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Good morning. It's Friday, May 25, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Logo: Scandalicious at 8p
Food Network: Mystery Diners at 10p
Syfy: Insane or Inspired? at 10p
OWN: Beverly's Full House at 10p
NBC: Harry's Law at 8p
A&E Network: Gene Simmons Family Jewels at 9p; Monster In-Laws at 10p & 1030p
HISTORY: Hatfields & McCoys at 9p
TLC: Cake Boss at 9p; Extreme Couponing at 10p
VH1: Single Ladies at 9p
nuvoTV: Model Latina: South Beach at 10p
VH1: Basketball Wives at 8p
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May 2012 Sweeps Results (4/26-5/23/12)
Even though it was the lowest-rated May sweeps in decades, FOX was the victor, gaining its eighth win among A18-49 with a 2.2/7; ABC and CBS tied for second place at 2.0/6 each in the demo and NBC ranked fourth at 1.6/5; Univision was fifth at 1.4/4; and The CW was sixth at 0.5/1. Every English-language network was down versus the same period last year.
A new series on Investigation Discovery delves beneath the facades of families who appear to be pillars of their communities but all the while are harbored jealousies, adultery and vengeance that resulted in a murder within the family. Blood Relatives debuts the first of six world premiere episodes on June 7 at 10p. Blood Relatives is narrated by Brenda Strong from ABC's Desperate Housewives and is produced for Investigation Discovery by Mike Mathis Productions, Inc.
Bravo's Top Chef Masters kicks off season four in Las Vegas starting July 25 at 10p. Throughout the new season, a dozen award-winning chefs will compete for the title and $100,000 for the charity of their choice. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone returns as host along with foodie judges James Oseland and Ruth Reichl and new judges, food and travel journalist Krista Simmons and features editor of Gilt Taste, Francis Lam. Celebrity judges joining in during the season include Sugar Ray Leonard, the Indigo Girls, the party band The B-52's and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano among others. Top Chef Masters is produced by Magical Elves.
The latest new five-part series on G4 counts down the gaming industry's most popular video games when The Top 100 Video Games of All Time premieres on June 15 at 8p. The series is narrated by Nolan North, a familiar voice artist and actor featured on the games Uncharted and Batman Arkham City. The series will also highlight various celebrities, sports figures and musicians in the countdown such as Jack Black, Milla Jovovich, JB Smoove, Matthew Perry, Tony Hawk, Alice Cooper and more who will share their favorite games and gaming addictions which will culminate in the unveiling of the #1 video game of all time.
Wednesday's season finale of Duck Dynasty on A&E Network delivered record ratings for the series with back-to-back episodes at 10p and 1030p. Specifically, the 1030p episode drew the series high of 2.6 million total viewers and 1.5 million with both A25-54 and A18-49 viewers. Duck Dynasty is produced for A&E Networks by Gurney Productions.
Howard Shapiro, Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co. passed away. He was 86. Mr. Shapiro was considered a "larger than life" figure in the Chicago business and broadcasting scene for decades. He ushered Weigel Broadcasting from a single UHF television station trying to gain a foothold in Chicago to a company with more than ten stations in three markets in addition to involvement in two national broadcast networks. Mr. Shapiro was still heavily involved in daily business affairs as recently as last week. His interest in broadcasting began in 1964 when he was one of the first advertisers on WCIU-TV, Chicago's first UHF television station. Mr. Shapiro's commercials were for C.E.T., a television retailer that he established in 1949. Chicagoans may still recall C.E.T.'s iconic jingle and phone number, Mohawk 4-4100. Mr. Shapiro later bought stock in the financially troubled TV station and then took over the operations and ownership during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Mr. Shapiro also was president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from 1983 to 1987 was the recipient of the Silver Circle Award in 1997. Mr. Shapiro's wife Jacqueline Cooper Shapiro preceded him in death in 2003; he is survived by three sons; one daughter; and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Shapiro are pending.
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Cable network SCIENCE acquired the off-network syndication rights to FOX's drama series Fringe from creators J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The agreement gives SCIENCE access to the four existing seasons of Fringe in addition to the upcoming fifth season which debuts on FOX in the fall. SCIENCE will also gain behind-the-scenes features and unseen bonus footage. Fringe will premiere in syndication on SCIENCE in fourth quarter 2012. The series is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
NHK WORLD TV, a 24-hour English language TV news channel produced by NHK, Japan's public independent broadcasting corporation increased its distribution in the New York market and is now available to Comcast subscribers in the area. NHK WORLD TV is available to 150 million households in more than 130 countries/regions via local satellite operators and cable systems.
TV Land approved two original comedy pilots for its Thursday night lineup from Ben Silverman and Scott Stuber. I'm Not Dead Yet is adapted from an Israeli formant titled Zanzuri. The single-camera comedy centers on a guy, who after discovering he has a fatal heart condition, begins to live life to the fullest. I'm Not Dead Yet is from Silverman's Electus and Silverman and Jimmy Fox will serve as EPs. Brothers-in-Law is a multi-camera project about the dynamics between a husband and the oddball fiance of his wife's twin sister. Stuber will be an EP along with Bill Martin and Mike Schiff.
Sean Hannity inked a new multi-year deal with Fox News Channel for him to remain on the network for at least another four years. Hannity has been with the cable news network since 1996 and his show, Hannity airing weeknights at 9p, is the second most-watched show in cable news with an average of more than 2.1 million viewers each night.
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Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of May 14, 2012)
NBC: Today 5.18 million total viewers; 1.9/14 and 2.24 million A25-54
ABC: GMA 5.11 million total viewers; 1.7/13 and 2.08 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.40 million total viewers; 0.8/6 and 938,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: The final night of May Sweeps went to FOX winning Wednesday and the A18-49 demo at 6.4/18, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX won easy enough with the season finale of American Idol at 5.6/18 and Univision's Una Familia con Suerte was a distant #2 at 2.4/8. Through 9p, FOX remained on top with more of American Idol's season finale at 6.8/18 and the season enders of ABC's comedies Modern Family and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 came next at an average of 3.3/9. FOX's American Idol finale spilled over into the 10p hour posting a 9.0/24 with ABC's season conclusion of Revenge delivering a 2.4/7 and Unvision's La Que No Podia Amar was next at 2.1/6.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 (May Sweep Day 28) time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 12.2/20 American Idol 12.2/20
ABC: 4.7/8 The Middle 4.1/7, Modern Family [r] 3.8/6, Modern Family 6.2/10, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 3.7/6, Revenge 5.2/9
NBC: 3.5/6 Off Their Rockers 3.4/6, Off Their Rockers [r] 3.3/5, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.4/4, Law & Order: SVU 4.7/8
UNIV: 2.6/4 Una Familia con Suerte 2.9/5, La Que No Podia Amar 2.6/4
ION: 0.7/1 Cold Case 0.8/1, Cold Case 0.6/1, Criminal Minds 0.6/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Maid en Manhattan 0.8/1, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Relaciones Peligrosas 0.5/1
CW: 0.5/1 America's Next Top Model [r] 0.5/1, America's Next Top Model 0.6/1
TF: 0.2/0 Cine en Familia WED [7p start] 0.2/0, Cine de Las Estrellas WED 0.2/0
A18-49: FOX 6.4/18, ABC 2.6/7, UNIV 2.1/6, CBS 1.5/4, NBC 1.5/4, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.1/0
John Schriffen joins ABC News as a Correspondent based in New York. John was previously at WCBS for a short turn before spending several years at NBC4 in Washington.
At KVOA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tucson, Sean Mooney will become a Weekend Anchor joining Rebecca Taylor for News 4 Tucson. Before this appointment, Sean was with Del Mar Advertising in Tucson where he was Marketing/Advertising Director.
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Friday Fun Fact: Chuck Connors (The Rifleman) is credited with being the first professional player to break a backboard - which occurred during practice before first Boston Celtics game on November 5, 1946.
This day in History:1986 - 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012
ABC: Shark Tank [r], Primetime: What Would You Do? [r], 20/20
AZTECA: Extra Normal, Al Extremo, Fabrica de Huevos, Fabrica de Huevos
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], CSI:NY [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Nikita [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares [r]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? [r], Grimm [r], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Goat Rodeo Live, Give Me a Banjo
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Corazon Valiente, Relaciones Peligrosas
UNIV: Un Refugio para el Amor; Abismo de Pasion, La Que No Podia Amar
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