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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV


Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NBC Expands Thursday's Choir Finale

This just in: The popularity of NBC's "Clash of the Choirs" week has prompted the network to expand Thursday's finale to two hours (8-10 p.m., Channels 5, 2).

Tuesday's live telecast from New York averaged 7.7 million viewers, NBC says.

The 20 local singers and Lachey will learn on tonight's two-hour broadcast (8-10 p.m., Channels 5, 2) if their performance of Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places" won them one of three spots in the finals tonight. One of the four remaining choirs – Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, New Haven or Cincinnati – will be eliminated during the show and will not sing tonight.

The three finalists each will sing three songs tonight. If Cincinnati advances, the choir will perform Lachey's "What's Left Of Me," a Christmas song and another "top secret" song Lachey doesn't talk about.

I'm not surprised to report that Cincinnati -- which has been CBS' No. 1 market for "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" -- was NBC's No. 1 market for the "Clash of the Choirs" premiere Monday. That was the 12.2 rating and 18 percent audience share I mentioned yesterday.

On Tuesday, Channel 5's ratings fell to No. 6 nationally with a 9.0 and 15 percent audience share (but still above the 5.6/9% national overnight average). Cincinnati finished behind NBC stations in Richmond, Va.; Indianapolis; St. Louis; West Palm Beach; and Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, N.C.

But Cincinnati had bigger ratings than the other four "Choir" cities for the second night, which could be a good omen when the viewers' voting is announced.

The choir began rehearsing at 6:30 a.m. today in New York for tonight's live show, says Dan Hilen, Lakota East High School sports information director and father of choir member April Hilen, 24, of Mason, the music director at Glen Este Middle School.

If Cincinnati wins, Children’s Hospital Medical Center will receive $250,000 from the show, and the local choir will record a song with Lachey on his next album.


9 Comments:

at 12/19/2007 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyplace I can see last night's performance? My Tivo didn't pick it up for some reason and I can't find it anywhere online. It's not on NBC's website, or the new hulu.com site.

 
at 12/19/2007 9:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doing the bee song was a risk. I hope the voters don't tell the choir to "buzz off" I thought it was cute. I'm starting to get tired of Patty Labelle's crying after every song. I guess we know who the host likes, crying at "Over the Rainbow" is Puff's a
sponsor?? I digress.

 
at 12/19/2007 10:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found the blog site from the link from the story today, so I am a little late to the table. For all the naysayers out there that say a choir is for church and this should be a different title, have you never been to a local high school SHOW CHOIR? This is exactly what this is about. Doing a variety of music, with a variety of performers who each bring different elements to the table. I have been thoroughly entertained by the wide assortment of music selections and the accompanying arrangement. And selecting soloist to perform certain songs is not an easy task either. I think this has been fabulously fun to watch. Is it network television programming at its best? Not even close, but until the greedy ba$tards involved with the writers strike, on both sides, not making any new shows, this is what we are stuck with. It could be worse. We could be watching Joe Millionaire again.

Quit being so negative!

 
at 12/19/2007 10:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Flight of the Bumblebee rocked. I couldn't stop smiling.

 
at 12/20/2007 11:53 PM Blogger Rhonda said...

Is is just me or did Time Warner drop the ball on the schedule expansion? My dvr was set up to record the entire series, but only got the first hour. So I missed the announcement of the fab Team Lachey. Way to go Nick and choir!

 
at 12/21/2007 12:07 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Rhonda:
NBC made the change from 1 hr to 2 hrs for Thursday night about 2 p.m. Wednesday. I don't know how often Time Warner and/or TiVo updates its listings, but obviously they didn't get this one on 24 hours notice. And some folks missed Tuesday's show because the TV listings service for Time Warner, The Enquirer's Sunday book and TiVo had another show listed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, instead of "Clash of the Choirs."
--Kiese

 
at 12/21/2007 8:15 AM Anonymous sweet babygirl said...

My cable service didn't show all clash of rhe choirs I only saw one hour and do not no who won. can you repeat last night show.

 
at 12/21/2007 11:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an idea for a show...
Who can write the biggest piece of crap reality show?

Oh wait, the Clash of the Choir folks already won that award.

BORING!!!!

 
at 12/21/2007 5:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger from 11:00am. You're being mean and not very Christmassy!! For once we got some good press...and Nick has shown he's talented for more than being a good singer and a major hottie! He put together a fantastic diverse choir...took a major risk..doing a difficult song occapella...and brought a quarter of a million dollars home to our Childrens Hospital. Could it be that perhaps you're being a bit rough on the lad?

 
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