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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Women's soccer final sets ratings record in metered markets

UPDATED at 4:20 p.m. with national viewership ...

The U.S. victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup championship Sunday night on Fox scored the highest rating ever in metered markets for a soccer game on a single network.

The rating of 15.2/27 (15.2 percent of all TV sets in the metered markets) surpassed the 13.3 rating for the women's final between the U.S. and China in 1999.

(The second...

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There is nothing funny about Hillary Clinton 'roping' the press in N.H.

I am not going to get cosmic about this, but Hillary Clinton’s rope trick during an Independence Day parade in Gorham, N.H., needs to at least be noted and condemned on this blog.

Last month, I wrote about Clinton’s campaign denying access to David Martosko, political editor of The Daily Mail, even though he was a designated print pool reporter for the day. I called the phony, smarmy answers from...

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Beyond Trump: Recognizing the size, power of Hispanic media market

There are media lessons to be learned from the spectacle of bumptious Donald Trump being stripped of multimillion-dollar relationships with Macy's, Serta, NBC and Univision after making derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants. Beyond the cost of arrogance and insensitivity, the most important one involves the growth and cultural power of the Hispanic audience.

Some analysts have described Trump...

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Neve Campbell joining cast of 'House of Cards'

"House of Cards" is adding some starpower for Season 4 with Neve Campbell ("Party of Five") joining the cast as a regular.

The series, which has resumed filming here this month for a February drop on Netflix, ended Season 3 with Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) leaving Frank (Kevin Spacey) with an election looming. Both Spacey and Wright will return for Season 4.

Neither Netflix nor the producers are...

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How clean is the cut NBC made in its ties with Trump?

NBC is getting some good high-road headlines today for finally cutting ties with presidential candidate Donald Trump over his ignorant comments about immigrants.

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship...

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Nina Simone documentary shows how Netflix outshines HBO this summer

Last month in a piece that looked at how streaming was the way to go for the best in summertime TV, I highlighted a Netflix documentary on singer, pianist and civil rights pioneer Nina Simone.

With so much media to cover, I rarely go back and write about a piece a second time. But Netflix made "What Happened, Miss Simone?" available June 26, and I went back and watched it again this weekend. And I...

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