Baldwin OK with NBC
Alec Baldwin says he's still a fan of NBC despite tweeting angrily last week that he was "leaving NBC just in time" after a "Today" show crew camped outside his apartment building.
In Washington to push for arts funding, the actor said Monday that a big draw of joining the cast of "30 Rock" was working at NBC.
Baldwin says that he will finish a seventh season of "30 Rock" but that it's slated to end next year. He says NBC needs to redo its lineup to get out of ratings trouble.
Baldwin says NBC has the best programming legacy, but he's not a fan of "Today." He says there's always ABC's "Good Morning America" or CNN's Anderson Cooper at night. The "Today" crew stakeout followed the arrest of a woman on charges of stalking Baldwin.
Baldwin says his next project will be a Broadway play.
'Today' winning streak ends
The 16-year ratings dominance of NBC's "Today" show, one of television's most epic streaks, has apparently ended.
The Nielsen Co. said Monday that ABC's "Good Morning America" beat NBC's morning show last week by a razor-thin margin of 13,000 viewers -- and ABC owes Tim Tebow a hearty thank-you.
The "Today" show had won 852 consecutive weeks in the ratings, a streak that began in December 1995, when Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric were the chief anchors.
The streak was a huge point of pride at NBC as the rest of the network declined. Morning shows are also an important revenue source, and a changing of the guard could have significant financial repercussions. The "Today" show earned an estimated $484 million in revenue in 2011, according to Kantar Media, more than "GMA" ($298 million) and CBS' morning show ($156 million) combined.
"Today" actually won in the ratings three of the five mornings last week. But "Good Morning America" won Wednesday, when bounced "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Sherri Shepherd was featured, and Friday, when co-host Robin Roberts traveled to Jacksonville to interview football star Tebow and his mother.
"GMA" beat "Today" by 330,000 viewers Friday, Nielsen said. The week before, "Today" won Friday by a margin of 15,000 viewers, a swing that made the difference between winning and losing for the week.
Beach Boys get Sirius
Before their reunion tour kicks off next week, the Beach Boys will perform together in a much more intimate setting for SiriusXM Radio.
The band is due to perform a selection of songs Thursday in Los Angeles as part of SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" private concert series.
The group will also be interviewed during the event.
The Beach Boys are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and kick off their tour in Tucson, Ariz., next Tuesday.
They are scheduled to perform June 29 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
The SiriusXM concert will air May 26.