Chicago syndie schedules get dramatic makeover

Local stations, syndicators shuffle the deck As we enter year two in the post-Oprah era, things are finally changing in the syndication marketplace, as five new syndicated talk shows – the most in 17 years – make their debut. As for off-network sitcoms, the pickings are rather slim – just two new entries this year, compared to five in 2011. […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: WGN Radio loses steam in latest PPMs

A lot of stuff¬† in this grab bag this week: – What’s this? A historic low for WGN Radio? The Tribune-owned talker finished in a tie for fifth place overall in 6+ with CHR WKSC-FM (Kiss) in the Arbitron May PPM survey. Even with Cubs baseball (and the you know the team sucks this year), WGN finished behind WVAZ (V103) […]

T Dog’s Four Pack: The "C" in CBS stands for crime

The winners and losers of the week: The stamp of approval: The Chicago Blackhawks (before Friday’s night’s loss): The Mighty Blackhawks are mighty once again thanks to record-breaking regular season ratings. The Hawks are in the playoffs against the Nashville Predators, which continue Sunday night. Go Hawks! Conan moving to TBS. Fox getting out-foxed by Conan. While Murdoch and the […]

"Cold Case Files" heads to syndication

WBBM-TV picks up series, bringing Bill Kurtis back to station. CBS-owned WBBM-TV has picked up repeats of a reality series titled Cold Case Files, hosted by Bill Kurtis. The series will air on the CBS O&O in a 1:07 a.m. Tuesday thru Saturday time slot, beginning Sept. 22. But in a rather odd twist in the deal (but a positive […]

TCA: CBS and The CW

CBS Corp. held panels for its CBS and The CW (which it partly owns with Time Warner) and its syndicated series The Doctors on Monday and Tuesday. Among the highlights: CBS – An executive session with Nina Tassler kicked off the CBS portion of the tour on Monday. She talked about improved ratings for Letterman (thanks to Leno’s departure from […]

CBS’ new schedule for 2008-09

CBS is introducing a total of six new series: four new comedies and two dramas, and is moving existing shows to new nights. To see the complete schedule, click here (all times Eastern; programs air one hour earlier in Chicago and the rest of the Central and Mountain time zones.) New comedy Worst Week is slotted after Two And a […]

WMAQ hit with kids’ programming fine

Still on holiday, but this news is important since this involves FCC action against a local TV station: WMAQ-TV, owned by NBC Universal, was hit with a $10,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission for failing to publicize the “existence and location” of its children’s TV programming reports. Click here for more details. Also on the FCC beat, former CBS […]

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 […]