Good morning. It’s Wednesday August 24, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing. (We’re using a new server this morning. Didn’t and don’t expect any kinks, but if there are – you know why.)
The 700 Club continues to air on ABC Family via a long-standing contractual agreement it inherited as part of its purchase of the network from Fox Family Channel. Fox Family had the same agreement when it purchased the network from Pat Robertson. After Robertson’s comments on Monday nights edition of The 700 Club in which he called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, ABC Family issued a statement saying they have no editorial control over the show, or the comments made by Pat Robertson or any of the show guests. The statement went on to say ABC Family “strongly rejects the views expressed by Robertson” and then directs all inquiries and comments to the Christian Broadcast Network.
Series Finale Tonight:
Series Premiere Tonight:
* MORE GOOD STUFF *
Feel like your town’s name could use a little pick-me-up? Would you consider renaming it “Dish”? If you do, Echostar Communications’ Dish Network will be delighted to come in and provide every home in your town free satellite service for the next ten years. So rename your town, change all the signs, get the free TV service, and have every cable homeowner in town take the equivalent of their monthly cable bill and put it in the town’s education fund. (Okay, the last part is my idea, the free service, that’s EchoStar’s idea.)
National Geographic Channel‘s two part miniseries Inside 9/11 which aired on Sunday and Monday evening last, was host to more than six million viewers total viewers, with 3.5 million in the A25-54 demo. Part One: War on America earned a 2.5 HH rating and a 2.0 A25-54. Part Two: Zero Hour upped the ante with a 3.6 HH rating and a 2.9 A25-54 rating, ranking it #1 cable network from 9-11p on Monday night in that demo. It also ranked #2 among M25-54 with a 3.3 rating. The miniseries will be re-aired three times – 8/26 at 7p, 9/8 at 7p and on September 11 at 1pm.
Sunday night’s series finale episode of Six Feet Under on HBO drew 3.9 million viewers and earned an 8.9/13 in the HBO universe
Program Note: Come September 9, WWE Smackdown gets a new night and a new name. Airing on Fridays this fall, the wrestling series will be retitled Friday Night Smackdown! Makes sense.
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of 8/15-21, 2005::
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of 8/15-21, 2005::
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 8/15-21, 2005::
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 8/15-21, 2005:
IAG Research’s Top Ten Most Recalled New Ads and Top Ten Most Liked New Ads for new campaigns airing during the month of May (7/18/05-8/14/05). The list is ranked by viewers’ ability to recall the new ads (or how much they like them) and their associated products and brands. The Recall Score is the percentage of TV viewers who can recall within 24 hours the brand of an ad they were exposed to during the normal course of viewing TV. The Likeability Score is the percentage of TV viewers who report to like “a lot” an ad they were exposed to during the normal course of viewing TV (among those recalling the brand of the ad). For example, with a Likeability Index of 182, the top ranked Kodak spot has proven to be 82% more liked than the average new commercial during the past four-week period. The scores are then indexed against the mean score for all ads during the time period to create the Recall Index; 100 is Average. For example, with a Recall Index of 241, the top-ranked Febreze spot was nearly two and a half times as memorable as the average new ad during the four week period.
Top Ten Most Liked New Ads:
Top Ten Most Recalled New Ads:
Note to self: Does automotive ’employee discount’ rates mean I pay less, or employees now pay more?
* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
ESPN will be bringing back Stump the Schwab (Inward Eye Ent.) for a third season with host Stuart Scott. With that news, they will also be looking for sports fans and fans of the show to be contestants! If you’re interested, check out http://www.espn.go.com/eoe/STS/ for an application. But be forewarned – last season Schwab was only stumped 4 in 78 attempts, so you better know your sports stats and trivia!
Casting Note: Metropolis Entertainment is currently casting the lead role in a “improv/scripted mockumentary TV pilot” called The Human Channel. The character is the head of a failing cable network, age 35-44, Caucasian, male. Those applying must have improv training; will not be paid for the pilot though a comp package will follow if the project is picked up. Production will be in NYC. Interested? Okay, here’s the deal. You’ll send in your headshot to
* EXECUTIVE MOVES *
DIC Entertainment has named Laumen to VP/Retail Development to serve as the company’s retail expert and liaison between the licensees and retailers. The announcement was made by Nancy Fowler, President, Worldwide Consumer Products, DIC. In her new role, Carol will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and promotional opportunities to support the brands at retail across all categories, increasing retail space and creating maximum exposure. Carol will also develop sales and marketing strategies with licensees to increase revenue and profitability.
Bruce Butler has been upped to SVP/Sales, Universal Studios Home Entertainment; continuing to report to Dick Longwell, EVP/Sales. Butler gains additional sales responsibilities for key customers throughout the US, while continuing to oversee the rental, grocery, drug, and distribution channels. In his new capacity, he also has added oversight of USHE’s Business Communications Department. Butler joined Universal in 2003.
Entertainment reporter Maria Menounos is joining both NBC Universal’s Access Hollywood and NBC News’ Today this fall, from Entertainment Tonight where she was a correspondent. For Access Hollywood, she’ll serve as a special correspondent, and will be a West Coast Contributor for Today.
* RATINGS *
Monday — A18-49 Analysis: ABC and CBS tied on Monday night in fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Fast affiliate ratings measure time period numbers – not program numbers. When the final numbers come out, ratings for live sports events or other live broadcasts, will likely change. To that end, ABC and CBS each earned a 3.1/9 A18-49 rating – CBS for its standard lineup of sitcoms and CSI Miami (all in repeats), and ABC with its preseason Hall of Fame game. At 8p ABC was in front with a 3.3/10, outpacing CBS by two share points, and Fox by 3 share point. At 9p CBS’ back to back eps of 2-1/2 Men won the hour with a 3.4/9, tho ABC was not far behind with an 8 share. A repeat of CSI Miami at 10p delivered the win for CBS with a 3.3/9, while the final hour of football scored a 2.8/8.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Monday, August 22, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 6.5/11 King of Queens [r]5.0/9, Raymond [r] 5.5/0, 2-1/2 Men [r] 6.7/11, 2-1/2Men [r] 7.4/11, CSI: Miami [r] 7.2/12
ABC 5.9/10 NFL Monday Football Preseason Special Hall of Fame 5.9/10
NBC 3.8/6 Fear Factor [r] 3.0/5, Las Vegas [r] 3.6/6, Medium [r] 4.6/8
FOX 3.7/6 Nanny 911 [r] 3.6/6, House [r] 3.7/6
UPN 1.5/2 One on One [r] 1.3/2, All of Us [r] 1.6/3, Girlfriends [r] 1.6/3, Half & Half [r] 1.4/2
WB 1.2/2 7th Heaven [r] 1.5/3, Summerland [r] 0.9/1
A18-49 ABC and CBS 3.1/9, Fox 2.3/6, NBC 1.8/5, UPN 0.9/3, WB 0.7/2
The History Channel presents This Day in History:
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: In the 1992 film “My Cousin Vinny,” Mona Lisa Vito was a hairdresser. But it was her expertise in this that saved Vinny’s cousin from going to jail. What was she an expert at? AUTOMOBILES Kudos to: Ryan Walker-ESPN/ABC Sports/NY; Bret Roy-AETN Networks/NY; David Trencher-Universal McCann/NY; Jessica Akey-National Cinemedia/NY; David Gill-WPMI/Mobile AL; Mimi Loftus-ME Productions/New Orleans; Amanda Oertly-NCC/Chicago; Ali Matyas-Turner Broadcasting Sales/Chicago; Donna Perris-KABC TV/LA; Sam Zoda-Granada America/LA; Lynn Costello-Fairway/Scottsdale AZ; Bonny Dore-Bonny Dore Productions/LA.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM COURT TV
The weather has been so hot this summer, why not cool things off and go caroling?
We’ll start you off:
There’s no place like Court for the holidays!
Do your shopping early. Court TV has a great selection of marketing opportunities, including our upcoming Holiday Sweepstakes.
Visit www.courttvmediakit.com for more information.
Later — Cyn
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