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Source: NTI Galaxy Explorer, 3/28-4/03/05, A18-49 Rtg.
Good morning. It’s Tuesday, April 12, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Season Finale Dates: CBS
Season Finale Dates: ABC
WB’s Living with Fran (Regency TV) will air regularly on Friday nights at 930p, originally scheduled to air at 830p. The show premiered last Friday night in its original time period (1.7/7 W18-34) and did well following Reba at 930p (2.1/8 W18-34).
* NEW ORDERS / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
AMC has added a new original series Celebrity Charades to its already 2005 slate of original series. AMC has ordered 6 half hour eps which will air on five consecutive nights beginning June 20. Each ep features 10 celebrity guests divided into two teams, all playing for charity. The show is produced by Trigger Street Independent, and Accomplice Films.
Lifetime will launch a new reality series on Monday night at 8p called I Married a Princess, starring a real princess, Catherine Oxenberg and her husband Casper Van Dien. Together they have five children. Cameras chronicle the days and times of life as a princess in what is billed as a modern day fairy tale and a behind-the-scenes whirlwind.
* CASTING UPDATES *
* MORE GOOD STUFF *
Warner Bros. syndicated series The Larry Elder Show has apparently ended its run, though nothing official has been announced by the distributor or staff at the show itself. The unofficial news was reported in Hollywood Reporter this morning.
MTV and Microsoft Corp. have teamed-up in a global marketing alliance to introduce the next-generation Xbox video game system on MTV channels in the US, Asia Pacific and Europe, all within a 24-hrs, and online. The actual unveiling will take place on a 30m special titled, MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed, which will be hosted by actor Elijah Wood. The special will premiere in Thursday, May 12, at 9:30p in North America and around the globe the following day Friday, May 13 including Japan/Asia, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scandinavia, Spain and the UK.
* EXECUTIVE MOVES *
Discovery Channel has appointed Julian P. Hobbs as Executive Producer/Production for the network. Phil Fairclough, SVP/Production, and Stephen Reverand, VP/Production, to whom Hobbs will report, made the announcement . Julian will assume editorial responsibility for the network’s series of contextual documentaries. He makes the move from New York Times Television, where he was as Executive Producer and Series Producer on various Discovery Networks projects.
Liz Yamamoto has been named VP/ABC News Sales Proposals for the ABC Television Network. The announcement was made by Catherine Sullivan, SVP/News Sales and Patrick McGovern, SVP/Sales and Strategic Planning, to whom she will report.
Cathi Breza has been named VP/Program Financing & Distribution, for Discovery Communications. In her new position, Cathi will manage the combined Silver Spring-based operations team supporting Co-Finance, International Program Sales and Private Networks. Responsible for setting the operational strategy to support and grow the PFD worldwide sales business, Breza will work closely with the international sales teams in London, Germany, Singapore and Miami.
* RATINGS *
Sunday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC strolled away with the win on Sunday night with an overall 6.5/17 A18-49 according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS was second for the night with a 3/2/9, followed by NBC 2.9/8, Fox 2.0/6, WB 1.2/3. (CBS schedule was off the clock as the 2005 Masters golf tournament ran until approx 7:45p – these are all time period averages and may change once final data is in.) At 7p CBS led with its golf coverage featuring Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco going to a one hole playoff, posting a 5.3/18 in the demo. ABC’s AFV followed with a 2.3/8 with Fox’s King of the Hill/Malcolm pairing a close #3 with a 2.0/7. At 8p and for the remainder of the night, it was all about ABC. EM: Home Edition delivering a 5.0/14. An original of Desperate Housewives earned a 10.9/25 and the network’s newest baby, Grey’s Anatomy, didn’t disappoint at 10p with a 7.7/19. the rest of the lineup at 8p saw a tie between CBS and Fox, each delivering a 8 share, with NBC following with a 7 share. At 9p NBC was #2 with a 3.5/8, and again at 10p NBC followed ABC with a 3.7/9.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Sunday, April 10, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
ABC 9.9/16 AFV 4.3/8, EM:HE 7.7/12, Desperate Housewives 15.7/23, Grey’s Anatomy 11.9/19
CBS 8.8/14 60 Minutes 12.7/23, Cold Case 10.2/19, Movie: High Crimes 6.2/10
NBC 5.7/9 Dateline 4.9/9, The Contender 3.8/6, Law & Order: CI 6.9/10, Crossing Jordan 7.1/11
FOX 2.8/5 King of the Hill 2.5/5, Malcolm 3.1/6, Simpsons 4.3/7, Arrested Development 3.2/5, 24 [r] 1.9/3
WB 1.8/3 Charmed [r] 1.3/2, Charmed 2.5/4, Steve Harvey 1.6/2
A18-49 ABC 6.4/17, CBS 3.2/9, NBC 2.9/8, Fox 2.0/6, WB 1.2/3
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A luxury yacht. A priceless Picasso painting. Two teams of heisters.
But one thing stands in their way…
Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: The first two seasons of the Dick Van Dyke Show, and all of the Seinfeld episodes featuring “George Steinbrenner” share a single technique – what is it? “ALAN BRADY” AND “GEORGE STEINBRENNER” BOTH SHOT FROM BEHIND, SITTING AT THEIR DESKS and both characters played by the respective show’s creator. It wasn’t until the third season that Alan Brady was revealed as Carl Reiner, creator of the series; Larry David never showed his face on Seinfeld. Kudos to: Brad Joyce-WAUS-FM/Berrien Springs; Dan Margherita-ICR/Media PA; Joel Zaremby/NY; Jill Kriegel-Justice & Monroe Adv/Grand Rapids; Mitt Dawson-Fox Sports Net/Houston; Jerry Harbin-Indianapolis Colts/Indianapolis; Rich Ambrose-Time Warner Cable Media Sales/Chicago; Les Stipp-GSD&M/Chicago; Susan Nessanbaum Goldberg-SoapTalk/LA; Aaron Paquette-OTX: Online Testing Exchange/Hollywood; Len Klatt-Premiere Radio Networks/LA; Joseph Pedri-KVWB and KFBT/Las Vegas; and Jilliane Reinseth-Chorion/London.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM COURT TV
A tank full of piranhas.
Impossible Heists finale. Tonight at 11PM E/P.
Luckily, we in the advertising business never have to deal with piranhas!
Later — Cyn
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