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CBS rules Wed., starting with 'King of Queens'

18 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Even with repeats of its two hourlong dramas, CBS won in both key measures in a Wednesday primetime that opened with the return of The King of Queens.

Despite facing original programming on several other networks, CBS won the night in viewership by almost 4 million viewers and in the adults 18-49 demographic by a half a rating point, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. The night's top show in viewership was a Criminal Minds repeat (14.1 million, 3.9/10) but The Biggest Loser squeaked by it in the demo. It was followed by a CSI: NY repeat that averaged 12.4 million viewers and a 3.8/11.

The only other program to crack 10 million viewers for the night was a second episode of King of Queens (10.2 million, 3.6/10) at 8:30 p.m. that followed the season premiere that delivered 9.5 million viewers and a 3.2/9 in the demo at 8 p.m. It was a mixture of good and bad news for CBS on King of Queens, which was down 11% in viewers and the demo from when it premiered on a Monday in September 2005. »

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NBC wins Wed. with 'Loser' finale

15 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The Biggest Loser finale and a higher-than-average Medium gave a primetime win in adults 18-49 to NBC by a whisker over CBS, whose seasoned Wednesday lineup overwhelmingly won in viewership.

Biggest Loser won each half hour of its two-hour finale in adults 18-49 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. by wide margins, according to data released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. Its peak was a 5.6 rating/14 share in the demo between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., ahead of the last half hour of Criminal Minds (5.1/13).

Biggest Loser averaged 11.7 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates by Nielsen Media Research. It was the show's highest rating of the season but dropped 28% compared to last fall's Biggest Loser finale. Biggest Loser just missed out on being the night's top show in the demo.

Also lower than usual was CSI: NY (15.8 million, 4.9/14), which still was the night's top show in adults 18-49. Criminal Minds (16.1 million, 4.7/12), also on CBS, was the night's top show in viewership. »

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NBC wins Wed. with 'Loser' finale

14 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The Biggest Loser finale and a higher-than-average Medium gave a primetime win in adults 18-49 to NBC by a whisker over CBS, whose seasoned Wednesday lineup overwhelmingly won in viewership.

Biggest Loser won each half hour of its two-hour finale in adults 18-49 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. by wide margins, according to data released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. Its peak was a 5.6 rating/14 share in the demo between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., ahead of the last half hour of Criminal Minds (5.1/13).

Biggest Loser averaged 11.7 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates by Nielsen Media Research. It was the show's highest rating of the season but dropped 28% compared to last fall's Biggest Loser finale. Biggest Loser just missed out on being the night's top show in the demo.

Also lower than usual was CSI: NY (15.8 million, 4.9/14), which still was the night's top show in adults 18-49. Criminal Minds (16.1 million, 4.7/12), also on CBS, was the night's top show in viewership. »

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'Dreadful' duo: Rhea, Huntington

11 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Caroline Rhea and Sam Huntington have joined the voice cast of Fox's animated presentation Two Dreadful Children.

The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around a redneck family that discovers that their two horribly disobedient fraternal twins are geniuses. Rhea will voice the mother, and Huntington will voice one of the twins.

The two join previously cast Chris Kattan, French Stewart and Meredith Roberts.

Rhea, host of NBC's reality show The Biggest Loser, next toplines one of Bravo's Funny Girls series of stand-up comedy specials and co-stars in the Lifetime telefilm To Be Fat Like Me. She is repped by Innovative Artists.

Huntington, who played Jimmy Olsen in Warner Bros. Pictures' Superman Returns, will next be seen in the Weinstein Co.'s Fanboys. He is repped by Paradigm, manager Chris Fenton and attorney Jason Sloane. »

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CBS rules Wed., starting with 'King of Queens'

7 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Even with repeats of its two hourlong dramas, CBS won in both key measures in a Wednesday primetime that opened with the return of The King of Queens.

Despite facing original programming on several other networks, CBS won the night in viewership by almost 4 million viewers and in the adults 18-49 demographic by a half a rating point, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. The night's top show in viewership was a Criminal Minds repeat (14.1 million, 3.9/10) but The Biggest Loser squeaked by it in the demo. It was followed by a CSI: NY repeat that averaged 12.4 million viewers and a 3.8/11.

The only other program to crack 10 million viewers for the night was a second episode of King of Queens (10.2 million, 3.6/10) at 8:30 p.m. that followed the season premiere that delivered 9.5 million viewers and a 3.2/9 in the demo at 8 p.m. It was a mixture of good and bad news for CBS on King of Queens, which was down 11% in viewers and the demo from when it premiered on a Monday in September 2005. »

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'Loser,' 'D-List' get more love at NBC Uni

28 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Two unscripted series have been picked up for another cycle by NBC Universal networks.

NBC has ordered a fourth season of reality competition The Biggest Loser, while Bravo is bringing Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List back for a third season.

Loser has faced stiff competition in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot this season, running against ABC's Lost and CBS' Criminal Minds. In its eight weeks to date, Loser has averaged 7.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating/8 share among adults 18-49, improving NBC's performance in the hour by 40% over last year, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

" 'The Biggest Loser' is a valuable franchise and proven competitor in a very challenging time period," NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. "The producing team has come up with unique ways to keep the series fresh, and we anticipate the next cycle will continue to produce life-changing results for the contestants and jaw-dropping reveals for the viewers."

In the current cycle, contestants from all 50 states are competing for the $250,000 top prize. »

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'Dancing,' 'Lost' lead ABC to Wed. victory

10 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The elimination of Joey Lawrence on Dancing With The Stars and the Lost cliffhanger gave ABC a primetime victory in both viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic, although another surge by CBS' Criminal Minds helped it beat Lost in viewership head-to-head.

Lost saw a week-to-week increase in its last episode of the season, bringing in 17.1 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. Lost was the night's top show in adults 18-49. But the show dipped from 17.2 million to 16.9 million viewers at 9:30 p.m., while Criminal Minds (17.5 million, 5.1/12) saw an increase of more than a million during the same period. Criminal Minds set records in viewership and the adults 18-49 demo.

An hour earlier, ABC got the night started off right with 20.6 million viewers and a 5.2/14 in the demo with Dancing With The Stars. That was ahead of CBS' Jericho (9.8 million, 3.0/8) and Fox's Bones (7.5 million, 2.8/7) while The CW's America's Next Top Model averaged 5.4 million viewers and a 2.6/7 in the demo.

NBC's two-hour The Biggest Loser averaged 7.3 million viewers and a 3.1/8 in the demo, tied with its highest adults 18-49 rating for the time period this season.

The O.C., which got a 9 p.m. Wednesday spot this week after a horrible start last week on Thursday, didn't do much better: It averaged 3.5 million viewers and a 1.5/4 in the demo.

CSI: NY (16.7 million, 5.4/14) plowed through the competition at 10 p.m., which included The Nine (7.6 million, 3.0/8) and NBC's Dateline (8.1 million, 3.0/8).

Nightly averages: ABC (15.1 million, 5.1/13); CBS (14.7 million, 4.5/12); NBC (7.5 million, 3.0/8); Fox (5.5 million, 2.2/5); and The CW (4.4 million, 2.1/5). »

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Time up for NBC's 'Years'

6 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC's low-rated new comedy Twenty Good Years is moving off the schedule earlier than previously planned.

Originally, NBC was to keep its 8-9 p.m. Wednesday comedy block of 30 Rock and Twenty Good Years intact through next week. Now the network will air an extended two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser from 8-10 p.m. on Nov. 8.

The news comes on the heels of the lowest-ever ratings for both comedies this week, with a 1.8 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 for 30 Rock and a 1.5/4 for Years.

30 Rock is slated to move to Thursday beginning Nov. 16.

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'Criminal Minds' wins Wed. for CBS

3 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- ABC won Wednesday in the adults 18-49 demographic but lost in viewership to CBS, whose Criminal Minds once again overtook Lost at 9:30 p.m. and the entire hour.

ABC placed ahead of CBS in adults 18-49 for the night, winning both the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours comfortably. But the momentum shifted to CBS at 10 p.m., which won in the demo and viewership with CSI: NY. And even though ABC trounced all comers at 8 p.m. with the Dancing With The Stars results show, CBS won the night in viewership.

Dancing With The Stars (19.2 million, 4.9 rating/13 share in adults 18-49) started off the night for ABC down slightly from last week's 20.2 million and 5.1/14, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. Nothing else came even close. CBS' Jericho (10 million, 3.1/8) was down slightly compared to last week's 10.6 million, 3.2/9. After a month on the bench thanks to the baseball postseason, Fox's Bones (7.4 million, 3.3/8) was down only 4% in the demo.

NBC's sitcoms 30 Rock (4.8 million, 1.8/5) and 20 Good Years (4.2 million, 1.5/4) continued their declines and were beaten by The CW's America's Next Top Model (4.4 million, 2.1/6) in the demo.

Lost (16.1 million, 6.6/12) remained the night's demo winner but a surging Criminal Minds (16.7 million, 4.9/12) sailed past it at 9:30 p.m. and for the entire hour. The Biggest Loser (7.8 million, 3.3/8) helped NBC recover a bit at 9 p.m. while the premiere of the Fox game show The Rich List (4.1 million, 1.5/4) was tepid.

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Cuoco, Rhea will be 'Fat' actresses

25 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kaley Cuoco and Caroline Rhea are set to star in Fat Like Me, an original movie for Lifetime.

Inspired by the true story of New York teen Ali Schmidt, who went undercover for a 2003 network news special on obesity, the film tells the story of an attractive, athletic high school junior (Cuoco) who experiences firsthand the prejudice and heartbreak overweight teens face when she dons a fat suit as part of a documentary film project.

Rhea, host of The Biggest Loser, co-stars as the girl's mother.

"This story speaks from a young person's point of view about the unconscious judgments we make about appearances, even towards our own family members," Lifetime vp original movies Libby Beers said. "With their touches of humor and vulnerability, Kaley and Caroline are perfect portraying this sensitive connection between girls and their mothers on this highly charged topic."

"Fat" was written by Michelle Lovretta (Instant Star), with Doug Barr (Lifetime's For the Love of a Child) on board to direct.

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'Lost' takes 18 million hostages

5 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Lost returned for its third-season premiere Wednesday to give ABC a win for the night in viewership and the demo. At 9 p.m., Lost averaged 18.8 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/19 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the night's top show in viewers and the demo but came in below the 23.5 million viewers and 10.2/25 it received for its second-season premiere Sept. 21, 2005. CBS' Criminal Minds (15.2 million, 4.2/10) did respectable business in viewers opposite Lost, but the latter was still the most-watched program of the night by far. NBC's The Biggest Loser (7.1 million, 3.0/7) finished behind a repeat of Fox's House (8.9 million, 3.3/8) and the CW's One Tree Hill kept all of its adults 18-34 audience from last week's premiere. »

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Pair create Tijuana Ent., ink deal with VH1

3 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Troy Searer and John Foy, formally of 3 Ball, have formed a new company named Tijuana Entertainment and signed an exclusive first-look deal with VH1. The agreement also will include producing other VH1 projects. The first show from Tijuana Entertainment for VH1 is an untitled project that will follow actor Tom Sizemore as he "embarks on a journey that would allow him to reclaim his place in Hollywood"; VH1 has ordered eight half-hour episodes premiering in 2007. Searer and Foy have produced such VH1 series as Breaking Bonaduce and Supergroup. Other credits include NBC's The Biggest Loser and WB Network's Beauty and the Geek. »

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Eyeworks grabs 50% stake in 3Ball

26 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

AMSTERDAM -- Dutch production house Eyeworks, owned by TV-presenter Reinout Oerlemans, has taken a 50% share in American television company 3Ball Prods., the Amsterdam-based company said Tuesday. The deal with one of the "most successful TV production houses in the U.S." according to Oerlemans, puts Eyeworks' ambitions to grow internationally front and center. 3Ball, based in Los Angeles since 2001, is known for such reality shows as The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek. The originators of the company are Todd Nelson and TV host J.D. Roth. »

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CW wins target demo on its debut night

21 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The CW's debut night shined walking down the runway, winning in its target demo of adults 18-34 as sibling net CBS cleaned up with CSI: New York, Criminal Minds and nuclear-war drama Jericho. The CW officially opened for business with the two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model, which delivered 5.3 million viewers, a 2.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and a 3.3/10 in adults 18-34, according to preliminary data released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the highest rating in adults 18-34 of the night, with the ratings increasing between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The season premiere was up 10% from its adults 18-34 rating a year ago and up 13% from its adults 18-49 rating, despite a heavy night of reality competition with NBC's The Biggest Loser and the results show for ABC's Dancing with the Stars. »

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CW hits demo on the button

21 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The new CW network shone brightly walking down the runway on its debut night. The network officially launched Wednesday with a two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model, which drove it to a primetime network win in its target demographics of adults 18-34 (3.2 rating/10 share) and women 18-34 (4.9/14). The CW delivered 5.3 million viewers and a 2.6/7 in adults 18-49, the show's best premiere rating in the demo and its second-best viewership in six cycles. All this was despite two other big reality shows airing against it -- NBC's The Biggest Loser and ABC's Dancing With the Stars -- and the fact that Top Model was on different stations Wednesday than it was last year in 71% of the country thanks to the merger of its former network UPN with WB Network. »

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CW hits demo on the button

21 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The new CW network shone brightly walking down the runway on its debut night. The network officially launched Wednesday with a two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model, which drove it to a primetime network win in its target demographics of adults 18-34 (3.2 rating/10 share) and women 18-34 (4.9/14). The CW delivered 5.3 million viewers and a 2.6/7 in adults 18-49, the show's best premiere rating in the demo and its second-best viewership in six cycles. All this was despite two other big reality shows airing against it -- NBC's The Biggest Loser and ABC's Dancing With the Stars -- and the fact that Top Model was on different stations Wednesday than it was last year in 71% of the country thanks to the merger of its former network UPN with WB Network. »

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Peacock flips fall comedies' slots

1 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC's Wednesday comedies are on the move again. The peacock is flipping the pairing of half-hour Twenty Good Years and 30 Rock, switching the latter to 8 p.m. and putting "Good" at 8:30 p.m. The Biggest Loser remains at 9 p.m. "We have the luxury of starting Wednesdays with either of two great new comedies," said Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment. "We ultimately felt that this change creates better audience flow throughout the night, with 'Twenty Good Years' a more compatible lead-in to 'The Biggest Loser' at 9 p.m." »

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NBC seeks 'Star' with Web music show

28 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The peacock is spreading its wings with the production of StarTomorrow, a music competition-based reality show available exclusively on the Internet. StarTomorrow will be the most visible example of broadcast testing the broadband waters since CBS launched its Innertube brand online in May with a mix of repurposed and original series. NBC is launching the series online in collaboration with Emmy-winning producer and songwriter David Foster and reality show producer David Broome (The Biggest Loser), with the winner gaining a recording deal with Foster. Using its traditional medium of television, the network will kick off StarTomorrow Monday with an on-air primetime special featuring the competitors' auditions prior to it debuting on NBC.com and directly at StarTomorrow.com. »

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ABC's 'Lost' return flight takes off Wed.

12 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Let's get Lost -- that's what 20 million fans did Wednesday night as the network served up its first fresh episode of the drama series since Nov. 30. Lost pulled in 20.5 million viewers and 8.4 rating/20 share in the adults 18-49 demographic at 9 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. At 8 p.m., a Lost clip special dubbed Lost: Revelation garnered a healthy 13.5 million and 5.0/13 in 18-49. ABC's momentum ebbed at 10 p.m., however, as rookie drama Invasion (9.6 million, 3.8/10) plunged from its Lost lead-in. CBS' Criminal Minds (15.8 million, 4.8/11) performed well against Lost in the 9 p.m. hour and posted a growth spurt from its 8:30 p.m. lead-in, comedy Yes, Dear (9.1 million, 3.2/8). At 10 p.m., it was a tighter race between CBS' CSI: NY (13.1 million, 4.3/11) and NBC's Law & Order (12.9 million, 4.0/10), which spiked from its 9 p.m. lead-in, The Biggest Loser (6.6 million, 2.7/6). »

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