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Oscar Ratings Up Despite Beige Show

Last night’s Oscar telecast reminded this Fishie of a bowl of oatmeal–warm, bland, inoffensive and rather dull– but people watched it.

The LA Times has the numbers:

The telecast, which awarded best picture to “The Artist,” delivered a 25.5 household rating/38 share in 56 top U.S. markets, according to Nielsen. That was up 4% compared with last year (24.5 rating/37 share).

The top five markets were New York (36.9 rating), Chicago (33.8), West Palm Beach, Fla., (32.5), Los Angeles (31.9) and Boston (31.9).

Wonder what drew everybody in? Billy Crystal is a big name, but not with the under-30 set. This Fishie’s girlfriend didn’t even know he was Jewish. She figured it out, though, somewhere between the second and third Bar Mitzvah joke.

Anyway, you know things are bad when reviewers mention a macaroni and cheese ad as among the highlights of the night.

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On Treme, New Orleans Bounce and ‘Mr. Ghetto’*

If you haven’t seen the above video “Walmart” by Mr. Ghetto, it was only a matter of time. When a friend in New Orleans first sent this to us yesterday it had about 40,000 views. It’s up to nearly half-a-million views now. This thing has viral written all over it.

We bring Mr. Ghetto and his Walmart song up for those of you who have been watching this season of David Simon‘s Treme on HBO. This is what the character of Davis–a New Orleans local–is talking about when he regularly extols the glories of “Bounce.” Davis is constantly harping on Bounce as a legitimate form of musical expression in the great New Orleans tradition. This Fishie personally feels that Treme, though an otherwise wonderful show, is inadvertently sullying the reputation of the city of New Orleans and her citizens. Because, as you can see, Bounce is absolutely ridiculous.

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Tim Goodman Bringing His TV ‘Power Rankings!’ to THR

Hollywood Reporter TV critic Tim Goodman has finally decided to reconstitute his weekly sports-style “Power Rankings!” column that he wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly a year. Goodman hasn’t done any rankings for THR yet, but he did promo the column today on The Bastard Machine.

The methodology remains as simple as it ever was, as the idea sprung from (and winks at) fantasy sports power rankings. But unlike fantasy baseball there is no WHIP, no ERA, no VORP. Unlike fantasy football there is no kicking category, fumbles or defense. These rankings are based on creative performance for scripted series from week to week. (Unscripted series can make the list, but there’s a bias here for scripted material, which is inherently more artistic.) A strong episode makes you rise, a tepid one makes you slip. Several bad ones and you’re off the list. It also hurts to have a rerun or two (It should probably go without saying, but a particular show needs to be on the air to make the list — not on hiatus or between seasons). So the writing, acting, directing, humor, pathos or whatever better be excellent each week. I’m also going to incorporate “the viewer’s vote” from suggestions/pleadings/admonishments made in the comments. Read more

Lacey Rose Joins The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter is expanding its TV coverage, picking up former Forbes staffer Lacey Rose to become a senior writer assigned to the TV beat. Rose previously covered TV for Forbes and ran the blog Moneywood. At THR, she’ll be writing features, news and analysis both for print and online.

THR has been looking to shore up its television coverage since TV editor Nellie Andreeva took off to Deadline last March. Aside from adding Rose, they poached away the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Tim Goodman to become head TV critic last October.

The Hollywood Reporter Lands TV Critic Tim Goodman

Wow, just after we got done bashing The Hollywood Reporter for their new website, they go out and land some great new talent. THR just announced they picked up San Francisco Chronicle TV critic Tim Goodman as their new Chief Television Critic–a huge score in our book. Goodman is routine guest on ESPN blogger Bill Simmons‘ wildly popular podcast and has made a name for himself by creating a TV “power ranking” system, much like sports reporters use for baseball and football teams.

Aside from penning reviews, Goodman will also launch a new blog that will serve as a companion feed to the Live Feed TV blog. We’re excited to see what he can do here in LA.

DC Hacks Defeat Flacks In Annual Softball Game|McGraw-Hill Posts Declining Revenue Numbers|Mom & Baby Shuttered, Natural Health Staff Departs|Can Gaspin Do Better Than Silverman?

FishbowlDC: DC journalists took on publicists last night in the annual Hacks vs. Flacks softball game. Just like our Hacks v. Flacks Guitar Hero showdown earlier this month, the DC Hacks handily defeated Team Flack 12-9. (Slideshow above).

Folio: BusinessWeek publisher McGraw-Hill reported its financials for the first half of the year today. Here’s a run down: net income was down 22.4 percent during the first six months of 2009, to $233.8 million compared to $301.5 million last year. Revenues for the period declined 9.6 percent to $2.6 billion.

Mediaweek: American Media Inc. has suspended publication of Mom & Baby magazine and is cutting Natural Health‘s print run to eight issues a year, down from 10. Natural Health will now be produced by the staff of Fit Pregnancy, who used to create Mom & Baby. The health magazine’s publisher, Eileen Chiafair, and editor, Mary Bolster, have left the company.

SFGate: Tim Goodman rants about Ben Silverman‘s departure from NBC and Jeff Gaspin‘s future. “That Silverman will be remembered for continuing to run NBC into the ground is a legacy he can shake by, say, tomorrow, because it’s not too difficult to assume that the next person will do precisely the same thing,” he said.