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TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' wins night; 'The Voice' drops

"The Big Bang Theory" continues to dominate Monday night TV ratings.

According to Nielsen, the CBS sitcom won the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic with a rating of 4.4. It also topped the night overall, averaging 15.6-million viewers.

The network's season premiere of "The Millers" didn't fare as well. The show, which earned a 2.2 in the key demo, was down 33% from last fall's series premiere. It averaged 9.1-million viewers.

Also on CBS, "Scorpion" stayed even with last week with a rating of 2.4 in the key demo. The show was fourth most watched overall with about 10.5-million viewers.

"NCIS:Los Angeles" grew slightly, posting a rating of 1.7 in the key demo. 

The network was second most watched in the key demo with a rating of 2.5. It averaged 10.5-million viewers.

NBC won the key demo with a rating of 3.0. However, both shows in the network's Monday night lineup were down from last week.

Though "The Voice" was second most watched in the key demo, it dropped 18% from last week with a...

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' tops China box office with $68 million

“Guardians of the Galaxy” soared to the top of the China box office last week, grabbing $38.2 million and bringing its total on the mainland to $68.2 million.

Despite negative press over the quality of its Chinese subtitles, “Guardians” second-week haul outperformed its opening-week take of $30 million, according to figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

The Marvel blockbuster dethroned director Ning Hao’s road-trip comedy “Breakup Buddies,” which has taken in $174 million since its Sept. 30 release and is now the third-highest-grossing Chinese-language film ever, behind “Lost in Thailand,” which earned $207.3 million in 2012, and last year’s “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons,” which grossed $204.3 million.

The child-abduction drama “Dearest” by Peter Ho-Sun Chan continued to perform well, taking in nearly $4.9 million and bringing its tally to $53.6 million.

A 3-D re-release of the 2006 animated film “Ice Age: The Meltdown” landed in a disappointing...

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CNN, other Turner networks removed from Dish Network

CNN, Cartoon Network and several other Turner cable channels were removed from satellite TV giant Dish Network's systems late Monday after the two companies could not agree on a new distribution contract.

Dish said the action was taken because it no longer had permission to broadcast several Turner Broadcasting channels to its customers.  

The channels include CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN en Español, HLN, truTV and Turner Classic Movies. The channels were in a widely distributed programming package received by the bulk of Dish's 14 million customers.

The Dish-Turner Broadcasting contract dispute is the latest in a series of escalating conflicts during the last two years that have left millions of TV viewers without access to their favorite channels.

Pay-TV companies, including Dish, are trying to hold the line on programming costs because customers have complained that their bills already are too high.

Another large cable operator, Suddenlink, recently balked at Viacom Inc.'s...

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Fox Sports extends TV contract with Anaheim Ducks

Fox Sports' regional cable networks scored an important goal -- renewing a long-term TV rights deal with the Anaheim Ducks hockey team.

Under the agreement, announced Monday, Fox Sports' Prime Ticket will remain the television home for Ducks regular season hockey games for an additional 10 years. The channel will televise about 70 Ducks games a season. 

Financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed.

The new contract is expected to generate about $13 million a year for the team in the early years of the agreement, according to a knowledgeable person who asked not to be identified. That is roughly in line with other local television contracts for National Hockey League teams. 

Two years ago, Fox Sports negotiated a somewhat larger, 12-year, $250-million agreement with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. Kings games run on Fox Sports West, the sister channel to Prime Ticket.

Fox Sports now has stitched up long-term TV deals to broadcast the Kings, the Los Angeles Angels of...

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Private equity firm TPG ups stake in CAA, becomes majority owner

Private equity firm TPG Capital has increased its investment in talent agency Creative Artists Agency, making it the majority owner of the firm that represents such movie stars as Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence.

Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. In a statement, the Century City-based agency said the deal would give it "additional capital and resources for continued growth."

TPG, based in Fort Worth, acquired a 35% stake in CAA in October 2010. The new investment gives TPG approximately a 53% stake in CAA, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who was not authorized to comment publicly.

In a statement, CAA said its management team will "extend long-term contracts" with the agency. Among the agency's managing partners are Hollywood power players Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, Kevin Huvane and David O'Connor.


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ABC stations pick up Tyra Banks-led daytime talk show for 2015

Disney-ABC announced Monday that its station group has signed on as the initial launch partner for the upcoming syndicated lifestyle show "The F.A.B." for fall 2015.

As previously announced in May, the talker (whose working title is intended as an acronym for Fun and Beautiful), will take on topics such as food, beauty and design.

The show will feature Tyra Banks, who makes her return to daytime four years after her Warner Bros.-produced syndicated talk show went off the air, as the panel's moderator. She'll be joined by Yahoo! Fashion and Entertainment editor-in-chief Joe Zee, model Chrissy Teigen, interior designer Lauren Makk and YouTube star Leah Ashley.

The syndicated talk show will be produced by Disney-ABC’s Summerdale Productions and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

The ABC-owned station group currently secured consists of eight stations and represents 23% of the nation's TV households, and six of the top 10 markets, including Los Angeles' KABC-TV. More non...

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