It’s official: Grey’s Anatomy has jumped the shark

After the stunt in which Grey apparently drowned while rescuing people from a ferry boat accident, she “survived” on Thursday Night’s episode. Wow! It’s a miracle! It’s amazing! It’s a bunch of crock. Thursday’s episode was about as predictable as Mayor Daley winning next Tuesday’s election. We all knew they weren’t going to kill off the lead character of a […]

ABC in trouble?

While nobody would notice here in Chicago since everybody (except when American Idol is on) watches ABC 24/7, TV Week is reporting that ABC’s ratings nationally have dropped from first to third in thirty-five days. The network is now tied with NBC in the money demo (adults 18-49). While ABC’s core shows are still strong (though Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly […]

Touchtone Television becomes ABC Television Studio

In a move that will also likely mean the end of the Touchtone and Buena Vista names (as far as television is concerned,) The Walt Disney Co. has renamed its network TV unit ABC Television Studio and its Buena Vista Games video game unit to Disney Interactive Studios. This comes as Disney wants to streamline its media properties to fall […]

Presenting the 18-49 ABC affiliate leaders…

…. and surprise, surprise, is not WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia), or WSB (Atlanta)- stations we usually talk about when we’re talking about ABC affiliates dominance in prime-time (or any time period during the day.)It’s actually three ABC affiliates owned by the Hearst-Argyle Co.– WISN-TV in Milwaukee, KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, and KMBC-TV in Kansas City. Among adults 18-49 in the […]

NATPE/TCA update

Here is the latest going on at NATPE in Las Vegas and TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif.: -Warner Bros. has pulled its proposed new show, Celebrity Jury– for now. Warner Bros. was unable to come to an agreement with the Fox-owned stations on the program, but may be launched at a later date. Meanwhile, the chances for Dr. Keith […]

You’re out!

Two shows have been called out at the plate: ABC’s anemic Big Day, and NBC’s Passions. The latter, a modern-day Dark Shadows, is being replaced in the NBC daytime lineup by a fourth hour of Today.

Late Friday news update

It’s unusual to have this much news break late on a Friday, so I’ve decided to summarize all the late breaking news into one post: Update: ABC has now decided to yank low-rated and critically blasted game show Show Me the Money off the air immediately, meaning it’s gone for good. The program was to move to Tuesday nights beginning […]

Emmitt Smith wins "Danicng"

Mario Lopez clearly was the better dancer, but it was the popular vote that rode Emmitt Smith to victory on last night’s Dancing With The Stars. Meanwhile, the results show drew a season-high 27.2 million viewers while new serial drama Daybreak (haven’t we had enough of those?) tanked. (Updated 7:18pm 11-16-06)

Ugly Betty Is Beautiful

As expected, ABC picks up Ugly Betty for a full season: (Way to go, ABC!) http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=10893 Although the show is losing to the increasingly bland Survivor in the key adult 18-49 demographic, it is beating the reality show in total viewers and households. (This is what happens when you divide the tribes by race and merge the teams too early. […]