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Charting the week's ups and downs in the business of entertainment.

UP: Viola Davis
The actress receives the loudest ovation during the credits of the Academy screening of The Help, which emerges as the year's first big Oscar contender.

DOWN: Conan O'Brien
George Lopez's cancellation brings attention to lead-in O'Brien, whose numbers have shrunk from 2 million viewers for his TBS debut to about 700,000 a night in August.

UP:  Mark Hoffman
The CNBC president rides the stock market turmoil to bigger viewership gains in August than his network's rivals.

UP/DOWN: Ryan Murphy
The Glee mastermind's 3D movie flops as questions about the cast's future still swirl. But ratings for The Glee Project continue to rise on Oxygen.


UP: Tivo (Tivo)
$8.36 (+14.1%)
The DVR pioneer authorizes the repurchase of as much as $100 million of its outstanding shares in the next two years.

DOWN: Cablevision Systems (CVC)
$19.13 (-2%)
Investment firm Zacks says the provider's per-share profit missed its estimate by 47%.