'Love' misfires in Wednesday debut
ABC’s new show “The Ultimate Love Test,” a cross
between “The Bachelor” and “Temptation Island,” didn’t tempt
many on Wednesday night as it posted a 1.9 average rating in 18-49s. For
the night, the most-watched show in the demo was a repeat of “Law &
Order” on NBC, which posted a 3.9 average. But it was Fox that finished
on top for the night in 18-49s, with a 3.3 average rating and 11 share.
NBC was a close second at 3.2/10, while ABC and CBS tied for third at
2.3/7. The WB came in fifth at 1.0/3 and UPN sixth a 0.5/2.
At 8 p.m. an hour of “That ‘70s Show” on Fox was
first with a 3.2 average rating, ahead of an hour of “My Wife and
Kids” on ABC, which posted a 2.8. NBC was third that hour with yet
another installment of “Outrageous Game Show Moments.”
At 9 p.m. Fox was on top again with a 3.4 average rating
for another hour of “That ‘70s Show.” NBC moved to second with a 3.1
average for “L&O” with CBS in third with a 2.4 average for “The
King of Queens” and “Two and a Half Men.”
10 p.m. NBC led with “L&O’s” 3.9 average, followed by a 2.7
average for “48 Hours” on CBS.” ABC finished last that hour with the
disappointing 1.9 average for “The Ultimate Love Test.” For the night
among households, NBC was on top with a 6.9 average rating and 12 share.
CBS came in second at 6.1/11, Fox third at 4.2/8, ABC fourth at 3.9/7, the
WB fifth at 1.8/3, and UPN sixth at 1.0/2.
Universe' lifts NBC atop Tuesday night
On a fairly lackluster Tuesday, NBC’s “Miss Universe
Pageant” was the most-watched program among viewers 18-49. The telecast
posted a 4.5 average rating in its last hour, in which Miss Australia
Jennifer Hawkins was crowned Miss Universe. NBC finished first overall for
the night in 18-49s with a 3.5 average rating and 10 share. ABC finished
second at 2.6/7 while the WB and CBS tied for third at 2.0/6. Fox finished
fifth at 1.5/5, and UPN was sixth at 1.0/3.
At 8 p.m. a repeat of “Fear Factor” on NBC led with a
2.7 average rating. A rerun of “Navy NCIS” on CBS was second with a
2.2 average while “8 Simple Rules” and “I’m With Her” on ABC
combined for a 2.0 average and finished third.
At 9 p.m. the first hour of “Miss Universe” on NBC led
with a 3.2 average, followed by a 2.9 average for “According to Jim”
and “Less Than Perfect”
on ABC. The WB’s premiere of “Summerland” did well, with the second
hour finishing third during the 9 p.m. slot with a 2.1 average.
10 p.m. the last hour of “Miss Universe” led with its 4.5 average.
“Peter Jennings Reporting” on ABC was second that hour with a 2.9
average rating, and a repeat of “Judging Amy” on CBS was third at 2.1.
Among households, NBC finished on top with a 6.2 average rating and 10
share. CBS finished second at 5.7/10, ABC third at 4.5/8, the WB fourth at
3.1/5, Fox fifth at 2.2/5, and UPN sixth at 1.7/3.
over for COO, Viacom's Dolgen exits
day after the abrupt resignation of Viacom president and chief operating
officer Mel Karmazin, Jonathan Dolgen, chairman of the entertainment
division, resigned. Just a year ago Dolgen was considered a possible
successor to chairman and CEO Sumner Redstone, but was passed over this
week for Karmazin’s suddenly vacant position. Instead, the duties will
be shared by Tom Freston, chairman of MTV Networks, and Les Moonves,
chairman of CBS. That leaves Dolgen, who had overseen Paramount Pictures,
59 years old and jobless. Redstone told the New York Post that he didn’t
ask for Dolgen’s resignation saying, “It's a sad day for me, it really
is. Jonathan has been a wonderful friend and executive.”
We're not giving up on radio just yet
day after teasing that radio could go, Sumner Redstone, Viacom chairman
and CEO, told CNBC Wednesday that the chances of selling the radio arm of
the media conglomerate are minimal. “The
margins are high, the cash flow's great,” Redstone said. Questions
murmured about what would happen to Infinity after the resignation of Mel
Karmazin, who was most closely affiliated with the radio branch. At
Karmazin's resignation announcement, Redstone said Viacom would reconsider
its assets with Karmazin's exit. Infinity has been considered somewhat of
a weak link in the Viacom chain, reporting a 3 percent revenue growth in
the first quarter of this year compared with the company-wide average of
21 percent. Things may change, however, if Howard Stern keeps his promise
to leave Infinity after Karmazin’s departure. Stern told a recent caller
on his show, “I have a contract and if I walk out they'll sue. I
can't leave right today but, believe me, I'll be gone in a month.”
has the most smut? Internet, then TV.
Despite all the fuss about Howard Stern’s potty
mouth, most adults don’t believe radio is the most indecent form of
media. That’s according to a new survey from Paragon Media Strategies,
which asked 401 respondents age 18 to 64 which form of media they believe
contains the most indecency. Unsurprisingly, the smut-laden internet
topped the list at 51 percent, followed by television at 35 percent, radio
at 6 percent, magazines at 4 percent and newspapers at a paltry 1 percent.
The survey also inquired as to which types of indecent media participants
felt they had been exposed to within the last six months, and 68 percent
said they’d viewed something less than savory on a TV program. Following
close behind were email solicitations (63 percent) and television ads (60
percent). Another interesting finding: Only 41 percent of adults who
responded were personally offended by this year’s Super Bowl halftime
show, which featured Janet Jackson’s renegade breast.
Post's new Parade will counter News' Life
The New York Post will soon join the ranks of other
Sunday newspapers carrying glossy insert Parade. The feel-good magazine
will make its debut in the Post beginning July 4, marking the first time
in more than a decade that Parade will appear in a major New York City
daily, according to the Post’s Keith Kelly. The new partnership will
boost Parade’s circulation to more than 36 million a week, as the Post
recently recorded its Sunday circulation at 445,094. The announcement
comes as Time Inc. plans the re-launch of Life as a weekly newspaper
insert this fall. Life reportedly has tentative commitments from the
Tribune Company, parent of Long Island-based Newsday, and the Post’s
bitter rival New York Daily News, which once carried Parade but switched
to No. 2 magazine insert USA Weekend during the early 1990s. Life expects
an initial circulation of about 10 million.
moves 'Race' to Saturday leadoff slot
The fall schedules never stay
exactly the same for the next four months, and CBS has become the first
network to change one. This year’s season victor among households, total
viewers and adults 25-54 will rearrange the order of its already announced
Saturday schedule. Instead of leading off the night with “48 Hours
Mystery” as planned, the network will bump that show to 10 p.m. and move
its other two shows up an hour. The reality show “Amazing Race” will
lead off the evening at 8 p.m., followed by “Crimetime Saturday,” a
rotating rack of reruns of the “CSI” franchise, “Without a Trace”
and “Cold Case.” The move is apparently in recognition that “Race”
is actually the night’s strongest program and “Hours” the weakest.