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Affleck's Show Awards Viewer $1 Million

18 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Ben Affleck's cancelled TV show Push, Nevada has still managed to put a smile on someone's face - a clever viewer has just won $1 million. TV network ABC has announced that 24-year-old Mark Nakamoto, an assistant editor for a Manhattan, New York, publisher has won the cash from the defunct show after solving the clues that led to the prize. New Jersey resident was the first to call in on October 28 within two minutes after the final clue was revealed. The game, which required routine viewing of the series and online participation, drew an estimated 600,000 players, says ABC. »

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ABC getting back in rating game

16 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Has ABC finally turned the corner? Three weeks into the new season, the Walt Disney Co.-owned network has hardly repaired all the damage from the implosion of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and the resulting double-digit declines last season. Indeed, NBC won the crucial 18-49 demo and CBS took the prize for total viewers for the week ending Oct. 13, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. ABC was actually off 3% in 18-49, compared with the same period last year. Still, there's no denying that the alphabet net has been spelling comeback lately. Virtually shut out of the top 20 during last year's doldrums, ABC now has several contenders there. Perhaps most notably, the mating call of The Bachelor drowned out NBC's The West Wing by 3 share points last week. The family sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, meanwhile, is building again after the typical post-premiere drop-off; last week's fourth episode was up 9% from the third. Even The Practice, which wobbled last season, looks like a solid winner in its Sunday slot. Of course, the net still has some major holes, having axed the low-rated new dramas Push, Nevada and That Was Then. Thursday nights in particular are likely to remain problematic for some time. But ABC now stands a good chance of remaining flat in the November sweep, which few thought likely even a few weeks ago. »

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