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CF Entertainment Hires Thomas Devlin

Independent syndie producer CF Entertainment has hired former Hearst Entertainment senior VP Thomas Devlin as its president of international television distribution. In the newly created position, Mr. Devlin will be responsible for clearing CF’s 12-program portfolio (including “Entertainers With Byron Allen” and “The American Athlete”) in international markets.

“Tom has a stellar reputation in the business of international television distribution and we’re proud to have him join our team,” said CF Entertainment Chairman and CEO Byron Allen. “I’m highly confident he will achieve our global strategy of establishing 24-hour international networks and distributing our extensive library.”

NBC Wins Thursday in Adults Demo: NBC won Thursday night in adults 18 to 49, while CBS won the total viewer race, but both networks’ ratings were down across the board from premiere week last week.

NBC’s “Friends” (10.6/30) and “Scrubs” (8.3/22) beat out CBS’s “Survivor” (7.5/21) in adults 18 to 49 in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. hour, according to Nielsen Media Research final national numbers. The season premiere of “Scrubs” retained 79 percent of its “Friends” lead-in.

“CSI” took the 9 p.m. hour in adults 18 to 49 with a 9.4/24 average beating out the second place combo of “Will & Grace” (8.4/22) and “Coupling” (6.6/16). “Coupling” fell 15 percent in rating from last week, rating 79 percent of its lead-in. ABC also had a better-than-usual Thursday night showing with “Extreme Makeover” scoring a 3.2/8 – up 19 percent in adults 18 to 49 from last week. It also grew 48 percent from the first half-hour to the second.

At 10 p.m., “ER” reigned with a 9.6/26 in adults 18 to 49 beating CBS’s second-place “Without a Trace” (4.7/13) by a 104 percent margin.

Fox posted decent results for its Major League Baseball playoff game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. The game propelled Fox to third place in adults 18 to 49 with a 3.0/8 and total viewers with 8.9 million.

In total viewers, “Friends” won the first half of the 8 p.m. hour, with “Survivor” winning the second; “CSI” dominated at 9 p.m.; and “ER” won the 10 p.m. hour.

For the night, in adults 18 to 49, NBC won with an 8.9/24, followed by CBS (7.2/19), Fox (3.0/9), ABC (2.7/7), UPN (1.7/4) and The WB (1.1/3). In total viewers, CBS won the night with 20.5 million, followed by NBC (18.6 million), Fox (8.9 million), ABC (7.8 million), UPN (4.2 million) and The WB (2.8 million).

The WB 100+ Gets Rights to Syndicated ‘Sex and the City’: The WB100+ station group has picked up rights to the syndicated run of “Sex and the City” for September 2005. In addition the outlet has extended its contract for runs of Warner Brothers’ “Will & Grace.” The “Sex” sale marks another key clearance for distributor Warner Brothers, which already pinned down Tribune stations for broadcast syndication and TBS for a cable run.

“‘Sex and the City’ will be a wonderful complement in either our access or late-night blocks of programming,” said Lynn Stephanian, senior VP of programming and production for WB100+. “Because 70 percent of our viewers haven’t seen the series yet it will be like first-run for us.”

Comedy Central to Air Animated Reality Spoof ‘Drawn Together’: Comedy Central next October plans to premiere an animated spoof of reality shows like “Real Life” and “Big Brother.” The network has ordered eight episodes of the series “Drawn Together,” created and written by Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser. The show features cartoon archetypes ranging from superheroes to 1920s flappers sharing a house while cameras roll.