AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

News Sharing: Fox Holds Firm, NBC Rethinks

Begun as a bottom line necessity for many stations back in 2009, the pooling of news coverage and helicopters is still growing, even though one of the original participants, the NBC stations, is getting out or reducing its involvement in several markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Other broadcasters remain bullish: “This is about enhancing our coverage; this is not about skimping,” says Scripps Television’s Lana Durban Scott.

OVERNIGHTS

CBS Chalks Up A Thursday Win

The first Thursday of the new season goes to CBS. The Big Bang Theory was tops for the night.

DVRs Affect Some CBS Scheduling Moves

CBS Touts Debut Numbers For ‘Vegas’

The new CBS dramamatic series Vegas drew 14.7 million viewers to its Tuesday debut. The debut helped CBS win the ratings race on Tuesday, although Vegas was not as strong as the NCIS franchise shows which provided its lead-in. Here is the spin from the network’s PR machine based on the Nielsen Overnights: “The new […]

CBS Can Afford To Gamble On ‘Vegas’

NAPTE 2012

Jeff Probst’s Goal: Be A Syndication Survivor

As host of one of a batch of syndicated talk shows getting set to debut this fall, the longtime Survivor host says there’s room for all of them. “The reason is that a talk show lives or dies with its host. Everyone brings their own strengths. I don’t see it as a threat.” And he says his experiences on Survivor will serve him well: “Dealing with people from all walks of life, who are in extreme conflicts, for almost 13 years … will play into the talk show. That’s where I’ve had the opportunity to hone the craft of interviewing.”