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As Dishes Stack Up, Cities Start Trying to Put Them Away
Satellite Dishes Belong to Owners for Life, Get Left Hanging; A Planter or Sled?
By Jennifer Levitz, Wall Street Journal - Apr. 25, 2012

BOSTONWhen Afroditi Kleftis wanted an array of channels so patrons at her Laundromat could watch soap operas, she had a satellite dish mounted above her front window.

Her television-watching upstairs neighbors did the same, so there are now three satellite dishes mounted on the facade of the triple-decker in East Boston. "One is OK, but so many," said Ms. Kleftis, 71 years old, shaking her head. "It looks like a spaceship."

Her house is hardly the only spot where the saucers have landed. Along some streets in East Boston, satellite dishes protrude from nearly every house, with some multifamily structures decked with as many as eight. Other cities are reporting a similar outbreak. "We have blocks that look like NASA or Area 51," said William Carter, a chief staffer for the Philadelphia City Council.

Leaders in congested enclaves grapple with a litany of perennial annoyances: clotheslines, idling cars, trash, garish paint jobs.

Now, they are dealing with a new blight: clusters of satellite dishes. But figuring out what to do with all the old dishes can be a challenge.

Fed up, officials around the country are serving up plans to dismiss the dish. They look tacky, said Chicago Alderman Ray Suarez.

"It's just ugly," said Boston City Councilman Sal LaMattina, waving down a dish-decked street in East Boston, an enclave near Logan Airport. He called a public hearing this month on the "satellite dish epidemic."

Dishes have been around for years, and there have long been gripes about their appearance. But in the past, the industry has typically gone up against homeowner associations and condo boards. Today, cities are trying to get people to clean up their dishes.

Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago are among the cities that have recently passed or are drafting laws banning satellite dishes from the fronts of homes, unless a signal can't be obtained another way.

Dish companies would generally have to mount the dishes on sides, rears or roofs of homes so they aren't obvious from the streetand pick them up when customers move and leave dishes behind.

The dish industry calls the ordinances a "terrible idea," and is asking the Federal Communications Commission to intervene, arguing the new regulations, current and proposed, are discriminatory and costly.

Appearance-wise, the industry says, the dish may be no dish, but is it really so homely?

"A small but growing number of cities have recently singled out satellite dishes for regulationarguing that satellite dishes are uniquely ugly," the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association, the industry trade group, said in a statement.

"It is hard to understand why a satellite dish is any more 'aesthetically unpleasing,' " the group wrote, than other urban apparatus like "the multitude of air conditioning boxes that stick out of windows."

While cable is a popular option, many customers like satellite dishes to receive TV signals because they generally costs less than cable, said telecom industry analyst Jeff Kagan.

But there are quirks to the service that give headaches to local officials. Customers subscribe to satellite service, which they can turn on and off. But the service comes with a dish which, for better or worse, subscribers own for life.

Those who order a dish become its legal owners and are "free to move the dish with them or recycle it as they see fit," according to the satellite industry trade group. If it is left behind, "it becomes an issue between them and their landlord or new owner," the group said.

Homeowners who have outgrown their dishes, or moved into homes with dishes they don't want, have found novel ways to repurpose them. In the chat room at the technology site Slashdot.org, posters exchange ideas. One poster said: "We filled it with good soil and compost and planted a nice selection of butterfly/hummingbird flowers in it."

Alex Doak, a self-employed subcontractor who installs satellite dishes in Nashville, Tenn., said he started noticing unused dishes in the past year, and began telling residents he would be glad to take them off their hands.

"There are a lot of things you can do with dishes," said Mr. Doak, 31, who now sells them online for between $20 and $60, depending on the size.

"You can very easily turn the dishes into a piece of artwork if you're creative with paint," he said. "I've also seen guys try to use them as a sled." Another idea: turning them into "solar ovens."

Last month, Mr. Doak painted a 26-inch-wide dish with the orange logo of the University of Tennessee football team and is now trying to sell it. "I'm going to play with the market and see what it is willing to do," he said.

"I can't think of any other industry where people are just allowed to leave the apparatus," said Mr. Carter, staffer for the Philadelphia City Council. "If it continues, imagine the slippery slope. Will we have 20 on a house?"

But it isn't easy for officials to put away the dishes. A 1996 FCC rule largely prohibits local governments and homeowner boards from passing regulations that hinder the installation, upkeep or use of antennasincluding dishesto receive programs.

After Philadelphia passed an ordinance regulating dishes last fall, the satellite industry asked the FCC to review its legality.

The FCC said the matter is under review and declined to comment.

Philadelphia's ordinance says any dish mounted on the front of a building "shall be painted in a color that matches the building."

That is onerous, the industry counters. "Each technician would have to be supplied with a significant palette of colors," Dish Network LLC and DirecTV Inc., two big dish providers, wrote in a recent brief to the FCC.

Boston City Council officials are crafting their own dish law, according to Mr. LaMattina, who represents working-class East Boston.

"Look down the street," he said, turning onto one dish-heavy street. "Imagine if those satellite dishes weren't there. This would be a nice-looking little block."

But some East Boston old-timers don't see what the big deal is. Nick Coviello, 77, has three "dishes or whatever you call it" on the front of his triple-decker and said they don't bother him.

"What the hell is the difference?" he said. "We're not millionaires here. When you live in the city, you close your eyes."

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How Low Can The Bar Go for Saving Ratings-Challenged Bubble Shows?
By Michael Schneider, TVGuide.com - Apr. 25, 2012

It's nail-biting time for fans of programs that haven't yet been picked up for next season. As network executives make their final decisions next month on which shows to renew and which ones to cancel, low ratings across the board aren't making their jobs any easier.

It used to be pretty clear which shows were hits and what could be deemed a flop. But this spring, primetime ratings have once again slumped to levels that shock even the most jaded of TV executives, who find themselves picking up shows that are currently barely pulling little more than a 1 rating among the adults 18-49 demographic.

"I'm curious what the striking level is of the shows we're going to see come back this year," says one executive. "We've really gotten to the truly frightening point with how bad you have to be to get canceled these days. To where it is, it's almost comically funny."

Among the shows already picked up for next season are NBC's Smash, which dropped to a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49 on April 16 (but ticked up to a 2.0 on April 23); Fox's Raising Hope, which last week averaged a 1.8; NBC's Grimm, which last Friday posted a 1.4 rating; and CBS' The Good Wife, which averaged a 1.9 on Sunday.

It wasn't too long ago that those would be considered failing grades. But those shows are all still considered solid performers for their respective networks. Other shows with a shot at renewal include ABC's Last Man Standing (1.5 last week), NBC's 30 Rock (1.5) and Fox's Fringe (1.0). "It's amazing it's down as much as it is across the board," says Touch executive producer Tim Kring, whose show also remains on the bubble. "You're having to recalibrate in your mind what these numbers mean each week. If we had hit any of these numbers on Heroes we would have gone home and curled up in the fetal position."

As the saying goes, you can't cancel everything. That's why the networks take much more into account than just ratings when they decide whether to renew a show. Does their studio arm own all or part of the series? Is it an international success? Can the license fee be reduced? How does the show perform versus its competition? Does it improve on, or hold on to most of, its lead-in? Are advertisers supportive of the show, and are the network's sales teams clamoring to keep the show going?

The fate of this year's bubble shows will be decided by the week of May 14, when the networks announce their new fall schedules. In the meantime, here are some key questions that await an answer.

The networks are expected to add more comedies come fall. Is that good news for the remaining half-hours that are in flux?
It already was good for Fox's Raising Hope, which earned an early renewal as the network eyes a four-comedy Tuesday lineup. CBS' plan to possibly go with four comedies on Thursday could also be good news for perennial underdog Rules of Engagement or the critically reviled Rob. (But not both, mind you.) Ditto shows like Cougar Town and Up All Night, still awaiting their fates at ABC and NBC, respectively.

Shows like Harry's Law, Body of Proof and Unforgettable do well with total viewers, but they skew old. Will NBC, ABC and CBS stick with them or look for dramas that appeal to younger viewers?
"The advertiser currency is adults 18-49," says one exec. "Everything else is nice, but if you can't monetize it, why does it matter?" Still, another network source says sometimes it's better to stick with the devil you know. "The risk you take is you throw out your high total-viewer show for one you assume will get a better demo, and then you don't get that better demo. You need utility players, and I would think long and hard before throwing out shows like that." This is where relationships come into play: If NBC wants to curry favor with studio Warner Bros. Television or Harry's Law exec producer David E. Kelley, for example, they might give the Kathy Bates series a renewal.

Will CBS cancel CSI: NY or CSI: Miami?
CBS has a high-class problem: Too many strong-performing shows and not enough room for new dramas. That's why it seems inevitable that either David Caruso's Miami or Gary Sinise's NY has to go. "It's something you might want to prepare for," hints one insider. NY is seen as the more likely candidate, although another source says, "It is totally, and truly, up in the air." There's always the possibility that both could be canceled "They can't bring back everything," says a rival but such a drastic move is unlikely. The original CSI has already been renewed.

Fringe and Community are fan faves, but their ratings are very low. Will the shows' studios help with costs and save them?
Industry insiders say the odds are good that both TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites will return. Warner Bros. Television is expected to reduce its license fee on Fringe for a final 13-episode season (though Fox will likely still lose money on the drama). "The business is tough, but it's really pretty simple," says one network exec. "Here's the license fee and here's the revenue generated. Is the show in the red or in the black?" Community is so close to having enough episodes for syndication that producer Sony Pictures Television should be flexible on the price tag, while NBC, which co-owns the comedy, would be financially foolish not to pick it up. "If you end up with four seasons, you now have an asset," one exec says. "It may not be Modern Family, but...you don't need 12 million people watching each week for it to be valuable."

Will deals with talent and producers be done in time to bring back shows like Two and a Half Men and The Office?
The quick answer is "yes." Even though negotiations will come down to the wire they always do no one is sweating. Ashton Kutcher is expected to be back in place with a nice raise for Two and a Half Men next season, while key The Office cast members Ed Helms and John Krasinski will likely be back for at least parts of next season. A deal with Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay was recently signed, boosting that show's chances for return.

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Broadcasters debate FCC over political ad rules
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Apr. 26, 2012

Every election year, politicians spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying commercials. It's a big part of their election-year bottom line.

"It may not be good for the country but it's going to be good for CBS," joked CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves during an investors' conference last fall.

It's no secret how much politicians spend on advertising. Television stations are required to not only keep records on every commercial bought by a candidate, but that information is also available to the public. The only catch is that anyone interested in seeing the stats has to visit a TV station and ask to look at the public file to get access to how much money a local station is getting in election dollars.

On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to require TV stations to put that same information on their websites. While it may not seem like a big deal to take already public files and put them online, the broadcasters are not happy.

The issue is not putting what a candidate spent on commercials online. But broadcasters are concerned about listing what specific commercials on specific shows cost. Even though by law candidates get the lowest rate available for commercials in the weeks leading up to an election, broadcasters worry that other advertisers could use that information to leverage their own negotiations.

"One poker player would, in effect, have had at least a partial glance at the other's hand," broadcast networks CBS, NBC, ABC Fox and Univision wrote in comments filed jointly at the FCC.

There is also fear that one station could learn what another is charging and then undercut its rates with advertisers. On top of that, broadcasters think it is unfair that political advertising on cable is not required to be disclosed. That, too, may change down the road, Washington insiders say.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has a different opinion. In a speech at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention last week, he said broadcasters resisting the commission's proposals, are "against technology, against transparency and against journalism."

Media watchdogs and academics also think the broadcasters are overreacting. Andrew Schwartzman, senior vice president of the Media Access Project, said it is ironic that "broadcasters, who as journalists advocate for freedom of information laws, now want secrecy when it comes to their own operations."

For more on the debate, please see the story in Thursday's Los Angeles Times.

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Providence Said Selling Hulu Stake at $2 Billion Value
By Andy Fixmer and Cristina Alesci, Bloomberg - Apr. 26, 2012

Hulu.com owners Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp. and News Corp. are close to buying out Providence Equity Partners Inc.’s stake at a price valuing the company at about $2 billion, said two people with knowledge of the matter.

Providence is selling its 10 percent share in Los Angeles- based Hulu for about $200 million after investing $100 million when the venture began in 2007, according to the people, who weren’t authorized to talk publicly.

This would be the optimal outcome,” David Bank, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York, said in an interview. “The real value of Hulu will be discovered on a longer time frame than what’s likely optimal for Providence.”

The companies will let employees of Hulu, including Chief Executive Officer Jason Kilar, sell shares of the closely held online TV service, the people said. This month, Hulu said its $8-a-month Hulu Plus service, which lets users view an expanded library of shows on game consoles and mobile devices, had more than 2 million subscribers.

Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal, which relinquished its Hulu board seat and oversight as part of federal approval of its acquisition by the cable company, hasn’t been involved in the talks, they said. That complicates its role in the purchase.

Elisa Schreiber, a Hulu spokeswoman, declined to comment, as did Andrew Cole, an outside spokesman for the Providence, Rhode Island-based private equity group.

Owners’ Stakes

Disney, News Corp. and NBC Universal each hold Hulu stakes of about 27 percent, while employees own about 10 percent, the people said. Disney and News Corp. have representatives on Hulu’s board.

The owners canceled a sale last year after previously putting off plans for an initial public offering.

Exclusive programs will help the service compete with Netflix Inc., the online and mail-order film and TV subscription service.

Hulu LLC is building a roster of original programs to persuade advertisers to make bigger commitments and attract new ones. The site is offering ad buyers the ability to target viewers by demographics, geography and by viewing device. Earlier this week Hulu said advertisers would only pay for ads that had been viewed start to finish.

The service announced four new original series this month in meetings with advertisers.

Exclusive Shows

“We Got Next” and “The Awesomes,” an animated series by “Saturday Night Live” member Seth Meyers, will start this year and in 2013, Hulu said. Release times for “Don’t Quit Your Daydream,” from “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier, and “Flow” weren’t provided.

Hulu plans to spend $500 million on TV shows and films in 2012, Kilar wrote Jan. 12 on the company’s website. That’s up from $300 million projected a year ago, according to an April 2011 post.

Providence this week acquired a $200 million stake in the Chernin Group, the entertainment company founded by former News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin. The private equity firm’s media portfolio also includes Univision Communications Inc. and Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network.

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ABC Family’s ‘Make It Or Break It’ To End
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Apr. 26, 2012

The current eight-episode third season of the ABC Family series Make It Or Break It will be its last. The writing has pretty much been on the wall for the gymnastics drama, which first faced cancellation last summer following its second 20-episode season, which was down from the 20-epsiode Season 1. But last September, the network renewed the series for eight episodes “in time to ignite Olympic fever,” as ABC Family president Michael Riley put it.

The timing does make sense as the premise of the series was following several elite female teen gymnasts dreaming of competing at the upcoming summer 2012 Olympics in London. The current abbreviated third season chronicles the final leg of the race to the Olympics, with the May 14 finale revealing who of the three girls will make the U.S. team for the games.

ABC Family this week began promoting the May 14 closer as the series finale, with Make It Or Break It creator Holly Sorenson chiming in on Twitter. “We are, very sadly, three weeks away from the series finale of MIOBI,” she wrote Monday. ABC Family has three new series on tap for this summer: drama Bunheads, comedy Baby Daddy and docuseries Beverly Hills Nannies.

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Tranquillity Replaces Trash Talk and Heels
By Jon Caramanica, The New York Times - Apr. 26, 2012

In the first episode of Leave It to Niecy, a reality show about the actress and comedian Niecy Nash, Ms. Nash is determined to prove to her children that she can orchestrate family fun. Dominic, the oldest child and only boy, tries to tell her that their family isn't like others that have lived with cameras.

They got drama, he says. They got divorces going on, they got baby-mama drama going on.

Ms. Nash remains unbowed: In other words, it would be fun if we had drama.

This time it is her younger daughter, Dia, with the reply: Yup.

And thus it is guaranteed that there will be no drama in the Nash household and therefore no fun. Leave It to Niecy, which just completed its first season on TLC, could safely be described as fun-avoidant, one of a handful of recent reality shows documenting the lives of midlevel black celebrities that hew to middle-class ideals of family, stability and calm. Along with Ms. Nash's show, which revolves around her life after her second marriage, there's Mary Mary, Thursdays on WeTV, a behind-the-scenes look at the titular gospel duo, and Beverly's Full House, Saturdays on OWN, in which the former supermodel Beverly Johnson tries to forge a stronger relationship with her daughter, who has just given birth to a daughter of her own, by moving them into her house.

These aren't the first black celebrity reality television shows to emphasize mildness, but the recent spate feels poignant given that many of the most popular offerings in this category have been of the more sensationalist variety. The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Love & Hip-Hop (VH1), Basketball Wives (VH1) and Braxton Family Values (WeTV), starring the 1990s R&B singer Toni Braxton, each deliver their own types of maelstrom. The women at the center of these shows generally not previously famous on their own have learned quickly that scrapping and backtalk and behind-the-back talk and towering high heels make sticky reality television.

This latest slate is the salve, the reprieve from all the rage, by celebrities with reputations at stake. Like Hammertime, starring MC Hammer; Family Foreman, about the boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman; and others before them, they're dull, almost studiously so. The model is probably Run's House, which MTV broadcast from 2005 to 2009, long enough for Run's children to grow up into semi-celebrities themselves, free to make their own dubious decisions. Run was a benign protagonist who ran his household with a loose but assured hand. The family's wealth was on display, but Run, a minister and part of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C., preached the ethic of hard work as he gave his children the gift of celebrity.

These households are more modest, even if upper middle class or higher in income. This applies most to Ms. Nash's family. During one episode focused on health she utters a complaint familiar to many busy parents. I was feeding them a lot of fast food, she said of her kids. Why? Because I was working. Most of Leave It to Niecy is concerned with typical family problems: Dominic wants to get a tattoo, the family takes a no-technology vacation and so on. Hollywood did not give Ms. Nash a sitcom of her own, so she turned this show into her fief.

The struggles are similar on Mary Mary, about the singing sisters Erica and Tina Campbell: choosing between career and family, grappling with weight and other health issues, family quibbling (though it rarely rises to the level of a Braxton or a Kardashian beef). The tone of the show is nurturing, even when the two are at cross purposes. When Tina criticizes clothing that Erica tries on, Erica snaps back: Nobody said nothing to you and your R&B skirt. That skirt doesn't say nothing about the Lord.

Ultimately, though, Mary Mary is most interesting for peeling back the slick facade of the gospel music industry, which traffics in constant praise and flawless praisers. The most exciting figure on the show is the duo's manager, Mitchell, who speaks bluntly about money, weight and business protocol. He's irascible and fun, giving the show a layer of frisson it would otherwise lack. When he has to inform the sisters that a canceled tour has cost them $250,000, they try to handle the news evenly, but he doesn't bother. Mary Mary is a huge success, but that amount of money still matters.

Only on Beverly's Full House is money not a subject of discussion. Ms. Johnson lives in Palm Springs, Calif., with Robert Dupont, her house manager and on-call friend, but there are still markers of everyday life that pepper this show: a small guest room in the big house, mundane trips to the supermarket and fancyish dining establishments that seem like overgrown chain restaurants.

Ms. Johnson moves through the world with blinders on; her vanity is excruciating to watch. She claims to want to restore wholeness to her family, though really she wants to express her own frustrations under the guise of reaching out to help address Anansa's. She often treats Anansa like an alien invader, even though Ms. Johnson was the one who invited her daughter to move in. She handles Anansa's baby like a willful pet Little girl, that's not ladylike and Mr. Dupont like, well, a baby. Nappy-poo-time, she tells him when she wants him out of the room.

There is friction on this show, much more so than on the others, but it's friction in the service of family unity. The nouveau-riche-focused shows of the past few years rarely have a goal in mind beyond their own propagation: They fight, therefore they exist.

These new shows prefer peace. Notably none of the married couples on them are unhappy, at least not irredeemably so. Both halves of Mary Mary have patient, talented and well-dressed husbands. Ms. Nash regards hers as a prize she just won at a carnival, with excessive affection and just a tad of disbelief. (She's even warm to her ex-husband, the father of her children.)

Only Anansa and her husband, David, appear to have any tension, and that's directly traceable to their appearance on the show. I really have no idea what I'm doing here, David says, a blatant dissenter from the script.

But while he's dissenting, he's not much of a disruption. None of these shows appear ready to upend their ecosystems in the name of drama. Positive energy, wholesomeness and intense healing effort may sustain many a family, but they have a harder time sustaining compelling narrative. How much longer can the redeemers hold out?

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Yea thats the Hot 100....that charts gone thru so many changes lately its freaky now cause it only goes by sales & doesnt account for any airplay so songs have very erratic chart lives there.

The chart you mentioned is only airplay and only at mainstream top 40. The Hot 100 is ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS (at ALL types of radio stations playing contemporary music including top 40, adult contemporary, R&B, hip-hop, country, rock, gospel, Latin and Christian stations), sales data compiled by Nielsen Soundscan (both at retail and digitally) and streaming activity provided by online music sources.

therefore it is number THREE

enough on music chart discussion.
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But it did debut at #21 on the billboard top 40 chart as shown in the link i posted.

Youre the one who brought up the hot 100....i never mentioned that chart.

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In sports news BCS is going to a 4 game playoff....sweet !!!!

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But it did debut at #21 on the billboard top 40 chart as shown in the link i posted.

Youre the one who brought up the hot 100....i never mentioned that chart.

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In sports news BCS is going to a 4 game playoff....sweet !!!!

You didn't read all of it. It won't happen until the 2014 season, which means around New Year's Day 2015. So two more years of BCS crud.
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Fringe Gets a 13 Episode Final Season:

Fox’s ‘Fringe’ Renewed For Fifth And Final Season With 13-Episode Order
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 4:11pm PDTTags: Fox, Fringe


Low ratings be damned — cult favorite Fringe will finish its multi-universe journey with a 13-episode final season. As expected, Fox has closed a deal to renew the sci-fi drama for a fifth season. While a dismal ratings performer in live viewing, Fringe has been a big DVR gainer and a favorite of critics as well as Fox brass. “Fringe has been a point of pride for me, I share the fans’ passion for the show,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in January at TCA, where he also made it clear that a renewal hinged on renegotiating the deal with producing studio Warner Bros TV and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot at a lower license fee. “We lose a lot of money on the show,” Reilly said. “We are not in the business of losing money, so we’re trying to figure out if there a number at which we can continue with the series.” After lengthy negotiations over the past couple of months, the two sides came to an agreement, giving the show and its fans a proper ending. “We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox – and our fans – have made the impossible possible: Fringe will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way,” series co-creator/executive producer JJ Abrams said.

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Fox's Fringe' Renewed For Fifth And Final Season With 13-Episode Order
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 4:11pm PDTTags: Fox, Fringe


Low ratings be damned cult favorite Fringe will finish its multi-universe journey with a 13-episode final season. As expected, Fox has closed a deal to renew the sci-fi drama for a fifth season. While a dismal ratings performer in live viewing, Fringe has been a big DVR gainer and a favorite of critics as well as Fox brass. Fringe has been a point of pride for me, I share the fans' passion for the show, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in January at TCA, where he also made it clear that a renewal hinged on renegotiating the deal with producing studio Warner Bros TV and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot at a lower license fee. We lose a lot of money on the show, Reilly said. We are not in the business of losing money, so we're trying to figure out if there a number at which we can continue with the series. After lengthy negotiations over the past couple of months, the two sides came to an agreement, giving the show and its fans a proper ending. We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox - and our fans - have made the impossible possible: Fringe will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way, series co-creator/executive producer JJ Abrams said.

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Indeed, this is great news! I just hope we don't get an ending like "Lost".
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MTV Adds Five New Shows to Slate
'Teen Wolf,' 'Awkward' and 'Snooki & JWOWW' to debut in June
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News - Apr. 26, 2012

MTV will add five new original series to its 2012-13 programming slate, the network announced Thursday.

The network also announced prior to its Thursday night New York City upfront presentation the June premiere dates for several of its returning hit shows including Teen Wolf, as well as the June 21 premiere date for its Jersey Shore spinoff series Snooki & JWOWW.

Among the new series set to air on MTV is docuseries Catfish, based on the critically-acclaimed documentary film; Underemployed, a series from Emmy-nominated executive producer Craig Wright; and reality series Wake Brothers, featuring wakeboarding champs and brothers Phile and Bob Soven.

In addition, the network will launch two scripted comedy series, including Inbetweeners, based on the U.K. series of the same name, and Zach Stone is Gonna be Famous, starring Internet comedy sensation Bo Burnham.

Sophomore drama series Teen Wolf will return June 3 after the network's annual MTV Movie Awards, with a second new episode to air the next night in its regularly scheduled 10 p.m. timeslot.

Comedy series Awkward will debut its second season June 28, after the premiere of Snooki & JWOWW, the network said.

Additionally, MTV sister network MTV2 announced it will bring back in July its most-watched series ever, MTV2's Guy Code, for a second season, the network said.

On the digital media front, the network will launch on June 4 Teen Wolf: The Hunt, a Facebook application that will allow fans to friend and interact the show's characters in real time. Teen Wolf: The Hunt will feature a completely original storyline, written by the Teen Wolf team of writers, while also serving as a complementary online experience to the television series, said network officials.

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'L.A. Complex' repeat draws more viewers than its premiere
By James Hibberd, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Apr. 26, 2012

The strange ratings odyssey of The CW's Canadian import The L.A. Complex continued Wednesday night. The network's repeat airing of the show's premiere (which was, you'll recall, the Lowest Rated Broadcast Drama Series Debut of All Time) delivered 721,000 viewers and a 0.3 adult demo rating. That's slightly more viewers than its Tuesday premiere and tying its debut in the demo.

So, yes, The L.A. Complex premiere audience was so small How small was it? that it was topped by a repeat of itself. Can't help but wonder if the dramatic Complex headlines yesterday might have actually helped the show, which many EW.com readers say they didn't realize was on until seeing our ratings story. Hopefully the additional sampling will help boost next week's second Complex episode.

Otherwise: More downer numbers for broadcast Wednesday night.

With a basically stable edition of Fox's American Idol (16.5 million viewers, 4.6 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) ruling the night, several shows sank to season or series lows, including CBS' Survivor 9.5 million, 2.6), ABC's Revenge (6.8 million, 2.0) and Law & Order: SVU (6.4 million, 1.6). On the new series front, the third week of ABC's Don't Trust the B (4.9 million, 2.0) was down 23 percent from last week.

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Redbox Helps Coinstar Deliver Strong 1Q
By The Deadline.com Team - Apr. 26, 2012

Redbox‘s revenue grew 38% to $502.9 million compared with the first quarter a year ago, giving parent company Coinstar healthy earnings to report after the closing bell today. Redbox’s kiosk DVD rental service saw growth owing to a year-over-year boost in same-store sales, new kiosk installations, strong performance of new release titles, and a rental price increase (to $1.20 from $1) that was implemented in October.

Overall, Coinstar booked revenue of $568.2 million, up 34% from 2011. Operating income was $78.3 million, good for an operating margin of 13.8%, compared with $31.4 million and 7.4% a year ago. Earlier this month, Coinstar raised its 2Q and yearly outlook, saying that Q1 revenues for the first quarter could exceed $569 million vs the maximum of $555 million it projected in February. At the time it cited strong rentals for recent titles including Moneyball, Puss In Boots, 50/50, In Time, Abduction and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

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I found this interesting, the link at the bottom is to the video, the transcript isn't formatted for readability, the video is easier to follow.

Faber Report: The Netflix Impact
Thu 26 Apr 12 | 09:36 AM ET

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47 billion cubic feet. thanks, sharon epperson. there we go. not often that we focus on a research report in the morning but i thought might be worth involving netflixes. not stocking about the stock, which is finally up, after a number of down days after the earnings call which people are concerned about how many streaming subs the company will add in the second half of the year, given it's expecting significant growth. i'm talking about the broader implications of netflix a company that has almost 25 million subscribers. what those implications are for the tv echo system, if you will, this morning, bernstein out with a research report where they basically used tivo to help them track the streaming and nonstreaming patterns of netflix users. and what do they find? they find that kids networks and syndicated shows are severely impacted by streaming use of netflix users. disney and viacom, most immediately impacted negatively. you at home may know this story, you have the ipad, stream netflix, what do you look for for the kids? perhaps spongbob, a nickelodeon program, disney, and you don't watch it on television. we've been wondering why there's a significant downdraft in ratings of nickelodeon, the most single important cable channel in the family of viacom cable networks. this could be one reason. as you take a look at viacom shares right there. bernstein goes on in report to at least offer the idea that they would expect that viacom and disney will pull their premium kids' programming from netflix asap, due to the fact that they believe that their overall programming is being hurt significantly by the fact that netflix streaming seems to be focused, in part, on kids' programming. so, a very interesting research report. a lot more to it than that. again, given the data that they we get from tivo, which tracks the usage of netflix users. as you take a look at disney. one of the key takeaways being that you may want toebit $75 million for viacom, that's what they're getting now from netflix. you know, sometimes, jim, we talk about netflix as a stock, but let's not forget, its incredible influence on the rest of television. we're still trying to figure that out now. it's always been difficult,

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That was horrible to read, but interesting to see the impact of Netflix on kids' TV.
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I found this interesting, the link at the bottom is to the video, the transcript isn't formatted for readability, the video is easier to follow.

Faber Report: The Netflix Impact
Thu 26 Apr 12 | 09:36 AM ET

The following transcript has not been checked for accuracy.

47 billion cubic feet. thanks, sharon epperson. there we go. not often that we focus on a research report in the morning but i thought might be worth involving netflixes. not stocking about the stock, which is finally up, after a number of down days after the earnings call which people are concerned about how many streaming subs the company will add in the second half of the year, given it's expecting significant growth. i'm talking about the broader implications of netflix a company that has almost 25 million subscribers. what those implications are for the tv echo system, if you will, this morning, bernstein out with a research report where they basically used tivo to help them track the streaming and nonstreaming patterns of netflix users. and what do they find? they find that kids networks and syndicated shows are severely impacted by streaming use of netflix users. disney and viacom, most immediately impacted negatively. you at home may know this story, you have the ipad, stream netflix, what do you look for for the kids? perhaps spongbob, a nickelodeon program, disney, and you don't watch it on television. we've been wondering why there's a significant downdraft in ratings of nickelodeon, the most single important cable channel in the family of viacom cable networks. this could be one reason. as you take a look at viacom shares right there. bernstein goes on in report to at least offer the idea that they would expect that viacom and disney will pull their premium kids' programming from netflix asap, due to the fact that they believe that their overall programming is being hurt significantly by the fact that netflix streaming seems to be focused, in part, on kids' programming. so, a very interesting research report. a lot more to it than that. again, given the data that they we get from tivo, which tracks the usage of netflix users. as you take a look at disney. one of the key takeaways being that you may want toebit $75 million for viacom, that's what they're getting now from netflix. you know, sometimes, jim, we talk about netflix as a stock, but let's not forget, its incredible influence on the rest of television. we're still trying to figure that out now. it's always been difficult,

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This is fine based on Netflix usage on TiVos, but TiVos represent a tiny portion of Netflix streaming users. I don't see how that can be extrapolated to represent Netflix users as a whole.

What about the vast majority of people that don't use TiVos and are using either a Wii or a PS3 to access netflix? Are their viewing patterns going to be the same?

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ABC:
8PM - Shark Tank
9PM - Primetime: What Would You Do?
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10PM - 20/20
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11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Jennifer Love Hewitt; chef Georgina Pellegrini; Jason Mraz performs)
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CBS:
8PM - Undercover Boss: Philly Pretzel Factory
9PM - CSI: NY
10PM - Blue Bloods
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11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Chris Hemsworth; comic Darrell Hammond; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson presents the Top Ten list; Miike Snow performs)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Patton Oswalt; Phoebe Tonkin)

NBC:
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9PM - Grimm
10PM - Dateline NBC
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12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Matthew Broderick; professional tennis player Serena Williams; Nick Lowe performs)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Director Werner Herzog; musical group The Two; Fun performs)
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FOX:
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9PM - Fringe

PBS:
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8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - Art in the Twenty-First Century: History
10PM - Chautauqua: An American Narrative
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9PM - Abismo de Pasión
10PM - La Que No PodÃ*a Amar

THE CW:
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9PM - Supernatural

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Una Maid en Manhattan
9PM - Corazón Valiente
10PM - Relaciones Peligrosas

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE - Political strategist Paul Begala; journalist S.E. Cupp; journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin; political scientist Charles Murray; veterans' affairs advocate Paul Rieckhoff)

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Friday's TV Highlights
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - Apr. 26, 2012

[ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PACIFIC TIME]

SERIES

Undercover Boss:
The CEO of Philly Pretzel Factory literally makes the dough in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS).

Who Do You Think You Are? Rob Lowe traces his family history (8 p.m. NBC).

Nikita: Nikita (Maggie Q) persuades Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) to put up $20 million to trap Percy (Xander Berkeley) in this new episode. Lyndsy Fonseca also stars. (8 p.m. KTLA).

Supernatural: Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) gets his hands on Frank’s hard drive, which has sensitive data about Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles), and gives it to a hacker (Felicia Day) in the new episode (9 p.m. KTLA).

Whale Wars: Viking Shores: The lines between heroes and villains get blurrier when the “bad guys” are native islanders with a centuries-old cultural tradition of whaling in this new five-part “Whale Wars” spinoff (9 p.m. Animal Planet).

Fairly Legal: Kate (Sarah Shahi) mediates a dispute between a school she attended and an expelled student (9 p.m. USA).

Blue Bloods: Danny and Jackie (Donnie Wahlberg, Jennifer Esposito) realize someone is leaking information to the wrong people when an attempt is made on the life of the Russian mob witness they’re protecting in this new episode (10 p.m. CBS).

In Plain Sight: To clear her name Mary (Mary McCormack) must lose an FBI tail and find her father (Stephen Lang) in this new episode (10 p.m. USA).

SPORTS

Baseball:
The Angels visit the Cleveland Indians (4 p.m. FSN); the Washington Nationals visit the Dodgers (7 p.m. FS Prime).

Hockey: NHL Playoffs (4 and 6:30 p.m. NBCSP).


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Nielsen Notes (Daytime)
'Today' surges back ahead of 'GMA'
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Apr. 27, 2012

NBC's "Today" has started a new winning streak.

The week after ABC's "Good Morning America" broke its rival's 852-winning streak, "Today" jumped back ahead.

"Today" averaged 5.253 million total viewers for the week ended April 23, according to Nielsen, compared to 5.01 million for "GMA."

That was a winning margin of 243,000.

The previous week, when "GMA" broke "Today's" 16-year winning streak, ABC had an advantage of 31,000.

Season to date, "GMA" is 474,000 behind its rival, the smallest gap between the two in 16 years.

"Today's" resurgence was not a surprise. During the week that "GMA" won, popular "Today" co-host Matt Lauer was on vacation, which likely led to some viewer churn.

But "Today" clearly remains vulnerable. ABC said that, according to early numbers, "GMA" pulled ahead once again on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week, and was outdrawing its rival by an average 63,000 during the first three days of the week.

It won't be clear until this coming Monday which network finishes the week ahead, but both seem intent on capturing the No. 1 spot. They've been trotting out all sorts of ratings gimmicks.

"Today" had Rosie O'Donnell as a guest commentator Tuesday, and O'Donnell set off a media firestorm by saying that troubled actress Lindsay Lohan should be taking a break from acting rather than appearing in an upcoming film playing Elizabeth Taylor.

After Twitter, Facebook and all the gossip blogs lit up with coverage of O'Donnell's comments, NBC invited her back Wednesday to further discuss Lohan.

O'Donnell then compared the "Mean Girls" star to Whitney Houston, who died in February after battling a drug problem for years. In comments that seemed designed to stir up more controversy, O'Donnell said she hoped Lohan did not meet a similar fate.

"GMA" isn't immune from the ratings-bating, either. Yesterday morning the network trotted out that old tabloid favorite, Octomom, to address charges that her 14 children are struggling in unlivable home conditions.

And earlier this month ABC famously enlisted Katie Couric, the former "Today" co-host and current ABC News employee, to fill in while Robin Roberts was on vacation.

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1 For (Original) 6
By Mike Reynolds, Multichannel News - Apr. 27, 2012

Going for 1 in 6 in sports isn't good. But for executives on Manhattan's Sixth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Penn Plaza, that ratio wasn't just good, it was great on April 26. Especially when an O for 6 would have meant Ottawa.

Had the New York Rangers and netminder Henrik Lundqvist not staved off the Senators' 2-1 at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 on Thursday, the NBC Sports Group in the first of its 10-year, $2 billion deal with the National Hockey League would have provided exclusive second round coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, sans any Original Six members.

While neither of the north of the border and Nielsen-challenged clubs the miserable Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians, North America's biggest winning franchise this side of the New York Yankees made the 2012 playoff grade to begin with, three other members failed in the first round. Hockeytown's favorites, the Detroit Red Wings, went out in five versus the Nashville Predators, while the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2010 Cup kings, were bitten by the Phoenix Coyotes in six.

On Wednesday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins lost Game 7 on home ice in OT to the Washington Capitals. In a league first, every game in the series was decided by one goal. The taut action reached a crescendo with TV watchers. NESN netted a new Nielsen record with a 19.6 rating in the Boston DMA on April 25, while Comcast SportsNet posted an 8.01 in Washington, the club's second-best performance in DC, and broke the Caps' mark in Baltimore with a 3.72. Nationally, NBC Sports Network scored the top NHL Conference Quarterfinal game on cable in 12 years with 1.32 million watchers.

The Nielsen icing of Detroit, Chicago and Boston was exacerbated by the Keystone State confrontation that left Sid The Kid and the popular Pittsburgh Penguins on the wrong side of a wild series with Comcast's preferred NHL club, the Philadelphia Flyers. Either way, that match-up was bound to hurt the NHL long-term Nielsens.

Last year's Stanley Cup finalist, this year's President Trophy winners and the people-meter free Vancouver Canucks also joined the opening-round exodus at the skates of the Los Angeles Kings.

Still, NBC Sports Group's prospects would have taken a further hit without the Rangers. Now the Broadway Blue Shirts will entertain Alex Ovechkin's Capitals, while the Flyers will engage Marty Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils, who needed OT in Game 6 and Adam Henrique goal 3:47 into the second extra session in Game 7, to drive an 1-95 series with Philly.

Out west, the news isn't nearly as good. Nashville-Phoenix is small market and profile (at least the Coyotes have yet to return to Canada). LA-St. Louis the Blues dispatched the perennial postseason underachievers San Jose Sharks in five is much more compelling from a DMA perspective, but still doesn' t carry the pedigree, or support of the viewers/fans in Detroit and Chicago.

Although the NHL's new second-round nationally exclusive windows mirroring to the NBA's take-out of the regional sports networks should yield record Nielsens, the ratings lamp would have shone brighter if more Original Six members were still skating.

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Study: Kindle Fire dominating Android tablet market
By Brett Molina, USA Today - Apr. 27, 2012

More than half of the tablets owned in the U.S. that run Google's Android operating system are Amazon's Kindle Fire, says research from comScore.

As of last February, 54.4% of Android tablets owners have a Kindle Fire, followed by Samsung's Galaxy Tab line with 15.4% and the Motorola Xoom with 7%.

It's a sharp jump from December of last year, one month after the Fire launched in the U.S. Four months ago, 29.4% owned a Fire, followed by nearly 24% who have a Galaxy Tab.

On Thursday, Amazon revealed during their first-quarter earnings call the Fire remained their best-selling item, but did not disclose figures.

The study also found that when it comes to consuming content on tablets, size matters. According to comScore, tablets with larger screens boasted a higher level of content consumption than their smaller counterparts.

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'Whale Wars: Viking Shores' (Animal Planet)
Earnest Sailors Drop Anchor Among the Enemy
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Apr. 27, 2012

One of the hallmarks of Whale Wars, the Animal Planet reality series about conservationists doing battle with Japanese whalers on the high seas, is the anonymity of the animal lovers' faceless and mostly silent enemy: crouched on the decks of its ships, seen at a distance through the mist and spray.

In the spinoff series Whale Wars: Viking Shores, beginning Friday night on Animal Planet, that distance is erased. When the earnest, often hapless environmental warriors of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society arrive in the Faroe Islands to try to interfere with a traditional whale hunt called the grindadrap reminiscent of the dolphin hunts in the documentary The Cove the residents are right there on the dock, talking back in their Nordic-accented English. They're close enough to the intruders to shake their hands, or throw beer bottles at them, or stick a whale knife in their ribs.

Those last two things don't happen in the premiere episode, but what we see is shot and edited in such a way as to lead us to believe that they might. Where the original Whale Wars, which will return for a fifth season on June 1, is presented as naval warfare, Whale Wars: Viking Shores is a combination of social-problem drama and low comedy.

After an ominous opening featuring broodingly beautiful Faroese landscapes and a horror-movie montage of images from past grindadraps grisly affairs in which hundreds of pilot whales are herded onto beaches, killed and gutted, turning entire harbors blood red Viking Shores settles into some typical Whale Wars patterns. One of the Shepherds' boats is stuck in port in Scotland, a familiar problem for this rag-tag fleet. The other boat reaches the Faroe Islands, but a crucial delivery of sonar equipment is bungled, leaving the crew without a plan for disrupting the hunting season.

What's new, and reasonably entertaining, are the dockside clashes between the prickly, insular Faroese (the descendants of Vikings) and the stubborn, more-than-a-little-obtuse conservationists. The foreman of the whale hunt, a bear of a man who makes threatening remarks that seem pitched more to the cameras than the Sea Shepherds, says, It looks very barbaric, but it's not like that.

The captain of the Shepherds' boat, immune, like all of his crew, to pleas based on history, culture or traditional diet, replies, How can it not be like that?

A crew member sums up the young eco-warriors' discomfort with having to listen to an adversary: To actually have to come face to face and have these conversations, it's a little bit challenging.

The results of the Sea Shepherds' campaign in the Faroe Islands, which took place last summer, can be found online. We won't spoil them here, other than to say that the five episodes of Viking Shores may continue to lack the kind of maritime confrontations that the franchise normally provides. And in that case, Whale Wars: Onshore Bickering will run out of gas pretty quickly.

WHALE WARS: VIKING SHORES
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
After long layoff, CBS shows fall to new lows
'Bang' slides to season-low 4.0 rating in 18-49s
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Apr. 27, 2012

A three-week break may have hurt CBS's Thursday schedule.

Last night three of four shows on the network fell to season lows, although, in a tribute to the network's strength on the night, it still finished a close second to Fox on the first evening of the May sweeps.

Fox averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and 8 share in primetime, according to Nielsen, with CBS second at 2.6/7.

CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" was the night's No. 1 show once again, but it dipped to a season-low 4.0 in the 8 p.m. timeslot. It finished four-tenths ahead of "American Idol" in their shared half-hour, with "Idol" rising to a 4.3 in its second half hour.

"Rules of Engagement" was CBS's only show to see gains, and it notably had not been on a three-week break. It aired originals during the other shows' spate of reruns the past few weeks. Last night it averaged a 2.5, up 14 percent from the previous week.

CBS's Thursday dramas, "Person of Interest" (2.4) and "The Mentalist" (2.1), also fell to season lows.

It's possible that viewers did not realize the CBS shows were going back into originals last night, which would explain the drops.

CBS wasn't the only network to see declines. Fox's new 9 p.m. drama "Touch" looks less and less likely to receive a second-season order, averaging a series-low 1.9 last night, down 10 percent from last week.

ABC's "Missing" and "Grey's Anatomy" were down week to week.

And the struggling 10 p.m. drama "Awake" on NBC slid to a series-low 0.8.

With Fox and CBS out ahead, ABC finished third on the night at 2.2/6, followed by Univision fourth at 1.5/4, NBC fifth at 1.4/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/3 and CW seventh at 0.8/2.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Forty-three percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a 3.9 for "Idol," followed by CBS with a 3.2 for "Bang" (4.0) and "Rules of Engagement" (2.5). NBC and Univision tied for third at 1.5, NBC for "Community" (1.4) and "30 Rock" (1.6) and Univision for "Una Familia con Suerte," with ABC fifth with a 1.3 for "Missing," CW sixth with a 1.0 for "The Vampire Diaries" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.9 for "Premios Billboard."

ABC moved to first at 9 p.m. with a 3.2 for "Grey's," while CBS remained second with a 2.4 for "Person of Interest." NBC and Fox tied for third at 1.9, NBC for "The Office" (2.1) and "Parks and Recreation" (1.6) and Fox for "Touch." Univision placed fifth with a 1.5 for "Abismo de Pasion," Telemundo sixth with a 1.0 for more "Premios" and CW seventh with a 0.5 for "The Secret Circle."

At 10 p.m. ABC and CBS tied for the lead at 2.1, ABC for "Scandal" and CBS for "The Mentalist." Univision was third with a 1.5 for "La Que No Podia Amar," Telemundo fourth with a 0.9 for the final hour of "Premios" and NBC fifth with a 0.8 for "Awake."

CBS led the night among households with a 7.2 average overnight rating and a 12 share. Fox was second at 6.4/10, ABC third at 5.2/8, NBC fourth at 2.0/3, Univision fifth at 1.9/3, Telemundo sixth at 1.2/2 and CW seventh at 1.1/2.

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A&E Sets Summer Premiere Dates for 'The Glades,' 'Longmire'
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Apr. 27, 2012

A&E has announced the return of The Glades and the debut of new series Longmire.

The Glades will launch its third season on Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. Immediately following the veteran series, the Katee Sackhoff-led Longmire will premiere at 10 p.m.

Described as a contemporary crime thriller, the 10-episode Longmire is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson. Sackhoff is joined by Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

Hunt Baldwin, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin and Christopher Chulack serve as executive producers.

The Glades stars Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Taylor Cole and Carlos Gomez. Executive producers include creator Clifton Campbell and Gary Randall.

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You didn't read all of it. It won't happen until the 2014 season, which means around New Year's Day 2015. So two more years of BCS crud.

Yea i know i didnt say its starting this year....its not even technically approved yet but they said it definately will happen i think in their next meeting in june they just have to figure out the format but at least its that light/tunnel thing.

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It coincides with the current BCS contract ending.
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25.3 million total viewers for the nfl draft last night smashing the all time record of 23.3 in 2010.

*headoffatthepasscomment: thats the "watched part #."

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