Thursday, November 29th, 2007



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Good Morning.  It’s Thursday, November 29, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Jane Root, President/GM of Discovery Channel and The Science Channel has been let out of her contract effective immediately, to return to her native U.K. Jane, who joined Discovery Communications in May 2004, will be succeeded by John Ford as President/GM of Discovery Channel. John came to Discovery Communications from the National Geographic Channel this past September to head Discovery Times Channel (the upcoming retooled Investigation Discovery) and the Military Channel. New heads for The Science Channel, Discovery Times and Military Channel will be announced soon.

Tonight’s Premiere:
: Mas Vale Tarde con Alex Cambert at 1130p


For your Premieres calendar – mark down Lipstick Jungle to air on Thursdays at 10p beginning February 7 on NBC.  The thinking here is to avoid airing repeats of ER (did you know there’s a writers strike underway?), and bring out Lipstick Jungle in a strong time period. The show stars Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price and Kim Raver as three highly successful New York City career women.

Univision will put its newest novella Pasion (Passion) out to sea on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 pm ET/PT, the latest offering from the producers of Amor Real and Alborada. The soap takes viewers on an epic romantic voyage to historical ports of call including Cartegena de Indias, Colombia and Campeche, following heroine Camilia Darien (Susana Gonzalez) as she escapes on a pirate ship to allude her kidnappers.

If you’re holding Broadway theatre tickets for this holiday season – good news!  A tentative deal has been struck and the strike is over.  The lights go on and curtain goes up again tonight on most shows. 

Worldwide Biggies Inc. inked a two-year extension deal with Spike TV to executive produce the network’s annual Video Game Awards which honors video game creators and designers. The fifth annual broadcast of Spike TV’s Video Game Awards will air December 9 at 9p.

Travel Channel will allow its viewers to play programmer starting December 17 with “Pilot Week”, the network’s first week-long showcase of eight pilots being considered for series. Viewers can visit and offer feedback and criticism about each program. The shows premiering this week include:

  • Feasty Boys Eat America – Jim and Jon, the Feasty Boys will visit the first cranberry harvest in Carver, MA which inspires two culinary feasts during this half-hour show. Airs December 17 at 8p.
  • Hamburger Paradise – The history of the burger is the focus and the show will take viewers cross-country to find the best in the land. Airs December 17 at 9p.
  • Luxury Series (title TBD) – This 60m pilot will highlight private islands, vehicles and homes of America’s wealthy elite. Airs December 18 at 8p.
  • 10 Things You Don’t Know About: Florida – Half-hour guide seeks out unexpected places in Florida. Airs December 19 at 8p.
  • 10 Things You Don’t Know: Hawaii – This second installment explores the overlooked destinations in Hawaii. Airs December 19 at 830p.
  • 25 Mind Blowing Escapes – From jungle treks in Thailand to watching sunsets in Santorini, Greece, this program will journey to exotic, not-to-be-missed locales. Airs December 20 at 8p.
  • Extreme Hotels – Two piggy-backed episodes will look at the world’s most unusual hotels and resorts with insight from owners and guests. Airs December 20 at 9p and 930p.
  • Art Attack with Lee Sandstead – Art historian, Lee Sandstead will show off the best art museums throughout the world, giving viewers a top 5 “must-see” list at each museum with a history/mystery lesson about each treasure. Airs December 21 at 8p.
  • The Deal Hunter with Ian Grant – Ian takes viewers on a trek through New York City to find signature items the city is known for, offering insider tips along the way. Airs December 21 at 830p.

When the back door pilot of the remake of Knight Rider airs on NBC, it will include the talents of Bruce Davison, Wayne Kasserman and Greg Ellis who have all recently joined the cast. The project stars Justin Bruening as Mike Tracer, aka Michael Knight’s son; no word yet on who will voice KITT, the car (in the original, this was William Daniels).

Hannah Storm is leaving the CBS Early Show – tho a specific departure date has not yet been announced.  Storm had been with the show for the past five years when it relaunched with more anchors than any other morning network show.

ABC Family has ordered up six episodes of America’s Prom Queen, from PB&J Television.  The show begins with 10 high school seniors who are taken through a series of challenges.  Judges will represent those traditional high school sects – the jocks, the freaks, the nerds, etc.  ABC Family is looking for a spring launch reports Variety.




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Mike Lewis takes over as VP/GSM at WTTG and WDCA in Washington, D.C. starting next Monday. Mike will lead all sales efforts for the duopoly owned by Fox Television Stations group and will report to Duffy Dyer, the stations’ VP/GM.

Entertainment Marketing Group (EMG) hired Petra Luna as VP/Promotions. Petra will develop and execute targeted promotional campaigns on radio, broadcast and cable television, online and print.

Current President/Publisher of Variety, Charlie Koones will depart the Reed Business Entertainment Group March 1 to try his hand at entrepreneurial ventures in media and entertainment. In his 17 years with Variety, Charlie was the primary leader behind the paper’s digital growth, which spurred the launch of nine years ago. Following as President/Publisher will be Neil Stiles, Division Managing Director for Reed Business Information in the U.K.


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Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the month of November: 10/30-11/26/07
Primetime    (000)        Total Pgm Day      (000)
ESPN              1557           ESPN                     708
USA                1311           USA                      647
TBSC              1091           TBSC                     593
TNT                  872           NICK                     577
FX                    787           TNT                       571
MTV                 757           NAN*                     559
CMDY               670           ADSM*                  482
SPK                  643           FX                         440
DISC                631           LIF                        416
SCIF                 573           MTV                      397
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 112,800,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the month of November: 10/30-11/26/07
Primetime    (000)      Total Pgm Day            (000)
ESPN              2996          NICK                         2317
USA                2670          USA                          1300
TBSC              1912          NAN*                        1288
TNT               1871           ESPN                         1204
NAN               1477          TNT                           1140
FOXN             1407          TOON                         1083
HALL              1363          TBSC                           992
FX                  1352         ADSM*                         875
TOON             1292          LIF                              869
LIF                 1268          FOXN                           793
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 112,800,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks
broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the month of November: 10/30-11/26/07
ESPN   Packers/Broncos                                      7272
ESPN   Ravens/Steelers                                       5408
ESPN   Titans/Broncos                                         5075
ESPN   49ers/Seahawks                                      4706
FX       Nip/Tuck                                                 3956
MTV    The Hills  11/19                                      3427
MTV    The Hills  11/12                                      3355
CMDY  South Park  11/7                                    3198
MTV    The Hills  10/29                                      3158
CMDY  South Park  10/31                                  3153
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 112,800,000 homes

Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis:  ABC quick-stepped into first place Tuesday night with 5.8/14 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC’s presentation of the holiday favorite A Charlie Brown Christmas won at 8p with 4.6/12. FOX’s House took the 9p hour with 7.0/16. Then at 10p, the final hour of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was the viewer choice with 6.8/17.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 (November Sweep Day 27) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

ABC: 13.3/20        A Charlie Brown Christmas [r] 7.7/12, Dancing with the Stars Results [2-hour f] 16.1/24

FOX: 8.1/12           Bones 5.9/9, House 10.2/15

CBS: 7.2/11           NCIS 10.8/16, The Unit 6.6/10, Cane 4.3/7

NBC: 5.9/9            The Biggest Loser 4 [2 hours] 4.7/7, Law & Order: SVU 8.2/13

UNIV: 2.2/3           Amar sin Limites 1.8/3, Destilando Amor 3.1/4, Como Ama una Mujer 1.6/3

CW: 1.6/2             Beauty and the Geek 1.8/3, Reaper [r] 1.4/2

MNT: 0.7/1            The Academy [r] 0.6/1, Jail 0.8/1, Jail [r] 0.8/1

TELE: 0.6/1          Madre Luna 0.7/1, Esclava Isaura 0.7/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.4/1

A18-49: ABC 5.8/14, FOX 5.2/13, NBC 3.7/9, CBS 2.6/6, UNIV 1.8/4, CW 1.2/3, MNT 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1


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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Thursday, November 29, 2007

ABC: Ugly Betty [r], Grey’s Anatomy [r], Big Shots
CBS: Survivor: China, CSI [r], Without a Trace [r]
CW: Smallville [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX: Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
ION: Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Who’s the Boss?, Who’s the Boss?, 48 Hours on ION TV
MNT: My Thursday Night Movie: The Cave
NBC: My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office [r], Scrubs, ER
PBS: This Old House Hour, Antiques Roadshow [r], Leonardo’s Dream Machines [r]
TELE: Madre Luna, La Esclava Isaura, Pecados Ajenos
UNIV: Amar sin Limites, Destilando Amor, Aqui y Ahora

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