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Good Morning. It’s Monday, November 26, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.
Writers strike update: Negotiations begin today between the WGA and the AMPTP, while simultaneous rallies will be going on in NY and LA. Joining a solidarity rally in Washington Square Park in NYC will be members of WGAW, SEIU, SAG, UNITE-HERE, UFT national and NYS AFL-CIOs, the New York City Labor Council, celebrities and more. While in LA, WGAW rallies are scheduled in front of the CBS, Paramount, WB, Universal, Sony, Disney, NBC and Fox Studios. On Wednesday, in recognition of International Day of Solidarity, members of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds will hold demonstrations in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, English and French Canada, the U.K., Mexico and France.
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
For those hoping to catch a Broadway show in New York during the holiday season take heart, the striking stagehands and theater producers returned to the negotiating table on Sunday, almost two full weeks since stagehands walked out of their jobs shutting down about two dozen plays and musicals. One holiday-themed musical resumed despite the strike as Supreme Court Justice Helen Freedman ordered the $6 million Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas production to be reopened due to the show’s limited run which ends January 6.
Twentieth Television, Inc.’s third syndicated court series, Cristina’s Court has been renewed through the 2008-2009 season. The company previously announced the renewal of Divorce Court and Judge Alex for the upcoming season.
TBS’ debut of the sketch comedy series Frank TV last Tuesday night (11p) delivered 2.9 million total viewers. In demos, the premiere brought in 1.85 million A18-49 viewers and 1.71 million A25-54 viewers.
Update on clearances for the Bonnie Hunt Show being distributed by Warner Bros – the show has now been picked up in 17 of the top 20 markets, and has an overall clearance of 75% of the country.
A new edition of Making News is coming to TV Guide Network, this one based at the New Vision Television stations in Savannah, Georgia – WJCL and its in-market sister station WTGS. The first of the 13 episodes is due to premiere on June 2, says Variety.
Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Estimates: Nov 23-25, 2007
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Joining the cast of CSI: Miami as a recurring character will be Elizabeth Berkley as Julia Winston, aka Horatio Caine’s ex wife. In her first episode, her billionaire husband is murdered.
TNT has added to its cast of the pilot project Leverage with Beth Riesgraf and Gina Bellman. The set up is simple – an insurance investigator brings together a band of thieves to conduct his own thievery. Riesgraf is an accomplished burglar, and Bellman a con artist. The project stars Timothy Hutton as the insurance investigator turn thief.
ABC‘s comedy pilot The More Things Change … from Regency TV has signed Chris Johnson to star in the role of Rick, the central guy in this four-man buddy project.
You remember Men Behaving Badly? Well, this has nothing to do with that. Gods Behaving Badly is a new project from Red Hour Films based on the new novel of the same name by author Marie Phillips, reports THR. The novel has been optioned for a comedy project, where as it turns out, ancient Greek Gods have been living together in a house in London since the mid 1600’s, and while they have been running things from this house, they’re now getting bored. The book is due out here in the US on December 10.
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American Public Television (APT) recruited Gerry Field as VP/Technology and Distribution Services to add new technical strategies allowing APT to more efficiently deliver its programs to more than 355 public television stations across the country. Gerry will also manage the IT and distribution services divisions. Additionally, APT hired Jamie Haines, APR as Director/Communications to lead the company’s promotion and publicity initiatives. Jamie will also supervise business-to-business marketing. Furthermore, APT advanced Virginia (Ginny) Hamilton to Manager/Distribution Services where she handles assisting producers with APT’s technical program specifications among other duties.
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~ RATINGS ~
Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX held onto its Tuesday night power base with 4.9/13 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS came out on top at 8p with NCIS at 3.7/10, while the Charlie Brown specials on ABC averaged a second place 3.4/9. FOX was the big winner during 9p with House at 6.8/16 and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Results was next at 4.9/12. ABC took over the lead at 10p as The Bachelor wrap-up show did a 4.1/11.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 (November Sweep Day 20) time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
ABC: 9.2/14 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 5.9/10, He’s a Bully Charlie Brown 5.8/9, Dancing with the Stars 13.0/19, The Bachelor: After the Final Rose 8.7/14
FOX: 7.6/12 Bones 5.2/8, House 10.0/15
CBS: 7.5/12 NCIS 10.8/17, The Unit 6.7/10, Cane 5.1/8
NBC: 5.8/9 The Biggest Loser 4 [2 hours] 4.8/7, Law & Order: SVU 7.8/13
UNIV: 2.0/3 Amar sin Limites 1.8/3, Destilando Amor 2.8/4, Como Ama una Mujer 1.3/2
CW: 1.4/2 Beauty and the Geek 1.7/3, Reaper [r] 1.1/2
TELE: 0.6/1 Madre Luna 0.7/1, Esclava Isaura 0.6/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.5/1
A18-49: FOX 4.9/13, ABC 4.1/11, NBC 3.4/9, CBS 2.9/8, UNIV 1.7/4, CW 1.0/3, TELE 0.4/1
Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis: On Thanksgiving Eve, CBS was #1 Wednesday night at 3.1/9 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC’s Pushing Daisies won the time period at 8p with 2.3/7. Then the last two hours belonged to CBS: Criminal Minds did best at 9p with 3.8/11, followed by a winning CSI: NY at 10p with 3.7/11.
Note: We are in the midst of the November sweep, so it we should mention overall TV usage levels (Hut/Put) were down due to Thanksgiving; versus the previous week Adults 18-49 levels were at -10% (33.9% vs. 37.7%) and Households down by -5% (58.6% vs. 62.2%).
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 (November Sweep Day 21) – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
CBS: 7.6/13 Kid Nation 4.3/7, Criminal Minds 9.6/16, CSI: NY 8.9/15
NBC: 5.4/9 Phenomenon 3.8/7, Deal or No Deal [2 hours] 6.2/10
ABC: 5.0/8 Pushing Daisies 4.7/8, Private Practice 5.7/9, Dirty Sexy Money 4.5/8
FOX: 3.3/6 Back to You [r] 3.6/6, ’til Death [r] 3.1/5, Kitchen Nightmares 3.3/5
UNIV: 2.0/3 Amar sin Limites 1.5/3, Destilando Amor 2.6/4, Don Francisco Presenta 1.9/3
CW: 1.7/3 America’s Next Top Model 2.5/4, Gossip Girl [r] 1.0/2
TELE: 0.6/1 Madre Luna 0.7/1, La Esclava Isaura 0.6/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.4/1
A18-49: CBS 3.1/9, NBC 2.5/7, ABC 2.3/7, FOX 1.9/6, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 1.1/3, TELE 0.4/1
Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS took home the prize Thursday night with 3.6/11 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Despite some different programming for the holiday night, the usual winners prevailed: CBS’ Survivor won at 8p with 3.6/11, and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was #1 at 9p with 5.0/14. During 10p, CBS’ Without a Trace was first with 3.1/9 while the return of ABC’s October Road was third overall at 2.2/7.
Note: overall TV usage levels (Hut/Put) were down due to the Thanksgiving holiday; versus the previous week Adults 18-49 levels were -13% (33.8% vs. 38.9%) and Households were down -11% (57.0% vs. 64.1%)
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, November 22, 2007 (November Sweep Day 22) time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
CBS: 7.4/14 Survivor: China 6.2/12, CSI 8.5/16, Without a Trace 7.5/14
ABC: 5.7/11 Ugly Betty 4.6/9, Grey’s Anatomy 8.2/15, October Road [p] 4.1/8
NBC: 3.7/7 NBC Movie: The Incredibles 3.9/7, The Office [r] 2.6/5
FOX: 2.4/5 FOX Movie: Dodgeball 2.4/5
UNIV: 1.3/2 Yo Amo a Juan Querendon 1.1/2, Gran Noche de Destilando Amor 1.4/3
CW: 0.8/1 Movie: Raise Your Voice 0.8/1
TELE: 0.4/1 Su Excelencia [7p start] 0.3/1, Sube y Baja 0.4/1
A18-49: CBS 3.6/11, ABC 3.1/9, NBC 2.5/7, FOX 1.5/5, UNIV 1.1/3, CW 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, November 23, 2007 (November Sweep Day 23) – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
CBS: 5.8/10 Ghost Whisperer 6.3/11, Moonlight 4.7/8, Numb3rs 6.3/11
ABC: 4.4/8 Men In Trees 3.8/7, Women’s Murder Club 5.3/9, 20/20 4.1/7
NBC: 4.4/8 Movie: The Family Man [r] 4.4/8
CW: 2.8/5 Friday Night Smackdown! 2.8/5
FOX: 2.1/4 The Next Great American Band 1.6/3, Don’t Forget the Lyrics! 2.5/4
UNIV: 1.9/3 Amar sin Limites 1.5/3, Destilando Amor 2.7/5, Alejandro Fernandez: Un Regalo Navideno 1.5/3
TELE: 0.4/1 Movie: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [7p start] 0.4/1, Movie: Shanghai Noon 0.4/1
A18-49: CBS 2.5/7, NBC 2.2/7, ABC 1.6/5, CW 1.6/5, UNIV 1.5/5, FOX 1.3/4, TELE 0.4/1
Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC trounced the competition Saturday night with 3.3/10 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC owned the night as the college football “Border Showdown” between Missouri and Kansas won each hour: at 8p ABC pulled a 3.2/10 and an almost equal 3.2/9 at 9p. ABC’s ratings spiked a little during 10p to 3.3/10.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, November 24, 2007 (November Sweep Day 24) – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
ABC: 6.1/11 Saturday Night Football: Missouri vs. Kansas 6.1/11
FOX: 4.2/7 Cops 3.9/7, Cops [r] 4.3/8, America’s Most Wanted 4.2/7
CBS: 4.1/7 CSI: Miami [r] 3.4/6, CSI: NY [r] 4.0/7, 48 Hours Mystery 4.9/9
NBC: 2.9/5 Movie: The Incredibles [r] 3.1/5, The Office [r] 2.1/4
UNIV: 1.4/2 Sabado Gigante 1.4/2
TELE: 0.5/1 Cine de Impacto [7p] 0.4/1, Cine de Impacto 0.5/1
A18-49: ABC 3.3/10, FOX 2.2/7, NBC 1.9/5, CBS 1.4/4, UNIV 1.0/3, TELE 0.4/1
This day in History: 1922 – In Egypt, Archaeologist Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: In the movie Joe vs. the Volcano starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, what beverage are the Waponi islanders particularly fond of? ORANGE SODA (“JUMP” SODA) Kudos to: Barry Pollack-The Maia Group/NY; Jessica Bricker-PBS/Arlington, VA; Ivan Tafur-Initiative/Atlanta; Christine Cipriani-Rainbow Media/NY; Greg Leslie-Winnercomm/Tulsa, OK; Bart Greenberger-WBUI/Decatur, IL; Paul Schoen-Kiewert-NCC/Dallas; Kent Kimberlain-Spotplus/Dallas; Susan Chalfant-Fox Interactive Media/Beverly Hills; Steve Truitt-KNBC/LA; Jake Guswa-Warner Bros/Burbank; Darren Reyes-Comcast Spotlight/San Francisco
Today’s Trivia Question: This mystical, mysterious village and its inhabitants only appear for one day every century. The villagers must never leave or they will disappear forever. Where is this? (
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