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Archive for February, 2010

Olympics, ‘Idol’ dominate TV ratings; Lady Gaga, Trey Songz big on Atlanta radio

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The Vancouver Olympics on NBC so far are doing worse than the Salt Lake City games in 2002 but faring better than the Torino games in 2006. The opening ceremony last Friday drew 32.6 million and the games have drawn 20 million to 30 million viewers since then.

-The top cable program last week was the NBA All Star Game on TNT, which drew 6.8 million. Although more than 100,000 people watched the game from the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, that’s the second lowest TV viewership in recent times.

- CBS’s “Undercover Boss” featuring Atlanta-based Hooters, exposed itself to a solid 15.4 million nationally Sunday, 252,000 locally.

- Even before the Olympics, “24″ has been losing steam, hitting some of its worst ratings in years with 10.3 million viewers catching the Feb. 8 episode. It dropped to fewer than 9 million against the Olympics this past Monday.

-The gimmick of “heroes v. villains’ propped up “Survivor,” which saw a slight increase in ratings over a year ago with 14.2 …

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Adam Bomb leaving Q100, Bert Show’s Big Adventure #8

adam bombAdam Bomb, the night jock at Q100, did his last show on Tuesday night.  He was on air for at least three years.

His boss Rob Roberts said he has a new job within the Cumulus Media family, presumably in a different market. I would guess it’s going to be a morning or afternoon gig, which is a step up from nights.

I left a message with Bomb this morning. No answer. (I know, I know. Obviously, Bomb is not his real name. Should I call him Mr. Bomb?)

There are two major possibilities for his destination: Houston and Dallas. Cumulus has a successful top 40 station in HoustonKRBE 104.1. It also recently launched a top 40 station in Dallas I-93, where Q100’s mid-day gal Brittany voice tracks. Cumulus has a top 40 station in Nashville as well.

Here’s some video of Adam in action from 2007:

Anyway, the Bert Show left this morning for Disney World on Bert’s Big Adventure from the Sheraton Gateway by Hartsfield International Airport.This is Bert Weiss’ eighth year sending terminally and …

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Adult Swim adding 9 p.m. hour in 2011

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Mediaweek reports that Atlanta-based Adult Swim is expanded into the 9 p.m. hour starting early next year.

Adult Swim started as a one-night experiment in 2001 and has expanded into a young male juggernaut. It now frequently brings in more viewers than any other cable network among men 18 to 34 and isn’t far behind Letterman and other network shows.

There are risks, of course, moving into the 9 p.m. hour. Many of the shows really wouldn’t work well that early, given their adult content. So Adult Swim has to find usable shows that would fit the tastes of the network. This from the story:

After having shifted its nightly launch time from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. in January 2009, the network that introduced such fractured franchises as Robot Chicken, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law and Aqua Teen Hunger Force is looking to extend its reach into the highly competitive second hour of prime. In so doing, Adult Swim is positioning itself to pursue a much broader swath of advertisers, …

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CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” gets second season, will stay in Atlanta

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Good news for local fans of the CW hit show “The Vampire Diaries:” Not only has the drama been renewed for a second season but a publicist confirmed with me that it will remain in metro Atlanta, too.

So you’ll continue to see plenty of sightings of Nina Dobrey, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.

The show is averaging about 4.6 million viewers a week (counting DVR usage up to a week after airing.). For the CW, that’s huge. Teen dramas tend to have shorter shelf lives than other types of shows but so far, so good, for this one.

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‘Housewife’ Kandi Burruss on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Feb 24-25

Kandi Burruss helps out Michelle Solgan on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.": Photo courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

Kandi Burruss helps out Michelle Solgan on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.": Photo courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

Kandi Burruss, arguably the most popular and likable cast member of the second season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will test her trivial knowledge next week on the syndicated version of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.”

But the set-up is a little unusual. She won’t be up there alone for charity. Rather, she will be paired with a non-celebrity housewife Michelle Solgan of South Orange, N.J. and will help her out in her path to a potential $1 million.

Solgan was picked specifically because she is a fan of the series and apparently some of the trivia questions are tied to the shows themselves. Burruss said Solgan was sharper than she was on the trivia. (Of course, she wouldn’t say how much she helped Solgan win.)

Burruss’ segments, taped in November, will air Wed. Feb. 24 and Thurs. Feb. 25. Locally, it can be seen at 9:30 a.m. on WATL-TV.

The entire …

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A talk with Malcolm-Jamal Warner at Joyce Littel’s Passion & Poetry Feb. 13

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner may still be “That Cosby Show” aw-shucks son Theo in many people’s minds, but he remains a busy actor who also happens to embrace spoken-word poetry. For the third time, he headlined Joyce Littel’s Passion & Poetry shows on Saturday. (All three shows sold out.)

Littel, the former Quiet Storm jock who was let go last month from V-103 for budgetary reasons, acknowledged her departure from the station during Avery Sunshine’s set. She sang ebulliently offkey about flying free. “I don’t need no therapy,” she said. She just needed to fly. She harbors no bitterness and was glad that V-103 continued to promote her Passion & Poetry show even though she was no longer there. (Whether V-103 will help her out next year without her having to pay for advertising remains to be seen.)

Warner (”The Cosby Show,” “Malcolm & Eddie” “The Sherri Shepherd Show”) was advertised as a headliner, but the show was a revue featuring multiple acts. He only spent 15 minutes on stage …

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Christopher Rude returns this week to Rude Awakening on 680/The Fan

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This morning, Christopher Rude returned on the air to his 680/The Fan Rude Awakening morning show after four months recuperating from throat cancer.

Soon after 6 a.m., the veteran radio guy said, “Where were we?” He thanked WAGA’s Buck Langford for covering for him. And he teased Perry Laurentino, of course, for complaining about added duties.

After Leo Mazzone said Perry “was under a lot of stress,” Rude scoffed. “I’m laying there dying and he’s under stress. Give me a break!”

Rude was diagnosed last year with a tumor behind his throat. He disclosed the news to his listeners last August. He was able to stay on air during chemotherapy but he eventually had to take time off during radiation. His last show was in October.

“I’ve been to hell and back,” Rude said a few moments later. “And I’m not talking about Helen, one of Perry’s favorite vacation spots.”

“This cancer thing,” Rude said, “I do not recommend this to anybody. If you can avoid it, by all means. That’s one team …

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CBS’s ‘Undercover Boss’ (with Hooters) draws 15.4 million viewers

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Courtesy of Hooters

The folks at CBS know how to launch a new show (as long as it’s not called “Viva Laughlin.”) The network drew more than 38 million viewers for the network’s new reality show “Undercover Boss” last Sunday after the Super Bowl.

Then they chose Atlanta-based Hooters as the next episode, with promos featuring Hooters Girls eating beans from a plate without their hands. Demeaning? Absolutely! But it certainly drew plenty of curious viewers: about 15.4 million, based on early numbers. The 18-49 numbers were strong, too: 5.1/12.

Those numbers are even more impressive considering CBS was up against NBC’s Vancouver Winter Olympics, which brought in about 29 million viewers at 9 p.m. Sunday.

The test of the show’s durability will come next week when the decidedly less sexy 7-Eleven gets the spotlight on “Undercover Boss.”

The Olympics did hurt the opening frame of “The Amazing Race” at 8 p.m., which opened at a series-low 9 million viewers. Last year, it opened at …

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TV best bets with the Olympics and whatever rivals are throwing at it

vancouverlogo-300x286CBS and Fox both have ceded most of this week and next to NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage by running a vast number of repeats. And very few new series are debuting.

What remains? Mostly serialized shows such as “24″ and “Lost,” as well as reality shows such as “American Idol,” “Survivor,” “The Bachelor” and ‘The Amazing Race.” ABC is also airing a new “Desperate Housewives” on Sunday.

Cable, too, has plenty to offer if the Olympics are not your cup of tea. The season finale of TNT’s drama “Leverage” airs Wednesday and dog lovers can lap up the Westminster Dog Show on USA is on Monday and Tuesday. Plus, there are fresh episodes of cable reality shows such as “Celebrity Fit Club” (VH1, Mondays), “The Michael Vick Project” (BET, Tuesdays), “Sheer Genius” (Bravo, Wednesdays) and “Project Runway” (Lifetime, Thursdays),

MONDAY
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Jake frolics in St. Lucia with Tenley, Gia and Vienna.
“The Penguins of Madagascar” 8 p.m. Nickelodeon — “How I Met …

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Recap of ‘Undercover Boss’ featuring Atlanta-based Hooters

Hooter CEOIn the second episode of CBS’s “Undercover Boss,” Hooters CEO Coby Brooks’ experience was comparable to that of the Waste Management CEO week one. But he didn’t have to clean toilets.

The Atlanta-based company got an hour of primetime exposure, ceding editorial control to CBS producers. As a woman told an undercover Brooks that she thinks the chain is “degrading to women,” I can’t imagine this will change their minds.

But I don’t think it made Hooters look any worse. In fact, it may  help Hooters short term by getting people to think about the chain and consider eating there.

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Brooks comes across as humble and calm. Nobody detects him. He shaves his goatee, wears glasses and pretends to be part of a documentary about entry-level jobs. Day one, he tries to be a busboy and fails miserably before a former Marine/cop Dave who mocks him incessantly (but …

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