And… other news of note
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Fox has pulled the plug on 24: Legacy after one season. The series was left off the fall schedule when it was announced last month, increasing speculation its days would be numbered.
In addition, Fox said it was putting the brakes on more episodes of its Prison Break revival after a few episodes. It also didn’t make next season’s schedule despite a decent ratings performance and respectable delayed audience numbers. The show may be brought back at a later date.
As for 24: Legacy, the series received the plum post-Super Bowl slot back in February, but floundered on Monday nights, paired with another struggling drama, APB. The Walking Dead’s Corey Hawkins stepped into the Kiefer Sutherland role (who of course, is now on ABC’s Designated Survivor.), but the new version of the series never caught on with viewers and was panned by critics.
The cancellation of 24: Legacy doesn’t mean the franchise is toast: According to insiders, Fox is currently in discussions with the creators to launch a new 24 show, one that would be more “anthological”, while keeping its real-time format.
The original version of 24 ran on Fox for eight seasons as it was told in real-time – one hour in a single day, for 24 episodes (24 hours in a day.) A sequel (24: Live Another Day) was launched in May 2014 with Sutherland and did decently well in the ratings.
Once again, The CW has a new home in San Diego. On May 31, KFMB-DT2 (a digital subchannel of CBS affiliate KFMB) launched The CW San Diego, featuring CW programming in primetime and newscasts from mothership KFMB from 7-9 a.m. and at 10 p.m. As mentioned here a few months ago, previous CW affiliate XETV was unable to come to terms on a new contract with The CW, so the network left for Midwest-owned KFMB, formerly based in Champaign and were former owners of the city’s WCIA and Peoria’s WMBD before selling the stations to Nexstar in 1999. Before XETV, The CW was on Tribune’s KSWB-TV from 2006-08, before wresting away the Fox affiliation from XETV.
To fill the time not occupied by CW programming or local news, KFMB purchased the syndicated programming rights to XETV’s programs, including The King Of Queens, Seinfeld, and the soon-to-be defunct The Insider. CW San diego also took over all of XETV’s dial positions on cable systems and is available in 720p HD. A new website for The CW San Diego was also launched, at thecwsandiego.com.
Days before the switch, previous KFMB-DT2 occupant MeTV shifted over to KGTV-DT2. KGTV’s main channel is an ABC affiliate.
As for XETV, the Televisa-owned station ended its 64-year English-language run quietly at 12:01 a.m. May 31, as the station said most of their goodbyes in March when the news operation and owner Bay City Television closed. XETV then switched to a feed of Canal 5, one of Televisa’s Spanish-language networks in Mexico (to see the transition, click here.) From this point forward, XETV is no longer available on San Diego’s cable and satellite systems as a planned switch to Televisa’s Gala TV was scrapped soon after it was announced. Much of XETV’s equipment was auctioned off.
This isn’t the last change San Diego TV viewers will see this year – Telemundo programming is expected to move to NBC-owned KNSD-DT2 on July 1, replacing XHAS-TV as an affiliate. Both NBC and Telemundo are owned by parent company Comcast. Azteca America programming is scheduled to replace Telemundo July 1 on XHAS, which like XETV, is based in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Dating back to the 1970’s, there is no market in the country that’s been through many affiliation changes and shifts as San Diego has. Oddly enough, when Rupert Murdoch shook the world in 1994 by convincing New World Communications’ stations to switch to Fox, San Diego, whose KNSD at the time was owned by New World went unscathed – mainly because Fox already was on a VHF outlet at XETV – the same station it would break up with in 2008. New World sold KNSD to NBC in 1997.
If you watched the Stanley Cup Finals recently, you’ve probably noticed a huge number of country music stars making appearances in Nashville as the Predators took on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Among the sightings included Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood (who is married to the Predators’ Mike Fisher), and others. With Nashville being the center of the country music world, you’d think a country station would top the ratings in the nation’s 44th largest radio market, right?
Believe it or not, the top-rated music station in Music City is… an Adult Contemporary format featuring Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake. According to recent PPM rankings from Nielsen, Midwest Communications’ WJXA-FM (Mix 92.9) is the top choice for listeners in Nashville, followed by Hip-Hop/Urban WUBT-FM (101.1 The Beat), which topped the ratings the previous month. In fact, top-rated country station iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM only ranks seventh overall, behind others with formats consisting of Adult Hits (Jack FM); CHR (The River, WRVW-FM); Urban AC (WQQK-FM) and Classic Rock (WNRQ).
WSIX however, tops country competitors WSM-FM, WKDF-FM, and WSM-AM. WSIX also has a Nielsen-rated HD2 channel, with a “New Country” format.
Despite the varied choices, country music still has a significant presence in Tennessee’s largest media market. Though Cumulus has a huge NASH-FM Campus in town, its WSM-FM and WKDF-FM (and competitor WSIX) are located in the city’s Music Row district instead. The legendary WSM-AM is owned by Ryman Hospitality, formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment.
Marissa Bailey and Erin Kennedy team up to anchor mornings at CBS-owned WBBM-TV in a great move.
Sun-Times bidders continue to sumbit bids for the paper to avoid getting “tronced”
Robbie Rist not to blame for Brady Bunch’s downfall? You don’t say.
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