Good morning. It’s Tuesday, July 5, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), has introduced a bill before the U.S. Senate called F.A.I.R., which stands for Fairness and Accuracy in Ratings. The bill proposes mandatory accreditation by the Media Rating Council (a process which is now voluntary). A Senate Commerce Committee hearing is proposed for later on this month, with Senator Burns chairing. Co-sponsors of the bill include: Senators Mel Martinez (R-FL), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and George Allen (R-VA). Nielsen Media Research’s official response:
Don’t Count Us Out, the group which you will recall has been linked to News Corp., issued this statement from its Executive Director, Cynthia Rotunno:
* MORE GOOD STUFF *
Being Bobby Brown debuted on Bravo June 30 with 1.1 million viewers in tow for the airing of the first two episodes, airing back to back. Among A18-49, 829,000 tuned in, and 768,000 A25-54. The second half hour increased its viewership by 5% among total viewers, and 6% among A18-49.
Showtime has scheduled the series finale of Queer as Folk for August 7 at 10p, finishing up after its fifth season. Airing in the half hour prior will be the special Queer as Folk: Saying Goodbye.
The 10 worldwide concerts of Live 8 this past week had an estimated 3 billion viewers, according to the concerts’ organizer Bob Geldof. ABC carried coverage on Saturday night from 8-10 and averaged a minimal 1.1/5 rating among A18-49, and an average of 2.9 million viewers according early numbers from Nielsen Media Research. However, AOL infused life into the American coverage with nearly 5 million users tuning in between 11am-7pm. The free live video streaming coverage from the website included 175,000 concurrent video streams from the performances. In addition, MTV and VH1 aired the London and Philadelphia concerts in the earlier part of the day.
As for the world:
MTV‘s newest cable network LOGO has gained carriage on Comcast’s Digital Plus cable package. The channel will roll out over the next three months, and could by the end bring in an additional five million subscribers to the current sub base of 13 million. The deal also has a VOD component wherein Comcast will offer to its Digital Plus subscribers 10 hours of free programming from LOGO every month.
Elsewhere at LOGO, they’ve been busy acquiring a couple of new off-nets: It’s All Relative which aired for one season on ABC (22 eps) and starred Lenny Clarke as a blue collar tavern owner and as the father of a young man (Reid Scott) whose fiance (Maggie Lawson) is the daughter of a gay couple. And Wonderfalls which aired for less than a full season on Fox (only 13 eps and nine have never aired) about a young girl (Caroline Dhavernas) who is spoken to by inanimate objects.
Weekend Box Office Estimates: July 1-4, 2005
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* NEW ORDERS / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
* EXECUTIVE MOVES*
Pancho Mansfield has been named EVP/Original Programming for Spike TV. Pancho makes the move to Spike from Showtime, effective July 11, reporting directly to Doug Herzog, President/Spike TV. Reporting into Pancho are Sharon Levy, SVP/Alternative Programming; and Bill McGoldrick, VP/Original Scripted Series.
Sony Pictures Television has named Kerry Schmidt Hardy as its new VP/Development. Kerry will develop new programming for Sony’s syndication and reality programming units, reporting to Melanie Chilek, SVP/Development and Syndication Programming.
* RATINGS *
Thursday–A18-49 Analysis: CBS led on Thursday night in the final tally of Nielsen Media Research ratings, posting an overall 2.8/9 A18-49 rating. NBC and UPN tied at 2.1/7, followed by ABC 1.9/6, Fox 1.5/5 and WB 1.0/3. At 8p a one-hour Will & Grace led on NBC with a 2.0/7, while UPN delivered an average of 2.1/7 for its full 2-hour prime block. At 9p the repeat of CSI earned a 3.8/12, while Hit Me Baby One More Time earned a softer 2.4/7 for NBC. At 10p Without a Trace, a repeat on CBS, was in front with a 3.3/10, besting a repeat of ER on NBC and Primetime Live on ABC.
FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS: Thursday, June 30, 2005, for all Networks – program averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 6.9/12 The Cut 3.5/7, CSI [r] 9.1/16, Without A Trace [r] 8.0/14
ABC 3.6/7 Movie: Toy Story 3.0/6, Prime Time Live 4.7/8
NBC 3.6/7 Will & Grace [r] 3.9/7, Hit Me Baby One More Time 3.4/6, ER [r] 3.4/6
UPN 3.2/6 WWE Smackdown 3.2/6
FOX 2.1/4 That 70’s Show [r] 2.4/5, That 70’s show [r] 2.5/5, The O.C. [r] 1.7/3
WB 1.5/3 Blue Collar TV [r] 1.7/3, Blue Collar TV [r] 1.7/3, Beauty and the Geek [r] 1.4/2
A18-49 CBS 2.8/9, NBC and UPN 2.1/7, ABC 1.9/6, Fox 1.5/5, WB 1.0/3
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ABC My Wife and Kids [r], George Lopez [r], According to Jim [r], Rodney [r], Empire
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