- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2007

NBC’s solid ‘Gold’

Two years after the least-viewed Golden Globes ever, the ceremony continued its climb from the cellar on Monday with a solid tune-in for the first major prime-time awards show of 2007.

The Globes averaged 20 million total viewers (Fox’s “House” season premiere, airing from 9 to 10 p.m., drew 15.7 million) in its 8 to 11 p.m. time slot on NBC, Medialifemagazine reports, citing data from Nielsen overnights. According to Nielsen, viewership increased 7 percent over last year’s figure of 18.7 million.

That’s still well short of past Globes ceremonies as the show settles into its new Monday slot, where it has aired for the past two years. The 2004 show drew 26.8 million viewers on a Sunday night.

The increased tune-in may have been a positive reflection on last year’s stronger box office, which rallied after a disappointing 2005. Among the night’s most nominated movies were “The Departed,” “Borat” and “Dreamgirls,” which, in addition to being critical hits, also did well in ticket sales.

CNN first to go HD

CNN may not be first in the ratings, but it will become the first nationwide high-definition news channel.

The cable news network yesterday announced plans to start CNN-HD this fall. Satellite service DirecTV already has announced it will carry the new channel.

24’ already on DVD

“24” just had its sixth season premiere Sunday and Monday, and now those episodes of the hit Fox show are already out on DVD.

The disc retails for $15 and went on sale yesterday. It contains the first four episodes of the real-time drama starring Emmy winner Kiefer Sutherland as special agent Jack Bauer. Viewers who just can’t wait to see what happens next should pick up the DVD — which also contains a 12-minute sneak peek of next week’s installment.

Bravo closes its ‘Eye’

After a five-year run, the series that put Bravo on the map is gearing up for a last hurrah: The network announced that it will not renew “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” after its fifth season, Mediaweek.com reports.

The final 10 episodes will bow this summer, culminating in what Bravo said will be a “not-to-be-missed” special finale.

As the show nears its end, Bravo plans to introduce a new face in 2007 — well, one that’s new to the network, at any rate. Paula Abdul will star in her own unscripted show, “Hey Paula!,” a documentary-style series that promises a candid look at the “American Idol” judge’s professional and personal life. It debuts later this year.

Also in the Bravo pipeline: “Shear Genius” (formerly titled “Top Hair”), a competition series hosted by one-time “Charlie’s Angels” star Jaclyn Smith slated to debut this spring.

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

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