THR Heat Index

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

UP: Bill Prady

The Big Bang Theory showrunner scores the sitcom's most-watched episode ever Nov. 15 with 17.4 million viewers, a rare feat for a show in its sixth season.

DOWN: Mark Thompson

The new New York Times CEO's own newspaper suggests he might have known about allegations of sexual abuse against late BBC host Jimmy Savile when he was running the U.K. broadcaster.

UP: David McKillop

The A&E exec's Duck Dynasty is setting ratings records, luring 4.4 million viewers Nov. 14 and a bigger 18-to-49 audience than broadcast rivals Nashville and Chicago Fire.

DOWN: Luke Russert

The NBC News reporter prompts calls of ageism after asking House minority leader Nancy Pelosi if she's a roadblock to "younger leadership." Perhaps he should apologize and offer to take Pelosi to see Twilight.



Activision Blizzard (ATVI)
$11.05 (+3.7%)

The video gamer raises full-year earnings guidance thanks to the popularity of franchises like Call of Duty and Skylanders.

$33.60 (+3.7%)

Cowen Research's Doug Creutz reiterates a "neutral" rating, lamenting the network has "significant exposure to advertising in a weakening global economy."