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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
Contrary to what was previously reported, Super Bowl XLIII on NBC is now the most-watched Super Bowl in history after further ratings results were revealed yesterday by Nielsen. The game between the winning Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals averaged 98.7 million viewers topping last year’s Super Bowl on FOX at 97.5 million. Sunday’s game is the second most-watched telecast in history based on average viewers following the series finale of M*A*S*H with 106 million viewers. Super Bowl XLIII is also the most-viewed Super Bowl telecast ever with 151.6 million total viewers tuning in to some or part of the game (at least six minutes).
E! introduces a new 30m reality series Kendra (wt) about the youngest cast member of Girls Next Door series, Kendra Wilkinson. During eight episodes, viewers will follow Kendra as she embarks on a new life post-Playboy Mansion, learning how to live on her own and planning her wedding to Eagles wide receive Hank Baskett. The series is produced by Prometheus Entertainment, Fox Television Studios and Alta Loma Entertainment. Antics at the Playboy Mansion will continue without Kendra, as new episodes of Girls Next Door premiere this fall.
The CW switched around its midseason schedule moving 90210 to 9p on Tuesdays starting March 3 with repeat episodes through March 24. Eight new original episodes of 90210 will air from March 31 until the season finale on May 19. The network announced the second season premiere of Reaper is now scheduled for March 3 at 8p. All 13 original episodes of Reaper will air continuously each week until its season finale on May 26. The season finale of Privileged is slated for February 24 at 9p and a new cycle of America’s Next Top Model will still debut on February 25 at 8p.
Starz opens its new 30m ensemble comedy Party Down on March 20 at 1030p. The 10-episode original series from Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) follows a team of catering employees at a different event each week as they individually try to catch their “big break”. Also on March 20, a new season of original comedy series Head Case opens with 10 episodes prior to Party Down at 10p.
On the heels of airing its first season finale, Lifetime Television renewed its newest reality series DietTribe for a second season with eight one-hour episodes set to debut this summer. The finale of season one aired Monday night showing five friends from California who each hit their weight-loss goal prior to one friend’s wedding. Starting February 9, Lifetime will air encore episodes of DietTribe season one on Mondays at 10p. Pie Town Productions produces the series for Lifetime.
CMT announced a second season renewal for Can You Duet, reports Variety. CMT ordered eight episodes of the music competition series with plans to open new episodes this June. FremantleMedia North America produces.
~ DISTRIBUTION, CLEARANCE & CARRIAGE ~
Spanish-language broadcaster Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. (LBI) made an affiliation deal with Communications Corporation of America for four Texas markets representing nearly 5% of the U.S. Hispanic population. The stations involved include KVEO/Brownsville-McAllen; KTSM/El Paso; KWKT/Waco and KETK/Tyler-Longview. The agreement allows the new affiliates to air LBI’s original programming consisting of musical-variety, comedy, scripted drama, talk and game shows as well as a daily national newscast and a news magazine program. In addition, the new affiliates will have the backing of LBI Media’s wholly-owned national sales force, Spanish Media Rep Team.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
New pilot pick-ups:
Sportscaster Bob Costas is departing HBO to join the new MLB Network as a host for original programs, including the new show MLB Network Studio 42 With Bob Costas airing on Thursdays, and as a play-by-play announcer for an unspecified number of the network’s 26 regular season games. Costas will still be associated with NBC Sports yet he signed a cable-exclusive multi-year agreement with MLB Network. Terms of the deal were not available.
Casting Call: Bravo’s Top Chef series, produced by Magical Elves, announced nationwide season six open calls for chefs. A multiple city casting schedule will begin in San Francisco February 8 at Ducca Restaurant & Lounge www.duccasf.com; in Seattle February 11 at Canlis Restaurant www.canlis.com ; in Atlanta February 22 at Craft Restaurant www.craftatlanta.com ; in New York March 1 at CraftSteak Restaurant www.craftrestaurant.com/craftsteak_newyork.html ; in Philadelphia March 4 at XIX NINETEEN at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue www.nineteenrestaurant.com; in Los Angeles March 15 at Craft Restaurant www.craftrestaurant.com/craft_losangeles_style.html ; and for Chicago’s casting call send an email to
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: The Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers postponed scheduled contract negotiations after SAG President Alan Rosenberg notified members late Monday that he intends to file a lawsuit to reinstate Doug Allen as the union’s chief negotiator. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant rejected Rosenberg’s initial attempt to sue the guild on Tuesday morning on technical grounds, according to The Wrap, ordering him to refile the complaint on Thursday. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Lumenas Animation Studios, an indie film production/distribution company, has begun pre-production on its original family-aimed animated movie The Legend of Santa Claus. The first in a planned movie trilogy, The Legend of Santa Clause is set for theatrical release in fall 2010. Directed by Colin Brady (animation supervisor-Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hulk, E.T.; animator-Toy Story, A Bugs Life etc.), and featuring a screenplay by Tab Murphy (story-Gorillas in the Mist, and screenplay-Disney’s Brother Bear, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tarzan), The Legend of Santa Claus revolves around Nicholas, a young boy living in an 18th Century fishing village who finds himself in a struggle between good and evil, eventually becoming a hero. Mike Belzer (Bolt, James and the Giant Peach, Nightmare Before Christmas) will serve as animation director. The film is being produced with the help of strategic partners DLP Cinema and Technicolor. Lumenas plans to support the film with a licensing program, an in-school curriculum and a philanthropic campaign. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
~ RATINGS ~
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 1/26-2/1/09
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 1/26-2/1/09
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 1/26-2/1/09
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 1/26-2/1/09
Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX held steady winning Saturday night with 2.0/6 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, CBS’ Super Bowl Commercials special and FOX’s double Cops episodes shared first place at 2.0/7 each. Then at 9p, FOX was the solo leader with AMW: America Fights Back at 2.0/6 followed by CBS’ Crimetime Saturday at 1.5/5. During 10p, CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery edged into #1 with 1.8/5 a smidge in front of NBC’s SNL Sports Extra special at 1.7/6.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, January 31, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 4.9/9 Super Bowl Great Commercials 4.6/8, Crimetime Saturday [r] 4.8/8, 48 Hours Mystery 5.3/10
FOX: 3.9/7 Cops, 3.6/7, Cops 2 [r] 4.1/7, AMW: America Fights Back 4.0/7
NBC: 2.2/4 Crusoe 1.8/3, SNL: Sports Extra [r] 2.4/4
ABC: 1.7/3 ABC Saturday Movie of the Week: Anchorman: Legend of Ron Burgundy [r] 1.7/3, Life on Mars [r] 1.5/3
UNIV: 1.5/3 Sabado Gigante 1.5/3
MNT: 0.8/1 My Saturday Night Movie: Napoleon Dynamite 0.8/1
TELE: 0.3/0 Cine de Impacto 0.3/1, Futbol Estelar 0.3/0
A18-49: FOX 2.0/6, CBS 1.7/5, NBC 1.2/4, UNIV 1.0/3, ABC 0.8/3, MNT 0.5/2, TELE 0.2/1
Sunday – A18-49 Analysis: NBC wowed with its ratings results for Super Sunday night at 34.0/68 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Amidst a sea of repeats, Super Bowl XLIII on NBC trounced the competition: at 7p NBC posted a 36.3/75; at 8p the Super Bowl ratings moved up a bit to 36.7/71; the Big Game reached 38.6/71 through 9p, then finished at a 39.0/72 for the last fifteen minutes between 10-1015p. Super Bowl Post Game action on NBC did a 23.5/51 until 1030p followed by a special The Office at 1030p-11p delivering 11.0/28.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, February 1, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 38.5/59 Super Bowl XLIII 42.6/64, Super Bowl Post Game 25.7/42, The Office 11.6/21
CBS: 3.1/5 CBS Reports: The Road to the White House 2.1/3, Cold Case [r] 3.2/5, The Unit [r] 2.6/4, The Mentalist [r] 4.5/7
ABC: 2.4/4 America’s Funniest Home Videos [r] 2.3/4, Wipeout [r] 2.1/3, Wipeout [r] 2.1/3, Wipeout Bowl 3.3/6
FOX: 1.6/2 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? [r] 1.1/2, The Simpsons [r] 1.5/2, American Dad [r] 1.4/2, Family Guy [r] 2.2/3, American Dad 1.9/3
UNIV: 1.4/2 Hora Pico 1.2/2, Gran Estreno Ladron Que Roba a Ladron 1.7/2, Quien Tiene Razon? 1.2/2
TELE: 0.5/1 Idolos de Mexico III 0.4/1, Idolos de Mexico IV 0.5/1
CW: 0.4/1 Jericho 0.4/1, The CW Sunday Movie: Throw Momma from the Train 0.5/1
A18-49: NBC 34.0/68, ABC 1.4/3, UNIV 1.3/3, FOX 1.0/2, CBS 0.8/2, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.2/0
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, February 2, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 8.3/13 The Big Bang Theory 6.6/10, How I Met Your Mother 6.3/9, Two and a Half Men 10.0/15, Worst Week 6.3/9, CSI: Miami 10.2/17
FOX: 7.7/11 House 8.8/13, 24 6.6/10
ABC: 6.1/9 The Bachelor 6.9/10, True Beauty 4.4/7
NBC: 5.2/8 Chuck 4.9/7, Heroes 5.2/8, Medium [p] 5.5/9
UNIV: 2.4/4 Cuidado con El Angel 2.4/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.6/4, Cristina 2.2/4
CW: 1.7/3 Gossip Girl 1.7/3, One Tree Hill 1.8/3
MNT: 0.7/1 Twilight Zone [r] 0.7/1, Twilight Zone 2 [r] 0.7/1, Masters of Illusion [r] 0.7/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Dona Barbara 0.6/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.6/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.7/1, Cartel M 0.6/1
A18-49: FOX 4.6/11, CBS 4.3/10, ABC 3.7/9, NBC 3.3/8, UNIV 2.1/5, CW 1.2/3, TELE 0.6/1, MNT 0.3/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Horizon Media hired former Initiative executive Katy Ferguson as Managing Director, Brand Strategy group.
Effective immediately, Erica Thornton takes on the position of CFO/SVP with Tribune Interactive. Erica will be in charge of supervising the financial and operational planning functions of Tribune Company’s interactive group.
Dan A. Adams moves to ABC-owned KFSN/Fresno as President/GM where he will oversee the station’s operations as well as the station’s website, mobile wireless services and other business functions. Previously, Dan was VP/Business Manager at KTRK/Houston, also owned by ABC.
ESPN Radio appointed Greg Sunkel to the newly-created position as Director/National Sales for the network’s owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Based in Chicago, Greg will report to Tim McCarthy, SVP/Regional Radio Manager, ESPN Radio.
This day in History: 1932 – The first U.S. Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, NY
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Who was the original host of the game show, The Liar’s Club in 1969? ROD SERLING Kudos to: Mike Seidel-CBS Television Stations/NY; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NY; Ryan Quam-Comcast Spotlight/West Palm Beach,FL; Ruthann Daniels-MTVN/NY; Bob Sieber/Birmingham, AL; Allison Bryant-Hearst Argyle/Kansas City; Michael Abbott-United Front/LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Al Ovadia/Hidden Hills, CA; Gail Moore-KaltProductions/LA; Jack Krayson- SCTV/Toronto
Today’s Trivia Question: Who played Bret Maverick’s cousin, Beau, in the 1960-1961 season of the TV series Maverick? (Email
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