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11 items from 2003


Fox's ani, CBS' anni lead Sunday

4 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sunday was a good night for old TV favorites as CBS drew quite a crowd for its three-hour 75th-anniversary special and the 15th-season debut of The Simpsons packed 'em in for Fox. It was much slower going for Fox's 9-10 p.m. block of Malcolm in the Middle and the 9:30 p.m. premiere of the new comedy Arrested Development. CBS won the night by a wide margin in total viewers (17.1 million), while Fox led in the adults 18-49 demo (5.9 rating/15 share), according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. A double dose of Law & Order: Criminal Intent from 9-11 p.m. allowed NBC to run second for the night in adults 18-49 (3.7/9). Coming out of a healthy 13.5 million viewers and 4.9/11 for the 9 p.m. installment, the 10 p.m. Criminal Intent (10.8 million, 4.3/11) rerun even topped a fresh episode of ABC's The Practice (10.4 million, 4.0/11). »

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CBS had 'Code' to win Sun. in total viewers

26 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS did respectable business on Sunday with its original telepic Code 11-14. The eye network won the night in total viewers while repeats of The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle drove Fox to take the night in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Code 11-14 ranked as the most-watched program of the night with an average of 11.7 million viewers and 3.2 rating/ 9 share in the adults 18-49. NBC won the final hour of primetime in the adults 18-49 demo with The Restaurant (7.9 million viewers, 3.7/11 in adults 18-49), but the peacock still trailed Fox for the night in the key demo (Fox's 2.7/9 versus' NBC's 2.5/8). ABC appeared to trail its rivals for the night with its coverage of the Little League World Series, but reliable estimates for the live game coverage won't be released until Tuesday. »

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TV viewers feast eyes on NBC's 'Restaurant' on Sun.

19 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Restaurant was booked solid on Sunday. The NBC reality series was the standout on a night of weak ratings for the Big Four broadcast networks, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The Restaurant averaged 8.2 million viewers and 4.0 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, which marked the highest 18-49 demo score of any program on the night and helped NBC tie Fox for the night in the demo (2.6/8). CBS led in total viewers (8.4 million), thanks to a good start at 7 p.m. with 60 Minutes (10 million, 1.9/7) and 8 p.m. rerun of Without a Trace (9.5 million, 2.1/7). Fox was buoyed as always by The Simpsons (7.1 million, 3.0/10) and an hour of Malcolm in the Middle reruns (7.2 million, 3.1/9) from 9-10 p.m. ABC was dragged down by the weakness of its X Games coverage from 7-9 p.m. -- the second hour of the extreme sports fest dropped to cable-level viewing levels (3.3 million). ABC's fortunes picked up from 9-11 p.m. with a rerun of the conclusion of miniseries Stephen King's Storm of the Century (5.5 million, 2.2/6). »

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Repeats make for sleepy Sunday rate race

11 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It was an underwhelming night of repeats on Sunday for the Big Four networks, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The only standout was one of the only nonrepeats on the schedule, NBC's 10 p.m. reality series The Restaurant (7.8 million, 3.6 rating/11 share in adults 18-49), which built on its lead-in from the 9 p.m. repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9.4 million, 3.1/8). But CBS still won the night in viewers (7.5 million) thanks to 60 Minutes (9.9 million) and a special 8 p.m. rerun of drama series Without a Trace (7.8 million). Fox narrowly topped NBC for the night in the adults 18-49 demographic (2.9/9 versus NBC's 2.6/8) with its regular lineup of comedy reruns, led by The Simpsons (7.6 million, 3.6/12) and Malcolm in the Middle (6.8 million, 3.2/9). ABC was sluggish for the night with a 7-9 p.m. telecast of theatrical Angels in the Outfield and 9-11 p.m. repeat of its telepic Stephen King's Storm of the Century adding up to a nightly average of 6.3 million and 2.1/7 in adults 18-49. »

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CBS reruns past Big Four rivals Monday

28 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS led the primetime pack on an all-repeat on Memorial Day. Encore presentations of the network's regular Monday lineup averaged 10.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/10 share among adults 18-49, according to early Nielsen estimates. CBS also claimed the most watched program for the night, Everybody Loves Raymond (11.9 million, 4.0/10), and the top program in the 18-49 demo, CSI: Miami (11.7 million, 4.2/11). Fox (6.6 million, 3.1/8), which opted for an all-comedy night with reruns of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, That '70s Show and Malcolm in the Middle, ranked second in 18-49, while ABC (9.5 million, 2.7/7) was No. 2 in total viewers with a repeat broadcast of the feature The Horse Whisperer. NBC averaged 6.7 million viewers and a 2.9/8 with an all-unscripted lineup of a Fear Factor special, a regular Fear Factor episode and Psychic Secrets Revealed, all in reruns. »

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Showrunner Borkow joins 'Mac' family

28 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Malcolm in the Middle co-executive producer Michael Borkow has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner on another edgy Fox family comedy, The Bernie Mac Show, as part of an overall deal struck with Bernie Mac producers Regency TV/20th Century Fox TV. Borkow takes the reins from Bernie Mac creator/executive producer Larry Wilmore, who left the show in March (HR 3/12). The Peabody Award-winning series, starring comedian Bernie Mac, is set to return for a third season this fall in its original Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot. Meanwhile, Twentieth Television said Tuesday that Bernie Mac has been sold to stations covering 30% of the country for the show's syndication launch in fall 2005. Stations buying rerun rights include Fox-owned outlets in New York and Los Angeles, as well as the indie WCIU-TV Chicago. In an effort to bolster the production team for the upcoming season, Borkow has recruited Saladin Patterson (NBC's Frasier) and Rich Appel (NBC's A.U.S.A.) as well as John Riggi (CBS' Charlie Lawrence) as co-executive producers on the show. The three will join co-executive producer Warren Hutcherson and Mac, who has been upped from a producer. »

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Primetime wrap-up: Nets may face ratings reality next year

23 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Network executives found a miracle anti-aging remedy this season, but it turns out the cure may not last and has some undesirable side effects. Young TV viewers turned out in droves to watch instant one-name celebs such as Ruben and Clay on American Idol, Jenna on Survivor: The Amazon, Evan on Joe Millionaire and Trista on The Bachelorette. But the ever-fickle twenty- and thirtysomethings may not stick around, especially now that network executives have slammed the brakes on reality programming. Meanwhile, except for CBS' CSI: Miami, very few freshman scripted shows broke from the pack, and a whole batch of returning series -- from The West Wing to Malcolm in the Middle -- watched their audiences erode in the key 18-49 demographic favored by advertisers. The final statistics for the 2002-03 season that officially ended Wednesday reveal that reality shows drew network executives a clear map to the long-sought fountain of youth. Indeed, the season's No. 1 series in 18-49 was Fox's reality romance Joe Millionaire, which topped even NBC's longtime comedy demo king Friends, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. »

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Fox, NBC split lacklaster Sunday

1 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Talk about your ho-hum Sundays. Fox and NBC split the nightly primetime win as each of the Big Four networks served up underwhelming numbers even though all of them had fresh episodes of regular series. Fox's new 9:30 p.m. sitcom The Pitts had only a so-so premiere, drawing an average of 9 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Pitts dipped from its 9 p.m. Malcolm in the Middle lead-in (11 million, 4.7/11) to third place behind the night's most-watched program, NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent (14.4 million, 4.9/11), and ABC's Alias (9.7 million, 4.6/10). The WB Network also came up short with its 9 p.m. drama series premiere, Black Sash, which posted a 3.3/5 in Nielsen's 55 overnight metered markets. Even The Simpsons (12.4 million, 5.3/13) had an off night, falling below its usual Nielsen heights. But it still drove Fox to the nightly win in the adults 18-49 demo (3.9/10), while NBC prevailed in total viewers (10.8 million) and placed second to Fox in the demo (3.5/9). CBS had a slow night all around with its regular lineup of 60 Minutes, My Big Fat Greek Life, Becker and the 9-11 p.m. telecast of the 2000 Jackie Chan-Owen Wilson theatrical Shanghai Noon averaging 10.3 million viewers and a 3.1/8 in adults 18-49 for the night. »

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Fox, NBC split honors for lackluster Sunday

31 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Talk about your ho-hum Sundays. Fox and NBC split the nightly primetime win as each of the Big Four networks served up underwhelming numbers even as all of them had fresh episodes of regular series. Fox's new 9:30 p.m. sitcom The Pitts had only a so-so premiere, drawing an average of 9 million viewers and 3.8 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Pitts dipped from its 9 p.m. Malcolm in the Middle lead-in (11 million, 4.7/11) to third place behind the night's most-watched programs, NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent (14.4 million, 4.9/11), and ABC's Alias (9.7 million, 4.6/10). Even The Simpsons (12.4 million, 5.3/13) had an off night, falling below its usual Nielsen heights. But it still drove Fox to the nightly win in the adults 18-49 demo (3.9/10), while NBC prevailed in total viewers (10.8 million) and placed second to Fox in the demo (3.5/9). CBS had a slow night all around with its regular lineup of 60 Minutes, My Big Fat Greek Life and Becker, with the 9-11 p.m. telecast of the Jackie Chan theatrical Shanghai Noon averaging 10.3 million viewers and 3.1/8 in adults 18-49. »

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Boxoffice preview: 'Banks' goes 'House' hunting

14 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In one corner, there's a teen CIA agent saving the world. In the other corner, there's Queen Latifah saving a lonely middle-class man. And between the two of them, there's sure to be a battle to grab the weekend's top boxoffice spot. With about 20% of school-age kids out this weekend on spring break, the battle for No. 1 should be a knock-down, drag-out fight between MGM's Agent Cody Banks and Buena Vista's holdover Bringing Down the House. The PG-rated Cody Banks, directed by Harald Zwart, has several not-so-secret weapons in its arsenal. It stars Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff -- tween sensations idolized for their roles in Malcolm in the Middle and Lizzie McGuire, respectively. It also is one of the first films targeting the preteen audience to open this year. It appears that MGM execs have so much confidence in its junior James Bond story line that Muniz is already telling the press that the studio is planning a sequel featuring him back in action. Meanwhile, director Adam Shankman's House, coming off an impressive $31.1 million opening weekend, could still have enough of an audience to mine that it could lay claim to the No. 1 spot for a second consecutive weekend. Its weekday performance has remained respectable, and its two stars -- Queen Latifah, fresh off her Oscar nomination for Miramax's Chicago, and Steve Martin -- gives the comedy wide-ranging appeal. Many expect it to bring in as much as $20 million this weekend. »

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Fox pines for the '60s with 'Beene'

7 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Back in 1962, John F. Kennedy was in the White House, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" was atop the pop charts, The Beverly Hillbillies was the No. 1 TV show in the country, and the Fox Broadcasting Co. was 25 years away from hitting the airwaves. But that historical anachronism hasn't stopped Fox from whipping up a batch of retro-themed interstitials to run throughout its Sunday-night lineup to accompany the 8:30 p.m. debut of Oliver Beene, a period family comedy that chronicles an 11-year-old boy's coming of age in the early 1960s. "From Century City, it's Beene-O-Vision," a male announcer intones in the spot that will open Fox's primetime lineup at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Other interstitial elements were tailored for The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle and other shows on Fox's Sunday slate. "It's an opportunity to let people know when they tune in at the top of the evening that something special is happening," Fox executive vp marketing Roberta Mell said. "'Oliver Beene' presented us with an opportunity to really have some fun creatively and make an event out of its premiere night." The retro-promo concept was the brainchild of Fox vp on-air promotion Brian Dollenmayer and creative director Rafe Oller. The graphics were produced entirely in-house, Mell said. »

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