News Briefs: Rosenblum to Head New Warner Bros. TV Group

Sep 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Bruce Rosenblum was named president of the newly formed Warner Bros. Television Group, which makes him responsible for the studio’s entire portfolio of television properties, including worldwide production, distribution and, in a major shift for the company, The WB broadcast network. Mr. Rosenblum, a 19-year veteran of the company, has been executive VP at Warner Bros. Television since 1999. He will continue to report to Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. The new group comprises Warner Bros. Television, Telepictures, Warner Bros. Animation and The WB. All the

divisions will report directly to Mr. Rosenblum.

‘Oprah’s’ Katrina Shows Lead Syndie Surge

A few syndicated strips started the 2005-06 season with improved numbers over last year, while the queen of daytime television brought in big ratings with her special Hurricane Katrina coverage. Warner Bros.’ third-season debut of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” scored a 2.6 metered market household rating in its primary runs for the first four days of the week ended Sept. 11, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was up 4 percent from its year-ago time period average of 2.5. Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly,” which began its 18th season in syndication, scored a metered-market four-day average of 3.7 in its primary runs. “Regis” was up 3 percent over its September 2004 average. Though it is not scheduled to premiere its new season until Sept. 19, King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” aired two impromptu original episodes in which host Oprah Winfrey covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, “Oprah’s” primary run average in the metered markets was 8.9, a 51 percent increase over last year’s 5.9. On Sept. 7, “Oprah” scored a 9.0, a 50 percent increase over its performance in those markets last year. On both days “Oprah” was No. 1 in its time period in all top 10 markets.

Thursday Pairing So-So, ‘Break’ Hot for Fox

Fox’s Thursday night pairing of the return of “The O.C.” and its new ensemble drama “Reunion” did average numbers for the network, according to Nielsen Media Research. “The O.C.” was seen by 7.4 million viewers, consistent with its second-season average but down from last season’s premiere. The premiere of “Reunion” maintained most of the “O.C.” audience and was seen by 6.7 million viewers. Even with a 15 percent decline in its adults 18 to 49 rating from its two-hour debut, Fox’s new Monday drama “Prison Break” took the No. 1 spot for the night of Sept. 5 in its second outing. “Break” scored a 3.9 rating in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. That tied a rerun of CBS’s “CSI: Miami” as the top show Monday in the demo. “Break” was the highest-rated show for the night in adults 18 to 34 (4.2), women 18 to 34 (4.3) and teens (2.8). The second episode of “Break” was down 15 percent in the key demo from its two-hour premiere Aug. 29 (3.9 versus 4.6), which took the top spot in the demo for the week ended Sept. 4.

Court TV Plans Full Coverage of Roberts Hearings

While most news networks feel compelled to juggle coverage of the confirmation hearings scheduled to begin today on John Roberts Jr.’s nomination to be chief justice of the Supreme Court and their continuing coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, Court TV plans full, live coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee proceedings. Chief anchor and Managing Editor Fred Graham will preside in Washington over the coverage, which will include commentary from Harvard law professor and author Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, dean of Pepperdine University Law School.

ABC to Offer All Prime-Time Shows in Spanish

With the new season ABC will become the first English-language broadcast network to provide all prime-time entertainment programming in Spanish via a combination of closed-captioning and dubbing. Spanish-subtitled versions of the shows will run on Closed Caption 3 channel (CC3), while the dubbed Spanish will run via the SAP (second audio program), which is available on most television sets made after 1995.