall.

Ratings boost: NCAA title game viewership up 30 percent

NEW YORK (AP) -- Perhaps with an assist from the memory of Villanova's Kris Jenkins, viewership for the NCAA national championship game between Gonzaga and North Carolina was up 30 percent from last year. The finale on Monday night, which aired on CBS, was watched by an average of 22.998 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. The game peaked at 26.105 million viewers from 11:15-11:30 p.m.

Stephen Colbert reaches another late-night milestone

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephen Colbert hit another milestone in his stunning late-night turnaround against Jimmy Fallon of NBC's "Tonight" show. Colbert won in the Nielsen company's ratings for the ninth consecutive time last week, his margin of 400,000 viewers the widest lead since the CBS star overtook Fallon with a sharp concentration on politics. Fallon aired a rerun Friday; otherwise the shows were all fresh last week.

Nielsen's top programs for March 27-April 2

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 27-April 2. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NCAA Men's Basketball: Oregon vs. North Carolina, CBS, 18.83 million. 2. "NCAA Studio Show," CBS, 16.03 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 14.35 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.78 million. 5. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 11.31 million. 6. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 11.12 million. 7. "ACM Awards," CBS, 10.91 million. 8.

ACMs play to a loyal country audience to shore up ratings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As the television industry deals with overall declines in total viewership, organizers behind the Academy of Country Music Awards are focused on keeping the core country music audience coming back each year to watch the genre's biggest stars party in Las Vegas. The ACM Awards, airing live Sunday on CBS (8 p.m.

Nielsen's top programs for March 20-26

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.7 million. 2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.09 million. 3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 11.71 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.84 million. 5. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.74 million. 6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.54 million. 7. NCAA Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky, CBS, 10 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.81 million. 9.

'60 Minutes' tops ratings for first time since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS' "60 Minutes" returned this week to a familiar place it hadn't been accustomed to visiting that much lately: first place in the prime-time television rankings. The venerable newsmagazine hadn't finished as the most-watched program of the week since November 2008, when newly elected Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, sat down for the first TV interview since their election.