Monday, May 22nd, 2006





WITH A18-49, W18-49, A25-54 & W25-54


Available from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution

Source: NTI Explorer, Live+SD US Rtg, Season To Date (9/19/05-5/14/06). Sitcom=CS & EA




Good Morning. It’s Monday, May 22, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Finales:
Fox:  24 from 8-10p
CBS:  King of Queens at 8p, Two and a Half Men at 9p, Old Christine at 930p and CSI: Miami at 10p
ABC:  Alias at 10p
NBC:  Medium at 10p






will debut the new music reality series Moves in 4th Qtr 2006, with eight episodes. Jennifer Lopez is the show’s executive producer and will be involved in the selection and auditioning of the dancers and will make various cameo appearances throughout the run. The show will follow six dancers as they work hard in the competitive world of dancing to achieve their professional dreams.
Hosting the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be Late Night host and comedian Conan O’Brien. Veteran TV producers Ken Ehrlich and Jeff Ross have been named executive producers of the live telecast scheduled for August 27, 8-11p on NBC.
First Look Pictures is bringing new product to the syndication market for Fall 2007, per VarietyThe Collector is an anthology, off-net series, having aired on CHum TV’s City TV and Space TV in Canada.  The show is about an employee of Satan’s here on Earth who is reminding those who have sold their soul to the underlord that their contracts are about to expire, and they now have 48 hours to redeem themselves, or else.  In a straight 7/7 barter split, the deal offers two runs. 
The SCI FI Channel has a number of new and returning shows with new episodes premiering this summer. On July 14, SCI FI Friday kicks off with the tenth season of Stargate SG-1, the longest airing sci-fi drama in American TV history. Stargate Atlantis begins its third season also on July 14. Then on July 18, the network premieres the new series Eureka. The series is set in the rural town of Eureka where the government has been secretly relocating the world’s geniuses to work on the latest scientific innovations. The mystery is revealed when a U.S. Marshall wrecks his car and becomes stranded in there.  He then has to establish order after the inhabitants unleash a creation unknown to the outside world. And, on July 27 the SCI FI Channel debuts its reality series, Who Wants to be a Superhero? in collaboration with comic book creator Stan Lee.
A special episode of the USA Network series The 4400 premiered exclusively on Yahoo! TV ( this weekend for an eight-day run. The episode, The 4400 Special: Unlocking the Secrets will have video streaming on and starting May 29, and then the show will debut on TV June 4 on three NBCU networks: USA Network, SCI FI Channel and Bravo. This rollout strategy by the USA Network and its production partner CBS Paramount Network Television is to entice new and returning viewers. USA will also expand the series online at to include content under the umbrella “Central Intelligence” with audio podcasts, blogs from the characters, writers and producers, behind-the-scenes interviews, preview footage, with the centerpiece being Maia’s Interactive Diary which will aid viewers in finding clues to the mystery of The 4400 each week.

The Gospel Music Channel has produced a new music video that features former American Idol contestant George Huff. The video, with the Ford Fusion vehicle integrated within it, makes its world premiere tomorrow at precisely 901p – one minute after the finale of American Idol – on both the Gospel Music Channel and at
Weekend Box Office Estimates: May 19-21, 2006
The DaVinci Code (Sony)         $77.0 million – opening weekend
Over the Hedge (DreamWorks)             $37.2 million – opening weekend
MI:3 (Paramount)                               $11.- million – 3 wk total $103.2m
Poseidon (Warner Bros.)         $9.2 million – 2 wk total $36.8m
RV (Sony)                                         $5.1 million  – 4 wk total $50.4m
See No Evil (Lions)                     $4.4 million – opening weekend
Just My Luck (Fox)                      $3.4 million – 2 wk total $10.4m
An American Haunting (Freestyle)          $1.7 million – 3 wk total $13.6m
United 93 (Universal)                           $1.4 million  – 4 wk total $28.2m
Akeelah and the Bee (Lions)             $1.0 million – 4 wk total $15.7m
Source: Box Office Mojo




has appointed Gil A. Dickoff as VP/Treasurer effective tomorrow. He will be responsible for all global activities and play a key role in the company’s financial leadership team. Gil takes over this position from Vincent Marzano who recently resigned after 19 years at the company. Gil reports to Mary A. Winston, EVP/CFO.
Mina Lefevre has been upped to VP/Development and Programming at ABC Family. She continues to report to Kate Juergens, SVP/Original Series Programming and Development, and oversees all creative and production phases of the network’s primetime reality and scripted series. Her current projects include the upcoming Three Moons Over Milford and Lincoln Heights.


Thursday – A18-49 Analysis

: NBC came on strong Thursday night and secured a win with a 6.8/19 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS came in at second place with 5.9/16, followed by FOX 3.6/10, ABC 2.1/6, UNIV 1.5/4, WB 0.9/2, UPN 0.7/2 and TELE 0.4/1. The hour-long “Say Goodnight Gracie” episode of Will & Grace at 8p won the time period for NBC with 5.1/16; the 200th Episode finale of That ‘70s Show on FOX came next at 4.3/13. At 9p, it was almost a tie for #1: CBS ended up a tenth of a point ahead with CSI at 8.2/20 over the finale of Will & Grace on NBC at 8.1/20. The finale of NBC’s ER beat out the rest to take the 10p hour at 7.2/19.
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Thursday, May 18, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS    12.6/20   CSI [r] 9.2/16, CSI 15.7/24, Without a Trace – Finale 12.8/21

NBC     10.3/17   NBC Specials: Will & Grace 8.4/14, Will & Grace – Finale 11.5/18, ER – Finale 10.8/18

FOX     4.7/8      That ’70s Show 200th Episode – Finale 5.5/9, The O.C. 3.9/6

ABC     3.9/6      American Inventor [r] 3.3/6, American Inventor – Finale 4.2/7, Primetime 4.0/7

UNIV   1.9/3   La Fea Mas Bella 2.0/3, Barrera de Amor 2.0/3, Aqui y Ahora 1.6/3    

WB       1.7/3   The WB Movie: Drumline 1.7/3

UPN     1.3/2   Everybody Hates Chris  [r] 1.7/3, Love, Inc. [r] 1.1/2, Eve [r] 1.2/2, Cuts [r] 1.2/2

TELE    0.6/1   Tierra de Pasiones 0.6/1, Corazon Partido 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.6/1

A18-49:  NBC 6.8/19, CBS 5.9/16, FOX 3.6/10, ABC 2.1/6, UNIV 1.5/4, WB 0.9/2, UPN 0.7/2, TELE 0.4/1

Friday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS escaped with a win Friday night at 2.6/9 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC was second at 2.5/8, NBC and FOX tied for third at 1.8/6, then UNIV and UPN tied for fourth at 1.4/5, then WB 0.8/3 and TELE 0.3/1. At 8p, the ratings were packed in tight, yet ABC squeezed out a win with the first hour of America’s Funniest Videos Finale at 2.0/7; CBS with the Dr. Phil Primetime Special and NBC with Dateline tied for second at 1.8/7. ABC held the lead at 9p with the final hour of the AFV finale at 2.7/9. Then at 10p, CBS took over the first position with the finale of Numb3ers at 3.4/11.
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Friday, May 19, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS     6.7/12   Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Escaping Danger 5.2/10, Close to Home – Finale 6.7/12, Numb3rs – Finale 8.3/15

ABC     4.9/9    America’s Funniest Videos – Finale (2 hours) 4.7/8, 20/20 5.3/9

NBC     4.5/8   Dateline 5.1/10, Conviction 3.7/6, Conviction – Finale 4.6/8

UPN     3.0/5   Friday Night Smackdown 3.0/5

FOX     2.9/5   Movie Special: X2: X Men 2.9/5

UNIV    1.7/3    La Fea Mas Bella 1.8/3, Barrera de Amor 1.8/3, Lucero La Trayectoria Especial 1.5/3

WB       1.7/3   The WB Movie: Bend It Like Beckham 1.7/3

TELE   0.5/1   Tierra de Pasiones 0.5/1, Corazon Partido 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.5/1

A18-49: CBS 2.6/9, ABC 2.5/8, NBC 1.8/6, FOX 1.8/6, UNIV 1.4/5, UPN 1.4/5, WB 0.8/3, TELE 0.3/1

Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX had what the viewers wanted Saturday night to win with a 2.2/8 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS was next at 1.6/6, then ABC 1.5/5, NBC 1.3/5, UNIV 0.9/3 and TELE 0.2/1. With back-to-back episodes of Cops, FOX took the 8p hour at 2.1/8. Viewers wanted another dose of reality with FOX’s America’s Most Wanted at 9p which came in first at 2.3/8. ABC was tops at 10p with the last hour of their repeat movie Remember the Titans at 1.9/6.
Live + Same Day Ratings:
Saturday, May 20, 2006
– time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS      4.3/8       CSI: Miami [r] 3.8/8, Without a Trace [r] 4.6/9, 48 Hours Mystery 4.6/9

FOX      3.5/7     Cops 2.9/6, Cops 3.6/7, America’s Most Wanted 3.8/7

NBC      3.3/7     NBC Movie: 10.5 [r] 3.3/7

ABC     2.9/6        Movie: Remember the Titans [r] 2.9/6

UNIV   1.4/3        Sábado Gigante 20 Años 1.4/3

TELE   0.2/0        Corriendo y Grabando 0.2/0, Movie: Spy Game (2.5 hours) 0.2/0

A18-49:  FOX 2.2/8, CBS 1.6/6, ABC 1.5/5, NBC 1.3/5, UNIV 0.9/3, TELE 0.2/1




Loyal female viewers have placed EVERYDAY ITALIAN, PAULA’S HOME COOKING
among the Top 5 shows in their daytime and fringe time slots.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, 9/26/05 – 3/26/06, W25-54 AA (000), Live+SD.  Rank on strict daypart program-based half hours among all ad supported cable, excluding Kids. Subject to qualifications available on request.

The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1819- Sailing from Savannah, Georgia to Liverpool, England, the “Savannah” embarked on the first cross-Atlantic journey of a steamship. National Maritime Day was named the official holiday to commemorate the path-breaking cruise of the “Savannah.”

Answer to Friday’s Trivia Question:  Nancy Cartwright, who is the voice of Bart Simpson, was the voice of a character named Kip in what cartoon?  KIP THE KANGAROO on SHIRT TAILS   Kudos to: Phil Degliomini-NBC Universal/NY; Brian Walker-TelAmerica Media/Philadelphia PA; Jeff Gold-Tribune Interactive/NY; Larry Glazer-Katz Continental/Katz Continental/Chicago; Kenny Mueller-Comcast Spotlight/Dallas; Marc Stryker-PPBH/Salt Lake City; Larry L. Herman Jr-KXMB/Bismark ND; Sarah Penrod-R & R Partners/Salt Lake City; Bernice Bareng-Initiative/LA; David T. Levine-Disney ABC Cable Networks/Burbank; Gemma Dunbar-Premier PR/London

Today’s Trivia Question: In the new series Raines, Jeff Goldblum plays a homicide cop. In what other TV show did he play a Private Detective? (click here with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.)



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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Monday, May 22, 2006

ABC     Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball, Alias [r], Alias [f]
CBS     The King of Queens [f], How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men [f], Old Christine [f], CSI: Miami [f]
FOX     24 [f]
NBC     Deal or No Deal, The Apprentice, Medium [f ]
i       Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Doc, It’s a Miracle
UPN     One on One, All of Us, Girlfriends, Half & Half
WB      7th Heaven [r], Everwood
TELE    Tierra de Pasiones, Corazón Partido, Decisiones
UNIV    La Fea Mas Bella, Barrera de Amor, Cristina


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