‘Angel’ Wins Thursday
The WB’s Angel, which is on the bubble for renewal next year, scored its highest adults 18 to 49 ratings last night since its Oct. 6 premiere. It pulled a 2.3 rating and 6 share, tying a repeat of The West Wing on NBC and beating CBS’s 60 Minutes II and UPN’s The Twilight Zone. It also attracted 4.1 million viewers, giving it is largest audience since moving to Wednesdays. It also built on its Dawson’s Creek lead-in in total viewers, adults 18 to 49 and adults 18 to 34.
Couric and Leno Switch Jobs: For the May sweeps NBC’s Today will feature a stunt in which host Katie Couric and Tonight Show host Jay Leno trade jobs May 12.
The popular Where in the World Is Matt Lauer? is not happening this year, which would have been the fifth time Mr. Lauer hopped around the world for five days, urging viewers and coworkers to guess his location each day.
The job switches for Mr. Lauer and weatherman Al Roker and news reader Ann Curry are not finalized, according to a Today spokeswoman, who said the Couric-Leno trade is the only intra-network one. The others might even involve people outside TV, the spokeswoman said, who added that it is uncertain whether the other switches will take place in the week of May 12 or be spread throughout the sweeps.
Fox Offers Viewers ‘Paradise’: Continuing its strategy of offering original summer programming, Fox will air a new reality series, Paradise Hotel, twice a week starting Monday, June 16, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. A second weekly episode will air Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Paradise Hotel will put up six single men and six single women in an exclusive resort. Each week, a hotel guest will be voted off to make way for a new guest. The goal is to stick around the longest.
Viewers can call a toll-free number to try to become a studio contestant and compete for a chance to become a guest at the hotel. The Monday shows will follow the lives of the 12 current hotel guests, while the Wednesday shows will feature the in-studio contestants competing to become hotel guests.
Paradise Hotel is based on a format from Mentorn, a production subsidiary of The Television Corp. in the United Kingdom. Executive producers Tom Gutteridge and Charles Thompson are working in the United States with Los Angeles-based executive producer Arthur Smith and his production company A. Smith & Co. to produce the Fox version of the show.
‘Idol,’ ‘Bachelor’ Score: Fox’s American Idol was the big winner last night, but a two-hour The Bachelor gave ABC a boost. Idol scored an 8.1 rating/23 share in adults 18 to 49 and 17.5 million viewers from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate data. From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fox’s combo of Bernie Mac and Wanda at Large beat The Bachelor in the demo and total viewers. But Bachelor steadily built in the second hour to win the 10 p.m.-to-11 p.m. time period. From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Bachelor scored a 5.6/15 in the demo and 11.5 million viewers.
For the night, Fox won in adults 18 to 49 with a 6.3/18, followed by ABC (4.8/13), NBC (3.0/8) and CBS (2.1/6). In total viewers, Fox won the night with 13.1 million, followed by ABC (10.7 million), NBC (10 million) and CBS (8.6 million).