‘Bachelorette’ finale scores big ratings
The two-hour finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” was the highest-rated program of the night Wednesday in adults 18 to 49 and total viewers. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET), it scored a 9.2 rating and 22 share in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate data. An average of 20.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Trista choose Colorado fireman Ryan over Californian Charlie. After Trista chose him, Ryan got down on bended knee and proposed. “The Bachelorette” beat Fox’s half-hour “American Idol” results show (7.3/17 in adults 18 to 49 and 15.3 million viewers) from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a special 9 p.m.-to-10 p.m. “American Idol: Best of the Worst” audition show (8.8/20 and 19.4 million viewers).
Following “Bachelorette,” ABC premiered its live series “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” that will run for 15 consecutive days. It finished second to NBC’s “Law & Order” in the hour in adults 18 to 49, with a 5.3/14, and total viewers, with 11.3 million. However, from the first half-hour to the second, “Celebrity” lost 2.1 million viewers. The first half-hour scored a 5.8/15 in the 18 to 49 demo; the numbers dropped to 4.8/13 in the second half-hour. ABC edged out Fox for the nightly win in adults 18 to 49 with a 7.9/19 to Fox’s 7.8/19. NBC was third with a 4.7/11, followed by CBS with a 2.9/7. In total viewers, ABC won with 17.4 million followed by Fox (16.7 million), NBC (13.8 million) and CBS (9.7 million).
New hosts signed for ‘Man Show’: Comedy Central and Stone Stanley Entertainment have confirmed they have signed an agreement with “Fear Factor’s” Joe Rogan and comedian Doug Stanhope to take over hosting duties of the fifth season of “The Man Show.” Production on the 22-episode commitment will begin taping this summer and will be slated to air in the fall. While Mr. Rogan may be best known for his roles on “Fear Factor” and “NewsRadio,” Mr. Stanhope has earned kudos for his stand-up tour and has been featured on several television shows, including NBC’s “Late Friday,” and has appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” and “SpyTV.” He also wrote, produced and starred in Fox’s “Invasion of the Hidden Cameras,” which aired last summer.
Pauley leaving NBC News: Jane Pauley, 52, one of the most enduring and pioneering icons of television journalism, is leaving NBC News in June to “try new things.” Ms. Pauley, who joined NBC in 1975 as the first woman to co-anchor the weeknight newscast on company-owned WMAQ-TV in Chicago, began a 13-year reign as co-anchor of “Today” in 1976. She has been an anchor of “Dateline NBC” since it launched in 1992. Pauley leaving NBC News: Jane Pauley, 52, one of the most enduring and pioneering icons of television journalism, is leaving NBC News in June to “try new things.” Ms. Pauley, who joined NBC in 1975 as the first woman to co-anchor the weeknight newscast on company-owned WMAQ-TV in Chicago, began a 13-year reign as co-anchor of “Today” in 1976. She has been an anchor of “Dateline NBC” since it launched in 1992.NBC, Nielsen sign measurement deal: Nielsen Media Research and NBC have signed what is described as a landmark seven-year agreement that bundles audience measurement services for all NBC-owned television properties — including NBC and its 14 owned-and-operated stations, the NBC cable channels (MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo), and Telemundo and its 13 O&Os. NBC also has agreed to back the expansion of Nielsen’s National People Meter Sample from 5,000 homes to nearly 10,000 homes and will implement Nielsen’s digital encoding system, which will be a factor in the active/passive metering system scheduled to be introduced in 2004.
UPN and ABC go starry with pilot picks: UPN and ABC added a little star power to their pilot seasons with sitcom pickups for Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jenny McCarthy and Tim Allen.
UPN ordered a sitcom pilot inspired by the home life of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who executive produce the show along with writer Betsy Borns. The show is a contemporary look at a complicated modern family dynamic where a husband and his second wife raise his son from his first marriage with his ex-wife’s involvement. The show comes from Warner Bros. Television and Overbrook Entertainment.
ABC ordered two sitcoms. One is an untitled project starring Jenny McCarthy as a rich heiress who loses all of her money and has to lead a “regular” life. Don Beck will write and executive produce the Touchstone Television show. The second pilot, “These Guys,” produced by Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, features Tim Allen narrating the misadventures of four men facing marriage, parenthood, divorce and dating in the new millennium.
Mark Brazill, Tim Allen and Ron Zimmerman wrote the pilot and will executive