Wednesday, December 5th, 2007


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Good Morning.  It’s Wednesday, December 5, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Yesterday the Senate Commerce Committee gave full approval and passed a bill to stop a FCC vote on December 18 that would loosen its ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership. The bill now goes in front of the full Senate. The bill, proposed by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) would require the FCC to publish any proposed rule changes in the Federal Register 90 days prior to a vote, allowing the public 60 days to comment and an additional 30 days for reply comments.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Bio: Six Months at 11p

Tonight’s Finale:
BET: American Gangster at 10p



If you’re planning on attending TCA this January, the Association has told its members that for planning purposes, if the strike is still ongoing by December 14, the January TCA Tour will be cancelled. Meanwhile the two sides are scheduled to continue their negotiations today, which is always encouraging.

Speaking of the strike, CBS President/CEO Leslie Moonves confirmed yesterday at the 35th Annual UBS Global Media and Communications conference in New York that CBS has plans to integrate some Showtime series into the primetime schedule this midseason if the strike continues.  Show under consideration include Dexter, Weed and Brotherhood, all of which would be edited for broadcast TV.

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has now cleared the new syndicated talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show in more than 85% of the U.S. for a fall 2008 launch. New stations joining the line up are from such groups as Barrington Broadcasting, Columbia Broadcasting, ComCorp, Grant Communications, JW Broadcasting, Nexstar, Peak Media and Sainte Television Group, as well as Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, LIN Broadcasting and Gray Television among others.

E!’s season finale of Keeping Up With The Kardashians last Sunday (1030p) pulled a 2.97 rating among W18-34 and a 1.31 rating with A18-49.

Broadcast Evening News Ratings Wrap-Up for the November Sweep:
NBC: 9.21 million total viewers and 2.3/9 A25-54
ABC: 9.11 million total viewers and 2.2/9 A25-54
CBS: 6.74 million total viewers and 1.7.6 A25-54

Victory Lane Players Club, the interactive website that allows racing fans to play poker online with racing celebrities such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart and other motor enthusiasts, chose ABC Regional Sports Sales, a division of ABC National Television Sales as its exclusive national sales representative.


A&E has cast Connie Nielsen in the title character of its drama pilot Danny Fricke, a procedure crime drama.  The project from Sony Pictures TV and 25C Prods, focuses on police detective Fricke, recently promoted – coincidentally shortly after sleeping with her boss – and dealing with a new group of old-school detectives and high profile cases, reports THR. If Nielsen’s name sounds familiar, she filled in during Mariska Hargitay’s maternity leave on L&O: SVU.


The Top 10 network
now happily at home in nearly
85 million households.

Source: Nielsen Galaxy Explorer, 2007-to-date (1/1-11 / 11 /07), Prime Time (M-Su 8-11p) Live+SD coverage area HH ratings among all ad-supported cable networks; Nielsen People Meter Sample, Nov ’07 Universe Estimate of 84.258 million subscriber households. Further qualifications available upon request.


CBS named Maggie Rodriguez as Anchor for its Saturday Early Show and Co-Anchor of the Early Show starting January 7. Recently, the network confirmed Hannah Storm will depart from the Early Show and she is discussing a new position with CBS News President Sean McManus. Maggie has anchored the Saturday Early Show since June and has reported for and substituted as anchor for the weekday show. In addition she has reported for CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and CBS News Sunday Morning and substituted as anchor for the weekend Evening News.

Marc Juris advanced to EVP/GM at Court TV where he will oversee daily operations and strategic planning. His management will also encompass the network’s rebranding initiative, resulting in Court TV’s transition into truTV on January 1.

Granite Broadcasting Corporation hired Craig Coane as President/GM for the independent television station, KBWB/San Francisco, beginning December 10. Craig comes from Comcast Corporation where he was the Director/Local Sales in San Francisco for four years. In his new position, he will report direct to John Deushane, COO.

Telemundo named Borja Perez to the new position of Yahoo! Telemundo Alliance Leader in addition to his current role as VP/Market Development, Digital Media. Borja’s new duties will have him grow the Yahoo! Telemundo target audience, synchronize Yahoo! Telemundo programming and editorial content and services and work with Yahoo! and Telemundo marketing groups to increase U.S. IP Hispanic users. He will report to Peter Blacker, SVP/Digital Media.

Digitas promoted several executives to SVP including four from the Boston office: Chris England in Account Planning; Ben Jones and John Robinson in Creative; and Elliott Seaborn in Marketing. Two others were upped from the New York office: Amy McAllister in Marketing and David Wigder in Strategy & Analysis, and Michael Karg in Relationship Lead from the London office.

Original Productions recruited Kerri Zane as VP/Women’s Programming to develop female-targeted action-adventure docu-reality series.


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  • MTV Networks Argentina relocating operational headquarters
  • ALL3MEDIA International with several Norwegian and Swedish agreements

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  • The WGA counters with a proposal that factors in streaming video residuals
  • Nokia challenges iPhone with handset offering unlimited MP3 downloads from Universal
  • MySpace offers musicians Transmissions at the rate they choose


Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 11/26-12/2/07
Primetime    (000)              Total Pgm Day      (000)
ESPN              1732           ESPN                     746
USA                1464           USA                      634
TBSC              1070           TBSC                     601
SCIF                 940           NAN*                    579
FAM                  910           TNT                      565
FX                    873           NICK                     555
NFLN                817           LIF                        493
MTV                 767           ADSM*                  468
LIF                   729           FAM                      463
TNT                  719           FX                        462
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 112,800,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 11/26-12/2/07
Primetime    (000)            Total Pgm Day            (000)
ESPN              3354          NICK                         2118
USA               2868          NAN*                        1283
FAM               2004          USA                          1263
LIF                1937           ESPN                        1251
HALL             1868          TNT                           1173
SCIF              1825          LIF                            1143
TBSC             1823          TOON                        1045
TNT               1766          FAM                          1024
FX                 1576          TBSC                         1014
NAN              1488          HALL                           939
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 112,800,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks
broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 11/26-12/2/07
ESPN   Dolphins/Steelers                                    6901
NFLN   2007  Packers vs. Cowboys                       5610
SCIF    Tin Man: Part One                                   3403
MTV    The Hills                                                 3204
FX       Nip/Tuck                                                2656
MTV    Shot At Love: Tila Tequila                         2587
USA    WWE Entertainment  10p                          2513
ESPN   Sportscenter  11/26 1130p                       2453
USA    WWE Entertainment  9p                            2278
VH1    I Love New York 2                                   2272
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 112,800,000 homes

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 11/26-12/2/07
ABC    Desperate Housewives                             7.8/17     10,160
ABC    Shrek the Halls                                       7.1/19       9,360
FOX    House                                                   7.0/16       9,200
ABC    How the Grinch Stole Christmas                 6.8/17       8,910
ABC    Dancing with the Stars Results                  6.4/15       8,340
ABC    Dancing with the Stars  MON                    6.0/15       7,890
NBC    NBC Sunday Night Football                       5.7/13       7,430
NBC    Heroes                                                  5.3/12       6,920
FOX    The OT                                                 5.0/14       6,570
CBS    Two and a Half Men                                 5.0/11       6,500
Source Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Ratings estimates were not available for Monday, December 3, 2007. According to Nielsen, an anomaly in Persons Intab levels was discovered and Nielsen withheld the data release until the situation was investigated. Nielsen will provide an update by 10a today.


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This day in History:  1901
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Wednesday, December 5, 2007

ABC: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town [r], Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money
CBS: Kid Nation, Criminal Minds [r], CSI: NY [r]
CW: America’s Next Top Model , Gossip Girl
FOX: Back to You [r], ’til Death [r], Kitchen Nightmares [r]
ION: Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Movie: Mary Christmas
MNT: Celebrity Expose [r], Celebrity Expose [r]
NBC: Deal or No Deal, Life
PBS: Pledge Programming
TELE: Madre Luna, Victoria, Pecados Ajenos
UNIV: Amar sin Limites, Pasion, Don Francisco Presenta

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