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U.S., original fare dominate Sky One sked

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

LONDON -- Sky One, satcaster BSkyB's flagship entertainment channel, will headline its fall slate with a raft of U.S. acquisitions as well as an enhanced original programming lineup, channel head Sara Ramsden said Wednesday. Picking up on the Stateside trend for dating shows, Sky One will debut the Monica Lewinsky-anchored dating reality show Mr. Personality as well as air For Love or Money, in which 15 women compete for either one man or $1 million. Other acquisitions include Scare Tactics, hosted by Shannen Doherty, a hidden-camera format showing how ordinary people react to scary situations, and Meet the Marks, a new sitcom-reality hybrid. »

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CBS wins Monday with 'Raymond,' 'CSI: Miami'

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

Solid showings from veteran Everybody Loves Raymond and freshman CSI: Miami led CBS to a nightly victory Monday. According to early Nielsen estimates, the eye network averaged 14.8 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/13 share among adults 18-49 with Raymond (19.0 million, 6.2/16) ranking as the top program for the night in both categories. NBC (11.7 million, 4.8/12) was second in total viewers and adults 18-49 on the strength of two hours of Fear Factor (12.7 million, 5.3/14), which led the demo pack from 8-10 p.m. ABC averaged 9.7 million viewers and a 3.2/8 in 18-49 with a blooper special and back-to-back episodes of The Practice. Fox settled for 7.0 million, 3.1/8 with Boston Public (7.9 million, 3.3/9) and Mr. Personality (6.1 million, 3.0/7). »

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'Raymond,' 'CSI' win Mon. for CBS

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

Fox's Mr. Personality lost some of its Nielsen charm during its second outing Monday and its first without an assist from American Idol. CBS won Monday night by a wide margin (15.2 million viewers, 5.3 rating/14 share in adults 18-49) on the strength of Everybody Loves Raymond and CSI: Miami. NBC took the first hour of primetime with Fear Factor and saw respectable numbers from the dramas Third Watch and Crossing Jordan, but ABC had no bounce from 9-11 p.m. with the network premiere of the 2001 feature Charlie's Angels. CBS' 9 p.m. tentpole Raymond was the most-watched program of the night, averaging 17.9 million viewers and a 5.9/15 in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. CSI: Miami was right behind with 17.2 million viewers and a 6.3/16 in adults 18-49. »

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Fox tops in 18-49 for third straight week

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

John Grisham helped rescue CBS' flagging Sunday movie franchise last week, while the American Idol-boosted Fox captured the key 18-49 demographic for a third straight week as the May sweep got under way. A Painted House -- a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation based on Grisham's best seller -- gave CBS its most-watched Sunday movie in more than three years, with 18.3 million viewers, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. Its 4.0 rating/10 share in 18-49 was the best demo outing for the franchise since December's The Christmas Shoes. But the week ending April 27 pretty much belonged to Fox, which won four nights in 18-49 thanks in part to a special Monday hour of Idol that led in to the debut of Mr. Personality, a reality dating show hosted by Monica Lewinsky. Personality retained 92% of Idol's demo audience, and both shows ended up dominating the night. Overall, Fox won 18-49 with a 4.6/13, followed by NBC (4.3/12), CBS (3.4/10) and ABC (3.1/9). CBS dominated in total viewers (12.7 million), followed by NBC (11 million), Fox (10.3 million) and ABC (8.5 million). »

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Boycott of Lewinsky's Reality Show Urged

29 April 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's new TV show has provoked angry internet protests. Angry viewers upset that Lewinsky, with her dubious background, has been given a television show are rallying for advertisers to boycott the show. Brunette Lewinsky, who shot to fame after her affair with then-president Bill Clinton was leaked to the press, launched her new reality TV show Mr. Personality last week, and it attracted a respectable 12.2 million viewers. But she has now incurred the anger of people who are letting her and viewers know via message boards on the internet. One of them supplied links to advertisers Arby's, Chevrolet and Hyundai, and told viewers how to complain. »

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'Idol'-emboldened 'Personality' goes long way for Fox

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

Fox was in the pink Monday with a special 8 p.m. edition of American Idol and a strong debut at 9 p.m. of its latest matchmaking reality series, the Monica Lewinsky-hosted Mr. Personality. Fox won the night by a wide margin in the adults 18-49 demographic with an average 6.0 rating/15 share, according to Nielsen Media Research. Fox also prevailed in total viewers (13.2 million), but CBS was a close No. 2 in that measure (12.8 million), even with its regular Monday comedy block in reruns. The WB also had a big night with the heavily promoted 150th episode of 7th Heaven (8.3 million viewers), which even beat Idol in the teen (5.4/17) and female teen (8.1/23) demos. »

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Lewinsky to host 'Mr. Personality'

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

Monica Lewinsky will host Fox's latest reality series, Mr. Personality, the network said Wednesday. Lewinsky, whose dalliances with Bill Clinton imperiled his presidency, appeared in the 2002 HBO documentary Monica in Black and White. For the past several years, she has worked in New York as a handbag and accessory designer. Produced by Nash Entertainment in association with the G Group, Mr. Personality centers on a young woman courted by several disguised male suitors. The female contestant will be forced to choose among the potential mates based on personality traits rather than physical appearance. The series premieres at 9 p.m. April 21. "Since Fox is the network that has had the greatest success with this genre, I was very excited when they approached me to host the show," Lewinsky said in a statement. "It sounds like good fun." »

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