Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Worm Turns at CNN, ABC

A fast-moving computer worm messed things up for the newsies at CNN and ABC yesterday.

The worm caused computers to reboot constantly, crippling CNN computers used to write scripts. Meanwhile, some ABC employees had to use typewriters instead of the normal computer system.

Sadly, Larry King Live still aired without a hitch.

Tonight's Tube

Now they've gone too far: tonight, Bravo debuts Battle of the Network Reality Stars.

I'll stop short of saying I hope somebody gets killed, but is it too much to ask for a little maiming, maybe?

Bye Bye Biography?

A&E's long-running Biography could be in danger of going out of production.

The show, which recently had its on-air schedule cut in half as its audience disappeared, is even getting outrated by drivel such as Dog the Bounty Hunter.

But Biography still makes money for A&E- and the spinoff network it created- and will probably survive at least one more season.

30 More Days

FX has ordered a second season of 30 Days," Morgan Spurlock's new reality series.

The first season of Days, which made mini-documentaries following people thrown into unfamiliar settings, had been FX's highest-rated unscripted program to date.

The return airdate is still to be determined.

Comedy Central's Mencia Mania

Comedy Central has tacked on three more episodes of its new quasi-hit Mind of Mencia.

The show, starring Latino comic Carlos Mencia, will now end its freshman season September 28.

No word if more "boning your sister" promos are also in the works.

Ruling From The Grave

It sounds kind of morbid, but it's true: it took the death of its long-time anchor for ABC to finally win a week of the evening news race.

For the week ending Friday, ABC's tribute-laden World News Tonight with Peter Jennings averaged 8.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. NBC averaged 8.2 million viewers and CBS 6.3 million.

Ratings Nuggets

The second hour of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Sunday was the week's top program with young adults (6.3 million viewers) and No. 2 to CSI in total viewers (11.7 million)... Pam Anderson's Comedy Central Roast nabbed cable's biggest young-adult audience of the week, with 2.9 million viewers... Boston Legal, returning with a rerun to its new Tuesday ABC time slot, finished third in its timeslot... FX comedies Starved and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia dropped a third of their audience from their already anemic premieres, while Iraq war drama Over There held steady from its prior week... HBO's originals are faring well: Entourage scored an all-time high of 2.6 million viewers Sunday, while the suicide-inducing Six Feet Under also hit a season-high 3.2 million viewers.