'Boot Camp' tracks cleat marks over 'Joan'
Fox's special Tuesday episode of "Boot Camp" proved too strong a competitor
for ABC's successful midseason show, "What About Joan." Although "Boot's"
6.1 adult 18-49 rating was down considerably from its premiere and not close
to Fox's last reality show, "Temptation Island," it beat "Joan" at 9:30 p.m.
by 33 percent and helped Fox tie ABC for No. 1 for the night. "Joan's" 4.8
rating, however, was more proof that the new show, starring Joan Cusack, is
shaping up to be one of ABC's first hits in the past year. The sitcom retained
100 percent of lead-in "Dharma & Greg's" 18-49 rating, despite a
big jump in "Boot's" second half-hour. Fox's reality show's rating went up
by 10 percent in its second half, which is pretty common for unscripted shows. NBC and
its midseason show, "Three Sisters," suffered. It came in a distant third place at
9:30 p.m. and lost nearly 10 percent of "Frasier's" lead-in rating. NBC, in fact,
was in third or fourth place in the 18-49 demo for the entire night. ABC and Fox ended
up winning with a 5.3 to CBS's 3.4 and NBC's 3.3. ABC won in households, largely due to
"Millionaire," with a 10.3 rating and 17 share, based on preliminary Nielsen data. CBS had
a 9.0/15, Fox had a 6.6/11, and NBC had a 6.2/10.
shutters European edition
The Industry Standard’s troubles aren’t confined to the New World.
Parent company Standard Media International yesterday said that it is
suspending publication of the internet business newsweekly’s European
edition. Editorial staff for the London-based publication, which was
launched last year, will now contribute to the U.S. edition and its web
site. The move apparently comes after Standard Media failed in its search
for a partner to help underwrite the European edition, and follows a
precipitous decline in ad dollars for the Industry Standard and other
business-technology magazines. After setting records for ad pages last
year, the Industry Standard is off 65 percent in ad pages year-to-date
versus first quarter 2000. Ad revenue at the magazine is down 38.8 percent
to $18 million, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.
Supreme Court is
setting for new dramas
A rash of high-profile cases—gay Boy Scout leaders,
prayer in school and, of course, Bush v. Gore—has resulted in the
creation of a new television subgenre: The Supreme Courtroom drama. Two
new shows that take as their setting the highest court in the land will
debut this fall. Both will face the same necessity: translating the
often-dull workings of the judicial branch into dramatic gold. ABC’s
"The Court," produced by Touchstone Television and starring
Sally Field as a liberal justice, is centered around the professional and
personal lives of young law clerks working in the Supreme Court. Producer
Rob Scheidlinger has said he discussed his plans for the show with current
chief justice William H. Rehnquist more than a year ago. Rehnquist was
reportedly concerned that the show would portray the real justices barely
disguised as fictional characters. Scheidlinger assured him that would not
be the case. "First Monday" on CBS stars James Garner as an
aging chief justice. The show is reportedly modeled in part on NBC’s
"West Wing," as it will try to feature realistic settings and
plots that mirror real events. But neither show will feature footage from
inside the Supreme Court building itself, as commercial filming inside the
building is prohibited.
Word has it, Time Inc.
ogling Biz 2.0 on the cheap
The long-awaited onset of
consolidation among business-technology magazines appears to be at hand.
Time Inc. is in negotiations with Future Networks PLC to buy Business 2.0,
one of a number of next-generation business titles that racked up
obscenely large ad page counts last year before falling on hard times in
the wake of the dot.com crash. If a deal can be reached, Time Inc. is
expected to fold Business 2.0 into eCompany Now, its year-old
tech-oriented Fortune offshoot, according to reports of the talks. With
both titles claiming circulation of around 350,000, the resulting merged
magazine would be one of the biggest biz-tech players out there. Estimates
for Business 2.0’s price tag range from $30 million to $70 million, well
short of the more than $350 million Gruner & Jahr paid for Fast Company,
and short too of the $100 million Time Inc. reportedly offered Future
Networks for Business 2.0 as recently as last fall.
NY Times Moscow
chief gets a nasty faceful
Reporters and editors for The New York Times let out a
collective "Eww!" yesterday after learning that one of their own
had been the victim of a prank, the details of which were decidedly not
fit for a family newspaper. Moscow-based alternative magazine The eXile
this week awarded the title of "Worse Journalist in Russia" to Michael Wines,
chief of the Times's Moscow bureau. His prize: a cream pie in the face.
What he didn't know at the time was that it was a double whammy: The pie
was filled with horse semen--or so The eXile claimed in a story about the
attack, titled "Hack Eats Horse-Sperm Surprise," complete with a
photo of a pie-covered Wines. Times spokesperson Katherine Mathis confirmed
to Media Life that Wines was hit by a pie, but she could not verify
that the pie contained horse semen. The American expatriates who publish
The eXile say they settled on Wines for, among other faults, his fawning coverage of current president Vladimir Putin.
April 11, 2001
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