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19 items from 2004


'MNF' drives ABC victories on mundane Monday night

29 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Monday Night Football carried ABC to victory on a Monday night otherwise dominated by reruns and specials. The St. Louis Rams' lopsided 20-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles delivered 16.4 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/17 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was only a ho-hum showing by MNF standards, but given the anemic competition, it was strong enough to give ABC the nightly win by a wide margin. CBS placed second for the night in total viewers (12.1 million) and adults 18-49 (3.7/10), even with lukewarm numbers for repeats of its regular lineup, led by 9 p.m.'s Everybody Loves Raymond (14.8 million, 4.5/12) and 10 p.m.'s CSI: Miami (13.2 million, 4.2/11). »

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ABC heats up with holiday leftovers

28 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Strong showings from some of ABC's signature shows, Monday Night Football, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, According to Jim and Lost, helped the network snap CBS' six-week winning streak among adults 18-49. But the eye network's dominance in total viewers remained unchallenged with an encore episode of departing veteran Everybody Loves Raymond drawing the largest audience on any network during the rerun-heavy Christmas week of Dec. 20. ABC (9.7 million viewers, 3.4 rating/10 share among adults 18-49) logged the highest 18-49 average for any network during a week containing Christmas in four years, according to Nielsen Media Research data. »

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Analysis: Midseason to test ABC

22 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC is looking like a new network this season with TV's hottest freshman series, Desperate Housewives and Lost, but old problems still persist on its primetime schedule. With a bumper crop of high-rated first-year series on a network that has failed to generate any in several seasons, ABC's performance heading into midseason is nothing short of stunning. Nine Golden Globe nominations -- five for Housewives alone -- is undeniable evidence the buzz is back after a multiyear slump. However, ABC is still struggling mightily on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; ratings in the key adults 18-49 demographic are down on each night by at least 20% in the first 12 weeks of the season compared with the same period last year. Furthermore, a big question mark will hover over Monday once Monday Night Football ends next month. "We are not a one-night network," said Jeff Bader, executive vp at ABC Entertainment. "But we do have a lot of time periods that we do need to work on." »

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CBS' 'Raymond' top show on slow Monday

22 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Apparently, everybody still loves Everybody Loves Raymond. A repeat of the CBS sitcom, now halfway through its ninth and final season, was the most-watched program of the night on a lackluster Monday dominated by repeats. ABC was poised to win the night overall on the strength of Monday Night Football and a 29-28 victory by Miami over New England. Reliable national estimates for ABC's live game coverage won't be available until later today, but in Nielsen Media Research's 56 overnight metered markets the game drew 12.1 household rating/19 share from 9 p.m.-12:15 a.m. ET. »

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ABC inks new pact with affils for NFL rights

17 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A new four-year deal between ABC and its affiliates has come into effect following an approval by the majority of the network's affiliate body. The new agreement, proposed by ABC earlier this year, was accepted by the Affiliate Assn. board of governors in October (HR 10/14). The contract -- which is retroactive to Aug. 1, when the previous affiliate agreement expired -- guarantees stations will continue pitching in on rights fees for Monday Night Football, pegged at $550 million in ABC's current deal with the NFL, which expires at the end of the 2005-06 season. While the affiliates are expected to collectively kick in $31 million per year to ABC until that contract expires -- down from the $34 million they've paid per year over the course of the most recent affiliate deal -- that sum will rise to $35 million in the third and fourth year if ABC is able to re-sign the NFL. »

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'Men,' 'CSI: Miami' take CBS to top Monday

15 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fresh episodes of Two and a Half Men and CSI: Miami took CBS to the top on what was otherwise a ho-hum Monday night in primetime. CBS easily won the night against a weak outing for ABC's Monday Night Football and repeats on NBC of Fear Factor and Las Vegas. CSI: Miami as usual ranked as the night's most-watched program, averaging 20.4 million viewers and 7.5/19 in the adults 18-49 demographic at 10 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. At 9:30 p.m., sitcom Men (16.4 million, 5.8/14) showed its mettle by building slightly on its lead-in, a repeat of Everybody Loves Raymond (16.2 million, 5.4/13). »

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Football scores for ABC on Mon. against rivals

8 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- A stronger performance by Monday Night Football led ABC to a primetime victory over CBS' repeat comedies and CSI: Miami. ABC averaged 14.1 million total viewers in primetime Monday night, ahead of CBS (13.5 million), NBC (10.9 million) and Fox (7 million), according to fast-national data released this morning by Nielsen Media Research. ABC also scored in the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.1 rating/13 share, edging CBS's 4.9/12 and well ahead of NBC (4/10) and Fox (3.3/8). In metered market ratings, the Dallas Cowboys-Seattle Seahawks game delivered a 12.3/19, up 2% than last Monday's Tennessee Titans-New York Jets matchup. It peaked at a 13.7/20 between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Other ratings winners included Everybody Loves Raymond, which averaged 15 million viewers and a 5.5/13 in the demo and Two and a Half Men with 14.2 million and a 5.1/12 in the demo. CSI: Miami averaged 16.2 million viewers at 10 p.m. and a 6/15 in the demo. »

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NBC changing 'LAX' flight, sends 'Hawaii' to standby

17 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC will reroute the airport drama LAX from Monday to Wednesday in time for sweeps month, making room for a new unscripted series, The $25 Million Dollar Hoax. Beginning Oct. 27, LAX will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m., replacing fellow rookie series Hawaii, which NBC has put on hiatus. LAX, which stars Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood, has not made much headway against tough competition from ABC's Monday Night Football and CBS' CSI: Miami in its three weeks on the air. Stepping into LAX's Monday 10 p.m. slot is Hoax, a three-episode prank showcase in which a fake lottery winner sets out to deceive family and friends. Hoax, which begins Nov. 8, is based on a British format from Maverick that will be produced by Reveille and Hallock Healey Entertainment. »

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ABC affils agree to kick in on 'MNF' fees

14 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC announced Wednesday that it has come to terms on a new four-year deal with its affiliates that guarantees stations will continue pitching in on rights fees for Monday Night Football. The network's Affiliate Association Board of Governors accepted the agreement and submitted it to the affiliate body. The agreement is retroactive to Aug. 1, the expiration date on the last deal with the affiliates, which was signed into effect in 2002 (HR 10/18/02). "ABC is pleased that we have reached an agreement that is not only mutually beneficial to both the network and the affiliates but was achieved through a collaborative and constructive process," Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, media networks for the Walt Disney Co. and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, said in a statement. »

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Rivals' sports shows can't defeat CBS Mon.

13 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A lopsided NFL contest and modest turnout for the decisive Game 5 of the National League divisional playoff series made it easy for CBS to nab the Monday night bragging rights with its regular lineup, anchored by CSI: Miami. The eye network's 10 p.m. dynamo was the most-watched program of the night with an average of 21.4 million viewers and 7.7 rating/19 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS appeared to top ABC's Monday Night Football in viewers and run a close second in the key demo in the 9 p.m. hour with sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond (17.9 million, 6.1/15) and Two and a Half Men (17.1 million, 5.9/14). Reliable national ratings for ABC's live coverage of Tennessee's 48-27 rout of Green Bay won't be available until later today, but preliminary numbers indicate that Miami was strong enough to allow CBS to elbow past ABC for the nightly win in viewers (16.4 million) and adults 18-49 (5.7/14). Fox's live coverage of the game that saw the Houston Astros defeat the Atlanta Braves to advance to the NL championship series also appeared to generate fairly lackluster numbers. »

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Fearless CBS wins Mon. rating race

6 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fear Factor perked up a bit for NBC on Monday but CBS still ruled the night with its comedy block and CSI: Miami. CBS won the night in total viewers (16 million) and the adults 18-49 demographic (5.6 rating/14 share), according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CSI: Miami (20.3 million, 7.6/19) led the charge for the eye network. CBS was also on top in viewers and competitive in 18-49 with ABC's Monday Night Football from 9-10 p.m. with Everybody Loves Raymond (17.2 million, 5.8/14) and Two and a Half Men (16.6 million, 5.8/14). »

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'CSI: Miami' strong Monday; MNF tops adult demos

29 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CSI: Miami turned in another powerful performance for CBS on Monday but Monday Night Football drove home the nightly adults 18-49 win for ABC. CSI: Miami delivered 19.2 million viewers and 7.0 rating/18 share in the adults 18-49 demographic at 10 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The Dallas Cowboys' 21-18 victory over the Washington Redskins proved a strong draw for ABC from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. EDT. Reliable national estimates for ABC's live game coverage won't be available until later today but the game drew a healthy 13.7 household rating/22 share in Nielsen's overnight metered markets. The game appeared to beat CSI: Miami in the 10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 but not in viewers. »

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Hot 'CSI: Miami' nearly sacks 'MNF'

22 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CSI: Miami was hot to trot in its third-season premiere Monday, leading CBS to the nightly victory in total viewers and coming within a hair of ABC's Monday Night Football in adults 18-49. CSI: Miami, starring David Caruso, brought in an average of 22.4 million viewers and a 8.1 rating/20 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. CBS' powerhouse and ABC's "MNF" (18.8 million, 8.0/22 from 9 p.m.-midnight EDT) took a heavy toll on the second outing of NBC's freshman drama LAX, which sank 38% in adults 18-49 from last week's healthy premiere numbers (against a CSI: Miami repeat) to an average of 7.9 million viewers and a 3.1/8 in adults 18-49. »

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Hollywood part of ESPN2 game plan<BR clear="none"/>

2 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN plans to go Hollywood as part of an effort to revamp ESPN2, balancing its live sporting events with a slate of programs that blend personalities with sports news and information just before primetime and in late night. A pilot for ESPN Hollywood, a half-hour show that will focus on the intersection between the worlds of sports and entertainment, will be shot Sept. 13. If it makes the cut, ESPN Hollywood would land in the 6 p.m. ET slot Monday-Friday on ESPN2. ESPN brass also confirmed Wednesday that it is taking SportsCenter on the road this month for a week in the Kuwaiti desert with American troops. ESPN Hollywood will be produced out of Los Angeles, but hosts have not been chosen yet; former Monday Night Football sideline reporter Lisa Guerrero will host the pilot, but executives said she wouldn't be the permanent host. Further details about the show, including a start date, haven't been set. »

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Disney, OpenTV settle patent dispute

7 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The Walt Disney Co. and interactive TV firm OpenTV Corp. said Wednesday that they have settled long-running patent litigation involving both companies and some of their respective business units. Before the news of the settlement, shares of OpenTV closed down 1.1% at $1.87. But in after-hours trading, the stock rose more than 15%. OpenTV is controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media. The patent litigation was originally brought by iTV firm ACTV Inc., now a part of OpenTV, against Disney and its ABC and ESPN units. The lawsuit alleged that enhanced features offered on such shows as ABC's Monday Night Football and ESPN's Sunday Night Football infringed on ACTV patents. »

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ABC details bid for betterment

11 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC made its case for repairing its primetime problems to attendees in Anaheim Thursday at the network's annual affiliates convention. "I know your patience has been severely tested in recent years," Alex Wallau, president of operations and administration at ABC Networks, told attendees. Executives newly installed at ABC from parent company the Walt Disney Co. shared their turnaround strategies with affiliates in hopes of easing frustrations over the network's ratings woes. But tensions also were running high over other contentious issues, including renewing affiliation agreements for major station groups and financing a new deal to keep the Monday Night Football franchise on ABC when the network's contract with the NFL expires after the 2005-06 season. »

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ABC details bid for betterment

11 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC made its case for repairing its primetime problems to attendees in Anaheim Thursday at the network's annual affiliates convention. "I know your patience has been severely tested in recent years," Alex Wallau, president of operations and administration at ABC Networks, told attendees. Executives newly installed at ABC from parent company the Walt Disney Co. shared their turnaround strategies with affiliates in hopes of easing frustrations over the network's ratings woes. But tensions also were running high over other contentious issues, including renewing affiliation agreements for major station groups and financing a new deal to keep the Monday Night Football franchise on ABC when the network's contract with the NFL expires after the 2005-06 season. »

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Limping ABC hopes to fall upward with 8 new ’04 series

18 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC will add no fewer than eight new series to its fall 2004 primetime lineup, with three more newcomers waiting in the wings for midseason debut, in an effort to pull the network out of its prolonged ratings slump. The lineup unveiled Tuesday morning leads off on Monday with reality series The Benefactor, in which contestants vie to win $1 million from maverick billionaire Mark Cuban, in the 8 p.m. time slot leading into Monday Night Football. (In West Coast markets, Benefactor will air later in the night after the live "MNF" coverage ends.) In January, after the end of football season, ABC will program a movie from 8-10 p.m. followed by freshman drama Grey's Anatomy, about a group of female surgical residents. »

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NBC: Few major changes seen for '04-'05

26 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Don't expect NBC to blow up its entire primetime schedule next season just because it's saying goodbye to Friends in May. Jeff Zucker, president of the NBC Entertainment, News and Cable Group, told media buyers and reporters Thursday during an NBC development preview presentation that the network will keep much of its current primetime lineup intact next season. "No one's had a stronger second half of the season than us," Zucker said during the morning meeting held on the set of the peacock hit freshman drama Las Vegas in Culver City. "We are in a much stronger position than we were just two months ago. ... All of a sudden our (development) needs are much less than we thought they'd be." Zucker credited NBC's rebound in recent months to the strength of its new Thursday reality hit, the Donald Trump-hosted The Apprentice; its Monday 10 p.m. matchmaking franchise Average Joe, now in its third incarnation; and the James Caan starrer Las Vegas, which blossomed into a significant, male-skewing hit for NBC on Mondays after ABC's Monday Night Football ended its season in December. »

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