Monday, October 8th, 2007


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See you on the 23rd – we’re going to have a great time!
— Cyn



Good Morning.  It’s Monday – Columbus Day – October 8, 2007 and this is NOT your first early morning briefing.  It’s even briefer …

In honor of the holiday, Cynopsis is off today and our offices are closed. Additionally, Gwen Billings and Jennifer Franko – our at Cynopsis Kids – are in Cannes, France, for the MIPCOM conference all this week, and will be filing from there starting Tuesday. 

In the interim, here are tonight’s premieres, a few quick items, the weekend box office, and the ratings:

Tonight’s Premieres:
BET J: Conversations at 8p
BBC America:  Top Gear at 8p
VH1:  I Love New York at 9p
Adult Swim:  The Boondocks at 1130p

Correction:  The Premiere of Nigella Express on the Food Network was on Sunday morning at 930am, not at 930p that evening.

ABC Family will move forward with season three of its original drama Kyle XY, produced by ABC Studios. The premiere date for the third season has not been determined as the show is now in production for the back ten episodes of season two.

A 30m version of NBC’s Deal or No Deal will be launched into national syndication by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution for the fall of 2008. The game show, which is produced by Endemol USA, will be stripped Monday-Friday and will feature host Howie Mandel and all the same components found in the primetime edition. The syndicated show has been sold to NBC U stations in top markets on WNBC/New York, KNBC/Los Angeles, WMAQ/Chicago, WCAU/Philadelphia, KNTV/San Francisco among others as well as to stations with the CBS, Allbritton, Scripps and Sinclair station groups. 

Weekend Box Office Estimates: October 5-7, 2007
The Game Plan (Buena Vista)                    $16.3 million – 2 wk total $42.8m
The Heartbreak Kid (Paramount/DreamWorks) $14.0 million – opening weekend
The Kingdom (Universal)                          $9.3 million – 2 wk total $31.4m
Resident Evil:Extinction (ScreenGems)        $4.3 million – 3 wk total $43.5m
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (Fox)          $3.7 million – opening weekend
Good Luck Chuck (Lionsgate Films)            $3.5 million – 3 wk total $29.1m
Feel the Noise (Sony BMG)                       $3.4 million – opening weekend
3:10 to Yuma (Lionsgate)                        $3.0 million – 5 wk total $48.6m
The Brave One (Warner Bros.)                  $2.3 million – 4 wk total $34.9m
Mr. Woodcock (NewLine)                         $2.0 million – 4 wk total $22.3m
Source: Box Office Mojo

Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS beat the competition Thursday night at 4.9/13 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS’ Survivor was #1 at 8p with a 4.4/13, while ABC’s Ugly Betty and NBC’s comedies My Name Is Earl/30 Rock tied for second at 3.4/10 each; 30 Rock debuted at 830p with a 3.4/9. At 9p, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy spiked at 7.4/18, with CBS’ CSI next at 6.3/16 and CW’s season opener of Supernatural did a 1.2/3. CBS came back at 10p as Without a Trace won at 3.8/11, while another tie occurred for second place, this time between ABC’s Big Shots and NBC’s ER at 3.7/10.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, October 4, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS: 10.2/16       Survivor: China 8.5/14, CSI 12.8/19, Without a Trace 9.4/16

ABC: 8.3/13        Ugly Betty 6.6/11, Grey’s Anatomy 12.3/19, Big Shots 6.1/10

NBC: 5.3/9         My Name Is Earl 5.1/9, 30 Rock [p] 4.8/7, The Office 5.0/8, ER 6.1/10

FOX: 4.5/7         Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader 5.4/9, Don’t Forget the Lyrics! 3.7/6

CW: 2.4/4          Smallville 2.9/5, Supernatural [p] 2.0/3

UNIV: 1.9/3       Amar sin Limites 1.4/2, Destilando Amor 2.4/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.9/3

TELE: 0.7/1       Madre Luna 0.9/1, La Esclava Isaura 0.7/1, Amor Mio 0.4/1

A18-49: CBS 4.9/13, ABC 4.8/13, NBC 3.8/10, FOX 2.1/5, UNIV 1.6/4, CW 1.5/4, TELE 0.4/1

Friday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS was the champ Friday night winning with a 2.4/8 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, CBS won with Ghost Whisperer at 2.4/8, with NBC’s Deal or No Deal next at 2.0/7. Then at 9p, CBS’ Moonlight and NBC’s season kick-off of Friday Night Lights tied for first at 2.2/7 apiece. CBS was the winner again at 10p as Numb3rs chalked up a win at 2.7/9 and ABC’s 20/20 was #2 at 2.4/8.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, October 5, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS: 5.7/10       Ghost Whisperer 5.6/10, Moonlight 5.4/10, Numb3rs 6.2/11

NBC: 4.9/9         Deal or No Deal 5.5/10, Friday Night Lights [p] 4.2/7, Las Vegas 5.0/9

ABC: 3.8/7         Pushing Daisies [r] 3.0/6, Private Practice [r] 3.4/6, 20/20 5.1/9

FOX: 2.7/5         Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader 3.2/6, K-Ville [r] 2.2/4

CW: 2.5/4          Friday Night Smackdown! 2.5/4

UNIV: 1.7/3       Amar sin Limites 1.3/2, Destilando Amor 2.2/4, La Familia P.Luche 1.7/3

TELE: 0.6/1       Madre Luna 0.7/1, La Esclava Isaura 0.5/1, Amor Mio 0.4/1

A18-49: CBS 2.4/8, NBC 2.1/7, ABC 1.8/6, CW 1.4/5, FOX 1.4/5, UNIV 1.4/5, TELE 0.4/1

Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS notched a win Saturday night at 2.7/9 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS was the supreme winner each hour with its college football presentation: at 8p CBS won with 2.3/8; then CBS matched its winning ratings during 9p and 10p at 2.9/9 both hours.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, October 6, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS: 4.8/9           The Home Depot SEC: Florida at LSU 4.8/9

FOX: 3.9/7            Cops 3.4/7, Cops [r] 4.0/7, America’s Most Wanted 4.0/7

ABC: 2.8/5            Saturday Night Football – Regional 2.8/5

NBC: 2.8/5            The Office [r] 1.9/4, Chuck [r] 2.5/5, Law and Order: SVU [r] 3.9/7

UNIV: 1.2/2          Sabado Gigante 1.2/2

TELE: 0.4/1          Cine Nuestro [7p] 0.5/1, Cine de Impacto [9p] 0.4/1

A18-49: CBS 2.7/9, FOX 2.0/7, NBC 1.4/5, ABC 1.3/4, UNIV 0.8/3, TELE 0.4/1


Now, I’ll get back to putting the finishing touches on the Auction baskets for our October 23rd Charity Dinner & Auction gala event – pre-event email bidding starts Wednesday!  Talk to you tomorrow.

Later  — Cyn

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