Wednesday, November 30, 2005

What's Happening!! Leads TV Land to Highest Rated Month Ever; More On the '80s Sitcoms Coming to DVD from Sony & Universal

The classic '70s sitcom What's Happening!! gave TV Land a boost in the ratings in November and helped the network get their highest ratings ever for a month. Good Times, The Andy Griffith Show and Little House on the Prairie were some of the other shows that continue to do well. Among the highlights were:
* What's Happening!!, one of the coolest comedies of the 1970s, launched on Saturday, November 5 with a 48-hour marathon. The showcase averaged a 0.7/628,000, up +75% in rating and delivery versus year ago. Among total viewers, the marathon attracted an average of nearly 1 million, up +41% over last year. The series is also posting ratings gains in its regularly scheduled timeslot of 11 p.m. ET/PT daily, averaging a 0.5/435,000 among Adults 25-54, up +25% over last year. Among total viewers, it is attracting an average of 786,000 total viewers.
* Good Times, which airs every night from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. with back to back episodes, is averaging a 0.5/523,000, up +11% in delivery over last year among A25-54. It is drawing an average of 1.1 million total viewers, up +19% over 2004.
To read the full press release click here.

We have yet another DVD scoop for you! Yes, both TVShowsonDVD.com and I have already told you about Archie Bunker's Place and Diff'rent Strokes for Sony and Charles in Charge and Gimme a Break! for Universal, but now we have a first look on the extras! Unfortunately for Archie Bunker's Place season one and Diff'rent Strokes season two, there will not be any. The back cover art was released today for both and it did not indicate any special features. Click here to view the back art for Diff'rent Strokes and here for Archie Bunker's Place.
Now for the extras on the Universal sitcoms! We were very surprised that there will be some extras on BOTH Charles in Charge season one and Gimme a Break! season one. In fact for Gimme a Break! an episode from season one of the '80s sitcom Kate & Allie will also be included! We are very excited and pleased to let you all know. We hope this means a season one DVD release of Kate & Allie is in the works! Both Charles in Charge and Gimme a Break! will have a half hour featurette on '80s sitcoms and a season two episode preview for each series. Click here to read the full list of extras--this is a first look!

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