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Good morning. It’s Friday, March 4, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
On the final night of the February sweep, Fox wins Wednesday night by just three share points, posting a 5.9/15 A18-49 over ABC’s 4.7/12 according to final numbers from Nielsen Media Research. NBC was #3 with a NBC 3.8/10, followed by CBS 3.2/8, UPN 2.0/5, WB 1.4/4. At 8p Lost on ABC earned a 7.0/19, while Fox’s hour of That 70’s Show earned a 3.8/10. American Idol on Fox at 9p delivered a 10.3/25, followed by Simple Life at 930p with a 5.8/14. America’s Next Top Model on UPN earned a 2.2/6 A18-49, and earned its best premiere numbers ever among teens (3.3/10), and matched its best with W18-34 (4.1/11 – second only to Lost) and W18-49 (3.3/8). ABC and CBS were neck and neck at 9p: Alias with a 3.9/9, and CBS comedies 3.4/9. 10p was a tie between CSI: NY and Law & Order, each delivering a 13 share, though L&O was ahead by two tenths of a rating point with a 4.9/13. Wife Swap followed on ABC with a 3.0/8.
FINAL February Sweeps to date (2/3-3/2/05 – 28 out of 28 days) per Nielsen Media Research data:
Fox has good news and bad news. After the sweep good news, the other good news is it has renewed the Tuesday night 9p series House starring Hugh Laurie for a second season. The bad news is they will not be renewing the soap/drama North Shore and has officially cancelled it.
Casting / Development / Production:
Tribune Entertainment Company has renewed Family Fued (FremantleMedia Prods N.A.) for next season in 92% of the country and in 162 markets. Hosting again next season will be Richard Karn. The show is cleared on a cash + barter basis.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has cleared its strip series with Martha Stewart in more than 85% of the U.S. The show is scheduled for a fall debut. Clearances include all of the top 20 markets, and 47 of the top 50. New to the list are KPRC/Houston, WOAI/San Antonio and WMC/Memphis. Also on the clearance list are most of the NBC O&Os including WNBC/NY; KNBC/LA and WMAQ/Chicago. The show is being produced by Mark Burnett Prods., along with Stewart.
Music cable network Fuse will launch Ultimate Fuse Gig: The VJ Search on March 10 at 10p. Taking a page from The Apprentice, American Idol and MTV’s VJ search of yore, the net has conducted nationwide auditions in search for what it calls the “one uber-knowledgeable young music lover” to join Fuse’s all-star VJs. The auditions kick off the show on the 10th which took place in a variety of cities. If you think you’re the one they’re looking for, there’s still time to submit a video – check out www.fusetv/vjsearch.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of February 14-20, 2005 ranked by HH Rtg
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of February 14-20, 2005 ranked by A18-49
Three more February best ever cable success stories:
Note to self: When/if you get a TIVO, make sure you program to record all new eps of L&O: Trial By Jury (so great), House and America’s Next Top Model. And then get some cheese doodles and call first dibs on the couch.
Casting Note: Calling all Inventors! Made in the USA, a USA Network series, is looking for unknown inventors and entrepreneurs to participate in various challenges and competitions that inventors deal with to get their products to market. The final winner gets a chance to develop their invention and win a one year sales contract with Home Shopping Network to sell their product. Made in the USA will be conducting open casting calls in four major cities beginning March 18 in Chicago and while sending in a videotape will suffice, showing up in person is always better. For more information on location of the casting calls, go to www.usanetwork.com
Court TV: The Investigation Channel has announced three uppings: Deborah Gibson to VP/Production Finance; Andrew Siegel to Senior Director/Programming Research; and Daniel Sze to VP/Information Technology, as well as Emil Freund to SVP/IT.
ACME Television, LLC announced the appointment of Steve Bailey as VP/Promotions, overseeing all marketing, promotion and production efforts for the station group. ACME Television, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACME Communications with nine O&O stations.
The Bravo Group has named Mark Sadowski as CFO and Mercedes Colon as VP/Director of Human Resources. Mark was previously with Bates North America as SVP and Controller. Mercedes’ responsibilities will cover managing the HR team, office services and other aspects of human resources. She was previously the Consultant and Owner of HR Business Solutions. Both Mark and Mercedes will report directly to Gary Bassell, Chairman & CEO.
Welcome home Martha.
Wednesday, March 2, 2005. FINAL Ratings for all Networks – program averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
NBC 8.3/13 Dateline 7.8/12, West Wing 7.1/11, L&O 9.9/16
FOX 8.0/12 That 70’s Show 4.6/7, That 70’s Show 5.1/8, American Idol 14.4/21, The Simple Life 8.0/12
ABC 7.7/12 Lost 11.3/18, Alias 6.3/9, Wife Swap 5.1/8
CBS 6.9/11 60 Minutes 5.3/8, King of Queens 6.2/9, Yes Dear 6.6/10, CSI: NY 9.0/15
UPN 3.0/5 America’s Next Top Model #4 [p] 3.4/5, Road to Stardom 2.6/4
WB 2.1/3 Smallville 2.8/4, Jack & Bobby 1.3/2
A18-49 Fox 5.9/15, ABC 4.7/12, NBC 3.8/10, CBS 3.2/8, UPN 2.0/5, WB 1.4/4
The History Channel presents This Day in History:
A MESSAGE FROM COURT TV
Sources* indicate a 36% rise in the A18-49 demo for
Court TV: The Investigation Channel on Saturday nights.
The culprits responsible: Kristen & Dave.
Kristen Eykel & Dave Holmes host Saturday Night Solution, a great line-up of programs with added investigative action in between.Check out our website at www.courttvmediakit.com
to see more facts & figures uncovered by the “detectives” at *Nielsen.
Later — Cyn
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