- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 28, 2005

NBA helps ABC

Viewers got into dribbling and dancing on ABC again last week.

Offering relief from summer reruns, the last two games of the National Basketball Association finals took the first and third slots on the week’s ratings roster, while ABC’s unexpected summer hit, “Dancing With the Stars,” claimed second place, Associated Press reports, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

Even so, CBS remained the most popular network overall, and other than NBC’s “Law & Order” rerun, CBS series repeats filled out the rest of the Nielsen top 10.

The CBS special “AFI: 100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes” ranked 11th. A “Dateline NBC” special with Katie Couric interviewing “runaway bride” Jennifer Wilbanks ranked 13th, and the premiere of NBC’s much-hyped reality series “I Want to Be a Hilton” was 29th.

For the week of June 20 through 26, CBS averaged 7.5 million viewers, while ABC had 7.2 million. NBC had 6, Fox 4.9 million, UPN 2.7 million, the WB 2.2 million and Pax TV 520,000.

The top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: NBA Finals Game 7: Detroit at San Antonio, ABC, 19 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 15.5 million; NBA Finals Game 6: Detroit at San Antonio, ABC, 13.5 million; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 12.3 million; and “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 10.9 million.

Hurley’s new ‘Project’

Estee Lauder spokesmodel-turned-actress Elizabeth Hurley is stepping into the pumps of supermodel Heidi Klum.

Miss Hurley will host a British version of the Bravo reality series “Project Runway,” which will begin airing next year, according to Reuters News Agency.

The spinoff, “Project Catwalk,” will allow aspiring designers to vie for the opportunity to display their creations during London Fashion Week. Auditions to find 12 designers to compete on the show began in May.

Bravo’s first season of “Project Runway,” which was hosted by Miss Klum, concluded with a finale Feb. 23 that earned Bravo’s highest numbers to date for its 2004-05 season. A second season is already in the works.

The British version, set to air on satellite’s Sky One, will also feature a panel of fashion industry figures, including a name designer, serving as judges. It also will include a parallel competition featuring 12 models competing to be the designers’ muses.

The show’s three design competition finalists will showcase full lines on the catwalk during New York’s Fashion Week in February, and the winning designer’s garments and model will be photographed for a top magazine. The winning designer also will receive seed money to help start his or her own line.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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