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Oil’s bear market overwhelms central bank’s efforts

The naira’s plunge to a record low shows that a bear market in oil is overwhelming attempts by Nigeria’s central bank to shore up the currency with higher interest rates and stiffer reserve requirements. ||| Paul Wallace and Emele Onu...Show More Summary

If this drop in long-term interest rates has legs, look for mortgage rates to follow

Long-term interest rates have broken a narrow, month-long range, and are headed down. The 10-year Treasury note — the driver of the show — is now 2.23 percent.  The lowest-fee mortgages are trying to cross below 4.00 percent too. This...

TV ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' finale rises, 'NCIS' beats 'The Voice' in 18-49

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014The finale of "Dancing With the Stars" scored the show's best ratings in more than a year and had its best finale numbers of the last four cycles, leading ABC to an across-the-board win...Show More Summary

Reuters Poll: Expected Timing For Bank Of Canada Rate Hike Pushed Back

By Anu Bararia (Reuters) - The Bank of Canada will likely defer an interest rate hike until late next year despite high household debt and above-target inflation, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. The central bank will stay put atShow More Summary

One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes: The Day Today let the air out of TV news

Some TV shows never even make it past the first season. Maybe a series lacked the ratings to match its artistic accomplishments, or maybe it floundered its way into the network crosshairs, but it’s time to look at one-season series outside the immediate context of ratings and renewals. Show More Summary

'48 Hours: The Girl Next Door' Delivers Show's Largest Audience Since November 2, 2013

48 HOURS: “The Girl Next Door” was Saturday’s #1 program in viewers and delivered the broadcast’s largest audience since Nov. 2, 2013, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Nov. 22.

College Football Rankings show a huge ratings winner for ESPN

Last week we talked about the weekly College Football Rankings show perhaps not doing the committee any favors in selecting the Top 4 teams in the sport.  The task of having to produce rankings each and every week brings increased scrutiny to the committee and opens up their work to every possible inquisition. Show More Summary

Talking (Sleepy)Heads: “Magnus Opus” - The beginning of the end (of the first half of the season).

2 days agoOdd : Geekosystem

Last night brought us the first part of Sleepy Hollow's mid-season finale. Despite the show's lower ratings and the fact that it perhaps has had some issues in its sophomore season, showrunner Mark Goffman says, “If people just trust us—if you keep watching, things will change in a way that you won’t expect.” Did you like last night's episode? Do you trust them?

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 17

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” reclaimed the top spot in total viewers and the A25-54 demo for the week of Nov. 17 while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts. “Nightly News” edged “World News Tonight” by 30,000 viewers or +1% in the demo. Show More Summary

Is Hyatt’s App Showing Award Reimbursement Rates?

I've written in the past about the fascinating but complex world of hotel award reimbursement rates. For the most part hotels are owned by investment companies, and have management contracts with the major hotel chains. Basically the...Show More Summary

O’Reilly Tells Kelly the Ferguson Decision Will Come During Her Show: ‘Lucky You, for Ratings

2 days agoNews : Mediaite

8 p.m. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had 9 p.m. Fox News host Megyn Kelly on as a guest Monday night, and pointed out the upside of a 9 p.m. grand jury announcement over the possible indictment of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson: she'll get the ratings boost.

Mobile retention benchmarks for 2014 vs 2013 show a 50% drop in D1 retention (Guest post)

[Andrew: There’s very little data out there on mobile, and so in the last few weeks, I’ve had guest posts on the % of users who opt-in to push notifications, as well as clickthrough rates of push. Today, I have some new metrics around...Show More Summary

New data shows up to 60% of users opt-out of push notifications (Guest Post)

[Andrew: There’s a real shortage of information about push notifications, CTRs, response rates, etc. Partly this is due to the immaturity of mobile as a marketing platform, but it’s also because of the opacity of the iOS platform. IShow More Summary

We're Witnessing Some Really Great Improvements In The US Job Market

The US economy might finally be getting itself together. Six years after the financial crisis, net job growth is solidly above 200,000 per month, the unemployment rate is down below 6%, and wage growth is finally starting to show up. Earlier today, Deutsche Bank's Torsten Slok sent out this chart (right), which shows job growth by level of wages. Show More Summary

TV ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' dominates; AMAs drop from '13

Opposite "Sunday Night Football," ABC's broadcast of the American Music Awards did not fare as well in the ratings as last year's show.

First Lady Michelle Obama Praises Chicago DJ Doug Banks

It's not easy being #1 in the radio ratings in a town like Chicago. Especially when competing against some 60 other stations. Yet the Doug Banks Show in the afternoons on WVAZ-FM, gets it done with a mix of rhythm and blues, dusties,...Show More Summary

The Fed Concerned About “Importing” Disinflation

The latest Reuters poll is showing 24 out of 43 economists projecting the first rate hike in the U.S. by June of next year. The futures market is pricing liftoff by September. Citi's latest analysis puts it in December.

U.S. Services Sector Activity Grows, November Rate Slows: Markit

NEW YORK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. services sector expanded in November at a slower rate than the previous month as growth in new business slowed, an industry report showed on Monday. Financial data firm Markit said its "flash" services...Show More Summary

Social Scoreboard: Friday, November 21

Syfy’s “WWE Friday Night Smackdown!” and NFL Network’s “A Football Life” took the top two spots in the Nielsen Twitter ratings last night. “Shark Tank,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and “Constantine” rounded out the evening. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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