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December 2, 2003 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
The Fox network's ratings struggles during the November sweeps had a residual effect on Fox-owned KTTV, which barely lost out to long-standing rival KTLA Channel 5 in the highly competitive morning and 10 p.m. news races, according to local Nielsen ratings released Monday. But CBS' strong performance during the just-ended sweeps gave a boost to KCBS' long-struggling news programs. "Good Day L.A.
October 18, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans aren't the only ones feeling dazed and dejected. Fox Broadcasting Co.'s executives also are a little bummed after watching their dream match-up strike out. Fox had been rooting for the underdog teams to advance to the World Series, which begins tonight. They figured a sensational struggle between two storied and snakebit franchises would generate worldwide interest, gigantic ratings and a windfall potentially worth tens of millions of dollars.
October 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Faced with the extraordinarily popular baseball playoffs on Fox, rival networks have cried uncle and pulled several original series episodes for reruns. CBS and NBC shelved new editions of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Friends" -- television's most popular drama and comedy -- on Thursday because the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were playing the deciding game of the American League championship.
March 20, 2003 | Lee Margulies
Former President Bill Clinton has a regular TV gig on "60 Minutes." Now Monica Lewinsky has a prime-time spot too. Fox announced Wednesday that it had signed the former White House intern, whose affair with Clinton led to impeachment proceedings against the chief executive, to be the host of "Mr. Personality," a staged, unscripted prime-time series. The show, premiering April 21, has a familiar core of one woman deciding which of a group of men she likes best.
February 12, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Millions of viewers dedicated their night to watch "Joe Millionaire" pick between the final two women vying for his companionship and purported fortune. At least that's what the teases during the show suggested. Instead, Fox Broadcasting Co.'s record Monday audience of 25 million simply saw "Joe Millionaire," a.k.a. Evan Marriott, confess that he was not rich. The show ended before he picked either of the women, leaving viewers feeling as if they were the ones who had been deceived.
January 25, 2003 | Meg James
Fox Broadcasting Co.'s January hits -- "American Idol" and "Joe Millionaire" -- have erased the network's advertising blues. The network no longer owes advertisers free commercial time to make up for the lower-than-promised ratings for shows that aired in the fall, Fox advertising chief Jon Nesvig said Friday. Nesvig wouldn't disclose the value of the ads the network had to provide free to advertisers.
January 20, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Hobbled by lagging ratings and forced to pitch around its baseball schedule, Fox Broadcasting Co. plans to break from decades of television tradition by launching new shows in the summer instead of fall. The move, announced over the weekend by Fox Television Entertainment Chairman Sandy Grushow, is the most aggressive strategy yet as networks struggle to hold on to viewers who are switching to cable and satellite, primarily during summer months when networks air mostly repeats.
Fox Broadcasting Co. executives could get trapped in a squeeze play if Major League Baseball players go on strike this summer. Fox uses the playoffs and the World Series as a monthlong billboard to hype the network's slate of new fall shows. Even though Fox ultimately loses money on baseball, postseason play has delivered some of the network's highest ratings and, along with professional football, helped thrust Fox into TV's big leagues.
"The Pulse," a newsmagazine-style series that premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Fox broadcast network, owes its underpinnings to cable's Fox News Channel: It's anchored by FNC's Shepard Smith and executive-produced by William Shine, who also is FNC's executive producer. And FNC's Bill O'Reilly will get a segment called "Guess Who's Annoying Me Now," recalling Andy Rooney's segment on "60 Minutes." "I would never compare Bill O'Reilly to Andy Rooney," Shine said. "Bill's straightforward.
Sparking renewed speculation that the Dodgers might be sold, NewsCorp chairman Rupert Murdoch said Fox has achieved the primary business objective it had for purchasing the team, despite two years of staggering financial losses. With the Dodgers in Fox hands, the Walt Disney Co. surrendered in the race to launch a second local cable sports channel, Murdoch told a national television audience in a rare interview this week.
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