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Broadcasters Push DTV-Decision Delay
By John Eggerton - Broadcasting & Cable
Opponents of the Federal Communications Commission's so-called Ferree plan for speeding the digital transition have gotten organized and are taking their case to the Hill.
The National Association of Broadcasters, ABC and CBS affiliate groups and some broadcast unions have formed the Coalition for a Smart Digital TV Transition. Their goal: to keep the FCC from "rushing" a decision on the digital-TV transition. The groups plan to officially announce the coalition's formation Tuesday.
"The Coalition is united in asking the FCC not to act in December 2004, before the American public can weigh in on its plan," the group plans to tell a gathering of key Hill staffers Monday.
Broadcasters have pitched an alternative plan that would require cable to insure its subscribers can get a digital picture if broadcasters are delivering a digital signal, and have also been pushing for guaranteed carriage of not only their replicated analog signal, but any other free multicast service--data, news, weather--they can fit into their digital channel allotment.
"While the FCC looks to potentially force adoption of a complicated and unworkable digital transition plan, most Americans still don't understand what digital television is, let alone that they'll have to buy a new TV to continue watching their local news programs," the coalition asserts. Technically, they would only have to buy a converter box to continue receiving a signal with their old sets, but it would be analog, not digital.
Some members of Congress have advocated setting aside money from spectrum auctions to subsidize those boxes, while the administration has instead argued for a tax on spectrum "squatters" after 2006 to help fund the effort.
The FCC's current plan, named after Media Bureau Chief Ken Feree, would allow digital signals converted to analog by cable systems to count as digital, which broadcasters argue deprives viewers of the great pictures and interactivity that are DTV's biggest selling points. That definition of digital would allow analog spectrum to be returned to the FCC by 2009. Without it, says Powell, the transition could take decades.
The FCC is concerned with speeding the return of analog spectrum for other uses, including emergency communications.
Scheduled to make their case at a noon meeting Monday on the Hill were Jon Blake, General Counsel, NBC and CBS Affiliate Groups; Quinton Robinson, The Alliance for Rural Television; Dan Mahoney, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications/Workers of America; John Orlando, Executive Vice President, Government Relations, National Association of Broadcasters; and Manny Mirabal, Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership.
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Hey someone dumb it down for me re: all this congressional stuff:

Why the hell does congress care so much about DiSH having 2 dishes? How many millions in taxpayer dollars did that cost?

From what I've read, the thing they care about is local-into-local. They want ALL LIL stations in a market are carried on ONE dish. That way, all broadcasters in a market are on equal footing.

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Hey someone dumb it down for me re: all this congressional stuff:

That would be really nice, anyone? 107 pages-zzzzzzzz

At least maybe the changes from the current situation...

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Why the hell does congress care so much about DiSH having 2 dishes? How many millions in taxpayer dollars did that cost?

dline is correct about the 2 dishes, I think some of the complaints here have come from some of the religious broadcasters..
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Sunday's ratings have been posted.

Where? . ok nevermind found it
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Basically, as far as I can tell, the two-dish ban has been the NAB and MSOs nailing EchoStar because its leader, Charlie Ergen, has long been a thorn in their sides.
This just costs him hundreds of millions of dollars.
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List of Bravo's top TV characters
Bravo's "100 Greatest TV Characters," numbers 100 - 11 are listed below in order: Who's your guess for the top 10 that will be revealed in Friday's installment of the five-night special
100. "Xena"
99. "Monk"
98. Steve Urkel ("Family Matters")
97. Dr. Smith ("Lost in Space")
96. Artie ("The Larry Sanders Show")
95. Dr. Doug Ross ("ER")
94. Vic Mackey ("The Shield")
93. Maynard G. Krebs ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis")
92. Agent Dale Cooper ("Twin Peaks")
91. Caine ("Kung Fu")
90. Herman Munster ("The Munsters")
89. Lt. Castillo ("Miami Vice")
88. Jamie Somers ("The Bionic Woman")
87. Gomez & Morticia ("The Addams Family")
86. Maxwell Smart ("Get Smart!")
85. Napoleon Solo & Illya Kuryakin ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E.")
84. Bob Hartley ("Bob Newhart Show")
83. Vinnie Barbarino ("Welcome Back, Kotter")
82. Gil Grissom & Catherine Willow ("CSI")
81. Cast of "Will & Grace"
80. Jack Tripper ("Three's Company")
79. Charles Ingalls ("Little House on the Prairie")
78. Rob & Laura Petrie ("Dick Van Dyke Show")
77. Dr. Mark Craig ("St. Elsewhere")
76. Eleanor Frutt ("The Practice")
75. Ally McBeal
74. Beaver Cleaver "Leave It to Beaver")
73. Dr. Johnny Fever ("WKRP in Cincinnati")
72. Dick Solomon ("Third Rock from the Sun")
71. Dan Fielding ("Night Court")
70. Niles Crane ("Frasier")
69.David Addison &Maddie Hayes ("Moonlighting")
68. Benson
67. Reverend Jim Ignatowski ("Taxi")
66. Carla Tortelli ("Cheers")
65. John Boy ("The Waltons")
64. Jessica Fletcher ("Murder She Wrote")
63. Andy Taylor ("Andy Griffith Show")
62. Det. Frank Pembleton ("Homicide: Life on the Street")
61. Crockett & Tubbs ("Miami Vice")
60. Mork ("Mork & Mindy")
59. Al & Peg Bundy ("Marriedwith Children")
58. Barney Miller ("Marriedwith Children")
57. Rhoda Morgenstern ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show")
56. Mick Belker ("Hill Street Blues")
55. Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ("Star Trek: The Next Generation")
54. Rocky & Bullwinkle
53. President Josiah Bartlett ("The West Wing")
52. Mrs. Emma Peel ("The Avengers")
51. Murphy Brown
50. Sam & Diane ("Cheers")
49. "Maude" Findlay
48. Ted Baxter ("Mary Tyler Moore Show")
47. Carmella Soprano ("The Sopranos")
46. Cast of "Friends"
45. Marshal Matt Dillon ("Gunsmoke")
44. Cliff Huxtable ("The Cosby Show")
43. Thomas Magnum ("Magnum, P.I.")
42. Laverne & Shirley
41. The Barone Family (Everybody Loves Raymond")
40. Fred Sanford ("Sanford & Son")
39. Kojak
38. Sgt. Ernie Bilko ("The Phil Silvers Show")
37. Marcus Welby
36. Barney Fife ("Andy Griffith Show")
35. Lou Grant
34. Kermit & Miss Piggy ("The Muppet Show")
33. Bret "Maverick"
32. Scully & Mulder ("The X-Files")
31. Samantha Stephens ("Bewitched")
30. Det. Lenny
Briscoe ("Law & Order")
29. Alex Keaton ("Family Ties")
28. Perry Mason
27. Ann Marie ("That Girl")
26. "Frasier" Crane
25. Sgt. Joe Friday ("Dragnet")
24. Louis DePalma ("Taxi")
23. Andy Sipowicz ("NYPD Blue")
22. Richard Kimblel ("The Fugitive")
21. Mr. Spock (Star Trek")
20. Ed Norton ("The Honeymooners")
19. Eric Cartman ("South Park")
18. Roseanne
17. Jim Rockford ("The Rockford Files")
16. George Jefferson ("The Jeffersons")
15. J.R. Ewing ("Dallas")
14. Hawkeye Pierce ("M*A*S*H")
13. Buffy Summers ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
12. Edith Bunker ("All in the Family")
11. Carrie Bradshaw ("Sex and the City")
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More on the Fox BCS deal from Tuesday's NY Times:

From No Big Bowls, Fox Goes to a Full Plate
By RICHARD SANDOMIR The New York Times Nov. 23, 2004
Fox Sports has never been a place to watch college sports. Except for the faded Cotton Bowl (which pays to be shown on the network), Fox has ignored college football and basketball and left them for cable coverage on its Fox Sports Net.
But that changed yesterday when Fox announced its agreement with the Bowl Championship Series to spend an estimated $330 million to $340 million to televise the Orange, Fiesta and Sugar Bowls and three national championship games between 2007 and 2010.
It is a new package, one that fascinated Fox (and two groups of sponsors that would have sold the rights to a network had either won).
Since 1998, ABC has shown the Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Rose Bowls, with the bowls rotating as hosts of the national title game.
Under the new format, which begins with the 2007 postseason, eight teams that are ranked below No. 1 and No. 2 will play in the bowls and the new title game between the top teams will be played a week or so later at the location of one of the four bowl games. ABC, which retained the rights to the Rose earlier this year, will get one national title game, in 2010.
ABC was not enamored of the new set-up, reasoning that it would find it difficult to sell advertising for an additional bowl game without any national championship implications. Already, it estimates that it will lose $25 million on rights fees of $81 million for the 2005 and 2006 bowls.
ABC could not make a deal during an exclusive negotiation period, and had no contractual right to match higher bids.
According to an executive involved in the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity, ABC presented an unsolicited bid that was close to Fox's, but it was deemed to have come in too late to be considered by the B.C.S.
Enter Fox, where the Australian-born David Hill, chairman of its sports television group, is a devout Cornhusker fan. His wife, Joan, is from Nebraska, and he has made almost annual sojourns to Lincoln for a game.
"Over the years, I've been totally converted by the passion in the family,'' he said from Los Angeles. "It's like Bill Shankly said about the Liverpool football club: 'It's not just a matter of life and death. It's far more important than that.' It's the most excitement I've ever felt at a sporting event anywhere. You've got this real, electrifying commitment from the fans where every play is dissected and it's elation or devastation.
"My brother-in-law keeps up this very biased running commentary. Not what you'd call P.C. You can't compare it to anything.''
But even if Hill said he cannot regard college football pragmatically, Fox looked at the finances of the deal with a different eye than ABC did.
"We weren't going to get into an auction," said Loren Matthews, senior vice president of ABC Sports. "We gave it our best shot.''
He said having the Rose Bowl, at $30 million a year through 2014, gave the network comfort. "It's always at least No. 2 in the B.C.S. bowls, and sometimes, it's rated No. 1," he added.
Matthews recalled how, when he was at ESPN, the network was outbid by $10 million for a package of Division I-AA football games. How, he asked Bob Wussler, then the head of Turner Broadcasting, the winning bidder, could that happen? Wussler, Matthews recalled, said, "I've got a line item in my budget that you don't have: 'presidential whim.' "
Maybe, Matthews now reasons, Rupert Murdoch, the Fox overlord, had presidential whim over the B.C.S. deal.
Hill insisted that Fox would make a profit from a deal that will give Fox more viewers in January to complement its N.F.L. broadcasts, which will be deployed heavily to promote the lineup of B.C.S. games.
The viewership of the three bowls that Fox will get ranged from 13.7 million in January for the Fiesta to 23.9 million for the Sugar, which was the site of the national championship game. Those figures will probably fall in the new deal, but viewership for a separate national title game (with Super Bowl-like hype from the hype-heavy Fox, and a large title sponsorship fee that it will keep for itself) is bound to be impressive. Since 1991, the most-viewed championship game has been the 1995 Orange Bowl, which drew 30 million.
Kevin Weiberg, the Big 12 commissioner and the B.C.S. coordinator, is sensitive to the notion that the bowl games will offer little more than a prelude to the new title game. "They're significant to the fans of those teams and part of the traditions and the fabric of college football,'' he said. "We beg to differ that those games don't matter. We think they have a very high level of interest and will do very well."
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Reality to sub for WB dramas
'Big Man', 'High School' to air instead of repeats
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER Variety.com
WB dramas "One Tree Hill" and "Jack and Bobby" are taking a winter vacation as the Frog schedules reality skeins "Big Man on Campus" and "High School Reunion."
Net will premiere the third installment of "Reunion," this one subtitled "Catholic School," on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m., preempting sudsy fave "One Tree Hill" for seven weeks.
A week later, newcomer "Big Man on Campus (BMOC)" -- from "High School Reunion" exec producer Mike Fleiss -- premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 9. Show fills in for "Jack & Bobby " for six weeks.
Net opted to rest both dramas rather than air repeats, which don't fare as well in the ratings.
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This guy's excessive abuse of the word "skein" really makes me ill.

There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working. (Oh, and plasma didn't die because of logistics problems, nor does OLED ship in big boxes because it comes from Korea.)
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I agree, reading stuff from Variety with their cutesy, "in-country" slang and abbreviations is an affront to the english language..
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According to my newspaper's TV Week, It's A Wonderful Life, showing on Saturday 11/27 on NBC, will be in color and HD.

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According to my newspaper's TV Week, It's A Wonderful Life, showing on Saturday 11/27 on NBC, will be in color and HD.

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That's great... now we can see the artificially colored mess in high definition.
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And pillar box.

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Monday's ratings have been posted in Latest News.
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(From Marc Berman's Programming Insider column at Mediaweek.com)
November Ratings Update:
CBS Dominates
Based on results through Friday, Nov. 19 (16 days into the November sweep), CBS rules by a rock-solid margin, with an advantage to-date over No. 2 NBC of 31 percent in households, 4.01 million viewers, 17 percent in adults 18-49, and 22 percent among adults 25-54. Although an above-average performance for miniseries Category 6: Day of Destruction certainly helped, CBS' strength is based predominantly on regularly scheduled programming. The CSI franchise, Without a Trace, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Survivor: Vanuatu, The Amazing Race 6, 60 Minutes, Cold Case, NCIS, King of Queens...you name it and CBS has it.

Elsewhere, minor year-to-year losses for NBC coupled with minor growth for ABC means that the alphabet network has narrowed the gap, while reality populated Fox is close to year-ago levels. Although UPN and the WB are also on par with ratings in Nov. 2003, UPN holds an advantage in three of the below four categories. The exception: adults 18-49, which both networks are tied at with a 1.6/ 4 each.

What follows are updated ratings for the November sweep (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses):

Households:
CBS: 9.7/15 (- 1)
NBC: 7.4/12 (- 6)
ABC: 6.6/11 (+ 2)
Fox: 4.3/ 7 (- 2)
UPN: 2.6/ 4 (+ 4)
WB: 2.5/ 4 (- 7)

Total Viewers:
CBS: 15.12 million (no change)
NBC: 11.11 (- 5)
ABC: 10.09 (+2)
Fox: 6.75 (- 1)
UPN: 3.90 (+ 3)
WB: 3.80 (- 7)

Adults 18-49:
CBS: 4.9/13 (+14)
NBC: 4.2/11 (- 9)
ABC: 3.8/10 (+ 6)
Fox: 2.9/ 8 (no change)
UPN and WB: 1.6/ 4 (no change each)

Adults 25-54:
CBS: 6.0/14 (+ 7)
NBC: 4.9/11 (- 6)
ABC: 4.3/10 (+ 2)
Fox: 2.9/ 7 (no change)
UPN: 1.6/ 4 (no change)
WB: 1.5/ 4 (- 6)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Study: TV shows tend to be bi-coastal
NEW YORK (AP) As far as is TV is concerned, much of the country outside of Los Angeles and New York City is flyover territory.
Those two cities account for just under half of the fictional settings for prime-time television shows going back to 1948, according to a new study by a media agency. California and New York state are settings nearly 60% of the time even though those states make up less than 19% of the nation's population.
Alex Keaton of Family Ties lived in Columbus, Ohio, and Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show worked at a newsroom in Minneapolis, but TV characters are much more likely to join the Friends crew for coffee at Central Perk.
"I knew a lot of shows seem to be in New York and L.A., but I didn't expect it to be so concentrated," said Rob Frydlewicz of Carat Insight, a company that studies TV trends for advertisers and conducted the research.
Of the 1,696 cable and network series where the setting was known (some, like NBC's Scrubs, don't make clear where they're from), a whopping 601 called California home and 412 were set in New York state, the study found.
Wind-swept North Dakota has never had a prime-time show of its own, while Alabama, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Delaware and Vermont had one each.
One theory for the coastal concentration is simple: that's where most TV writers, producers and executives live, so they create what they're familiar with.
The landmarks and large populations of the big cities are also important, said Nina Tassler, CBS entertainment president.
"Both Los Angeles and New York are rich in diversity, culturally and ethnically, so you have great sources to go to for unique stories," she said.
CBS turned to New York for the third installment of its CSI series; the first two are in Las Vegas suddenly a hot TV venue and Miami. All three of NBC's Law & Order dramas are set in New York, and so will the fourth when it premieres in midseason.
A few years ago, NBC was able to run a stunt with its comedies called "blackout Thursday," during which each show all set in New York had to deal with the ramifications of a power outage.
TV's historical roots may play a part in the concentration. NBC, and to a certain extent ABC, were long considered urban networks, said Ted Frank, the network's executive vice president for current series. And since the big cities have more potential viewers, why not set a show there?
"There's a danger if the shows are all set in one place," Frank said. "I think there was a time when too many of the (NBC) shows were set in one place and they became interchangeable."
A distant third on the list of most-used settings is Chicago, where the ER doctors tend to their wounded.
The locales often become an indelible part of a series' identity: Dallas and WKRP in Cincinnati.Newhart in the '80s ran a Vermont inn (its '70s predecessor was set in Chicago). Designing Women was based in Atlanta, and the oddballs of Northern Exposure lived in Cicely, Alaska. Laverne & Shirley capped bottles at a Milwaukee brewery, and Roseanne lived in Lanford, Ill.
Civic pride can result: On a pedestrian mall in Minneapolis, there's a statue of Moore's character tossing her hat in the air.
And there's evidence that such local pride also helps ratings, Carat Insight said. The ratings for three current series are more than double in the cities where they are set than in the rest of the country: ABC's 8 Simple Rules in Detroit, the WB's Everwood in Denver and NBC's The West Wing in Washington.
When NBC was looking to spin off Frasier Crane's character from the Boston-set Cheers, producers looked up and down the West Coast and chose Seattle in part because they couldn't recall any other show set there, Frank said.
Otherwise, settings usually aren't the first thing creators think about. Searching for diverse outposts should only be done "as long as it's organic to the show," Tassler said.
There are programs so unique to their big cities that they couldn't be imagined elsewhere: the neurotic characters of Seinfeld in New York, for instance, or the show-biz shallowness of Curb Your Enthusiasm in Los Angeles.
"As much as many people don't like to be in New York and Los Angeles, they're fascinated by the people who live in these two cities," Frydlewicz said.
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Rather Will Give Up the Chair
By John Eggerton - Broadcasting & Cable
Dan Rather said he will step down from the CBS Evening News March 9.
Rather, who took over the chair from Walter Cronkite 24 years ago, says he will continue to be a correspondent on both installments of 60 Minutes. That role could be something of a show of support for the anchor, who has been under the gun over his participation in a 60 Minutes story.
"I have always said that I'd know when the time was right to step away from the anchor chair," Rather said in a statement.
The timing amidst calls from some conservative quarter for him to step down over the 60 Minutes snafu suggest a connection between the two, but Rather says in the statement that he and CBS had began discussions in the summer, which would predate the election-season controversy about the badly-sourced 60 Minutes National Guard story that had industry watchers speculating about Rather's future.
Rather reported -- and initially defended -- the story, which explored questions about President George W. Bush's National Guard service. The story was partly based on documents whose credibility CBS later conceded it did not sufficiently vet. CBS was criticized by some Republicans, who saw a pro-John Kerry motive in CBS and Rather's running with the story.
Just yesterday, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone said that there was no such motive, and that if he thought differently, no one would survive at CBS News, but he also said that blaming Rather was jumping to conclusions. The report of an independent panel commissioned by Viacom to look into the story is expected to be released soon.
"I have always been and remain a 'hard news' investigative reporter at heart," said Rather. "I now look forward to pouring my heart into that kind of reporting full-time."
Rather's announcement marks another changing of the guard for evening network news programs. NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is stepping down Dec. 1.
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Dan Rather to quit 'CBS Evening News'
The Associated Press November 23, 2004, 12:42 PM EST

NEW YORK -- Dan Rather, embattled anchor of the "CBS Evening News," announced Tuesday that he will step down in March, on the 24th anniversary of taking over the job from Walter Cronkite.

The veteran anchor has been under fire in recent months for his role in a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story that questioned President Bush's service in the National Guard, which turned out to based on allegedly forged documents.

Rather, 73, said he will continue to work for CBS, as a correspondent for both editions of "60 Minutes."

He made no mention of the National Guard story in announcing the change, saying he had agreed with CBS executives last summer that after the Nov. 2 election would be the right time to leave.

"I have always been and remain a 'hard news' investigative reporter at heart," he said. "I now look forward to pouring my heart into that kind of reporting full time."

CBS did not mention a potential successor.

"He has been an eyewitness to the most important events for more than 40 years and played a crucial role in keeping the American public informed about those events and their larger significance," CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said.

Rather made his name as a reporter covering the Nixon White House. His nearly quarter-century at the helm of the "CBS Evening News" is the longest continuous anchor tenure ever for a network evening broadcast.

A report on what went wrong with the National Guard story, from a two-man independent investigative panel, is due imminently. Rather anchored the story and initially defended it when it was criticized.

Rather's announcement comes eight days before his NBC rival, Tom Brokaw, steps down as "Nightly News" anchor and is replaced by Brian Williams.

The triumvirate of Rather, Brokaw and ABC's Peter Jennings has ruled network news for more than two decades. Rather dominated ratings after taking over for Cronkite during the 1980s, but he was eclipsed first by Jennings and then by Brokaw. His evening news broadcast generally runs a distant third in the ratings each week.

His hard news style was mixed with a folksy Texan style that led him to rattle off homespun phrases on Election Night. But odd incidents dogged him: In 1987 he walked off the set, leaving CBS with dead air, to protest a decision to let a tennis match delay the news. And his claim that he was accosted on the street by a strange man saying, "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" led rock band R.E.M. to write a song with the same name.
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Rather to Step Down in March

'CBS Evening News' Anchor to Leave on 24th Anniversary
By Howard Kurtz Washington Post Staff Writer
Dan Rather said today he will end his nearly 24-year reign as CBS News anchor early next year, setting the terms of his departure instead of waiting for an investigative report on his rushed and admittedly flawed story on President Bush's National Guard service.
In saying he will step down in March, the 73-year-old anchor said he was making a "separate decision" from the fallout over his "60 Minutes Wednesday" report but that he wanted "to get as much separation as possible" between the announcement and the findings of an outside panel likely to be released next month.
"It was time," said Rather, who has held the anchor job longer than anyone else at CBS, including Walter Cronkite. "It just felt right."
CBS News President Andrew Heyward said the decision was timed to be made public "after the election and before the report comes out, to make clear this is his call and it's happening before we've seen any findings. You have an extraordinary record of achievement by one of the most significant people in the history of journalism. Certainly it would be unfortunate if that were all overshadowed by this story, which is not to minimize how importantly CBS takes this story."
Whatever Rather's reasoning -- and colleagues say he thought hard for months about relinquishing the anchor job and becoming a "60 Minutes" correspondent -- it is also possible that the report on CBS's use of apparently bogus National Guard documents would have intensified calls for Rather's dismissal.
"Dan Rather did the Texas two-step, one step ahead of the posse," said Tobe Berkovitz, associate dean of Boston University's school of communication. "It was inevitable that Viacom and CBS were going to have to get rid of him."
Richard Leibner, Rather's agent, said the discussions about Rather moving on began last summer and that, as of two years ago, his contract has not guaranteed him the right to remain as anchor. Even without the Guard story, "he never would have been there another year or two."
Rather told a cheering newsroom staff meeting in New York, where several people choked up, that discussions about his eventual transition were put on hold when "the hippopotamus entered the room," a reference to the National Guard controversy.
Once he set his departure date -- March 9, his 24th anniversary as anchor -- "I've been at peace with it," Rather said in the interview. "I'd like to think even my enemies would give me that I'm a pro. I had to stand back with a wide shot and assess the situation."
Rather said he did not want to wait until next week to announce his decision because NBC's Tom Brokaw is stepping down as anchor in favor of Brian Williams. "Next week should be Tom's week," Rather said.
CBS has made no decision about a successor, but knowledgeable insiders say White House correspondent John Roberts, Rather's principal substitute, is the leading candidate. The network could also go with "60 Minutes" reporter Scott Pelley or, on an interim basis, "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer. Taken together, the CBS and NBC moves mark a changing of the generational guard for network news for the first time in more than two decades. During that period, the networks' once-dominant audience share has eroded in the face of 24-hour competition from cable, talk radio and the Internet, and the most loyal newscast viewers have aged along with the anchors.
Rather apologized in September for a "mistake in judgment" in relying on apparently bogus documents for a "60 Minutes Wednesday" report charging that Bush received favorable treatment in the Texas Air National Guard three decades ago. But the apology followed 10 days in which Rather and his network doggedly defended the story despite mounting evidence, some of it assembled by Internet bloggers, that the memos in question could not have been written on an early 1970s government typewriter. CBS asked former attorney general Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press chief Louis D. Boccardi to head an outside inquiry.
The uproar cast a shadow over Rather's 43-year CBS career, which took the Sam Houston State Teachers College graduate from covering Texas hurricanes to challenging Richard M. Nixon at a news conference, from walking off the set and leaving the network without programming for six crucial minutes to an on-air shouting match with George H.W. Bush over the Iran-contra affair to a much-debated interview with Saddam Hussein before last year's U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Rather has always been the most colorful and intense of the Big Three anchors, winning plaudits for investigative work and flying into war zones even as detractors accused him of grandstanding and liberal bias.
Jim Murphy, executive producer of the "CBS Evening News," said of the National Guard controversy: "There's no denying this is hanging over the place right now." But, he said of Rather, "his body of work will withstand the scrutiny of history, as opposed to people who scream on talk television."
Berkovitz said Rather is a "hard-hitting" reporter, "but there was always that quirky, flaky edge that most of the network personnel don't display. He always had that fighter-pilot attitude."
Brent Bozell, who runs the conservative Media Research Center, attributed Rather's departure to "the loss of credibility" over the National Guard story. "What made it worse was the 10 days of denial by Dan Rather. He was starting to look bizarre toward the end." While the anchor was flagrantly biased against conservatives, Bozell said, "Dan Rather is a fierce patriot who loves his country and no one can take that away from him."
Nicholas Lemann, dean of Columbia's School of Journalism, said that "just because of his age and the ratings, you can pretty safely surmise that his bosses were musing over lunch whether there'd be any way to persuade him to retire" before the report. Rather's newscast has been mired in third place for years.
Rather's colleagues describe him in reverent tones. Roberts, who said he has not been contacted about the succession issue, described an "amazing" career in which Rather "has been witness to every major historical event from the Kennedy assassination on up. It's just a spectacular run he had. I don't think anyone will be able to have the kind of career Dan did."
Pelley, who also said he has not been contacted, said Rather "has been America's reporter. The timing of the National Guard story is unfortunate because there are those who are going to link that story with Dan's departure from the evening news. But it will ultimately pale when people look back across this remarkable career and all the datelines and deadlines and exclusives."
Brokaw called Rather "a tough but fair competitor" and said that when he joined Rather as a correspondent at the Nixon White House, "it was literally like going against a heavyweight champ."
Much of the reporting for the National Guard story was done by Rather's producer, Mary Mapes, who also helped him break the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal last spring. Rather reported on what purported to be memos from Bush's late squadron commander that were supplied by Bill Burkett, a retired Texas National Guard official and fierce critic of the president.
Rather later said Burkett had "lied" to the network about the ultimate source of the memos, which remains unclear. CBS rushed the story was rushed on the air within days, ignoring the advice of its own outside experts, who said they could not authenticate the documents. The commander's 86-year-old former secretary later told Rather that the memos were faked but that she had typed similar ones questioning Bush's Guard service.
"The last line on that story has yet to be written," Rather said. Thornburgh and Boccardi have mounted an aggressive probe that includes reading internal e-mail to network journalists during lengthy interviews, CBS staffers say.
Asked how he wants people to look back on his career, Rather said: "You work hard, you try hard, you report as best you can, playing no favorites and pulling no punches. When you're dedicated to that kind of reporting, you're going to take your shots. Some will be fair, some will be unfair. Dogs are going to bark and the caravan moves on."


Dan Rather to Step Down at CBS in March
By JACQUES STEINBERG The New York Times

Two months after acknowledging that he could not authenticate documents central to a broadcast report that raised fresh questions about President Bush's National Guard service, Dan Rather announced today that he would step down as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" on March 9, on what will be his 24th anniversary behind the anchor desk.

"I have been lucky and blessed over these years to have what is, to me, the best job in the world and to have it at CBS News," Mr. Rather said in a statement issued by the network. "Along the way I've had the honor of working with some of the most talented, dedicated professionals in the world, and I'm appreciative of the opportunity to continue doing so in the years years ahead."

Mr. Rather will continue to work full time at CBS News, as a correspondent for the Sunday and Wednesday editions of "60 Minutes." There was no word from CBS News on a successor as anchor, although the front-runners in the view of network reporters and producers have long been John Roberts, the chief White House correspondent for CBS News, and Scott Pelley, a correspondent for the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes." But neither is considered to have strong name recognition among viewers, and the network has not ruled out looking beyond its own news division.

Mr. Rather's decision represents an abrupt, somewhat ignominious end to the nearly quarter of a century that he spent in one of the most visible jobs in journalism. In announcing his decision now to quit the anchor desk, Mr. Rather, 73, is seeking to act ahead of an independent panel investigating the journalistic breakdowns that led CBS News to broadcast and then vigorously defend the Guard segment, which it later acknowledged to be based on documents whose genuineness and origins it could not substantiate.

But Mr. Rather is also choosing to depart at a moment of generational transition atop the network news divisions, as their flagship programs continue to lose viewers. On Dec. 1, Tom Brokaw, 66, will deliver his last broadcast as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News," the highest rated of the three evening newscasts. He will be succeeded the next night by Brian Williams, 45. Among the emotions that had long kept Mr. Rather from announcing his own retirement was his hope that in the wake of Mr. Brokaw's departure, he might pick up enough of Mr. Brokaw's nearly 10 million viewers to lift his program out of third place, where it has lagged behind "World News Tonight" on ABC for nearly a decade.

At least until recently, Mr. Rather had told colleagues that he hoped to remain behind the CBS anchor desk until March 2006, when he would mark the 25th anniversary of the day he succeeded Walter Cronkite. But even before the broadcast of the discredited Guard report, executives of the network, which is owned by Viacom, had begun to discuss an earlier end date with Mr. Rather's representatives. Among the scenarios being discussed was one in which he would depart the anchor chair next May, but continue to report for CBS News, most likely on "60 Minutes."

But for Mr. Rather, all that calculus was apparently erased by the strain and scrutiny of the investigation.

The inquiry's two panelists, Louis D. Boccardi, the former chief executive of The Associated Press, and Dick Thornburgh, a former United States attorney general, have interviewed dozens of people - from the highest echelons of CBS News to its rank and file, as well as outside it - and are expected to submit their report to senior network executives early next month. Among the central questions they are examining is why Mr. Rather, who anchored the segment, and Mary Mapes, the producer who shepherded it, were so convinced of the authenticity of four memorandums purportedly drawn from the personal files of Mr. Bush's Vietnam-era squadron commander.

In the documents, which were dated in the early 1970's, Mr. Bush's commander, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, now deceased, appeared to describe the pressure he was under to "sugar coat" the record of Mr. Bush, then a young lieutenant, who was said to have disobeyed a direct order to take a physical. Surfacing less than two months before the presidential election, the documents were presented by CBS as filling gaps in Mr. Bush's official record, including questions about why he had failed to take his pilot physical.

Immediately after the report was first broadcast, on the evening news on Sept. 8 and later that night on the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," intense criticism arose from the purveyors of Web logs and other commentators who contended that the documents - all apparently copies, none on official letterhead stationery and two without signatures - appeared to have been typed on a modern computer, not a typewriter in typical use in the early 1970's. For nearly two weeks, Mr. Rather - sometimes speaking from behind the anchor desk - asserted that the wide questioning of the records was coming, in large measure, from Republican partisans.

But on Sept. 20, Mr. Rather and his bosses reversed course. Speaking again from the anchor desk, Mr. Rather told his viewers that a former Texas National Guard officer had misled him and his producers about how the officer had obtained the documents and that relying on them to buttress the report had been a "mistake in judgment."

"I want to say personally and directly I'm sorry," Mr. Rather said, before adding, "This was an error made in good faith."

Mr. Rather's apology represented an unlikely low point in a year in which, despite the clock's ticking down on his career, he had notched some of the more memorable achievements of his more than four decades at CBS News. Just a few months before the Guard report, he joined forces with Ms. Mapes, one of the most respected producers at the network, for a segment on the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," then known as "60 Minutes II," which reported in detail on the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

In a statement from CBS News today, senior CBS executives made no mention of the controversy over the documents and instead hailed Mr. Rather's longevity at the anchor desk and the record he has compiled throughout his entire career.

"Dan's 24 years at the CBS 'Evening News' is the longest run of any evening news anchor in history and is a singular achievement in broadcast journalism," the chairman of CBS, Les Moonves, said. "He has been an eyewitness to the most important events for more than 40 years and played a crucial role in keeping the American public informed about those events and their larger significance."

The president of CBS News, Andrew Heyward, who began working with Mr. Rather as a producer two decades ago, said that Mr. Rather "has symbolized the CBS 'Evening News' for nearly a quarter century," and noted that Mr. Rather would "continue to apply his talents to everything he does at CBS News."

Dan Rather to Quit 'CBS Evening News'
By Mary MacVean Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK Dan Rather will step down as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" next March, on the 24th anniversary of the day he took over the job from Walter Cronkite, Rather announced today.

"I have been lucky and blessed over these years to have what is, to me, the best job in the world and to have it at CBS News. Along the way, I've had the honor of working with some of the most talented, dedicated professionals in the world, and I'm appreciative of the opportunity to continue doing so in the years ahead," Rather said in a statement posted on the network's website.

The hard-charging Rather has been under fire in recent months for his role in a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story that questioned President Bush's service in the National Guard, which turned out to be based on allegedly forged documents.

Rather, 73, said he will continue to work for CBS as a correspondent for both editions of "60 Minutes," Associated Press reported. He said he had agreed with CBS executives last summer that after the Nov. 2 election would be the right time to leave, AP said.

CBS made no mention of a potential successor.

Rather's NBC rival, Tom Brokaw, is stepping down as "Nightly News" anchor next month and is being replaced by Brian Williams.

"Dan's dedication to his craft and his remarkable skills as a reporter are legendary," said CBS News President Andrew Heyward. "He has symbolized the 'CBS Evening News' for nearly a quarter century. He'll continue to apply his talents to everything he does at CBS News."

A report investigating the "60 Minutes" report on Bush is due out soon from former U.S. Atty. Gen. Richard L. Thornburgh and former Associated Press President and Chief Executive Louis Boccardi.

"I believe that CBS will somehow survive this," Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said in September. "But whether there will still be a Dan Rather is something we have yet to find out."

This month, in what turned out to be his final election night, Rather peppered the broadcast with his patented down-home aphorisms, including: "This race is hotter than a Times Square Rolex."

"He has been an eyewitness to the most important events for more than 40 years and played a crucial role in keeping the American public informed about those events and their larger significance," CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said today.

In the early 1960s, Rather became known for dramatic, marathon coverage of Hurricane Carla from the seawall in Galveston, Texas. He subsequently broke the news about President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and was one of the first to report about Abraham Zapruder's film of the shooting.

Promoted to the White House beat in 1964, he stirred GOP anger in 1974, when Nixon taunted him at a news conference.

"Are you running for something?" Nixon asked.

Rather shot back: "No sir, Mr. President. Are you?"

Millions watched him tussle with Chicago police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He made headlines by slipping into Afghanistan after the Soviet Union's 1980 invasion, but also earned the sarcastic moniker "Gunga Dan."

Rather embarrassed CBS in 1987 when he walked off the set and caused the network to go dark, angered that a tennis match had preempted the start of the news. The year before, he made headlines and engendered a fair amount of joking after a strange incident in which he was beaten by a man who confronted him on Park Avenue and asked: "What's the frequency, Kenneth?"

Throughout his career, Rather has displayed two qualities that may help him ride out this storm: a devotion to the values embodied by old-style network news impartiality, sobriety, responsibility to the public trust and a personal resilience that may seem surprising in someone often accused of having so big an ego.

"With Dan, what you see is what you get," said Alex Jones, head of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. "He has been far more willing to talk about the problems of network news than other anchors. He has been willing to flagellate himself in public. He truly cares."

Times staff writers Josh Getlin and Elizabeth Jensen and wire services contributed to this story.
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Court Seeks FCC Reply on DTV Multicasting
By Ted HearnMultichannel.com 11/23/2004 1:12 PM ET
A Federal Appeals Court has ordered the Federal Communications Commission to explain why it hasn't acted on requests from TV broadcasters to force cable systems to carry every free digital service transmitted by local digital-TV stations.
The one-page order was released Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. A three-judge panel gave the agency 30 days to file a response.
At issue is a petition filed by Paxson Communications Corp. Aug. 27 that was designed to get the appeals court to pressure the FCC into adopting new digital-cable-carriage rules within a few weeks. Paxson has 14 days to respond to the commission's filing with the court next month.
Paxson -- owner of 60 local TV stations that largely rely on mandatory cable-carriage rights -- has joined the bulk of the TV-broadcast industry in lobbying the FCC to impose digital-multicasting-carriage obligations on cable operators.
The FCC ruled in early 2001 that digital-TV stations that elected must-carry on cable after they had surrendered their analog licenses were entitled to carriage of a single programming stream. The agency said a provision in federal law that requires cable carriage of a station's primary video meant just one programming service.
But Paxson and other broadcasters complained that because digital technology allows them to use their digital spectrum to provide five or six programming services in the same amount of bandwidth occupied by a single analog channel, cable operators should be required to carry all of them so long as they are not subscription services.
FCC chairman Michael Powell has said that the argument that the commission has failed to act on the multicasting issue is incorrect. He added that the agency decided the issue in 2001, and it has not elected to revisit that ruling.
However, an FCC staff plan to end broadcasters' digital-TV transition Dec. 31, 2008, would call on the agency to impose digital-multicasting-carriage obligations on cable, according to Media Bureau chief Kenneth Ferree.
Powell -- who supported the 2001 interpretation of primary video as meaning carriage of a single service -- has not publicly endorsed the staff proposal's carriage recommendation in the digital-TV-transition plan.
The D.C. Circuit's order was handed down by Judges Douglas Ginsburg, David Sentelle and Karen Lecraft Henderson.
The judges specifically asked the FCC to address six factors that govern whether the court should rule favorably on Paxson's request, formally called a petition for a writ of mandamus.
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and another version:

Court Puts FCC on Must-Carry Clock
By John Eggerton - Broadcasting & Cable
The D.C. Circuit Court has given the Federal Communications Commission 30 days to explain why it has not issued a decision on digital-cable must-carry.
The court was responding to a writ of mandamus request from Paxson Communications back in August that the FCC be forced to resolve the issue. Such writs compel lower courts or public officials to perform particular acts as a cross check on the balance of powers.
The FCC does not have to produce a decision before the end of December, but it must at least explain to the court's satisfaction why it has taken so long--the proceeding was launched six years ago, Paxson pointed out.
Paxson argues that the delay is holding up the digital transition and denying analog spectrum to emergency communications. Broadcasters want full carriage of any services that can shoehorn into their digital allocation, not just the duplicate of their analog channel. The cable industry doesn't want to give up more control of its channel lineups, arguing that having to make space for all those ancillary services would displace some channels they, and their subs, would rather see.
Full digital must-carry would make Paxson's and other broadcasters' stations more valuable either as ongoing operations or as salable assets. Paxson has long shown signs of wanting to sell his stations, either to part-owner NBC or someone else.
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(from the drudgereport.com)
Some comments from Dan Rather's meeting with the CBS News staff:

ADDRESSES CBS NEWSROOM AT APPROXIMATELY 1:39PM EST [Partial transcript -- joined in progress]: No matter what you hear elsewhere, this was a mutual decision. The timing has to do with (wanting to separate) this decision to leave the anchor chair... from the (investigation) of the 60 MINUTES report. The decision got made the way I described. There is nothing more important (to me) than how honored I am to work with the greatest news organization in the world. Thank you for coming. We're not going to spend much time (on questions) because we have news to cover. (Offered to answer questions, but staff simply gave his signature 'hip hip' three cheers.) Let's get back to work. Thanks everyone.
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Record 'CSI' Assists CBS' Weekly Win
(zap2it.com)--Record viewership for the 100th episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" helped CBS race out to yet another easy win for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 21. The Tiffany Network has built a prohibitive lead for the November sweeps period in most major categories.
Overall, CBS won the week with a 9.1 rating/14 share, averaging 14.07 million viewers per night in primetime. NBC was well back in second with a 7.2/11 and 10.82 million viewers, edging ABC's 6.8/11 and 10.54 million viewers. FOX was a distant fourth with a 4.4/7 and 6.84 million. UPN grabbed the top position among the netlets with a 2.8/4 and 4.19 million, leaving The WB in sixth with a 2.5/4 and 3.83 million viewers.
Things were slightly closer in the all-important young adult demographic, though CBS remained on top doing a 4.4 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's 4.0 rating and the 3.9 rating for ABC were competitive as well. FOX was fourth with a 2.9 rating, still at least beating UPN's 1.7 rating and the 1.6 rating for The WB.
CBS was paced by the heavily promoted new episode of "CSI," which drew 31.46 million viewers and earned a 19.2/28 for the night, also pushing Thursday offerings "Without a Trace" (12.8/21, 4th) and "Survivor: Vanuatu" (12.0/19, 6th) to solid nights. Sister drama "CSI: Miami" was No. 3 with a 14.6/23, anchoring a night that also saw good returns for "Everybody Loves Raymond" (11.7/17, 7th) and "Two and a Half Men" (11.5/17, 9th). The other "CSI" sibling, "CSI: NY" was No. 10 for the week with an 11.3/19, following the second part of the miniseries "Category 6: Day of Destruction," which was No. 13 with a 10.5/16.
The network also got Top 20 performances from Sunday's "Cold Case" (9.9/15, 15th) and "60 Minutes" (9.5/15, 18th) and Tuesday's "NCIS" (9.8/15, 17th).
The season premiere of "Amazing Race 6" was No. 29 with a 7.4/11.
NBC's best for the week was Thursday's "ER," which nearly reclaimed its throne from "Without a Trace," doing a 12.6/20 for No. 5, joining Thursday's "Apprentice 2," which did a 10.3/15 for No. 14. Also proving listworthy for NBC were the Dick Wolf dramas "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (11.1/18, 11th) and "Law & Order" (9.4/16, 19th) and fellow procedural "Crossing Jordan" (9.2/15, 20th).
ABC had impressive weeks for its freshman hit dramas, with "Desperate Housewives" at No. 2 with a 14.7/21 and "Lost" at No. 12 with a 10.6/16. The "Monday Night Football" rivalry game between the Eagles and Cowboys was No. 8 with an 11.6/19 (and the seven-minute pregame, which featured the controversial "Desperate Housewives" promo, was No. 20 with a 9.2/14), "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (9.9/15, 15th) also made the Top 20 for ABC.
Nothing made the Top 20 for FOX. The network's leading offering was Sunday's NFL overrun, which did a 7.4/12 for No. 29. FOX's top scripted show was "The Simpsons" at No. 46 with a 5.9/9. The series premiere of FOX had a respectable, but unremarkable 4.6/7 for No. 69.
On the netlet side, The WB's top show was "7th Heaven" at No. 72 with a 4.3/7 and UPN's "WWE Smackdown!" had a 3.7/6. UPN's telecast of the Vibe Awards was No. 84 with a 3.3/5.
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For ABC, it's just one for seven so far
A single show has been chopped from primetime
By Toni Fitzgerald medialifemagazine.com
For once the preseason buzz was right about the networks' new schedules. ABC did have the strongest development slate, and for once, good buzz has been followed by even better ratings.
The network has extended additional orders to all of its new shows this season save one. Though not all are necessarily thriving--Complete Savages seems destined for cancellation on Fridays, and Thursday teen sex romp life as we know it was bumped from the sweeps schedule--ABC can claim the two highest-rated new shows of the season.
That's resulted in an increase in its November sweeps performance versus last year. Through the first eight weeks of the season, ABC is just 0.2 behind CBS for the season-to-date lead among adults 18-49.
Among all the networks, now two months into the season, we've seen fewer quick cancellations than last year, when nearly 10 shows were off the schedule in a matter of weeks. This year's outright kills have been unsurprising: NBC's wan dramas Hawaii and LAX, CBS's dull Clubhouse and dr. vegas, and the WB's misplaced improv Drew Carey's Green Screen.
Still, it can be hard to keep up with what's still around, what's awaiting the axe, and what has been renewed.
Here's an update on the networks' new shows, including their status as of Monday and what Media Life predicted for them when they debuted (see chart for rating scale).
Today we'll look at ABC. Next week we'll chart CBS, NBC, Fox, the WB and UPN.
ABC
Desperate Housewives (Sundays, 9 p.m.)
Status: Full-season pick-up. Media Life rating: 27.
One of the year's most successful shows, averaging more than 20 million viewers per episode, Housewives may challenge CSI for the season's top spot among adults 18-49 for all scripted shows.

Boston Legal (Sundays, 10 p.m.)
Status: Full-season order. Media Life rating: 22.
Legal should be retaining more of Housewives' incredible lead-in. Instead, it's basically tied with NBC's Crossing Jordan in its timeslot among 18-49s.

The Benefactor (Mondays, 8 p.m.)
Status: Canceled. Media Life rating: 11.
One of the year's first casualties, Benefactor got compacted from eight to six episodes and booted before sweeps, proving that not all billionaires have the Donald's appeal.

Rodney (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.)
Status: Nine additional scripts ordered. Media Life rating: 16.
Rodney is retaining 84 percent of According to Jim's lead-in. That could be better, especially with NBC's competing Scrubs now about 0.1 ahead among 18-49s; Rodney's chances of returning were better when the network was struggling.

Lost (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.)
Status: Full-season pickup. Media Life rating: 22.
The critics' favorite has showed encouraging growth almost every week and has overtaken CSI: NY as the second-highest-rated new show among 18-49s (behind Housewives).

Wife Swap (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.)
Status: Full-season pickup. Media Life rating: 16.
One of the season's surprises, Swap has been neck-and-neck with NBC's long-dominant Law & Order in one of the toughest timeslots on television.
life as we know it (Thursdays, 9 p.m.)
Status: Four additional scripts ordered. Media Life rating: 9.
Benched for sweeps, but ABC seems willing to give it one more chance in order to avoid the My So-Called Life curse: canceling a teen-appealing show too early.

Complete Savages (Fridays, 8:30 p.m.)
Status: Six additional scripts ordered. Media Life rating: 14.
Averaging 5.9 million total viewers, 0.6 million fewer than last year's time slot occupant, the canceled Married to the Kellys.

The Media Life Meter
Rating fall's new shows
30-27 Odds are this show will make it to next season.
26-22 Odds are this show will make it through this season.
21-15 Show may not survive the season.
15-9 Show will be canceled sometime this season.
8 or lower Catch it while you can - this show may not make it to four episodes.
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Week Ending Nov. 21 Top 20 Primetime Programs:
1---CSI HD CBS 19.2/28 31.46 million viewers
2---Desperate Housewives HD ABC 14.7/21
3---CSI: Miami HD CBS 14.6/23
4---Without A Trace HD CBS 12.8/21
5---ER HD NBC 12.6/20
6---Survivor: Vanuatu CBS 12.0/19
7---Everybody Loves Raymond HD CBS 11.7/17
8---Monday Night Football (Eagles-Cowboys) HD ABC 11.6/19
9---Two And A Half Men HD CBS 11.5/17
10CSI: NY HD CBS 11.3/19
11Law & Order: SVU HD NBC 11.1/18
12Lost ABC HD 10.6/16
13Category 6: Eve of Destruction (Part 2) HD CBS 10.5/16
14Apprentice 2 NBC 10.3/15
15Cold Case HD CBS 9.9/15
15Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 9.9/15
17NCIS HD CBS 9.8/15
1860 Minutes CBS 9.5/15
19Law & Order HD NBC 9.4/16
20Crossing Jordan HD NBC 9.2/15
21Monday Night Football Pregame (Nicollete Sheridan/Terrell Owens) HD ABC 9.2/14
26Amazing Race 6 (Premiere) CBS 7.4/11
29(Top Fox Show) NFL Overrun HD 7.4/12
46(Top Fox scripted show) The Simpsons 5.9/9
72(Top WB Show) 7th Heaven 4.3/7

(from zap2it.com and Nielsen Research.)
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Viacom To Install Delay, Pay $3.5 million fine
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Viacom Inc. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle outstanding indecency complaints against it with the exception of the $500,000 Janet Jackson Super Bowl fine, which it is challenging.

Viacom admitted that some of the broadcasts, specifically on WKRK-FM Detroit, were indecent.

The consent decree also involved CBS TV, UPN and the Viacom stations in that Viacom has agreed to install a time delay on its networks and TV and radio stations to be used in "a reasonable, good-faith effort to edit potentially problematic programming."

The FCC Tuesday denied indecency complaints against Fox's Keen Eddie for an episode about horse semen, two episodes of The WB's Off Centre, and four espisodes of NBC's Coupling.
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Cable Network ratings, week ending November 21st:

Football Boosts ESPN; Wizard Boosts TBS
By Mike Reynolds [b]multichannel.com[b]

Football was the big winner for ESPN last week, but timeless classic The Wizard of Oz helped to push TBS into the fourth spot in the primetime ratings.

Led by National Football League action Sunday night and a key college matchup Saturday, ESPN averaged a 2.5 household rating Nov. 15-22, topping the 2.1 produced by Turner Network Television.

The drama network scored well with the latest iteration of its Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation film franchise, earning a 3.5 mark (good for a tie for seventh for the week) with The Wool Cap, starring William H. Macy in the telepic remake of Jackie Gleason theatrical Gigot.

USA Network was third for the week with a 2.0, according to a Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data. Aided by a trio of airings of The Wizard of Oz, TBS was fourth at a 1.8. Nick at Nite and Fox News Channel were tied for fifth, each with a 1.7 mark.

Rounding out the top 10 were Cartoon Network, which received a strong start from new Friday-night entry Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, with a 1.6; Lifetime Television with a 1.5; Disney Channel at a 1.4; and Spike TV with a 1.3.

On a total-programming-day basis, Nickelodeon was first with a 1.8, well ahead of the 1.2 earned by TNT. Cartoon and ESPN were next, both averaging a 1.1. There was a logjam for the fifth spot among Lifetime, USA, TBS and Fox News, all of which generated 1.0 ratings.

As for the key adult demos, ESPN made it a clean sweep among the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 sets. The total-sports network tackled 840,000 of the younger group on average, while scoring with 1.49 million of the advertiser-coveted 18-49 crowd. Among the older-adult set, ESPN averaged 1.53 million watchers last week, according to a Turner Entertainment Research analysis of Nielsen data.

TBS placed second in all three of these categories counting 614,000, nearly 1.3 million and 1.25 million watchers in the respective groups.

TNT, with 1.03 million adults 18-49 and 1.09 million 25-54 watchers, came in third. MTV: Music Television took the bronze among adults 18-34 with 479,000 of those viewers on average.

ESPN's NFL game Nov. 21 between the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans was the highest-rated show of the week, with an 8.3 household average, followed by the 4.4 generated by college football's Florida-FloridaState showdown the night before.

The Wizard of Oz, meanwhile, touched down in Kansas and elsewhere for TBS to the tune of a 2.8 Nov. 19, a 2.7 the next night and a 2.6 Nov. 21.
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Week Ending Nov. 21 Top 20 Primetime Programs:

72(Top WB Show) 7th Heaven HD 4.3/7

(from zap2it.com and Nielsen Research.)

Not HD. So close to no errors .
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Damn, f44!
(When Summerland returns in a few months, we'll actually watch something on the WB!)
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(I've taken this off the first page, but want to leave it here for anyone who might care.)

NOTE
For anyone interested, (and anyone who receives a signal over satellite should be) the complete 107-page satellite retransmission bill, passed by the House and Senate Saturday as part of the $388 billion spending measure, has been posted over at satellite guys.
It is dry and very hard to understand, but if the issue will effect you, it is worth spending the time and effort to read.

http://www.satelliteguys.us/rbbrittain/SHVIA.pdf
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