U.k. Soap Garners A 43-Percent Audience Share
The British primetime soap opera Coronation Street , which debuted in 1960, attracted 44 percent of the entire British television audience Monday night for an episode in which it was revealed that a prominent character had murdered her son. The show was broadcast on ITV in two half-hour segments. The first, at 7 30 p.m.; the second at 8 30 p.m. The overnight ratings figures indicated that 10.2 million viewers tuned in to the first half-hour; while 10.3 million watched the second. Nevertheless, ratings for the soap, currently the longest-running in the world, are down significantly from their peak between 1960 and 1990, when they frequently hit more than 20 million viewers (the record was set on Christmas Day of 1987 with 28.5 million viewers). Monday's figure ties one set in December 2008; the previous high was set in April 2007 with an episode that was watched by 12.6 million viewers.
LYNTON TO TAKE CHARGE OF Sony ENTERTAINMENTMichael Lynton, co-chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2004, is expected to be named to a newly created position that will also oversee the company's music and publishing, television production and cable operations, the New York Post reported today (Wednesday), citing unnamed sources. The move, said the newspaper, will be part of what it called a major shake-up of the company to be launched by Kazuo Hirai, when he takes over as Sony's president and CEO on April 1. The plan is to put Lynton in charge of Sony's entertainment businesses while Hirai himself focuses on its consumer-electronics unit, which has been hit hard by the strong yen and disasters such as the 2011 tsunami, floods in Thailand that played havoc with supply distribution, and riots in London that destroyed a DVD/Blu-ray Disc warehouse. Lynton's elevation, said the Post , is expected to broaden the powers of Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, who will presumably have the "Co" removed from her title. The Post report did not indicate whether she will assume the title of CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which Lynton now holds independently.