- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Tuning out

NBC’s broadcast of the 2004 Olympics has gotten off to as bumpy a start as the U.S. Olympic contingent, with prime-time ratings for the first three days of the Summer Games down slightly from four years ago, according to figures released Monday, Reuters News Agency reports.

Yet NBC’s prime-time Olympics coverage still towered over the summer sitcoms, reality shows and reruns offered on rival networks during the first three days of the Athens Games — Friday through Sunday — posting a hefty household rating of 14.1 and a full quarter share of all viewers watching TV on those evenings.

Rock rolls onto DVD

Funnyman Chris Rock arrives on DVD Aug. 31 with his latest HBO special, “Chris Rock: Never Scared,” the cable biggie announced yesterday.

The Emmy-nominated comedy special was taped before a live audience in early April at DAR Constitution Hall.

The “Never Scared” release includes material featured on the Black Ambition Tour, Mr. Rock’s sold-out concert tour, which wrapped its North American leg in April. Also featured are an additional 13 minutes of concert footage not seen on the HBO broadcast and the comic’s first solo HBO half-hour comedy special from 1993.

“Chris Rock: Never Scared” is nominated for two prime-time Emmys: outstanding variety, music or comedy special and a writing nomination for Mr. Rock.

The Emmys will be presented Sept. 19.

Country props

CBS will announce this year’s nominees for the Country Music Association’s annual awards show Aug. 30 on the network’s “The Early Show,” Associated Press reports.

The news also will be broadcast at the same time, 8:30 a.m., on Country Music Television’s “CMT Insider” in Nashville.

“Early Show” anchor Hannah Storm will be joined by singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson in CBS’ studios to announce nominees in select categories.

“CMT Insider” host Katie Cook will be joined by singers Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich in the CMT studios for the Nashville announcement. CMT will also rebroadcast the 30-minute special at 9 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. the same day.

The 38th annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House Nov. 9 on CBS.

Mac bottoms out

Former tennis-megastar-turned-TV-star John McEnroe is getting a lot of love for his new talk show.

That would be “love” in the tennis sense of the term, the Web site montereyherald.com notes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. McEnroe’s fledgling CNBC show, “McEnroe,” has twice registered a 0.0 household rating. That’s just a little worse than the 0.3 household rating he got for the 10 p.m. show’s heavily promoted July 7 debut, which drew 266,000 viewers.

The “loves” came July 27 and Aug. 2. The latter date drew the lowest audience number so far — 39,000 viewers.

CNBC execs, though, aren’t throwing in the towel.

“When you’re trying to do something as unique as we are during prime time, you have to look at it over time,” CNBC senior vice president Bob Meyers said.

Celebrating Julia

The Food Network will air “Julia Child: A Tribute,” a retrospective honoring the late culinary queen, Sunday at 9 p.m

Miss Child died Friday at age 91.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Christian Toto from Web and wire reports.

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