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Jul 3, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Suspect nabbed after ‘Power, Privilege’ profile

It’s not yet “America’s Most Wanted,” but “Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice,” Court TV’s new series that recently premiered to high ratings, can already notch its first captured fugitive.

Just two weeks after James Sullivan was profiled on the show’s first episode as the Palm Beach society wannabe who 15 years ago allegedly hired a hit man to kill his wife, Lita, an African American woman who, according to “PP&J,” he claimed was “preventing him from reaching the highest echelons of local society,” the fugitive was nabbed by police at a beachfront hotel in Phetchaburi, Thailand.

The arrest of Mr. Sullivan, who has been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted list, was made at the FBI’s request, according to an account in the Bangkok Post.

Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division said Mr. Sullivan had been “moving around in Chiang Mai, Cha-am and Hua Hin [three resort towns in the Bangkok area] and … had money regularly transferred into his bank accounts without known sources,” according to the Thai news account.

Thais in the upscale enclave where Mr. Sullivan had been staying caught the show, became suspicious and reported Mr. Sullivan to authorities, according to Court TV. His Thai wife had no idea her husband was wanted for murder, according to the Post account.

Univision scores with World Cup: Univision’s June 30 telecast of the final 2002 FIFA World Cup match, between Brazil and Germany, delivered the highest share ever for any U.S. Spanish-language telecast, drawing 66 percent of Hispanic television viewing homes, according to Univision data.

On its owned-and-operated stations in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio and Phoenix, the final-game telecast delivered more viewers than were watching ABC at time, according to Univision.

The 2002 World Cup final, which aired in early morning in the United States, averaged an 18.8 household rating and a 66 share and delivered 2.88 million Hispanic viewers. Univision’s figures do not include non-Hispanic viewers.

Ad-supported cable reaches milestone: June 2002 will go into the record books as the first time ad-supported cable has surpassed the 50 prime-time share level on a full-month basis. Cable’s aggregate 54.0 prime-time average household share in June, up almost six points from the same month last year, beat the seven broadcast networks (the Big 4, The WB, UPN and Pax) by 15.6 share points, according to data from the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.

For the repeat-laden month, the broadcast networks were down 2.1 million homes, 2.7 rating points and 5 share points from the same period last year, according to the CAB.