News and notes

– The game between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins that aired on WPWR-TV last Thursday night from the NFL Network averaged a 16.6 rating – the highest number on that station since at least 1994, when WPWR aired the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But it’s not so good for the Bears: The 16.6 rating and the 5.0 contributed by the NFL Network marks the lowest rating this season a Bears game, as the team fades into oblivion after a bad season. The Thursday game faced tough competition from original episodes of ABC’s powerhouse lineup (at least in Chicago) which included Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty, which meant plenty of casual fans tuned out the Bears game.

The next game for the Bears will be on Monday against the Vikings, airing on ESPN and sister station WLS-TV.

– Considering buying an Apple TV? You might want to rethink that idea. Apple has sold only 400,000 units of the hard disk you can hook up to your TV. Apple TV: The Selectavision of today’s generation.

– Considering buying an Apple TV at CompUSA? Might want to rethink that, too. The retail computer store chain was sold again– this time to a liquidator, and the remaining 100 stores will close at year’s end. CompUSA exited the Chicago market earlier this year.

– Best wishes to Jeopardy! host Alex Trebex, who suffered a minor heartattack late last night. He was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles, where he is resting comfortably. This comes on the heels of the death of Roger King, the CEO of CBS Television Distribution, who died Saturday. CBS currently syndicates Jeopardy! and was syndicated by King World, which was headed by King.

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