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Lifetime Drama Outranks Two Broaddcast Networks

The major networks may have all but abandoned offering new programming on Saturday nights -- thereby giving cable the opportunity to move in. That's what happened over the weekend when the women's-oriented Lifetime channel attracted...

Pushing Daisies May Live Up To Its Name

ABC's Pushing Daisies , which got off to a solid start last season,has apparently wilted and died in its second season, TVWeek indicatedThursday. Citing industry sources familiar with the situation, the tradepublication reported on its...

Big Weekend For "Gets"

Although only three primetime news magazines are airing these days -- 60Minutes and 48 Hours Mystery on CBS and 20/20 on ABC --two of them are almost certain to dominate the ratings this week with...

Network Chiefs Deny Palin's Desperate Cameo

TV executives at hit U.S. series DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES have denied claims they've offered a spot on the show to controversial former vice-presidential candidate SARAH PALIN. The show's stars Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria Parker, Felicity Huffman,...

Three-way Ratings Tie

For the first time in memory, ABC, CBS and NBC wound up in a ratings tie forfirst place last week among adults 18-49, the key group for advertisers. Thetie was attributed to interest among young...

Fcc Chairman Hails Nascar Crash

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin spoke enthusiastically Monday about the crash ofDavid Gilliland's car, Number 38, during a NASCAR race in Phoenix Sunday.The FCC had spent $355,000 to sponsor the car that sported a message toremind...

Washington Hits Out At Grey's Anatomy Bosses

Actor ISAIAH WASHINGTON has lashed out at his former bosses on hit U.S. TV series GREY'S ANATOMY - insisting their decision to write BROOKE SMITH's character out of the show is "disgusting". Washington's contract on...

Will Oprah Quit In 2011?

Oprah Winfrey's company quickly dashed speculation that she will end hersyndicated show when her current contract expires in 2011. The speculationwas touched off when Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said onFriday that he expected Winfrey...

Dempsey Mocks Abc Sacking Comments

GREY'S ANATOMY star PATRICK DEMPSEY made light of the recent axing of co-star BROOKE SMITH - by mocking the scripted comments TV bosses told him to repeat in interviews. Smith, who plays gay doctor Erica...

Disney Caught Up In Downturn

The Walt Disney company, which has resisted the economic downturn withgreater strength than most other media conglomerates -- its stock hasdropped only about 25 percent over the rocky past two months, while othermedia companies' have...

Syndicated Drama Is First For Itunes

Legend of the Seeker , which had its on-air debut last week, hasbecome the first syndicated television show to become available fordownloading from Apple's iTunes Store. Each episode will sell for $1.99 forstandard-definition versions and...

Cnn Has Its Biggest Night Ever

If coverage of the election results past primetime up to the concessionspeech by John McCain and victory address by Barack Obama after midnight istaken into account, CNN was the clear winner with an average of...

Abc Wins On Election Night

The election is over, and the vote that really matters to broadcasters andtheir advertisers is in. And the winner is ... ABC, which averaged 13.1million viewers in primetime for its coverage anchored by Charles Gibson,Diane...

Cbs Remains On Top

CBS continued its season-long dominance of the Nielsen ratings last weekamong overall households and in the advertiser-desired demographic of adults18-49. The network posted a 7.2 rating and a 12 share for the week. ABC,helped once...

Gay Groups Praise Grey's Anatomy

A leading gay rights group has praised bosses of hit TV show GREY'S ANATOMY for its recent lesbian plotline - despite the news that one of the gay characters it to be axed. Brooke Smith...

King To Have A New Realm?

In what could have been headlined "The King Is Dead, Long Live the King," Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter reported today(Tuesday) that ABC is likely to pick up King of the Hill, which hasbeen...

High Marks For Obama Infomercial

A total of 26.42 million Americans tuned in to Barack Obama's political infomercial on CBS, NBC and ABC Monday. NBC drew the most viewers, 9.85 million, followed by CBS, with 8.65 million. Fox, which aired...

Pullman's Son Arrested

The son of Hollywood actor BILL PULLMAN has been arrested on charges of assault, underage drinking and possessing moonshine. Jack Pullman, 19, was reportedly arrested with a 19-year-old friend in North Carolina on Monday night...

World Series A Winner For Fox

Fox's coverage of The World Series may have seen a 25-percent ratings drop from last year, but it was good enough to give the network a lead among adults 18-49 last week and also give...

The View Denies Hasselbeck + Behar Are At War

A representative for hit U.S. daytime show THE VIEW has been forced to deny rumours of an off-set feud between co-hosts ELISABETH HASSELBECK and JOY BEHAR. The relationship between the pair - famed for their...

Walters Defends Palin

Barbara Walters has come to the defense of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the controversy over Palin's campaign wardrobe. Following reports that she spent $150,000 in campaign funds for her outfits at political...

Obama Pushing Daisies

ABC delayed too long in agreeing to sell the Barack Obama campaign a half-hour of TV time Wednesday night, and, as a result, the campaign decided to allocate the roughly $1 million that the half-hour...

Abc News Chief The Party's Over

ABC News President David Westin has sent a message to employees of thenetwork's news division asking executives not to fly first-class and to bookreservations at cheaper hotels. He has also canceled subscriptions to somepublications, limited...

W Actress/anchorwoman Dies From Beating Injuries

LATEST: American news anchor and W movie actress ANNE PRESSLY has died in hospital, five days after she was found beaten and stabbed at her Arkansas home. Pressly, 26, was found unconscious in bed last...

Cbs Eyes First Place For Third Week

For the third straight week, CBS has dominated the primetime ratings, scoring solidly not only among viewers in general but also among adults 18 to 49, the demographic group most prized by advertisers and a...

Icahn Sets Sites On Film Stdio

Carl Icahn, the activist financier who often buys into big companies, then pushes them to make changes that he believes will boost their stock value, has more than doubled his stake in Canadian-based Lionsgate. In...

W Actress/anchorwoman In Near-fatal Attack

An American TV anchorwoman who appears in OLIVER STONE's new biopic W is in a critical condition after she was beaten and stabbed at her Arkansas home. Reporter Anne Pressly was found unconscious in bed...

Spears Comeback Sparks Tv Row

BRITNEY SPEARS has sparked a feud among U.S. television network executives over her forthcoming comeback performance. The pop star has reportedly signed on to sing live in New York's Bryant Park on U.S. TV show...

Ortega Planning High School Musical Christmas Special

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL director KENNY ORTEGA wants to bring ZAC EFRON back to the franchise for a one-off Christmas special. The actor, 20, is reportedly set to study at the University of Southern California early...

Charges Dropped Against Abc News Producer

Denver authorities have dropped criminal trespass charges against ABC News producer Asa Eslocker, a member of Brian Ross's investigative team who was arrested during the Democratic National Convention while attempting to film senators leaving a...

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