When CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves arrived at the company 20 years ago this summer, Clueless and Braveheart were burning up the box office, the "Macarena" virus was just taking hold in dance clubs — and the Eye network was pretty much in shambles. Longtime staples such as Murder, She Wrote and Murphy Brown were past their prime, overall ratings were headed south, and previous management had invested in a crop of young-skewing newcomers (remember Central Park West ?) doomed to quick failure. CBS's owners decided to take a chance on Moonves, the well-respected head of Warner Bros. TV who'd led the studio to glory with Friends and ER. And it paid off, big-time. CBS Television, however, remains the focus of Moonves's attention and power. At a time of massive turbulence in the TV universe, the Eye is widely considered to be America's Last Great Network. Netflix might get better buzz; other broadcasters may boast sexier shows (Fox's Empire or ABC's Scandal ). But people watch CBS — lots of people: The network has been TV's most-watched destination for 12 of the last 13 years, and last season, it was the only one with an average weekly audience over… Read full this story
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