• Athletes pose for picture with performers during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Rio Olympics kept NBC on top with viewers again last week

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Olympics in their final week were still golden for NBC. Once again, NBC’s nightly prime-time averages took the week’s top seven Nielsen slots. And NBC again left rival networks far behind in overall viewership.

  • This image released by TBS shows Wyatt Cenac in a scene from "People of Earth," premiering on Oct. 31. (Jan Thijs/TBS via AP)

    12 TV series to watch this fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fall television season has been an annual rite since viewers were splitting their time between the trio of networks on their black-and-white TVs.

  • In this Aug. 17, 2016 file photo, television writer/producer Steven Bochco poses for a portrait at his office in Santa Monica, Calif.  In his memoir "Truth Is a Total Defense: My Fifty Years in Television" Bochco takes the reader through his prolific career, which he began at 22 as a story editor on a popular NBC drama, "The Name of the Game," and continues today with his latest creation, "Murder in the First," in its third season on TNT.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Bochco’s book: He rewrote TV’s rules and lived to tell it

    NEW YORK (AP) — For viewers who rejoice in TV’s artistic upsurge, one virtuoso perhaps more than anyone can be credited for elevating the medium from its bygone “boob tube” status.

  • This image released by ABC shows Daniel Sunjata, left, and Piper Perabo in a scene from "Notorious," premiering on Sept. 22. (Eli Joshua Ade/ABC via AP)

    Cast a wide net among channels when sampling new fall shows

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fall TV season always marks a reset of sorts, signaling an influx of new shows and a respite from reruns. That’s the way it’s been since TV began, back when there were only three or four networks and dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Well, almost.