tops on Monday with couples 'Fear Factor'
Even without an “American Idol” lead-in, Fox’s new
“My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé” managed decent ratings Monday night.
The second episode of the show helped Fox to second place Monday with a
4.9 average adults 18-49 rating and 12 share, well behind NBC’s 6.1/15.
CBS was third at 4.1/10, ABC fourth at 2.9/7, the WB fifth at 2.2/5 and
UPN sixth at 1.4/3.
NBC’s special couples “Fear Factor” dominated the
evening with a 7.6 18-49 average at 8 p.m. The show faced mostly reruns,
but an original “lost” episode of “The Simple Life” at 8:30
didn’t provide much competition, averaging a 3.7, just 6 percent ahead
of a lead-in rerun of “That ‘70s Show.” More surprising was “Fiancé’s”
strong performance at 9, which averaged a 6.2.
“Fiancé” improved by 7 percent from its first
half-hour to its second. Though the show was down more than 40 percent
from last week’s opening performance out of “American Idol,”
“Fiancé” still finished first for the hour. It was well ahead of
NBC’s “Las Vegas,” which lost 9 percent of its audience from
half-hour to half-hour.
a rerun of “CSI: Miami” on CBS, NBC’s “Average Joe” won the 10
p.m. hour with a 5.2 average. CBS finished first on the night among
households with an 8.7/13. NBC was second at 8.4/12, Fox third at 6.4/9,
ABC fourth at 4.7/7, the WB 3.8/6 and UPN sixth at 2.4/4.
lift NBC to No. 1 on Sunday night
football to compete against this year, Sunday night’s Golden
Globes dominated the night, averaging a 9.9 adults 18-49 rating from
8 to 11 p.m. according to Nielsen overnights. That’s up 27 percent
versus last year’s rating, and it helped NBC to an 8.5 average
rating and 20 share for the night. CBS was second at 3.5/8, Fox
third at 3.4/8, ABC fourth at 2.4/6 and the WB fifth at 1.6/4.
Last year’s Golden Globes faced an NFL playoff game and posted their
lowest numbers in years. This year football was off for the weekend, and
that helped the pre-Oscar awards show to a big rebound (winners for the
night listed elsewhere on Media Life).
The Globes peaked at 9:30 p.m. with a 10.7, 8 percent above the rest of
the networks’ programming combined. The pre-Globes arrival show at 8
p.m. averaged a 4.4, the third-highest-rated show of the evening. Fox’s
“The Simpsons” was the second-highest-rated with a 4.9 at 8 p.m.
Among households NBC also dominated, averaging a 14.8/22. CBS was second
at 8.5/13. Fox finished third at 4.4/7, ABC fourth at 4.3/6 and the WB
fifth at 2.3/3.
jury: Eight women and four men
Stewart has influenced millions with her tips on keeping house and
entertaining, but now the fate of her future rests with just 12. Eight
women and four men were selected for the jury of Stewart’s trial,
including several with a working knowledge of financial matters. Having
more women on the jury may not necessarily work in Stewarts favor,
according to some analysts, who say that women jurors are sometimes more
judgmental of women defendants. Others speculate that Stewart’s business
success may resonate positively with several of the jurors. Still, the
process was anything but easy, and the inclusion of at least two of the
jurors was disputed with the judge. Stewart’s lawyer argued that one
woman isn’t fluent enough in English to follow the details of the case,
and the prosecution attempted to eliminate another woman, whose
husband’s work for the Wall Street Journal covering venture capital
exposed her to one of the case’s witnesses, a Morgan Stanley analyst.
Both women were allowed to remain on the jury.
survival's sake, a scrubbed-up Penthouse
Penthouse is cleaning up its act. The erstwhile nudie
magazine is attempting a transition to tasteful with a fall relaunch that
will cost about $50 million. The revamp comes after Penthouse went
bankrupt last year and needed an $85 million bailout from an investment
group to right itself, according to the New York Post. The staff will
remain intact, but the magazine will bear much more resemblance to Maxim
and other laddie publications
in order to get back into mainstream newsstands, such as military bases.
In the past 10 years, Penthouse’s circulation went from 3 million to
300,000, one major reason for its near-demise. The investment group, which
is taking on $45 million in debt from Penthouse owner General Media,
includes Absolute Return Europe Fund and PET Capital Partners.
Rogers lands at American Media
Ousted Primedia head Tom Rogers is back where he
belongs, in the TV business. The New York Post reports that American
Media’s David Pecker has hired Rogers to help launch AMI titles onto the
tube, including the recently revamped Star. Before his very forgettable
stint at Primedia, which ended last year, Rogers was known for creating
CNBC and helping NBC develop other cable programming. Pecker envisions a
Star show on a network like E! or VH1, but he also sees a possible future
for AMI titles Men’s Fitness, Shape and Mira, a Latino entertainment
magazine. Rogers eventually wants to branch into video-on-demand
offerings, programming blocks and even videos in the AMI line, but the
first step will probably be a celebrity show of some sort that may or may
not include editorial director Bonnie Fuller on air. That would likely
increase the chances of a Star show making it on the air in its first
mulls 5-minute delay to squash dirty words
heartburn after a greasy meal, the lingering effects of Fox’s “The
Simple Life” stars are keeping the network scrambling for relief. Fox
may be adding a five-minute delay to its live broadcasts after Nicole
Richie riddled the airwaves with expletives on this year’s broadcast of
the Billboard Music Awards. While live broadcasts are typically delayed
five or 10 seconds, Fox failed to catch Richie lamenting life on the farm.
“They call it the simple life?” she said. “Have you ever tried to
get cowshit out of a Prada purse? It’s not so fucking simple!” Fox
says no final decision has been made but has said it is working to prevent
the slip-up from happening again, especially in the wake of a promised
Federal Communications Commission crackdown on on-air swearing.
on Fox, hunting for the little woman
Fox, which never met a bad-taste boundary it
trample, is taking
the words "mini-series" quite literally. The
network and LMNO Productions have produced a two-episode
a 4-foot-5 man trying to find love amongst a
dozen similarly sized ladies. “The Littlest Groom” reality show has no
premiere date. Fox also bought a pilot for “Point Pleasant,” a drama about
a beach town that reacts to the arrival of a mysterious girl. In other
programming news, CBS picked up “The Amazing Westerbergs,” a pilot
from the “Spin City” team of Jay Scherick and David Ronn about two
Manhattan brothers. ABC has signed “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” star
Nick Lachey to a development deal for a drama or comedy. Wife Jessica
Simpson already has a deal at ABC, and the two have agreed to host a
sometime this year. MTV has picked up game show “Your
Face or Mine?,” in which contestants gauge how attractive people think
they are. It will be hosted by standup comic Dan Levy and is based on a
British show. Finally, the Outdoor
Network has secured rights to this
year’s Gravity Games, dropped last year by NBC. The 2005 Winter Games
are also included.