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Wrestling Star Found Dead in Hotel Room

15 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A wrestler was discovered dead in his Minneapolis hotel room on Sunday, just hours before a scheduled performance in a World Wrestling Entertainment show. He was 38. Eduardo Gory Guerrero, best known for participating in WWE Smackdown!, was found by his nephew and hotel security after failing to respond to a wake-up call. Police are investigating the mysterious demise but, as yet, do not suspect foul play. WWE chairman Vince McMahon paid tribute to the heavyweight saying, "This is a huge loss. Eddie was a wonderful, fun-loving human being. Eddie was a consummate performer." »

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'Big Brother,' 'CSI' lift CBS Thurs.

26 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- CBS outshined the competition in primetime ratings Thursday with another episode of Big Brother and a repeat of CSI, according to data released Friday morning by Nielsen Media Research. Big Brother (8 million, 2.9 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demographic) towered over the competition at 8 p.m. It was the only original entertainment program the entire night, with the exception of UPN's WWE Smackdown. CSI (12 million, 3.8/11) beat the competition at 9 p.m. and was the most-watched show of the night in total viewers and the highest rated in the demographic. Without a Trace (10.2 million, 3.1/9) outpaced the competition at 10 p.m., ahead of ABC's Primetime (6.1 million, 2.2/7) and NBC's ER (4.3 million, 1.8/5). »

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'SmackDown' moves to Friday ring

24 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

UPN has renamed its weekly World Wrestling Entertainment showcase Friday Night Smackdown, acknowledging its new night. Previously aired on Thursday as WWE Smackdown!, the series will take on the new name Sept. 9. Smackdown! airs on UPN 52 weeks a year. »

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CBS' 'CSI' gives Thursday a sign of life

5 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The stiffs on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation were the only thing with any kind of Nielsen pulse in primetime Thursday. CBS' 9 p.m. repeat of CSI was far and away the most-watched program of the night, drawing 13.5 million viewers and 4.2 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. NBC and Fox didn't even crack the 5 million viewer threshold all night; ABC barely peeked over the 6 million viewer mark thanks to 10 p.m.'s Primetime Live (6.9 million, 2.6/8). UPN's WWE SmackDown! (4.5 million, 1.6/5) showcase had no trouble beating its older broadcast brethren. NBC in particular was in dire straits, with 9 p.m.'s original The Law Firm (4 million, 1.4/4) declining by more than 1 million viewers from last week's unimpressive premiere performance. ABC wasn't any better off with its 9 p.m. original Hooking Up (4 million, 1.7/5). »

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Spike TV hits mat with 'Impact!'

22 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Spike TV is back in the wrestling business, sealing a deal to telecast TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling as a weekly series. Taped at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., Impact! will be added to the cable channel's Saturday lineup in the fall. Spike TV parted ways earlier this year with World Wrestling Entertainment, whose Smackdown series will resurface on USA Network in October. »

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CBS gets lift Thurs. from 'Big Brother 6'

22 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The goings-on inside the Big Brother house and repeats of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace were the only signs of life in primetime Thursday among the Big Four networks. CBS easily won a rerun-laden night with its 8 p.m. installment of Big Brother 6, which grabbed 8 million viewers and 3.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The 9 p.m. CSI encore (14.2 million, 4.6/14) was the most-watched program of the night, as usual, followed by the 10 p.m. rerun of Trace (12.7 million, 4.1/12). CBS' closest competitor for the night (11.6 million, 3.9/12) was ABC, which topped out with 10 p.m.'s Primetime Live (6.7 million, 2.2/7). Fox and NBC were in negligible ratings territory with wall-to-wall repeats. UPN tied ABC for No. 2 in adults 18-49 and was No. 3 in viewers for the night with its 8-10 p.m. WWE SmackDown! (4.7 million, 1.9/6) wrestling block. »

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NBC's 'Hit Me' in tune with ratings

3 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC enjoyed a bit of a revival in the 9 p.m. hour Thursday with the debut of Hit Me Baby One More Time. The unscripted competition series featuring hit-makers of yesteryear tackling contemporary tunes opened to a respectable 8.6 million viewers and 4.5 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS' encore of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (13.9 million, 4.1/12) won the hour in viewers but Baby racked up the highest demo score on an otherwise rerun-laden night. CBS was solid at 10 p.m. with a repeat of Without a Trace (12.2 million, 3.5/10) easily topping NBC's ER encore (6.4 million, 3.0/8) and ABC's Primetime Live (6.9 million, 2.3/7). The opening hour of primetime was a dead zone of repeats other than UPN's WWE SmackDown! CBS' Cold Case rerun (9.2 million, 2.2/7) was No. 1 in viewers; NBC's back-to-back encores of Will & Grace (6.1 million, 2.6/9) led the demo column. For the night, CBS was tops in viewers (11.8 million) and tied NBC for bragging rights in adults 18-49 (3.3/10). »

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UPN Rocks Thursday, beefs up Friday slate

19 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

UPN is planning a big shakeup for the fall, shifting its WWE SmackDown! wrestling block to Fridays to make room for comedies on Thursdays, anchored by a new coming-of-age series produced by Chris Rock. The fall 2005 schedule unveiled Thursday morning by UPN brass in New York includes the bold move of launching a comedy block on Thursdays, anchored by newcomer Everybody Loves Chris, followed by returning comedies Eve and Cuts and capped at 9:30 p.m. by new Shannen Doherty starrer Love Inc. UPN's Monday lineup remains a comedy stronghold stocked with returning shows: One on One, All of Us (which relocates from Tuesday), Girlfriends and Half & Half. »

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UPN Rocks Thursday, beefs up Friday slate

19 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

UPN is planning a big shakeup for the fall, shifting its WWE SmackDown! wrestling block to Fridays to make room for comedies on Thursdays, anchored by a new coming-of-age series produced by Chris Rock. The fall 2005 schedule unveiled Thursday morning by UPN brass in New York includes the bold move of launching a comedy block on Thursdays, anchored by newcomer Everybody Loves Chris, followed by returning comedies Eve and Cuts and capped at 9:30 p.m. by new Shannen Doherty starrer Love Inc. UPN's Monday lineup remains a comedy stronghold stocked with returning shows: One on One, All of Us (which relocates from Tuesday), Girlfriends and Half & Half. »

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CBS wins Thursday, NBC's 'Joey' sinks

22 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The opening hour of primetime was something of a dead zone on Thursday Each of the Big Four networks took a ratings hit at 8 p.m., but nobody took more of a beating than NBC's Joey, which sank to its lowest levels yet for an original episode. In its first original airing after several weeks of repeats, Joey delivered a mere 7.4 million viewers and 2.9 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic -- a double-digit drop from its season average for original episodes, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The peacock's fortunes improved a little bit at 8:30 p.m. with a fresh episode of Will & Grace (7.9 million, 3.3/10). CBS' Survivor: Palau (18.7 million, 6.4/19) won the hour as usual, but it also sank to its lowest ratings yet for the Palau installment. Fox's The O.C. (6.5 million, 3.1/9) was off its game, and even ABC's low-rated comedy Jake in Progress took a dip with its back-to-back originals averaging 4.5 million viewers and 1.5/4, which put ABC in fifth place behind the first hour of UPN's WWE SmackDown! (4.8 million, 1.7/5). »

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