- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pentagon TV

Comcast says its digital cable subscribers in the District will have access to the Pentagon Channel, the network that provides military news and information to viewers both stateside and overseas.

Starting Monday, the Pentagon Channel (Channel 185), will offer a host of original programming, including Department of Defense news briefings, military news, interviews with top defense officials and stories about the work of the military.

Bill joins Martha

A former U.S. president is dropping by to chew the fat with Martha Stewart, the domestic diva announced yesterday on her eponymous daytime talk show.

Bill Clinton will make an appearance on the Sept. 26 edition of the chat fest, Miss Stewart said.

That day, the entire hourlong episode of “The Martha Stewart Show” will be devoted to the start of the ex-president’s new giving campaign.

In keeping with the theme of his new book, “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World,” Mr. Clinton will show how everyone has something to give and even small, individual actions can bring about change in the global community.

Game on for NBC

If pro football were on 52 weeks a year, things might really look up for NBC.

The network rode the strength of two NFL games in the opening week of the football season to its first weekly win in the Nielsen Media Research ratings since January — when it showed an NFL conference championship game.

Sunday’s matchup between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys was seen by 18.2 million viewers — more than double the 7.1 million who watched Britney Spears clomp around the stage on the MTV Video Music Awards at the same time. Yet the ratings were down 20 percent from the audience for last year’s Sunday-night opener featuring brothers Peyton and Eli Manning.

Thursday’s NFL opener, a lopsided game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, was down 7 percent from last year’s opener, Associated Press reports.

Nonetheless, because there wasn’t much else to watch besides reruns and games, NBC easily won the week with an average of 8.2 million viewers in prime time. CBS averaged 6.8 million viewers, Fox had 5.5 million, ABC had 5.4 million, the CW had 1.9 million, My Network TV had 1.1 million, and ION Television had 640,000.

Among Spanish-language networks, Univision averaged 3.3 million viewers, Telemundo had 1 million, TeleFutura had 530,000, and Azteca had 130,000.

For the week of Sept. 3 through 9, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) NFL Sunday Night Football: N.Y. Giants at Dallas, NBC, 18.1 million; 2) NFL Thursday Night Football: New Orleans at Indianapolis, NBC, 17.7 million; 3) “NFL Thursday Night Pre-Kick Show,” NBC, 13.5 million; 4) “NFL Sunday Night Pre-Kick Show,” NBC, 12.3 million; and 5) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.8 million.

Griffin censored

Forget the D-list. Kathy Griffin is on the Catholic League’s [bleep] list.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences says the acceptance speech the “My Life on the D-List” star made for winning a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program will be edited for content when the ceremony airs Saturday on E!, Eonline.com reports.

In her speech, Miss Griffin said that “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.”

The comedian’s remarks were condemned by Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called them a “vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech.”

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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