Netflix CFO: Really, we didn’t kill Spongebob’s ratings!

Speaking at an investor event in Boston Wednesday, Netflix CFO David Wells said online viewing of Nickelodeon content probably has very little to do with the double-digit ratings drops on the linear Viacom channel. He compared the ongoing discussion to the “global warming debate.”

The Next Big Thing: Linear TV?

Linear TV is back! That’s right; people like to tune in at a set time to watch their favorite shows, thanks to the Twitter global water cooler. And new numbers from the U.K. show that online catch-up services don’t exactly hurt ratings either.

MacBook Air Takes Top Honors at Consumer Reports

Apple’s newest notebooks, the 11.6- and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs, came in first in their respective categories in the latest Consumer Reports laptop assessment. The MacBook Pro also ranked best in two more notebook categories, giving Apple firs-place ranking nearly across the board.

Felicia Day’s Red A Ratings Hit

Guild creator Felicia Day’s status as a self-made mainstream star just got a major bump this week. The SyFy original movie Red: Werewolf Hunter premiered last Saturday to an audience of 2.06 million people — a major success according to SyFy programming exec Thomas Vitale.

Fred the Movie Is This Year’s Biggest Cable Premiere

The young people, they sure do love their Fred. The premiere of the Lucas Cruikshank-starring Fred the Movie on Nickelodeon drew in 7.6 million total viewers on Saturday night. And it’s all part of a massive marketing event that doesn’t care about platforms.

Apple Advances in Greenpeace Charts

Once per quarter, international environmental advocacy agency Greenpeace releases its Guide to Greener Electronics, which ranks gadget and computer makers on their efforts to be more ecologically minded. Last time around, Apple (s aapl) had managed only a ninth place finish in October of last year. For this inaugural 2010 survey, it jumps four spots to fifth overall.

Apple’s score didn’t increase that much, going from 4.9 to 5.1, but some of its competitors did very poorly over the period covered by the rankings, according to Greenpeace’s analysis. What Apple did manage to do was to actually act in a way that was much more environmentally friendly than previous attempts, despite actually moving backwards in its attempts to educate the public about its ecological efforts. Read More about Apple Advances in Greenpeace Charts

App Store External Games Rating Pressure Mounts

Apple (s aapl) implemented its own games rating system when it introduced iPhone OS 3.0, one that’s designed to let consumers know what kind of content they’re in for when they buy any kind of software from the App Store. But according to some notable critics, it isn’t enough.

South Korean regulators, for instance only allow games to be sold in the country that are reviewed and rated by the official government Games Ratings Board, and so the Korean App Store actually doesn’t include a “Games” category or any of the apps therein. Read More about App Store External Games Rating Pressure Mounts

Vid-Biz: Ratings, PSP, WGAE

Fall Season Start Not That Great; despite the rosy stories about strong debuts, NBC, ABC and the CW’s ratings are down. (TV by the Numbers)

Get Some Sony Movies on the Go; new feature on select Blu-ray discs will allow users to transfer movies from PS3 to their PSPs. (Video Business)

WGA East Signs New Digital Media Signatories; Dinosaur Diorama (The Burg) among the 11 new web creators that are now WGAE members, part of an active digital media push being made by the guild. (WGA East)

YouTubers Launch Record Label; DFTBA Records to focus on releasing music from up and coming YouTube musicians. (YouTube Blog)

Big Ten Signs thePlatform for Online Video; the cable sports network will use the Comcast sub’s video platform to offer live and on-demand game coverage from the Big Ten Conference. (Broadcasting & Cable)

WPP Case Against SpotRunner Dismissed; WPP’s securities fraud and breach of contract case against the TV ad firm was based on the selling of SpotRunner shares; WPP plans to appeal. (paidContent)

EyeTV Releases iPhone App; lets users access live and recorded content from Macs. (Zatz Not Funny!)