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TV Note: 11/26/02

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

'Miners' Story' is local hit

Ratings for ABC's "The Pennsylvania Miners' Story" on WTAE trounced other local broadcast stations Sunday night, more than doubling the ratings for its nearest competitor.

"Miners' Story" on WTAE had a 25.9 rating (percentage of TV households) and 34 share (percentage of sets in use). CBS's "Martin & Lewis" on KDKA was second with a 9.7/13 and NBC's "Runaway Bride" was third on WPXI with an 8.4/11.

As a lead-in, "Miners' Story" powered WTAE to an 11 p.m. news win with a 21.9/36. KDKA was second with a 12.1/20 and WPXI was third with 8.3/14.

Nationally, the ABC movie wasn't so popular.

In overnight household ratings, "Miners' Story" ranked third (8.0/12), losing audience from its lead-in repeat of "The Santa Clause" (9.2/13), and landing behind No. 1-rated "Martin and Lewis" (10.4/15) and "Runaway Bride" (8.2/12).

'Angel' wings to Wednesday

The WB will move "Angel" to 9 p.m. Wednesday in January to make way for a new Sunday reality show, "High School Reunion," from the creator of "The Bachelor."

"Angel" replaces the canceled "Birds of Prey," which WB entertainment president Jordan Levin said in a teleconference yesterday was "a failure of execution. It was a very strong concept we failed to execute, and the audience abandoned the show as a result."

"Family Affair" and "Do Over" will disappear from the schedule until March, with replays of "High School Reunion" at 8 p.m. Thursday and new reality show, "The Surreal Life," at 9:30 after "JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment."

NBC investigates

NBC News' Lisa Myers has been named chief investigative correspondent for a newly created investigative reporting unit, NBC News President Neal Shapiro announced Monday.

Myers, most recently NBC's chief congressional correspondent, started at the network in 1981. She will be joined in the investigative unit by Jim Popkin, named senior investigative producer, and producer Rich Gardella. Additional staff will be announced later, Shapiro said.

Myers will be replaced on the congressional beat by Norah O'Donnell.

(Associated Press)

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