Day: December 10, 2008

iTunes Best of Comedy 2008

Apple did not tell me how it came up with its list of Best of Comedy 2008 in iTunes, so I cannot tell you if this lineup is based on sales, judged rankings or something else entirely. But I can tell you who made the iTunes cut in 2008 (I've reviewed half of these CDs, which means I still have some work to do). Whom do you think they overlooked? Robert Kelly, Just the Tip Steve Byrne, Happy Hour Gabriel Iglesias, Hot and Fluffy Josh Sneed, Unacceptable Lisa Landry, Put Your Keys in the Keybowl Pablo Francisco, Ouch! (Live from San Jose) Jimmy Dore, Citizen Jimmy Dov Davidoff, The Point Is Bill Burr, Why Do I Do This? Jeffrey Ross: No Offense, Live from New...

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Jay Leno at 10 p.m. (or 9 p.m.!): A closer look

The morning after NBC made it official, we all need to put the announcement of Jay Leno moving from late-night into primetime in 2009 into perspective. First, realize and recognize that while Leno's fall 2009 show will air weeknights at 10 p.m. on the East and West coasts, he'll actually be on at 9 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones! When Leno told the press yesterday that 10:30 was the new 11:30 for many folks, he could have and should have said that for all of middle America, that long has been the case. Instead, when I heard Leno tell NBC Universal sibling show Access Hollywood (their studios are literally across the hallway from Leno's studio in Burbank) that “11:30 seems really late to most people,” what I heard translated as most people = old people?! That Leno asked NBC to do research (focus groups, anyone?) and found that his audience wanted to see him earlier, that only bolsters this circumstantial claim that Leno's ratings will fall outside the 18-49 demo. Ah, ratings. In the just completed November sweeps season, Leno's Tonight Show averaged 4.9 million viewers (though only 1.7 million fell within the 18-49 age bracket), for a 1.3 rating and 5 share. How does that compare to NBC's current programming in that hour? Last Thursday, Dec. 5, ER finished third for NBC with 8.2 million...

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