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Fox takes Tuesday by shunning reruns

4 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With reruns dotting the schedule, the Big Four networks fell into their traditional post-November sweep swoon on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the network that served up the most original programming, Fox, won the night overall. Fox's 9 p.m. drama 24 was the most-watched program of the night, averaging 11.1 million viewers and 5.2 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Fox also won the first hour of primetime with solid showing from That '70s Show (10.2 million, 4.9/14), even though Grounded for Life (8.5 million, 4.2/11) slipped at 8:30 p.m. NBC served up a double-shot of its struggling freshman comedy In-Laws, first in its regular 8:30 p.m. time slot and then in a special post-Frasier showcase at 9:30 p.m. In-Laws held up fairly well after the Frasier rerun, averaging 9.6 million, 3.9/10 compared to Frasier's 10.9 million, 4.4/11. For the night, Fox averaged 10.2 million viewers and 4.9/13 in the key demo. A rerun-laded ABC ran second in total viewers (9.6 million) while NBC and ABC were neck-and-neck for the No. 2 spot in adults 18-49 (NBC's 3.9/10 to ABC's 3.8/10). »

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NBC's 'Frasier' has heart for ratings

13 November 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Strong numbers for Frasier and a big demo turnout for Dateline put NBC on top Tuesday among adults 18-49, while CBS was once again the most-watched network for the night, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. ABC's comedies 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (12.8 million, 5.0 rating/14 share in adults 18-49) and According to Jim (12.4 million, 5.3/14) led the demo pack in the 8-9 p.m. hour, with CBS' JAG (14.9 million, 3.1/8) No. 1 in total viewers. Frasier (17.1 million, 6.9/17) rebounded big with an episode revealing Niles' (David Hyde Pierce) serious heart condition, winning the 9-9:30 p.m. half-hour in adults 18-49 and viewers. »

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CBS draws most viewers Tuesday, ABC takes the demo race

16 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC's new Tuesday lineup posted another nightly win among adults 18-49, while CBS continued its rein on the night in total viewers. At 8 p.m., 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (12.8 million viewers, 4.7 rating/14 share among adults 18-49) cooled off from previous weeks, but still won the half-hour in adults 18-49, while passing the total viewers baton this week to CBS' veteran military drama JAG (14.9 million, 3.3/9 from 8-9 p.m.). ABC's According to Jim (12.4 million, 5.0/14) at 8:30 p.m. also topped the competition in adults 18-49, building on to its 8 Simple Rules demo lead-in, according to preliminary Nielsen data. NBC didn't see improvement from switching its 8-9 p.m. comedies. The block of In-laws (6.9 million, 2.4/7) at 8 p.m. and Just Shoot Me (8.0 million, 3.0/8) at 8:30 p.m. was down 13% in the 18-49 demographic, and up 5% in total viewers from last week, when Just Shoot Me (6.6 million, 2.7/8) opened the night at 8 p.m. and In-laws (7.7 million, 3.5/9) ran at 8:30 p.m. The two shows' delivery in 18-49 is on par with what Emeril and Three Sisters did for NBC in the time period last year. At 9 p.m., NBC's Frasier (13.6 million, 5.2/13) won the hour with Life with Bonnie (9.3 million, 4.0/10) running second in 18-49, while the two networks' sitcoms at 9:30 p.m., NBC's Hidden Hills (9.9 million, 4.3/11) and ABC's Less than Perfect (9.3 million, 4.1/10) ran neck and neck. CBS' legal drama The Guardian (13.2 million, 3.3/8) topped the 9-10 p.m. hour in total viewers. For the night, ABC averaged 11.6 million viewers and a 4.7/13 in 18-49 to CBS' 14.0 million viewers and a 3.6/9. NBC logged 9.8 million viewers and a 3.8/10, while Fox posted 6.1 million viewers and a 2.9/8 with repeats of That '70s Show, Cedric the Entertainer Presents and John Doe. »

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"JAG" leads CBS to Tuesday audience lead

9 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC served up another strong performance on Tuesday with its 8-10 p.m. comedy block and NYPD Blue. CBS also had a strong night with its drama lineup, led by JAG, which ranked as the most-watched program of the night. NBC got off to a slow start with the season premiere of Just Shoot Me at 8 p.m. pulling in just 6.7 million viewers and 2.7/8 in the adults 18-49 demo. At 8:30 p.m., NBC's new sitcom In-Laws rose to 7.8 million viewers and 3.4/9 in 18-49, but both of the peacock's comedies were still beaten by CBS' older-skewing "JAG" (14.6 million, 3.3/9). ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (14.6 million viewers, 5.6/16 in 18-49) and According to Jim (13.5 million, 5.6/15) won the hour. NBC's fortunes picked up at 9 p.m. with Frasier (14.2 million, 5.6/14), but ABC's Life with Bonnie (10.3 million, 4.6/12) held up well in the time slot. At 10 p.m., NYPD Blue (12.9 million, 5.3/15) was the clear winner in the demo but CBS' Judging Amy led in total viewers (14 million). For the night, CBS won in total viewers (14 million) while ABC led in 18-49 (5.1/14) and was No. 2 in viewers (12.3 million). Fox's regular lineup was preempted for baseball playoff coverage. »

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ABC 'Rules' Tuesday

3 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tuesdays are definitely looking brighter for ABC. The new John Ritter sitcom, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, continued to flex its demographic muscle, while Bonnie Hunt's Life With Bonnie hung tough in its first face-off at 9 p.m. with NBC's Frasier. For the third straight week, 8 Simple Rules (13.4 million viewers, 5.3 rating/16 share) won its 8-8:30 p.m. slot in the adults 18-49 demo, which helped ABC win the night in the demo. Buoyed by the fourth-season premiere of Judging Amy (15.7 million, 4.6/13), which ranked as the most-watched show of the night, CBS was No. 1 in total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The WB Network won the night in adults 18-34 and persons 12-34, with Gilmore Girls hitting series highs in the 18-34 (3.7/11) and 12-34 (4.0/12) demos. ABC also had solid results from the sophomore-season premiere of According to Jim (12.2 million, 5.2/14) at 8:30 p.m. and the debut of Less Than Perfect (10.4 million, 4.3/11) at 9:30 p.m. Moreover, ABC's Bonnie (11.1 million, 4.7/12) held up well against Frasier (14.5 million, 5.7/15) -- off its stellar season premiere -- giving ABC its most competitive demo performance in the 9-9:30 p.m. period with a comedy opposite an original episode of Frasier in nearly a year and a half. »

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Is It the End of 'Dawson's Creek' as Well?

3 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dawson's Creek has become the latest big-name American TV series to face the axe, after sexy star Katie Holmes announced she thinks the current season of shows will be the last. With Friends filming its final season and the stars of Frasier contemplating wrapping up the show next year, the teen hit has joined the trend of closing shows. Holmes, who is now spreading her talents into movies, says, "I really don't think there will be any more shows after this season." »

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New season, same champs: NBC in demo, eye in viewers

2 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Last season, NBC dominated ratings in the key 18-49 demo, while the peacock and CBS often battled for the crown in total viewers. For the first week of the 2002-03 season, it was more of the same. Thanks to a record-setting 16.6 rating/41 share for the ninth-season opener of Friends, plus some exceptional series debuts, NBC won the demo for the week ending Sept. 29. Meanwhile, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (a series record 30.5 million viewers) and its new spinoff CSI: Miami (23.1 million) helped CBS capture the glory for total viewers, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. Overall, NBC averaged a 5.4/15 in the demo, with 13.4 million total viewers. Following were CBS (4.6/12, 13.9 million), ABC (3.8/10, 9.9 million) and Fox (3.1/9, 7.1 million). In addition to such stalwarts as Friends and ER (13.2/32), NBC delivered strong openings for the new Sunday drama American Dreams (4.7/12) and such returning shows as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.3/17), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (4.9/11) and a two-hour fourth-season opener of The West Wing (6.7/17). Meanwhile, the new suburban comedy Hidden Hills (7.4/18) hung on to an impressive 84% of the huge audience for the special Niles and Daphne wedding episode of Frasier (8.8/22). »

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'Frasier' Is Top TV Show

17 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hit TV sitcom Frasier has become the biggest Emmy Award winner ever - with 30 statuettes - thanks to awards handed out on Saturday night in Hollywood. A week before the big Emmys show, which features the winners of the top awards, Frasier has become the most successful TV show in American history thanks to Saturday night's Creative Arts Emmys. Among the wins was actor Anthony LaPaglia, who picked up a Best Guest Appearance prize for his recurring role as Frasier character Daphne Moon's troublesome brother, Simon. The three awards picked up put the show's total Emmy count above that of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which previously held the record with 29 Emmys. »

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David Hyde Pierce Injured on Set

11 September 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frasier star David Hyde Pierce is recovering in hospital after falling on his head during the shooting of an episode of the hit American sit-com. The actor fell during a routine stunt last week and injured himself, but co-star Peri Gilpin is convinced he'll make a full recovery. The actress - who plays Roz in the show - says, "He's doing great. Everyone has been by his bedside. The doctor had to throw us out." »

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Grammer Owes $2 Million

1 May 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer has been ordered to pay his former talent agency more than $2 million in back commissions. The 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals in San Francisco, upholding a lower court ruling, ruled Monday that Grammer and his production company Grammnet Inc. owed The Artists Agency Of Los Angeles the money under a 1995 agreement which renegotiated the terms of their contract. Grammer, one of the highest-paid actors on American television, changed his contract with Artists in 1995 to reflect the fact that the agency had failed to win him any major motion picture projects. The new deal extended Grammer's television and commercial obligations with the agency by two years, but set him free to negotiate his own movie deals. In 1996 Grammer left Artists for good and challenged the 1995 contract on the grounds that it violated collective bargaining agreements with the Screen Actors Guild and other industry groups. A SAG arbitration panel subsequently found that the contract terms, while unusual, were valid - a position later upheld by a federal judge, who ordered Grammer to pay unpaid commissions totalling more than $2 million. Grammer's attorney Martin Singer, said the actor was considering filing an appeal. He said, "Kelsey feels like the union let him down. The court's decision unfortunately allows the talent agency to collect commissions under a contract that doesn't follow the agency's own rules." »

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Kelsey Grammer Gives Big Bucks To Alma Mater

17 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer has made a six-figure donation to his old high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Pine Crest School will use the TV actor's cash to help the 1,600- student school build a middle school campus and make renovations. The school is currently in the midst of a $15 million fundraising drive. Pine Crest's vice-president for development, Larry Edwards, says, "Mr. Grammer has been generous enough to give the school the discretion to use the money for its capital campaign as it sees fit." Grammer adds, "I like what the school has done and what it plans to do." »

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Friends' Joey Set For Spin-off

20 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Friends favorite Joey Tribiani is set to become a permanent fixture on TV screens - if plans for a Frasier-style spin-off series are approved. The lovable bungling lothario, played by heart-throb Matt LeBlanc, will be "definitely less dumb" and will be living in Los Angeles, continuing to try and make it as an actor. LeBlanc, 34, is said to be extremely excited about the project, if it should come together when Friends finishes. According to Britain's The Mirror newspaper, a source says, "He gets a job in a Dynasty series as the playboy son but it's cancelled after the first episode." This would not be LeBlanc's first spin-off. He and Joseph Bologna headed the cast of a short-lived Married... With Children spin-off called Top Of The Heap. »

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Will And Grace Signs Up For A Whopper Of A Deal

15 March 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bosses at NBC have signed up sitcom Will & Grace for another three seasons - for a whopping $300 million. The network will pay its in-house producer, NBC Studios, a license fee of roughly $4 million per episode to keep the award-winning comedy, and all its stars, on the air until May 2005. NBC currently pays just under $1 million per episode. The deal makes the show, starring Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, NBC's fourth most-expensive series behind ER, Friends and Frasier. »

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Frasier Creator Get Posthumous Honour

26 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frasier creator David Angell is be honoured by the Writers Guild Of America six months after he was killed in the September 11 atrocities. The award-winning writer/producer and his wife Lynn were aboard American Airlines flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center. During the WGA's annual awards dinner on Saturday Angell will be awarded the Valentine Davies Award, which recognizes those who have "brought dignity and honor to the profession of writing". »

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Frasier's Big Chopper

30 January 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Kelsey Grammer got so sick of being stuck in traffic on the way to the Frasier studios, he takes a helicopter. The star, who recently struck a $100 million deal to continue his Emmy-winning role as Frasier Crane in the hit sitcom, was annoyed at wasting time in Los Angeles jams on the way to work and complained to his bosses. TV executives are so desperate to keep the actor, they are building a helipad near his home in Malibu so he can get to and from the studios with ease. »

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