- - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

News broadcasts get collective viewer boost

The evening newscasts have been fighting a war of attrition for years. But a particularly newsy second quarter with the royal wedding, the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan, and the killing of Osama bin Laden has given the broadcasts a ratings shot in the arm, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

All three newscasts added viewers in the second quarter - the first time they have reported a collective year-over-year increase in more than 10 years.

“NBC Nightly News” had its best quarter since second quarter 2006. “ABC World News” drew its biggest audience in three years. “CBS Evening News,” which had anchor Katie Couric pass the baton to Scott Pelley this month, was up 8 percent compared with the second quarter of 2010, averaging 5.6 million viewers for the just-ended quarter. Additionally, in Mr. Pelley’s first three weeks in the anchor chair, the broadcast has added more than a quarter-million viewers.

“Nightly News” with Brian Williams continued as the top-rated newscast, averaging 8.5 million viewers for the quarter, up 12 percent year over year. “World News” with Diane Sawyer averaged 7.6 million viewers with 2 million in the news target demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds.

Collectively, the three evening news broadcasts averaged more than 21 million viewers a week during the quarter.

Sheen’s wages garnished $55,000 monthly for children

A judge has ordered Charlie Sheen’s former bosses to garnish $55,000 a month for child support from any payments they make to the former “Two and a Half Men” star, the Associated Press reports.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hank Goldberg on Friday approved a request by Brooke Mueller Sheen to garnish any payments that Warner Bros. Television makes to her ex-husband.

The pair divorced May 2, about two months after Warner Bros. fired Mr. Sheen from “Men.” The actor and the studio have been fighting over payments ever since.

The hefty monthly payments are intended to support the former couple’s twin sons and were part of a divorce settlement they reached earlier this year.

‘Ugly Betty’ star Ferrera ties the knot

America Ferrera is a married lady.

People.com says the 27-year-old “Ugly Betty” star and her longtime boyfriend, Ryan Piers Williams, were wed Monday night in “an intimate setting” with close friends and family in attendance.

A representative for Miss Ferrera confirmed the report to the Associated Press on Tuesday.

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