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2006-06-16 14:58:29

By Paul Thomasch NEW YORK (Reuters) - ABC and Fox are finally reaping the rewards of mega-hits "Desperate Housewives" and "American Idol," pulling in higher prices for prime-time commercials after weeks of halting talks with advertisers. Broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox typically start their annual bargaining sessions with advertisers soon after unveiling their upcoming prime-time schedules in May, booking 70 percent to 80 percent of the new season's commercial time. At this...

2006-06-09 02:19:54

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The only thing shaking in primetime on Wednesday were the derrieres of the contestants on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance." Fox led the weak field for the night on the strength of its 9 p.m. original episode of "Dance," which drew 10.4 million viewers and 4.2 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS' 8 p.m. summer original "Game Show Marathon" (6.9...

2006-06-02 15:13:21

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - How do you spell third place? S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g b-e-e. Despite all-day Disney networks coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee that started on ESPN and carried over to a final two-hour live telecast on ABC, the Alphabet Network couldn't get more than a C in the preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings released Friday. Only 8 million people tuned in the telecast, which earned a 2.2 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic,...

2006-02-02 05:06:44

By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC announced a rash of primetime midseason changes Wednesday that will go into effect beginning next month. Unscripted series will get their due, with four special episodes of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" devoted to the aftermath of the devastation in the Gulf Coast region settling in at 8 p.m. Thursday beginning March 23. "Extreme" will step in for "Dancing With the Stars," which also will be replaced by another reality...

2006-01-31 10:01:56

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was the most-watched program Sunday night, outranking a rerun of its 9 p.m. companion "Desperate Housewives." The 10 p.m. medical drama, which is getting a big promotional showcase next week when it is scheduled to follow ABC's broadcast of the Super Bowl, brought in 18.5 million viewers and 8.3 rating/20 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. "Grey's"...

2006-01-31 04:30:37

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was the most-watched program Sunday night, outranking a rerun of its 9 p.m. companion "Desperate Housewives." The 10 p.m. medical drama, which is getting a big promotional showcase next week when it is scheduled to follow ABC's broadcast of the Super Bowl, brought in 18.5 million viewers and 8.3 rating/20 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. "Grey's"...

2006-01-17 02:10:00

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES -- Jack Bauer's latest marathon workday got off to a good start Sunday, ratings-wise. The Fox drama "24" notched its most-watched episode ever with its fifth-season premiere as the first of two back-to-back episodes got a boost from a primetime overrun (in East Coast and Midwestern markets) of the NFL's NFC divisional playoff game between the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. Airing from about 8:13-9:11 p.m. EST, the first episode of "24" averaged 17...

2005-12-30 15:52:27

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" had no competition for bragging rights on a repeat-laden Thursday. CBS' drama repeats were the only shows with a pulse. The 9 p.m. repeat of "CSI" led the night with an average of 17.5 million viewers and 5.3 rating/15 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. "Without a Trace" followed at 10 p.m. with 11.6 million viewers and...

2005-12-26 20:50:35

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC got some early holiday cheer last week as the game show "Deal or No Deal" wrapped its five-night run with double-digit ratings improvements in the crucial 8 p.m. hour, where the network has lagged the most so far this season. "Deal" finished out its run Friday with an average of 11.7 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research....

2005-08-31 01:42:04

By Andrew Wallenstein and Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Rome" roared out of the gate for HBO Sunday, as the $100 million historical drama drew 3.8 million total viewers to its premiere. Meanwhile, MTV's 22nd annual Video Music Awards the same night suffered a hefty drop in viewership from last year's event. "Rome" opened to a 9.1 household rating/13 share in HBO homes, making it the most highly rated program on the channel since the fourth-season premiere of...