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BROADCAST/CABLE by Marauder
May 13, 2009, 6:33 PM
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BROADCAST/CABLE

VH1’s debut of Charm School with Ricki Lake Monday night at 9p delivered a 1.4 A18-49 rating and attracted 2.3 million total viewers. (Cynopsis 5/13)

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For the second week in a row, TNT, which is televising second-round NBA playoff games, was the most-watched network on ad-supported cable TV, according to Nielsen data. For the week ended May 10, TNT averaged 3.48 million total viewers. Mediaweek (5/12)

FOX pulled the remaining episode of Sit Down, Shut Up from its schedule following a 0.7/3 posting among A18-49 from this past Sunday at 7p, cites Variety. The 30m animated comedy is not expected to return to FOX’s lineup and an encore episode of King of the Hill will air in the 7p Sunday time period instead. (Cynopsis 5/13)

On Showtime’s drama The Tudors, Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is keeping his fourth wife around for another season, as British singer Joss Stone reprises her role as Anne of Cleves for the series’ fourth and final season, per THR. (Cynopsis 5/13)

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In the midst of pilot pick up season, NBC decided to pass on David E. Kelley’s legal drama Legally Mad. Originally thinking the drama would be a midseason series, NBC’s rejection will equate to a seven-figure penalty to the drama produced by Warner Bros. TV. The pilot is not being shopped to any other networks. (Cynopsis 5/13)

Viacom may be forced to sell Paramount Pictures, according to Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet, despite the success of "Star Trek." Viacom’s cable networks, weakened as more advertising moves to the Internet, will find it more difficult to "subsidize the struggling studio." (Iwantmedia 5/13, http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090512-714791.html  5/12)

Disney CFO Tom Staggs is selling 75,000 shares in the media company for $1.9 million — a move seen as bad news for the stock of the parent of ABC and ESPN. Says one observer: "I would not want to be a buyer of Disney when the CFO is selling such a large percentage" of shares. (Iwantmedia 5/13, http://online.barrons.com/article/SB124207971494308217.html  5/12)

Insight Communications, the country’s ninth-largest cable provider, added 16,000 basic-video customers in the first quarter as well as 30,700 digital subscribers, 19,900 broadband users and 24,500 phone lines. The company totaled 91,200 new revenue-generating units during the first three months of the year and reported revenue of $236.7 million, 15% higher than the comparable time frame in 2008. CED Magazine (5/2009) , OneTRAK (5/12)

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