WBUI deal closes

Note: The link provided may require registration. ACME Television has sold CW affiliate WBUI-TV to GOCOM Media for a cool $4 million dollars (and that’s a steal!) The deal closed today.  WBUI serves the Champaign-Springfield-Decatur market. 

The right team makes the difference

So much for the notion of viewers fleeing major sporting events… If you are the L.A. Lakers, New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, or the Boston Red Sox – it’s instant ratings gold. Game One of the Rockies-Red Sox World Series on Fox grabbed a 10.5 household overnight rating and a 5.8 in adults 18-49, up 61 percent in the demo […]

Leave The CW Alone!!!

WARNING: Satire ahead. Reader discretion is advised. The latest YouTube sensation… A guy named Burley (who, for some unknown reason is wearing makeup) is crying on his bed… “My name is Burley… To all you dummies out there… (snif) Leave The CW alone!!!! Please!!! They have the greatest shows in the world like Smallville and Beauty and the Geek! And […]

"Online Nation" first casualty of season

The CW has axed the little-watched Online Nation after four episodes, making it the first official cancellation of the 2007-08 season. The program had an anemic 0.2 last week in the 18-49 demographic in the Sunday 6:30 p.m. (CT) time slot. Replacing it will be same-week repeats of Aliens in America. Nashville, a docu-soap that aired on Fox Friday nights […]

Chicago is "Family Guy’s" kind of town

It looks like Family Guy has succeeded where The Simpsons succeeded. According to numbers supplied by Twentieth Television (from a banner ad that appeared on TV Week’s website), Family Guy’s airing at 10 p.m. on WGN-TV finished number one in the time period between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21 among men 18-34 (2.2) and women 18-34 (2.6). It beat not […]

CW out of kids’ business

The CW is discontinuing Kids’ WB and handing over the time over to 4KidsTV. The futures of many Kids WB shows (Tom & Jerry Tales, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue, etc.) are up in the air.

They are who we thought they were!

Aliens in America is exactly who we thought they were – a ratings loser. Meanwhile, Dancing With the Stars seems to be the only show deservingly labeled a winner (in the ratings dept. only), while it’s yucksville for the rest of prime-time with the exception of the Padres-Rockies tiebreaker game, a true classic. Other observations: – Heroes is down in […]

"Aliens in America" – best sitcom ever?

“You want to crown them, then crown their ass!” – Dennis Green Can the CW finally get on the map with this show? It may be another program in which the critics love but the audience won’t watch (i.e. Party of Five, I’ll Fly Away, Arrested Development). Though yours truly dismissed this premise last spring, yours truly feels the pain […]

Returning shows dominate on Thursday

Thursday’s ratings race showed established returning shows picking up where they left off – grabbing lots of viewers. Here’s a quick analysis (all times Central): 7 p.m: Four of the five shows had something to crow out, with Survivor winning in adults 18-49 and total viewers. NBC’s hour-long season premiere of My Name Is Earl also did well, particularly among […]

"Private", "Bionic" score

NBC’s Bionic Woman scored an upset over ABC’s Private Practice in the 18-49 demo, 5.5 to 5.1 (though Private drew more viewers, 14.24 to Bionic’s 13.59.) CBS’ Criminal Minds also was strong in the 8 p.m. (CT) time period, so that may be bad news for CW’s Gossip Girl and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, both turning in less than spectacular ratings […]

Pittsburgh local fall lineups

Rob Owen of the Post-Gazette has Pittsburgh’s fall syndicated lineups. Notables: -Sinclair’s WPMY has Family Guy interspersed with The Simpsons, creating a two-sitcom block. Family Guy is slated to air at 6:30 and 7:30 each weeknight, leading out of Bart & Co. Law & Order: Criminal Intent airs at 11 p.m. on WPMY. – Sinclair’s other station, Fox affiliate WPGH, […]

More from the CW at TCA

(One more item before we’re out of here for the weekend) More from the CW: – The winner of that Pussycat Dolls contest show last spring (Asia Nitollano) has turned down the offer to join the group and has decided to launch a solo career. As Nelson Muntz would say, “Ha, Ha!” – TV critics lambasted the Gossip Girl pilot, […]

TCA: CW takes its turn at the mic

Here are the CW’s premiere dates for its new and returning series for the 2007-08 season. And president Dawn Ostroff says that she’s not concerned about the Emmy snub: “[It] won’t make a big difference to our viewers.” Um…. what viewers?

ABC tanks on Sunday Night

This is the reason why the CW and MyNetworkTV are sticking around: ABC sunk to a record low in adults 18-49 last night overall, headlined by an insipid reality show, Fast Cars and Superstars: The Young Guns Celebrity Race.