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I am waiting on those, f44, because (just a hunch) CBS might pull them again to miss game four of the World Series

I think they are going to air it this time, they have a lot of promos and Game 4 is nothing like Game 7 of the ALCS NY/Bos matchup. Can't hurt to put it on the list and if you want, put a ? next to the dates.
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Er, typo in a great ratings summary up there: "Boston Public". Had me going for a sec...

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Although no one expects lead-out Boston Public to completely hold the Desperate Housewives audience, erosion of 44 percent in households, 10.59 million viewers and 51 percent among adults 18-49 for the new David E. Kelley drama...


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You are right, leesweet.
Marc Berman is really, really good in analyzing ratings, but he has to turn out his thoughts so quickly (usually within less than an hour of getting the raw info from Nielsen) that sometimes small errors like that creep in.
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Perhaps the following is one reason FOX HD is not yet on DirecTV?

DirecTV's Disney, Fox Deals Expired

By Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 10/25/2004 6:25:00 PM
DirecTV Inc. is out of contract with cable networks owned by The Walt Disney Co. and Fox Entertainment Group, a sister company to the direct-broadcast satellite provider, which is continuing to offer the services.
Sources said the parties are continuing to negotiate, as DirecTV's deals with both programming entities expired Sept. 30.
An ESPN spokeswoman declined to comment. A Fox spokeswoman said, "We're continuing to negotiate in good faith with DirecTV."
A DirecTV spokesman would only say, "We have strong relationships with both Disney and Fox. We don't comment on terms and conditions of contracts. We look forward to continuing to offer their programming.
News of the contract expiration was reported in the Oct. 25 edition of Sports Business Journal, which indicated that ESPN is proposing that DirecTV accept the same distribution pact that Cox Communications Inc. reached earlier this year -- a deal with 13% annual licensing-fee increases, versus the 20% yearly hikes under the old contract.
The report noted that DirecTV wanted a "most-favored-nation" provision ensuring that the DBS company would get the same pricing deal as any cable operator, including the nation's largest MSO, Comcast Corp.
On the Fox side of the ledger, SBJ said deal terms hinge on the company receiving compensation for retransmission rights to the Fox broadcast network. Historically, cable and satellite providers haven't paid money for retransmission consent.
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After all that hoopla....

'A POW Story' Draws Modest Audience

By Michele Greppi TVWeek.com October 25, 2004
After two weeks in the white-hot political and media spotlight, "A POW Story: Power, Politics and Media," appears to have attracted a modest audience during its Oct. 22 broadcast on stations owned and/or programmed by Sinclair Broadcasting Group in metered markets. Data from Nielsen Media Research estimated the hour-long program was seen in an average 25,000 homes in 15 metered markets.

The highest household rating, a 5.5, was registered in the 35th-largest market in the country, the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville area, population 813,210. The lowest rating, a 1.9, was in the 61st-largest market, Richmond, Va., population 509,860.

The program was scheduled to air on some 40 of the 62 stations in the Sinclair group. Twenty-one stations that were scheduled to carry it are in metered markets, but by late Monday, Nielsen still had not been able to confirm that the program indeed aired as expected in six other metered markets.
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The Wall Street Journal looks at a common practice that networks are starting to rethink: selling competitors airtime to promote shows on other channels:

NBC Drops Promo From Rival TNT
Network Stops Running Ads That May Have Given Viewers the Idea to Switch

By BRIAN STEINBERG Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL October 26, 2004
NBC's TV stations have stopped running ads for cable network TNT that may have given some viewers the idea they should change channels to the Peacock's perennial rival, Viacom's CBS.
The incident highlights one of the complexities of promoting TV shows nowadays, when different episodes of the same show often air at multiple times on different networks through the week.
TNT, a Time Warner-owned cable network, had bought ad time on NBC stations during the network's Thursday-night broadcast of "E.R." to hawk its Monday-night reruns of "Without A Trace," a popular crime drama.
Sounds simple. The problem for NBC was that original episodes of "Without A Trace" air Thursday nights on CBS against "E.R." And TNT's ads deliberately reminded viewers of that. "If you've been watching 'E.R.' on Thursday nights," says a narrator. "You've missed the drama critics say is...Gripping. Stylish. Addictive."
TNT wasn't intending to get people to switch to CBS. Instead the cable channel wanted "Without a Trace" fans to know they could catch other episodes of the show on TNT if they missed it while watching "E.R." "The brilliance of the cable-business model is we buy the hits off of broadcast, and then run them at times that are convenient for people," says Steve Koonin, executive vice president and chief operating officer of TNT and its cable sister, TBS.
But the implications of TNT's message were obvious to all. Even media buyers were surprised by TNT's aggressive ad, which ran during the local ad time allotted by the NBC network to the stations it owns as well as to affiliates. "I just can't imagine NBC allowing a whole raft of CBS promotion going on to lure their viewers away," says Peter Gardiner, chief media officer at Interpublic Group's Deutsch. "I know they need advertising revenues, but I don't think they need them that badly," he adds.
In fact, networks typically shun promotions for shows on rival channels that cite day, time or date, says Rino Scanzoni, director of broadcast investment at WPP Group's Mediaedge:cia.
NBC won't let the ads air again. The TNT ads have run for about four weeks, and were scheduled to be repeated this Thursday -- but not now. "We will not be running these paid promotions on Thursday night or any other night," says Randy Falco, president of NBC Universal Television Networks Group. "I don't think it's the best use of our time." NBC says it made a decision about the ads on its own, and not because of a call about them Monday from The Wall Street Journal. NBC is a unit of General Electric Co.
These sorts of promotions could become more common. After all, consumers are increasingly interested in using TiVo-like devices to save their programs or are watching several episodes from a single season via DVD. All of this erodes the notion of head-to-head competition between the major networks.
One media buyer thinks cable and broadcast networks may have to resign themselves to accepting ads that create possible conflicts because they may want to advertise their programs on competing networks, too.
"I believe that the policy of networks not taking ads for other programming is completely antiquated, and based on a three-network universe that does not exist anymore," says Elizabeth Herbst-Brady, director of national broadcast at Publicis Groupe's Starcom USA.
As a result, decisions like one made by ABC in the early 1990s to reject an ad from American Express featuring then-NBC star Jerry Seinfeld or a Butterfinger ad with Fox show "The Simpsons" could be a thing of the past.
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If you are still thinking about ordering internet service from DirecTV, perhaps you should be changing plans, as the Wall Street Journal reports:

DirecTV to Write Down Value Of Internet-Via-Satellite Effort

By ANDY PASZTOR Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL October 25, 2004; Page B5
DirecTV Group Inc., formally abandoning its Internet-via-satellite efforts, said it will take a third-quarter charge to write down the value of its long-pending Spaceway project by as much as $1.6 billion.
In a filing last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the nation's No. 1 satellite broadcaster said it plans to take a noncash pretax charge of between $1.4 billion and $1.6 billion for three Spaceway spacecraft that haven't yet been launched. The size of the impairment charge -- which could amount to as much as 84% of the project's previous $1.9 billion book value -- appears to kill any lingering hopes by the El Segundo, Calif., company of eventually using the satellites for their intended purpose.
Earlier this year DirecTV decided that the Spaceway satellites would be shifted to expand the company's high-definition video-broadcasting capacity. But the company still held open the possibility of eventually using part of them for broadband services and Internet connections.
Last week's filing, however, seems to slam that door shut. The decision to use the Spaceway satellites to beam video programming to DirecTV customers "triggered a requirement" to determine the extent of impairment of those assets, according to the filing.
Manufactured by Boeing Co. and viewed by industry officials as the most complex commercial-communications satellites ever assembled, two of the spacecraft are expected to be launched next year. The third satellite is a spare intended to stay on the ground. While Boeing has maintained that the satellites mark the future of the space industry, so far it has found few commercial customers and early versions of it have suffered serious defects.
Since News Corp. gained a controlling interest in DirecTV late last year, the satellite-to-home broadcaster has stepped up subscriber growth and put in place various plans to enhance video services. But from the beginning, News Corp. and its chairman, Rupert Murdoch, have been cool to the concept of using satellites to provide Internet access. Instead, DirecTV is looking to team up with telephone companies to offer an array of bundled services, including fast Internet connections.
A DirecTV spokesman couldn't reached to comment.
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Marc Berman's Season Freshman Series Update
The Good, the Bad and the Questionable in 2004-05

(From Marc Berman's Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com)

On the heels of the announced full season pick-ups for ABC's Desperate Housewives and Lost, and NBC's Medical Investigation, what follows is the current status of all new primetime network series (including Fox and the WB's summer roll-outs):

ABC
-The Benefactor: Canceled
-Boston Legal: Likely to be renewed for the remainder of the season.
-Complete Savages: The cancellation clock is ticking.
-Desperate Housewives: Full season order.
-life as we know it: Unlikely to survive past midseason.
-Lost: Full season order.
-Rodney: 50/50 chance at a full season order.
-Wife Swap: Good shot for full season order.

CBS:
-Center of the Universe: Has not premiered yet.
-Clubhouse: Moving from Tues. 8 p.m. to Sat. 8 p.m. in November.
-CSI: NY: Bona fide hit, shoo-in for renewal.
-dr. vegas: The axe is expected to swing by midseason.
-Listen Up: Likely to be replaced by Yes, Dear in midseason.

NBC
-Father of the Pride: The cancellation clock is ticking.
-Hawaii: Cancelled.
-Joey: Full season order.
-LAX: Moving from Mon. 10 p.m. to Wed. 8 p.m. next week.
-Medical Investigation: Full season order.

Fox:
-The Casino: Canceled.
-The Jury: Canceled.
-Method & Red: On hiatus.
-North Shore: Heading to Thursday 9 p.m. out of The O.C. on Nov. 4.
-Quintuplets: Returning Wed. Nov. 10 at 8:30 p.m.

UPN
-Kevin Hill: Shoo-in for a full season order.
-Second Time Around: 50/50 on more episodes.
-Veronica Mars: More episodes expected to be ordered.

WB
-Blue Collar TV: Full season order.
-Commando Nanny: Canceled prior to ever getting on the air.
-Drew Carey's Green Screen: 50/50 shot at more episodes.
-Jack & Bobby: Full season order, flipping time periods with The Mountain.
-The Mountain: Four more scripts ordered, flipping time periods with Jack & Bobby.
-Studio 7: Canceled.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Monday's ratings have been posted.
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(Marc Berman's Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com)

Primetime Ratings for Monday Oct. 25th

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 11.7/17
ABC: 10.3/15
NBC: 5.7/ 8
WB: 5.7/ 8
Fox: 4.4/ 6
UPN: 2.9/ 4

Percent Change From Comparable Year-Ago Night (Mon., Oct. 27, 2003):
WB: +24
CBS: + 3
ABC -4
Fox: - 4
UPN: - 6
NBC: -20
Fast Affiliate Ratings

Total Viewers:
CBS: 16.22 million
ABC: 13.97
NBC: 8.77
WB: 6.05
Fox: 5.42
UPN: 3.53

Adults 18-49:
CBS: 5.5/14
ABC: 5.4/14
NBC: 3.8/10
Fox: 2.5/ 6
WB: 2.3/ 6
UPN: 1.6/ 4

Yesterday's Winners:
7th Heaven (WB)
Monday Night Football (ABC)
Everybody Loves Raymond R (CBS)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
CSI: Miami (CBS)

Yesterday's Losers:
The Benefactor (ABC)
One On One (UPN)
Half and Half (UPN)
The Swan (Fox)
2004 Radio Music Awards (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:
Even with a repeat of Everybody Loves Raymond in the mix, CBS won Monday, beating No. 2 ABC by an average of 14 percent in the overnights, 2.25 million viewers and 2 percent among adults 18-49. More proof that reality is fading was the season-premiere of Fox's The Swan (two episodes: a Where Are They Now? update followed by the first episode of the second season) finishing fifth overall in the overnights (4.4/ 6) and total viewers (5.42 million), and fourth among adults 18-49 (2.5/ 6) from 8-10 p.m. The official season opener at 9 p.m. averaged a modest 5.0/ 7 in the overnights, with 6.30 million viewers and a 2.9/ 6 among adults 18-49. Compared to The Swan's first telecast in the Monday 9 p.m. hour last season (Overnights: #3, 6.8/10; Viewers: #4, 8.31 million; A18-49: #2t, 3.9/10 on April 12, 2004), this was a decline of 26 percent in the overnights, 2.01 million viewers and 26 percent among adults 18-49.

Note: Total viewers and adults 18-49 are based on the fast affiliate ratings.

In series-finale news, ABC's The Benefactor faded to oblivion with a distant fourth-place finish in the overnights (4.3/ 6) at 8 p.m. First in the hour based on the overnights were CBS comedies Still Standing (7.4/11) and Listen Up (7.2/10), followed by NBC's sinking Fear Factor (6.8/10), the WB's rock-solid 7th Heaven (6.4/ 9), The Benefactor, The Swan special (3.8/ 5), and UPN's deteriorating One On One (2.8/ 4: down 18 percent from a repeat of The Parkers on the year-ago night - 3.4/ 5 on Oct. 27, 2003) and Half and Half (2.8/ 4: down 16 percent from a repeat of Eve on the year-ago night - 3.3/ 5 on Oct. 27, 2003). Based on adults 18-49, Fear Factor (4.6/12) won the hour, followed by Still Standing (3.0/ 9) and Listen Up (3.0/ 8), 7th Heaven (2.5/ 7), The Swan (2.1/ 6), and One On One (1.5/ 4) and Half and Half (1.6/ 4). The Benefactor's adult 18-49 rating is excluded from the mix because football in the central and western time zones is included in the 8-9 p.m. fast affiliate averages.

At 9 p.m., even a repeat of CBS' departing Everybody Loves Raymond remains an option with a first-place finish in the overnights (11.3/16), and a competitive No. 2 behind ABC's Monday Night Football among adults 18-49 (5.3/13). Lead-out Two and a Half Men (#2, 11.8/16; A18-49: #2, 6.0/14 at 9:30 p.m.) is a compatible fit, while CSI: Miami at 10 p.m. (16.1/24; Viewers: 21.22 million; A18-49: 8.0/20) remains the top-rated show of the evening. For more on Everybody Loves Raymond, don't miss Mr. Television's conversation with series creator Phil Rosenthal in Mediaweek next Monday, Nov. 1.

On ABC, Monday Night Football remains a force to reckon with at an 11.4/18 in the overnights from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 15.95 million viewers and a 6.4/15 among adults 18-49 in primetime.

Over at NBC, The 2004 Radio Music Awards was a dud, with a 5.1/ 7 in the overnights, 7.57 million viewers and a 3.5/ 8 among adults 18-49 from 9-11 p.m. In the 9-10 p.m. battle of UPN versus the WB, the frog net's Everwood (#4: 5.2/ 7; A18-49: #5, 2.1/ 5) held a considerable advantage, besting UPN comedies Girlfriends (#6: 3.1/ 4; A18-49: #6, 1.7/ 4) and Second Time Around (#6, 2.7/ 4; A18-49: #6, 1.4/ 3) by an average of 79 percent in the overnights and 35 percent among adults 18-49.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Coming Up On NBC:
November Sweep Highlights

With the start of the November sweeps just two days away, what follows are programming highlights for NBC:

Series Premiere
-$25 Million-Dollar Hoax: Mon., Nov. 8, 10 p.m. ET

New Cast Additions
-Jimmy Smits joins The West Wing: Wed., Nov. 10, 9 p.m. ET

Specials:
-The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 3: Sat., Nov. 6, 8 p.m. ET

Guest Stars:
-The voice of David Spade on Father of the Pride: Tues., Nov. 9, 9 p.m. ET
-Alanis Morissette on American Dreams: Sunday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. ET
-James Caan, Josh Duhamel and Vanessa Marcil of Las Vegas on Crossing Jordan: Sun,, Nov. 7, 10 p.m. ET
-Jill Hennessy and Jerry O'Connell of Crossing Jordan on Las Vegas: Mon., Nov. 8, 9 p.m. ET
-Kelly Preston on Joey: Thurs., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET
-Ray Liotta on ER: Thurs., Nov. 11, 10 p.m. ET

Of Note:
-Fear Factor: Mon., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. ET: 100th episode


Ratings Box:
What's Hot/What's Not

NBC Wins Friday, Oct. 22:
Although an average 6.1/11 in households, 8.71 million viewers and a 2.8/ 9 among adults 18-49 is nothing to boast about, it was still enough for NBC's combination of Dateline, Third Watch and Medical Investigation to win Friday, with an advantage over the No. 2 network (CBS in households and total viewers; ABC among adults 18-49) of 17 percent in households, 930,000 viewers and 27 percent among adults 18-49.
Note: Ratings for the WB are currently being reprocessed.

Reader Feedback Forum:

LAW & ORDER

"I do not normally write to columnists, but I do agree with R.T.'s comments yesterday about Dennis Farina on Law & Order. While I do like him as an actor and was looking forward to him appearing in the series, the attitude and comments of his character are totally different from any detective that has appeared on Law & Order. While I am not yet ready to throw in the towel, it certainly is no longer one of the few television series that I make a point of either watching or recording. I am not a fan of CSI so switching to CSI: NY is unlikely to happen.

Do you have any further information about the debut of Trial By Justice?
-D.W., Alexandria, VA

The P.I.:

At press time, the only information I have about Law & Order: Trial By Justice is that it will be premiering in midseason. Based on the holes on NBC's line-up, Monday at 10 p.m. in place of LAX (and ultimately $25 Million Hoax), or Tuesday at 9 p.m. leading into Law & Order: SVU are certainly options. Had NBC known, however, that the franchise would begin to lose steam, it probably would not have gone forward with Trial By Justice.
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Isn't it Law & Order: Trial By Jury?
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"The voice of David Spade on Father of the Pride: Tues., Nov. 9, 9 p.m. ET"

Unless, of course, FOTP is finally put out of its misery after tonight's episode. It was bad enough that this god awful show (besides the visuals, in HD!) was getting worse ratings than "Clubhouse", but if FOTP can beat out a repeat of Navy NCIS tonight, I bet NBC will dump it considering Nov. 9 is in the heart of sweeps.
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Nielsen Media Research Top 20
[b]Week Five of 2004-05 Season, Oct. 18-24, 2004[b].

Rank Program Name Net Day Time Rating/Share Households
1 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 7(S) FOX 8:26 PM Wed HD 19.4/30 21,277,000
2 CSI CBS 9 PM Thu HD 16.8/25 18,421,000
3 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 2(S) FOX 8:12 PM Sun HD 15.9/24 17,390,000
4 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 6(S) FOX 8:17 PM Tue HD 15.6/25 17,150,000
5 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 1(S) FOX 8:04 PM Sat HD 13.7/25 15,029,000
6 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 9 PM Sun HD 13.4/19 14,684,000
7 FOX MLB NLCS GAME 7(S) FOX 8:16PM Thu HD 13.0/20 14,285,000
8 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 10:01 PM Thu HD 12.6/20 13,790,000
9 CSI: MIAMI CBS 10 PM Mon HD 12.6/19 13,833,000
10 FOX WORLD SERIES GM2-PRE(S) FOX 7:50 PM Sun HD 11.5/19 12,635,000
11 SURVIVOR: VANUATU CBS 8 PM Thu 11.3/18 12,336,000
12 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 5(S) FOX 5:07PM Mon HD 11.3/19 12,353,000
13 E.R. NBC 9:59 PM Thu HD 10.9/17 11,950,000
14 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS 9 PM Mon HD 10.7/15 11,732,000
15 LOST ABC 8 PM Wed HD 10.5/16 11,458,000
16 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 9:31 PM Mon HD 10.4/15 11,355,000
17 COLD CASE CBS 8 PM Sun HD 10.1/15 11,031,000
18 60 MINUTES CBS 7 PM Sun HD 9.9/16 10,848,000
19 FOX NFL SUNDAY-POST FOX 7:36 PM Sun HD 9.8/17 10,780,000
20 APPRENTICE 2 NBC 9 PM Thu 9.6/14 10,479,000
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Weekly ratings analysis from Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post:

Baseball Helps Fox Hit One Out of the Park

By Lisa de Moraes, Washington Post TV Writer Wednesday, October 27, 2004; Page C07
Fox, which since the start of the television season has churned out so many wonderful Losers for the Wednesday TV Column, dried up as a Loser source last week when it scrubbed virtually all of what it ironically refers to as its "regular schedule" in favor of all baseball all the time.
Here's a look at the week's most and least:
WINNERS
ALCS Game 7. More than 31 million folks watched the Red Sox improbably come back to snag the American League championship -- the most watched program of the week. That made it Fox's second most watched baseball game ever, behind Game 7 of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, World Series in which the Arizona Diamondbacks staged a miraculous comeback in the bottom of the ninth, scoring twice to beat the defending champion New York Yankees, 3-2.
World Series. Fox's Saturday and Sunday lineups, otherwise known as Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, delivered the highest-rated Games 1-2 average since 1996. Game 1 (23.2 million viewers) copped 31 percent more viewers and Game 2 (25.5 million) enjoyed 24 percent more viewers than last year's comparable games.
"Desperate Housewives." . . . and, it's World Series-proof! Opposite Game 2 of the Series, ABC's too-hot-for-the-religious-right dramedy was the week's most watched non-sports program among the 18-to-49-year-olds whom advertisers pay top dollar to reach. It beat CBS's "CSI" for the first time in the demographic group.
"Biggest Loser." How humiliating for Jay Mohr: His NBC reality series "Last Comic Standing" gets wiped out by a fat-farm competition. The debut of "Biggest Loser" clocked nearly 10 million viewers -- 32 percent more than the network's average this fall in the Tuesday time period with, mostly, "Last Comic Standing" and "Father of the Pride."
LOSERS
"Monday Night Football." Opposite Game 5 of Red Sox-Yankees ALCS play, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams wilted like hothouse flowers, resulting in "Monday Night Football's" smallest audience in people-meter history -- nearly two decades.
Mel Gibson. Poor Mel did not have such a great week. First, his Tuesday baseball drama, "Clubhouse," hit a series low and CBS announced it would be moved to Saturdays, i.e. put-out-to-pasture night. Then his highly touted appearance on his Friday comedy "Complete Savages" (which turned out to be a lousy cameo in a motor-safety instructional video that ran during the sitcom) did not move the needle on that new ABC series at all.
"LAX." Last week, the drama with Heather Locklear as co-chief of LAX hit a record low 6 million viewers. NBC has announced it's moving the series to Wednesdays at 8 p.m., replacing yanked "Hawaii," to provide a stronger lead-in to "The West Wing." Did we mention "LAX" stars Heather Locklear as the co-chief of Los Angeles International Airport?
"The West Wing." Because we have no Good News/Bad News category: NBC's White House drama opened its sixth season to an audience of 12.3 million -- its smallest debut audience ever. On the other hand, it was stuck opposite that so-incredible-even-I-watched-it ALCS Game 7, and it doubled its lead-in audience.
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Nielsen Media Research Top 20
Week Five of 2004-05 Season, Oct. 18-24, 2004.

Rank Program Name Net Day Time Rating/Share Households
*snip*
6 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 9 PM Sun HD 13.4/19 14,684,000
15 LOST ABC 8 PM Wed HD 10.5/16 11,458,000

These numbers are significantly lower than the overnights, with Desperate Housewives being listed in a post above at 21.87 million households, and Lost I recall being over 17 million. That's a pretty major difference; where'd the rest go?
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how is nbc's las vegas doing? never really see mention of them either good or bad
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(From Marc Berman's Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com)
National Ratings in Primetime - Week of Oct. 18:
Baseball Ignited Fox Wins

Led by four games of The Major League Baseball Championship Series and the first two games of The World Series, Fox hit a grand slam for the week of Oct. 18, beating the No. 2 network (CBS in households, total viewers and adults 25-54; CBS and NBC in adults 18-49; NBC in adults 18-34) by 74 percent in households, 10.04 million viewers, and as much as 111 percent in the below three surveyed demos. Comparably, Fox delivered its highest rated week in adults 18-49 and total viewers since the week of Jan. 28, 2002, with growth over the comparable week of as much as 57 percent.

Although the growing success of America's Next Top Model kept UPN on the year-to-year plus side despite facing baseball, the remaining four networks could not stop the bleeding. NBC continues to lose the biggest chuck of the audience, with the fading Joey (which now does not rank in the top 20 among total viewers) becoming more reminiscent of AfterMASH every week. Also failing to make the grade of the freshman mix this week: Clubhouse (CBS), Complete Savages (ABC), Drew Carey's Green Screen (WB), dr. vegas (CBS), Jack & Bobby (WB), LAX (NBC), life as we know it (ABC), and The Mountain (WB),

What follows are the final national ratings for the week of Oct. 18 (with percent change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses) followed by the top-rated programs of the week:

Households:
Fox: 13.6/22 (+48)
CBS: 7.8/12 (- 6)
NBC: 6.5/10 (-11)
ABC: 5.8/ 9 (- 6)
UPN: 2.5/ 4 (no change)
WB: 2.4/ 4 (-14)

Total Viewers:
Fox: 21.98 million (+54)
CBS: 11.94 (- 5)
NBC: 9.60 (-11)
ABC: 8.86 (- 5)
UPN: 3.76 (+ 7)
WB: 3.61 (-13)

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 7.8/21 (+56)
CBS: 3.7/10 (- 3)
NBC: 3.7/ 9 (-10)
ABC: 3.4/ 9 (- 3)
UPN: 1.6/ 4 (+14)
WB: 1.6/ 4 (- 6)

Adults 18-34:
Fox: 6.2/19 (+44)
NBC: 3.2/ 9 (- 9)
ABC: 2.9/ 9 (+ 4)
CBS: 2.6/ 8 (+ 4)
WB: 1.7/ 5 (-11)
UPN: 1.6/ 5 (+ 7)

Adults 25-54:
Fox: 8.8/21 (+57)
CBS: 4.6/11 (- 6)
NBC: 4.2/10 (-13)
ABC: 3.9/ 9 (- 5)
UPN: 1.6/ 4 (+ 7)
WB: 1.5/ 3 (- 6)

Top Rated Programs of the Week

Total Viewers:
MLB ALCS, Game 7 (Fox: 31.46 million)
CSI (CBS: 26.54), World Series, Game 2 (Fox: 25.46)
MLB ALCS, Game 6 (Fox: 25.09), World Series, Game 1 (Fox: 23.17)
Desperate Housewives (ABC: 21.49)
CSI: Miami (CBS 19.81)
MLB NLCS, Game 7 (Fox: 19.81)
Survivor: Vanuatu (CBS: 19.22)
Without A Trace (CBS: 18.49)
Lost (ABC: 16.82)
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS: 16.71)
Two and a Half Men (CBS: 16.28)
ER (NBC: 16.11)
Cold Case (CBS: 15.38)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC: 15.00)
60 Minutes (CBS: 14.70)
The Apprentice 2 (NBC: 14.59)
NCIS (CBS: 14.05)
Law & Order (NBC: 13.07)

Adults 18-49:
MLB ALCS, Game 7 (Fox: 11.8/29)
Desperate Housewives (ABC: 9.7/21)
CSI (CBS: 9.6/22)
MLB ALCS, Game 6 (Fox: 9.5/25)
World Series, Game 2 (Fox, 9.0/22)
World Series, Game 1 (Fox: 8.0/25)
ER (NBC: 7.8/20)
CSI: Miami (CBS: 7.6/18)
Survivor: Vanuatu (CBS: 7.3/20)
The Apprentice 2 (NBC: 7.2/17)
MLB NLCS, Game 7 (Fox: 6.7/18)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC: 6.4/15)
Lost (ABC: 6.3/16), Without A Trace (CBS: 5.9/15)
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS: 5.7/13)
Two and a Half Men (CBS: 5.7/13)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC: 5.5/13)
Will & Grace (NBC: 5.0/13)
Joey (NBC: 4.9/14)
Monday Night Football (ABC: 4.5/12)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Coming Up On the WB
November Programming Highlights

With the start of the November sweeps just 8 days away, what follows are programming highlights for the WB:

Movies:
-The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Part I (Sun. Nov. 7, 8 p.m. ET)
-The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Part II (Mon., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. ET)
-Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (Tues., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET): made-for premiere
-A Walk To Remember (Wed., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET)

Guest Stars:
-James Earl Jones on Everwood (Mon., Nov. 15, 9 p.m. ET)
-Jane Seymour on Smallville (Wed., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. ET)
-Leann Rimes on Blue Collar TV (Thurs., Nov. 18, 8 p.m. ET)
-Carmen Electra on The Mountain (Sun., Nov. 21, 9 p.m. ET)
-Wayne Newton on 7th Heaven (Mon., Nov. 29, 8 p.m. ET)

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

So Long, Grounded For Life:
The WB has officially axed sitcom Grounded For Life, which debuted on Fox in Jan. 2001 and moved to the WB two years later. Only 13 new telecasts will air this season.
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(From Marc Berman's Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com)
Primetime Ratings for Tuesday Oct. 26th

Note: The following ratings exclude the West Palm Beach market.

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 16.2/23
CBS: 9.2/13
NBC: 7.5/11
ABC: 6.7/10
WB: 4.6/ 6
UPN: 2.6/ 4

Percent Change From Comparable Year-Ago Night (Tues., Oct. 28, 2003):
Fox: +131
WB: + 7
CBS and UPN: no change
NBC: -10
ABC: -12

Fast Affiliate Ratings

Total Viewers:
Fox: 21.46 million
CBS: 12.15
ABC: 10.08
NBC: 9.48
WB: 4.94
UPN: 3.16

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 7.2/18
NBC: 3.9/10
ABC: 3.8/10
CBS: 3.3/ 8
WB: 2.2/ 6
UPN: 1.4/ 3

Yesterday's Winner:
World Series, Game 3 (Fox)

Honorable Mention:
NCIS (CBS)
Gilmore Girls (WB)
According To Jim (ABC)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Yesterday's Losers:
All Of Us (UPN)
Eve (UPN)
Father of the Pride (NBC)
Scrubs (NBC)
Veronica Mars (UPN)

Ratings Breakdown:
The Baseball World Series kept Fox in the Tuesday winner's circle, with game three of the Boston/St. Louis match-up at a hefty 17.3/25 in the overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m., with 21.46 million viewers and a 7.2/18 among adults 18-49 in primetime according to the fast affiliate ratings. The network's noticeable increase of 131 percent in the overnights is a reflection of The Next Joe Millionaire and the season premiere of 24 airing on the year-ago evening.

On CBS, two episodes (original and repeat) of NCIS (8 p.m. #2: 10.1/14; Viewers: #2, 13.22 million; A18-49: #4, 3.3/ 9 -- 9 p.m. #2, 9.1/13; Viewers: #2, 12.44 million; A18-49: #3, 3.4/ 8) followed by Judging Amy (#3: 8.5/13; Viewers: #3, 10.79 million; A18-49: #4, 3.2/ 8) was enough for the Eye net to place second for the evening in the overnights and total viewers (but fourth among adults 18-49).

Although episode two of NBC's The Biggest Loser at 8 p.m. perked up to a 6.9/10 in the overnights (#3, +5 percent from last week's debut) with a respectable 3.6/10 among adults 18-49, lead-out Father of the Pride sunk to a fourth-place (and series-low) 5.1/ 7 in the overnights, 6.91 million viewers and a 2.9/ 7 among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. Obviously, the cancellation clock is ticking. Without the benefit of any lead-in support, Scrubs remains buried at 9:30 p.m. with a 5.5/ 8 in the overnights (#4), 7.14 million viewers (#4) and a 3.1/ 7 among adults 18-49 (#4).

NBC had better news at 10 p.m. with the reliable Law & Order: SVU a comfortable second behind The World Series in the overnights (10.4/15), viewers (12.46 million) and adults 18-49 (5.1/13)

Over at ABC, repeat holiday special, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, opened with a typical 6.9/10 in the overnights (#3) and a 3.7/10 among adults 18-49 (#2), followed by the modest George Lopez (5.6/ 8; A18-49: 3.4/ 9) at a fourth place finish in both categories. The network had better results with According To Jim (#3, 7.7/11; A18-49: #2, 5.0/12) and Rodney (#3, 6.1/ 9; A18-49: #2, 4.1/10) from 9-10 p.m. As for NYPD Blue at 10 p.m. (#4, 7.0/10; A18-49: #3, 3.4/ 9), it's time to officially say goodbye this season.

The WB, meanwhile, continues to squash competitor UPN, with Gilmore Girls (#5, 5.2/ 7; A18-49: #5, 2.5/ 7) and One Tree Hill (#5: 4.0/ 6; A18-49: #5, 2.0/ 5) outdelivering UPN's low-rated combination of All of Us (#6: 2.8/ 4; A18-49: #6, 1.5/ 4), Eve (#6: 2.7/ 4; A18-49: #6, 1.6/ 4) and Veronica Mars (#6, 2.4/ 3; A18-49: #6, 1.2/ 3) by an average 77 percent in the overnights and 57 percent among adults 18-49. Note: Veronica Mars landing in the loser's column is a reflection of lackluster ratings, not the show itself. Hopefully, patience for this quality drama is the plan at UPN.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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For your listing of Grounded for Life as cancelled, you might want to mention they will air the remaining produced episodes and it will end in 2005.
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Next Great Champ (announced Oct. 4; remaining shows to play on FSN cable outlets).

Should say "playing on FSN" because they are already airing.
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Hilton, Richie Get on the Bus for 'Simple Life 3'

(From Zap2it.com)--Citizens of the Northeast, be forewarned: Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may be on their way to a town near you.

News reports say that Hilton and Richie are hitting the road again to film a third season of "The Simple Life" for FOX, beginning this week. Their mode of transport this time will be a Greyhound bus, which, thankfully, someone else will be driving.

And rather than making half-hearted attempts at performing manual labor or working in the service sector, "The Simple Life 3" will feature Richie and Hilton taking short internships in major cities along the Eastern seaboard, including at a Wall Street firm and at a school.

"I'm just over doing manual labor," Richie tells Reuters. "We don't want to get dirty anymore."

Among the jobs the show's producers sought was one on Capitol Hill. They were unable to find a member of Congress willing to take on that scandal-in-waiting, however.

Richie also hopes the coming edition of the show will dispel any notions among viewers that she and Hilton either couldn't do the jobs they were assigned or didn't really try.

"A lot of people have misconceptions that we wouldn't know how to do things," she says. "This is to show everybody that we can do it."

An airdate for the newest "Simple Life" hasn't been set. FOX has scheduled a episode of "The Simple Life 2," featuring outtakes from last summer's road-trip adventure, for Wednesday, Nov. 17.
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Hilton, Richie Get on the Bus for 'Simple Life 3'

(From Zap2it.com)--Citizens of the Northeast, be forewarned: Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may be on their way to a town near you.

News reports say that Hilton and Richie are hitting the road again to film a third season of "The Simple Life" for FOX, beginning this week. Their mode of transport this time will be a Greyhound bus, which, thankfully, someone else will be driving.

And rather than making half-hearted attempts at performing manual labor or working in the service sector, "The Simple Life 3" will feature Richie and Hilton taking short internships in major cities along the Eastern seaboard, including at a Wall Street firm and at a school.

"I'm just over doing manual labor," Richie tells Reuters. "We don't want to get dirty anymore."

Among the jobs the show's producers sought was one on Capitol Hill. They were unable to find a member of Congress willing to take on that scandal-in-waiting, however.

Richie also hopes the coming edition of the show will dispel any notions among viewers that she and Hilton either couldn't do the jobs they were assigned or didn't really try.

"A lot of people have misconceptions that we wouldn't know how to do things," she says. "This is to show everybody that we can do it."

An airdate for the newest "Simple Life" hasn't been set. FOX has scheduled a episode of "The Simple Life 2," featuring outtakes from last summer's road-trip adventure, for Wednesday, Nov. 17.

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Wee!!! That's hot

Ms. Hilton you must be worth a trillion bucks, get the feeling that you don't really give a f...
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And tomorrow fox will go back to it's normal rating spot...
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ABC MOVIE: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Air Date: 11/11/04 (THURSDAY) Time Slot: 8:00 PM-11:20 PM EST on ABC
"SAVING PRIVATE RYAN," THE GROUND-BREAKING WORLD WAR II DRAMA, AIRS UNEDITED FROM ITS THEATRICAL VERSION, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ON ABC
Winner of Five Oscars, the film will air in HDTV Format With 5.1 Surround Sound
"Saving Private Ryan," the winner of five Academy Awards(r) and 11 nominations, will air in its complete, unedited theatrical version THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00 -- 11:20 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network (rebroadcast. OAD: 11/11/01). The telecast will be presented in HDTV with 5.1-channel surround sound.
This film replaces the episodes of "Extreme Makeover," "life as we know it" and "Primetime Live" which had been scheduled for this evening.
"SAVING PRIVATE RYAN" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Saving Private Ryan" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.
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World Series Game Three Best Ever For Fox
October 27, 2004
By John Consoli Mediaweek.com
Game 3 of the World Series on Fox between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals delivered a 15.7/24 household rating/share on Tuesday night (Oct. 26}, the best World Series Game 3 rating since 1999 when the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees delivered a 16.8/27 on NBC.

For Fox, this year's Game 3 was its best Game 3 rating ever. An average 24.4 million viewers watched, the highest level since 1995 (Cleveland Indians vs. Atlanta Braves) on NBC.

The three-game average for the World Series on Fox is a 15.0/24, up 26 percent over last year's 11.9/21. Fox boasted that the 15.0 rating matches the average household rating for prime-time coverage of the Olympic Games on NBC this summer.
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The WB Says Goodbye to 'Grounded'
By Brian Ford Sullivan
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Two networks, five seasons and 91 episodes later, "Grounded for Life" is getting permanently "grounded."
The WB confirmed today that it doesn't plan to pick up the show's back nine order this season, effectively ending the series. Just seven episodes remain from its 13-episode fifth season, which resumes its run on November 5. (Two episodes from FOX's production run also have yet to air however it's not clear if the WB will broadcast them.)
Overall this season, "Grounded" has averaged a mediocre 2.66 million viewers, ahead of fellow Frog series "What I Like About You" (2.62 million), "Jack & Bobby" (2.42 million) and "Steve Harvey's Big Time" (2.37 million). Nevertheless with producer Carsey-Werner already having sold the show's off-network run to ABC Family earlier this year for $175,000 per episode (read the story), the network and studio may have had little financial incentive to continue producing the series.
The news marks the second blow to the WB's Friday comedy lineup this season, the first being the decision last week to scrap newcomer "Commando Nanny" before it even got to air (read the story). It's expected that the Fran Drescher-led sitcom "Shacking Up" will take over the Friday, 8:30/7:30c half-hour once "Grounded" completes its run early next year.
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9/11 Panel Report: The Miniseries

By Lisa de Moraes washingtonpost.com Thursday, October 28, 2004; Page C01
NBC has planted its flag in "The 9/11 Commission Report," announcing with almost no additional details that it plans to produce a "limited series" to dramatize the events leading up to and including the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon "as delineated in the best-selling" document.
Bestseller (public-domain document, no expensive rights payment), big special effects, major disaster story line. The Perfect Miniseries.
Graham Yost will write and executive-produce the project, the network said. The details stop there.
Yost created and executive-produced "Boomtown," NBC's critically acclaimed but low-rated drama series, which averaged about 7 million viewers.
He also penned several episodes of "Band of Brothers," HBO's much-praised, low-rated (averaging 7 million viewers in its premiere telecasts), 10-part miniseries. And he was a supervising producer and wrote some episodes of "From the Earth to the Moon," a 12-part HBO miniseries -- lots of buzz, small audience (averaged 4 million in its premiere telecasts). (Both HBO projects had Tom Hanks attached.)
The network said it was "in discussion" with a "major producer" and "other top talent" to join the project, which is being produced at NBC's Universal Television Studios. That means it will be overseen by Henry Kissinger's son, David.
"With this most important subject matter, we're setting our sights on nothing short of a seminal event for television," NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said in the announcement.
"We're going to bring together the highest caliber production elements beginning with the very talented Graham Yost and try to bring a cultural event to television that harkens back to the days of 'Roots' and 'The Day After.' "
He's referring to two ABC projects, the first of which aired over eight consecutive nights and remains the most watched miniseries in television history, opening with nearly 30 million households and wrapping with nearly 40 million. (Viewer numbers were not available in those days but would, obviously, have been higher than household numbers.) "The Day After," which aired in 1983 and also packed a ratings punch, was about the days leading up to and the day following a nuclear strike on the United States, killing millions.
"The fact that the 9/11 report is a bestseller is indicative of not only its importance but also the way in which the story of the events is laid out in a clean narrative fashion," Reilly continued. "And that is what we expect to do with this miniseries."
Added NBC Universal Television Studio co-presidents Kissinger and Angela Bromstad, simultaneously, in the announcement, "The only way we'd ever attempt a project like this is under the extremely capable auspices of Graham Yost, who can execute a project of this weight with the integrity it demands."
NBC said the series will "chronicle the swirl of secret activity that took place over the months and years preceding the planned attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon," which NBC misplaces in Washington; it's in Virginia, but you knew that.
"The project will showcase the many heroes -- living and dead, recognized and unrecognized -- who thwarted early efforts and saved untold lives despite the chaos and horror that ensued," NBC continued, only then adding that "it will also examine the shortcomings in the system that helped set the stage for the actual attack."
Interestingly, NBC can do a whole miniseries about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but The TV Column cannot use a photograph illustrating what happened on Sept. 11 because of this newspaper's sensitivity about the use of the photos. And yet, Americans love, love, love to look at disasters. In the past May ratings sweeps, NBC clocked 20 million viewers with its two-part miniseries "10.5," about the mother of all earthquakes, in which the entire West Coast breaks off, killing millions. It was NBC's most watched long-form project in five years.
Sensing it was on to something, the network has announced a sequel.
Jumping on that bandwagon, CBS in the upcoming November sweeps will pull out all the stops with its two-part miniseries "Category 6: Day of Destruction," about three cataclysmic weather systems that collide over Chicago, creating the worst superstorm in U.S. history, but only after they first cause the national power grid to collapse, making it impossible to warn anyone about the impending disaster, killing millions.
And let's not forget the summer blockbuster flick "The Day After Tomorrow" in which thousands of hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the next Ice Age all come home on the very same day, killing millions.
"The Day After Tomorrow" ranks as the year's fifth biggest box-office draw with a domestic take of nearly $190 million.
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Sorry, I've been out of town, and haven't has much time online.
But I'll get those Las Vegas ratings for you tomorrow (Thursday).
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[b] ABC MOVIE: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Air Date: 11/11/04 (THURSDAY) Time Slot: 8:00 PM-11:20 PM EST on ABC
"SAVING PRIVATE RYAN," THE GROUND-BREAKING WORLD WAR II DRAMA, AIRS UNEDITED FROM ITS THEATRICAL VERSION, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ON ABC

Is this the same edit that aired a couple years ago on Veteran's Day? (Still got my DVHS recording, wondering if I should record over?) Still with commercials?

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