NBC THWARTS BOSTON REBELLION
After failing to win support from a single other NBC affiliate, Boston's WHDH has canceled its plans to replace Jay Leno's variety show, due to air at 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning in the fall, with a nightly newscast. Station owner Ed Ansin said that he had reconsidered because: "Jay is from Andover where I went to school. I enjoy his humor. We hope the new show is a big success." He had originally remarked that he had decided to cancel the show because he didn't "think the Leno show is going to be effective in primetime" and that it "will be detrimental to our 11:00.It will be very adverse to our finances." But NBC had threatened to pull WHDH's affiliation if it did not air the Leno show and intimated that it would carry it on its owned-and-operated Spanish-language station in Boston if WHDH didn't do so.
DANCING DANCES AWAY WITH TOP RATINGS
ABC's Dancing With the Stars continued to step on everyone else's feet Monday night as it wound up with an average of 19.11 million viewers, peaking in the final half-hour of a 90-minute show to 20.56 million. However, a mass exodus occurred once the show was finished, leaving only 10.68 million to watch the second week of Surviving Suburbia, down from 11.25 million for its debut a week ago. Fox, with House and 24, made a strong showing against Dancing, and CBS rose to the top once Dancing was concluded, with Two-and-a-Half Men, Rules of Engagement and CSI: Miami, each of which won its time period.
TO SAVE ENERGY, BIG TV SCREENS MAY HAVE TO GO
The Consumer Electronics Association has warned that a proposal by the staff of the California Energy Commission to cut energy consumption in the state by imposing strict energy-use rules on sales of television sets would see many, if not most, wide-screen TV sets becoming unavailable in the state. The CEA said that if the plan is put into effect, around 80 percent of all wide-screen digital TV sets would be eliminated. The CEA also observed that if the ban went into effect, it could also bring about massive job losses and reduce state sales tax collections by $50 million.
MASTERS DRAWS BIGGEST AUDIENCE IN 8 YEARS
Although it was Angel Cabrera's turn to wear the Green Jacket, a strong challenge by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson helped draw viewers to CBS's telecast of the 2009 Masters golf tournament on Sunday -- 35.2 million, in fact, according to the Nielsen Media Research. The figure was the largest since 2001 and was up 7 percent from last year. CBS estimated that about 42 million viewers watched all or part of its weekend Masters coverage.
PHILLIES BROADCASTER KALAS DEAD AT 73
Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies since 1971 and the announcer for Inside the NFL from 1977 through 2008, died after suffering an apparent heart attack in the broadcast booth at Nationals Park in Washington shortly before Monday's game between the Phillies and Nationals. He was 73. Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist Bob Ford likened the loss of Kalas to losing the Liberty Bell and other Philadelphia landmarks. "The city lost its voice," Ford wrote.