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And the Ratings Winner is… WABC/Channel 7 with Oscar Night

It is traditionally one of television’s biggest nights of the year. And despite the usual criticism, the Academy Awards was easily the most-viewed show of the week nationally, and in New York.

The Sunday night telecast, seen on WABC/Channel 7, had an estimated 4.2 million viewers with a bulging 21.7 rating, according to Nielsen. The Oscar Red Carpet special took the next three slots in 30-minute intervals, with the final portion ramping up to the actual event at number two (2.9 million/14.8).

After Hollywood’s annual pomp and circumstance came Fox’s own version. The two-day American Idol final judgment yielded a Top 5 and 6 performance.  As the judges whittled the field down to the Top 25, 1.2 million fans tuned in for the two-hour presentation Wednesday (with a 6.0 rating), while another 1.1 million watched Thursday (1.1 million/5.7).

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Local NBA Season to Begin Minus Marv Albert

With the 149-day NBA lockout on the path to ending over the weekend, the season will be salvaged with a Christmas Day start. The only remaining issue is for the league and the union to iron-out a new collective bargaining agreement.

For many weeks, fans were subjected to revenue sharing and economics 101.

But there is a bigger picture with the NBA likely to resume next month.

There will be no Marv Albert calling local NBA games, after decades in the broadcast booth. But Albert, 70, announced in June that he would leave the YES Network to concentrate on his new NFL gig with CBS. He’s still the top broadcaster of NBA action on TNT. He joined TNT in 1999.

Not many years removed from his Syracuse University days, Albert hooked up with the Knicks in 1967. Virtually every season for the next 37 years, Albert was the lead voice, either on radio or TV. Read more

Idol and Dancing Finale Perform Well in Weekly Ratings

American Idol wrapped up its tenth season last week on WNYW/Channel 5.  As it did all season long, Idol had the number one show for the week. The two-hour finale that ultimately crowned Scotty McCreery as the newest Idol, scored huge with an estimated 2.1 million viewers and a 10.5 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

Fox 5 News at Ten, with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander landed at fifth place, thanks to the Idol lead-in (1.3 million/6.8).

The performance show from Tuesday night, where McCreery and Lauren Alaina faced off, was number four (1.4 million/7.2).

As for Dancing With The Stars, Monday’s night performance (1.8 million/8.9) had a second-place finish. On Tuesday, the winner was revealed to a number three (1.7 million/8.5) showing. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s 8 p.m. hour was 10th (664,000/3.3).

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Idol and Dancing Stand Toe to Toe Atop Weekly Ratings

The penultimate week for American Idol and Dancing With The Stars took the top four positions for the week, according the Nielsen Company.

Idol won the top spot in New York for its two-hour performance show last Wednesday on Fox 5/WNYW (1.7 million/8.6). The elimination show, leading up to this week’s finale, was third (1.5 million/7.6).

As for Dancing, the Monday night two-hour performance on WABC was number two (1.5 million/7.9). The results program was fourth (1.3 million/6.4). The show als0 registered a tenth-place finish (913,000/4.5).

The Good Wife gave WCBS its highest rating at number five (1 million/5.2).

Meanwhile, the Saturday night Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees on WNYW landed in a tie for sixth (1 million/5.0). The Friday night matchup on WWOR tied for 24th (647,000/3.2).  

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American Idol Powers Fox 5 to Top of Ratings

With “Hollywood Week” well underway, American Idol gained the top two prime time positions in the New York ratings.

WNYW/Fox 5 saw an average 1.7 million viewers for the two nights last week, according to the Nielsen Company. The amateur talent competition had an average 8.4 rating.

But Idol wasn’t the only show to top 1 million viewers.

NCIS took third place with 5.2 rating. Also on WCBS, Two and a Half Men had a 5.0. The Charlie Sheen comedy tied another CBS show The Good Wife.

Back on Fox 5, Glee was 4th with a 5.1.

NCIS: L.A. also had an estimated 1 million watchers on WCBS at number seven.

MTV’s Jersey Shore held down the eighth slot for the week.

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Marv Albert Joins Turner Sports Announcers for March Madness on CBS

As part of CBS joining forces with Turner Sports to call the expanded NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this year, fans will be treated to TNT NBA announcers calling some of the action.

That means Marv Albert will team up with his TNT partner Steve Kerr for regional semi-final and regional final rounds on CBS.  

It also marks Albert’s return to announcing college basketball games, something he hasn’t done since his NBC days.

Albert, of course, is also the Nets’ play-by-play voice on the YES Network.

The NCAA Tournament begins on March 15.

Tree Lighting Beats Out NFL Atop Weekly Ratings

The NFL grabbed two positions in the weekly prime time Top 5. However, not the top spot.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting was number one in New York with 1.7 million WNBC viewers and a 8.7 share, according to the Nielsen Company.

As for football, it performed well, minus the locals in action. At number two, the Fox afternoon game pitting Dallas against Indianapolis (won by the Cowboys in OT) had 1.2 million on WNYW and a 6.1. Fox’s additional 15 minutes of coverage (mostly of the Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay matchup) notched sixth place (1 million/5.2).

On WNBC, Sunday Night Football had big numbers (1.1 million/5.8) as the Steelers edge the Ravens on the road.

One other sports note from the week, Lebron James’ return to Cleveland on December 2 was 23rd for the TNT pre-game. Ironically, the game didn’t crack the Top 30. (No surprise, it was number one in the Miami and Cleveland markets.)

Rounding out the Top 10

  • 60 Minutes               WCBS  (tied for third/1.1 million/5.8)
  • Glee                               WNYW (fifth/1 million/5.4)
  • Desperate Housewives   WABC (seventh/1 million/5.1)
  • NCIS                             WCBS   (eighth/1 million/5.0)
  • Undercover Boss  WCBS  (ninth/930,000/4.6)
  • Amazing Race        WCBS  (10th/902,000/4.5)

TNT’s New Series Only Good For One Reason

judaschalice.jpgAs HBO and Showtime have dominated the TV series areas with “The Sopranos” and “Weeds” and even AMC has created the award-winning “Mad Men,” TNT is getting in on the act with a the new series “The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice” premiering Sunday on the cable network.

Apart from being a low-rent Indiana Jones knockoff starring Noah Wylie as said librarian, the cable film really had only one incredible line.

Bob Newhart (yes, that Bob Newhart), playing the leader who sends the Librarian on his quest, at one point becomes very-Ninja-like, kicking the asses of about a dozen bad guys. He then says: “Does anyone else wanna piece of me?”

That definitely deserves a “Hi, Bob.”

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 26, 2007

Universal Pictures is back in business with Jennifer Aniston, signing the actress to star opposite Aaron Eckhart in Traveling, Variety reports. Pic will be the directing debut of Brandon Camp who wrote the script with Mike Thompson. You guessed it – it’s a romantic dramedy that stars Aniston as a floral designer who factors heavily into a self-help guru’s realization that he practices none of the principles he teaches.

Kevin James has signed on to write, produce and star in Mall Cop for Columbia Pictures. We don’t really need to tell you the story, which he’ll write with Nick Bakay, Variety reports.

Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn will star opposite Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman in State of Play for Universal Pictures/Working Title, writes Variety. Project is an adaptation of the British miniseries.

Will & Grace alum Eric McCormack is headed to cable TV, signing on to star in the TNT drama pilot Truth in Advertising, THR reports. The project is set at multimillion-dollar advertising agency Rothman, Greene & Mohr, where executives must continually prove themselves as their jobs are on the line every day. Sounds a bit like FBLA.


Trade Round-Up: Sept. 13, 2007

spielberg.jpet.jpgSpielberg’s Talisman on Hold at TNT
THR talks about Steven Spielberg’s The Talisman in today’s paper, telling its readers that the adaptation of the Stephen King, Peter Straub novel has hit a snag. Apparently, the TNT six-hour project “has been put on hold because of budgetary issues,” a source tells THR. Talisman was set for a summer 2008 premiere.

Gervais To Tell the Truth
On the heels of four Emmy nominations for his Extras series, Ricky Gervais has committed to co-direct and star in This Side of the Truth for Media Rights Capital. Gervais will share the director’s chair with Matt Robinson on the pic, which is set in a contemporary world where no one has ever lied. Imagine that!

Party On, Emmy
Variety TV guru Joe Adalian gives the deets on Emmy night, breaking down the post-show party circuit. He writes that the real battle is between Entertainment Tonight/People and “feisty newcomer” TV Guide. Both bashes have big-name talent on board to entertain. Read the rest here.

Quarterlife Finds
Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, well known for their work on My So-Called Life and thirtysomething are taking their accomplished TV act to the Internet: the duo has set up their series Quarterlife to debut on It’s a rather interesting – if not unprecendented – move for such TV heavyweights. Find out when and why here.