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teknofriend



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:42 am    Post subject: Killing "Stalker"; Renewing "Ring" Reply with quote

And then there were an unlucky seven...ABC has driven a stake into Night Stalker, making the struggling sci-fi/horror series the seventh casualty of 2005's freshman TV class. Production on the show has been stopped, and its 9 p.m., Thursday time slot has been turned over this week to the newsmagazine Primetime. Through six episodes, Night Stalker averaged 5.3 million viewers--the least of any ABC series. Things got really scary in its most recent outing: Stalker's audience pool shrunk to 3.9 million, bad for 99th place in the TV week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Night Stalker was a new take on The Night Stalker, which lasted all of 20 low-rated episodes on ABC in 1974-75. Joining Night Stalker (both of them) in the Nielsen graveyard are six other failed freshmen of the 2005-06 season: The Apprentice: Martha Stewart; Inconceivable; Head Cases; Kitchen Confidential; Sex, Love & Secrets; and Just Legal. All but Stewart's Apprentice are currently off the air.

NBC's E-Ring once looked as though it might get a quick hook, too. Instead, it's the latest new show to get the go-ahead for a full slate of 22 episodes. Last week, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced
Pentagon drama hit a series high with 9.9 million viewers (41st place). It's been on the rise ever since NBC moved the show to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and threw Stewart to the sharks--and ABC's Lost--at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

To date, the five broadcast networks have given full-season pickups to 17 of the fall's 31 new shows. CBS has renewed the most--five, while NBC and Fox have canceled the most--two each.

There are just seven freshmen shows still in limbo, having received neither "yea" or "nay" votes: ABC's Hot Properties, CBS' Threshold, Fox's Killer Instinct and Reunion, the WB's Related and Twins, and UPN's Love, Inc.
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nuttylove



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That 'Nightstalker' was horrible! They have weak plots every show and characters who look like they're going to the party rather than investigating.
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