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Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 8, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
The multi-network telethon scheduled for this Friday at 8p called Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, has expanded the time their phone lines will be open to cover much of the broadcast day. Lines will open at 7am ET for the morning news shows, and continuing all day until the end of the network late night shows. Various programs during the course of the day either thru talent or on-screen advisories, will inform the viewers where they can donate tot he Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The networks have also announced that all fund raising will go to either the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army, depending on the donor’s preference.
And it’s not just the broadcast networks carrying this special on Friday. You’ll remember the broadcasters offered Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast to cable networks and radio stations, and many have accepted that offer, including: AmericanLife TV, CNBC, Court TV, Fox Movie Channel, FUEL TV, Fox College Sports Pacific, GSN, Lifetime, MSNBC, Showtime, SPEED Channel, Style Network, ABC Family, Black Family Channel, Bravo, E!, Fox Reality, FSN Ohio, FSN South, FSN West, FX, G4, Ovation, Oxygen, PAX, SOAPnet, TBS, The Tennis Channel, Trio, TV Guide Channel, TV One, USA Network, WGN and many Infinity Radio stations. The special will also be broadcast in more than 100 countries around the world including programming services in Latin America, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Taiwan, Asia, India, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Greece, Spain, Japan, Israel and Iceland.
TNT’s The Closer had its season finale on Monday, September 5th and 6.3 million viewers tuned in, making it the most watched episode of the series since its premiere. For the full 13 episodes, The Closer averaged a 3.7 national household rating with 5.5 million total viewers. Among the all-important adult demos, The Closer averaged 2.4 million A25-54, and 1.9 million A18-49. The Closer has been picked up for a second 15-episode season, set to debut in 2006.
PBS will begin offering the broadcast series NerdTV as a downloadable series, available to be shared, copied, and/or posted on your blog site. The 13 one hour episodes of interviews by Robert X. Cringley with various people from the technology field and interviewer, can be downloaded as mpeg-video, or a variety of audio formats, in whole or in except form. The series is distributed under a Creative Commons license, to allow – nay encourage! – viewers to redistribute or edit their own non-commercial version. Each episode will be made available on a weekly basis after the launch date, and all previous episodes will continue to be available through the NerdTV web site.
The National Lampoon Network, which reaches some 5 million 18-24 year olds at 650 campuses nationwide, has announced their fall line-up and among the new offerings are:
Broadcast evening news coverage was up considerably last week, as you would imagine, as all three covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Leading the pack for the week (Aug 29-Sept 2) was NBC Nightly News with an average of 10.6 million viewers (up 31% compared to the previous week), ABC’s World News Tonight 9.5 million (up 21%) and CBS Evening News 7.7 million (up 20%). Among A25-54, NBC delivered a 3.2 rating for the week, ABC a 3.0 and CBS a 2.0. (Note: numbers reflect only the standard 30m news broadcast and does not include any expanded coverage or broadcasts.)
News Corp. will acquire IGN Entertainment Inc., an internet company with multiple sites catering primarily to young men interested in videogames. According to The Wall Street Journal, News Corp. will pay $650 million for the company. Web sites included under the IGN umbrella are GameSpy.com, TeamXbox.com and IGN.com, as well as RottenTomatoes.com which is frequented by movie fans. Last month, News Corp. announced it would acquire Scout Media, Inc., publishers of sports magazines and owners of a couple hundred sports team websites. And finally, last July News Corp. announced it would acquire Intermix Media, another company with website popular with the teen crowd, including MySpace.com. Seeing a trend here?
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of 8/29-9/4, 2005:
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of 8/29-9/4, 2005:
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 8/29-9/4, 2005:
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of August 29-September 4, 2005
* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
E! Networks has ordered up a second season of its reality series Gastineau Girls. The 10-part series will continue the story of Lisa and Brittny on their “quest to find career satisfaction and true love.”
Casting Note: HGTV is gearing up for a new show featuring “At Home” weddings. They are looking for couples with a wedding already in the works between October 2005 and May 2006 that will take place in a family home. They’re starting in LA, but they’re also taking the show on the road for weddings across America. For more information – contact Tina Weiss at
Casting Note: Casting has begun on a new TV show wherein married couples in crisis are put together with a credentialed therapist for a week of intensive therapy and counseling designed to give the couple the tools needed to repair and strengthen their marriage. The show is casting for the Therapist. Criteria: Male or female, 30-50 years old, well-qualified experienced therapist/counselor with bonafide and industry-recognized qualifications, with proven track record in couples therapy. Therapist should believe that short term/intensive therapy can prove to be a positive and worthwhile experience. Shooting starts this month and goes thru March in various cities throughout the USA. Interested? Is this you? Then please email bio, resume and picture to
* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Kevin Plunkett has joined ABC Television Network as VP/Current Comedy, ABC Entertainment, and Kim Rozenfeld has joined as SVP/Current Drama. The announcement was made by Francie Calfo, EVP/Development, ABC Entertainment, to whom they report. Kevin and Kim will be responsible for managing the network’s slate of established series, and will supervise a staff of current executives who serve as creative liaisons between their shows and the network.
Christina Miller has been named VP/U.S. Consumer Products for Cartoon Network Enterprises, reporting to John Friend, SVP/Cartoon Network Enterprises and based in New York. Christina will be responsible for the commercial development of Cartoon Network brands into relevant consumer products franchises. She will oversee Cartoon Network Enterprises’ licensing, retail and product strategies; manage the U.S. consumer products team, including category managers and retail business development; and lead all consumer products licensing business.
IMAGES USA, a full service multicultural marketing communications agency, has named Nicole Folkes as Creative Services Production Manager, where she will work with the creative, PR, and brand groups on all client jobs for print, radio, TV and Interactive. Nicole will be based in Atlanta. Prior to joining IMAGES, she worked with WING Latino, a division of Grey Advertising that specializes in US Hispanic and Latin American advertising.
* RATINGS *Tuesday — A18-49 Analysis: CBS was in front on Tuesday night, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research, delivering a 2.9/8 A18-49 average for the night. Fox was #2 with a 2.4/7 followed by NBC 2.2/6, ABC 2.0/5, WB 1.2/3, UPN 1.1/3. At 8p a three-way tie between CBS, NBC and Fox had all of them hovering at a 7 share, with ABC at a 6 share. At 9p an original episode of Big Brother earned a time-period-winning 3.4/9. The only other original programming in the time period was on NBC with Tommy Lee Goes to College which earned a 1.8/5, ranking fourth in the time period. At 10p CBS’ Rock Star INXS won the hour with a 3.1/8, outpacing both NBC and ABC which each earned a 7 share.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Tuesday, September 6, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 5.2/8 NCIS [r] 5.7/9, Big Brother 5.7/9, Rock Star: INXS 4.1/7
NBC 4.6/7 Outrageous TV Moments [r] 5.0/8, Outrageous TV Moments [r] 5.3/8, Tommy Lee Goes to College 3.1/5, The Office [r] 2.3/3, L&O: SVU [r] 5.8/10
FOX 4.5/7 House [r] 4.2/7, Prison Break [r] 4.2/6
ABC 3.9/6 According to Jim [r] 4.0/7, Rodney [r] 3.4/5, According to Jim [r] 4.1/6, Rodney [r] 4.2/6, Boston Legal [r] 3.8/6
WB 1.9/3 Gilmore Girls [r] 1.8/3, Gilmore Girls [r] 2.3/4
UPN 1.7/3 Girlfriends [r] 1.7/3, Half & Half [r] 1.7/3, R U The Girl [r] 1.8/3
A18-49 CBS 2.9/8, Fox 2.4/7, NBC 2.2/6, ABC 2.0/5, WB 1.2/3, UPN 1.1/3
The History Channel presents This Day in History:
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the character in “A Few Good Men” who ordered the Code Red? COLONEL NATHAN R. JESSUP. Kudos to: Tom Cecil-Mindshare/NY; Len Appel-Nick @ Nite TV Land/NY; Michael Meccay-Lifetime TV/NY; Al Tucker-Advantage Media/New Albany OH; Renee Moffitt-Fairway Media Inc/Scottsdale AZ; Jen Whitus-KTVT/Fort Worth; Bart Greenberger-WB 11/St Louis; Kimberly Chavez –Initiative/Chicago; Nick Monroe-KGTV/San Diego; Adam Deverell-KTTV/LA; Michelle Durham-Paramount/LA; Stacey Armenta-Comcast Spotlight/Seattle.
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