March 31, 2007 |
Sam Haskell, chairman of the Miss America Organization board, says he's using his connections as the former head of television for the William Morris talent agency to find a new TV home for the pageant. The 86-year-old Miss America competition was dropped Thursday by Country Music Television after two years of low ratings. The January crowning of Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson as Miss America drew only 2.4 million viewers, continuing a steady decline that had seen ABC give up the show in 2004.
March 30, 2007 |
The Miss America Pageant has been dropped by Country Music Television, leaving the 86-year-old competition without a TV outlet. The Viacom-owned network, which had rights to air the pageant through 2011, notified the organization, which had moved the pageant to Las Vegas from Atlantic City, that it would not exercise its option to televise the contest "in 2008 and beyond." "It's been a very good two-year run," said pageant head Art McMaster.
February 1, 2007 |
Ratings for the Miss America Pageant continue to plummet, with Monday night's live telecast averaging 2.4 million viewers, 20% fewer than last year, CMT reported Wednesday. On a positive note, the cable channel said its ratings among people aged 18 to 24 were up 257% from last year, thanks in part to a two-hour reality show about the pageant that aired in the days leading up to it on CMT, VH1 and MTV.
January 21, 2007 |
EVERY year, it seems, there's a new plan to reverse the long downhill slide of the Miss America pageant and return it to the must-watch status it enjoyed half a century ago, when 27 million viewers -- almost 40% of the television audience -- tuned in for three hours of bathing suits, ball gowns and baton twirling. In recent years, the length of the broadcast has been cut by a third. The easily ridiculed talent competition was largely eliminated, confined to the three finalists.
August 25, 2006 |
The annual Miss America pageant will be held on the Las Vegas Strip again next year, organizers said. The crowning will air live Jan. 29 on Country Music Television from the Aladdin Resort & Casino. The 85-year-old beauty contest left its hometown of Atlantic City, N.J., for Las Vegas last year in search of a younger audience, a fresh look and lower production costs.
June 13, 2006 |
The Miss America pageant will tape a seven-episode documentary series titled "Finding Miss America" in Los Angeles from Sept. 5 to 13, the Miss America Organization announced. The series, which is to air on Country Music Television, will show the 52 women in preliminary competition and give viewers a chance to choose which ones advance to the top 15 for a shot at becoming Miss America 2007.