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1. Rupert Murdoch
began a Twitter account at the end of
2011. What was his first tweet of 2012?
a. Happy New Year. Hope itsa clean one. #nopiesinfaceincourt
b. Already great 2012. Love mynew Nerf Vortex Blaster, tho I
hit Wendi in eye with disk #inthedoghouse
c. Happy 2012. May itbe
better than all experts predict. Has to be! Must change everything to create
jobs for all, especiallyyoung
d. Amazing! Alexander Hamilton born (illegitimate) 40 miles away.
Best man never elected president. At least, founded NY Post!
2. How many total viewers tuned in for Super Bowl XLVI, the most-watched TV
show in history?
a. 99.8 million
b. 94.5 million
c. 111.3 million
d. 101.3 million
3. What did Fox News
anchor Megyn Kelly ask commentator Karl Rove when Rove kept questioning the Ohio returns that effectively gave the election
to Barack Obama?
a. "Do you know something we don't know? I mean, have you
just returned to the present in your DeLorean with a message from Dr. Brown?"
b. "Am I going to have to hit you?"
c. "You do understand that this is a national television
show with actual, reported, calculated election results, right?"
d. "Is this just math
that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better or is this real?"
programmers were involved in legal fights and carriage disputes with Charlie
Ergen's Dish Network. Which network got back on the air when Dish agreed to pay
$700 million to settle a lawsuit?
b. Big 10 Network
c. Fox Broadcasting
5. The 54th Annual
Grammy Awards, which featured many tributes to the late Whitney Houston, who
died the night before the ceremony, drew 39.9 million viewers, its best
audience since what year?
6. What TV event did
South Korean singer Psy, who became an Internet sensation with his song
"Gangnam Style," perform at shortly after an anti-American protest song he made
eight years ago was released?
b. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
c. Christmas in Washington
d. Kennedy Center
7. The fourth
episode of TLC's reality hit Honey Boo Boo outdrew what high-profile TV
event among adults 18-49?
a. Democratic National Convention
b. The Olympics Opening Ceremonies
c. X Factor premiere
8. At the 2012 TCA Winter Press Tour, Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment
president, said she'd like to hear more jokes about:
a. Leslie Moonves
c. Irish Catholics
d. Rick Astley
9. Which syndicated
talk show was canceled last year?
b. The Wendy Williams Show
10. "I think anybody
who is honest, who sits in a chair like mine, would have been a little
skeptical about getting back into business...after what happened." Who said
this, and in what context?
a. FX chief John
Landgraf to B&C about making Anger Management with Charlie
Sheen, prior to its June 28 premiere
b. President Obama talking to Jon Stewart on The Daily
Show about negotiating with the Republican-led Congress in the weeks
leading up to the election
c. Ann Curry about accepting a new assignment with NBC after
being let go on the Today show
d. Current TV chief Al Gore on greenlighting Viewpoint
With Eliot Spitzer
11. The London Olympics became the most-watched TV event in
U.S. history. Approximately how many viewers
tuned in over the 17 days?
a. 215 million
b. 300 million
c. 219 million
d. 175 million
12. What does the CALM Act do?
a. Ensures that political messages during election season
retain a certain verifiable degree of truth
b. Prohibits companies from airing ads for products
considered inappropriate for children during daytime hours
c. Guarantees that
commercials are not too loud compared to regular programming
d. Limits airings of Honey Boo Boo to only four
showings per week, including reruns
13. What moniker did
Fox file a trademark for as the name of its rumored all-sports cable network?
a. Sports on Fox
b. Fox Sports 1
c. The Cletus the Fox Sports Robot Network
d. Fox-y Sports
14. On election
night 2012, which of the following broadcast networks streamed their primetime
election coverage live?
a. ABC, CBS, NBC,
PBS, Univision and Telemundo
b. CBS, NBC and PBS
c. ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS
d. ABC, PBS, Telemundo and Univision
15. What company
beat out Starz for exclusive pay-TV rights to new Disney films starting with
the studio's 2016 theatrical slate?
16. Which two
networks reached an agreement in May 2012 to launch a 24/7 English-language TV
news, information and lifestyle network for English-dominant and bilingual
Hispanics set to launch in summer 2013?
a. ABC and Estrella TV
b. ABC News and
c. CBS News and Univision
d. CBS and Azteca America
17. In April 2012,
ABC's Good Morning America officially broke Today's winning streak
as the leading morning show by 31,000 total viewers. How long was Today's
reign as the top morning show?
a. 10 years
b. 16 years
c. 12 years
d. 17 years
18. Which senator
largely led the charge to gain more access to the FCC's LightSquared documents,
going so far as to place a hold on the FCC nominations of Ajit Pai and Jessica
a. Sen. Jay Rockefeller
b. Sen. Joe Lieberman
c. Sen. Jim DeMint
d. Sen. Charles
19. Which Primetime
Emmy category did Showtime's Homeland not win in 2012?
a. Outstanding drama series
b. Outstanding writing in a drama series
c. Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
supporting actor in a drama series
20. Which cable
series delivered more adults 18-49 than any broadcast entertainment show this
a. FX's Sons of Anarchy
b. AMC's The Walking Dead
c. A&E's Duck Dynasty
d. FX's American Horror Story
21. After NBC
removed Ann Curry as Today show coanchor in June, what new title did she
a. Correspondent-at-large, Rock Center With Brian
b. Anchor, Dateline
National/international correspondent, NBC News
d. Host, Ann Curry Reports, MSNBC
22. What action did
the FCC take on retransmission-consent reform proposals it made last year?
a. Clarified what constitutes good-faith bargaining
b. Decided to waive the syndicated exclusivity rules during retrans impasses
c. Planned to designate an administrative law judge to
23. Former New York Giant and current Fox NFL commentator
Michael Strahan joined Kelly Ripa on Disney/ABC's Live on Sept. 4. Who
else did the show consider for the job?
a. Nick Lachey
b. Jerry O'Connell
c. Josh Groban
d. All of the above
24. The executive
producer of a syndicated daytime talk show in 2012 was named the new head of
CNN Worldwide. Who is it?
a. Dr. Phil McGraw
b. Andy Lassner
c. Jeff Zucker
d. Rachel Consiglio Wilkos
25. The FCC in
September 2012 proposed a framework for incentive auctions. What will the proceeds
be used for?
a. To pay broadcasters' moving expenses
b. To compensate broadcasters for their spectrum
c. To fund a national, interoperable, emergency broadband
d. All of the above
26. The FCC has
still not closed the Title II docket. What the heck is the Title II docket?
a. The proposal to re-title the Communications Act the "Open
and Innovative Broadband Access Act"
b. A retransmission-consent proposal to better clarify good
c. An FCC crackdown on the illegal retitling of pirated
online TV shows, an action that Silicon Valley has
branded an attempt to eviscerate fair-use protections
d. The proposal to
classify Internet access as a common-carrier service subject to mandatory
27. What was the
first fall 2012 show to be canceled?
a. Fox's Mob Doctor
b. CBS' Made in Jersey
c. ABC's 666 Park Avenue
d. The CW's Emily Owens M.D.
28. The Supreme
Court held that the FCC's indecency rules were:
a. Unconstitutional on their face
b. Vague as applied
without "fair notice"
c. Unfair and deceptive
d. Appropriately applied and constitutional
29. Following its
acquisition, which station group no longer exists?
b. New Vision Television
c. Freedom Broadcasting
d. All of the above
30. How much was
spent on political ads on local TV during the 2012 election?
a. $2.9 billion
b. $3.1 billion
c. $2.5 billion
d. $1.5 gazillion
(SOURCE: Analysis of Kantar Media's CMAG data by Wells
31. Which show
didn't have its series finale this year?
a. Desperate Housewives
b. Gossip Girl
Bonus Round: How
did you do on our 2012 news quiz in the magazine? See if you can continue your
momentum-or redeem yourself-with these extra-credit questions.
1. Who was the first
cable operator to sign a new carriage agreement with Disney in 2012?
b. Time Warner Cable
2. Due to prolonged
negotiations with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, the AMC series had been off the air for how long
before its fifth season premiered in March?
a. 365 days
b. 478 days
c. 672 days
d. 525 days
3. According to B&C
research, of the Big Four stations in the top 100 markets, what percentage
of station general managers are women?
4. WCBS New York
closed on a unique duopoly in 2012. How much did it pay for Long Island's WLNY?
a. $55 million
b. $155 million
c. $25 million
d. $200 million and lunch with Chris Wragge
summer TCA, who did Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly call on his cellphone
from the stage?
a. Jennifer Lopez
b. Nicki Minaj
c. Christina Aguilera
d. Mariah Carey
6. How much did
cable networks take in during the 2012-13 upfront?
a. $8.2 billion
b. $4.3 billion
c. $9.8 billion
d. $10.7 billion
7. Who replaced Rick
Feldman as president and CEO of NATPE?
a. John Nogawski
b. Rod Perth
c. Hilary Estey McLoughlin
d. Jeff Zucker
8. "It's either
going to be a big hit or a huge f---ing bomb." Who said this about what?
a. Britney Spears, talking about the reconfigured version of
The X Factor
b. The late Larry
Hagman, who died months later, on Nov. 23, speaking at the upfronts about the Dallasremake
c. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, talking about Snooki's
d. Chuck Lorre, assessing the premiere of the Charlie Sheen
series Anger Management
9. After originally
airing on ABC, CougarTownwas acquired by which network to air in 2013?
c. TV Land
10. Which rival executive defended NBC's decision to tape-delay popular
Olympic events to air in primetime?
a. Rupert Murdoch
b. Robert Iger
c. Mark Cuban
D) Leslie Moonves
11. Ad sales were
slow in 2012, but which media company exceeded some analysts' expectations when
its ad sales declined only 6% in the third quarter of the calendar year?
A) AMC Networks
D) Discovery Communications
12. According to
Twitter, election night 2012 produced how many tweets?
13. Who wrote and
performed the new theme song for CTD's Entertainment Tonight?
a. Jeff Probst
b. Gwen Stefani
14. What is one
thing NCTA president (and former FCC chairman) Michael Powell did not say
at a Paley Center luncheon in June 2012?
a. That each FCC chairman hands a list of items "to stay the
hell out of" to his successor
b. That in its current form, the remote control "truly
c. That he would love
to guest on his favorite show, Pawn Stars, because he is totally
convinced he could get "great prices from Rick" on some rare items he has at
d. That television is just about the greatest thing in the
history of mankind
15. FCC chairman
Julius Genachowski recently revealed that he was a DJ on a college radio
station in New
What was his on-air handle?
a. The Midnight Rambler
b. Gen and Tonic (his show featured barbershop quartet
c. Orange [NJ] Julius
d. The Mad Hatter