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Animal Planet attracted a record-setting 1.3 million viewers to Sunday night’s debut of “River Monsters,” including 647,000 in the targeted 25-to-54 demographic group. The episode was the most-watched premiere in Animal Planet’s history and pulled in more viewers than any other regularly airing prime-time telecast on the network in more than six years. Broadcasting & Cable (4/7)

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NBC dethroned its drama series Kings, opting to move it off of Sunday nights at 8p to Saturdays at 8p, starting April 18. Originally, Kings had been slotted to air Thursdays at 10p but was moved by NBC Entertainment President Angela Bromstad to Sunday nights where the most recent episode averaged a 1.1 rating among A18-49. The new John Wells drama series Southland gets the prime Thursday at 10p time slot this week. (Cynopsis 4/8)

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In May, Fox will broadcast a “sneak peek” of its new television series “Glee,” a comedy-drama about a high school glee club that has echoes of Disney’s lucrative “High School Musical.” After airing the pilot episode May 19, Fox will re-introduce “Glee” this fall. (Iwantmedia 4/8, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/business/media/08rice.html 4/8)

Nickelodeon has added a pair of live-action buddy comedies to its production slate. One is for an as-yet-untitled series that will be about two surfing pals in search of the perfect wave, while the other will be called “Telepathic” and revolves around high school students with supernatural powers. The Hollywood Reporter (4/7)

The CW will broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards for the first time on August 30. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made a deal with The CW to broadcast this year’s show from the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, at the same time the network plans on debuting its new fall lineup. Previously, ABC and CBS alternated airing the awards show but after both declined the NATAS offered it to The CW along with first time show producer, Associated Television International. (Cynopsis 4/8)

From television networks selling downloads of shows, to music companies trying to curb file-sharing, to struggling newspapers and magazines, the make-or-break question is this: How do you get consumers to pay for something they have grown used to getting free? (Iwantmedia 4/8, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/business/media/08pay.html?_r=1 4/8)

More food comes in June as Bravo debuts Top Chef Masters, the spin-off of its Top Chef series, on June 10 at 10p. The flip-flopped premise of this competition/elimination series has 24 world-famous chefs trying to out-do each other until one winning chef remains receiving $100,000 for the charity of their choice. Throughout the series run, guest stars and celebrities will be featured including Neil Patrick Harris, Zooey Deschanel, the past Top Chef winners as well as appearances by Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons among others. (Cynopsis 4/8)

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