Tuesday, August 5th, 2008



Among the Top 3 general entertainment networks,
89% of the Top 100 programs were theatrical movies
with A18-49 in 1Q ’08.

Warner Bros. Movies Make Basic Better
Source: NTI 3/31/08-6/29/08, A18-49 (000).Excl sports, news, kids nets, sports progs (SE.SC.SF), breakouts & progs <5min. Movies=Tc, Series=Trackage.Top 3 Gen Ent Netwks=TNT, TBS, USA, Prime, P18+ Cvg. Rtg.

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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 5, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.  

Tonight’s Premieres:
Bravo:  Million Dollar Listing at 11p
Fine Living Network: Buy Me at 9p
Discovery Channel: Smash Lab at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
ABC: I Survived a Japanese Game Show at 901p
Bravo:  Flipping Out at 10p

Sunday at Scripps Networks. A Prime Time for “Star” Gazing.


Sci Fi Channel‘s finale of Doctor Who on August 1 delivered a 1.0 HH rating and 1.26 million total viewers, according to Live + Same Day Nielsen data. In key demos, Dr. Who delivered 695,000 A25-54 and 588,000 A18-49.  Overall Season #4 was up over the previous season by 25% in household ratings, and 6% in both key demos.

Lifetime will add off-network episodes of Wife Swap to its schedule next month, airing weekdays at 3p and 4p, beginning September 2.  Also joining the daytime lineup on 9/2/08 will be the off-net episodes of Desperate Housewives, beginning at the beginning with the pilot episode.

Adding to its “Movies We Love” franchise, E! Entertainment picked up the cable rights to New Line Cinema’s feature film Sex and the City, as well as He’s Just Not that Into You and The Women.  The agreement gives E! the second position in the network television window for the three films and includes select new media rights. E!’s window begins in July 2012, and sister network The Style Network will also have concurrent rights to all three titles.   Other titles under E!’s Movies We Love moniker include  Knocked Up, Evan Almighty, Chocolat, Coyote Ugly, and Picture perfect, among others.
Weigel Broadcast Co. is selling its three low-power television stations in the South Bend, Indiana market to WSBT, Inc., an operating unit of Schurz Communications, Inc., also based in South Bend.  The stations being sold include ABC affiliate WBND; CW station WCWW and MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYS.


Sunday at Scripps Networks. A Prime Time for “Star” Gazing.

Next Food Network Star  season finale
Highest ratings in Food Network history: 3.0 HH; 2.8 W25-54; 2.4 W18-49; 2.1 A25-54
The week’s #1 Sunday primetime show in all of television with W18-49.

July 28 HGTV Design Star
Delivered a 1.74, the highest primetime W18-49 rating in HGTV history.

Next Food Network Star and HGTV Design Star
and #2 in all of cable with Upscale Adults & Women.

Source: The Nielsen Co. Qualifications on request. Visit http://scrippsnetworksadsales.com


Coming up next for AMC – a new political thriller, reports THR.  The project from Jason Horwitch is about a secret society who is using the political system as its own puppets, and a think tank analyst who realizes his employers are not what he thought they were. Production is scheduled to begin in October.  No casting news yet.

Michael Gross joins the cast of The Young and the Restless, beginning Friday, August 15th.  He will play Lowell Baldwin, now known as River, the long-lost father of Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc.  For those of you Family Ties fans, Michael Gross was the dad, Steven Keaton.

The Next Food Network Star winner, Aaron McCargo Jr., debuted his new Food Network series Big Daddy’s House last Sunday at 130p, where it will air weekly. There were two runner ups on this series and one of them was Adam Gertler who will also get his own Food Network Show called Will Work for Food.  The project is currently in production and is scheduled to debut on Tuesday, September 30 at 930p.  The series follows Adam as he learns about some of the food industry’s most unique jobs – and tries them all firsthand.

A new project for CBS Confessions of a Contractor is based on the Richard Murphy book by the same name, due out from Putnam on August 14.  According to Variety, the drama is about a blue collar general contractor in LA who oversees the remodeling jobs of wealthy people’s homes.  Twentieth Century Fox TV is producing the 60m project from Shawn Ryan.  Author Murphy is set to write the script and act as co-exec producer.

Casting Call:  Bravo is ramping up for yet another spinoff of the original Real Housewives of Orange County, and this time they’re looking for Orange County based 18-20 somethings who are enjoying the fast lane in Orange County. The ideal candidates are just getting started in life – in college, looking for their first apartment, nailing that first career job, just got married, or have chosen living at home as their best alternative.  They want people with opinions, independent and have ongoing involved relationships with their parents. As far as location, the network is most interested in kids living in the Newport, Newport Coast/Harbor, Irvine and Corona del Mar and surrounding areas.  For more info, call the Casting Hotline at 818.557.1198, or email


Sunday at Scripps Networks. A Prime Time for “Star” Gazing.

CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORYThe Network DVR made a comeback yesterday when a federal appeals court ruled that Cablevision violated no copyright laws when it allowed viewers to access shows from its headend in a time-shifted manner. A number of cable networks and Hollywood studios sued the MSO successfully last year, forcing Cablevision discontinue plans to roll out the technology across its entire footprint. The fight is far from being over, as the whole ad-skipping issue is likely to be revisited. But if the decision holds cable companies may be in the position to offer customers what could prove to be a huge differentiator – the chance to enjoy Tivo functionality without having to pay an extra fee. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.

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CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  (Now with HTML elements!)  The Wiggles, Nine Network (Australia) and Nickelodeon Australia are teaming to produce a new preschool series, The Kingdom of Paramithi (30×30).  Created by Anthony Field (he’s the blue Wiggle) and Paul Field, the series features music, dance, folk tales and other adventure stories.  The Kingdom of Paramithi will bow first on Nine Network in November 2008, followed by its debut on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. network in December.  The series is written by Paul Field and Paul Paddick. Full edition: CYN KIDS.

CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:   Following up on Lavena Holding 4 GmbH’s put option to force a buy, Telegraaf Media Group acquired a 12% stake in Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 for $587 million.  The price came out to $44.72 a share, whereas the network’s share price is presently trading at $8.56.  Lavena bought the option last year when Telegraaf Media Group sold its SBS stake to KKR and Lavena.  Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.


Friday – A18-49 Analysis:  The CW and Univision tied in the A18-49 demo on Friday night, each posting a 1.3/5 in the demo according to Nielsen Media Research.  At 8p Univision’s Al Diablo Con Guapos led with a 1.5/6, followed by CBS’ The Ghost Whisperer with a 1.2/5.  At 9p Univision and CW tied, each earning a 1.4/5; and at 10p the final hour of Dateline was in front with a 1.4/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, August 1, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

NBC: 3.6/7      Most Outrageous Moments [r] 2.4/5, Most Outrageous Moments [r] 2.8/6, Dateline 4.0/8

CBS: 3.4/7      Ghost Whisperer [r] 3.4/7, Numb3rs [r] 4.0/7, Swingtown 2.7/5

ABC: 2.4/5      Movie: A Series of Unfortunate Events 2.1/4, 20/20 3.0/6

CW:  2.4/5      Friday Night Smackdown 2.4/5

UNIV: 1.8/3      Al Diablo Con Guapos 2.0/4, Fuego En La Sangre 1.9/4, Rosa De Guadalupe 1.4/3

FOX: 1.7/3      Movie: The Fog 1.7/3

TELE: 0.7/1     Juramento 0.3/1, Victoria 0.8/2, Sn Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.8/2

MNT: 0.3/1      Academy [r] 0.4/1, Paradise Hotel [r] 0.3/0

A18-49:  CW 1.3/5, UNIV 1.3/5, CBS 1.2/5, NBC 1.2/4, ABC 1.1/4, Fox 0.9/3, TELE 0.5/2, MNT 0.2/1


Executive change at Univision — after just a few months on the job, Terry Mackin, Station Group President, has left he company, reports TVNewsday.com.  No reason was given for the sudden departure.  Mackin joined Univision on March 1 after leaving Hearst-Argyle where he was EVP.

Telemundo Communications Group named Anjelica Cohn, SVP/Business Affairs, based in Miami, and reporting to Don Browne, President/Telemundo Communications Group.  Anjelica oversees all business affairs matters for Telemundo’s Network, Studios, Stations Group, Cable channels and International Distribution Operations. Additionally, she will also lead Music Affairs and Standards & Practices/Ad Compliance.

Granite Broadcasting Corporation appointed Robin Rockwell Marketing and Promotions Director of KBWB/San Francisco, where she will oversee the newly-formed marketing and promotions department consisting of Granite’s creative services and sales promotion departments. She will report to Craig Coane, President/General Manager of KBWB.

Harry E. Sloan has signed a new three year agreement to continue as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Sloan originally joined the studio in 2005 and since then has been on a mission to rebuild the studio as a full-fledged production and distribution operation. 

Innovyx named Nissa Wright VP/Strategy, reporting to Derek Harding, CEO, based in the Seattle office.  Nissa will oversee the growth and development of the new Strategy division as Innovyx expands its strategic consultation services.


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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What actor narrated the 2001 dark comedy film The Royal Tennebaums?   ALEC BALDWIN Kudos to: Steve Matela-Eurocinema/Charlotte, NC; Karla Beauregard-Silver Point Capital/Greenwich, CT; David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NY; Christine Hanth-Atlas Media Corp./NY; Jenny Beam-Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa/Point Clear, AL; Kyle Brawner-KDAF/Dallas; Adam Leston-WDJT/Milwaukee; Danielle Lamoureux-Scripps Networks/Chicago; Sterling Gates-Brightest Day, Inc./LA; Gail Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Susan Chalfant-FOX Interactive Media/LA; Troy DeVolld-Discovery Networks/LA

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT –  Tuesday, August 5, 2008

ABC: Wipeout, I Survived a Japanese Game Show [f ]
AZTECA: Lo Que La Gente Cuenta, Historias Engarzadas, Pasiones Prohibidas
CBS: NCIS [r], Big Brother 10, Without A Trace [r]
CW: Beauty and the Geek [r], Reaper [r]
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares [r], House [r]
ION: Quantum Leap, The Dead Zone, ER
MNT: Street Patrol [r], Street Patrol [r], Jail [r], Jail [r]
NBC: Celebrity Family Feud [r], America’s Got Talent
PBS: Nova [r], Wide Angle [r], P.O.V.
TELE: El Juramento, Dona Barbara, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso
UNIV: Al Diablo con los Guapos, Fuego en la Sangre, Aqui y Ahora

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