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Good Morning. It’s Friday, January 4, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
The latest skinny on the skirmish between Jay Leno, NBC and the WGA: It seems Jay was under the impression he personally could write is monologue for his Tonight Show return on Wednesday night. WGA says no – he’s a credited writer on the show and therefore writing his monologue is violating the strike rules. NBC issued a statement that said “The WGA agreement permits Jay Leno to write his own monologue for The Tonight Show.” The response from the WGA is it met with Leno and clarified for him the strike rules and that writing for the show (or for himself on the show) is a violation. There is some speculation that were Leno to ad-lib his monologue, he’d be in the clear, but nothing official has stated that. As for the results on the night – Tonight Show delivered 7.2 million viewers; Letterman 5.5 million, both shows up from their pre-strike days. As for later night, Conan delivered 2.8 million viewers; and Ferguson 2.2 million, both up from their pre-strike days; and Jimmy Kimmel had 1.8 million viewers, flat with pre-strike averages.
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
Broadcast Evening News Ratings Wrap-Up: NBC’s Nightly News was the holiday week winner with more total viewers, yet ABC’s World News and NBC tied with A25-54 ratings. Here are the results for the week of December 24, 2007:
MOJO HD returns a second season of Wall Street Warriors, the ten-part documentary series filmed in hi-def in New York City and vicinity that profiles six ambitious financial investors. The new season begins January 24 at 9p and forms a new programming block each Thursday called MOJO Money Night along with the original series Bobby G: Adventure Capitalist and Start-Up Junkies.
Premium movie channel, Starz InBlack will begin a new hour-long live concert series, Hip Hop: Raw & Uncut starting tonight at 10p. Shot live in South Beach Miami the concert series will spotlight current and up-and-coming hip hop artists.
Season two of Grit Rock Rodeo and AEG’s Toughest Cowboy Presented by Jagermeister reality competition series debuts nationally on Fox Sports Network (FSN) Saturday. Throughout ten weekly episodes, twelve cowboy finalists compete to win the 30-acre Jager Ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Rush HD, part of the VOOM HD Networks, will debut a new original series this April called Joby Ogwyn: The Adventurist. The six-episode series will witness Joby, who climbed Mt. Everest at age 24, as he performs various action sport adventures in locations from Edinburgh, Scotland to Yosemite Valley.
On January 14, DIY Network begins a new programming block Nailed at 9 each weeknight at 9p. Two new series join the line-up: Under Construction on January 15 at 9p, is a reality docu-series that looks into the business of construction; and Hammered debuts on January 25th at 9p, and features two do-it-yourself brothers. The block also will have season two of Sweat Equity at 9p and new episodes of Man Caves at 930p, both starting January 9. Additionally, DIY Network has a new half-hour daytime series Today Show Tips opening January 14 at 1130a, hosted by Today’s Natalie Morales and DIY’s Amy Matthews.
Canadian CTV acquired both conventional and specialty channel broadcast rights to the AMC series Mad Men which will join the CTV schedule mid-season. CTV bought seasons one and two of the one-hour series, in addition to the future broadband and VOD rights for season two.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
ABC and Harpo Productions revealed the cast for the new competition series Oprah’s Big Give debuting March 2 at 9p. Hosting will be Nate Berkus, interior designer and frequent contributor to The Oprah Winfrey Show and O, The Oprah Magazine. Judges will include chef and philanthropist Jamie Oliver, NFL player and Boys & Girls Club Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and wife of Chris Rock and charity founder Malaak Compton-Rock.
Corbin Bernsen will make his debut as host of the new game show How Much Is Enough? on GSN starting January 8 at 9p. The 30m game show, produced by BBC Worldwide America, will have four contestants competing in various tests of strategy and psychology to win the most money without being too too greedy. Forty episodes will air Tuesday-Saturday at 9p.
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Disney Channel promoted Steven Vincent to VP/Music and Soundtracks up from Director/Production and Executive in Charge of Music for the network. Steven manages the music used in original programming for kids and tweens on the Disney Channel and kids series on the Jetix action/adventure block, as well as programs seen on ABC Family. He reports to Susette Hsiung, SVP/Production, Disney ABC Cable Networks Group.
Discovery Communications named longtime company veteran Mark Hollinger to the new position of COO, reporting to David Zaslav, President/CEO. Mark will supervise Discovery Networks International and Discovery Commerce, while managing Corporate Operations. Additionally, Mark will oversee the company’s legal, government affairs and standards and practices activities until a new general counsel is selected. Mark will also be responsible for Discovery Studios, including Discovery Films and the company’s internal content production operations.
Critical Mass, the digital marketing agency which is a division of Omnicom Group, appointed Molly Hop as Group Media Director for its newly consolidated marketing and media unit based in Chicago. Molly works to ensure smooth integration of production and media and customer-focused strategies and brand messaging. She will also create internal new media courses and streamline the company’s billing procedures.
USA Network‘s Chris McCumber was upped to EVP/Marketing, Digital and Brand Strategy, reporting directly to Bonnie Hammer, President of USA Network and Sci Fi Channel. Chris’ responsibilities include consumer marketing, media planning, on and off-air creative advertising and interstitial programming, as well as all digital efforts.
Deborah Doft advanced to Supervising Producer for Good Day New York on WNYW/New York, the FOX affiliate owned and operated by FOX Television Stations.
Art Moran moves up to LSM for WTTG FOX 5 and WDCA My 20, both in Washington, D.C. and owned and operated by FOX Television Stations. Art will lead all local sales activities for the duopoly starting immediately and will report to Mike Lewis, GSM.
Thomson-owned Premier Retail Networks (PRN) tapped Richard Fisher as President worldwide. Richard will supervise all PRN functions and will head the development and strategic growth of the company.
Mark Schroeder joined CBS Outernet as VP/Western Region Sales where he will lead the development of West Coast categories such as studios, programmers, import auto, tech and gaming. He will report to Tom Green, SVP/Ad Sales.
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~ RATINGS ~
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 12/24-12/30/07
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 12/24-12/30/07
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 12/24-12/30/07
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 12/24-12/30/07
Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX scored a win Wednesday night with 4.2/11 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX’s Fiesta Bowl coverage beat the competition at 8p with a 3.7/10, while the season premiere of ABC’s Wife Swap came in third at 3.3/9 and CBS’ Power of 10 season opener was fourth at 1.7/4. During 9p the Fiesta Bowl on FOX jumped up to 4.7/12 and the first episode of NBC’s Law & Order new season was second at 3.9/9 and ABC’s Supernanny season debut was third at 3.6/9. ABC’s second serving of Supernanny at 10p won with a 4.0/10 just ahead of NBC’s Law & Order at 3.7/10.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
NBC: 8.5/13 Deal or No Deal 7.7/12, Law & Order [2-hour p] 8.9/14
FOX: 7.5/11 Fiesta Bowl: West Virginia vs. Oklahoma 7.5/11
ABC: 5.8/9 Wife Swap [p] 5.6/9, Supernanny [p] 5.7/9, Supernanny 6.0/10
CBS: 4.5/7 Power of 10 [p] 4.3/7, Criminal Minds [r] 5.0/7, CSI: NY [r] 4.3/7
UNIV: 1.8/3 Amar sin Limites 1.9/3, Pasion 1.7/3, Don Francisco Presenta 1.7/3
CW: 1.4/2 Crowned 1.3/2, Gossip Girl 1.6/2
TELE: 0.6/1 Madre Luna 0.7/1, Victoria 0.7/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.5/1
A18-49: FOX 4.2/11, ABC 3.7/9, NBC 3.6/9, CBS 1.9/5, UNIV 1.5/4, CW 0.9/2, TELE 0.5/1
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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: In the final season of the popular TV series Ally Mc Beal, who played the character Victor Morrison? JON BON JOVI Kudos to: Jennifer Hayoun- Rosetta Marketing/NY; Kathy Raab-Retirement Living TV/Baltimore; Rusty Ricketts-WideOrbit Inc./EST; Ginny Ziders-Retirement Living TV/Columbia, MD; Gerry Klingbeil-KOKH-TV/Oklahoma City; Elisa Parr-KAUT-TV/KFOR-TV/Oklahoma City; Kathy Carlson-Cuneo Advertising/Bloomington, MN; Mashawn Nix-Deal or No Deal/PST; Roz Seibold-Tucson Hearing Clinics/Tucson; Phillip B. Gittelman-Personal Management/West Hollywood; Zha Zha Aghili-2830 Media LLC/Santa Monica, CA
Today’s Trivia Question: On the long-running primetime soap opera Knots Landing, Valene (Joan Van Ark) had a brother named Joshua who was a religious fanatic. What actor portrayed him? (
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