Friday, October 7th, 2005



Season 5 Premiere
with HH and ALL 18-49 & 25-54 Demos

Available from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution for Fall ‘07  Get with the programming – online.Source:  NTI, Galaxy Explorer, 10/5/05, 8-9pm.  US AA Rtg.



Good morning.  It’s Friday, October 7, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

The good news is The WB has given the given the order for a full season of Supernatural with 22 episodes.  Produced by Warner Bros. TV, Supernatural launched on September 13th.

The bad news is another show on The WB has been cancelled: Just Legal from Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Don Johnson and Jay Baruchel, ditched after just three outings.  No word yet on what will fill the Monday night 9p time period on a regular basis (tho next week will be a repeat of Related), or when/if the remaining eps of Just Legal will ever see the light of day.  

Also cancelled is NBC’s Inconceivable (Touchstone Television), and airing in that time period for the moment will be Law & Order: Criminal Intent.  While no official announcement has been made on this cancellation, Variety reports production has been shut down.

These mark the 2nd and 3rd cancellations so far of the season, the first being Head Cases on Fox.

Over on cable network FX, comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed with an order for 13 more episodes.  On the flip side, Starved will not be renewed.

Dennis Swanson has been named President/Station Operations at Fox Television Group overseeing 35 Fox and UPN local station affiliates.  Swanson makes the shift to Fox from Viacom Station Group.  You’ll recall quite recently Tom Kane was name top station dog at Viacom Station Group, which made Swanson the #2 guy. A move that perhaps helped sway his decision to join Fox.

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC:  Hot Properties at 930p

* MORE GOOD STUFF *Paramount Domestic Television has signed Judge Judy to another four years on the bench, taking her thru 2009-2010 television season.  Judge Judy has been in syndication for ten years now, this her tenth season, and she is among the top ten shows virtually every week.

Scheduling Note:  If you missed CBS’ premiere of Close to Home, you’ll get another shot at it on Saturday at 8p.

Comcast-owned OLN launched its airing of the 2005 NHL season on October 5 with the NY Rangers vs. Philly Flyers and earned a .4 HH rating with 353,439 total viewers.  As compared to the whole of 2005 averages (12/27/04-10/04/05), the total viewership is up 183%.  Among men, the audience was up by 577% in Men 18-34, and up 277% with M18-49.

The November 6 airing of NBC’s The West Wing will be a live performance and feature a Presidential Debate between the characters played by Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits.  Because you know we have more than one time zone, this episode will be performed twice – once for the east coast and again for the central time and pacific time zones.

Ted Koppel‘s last Nightline episode will air on November 22.  ABC News will return on November 28 with the new post-Koppel edition of Nightline, and while no official information yet as to what that show will look like (single topic, multiple topics) and who will be hosting, Broadcasting & Cable reports staffers were told on Wednesday the show would have two anchors – based in NY and DC – and will include four segments.

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of Sept 19-25 2005 ranked by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (King World)                  7.6 AA
Oprah (King World)                                    7.0 AA / 7.1 GAA
Jeopardy (King World)                                6.0 AA
Everybody Loves Raymond (King World)  5.8 AA / 7.7 GAA
Dr. Phil (King World)                                  5.3 AA / 5.4 GAA
Seinfeld (Sony)                                           5.1 AA / 6.2 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (Paramount)          4.9 AA / 5.0 GAA
Judge Judy (Paramount)                            4.5 AA / 6.9 GAA
Friends (Warner Bros.)                              4.3 AA / 5.3 GAA
That 70’s Show (Carsey-Werner)              3.4 AA / 4.0 GAA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of Sept 19-25, 2005 ranked by A18-49
Seinfeld (Sony)                                           3.3 AA / 4.1 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (King World)  3.2 AA / 4.2 GAA
Oprah (King World)                                    2.9 AA / 2.9 GAA
Friends (Warner Bros.)                               2.8 AA / 3.5 GAA
That 70’s Show (Carsey-Werner)              2.4 AA / 2.6 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (Paramount)          2.1 AA / 2.1 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (King World)                  2.0 AA
Dr. Phil (King World)                                  1.9 AA / 2.0 GAA
King of the Hill (20th)                                  1.7 AA / 2.1 GAA
Jeopardy (King World)                                1.6 AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

New First Run and Off Net strip Syndicated Series – week of September 19-25 ranked by A18-49:
Bernie Mac Show  (20th)          1.4 AA / 1.6 GAA
My Wife & Kids  (Buena Vista)            1.3 AA / 1.6 GAA
Judge Alex (20th)                         0.8 AA / 1.1 GAA
Tyra Banks Show (Warner Bros.)  0.8 AA / 0.8 GAA
Martha (NBC Universal)                    0.5 AA / 0.5 GAA

Broadcast Daytime Ratings Rankings – Women 18-49, week of Sept 26-30, 2005:
NBC:    DAYS OF OUR LIVES                1.8/12
ABC:    GENERAL HOSPITAL                 1.7/11
ABC:    ONE LIFE TO LIVE                 1.6/11
ABC:    ALL MY CHILDREN                  1.6/11
CBS     PRICE IS RIGHT 2                 1.3/10
NBC:    PASSIONS                          1.3/9
ABC:    THE VIEW                          1.1/9
CBS:    AS THE WORLD TURNS      1.2/8
CBS:    PRICE IS RIGHT 1                 1.0/8
CBS:    GUIDING LIGHT                     1.0/6
 Source: Nielsen’s Galaxy Explorer, NTI as dated

 * NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *MTV has ordered up a new season of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, set to return in 2006.  The season finale of the current season is scheduled for November 14 at 10p. 

Also from MTV, a new unscripted drama called 8th & Ocean.  This series will join the schedule in first qtr 2006.  The show focuses on a group of 10 young men and women, all models and all working in the fashion industry, and all living together in a beachfront apartment.   8th & Ocean was created by Liz Gateley.

Joining the cast of CSI: NY as a regular this season is Anna Belknap in the role of Lindsay Monroe, a new young CSI member who recently made the trek to NYC from Montana.  Belknap’s first appearance on the CBS series is in the episode Zoo York, airing next Wednesday, October 12.

ABC has ordered a script from Storyline Entertainment that is reportedly inspired by songwriter Diane Warren.  The story is about a woman who is a successful songwriter of love songs, tho is not nearly as successful in her own love life.  The plan is if the show goes to series, says Hollywood Reporter, is to include music by Warren (Unbreak My Heart, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, How Do I Live, and so on), as well as include new songs Warren will write for the show.

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) named Carlos Alcazar as President.  He will oversee the company’s growth in the TV, custom publishing and internet markets.  Hispanic Communications Network is a media campaign producer centering on the Latino market.  Carlos was previously VP of a Pearson plc company.

Britta von Schoeler has been named SVP/GM of Broadway Video Enterprises. She will report to Jack Sullivan, CEO. Britta is responsible for strategic planning, new business development and marketing for domestic and international exploitation of existing Broadway Video Entertainment programming.

John Skipper has been chosen by ESPN as EVP/Content, taking on the programming responsibilities held most recently by Mark Shapiro. In addition to running programming and production, John will also oversee ABC Sports programming.

* RATINGS *Wednesday — A18-49 Analysis: ABC led the charge on Wednesday night with an overall 5.8/15 A18-49 according to fast affiliate numbers from Nielsen Media Research.  CBS was #2 with a 3.3/9, followed by NBC 3.0/8, Fox 2.8/8, UPN 1.7/5, WB 1.6/4.  ABC won or tied every hour of prime, beginning at 8p with a 3.6/10 for the one hour premiere of George Lopez.  The finale of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox drew a 2.9/8.  E-Ring ranked third with a 2.4/7 for NBC, up from last week’s 2.1/5 when it aired at 9p.  America’s Next Top Model earned a 2.2/6 A18-49, but among the younger W18-34, it delivered an 11 share, tied for first along with Fox.  At 9p Lost on ABC earned a stellar 9.0/22, dusting the competition.  Criminal Minds on CBS posted a 3.2/8, #2 in the time period.  Martha Stewart in her new time period earned a 2.5/6, up in rating from last week’s 2.1/6, and increasing the time period week to week as well. Nanny 911 on Fox earned a 2.8/7, holding it’s lead-in share.  At 10p ABC and CBS tied, each delivering a 12 share, followed by Law & Order’s 10 share.  WB had an evening of premieres beginning with One Tree Hill scoring a 2.3/7 among the network’s target demo A18-34, followed by a 1.5/4 for Related at 9p.

FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS:  Wednesday, October 5, 2005, for all Networks – program averages.  Source: Nielsen Media Research. 

ABC     9.1/14   George Lopez [p] 6.4/10, Lost 13.2/20, Invasion 7.8/12

CBS     7.3/11   Still Standing 5.0/8, Yes Dear 4.8/7, Criminal Minds 7.7/12, CSI: NY 9.4/15

NBC     6.1/10   E-Ring 5.5/9, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart 4.7/7, Law & Order 8.2/13

FOX     5.0/8    So You Think You Can Dance [f] 5.0/8,  Nanny 911 4.8/7

UPN     2.3/4    America’s Next Top Model 3.2/5, Veronica Mars 2.3/3

WB      2.1/3    One Tree Hill [p] 2.6/4, Related [p] 2.3/3

A18-49            ABC 5.8/15, CBS 3.3/9, NBC 3.0/8, Fox 2.8/8, UPN 1.7/5, WB 1.6/4



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Friday Fun Fact:  The human brain is insensitive to pain. The suffering of a headache come not from the organ itself but from the nerve and muscles lining it.

The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1528- Papal envoy Lorenzo Cardinal Campeggio arrives in London to conduct hearings on the dissolution of King Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon.  The controversy between Henry VIII and the Holy See over the dissolution of this marriage would lead to the separation of England from the Catholic Church and the establishment of the English monarch as supreme head of the Anglican faith

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: In the 1997 film Cop Land, what was the nickname of the young cop on the run?  SUPER BOY    Kudos to:  Ivan Tafur-West Wayne/Atlanta; Michael Benevento-MSG Networks/NY; Michael Branch-TV Guide Channel/NY; Linda Parrott-Starz Ent/Englewood CO; Daniel Thomson-Media First International/Minneapolis; Mike Callahan-Sony Pictures TV; Kathy Yarbrough-The Graham Group/Lafayette LA; Aisha Figilis-KPXN TV/LA; Daniel Gershon-DTM Films/LA; Brett Ashy-The Ashy Agency/LA; Daniel Gershon-DTM Films/LA


T hank G od I t’s S moking G un F riday!

The Easiest Question You’ll Be Asked All Day
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Three guesses. 
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Friday, October 7, 2005

ABC      Supernanny,  Hope & Faith, Hot Properties [p] , 20/20
CBS     Ghost Whisperer, Threshold, Numb3rs
FOX     The Bernie Mac Show, Malcolm in the MiddleKiller Instinct
NBC     Three Wishes (2-hours),  L & O: Criminal Intent
i (Pax) America’s Most Talented Kids, Mary Higgins Clark’s Before I Say Goodbye
UPN     Friday Night Smackdown
WB      What I Like About You, Twins, Reba, Living with Fran
TELE    El Cuerpo del Deseo, Los Plateados, Decisiones
UNIV    Contra Viento  y Marea, La Esposa Virgen,   Asies Gilberto Glass, Par de Ases


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