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Tuesday's ratings have been posted at the top of Latest News, the first item in this thread.
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Cable was the real winner of sweeps
Tops broadcast for the first time in February
By Toni Fitzgerald medialifemagazine.com
The broadcast networks had the big events during the February sweeps but cable had the bigger numbers. For the first time ever, ad-supported primetime cable viewership passed broadcast viewership during the February sweeps period, according to data released yesterday by the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.

Ad-supported cable viewership grew 5 percent compared with the last February sweeps, to an average 34.052 million households per night. That was 202,000 more household viewers than the seven broadcast networks averaged, at 33.85 million. The margin might have been much larger had the Super Bowl not fallen in February sweeps for only the second time. That helped Fox to a 51 percent viewership gain over last year.

ABC, home to the month's other big event, the Oscars, was the only other network to show gains, although broadcast had a far greater share of the sweeps' top-rated shows.

Meanwhile, cable networks including Comedy Central, History Channel, VH1, TV Land and AMC recorded huge primetime viewership gains compared with last February. TNT even finished ahead of one broadcast network, the WB, among men 18-49 and men 25-54.

Broadcast household viewership was up 1 percent compared with last year's sweeps period. It marked the fourth consecutive sweeps period where cable beat broadcast in household viewership, dating back to last May.

Two demographics have helped drive cable's viewership increases: adults 35-49 and kids 2-11. Cable gained 739,000 viewers 35-49 during sweeps while broadcast lost 351,000. Cable gained 518,000 2-11s and broadcast lost 599,000.

CAB also points out that only three broadcast sweeps programs averaged an 18-49 rating above a 15.0: the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl postgame and the Academy Awards. It says 85 percent of broadcast's sweeps shows averaged a 5.0 rating or below. CAB does not point out, but it is true, that cable can't boast any programs for the month with an 18-49 rating of 5.0, let alone a 15.0.

And broadcast continues to deliver a much greater volume per program than cable. For the week ended Feb. 27, broadcast boasted 96 of the top 100 primetime programs among adults 18-49, including 74 of the top 75, according to the Television Bureau of Advertising.
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Housewives Fans Won't Be Desperate
By Jim Finkle Broadcasting & Cable

Many of the Desperate Housewives secrets involving Mary Alice Young and Mike Delfino will be revealed during the May sweeps, when ABC airs this season's final episodes.

Desperate creator Marc Cherry told some 600 fans Tuesday night that they won't have to wait until next season to learn the truth about Mary Alice's apparent suicide and the real reason for dangerous hunk Mike Delfino's presence on Wisteria Lane.

But some secrets will remain a mystery until after the summer hiatus, Cherry said during a sold-out Q&A session with the show's cast and producers, sponsored by the Museum of Television and Radio in L.A. That's not surprising, since both Cherry and ABC want to draw viewers back to that network's biggest hit in years.

He also said that two Desperate Housewives are based on creator Marc Cherry's mom, who hails from conservative Orange County, Calif.

Lynette Scavo, the desperate mom played by Felicity Huffman, is based on the Mrs. Cherry that her son remembers from his childhood. A scene where she kicks her kids out of the car, then drives off to scare them into behaving, was based on an incident on a roadway in Oklahoma, Cherry said.

Bree Van De Kamp, the passive-aggressive perfectionist played by Marcia Cross, represents the contemporary Mrs. Cherry. That may explain the origin of a storyline where Bree learns that her son Andrew is gay -- Cherry is openly gay.

The Q&A, which was moderated by Carrie Fisher, was part of the Museum of Television and Radio's William S. Paley Television Festival.
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Some Cable Ratings notes
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CARNIVALE/DEADWOOD (HBO) - A solid 2.79 million viewers watched the second season launch of "Deadwood" on Sunday, down 48% from its debut last season (5.8 million, HBO's most-watched series premiere to date). That installment however followed a new episode of "The Sopranos" (10.1 million). Meanwhile, lead-out "Carnivale" fared better with its new "Deadwood" lead-in, hitting a season-high 1.96 million viewers.

FAT ACTRESS (Showtime) - The much-hyped series premiere of "Fat Actress" drew 924,000 viewers on Monday, including a 4.16 household rating among Showtime homes. The latter number marked Showtime's best performance since the 2000 debut of "Queer as Folk," while among actual viewers, "Actress" beat out the recent season/series premieres of "Huff" (456,000 on 7/7/04), "Dead Like Me" (797,000 on 7/25/04) and "The L Word" (515,000 on 2/20/05) but fell short of "Queer as Folk" (1.1 million on 4/18/04). A repeat at 11:00/10:00c also fared well, earning 400,000 viewers.

MONK (USA) - "Monk's" third season finale drew 4.4 million viewers on Friday, on par with its recent numbers for the season.
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"LAX HD (3 unaired episodes)" ---NBC has now scheduled 2 of the unaired episodes to air March 19 and 26 (Saturdays) at 8pm ET.
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thanks, f44, I'll make the change.
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Originally posted by rogo
The Contender, well, isn't.

I thought the Contender was well done. Unlike the FOX rip-off, which I couldn't watch an entire episode of, this show not only captures the heart of boxing, of life's underdogs rising to become champions or leaving in defeat, but also captured some of the magic of Rocky. I liked the way that during the boxing match, the camera would briefly go into slow motion when a boxer was hit, emphasizing the impact of the blows. I look forward to watching more of this.

To a non-boxing fan it might have passed unnoticed, but these fights are actual sanctioned matches. They will count on these fighters' records.

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Also,

"My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss (unknown unaired episodes)" -should say that those episodes are being slowed released, one per week, for free on FOX.com.
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Last Week's Winners and Losers
By Lisa de Moraes The Washington Post Wednesday, March 9, 2005; Page C07
About 25 million pairs of eyes were watching "God" on ABC and even more were watching "Idol" on Fox, but by bulking up on "CSIs," the Eye Network managed to snag the biggest average audience for the week anyway.
Here's a look at the week's powerful and weak:
WINNERS
"Their Eyes Were Watching God." Nearly 25 million pairs of them, though we suspect they were watching Halle Berry. ABC's latest brought-to-you-by-Oprah flick was the most watched movie on any network since CBS's December-December romance "One Special Night," starring Julie Andrews and James Garner, more than five years ago. It's also Oprah Winfrey's biggest ABC flick audience since "Before Women Had Wings" in November '97.
"NYPD Blue" wrapped up its 12-season run with 16.1 million viewers on Tuesday -- the cop drama's largest audience in more than three years. The tribute that preceded it drew ABC's largest non-sports audience in the time slot since May 2002 -- more than 13 million.
"Law & Order: Trial by Jury." In "ER's" Thursday 10 p.m. hour, NBC's fourth "Law & Order" drama opened with more than 17 million viewers -- the franchise's biggest opening haul ever. Predictably, the show's numbers went down the next night when it moved to its regular Friday time slot, though its 14.5 million viewers still constituted NBC's largest audience in the time period in about two years, excluding Olympics coverage.
"America's Next Top Model." The UPN reality series started its fourth cycle with its biggest opening audience yet -- 5.1 million viewers.
LOSERS
Fox's Friday. Fox logged its smallest Friday prime-time audience since at least 1991 with a losers' parade that included an infomercial for the flick "Robots," which averaged a lousy 2.7 million viewers, and "Jonny Zero," which fell to a lowest-yet 2.3 million.
"Starlet." Hope Faye Dunaway didn't think this reality series for WB would jump-start her career; it's the least-watched series opening of the TV season on any network, with just 1.6 million bothering to watch.
"Bachelorette." ABC's reality series suffered a smallest-ever finale audience of just 8.4 million viewers. Ironically, immediately after, the post-finale blah-blah show "Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" logged that franchise's biggest audience ever -- 11.3 million viewers. This is probably because bachelorette Jen shrewdly saved her final bit of guy-rejecting for the blah-blah show.
"Deadwood." HBO's critically heralded western opened its second season with an average of 2.79 million viewers Sunday around 9 p.m. Its first season finale had opened with 3.21 million and the series premiered with 5.79 million.
"The Contender." NBC's oft-delayed boxing competition finally debuted this Monday to less than great results, triggering a tsunami of boxing puns from competitors and The Reporters Who Cover Television: " 'The Contender' failed to deliver many solid punches," " 'Contender' takes first-round beating," "Sylvester Stallone and Fox's Oscar De La Hoya have been knocked out by dismal ratings." The much-ballyhooed preview bagged a disappointing 8 million viewers, though it did manage to win its time period among men 18 to 34.
"Fat Actress." Thin crowd. On the other hand, 924,000 viewers is a good number for the premiere telecast of a Showtime series. Still, given all the hype, you'd think it would have cracked the million mark in its first telecast last night. For comparison, the premiere of Showtime's "The L Word" weighed in with about 930,000 viewers, but "Fat" crushed "Huff," which had opened with about 460,000. "Fat" wasn't helped much by its "Super Size Me" lead-in, which produced a measly 383,000 viewers; in its replay later last night, "Fat Actress" drew 349,000.
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Greg, I honestly didn't see it. A friend also liked it.

And Fred, I was merely speaking of ratings, not the show. Never watched, might see it someday in syndication or on DVD...

I am just relishing the dismembering of NBC. They can spin all they want, but the network has almost nothing going for it. When you are pointing to Friday night as your big success for the season, well, LOL....

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.
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[quote]Originally posted by rogo
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I am just relishing the dismembering of NBC. They can spin all they want, but the network has almost nothing going for it. ]

I certainly agree about NBC. Looks to me like CBS is doing some some of that as well.
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Dunno if it's been mentioned, but checking TitanTV for next week shows that Medical Investigation is moved up 1 hour (8:00pm CT) next Friday. A new episode of L&O: TBJ is in MI's time slot (doesn't that show have a time slot of its own...it's like a lost soul).

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L&O TBJ's normal time slot is Friday at 10.
MI has about finished its first-run episodes.
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Whoa! Even better: In addition to Minority Report this Saturday night in HD, next Saturday it's The Ten Commandments, also in HD.

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Wednesday's ratings have been posted at the top of Latest News, the first item in this thread.
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NAB Update
This is the HD wireless system I've been talking about for all you guys asking about HD wireless cameras. I hope they finally got the delay down to a decent level.

Link Research to show working model of HD wireless camera system

Mar 10, 2005 8:00 AM
NAB Update e-newsletter

Link Research will unveil plans for LinkHD, an HD wireless camera system, and show a working model of the device at NAB2005.

The company will also roll out a rack-mount version of the LinkXP designed for use in helicopters.

LinkXP is a lightweight, low-power wireless camera system. It will be shown with the LinkXPRV, a model with reverse video and extra features for sports broadcast.

For more information, visit booth C11837 or go to www.linkres.co.uk.

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Rather Good Ratings for Anchor's Departure

(zap2it.com)--Spurred on by the departure of venerable anchor Dan Rather, "CBS Evening News" made a rare trip to the top of the newscast ratings heap.

In preliminary Nielsen ratings culled from the nation's 56 markets, Rather's farewell attracted a 7.3 rating/13 share. The evening's normal winner, "NBC Nightly News" with new anchor Brian Williams, was second with a 6.5/12, while Peter Jennings' "World News Tonight" delivered a 6.4/12 on ABC.

"We have shared a lot in the 24 years we've been meeting here each evening," Rather said as part of his final send-off. "And before I say goodnight, this night, I need to say thank you. Thank you to the thousands of wonderful professionals at CBS News, past and present, with whom it has been my honor to work over these years. And a deeply felt thanks to all of you who have let us into your homes, night after night. It has been a privilege and one never taken lightly."

The telecast reached roughly 8 million households, more than 2 million more than watched on average last week. Those figures are still well below the preliminary audience figures for Tom Brokaw's December exit from NBC, which pulled in around 15.4 million viewers. Final results for the telecast won't be available until the end of the week.

Rather took over for Walter Cronkite on March 9, 1981 and carried Cronkite's momentum for several years at the top of the ratings heap. In recent years, though, Rather has found himself in third place most of the time and the final months of his tenure were covered by the recent "Memogate" scandal, which embarrassed and disgraced CBS News last fall.

"Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer will fill in for Rather for at least the next three weeks while the search continues for a permanent replacement.
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A NIP HERE, A TUCK THERE; NETS IN NEED OF SCHEDULE SURGERY LOOK TO REMAKE THEIR IMAGE
By Denise Martin, Daily Variety, 3/11/2005


Cable's love affair with makeover shows may be cooling -- "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is winding down and "Trading Spaces" has slowed -- but network makeovers are hotter than ever.

When A&E threw out its arts and entertainment focus last year in favor of topical telepics and younger-skewing docusoaps, viewers came flooding in. TLC will dive into the latter genre with "Sheer Dallas," about the Lone Star State's high society. Lifetime also pulled in younger demos by revamping and recasting "Missing" with Vivica A. Fox and adding more reality to primetime.

Now, in a bid to get young and stay relevant in a crowded arena, several cable chiefs are renovating programming strategies, some of which have undergone serious nips and tucks.

Doug Herzog, who added Spike TV to his portfolio in January, is shedding the net's excess with a less-is-more approach. "My whole attitude is fewer, but bigger and better," he says. "It's a world of white noise out there, so whatever we're throwing out needs to stand out."

Exec is keeping busy figuring out how to carve out a niche for Spike, distinct from his other male-demo net Comedy Central. Right now that means fewer cheap reality efforts and more dramatic endeavors.

"We're going to try to get Spike into the scripted business because what it really needs is better originals," Herzog says, emphasizing that priority one is to evolve Spike beyond "the first network for men." "We've got two big-ticket entertainment franchises -- 'CSI' and wrestling -- so Spike really needs to look more like an entertainment network."

In part, reconstructions are the byproduct of last year's massive exec shuffle that sent Herzog to the Viacom family, Ted Harbert to E!, John Landgraf to FX, Mark Juris to Court TV, Bill Hillary to BBC America and Paul Lee to ABC Family, and saw USA and Trio added to Bonnie Hammer's and Lauren Zalaznick's plates, respectively. Shortly, Lifetime will name a new topper as Carole Black is scheduled to exit at the end of the month.

Bravo prexy Zalaznick will be honing in on the channel's brand with a strategy aimed at keeping the momentum of recently concluded "Project Runway" going year round with a slew of rookie series.

Like A&E, Zalaznick is rapidly shedding Bravo's stodgy arts image, giving the on-air look a colorful facelift and a new tag, Watch What Happens. Projects centered on Bobby Brown, Howie Mandel and Kathy Griffin will surface as will new cycles of the "Moms & Dads" series, HBO transplant "Project Greenlight" and "Blow Out."

Exec says the new Bravo is about the other side of celebrity and the creative processes of entertainment.

"What we're not about is unauthorized or exploitation," she says. "On the other hand, we're still an entertainment network. We didn't do 'Project Runway' as behind-the-scenes documentary -- which would've been the legit way to go. We set out to do a reality show, but a compelling one. We did the art of reality."

ABC Family's Lee will go out on a limb this summer, adding the first original drama to the channel's lineup, "Beautiful People," an unapologetically unconventional family hour. Since making the jump from fledgling BBC America to ABC Family last spring, Lee quickly established that the net, previously known for its sappy original movies and storied history, would diversify.

"Everything and anything we put forward will be about modern families in all their glory and dysfunction," Lee says.

To help him redefine the net as an 18-34-targeted steppingstone between Disney Channel and ABC, Lee recruited Kate Juergens, a former exec at the WB, to oversee programming. In the coming months, ABC Family will premiere reality series "Las Vegas Garden of Love," about a quirky family-run chapel, and "Beautiful People," about a single mom who moves her two daughters from a small town to the Big Apple.

Lee also is making a push into the rarefied world of cable comedy. Projects in development include a series focused on a teen uncertain about his sexual identity, and another about a precocious teen Chinese girl adopted by Caucasian parents.

FX also is trying comedy on for size, albeit for an older set. Entertainment prexy John Landgraf has made it his mission to get the boundary-pushing cabler into the reality and comedy arenas, and is taking chances on a pair of low-budget laffers from lesser-known scribes and a reality series from Oscar-nominated "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock.

Over at Sci Fi, prexy Bonnie Hammer is looking for her next hit outside of the space operas genre. Though "Stargate SG-1," "Stargate Atlantis" and "Battlestar Galactica" dominate Friday nights on cable and each were renewed, Hammer is hoping two pilots can expand Sci Fi beyond space and aliens. "Painkiller Jane" centers on a sexy female action hero with healing powers and "Eureka" revolves a U.S. marshal who gets stranded in an eccentric think-tank community in the Pacific Northwest.

"Our next step is to create hits that live in other genres like fantasy or the here and now. We're even looking at some unconventional comedy," Hammer says.

Hammer's other ward, USA, will be zeroing in on a brand in the coming months. Exec points to the success of FX, which secured its gritty, contemporary branding with just three original dramas and became the equivalent of HBO among ad-supported channels.

Some brand makeovers have drawn mixed results: TBS added Very Funny to its moniker in June and has drawn a crowd for its "Sex and the City" repeats, but struggled on the original series front with only "The Real Gilligan's Island" delivering big numbers. TNT worked wonders with its We Know Drama positioning (and "Law & Order" reruns), but found it necessary to take a risk on original series. This summer it will bow new dramas "The Closer" and "Wanted," its first originals since "Witchblade."

USA execs are mum on details of the new positioning but Hammer reveals, "It's not a giant left turn or right turn from where USA is now.

"It will be the first time in 27 years that we have a brand, and what I can say is that it's going to be a relatable and accessible way to make a whole out of all our parts, including 'Monk' and 'Nashville Star' and 'Law & Order.' "

Joining the already diverse menu are "Made in the USA," a reality competish for aspiring inventors from "America's Next Top Model" producer Ken Mok; an update of "Kojak," toplining Ving Rhames; and the return of "The 4400."

Comedy Central is on solid footing -- having locked up net superstars Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart for multiple years -- but will branch out with narrative live-action half-hour "Stella," from the trio behind "Wet Hot American Summer." Herzog says he is intent on growing a latenight franchise with projects in the works from Adam Carolla and D.L. Hughley.

Ted Harbert is still shaping E!, already reworking news daily flagship "E! News" into a tighter operation. In his first at bat, Wayne Newton-hosted competish "The Entertainer" struck out, but docusoap "Gastineau Girls" shows promise. More important, Harbert is at work on several franchises for the cabler, which he believes will be key to heating up the entertainment network.

"After we all do a good job marketing and promoting, what does the viewer notice?," Harbert asks. "My goal is not necessarily to have a volume play -- though I plan to launch several more series this year -- but to develop franchises, or umbrellas, that people can come to and know what to expect."

For now, that means an investigative edition of "True Hollywood Story" as well as a real-people special. It also means viewers can look forward to spinoffs of channel breakthrough "Dr. 90210" that venture into the "90210" worlds of domestic help and possibly divorce.

MTV, the channel that revels in being everything mainstream TV isn't, is finally finishing up its deal with the Simpson clan -- "Newlyweds" hubby Nick Lachey will star in his own series this summer -- but is staying ahead of the curve with Cameron Diaz's "Trippin'," which puts a twist on National Geographic-style specs by sending celebs into the jungle to deal with environmental issues, and "Wild 'n Out," an improv comedy competition with a twist hosted by Nick Cannon.

Music net also is gobbling up the teens with some lesser-hyped real-teen skeins: Cabler ordered another helping of "My Super Sweet 16," a series that centers on extravagant 16th birthday bashes. Reaching new heights is long-running series "Made," which documents a young person's attempt to take on something totally different (i.e., a tomboy who wants to become the school play's leading lady).

"Nobody writes about these shows, but they've done tremendously for us," MTV Networks programming whiz Brian Graden says. " 'Made' is all about youth empowerment and busting stereotypes. These shows don't have big, sexy hooks, but that's what makes them all the more incredible."

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Thursday's ratings have been posted at the top of Latest News, the first item in this thread.
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(Some additional ratingsnotes from Marc Berman's Programming Insider column Friday March 11th, 2005 at Mediaweek.com)

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

Dan Rather Signs Off on a Winning Note:
The departure of Dan Rather on CBS' Evening News this Wednesday lifted the ailing newscast to a first-place 7.3 rating/13 share in the metered markets -- its first overnight victory since March 13, 2000. Second was NBC's Nightly News (6.5/12), followed by ABC's World News Tonight at a 6.4/12.

-ABC Daytime Scores in February: [/b] [/u] [/color]
Based on Feb. 2005, ABC in daytime won every time period it programs for the first time during a major sweep period in recorded history. ABC's daytime drama line-up ranked first for the eighth consecutive February among women 18-49 (2.2/13). Second was NBC with a 1.9/11, followed by CBS with a 1.7/10 in the demo. ABC's full daytime schedule was No. 1 for the third straight February sweep, with a 2.1/12 among women 18-49, followed by NBC (1.9/11) and CBS (1.6/10).

ABC's Good Morning America Narrows the Gap:
Also based on Feb. 2005, ABC's Good Morning America had its strongest performance to-date, narrowing the gap opposite NBC's Today Show by the smallest margin since May 1996. GMA averaged 5.67 million viewers (+ 7 percent year-to-year), versus a six-year low for The Today Show (6.09 million, - 6 percent) and 3.00 million for CBS' The Early Show (- 8 percent). Comparably, Today's advantage over GMA was just 420,000 viewers. Although Today also led among adults 25-54 (2.6/17, - 3 percent), GMA increased by 11 percent in the demo (2.2/15) followed by The Early Show at a 1.1/ 8. Next year at this time could, no doubt, be an interesting time for the morning news daypart.

Solid Sampling for ABC's Blind Justice:
New Stephen Bochco drama Blind Justice debuted on ABC Tuesday with a competitive second-place finish in viewers (12.4 million) and adults 18-49 (4.5/12), building year-to-year over NYPD Blue by 2 million viewers and 29 percent among adults 18-49. Comparatively, this was ABC's second-best performance with regularly scheduled programming in the time period since May 20, 2003
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Caught Blind Justice. Not too bad. Will give it a chance.

I think if Amazing race did HD, they could get some advertising dollars from the Tourism industry. Every time I see the show I want to travel to those places.

I think they can extend the show for another 30 minutes and fit in some Tourism spots in there.

rather be lucky than good.
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The tourism angle on amazing race is a great idea. I wish they'd extend it 30 minutes as well so we can see more of those places. I definately have marked places i want to travel to.
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oh, and more importantly, my wife also liked Blind Justice

So we can watch it together.

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NBC extends its 'ER' stay through at least 2008
(medialifemagazine.com)--
NBC may have lost two of its most successful comedies in the past year in Friends and Frasier, but it won't be losing its top drama. The network has reportedly reached a deal with ER producer Warner Bros. to extend the show for at least two more years, through the 2007-'08 season. NBC already has the drama locked up through next season. ER is tied with The Apprentice 2 as NBC's top-rated show for the season among adults 18-49, averaging a 7.8 rating and 20 share. It is the network's most-watched program period, averaging 16.5 million viewers season to date, down from 19.5 million last year. Still, even a diluted ER is a strong show. It's the lone remaining heavyweight on NBC's once-mighty Thursday schedule, where CBS has made serious inroads the past four seasons. The show has undergone lots of cast changes since its 1994 start, with Noah Wyle the only one to stay for its entire run. He's rumored to be leaving after this season. Though Warner Bros. set a record six years ago with a $13 million per-episode licensing fee, the new deal will reportedly drop to $8 million or $9 million.
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Another disappointing finish for 'The Contender'
(medialifemagazine.com)--It's probably safe to say now that NBC's The Contender will never find a big audience. Despite airing in the network's coveted Thursday 10 p.m. slot, leading out of the highly rated Apprentice, The Contender once again received disappointing ratings, according to Nielsen overnights. The show averaged a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 17 percent over Monday's premiere but losing nearly a third of Apprentice's lead-in audience. The show averaged just 9.2 million total viewers, about 0.7 million better than Monday's total.

CBS easily finished first among adults 18-49 last night, averaging an 8.7 rating and 23 share. NBC finished second at 5.1/13, followed by Fox at 2.6/7, UPN and ABC tied at 1.8/5, and the WB at 0.6/1.

At 8 p.m. CBS's Survivor led with an 8.1 average. NBC's Joey (3.6) and Will & Grace (3.8) repeats finished second. Fox was third with The O.C.'s 3.5 average, including the newly revealed Star Wars ad that aired at the end of the show.

At 9 p.m. a new CSI on CBS was well ahead of The Apprentice, averaging a 10.4 to the latter's 6.7. The second hour of a 120-minute Extreme Makeover repeat on ABC was third at 1.8. CBS's Without a Trace led with a 7.6 average at 10 p.m., followed by Contender's 4.8 and ABC's 2.2 for Primetime.

CBS finished first among households for the night with a 15.3/24 average. NBC was second at 7.11/11, followed by ABC at 4.2/7, Fox at 3.8/6, UPN at 3.2/5 and the WB at 1.1/2.
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Judge Says Leno Can Joke About Jackson
By TIM MOLLOY Mar 11, 2:01 PM (ET)
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (The Associated Press)"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno may joke about Michael Jackson despite a gag order on the prospective witness in the molestation case, the judge ruled Friday at a hearing in which prosecutors also claimed the singer may be "on the precipice of bankruptcy" and sought access to his financial records.

Responding to a request by Leno's attorney, Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville clarified that the gag order would not prevent the comic from making jokes about Jackson in his monologues. Leno, who may be called to testify about a phone call with Jackson's accuser, has been having other celebrities tell Jackson jokes on his show since being subpoenaed. Media attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. argued for the clarification on grounds Leno's First Amendment rights were violated.

The judge said the gag order barred Leno from talking about the specific areas on which he may testify, but it wouldn't prevent him or anyone else covered by the gag order from commenting generally about Jackson. He said he would not even try to make Leno stop telling jokes that assume Jackson is guilty.

"I am not attempting to prevent anybody from making a living in the normal way that they make their living," he said. The judge also joked: "I'd like him to tell good jokes ... but I guess I can't control that."

Jackson attorney Robert Sanger said Leno has made "very cruel jokes" about Jackson that could affect how he might testify and he urged the judge to restrict Leno further. "We're not putting him out of his business if he can't talk about Michael Jackson for a few weeks," Sanger said.

The judge said he didn't believe such a limit would be constitutional.

The defense is expected to call Leno as part of its effort to show that the accuser's family has sought money from many celebrities including the "Tonight Show" host. According to the defense, Leno called police after talking with the accuser because he thought accuser's family was looking for a "mark."

Sanger noted that Leno's testimony would be favorable to the defense. The judge said that during questioning, Jackson's lawyers would be free to note that Leno has made jokes about Jackson if they think it's relevant.
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"I'd like him to tell good jokes ... but I guess I can't control that."

rotfl!!!

that was a great article fred
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[b] NBC extends its 'ER' stay through at least 2008
with Noah Wyle the only one to stay for its entire run. He's rumored to be leaving after this season.

I just read somewhere today that Wyle is hooked up through 2008..can't remember where though..

Any scuttlebutt on Third Watch?
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Given NBC's major problems, I am not sure Third Watch is a prime worry.
But it isn't in very good shape, either.
Apparently it is on the bubble: its numbers are not great -- through last week it was 55th in the season-to-date ratings.
Not good at all. (It was just behind the Saturday repeats of L&O SVU.)
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Probably not, NBC should have tried and kept House for themselves..
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