'Ed' and 'L&O' finales win NBC Wednesday night
On Wednesday, NBC won the last night of sweeps in both households and adults 18-49 thanks to two season finales, “Ed” and a two-hour “Law and Order.” The network won every half-hour except one, at 8 p.m., when the CBS movie “Conspiracy Theory” won households and a Fox repeat of “That '70’s Show” won adults 18-49. But the real story of Wednesday night could be UPN. Accurate numbers aren’t available yet, but if early indicators turn out to be true, the series finale of “Star Trek: Voyager” will have given UPN a second place finish in households, ahead of ABC, CBS, and Fox. The preliminary Nielsen household rating and share and adult 18-49 rating for Wednesday night were: NBC 10.9/18 and 6.1, ABC 7.1/12 and 4.1, CBS 6.7/11 and 2.8, and Fox 5.7/9 and 4.5. On Tuesday, with season finales for every series, the race between networks for households and adults 18-49 was exceedingly close. During the 8 p.m. hour, CBS’s “JAG” and ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” each won a half-hour in households, while Fox’s “That '70s Show” and the series finale of NBC’s “Third Rock from the Sun” also split the hour among adults 18-49. At 9 p.m., NBC’s “Frasier” swept the hour. But at 10 p.m., CBS’s “Judging Amy” edged ABC’s “NYPD Blue” in households, while “NYPD Blue” won the hour in adults 18-49. The preliminary Nielsen household rating and share and adult 18-49 rating for Tuesday night were: CBS 9.8/16 and 3.7, ABC 9.7/16 and 4.9, NBC 9.3/15 and 6.0, and Fox 6.3/10 and 4.9.

It's official: Fuller's out and Leive is in at Glamour
The early buzz had it right: Bonnie Fuller has been booted from her job as editor in chief of Glamour, to be replaced by Self editor Cindi Leive. Glamour staffers got the official news yesterday morning, and in the afternoon Cond
é Nast put out an announcement confirming Leive’s succession. Fuller reportedly took the news hard and may even be considering legal action against her former employers, according to a report in The New York Times. Slumping newsstand sales and past disloyalty are both thought to have contributed to Fuller’s ouster. Single-copy sales at the 2.1 million-circulation women’s title were off 10.9 percent in the second half of last year, and are said to be down at least as much in the first quarter of 2001. Perhaps Glamour’s diminishing effectiveness on the newsstand was a sign of Fuller’s own wandering attention. According to multiple reports, she twice lobbied hard for the editor in chief post at Harper’s Bazaar, which is owned by Condé Nast rival Hearst. She was on the verge of jumping after Bazaar editor Liz Tilberis died of cancer, but her Condé Nast bosses clamped down, holding her to her contract. Then, last summer, rumors again swirled that Fuller was pitching herself to Hearst president Catherine Black as a replacement for Kate Betts, whose February redesign received a somewhat cool reception from readers. Redbook editor Lesley Jane Seymore has been approached about succeeding Leive at Self, according to the Times.

And now a reality show about supermodels
Here are two words you don't often hear in the same sentence: "supermodel" and "reality." Independent production group Stone Stanley Entertainment has finalized a deal with Sportsworld Media Group and Ford Models to bring the Australian hit "Search for a Supermodel" to U.S. television. "Supermodel" is, natch, a reality show, this one involving young women competing for a big contract with Ford Models. According to the Australian show's web site, "Search for a Supermodel" shows "the hard work, the joy, the tantrums and the tears that are all part of the highly competitive path to joining the business of modeling." When "Supermodel" aired in Australia towards the end of last year, it attracted nearly 70 percent of all the females aged 16 to 24 watching TV. Needless to say it did nearly as well with males the same age. Stone Stanley is the group that gave the world "The Mole." Deals for "Supermodel" shows in as many as 13 countries are now being negotiated.

Might the end be near for MTV's 'Jackass'?

Is "Jackass," the show accused of inciting adolescent boys to torch themselves with gasoline, soon to be toast itself? MTV and Interscope Records have put on hold indefinitely plans for a soundtrack for the popular but controversial stunt comedy show starring the incredibly unsqueamish Johnny Knoxville. Interscope artists Beck and Marilyn Manson had already recorded music specifically for the album and other artists, including the Bloodhound Gang, Eminem and the Minutemen, were reportedly also tapped to contribute. The album's release date kept getting bumped back, from March to April to June, and now it looks like it may never arrive. That parent Viacom would scrap such a star-studded album aimed at the youth market has fueled speculation that the end may be near for the imitation-cursed show, which has been blasted by parents groups and U.S. Senators. Spokespeople for Interscope had no comment.

'Sopranos' is a hit, so to speak, in Italy, too
If "The Sopranos" offended some U.S. viewers for its depiction of organized crime within the Italian community, what kind of reception could it possibly expect back in the Old Country itself? A warm one, it turns out. Though it was stuck with a midnight time slot on a Wednesday night and very little publicity, "The Sopranos" still pulled in big numbers for its series debut in Italy. A quarter of the late-night viewing audience--about a million people--tuned in to the mob drama, waiting up until 12:30 a.m. for it after the preceding program ran late. The success has spurred Italy's Canale 5 to move the show to Saturday nights at 11:30. The New Jersey accents and mob-speak are gone in the Italian version though, as all the voices are dubbed, into a Neapolitan dialect for older characters and standard Italian with Neapolitan flourishes for younger characters. A spokesman for Canale 5 told the Associated Press that Italians aren't likely to reject the show for being politically incorrect. "Italians know who they are. This is a problem for Italian-Americans, not for us." All 13 episodes of the first season have been purchased.

April was no rosy month for newspaper advertising
It’s been a sorry year for newspaper publishers, and April was no exception. The nation’s two biggest newspaper chains reported year-to-year advertising revenue declines in the high single-digits. Gannett Co., the biggest newspaper chain and publisher of USA Today, reported an 8 percent drop in ad pages from April 2000 to April 2001. At No. 2 Knight-Ridder, which recently announced a reduction in its nationwide workforce, ad dollars were down 8.6 percent in April versus last year, with the biggest losses coming in help wanted and general advertising. Leading dailies have been hit hard too: The New York Times Co. reported a 15 percent decrease in revenues, and the Chicago Tribune announced a 14 percent falloff. The Wall Street Journal does not release its monthly revenue figures, but parent company Dow Jones & Co. reported that ad linage in April was off 32.7 percent.

May 24, 2001 © 2001 Media Life

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