KNBC-TV has licensed Paramount’s “The Price Is Right” for access next fall to pair with Warner Bros.’ “Entertainment News Television.”
The Peacock O&O had been considering several program options for access, reportedly including a locally produced magazine, to replace Par’s “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hard Copy” when they jump to KCBS-TV.
‘Patrol’ stays put
KNBC and KCAL-TV have also been eyeing Genesis Entertainment’s “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol,” but that series will remain on KCBS.
The CBS O&O had until mid-January to decide whether to pick up its option on the firstrun reality series, but general manager Bill Applegate said he has decided to keep it.
With “ET” and “Hard Copy” airing in access, “Highway Patrol” will move to another daypart. Applegate noted that there are a number of spots on the schedule where the show would fit, including the 3-4 p.m. block.
KNBC program director Tobie Pate said no decision has been made about which of the station’s new shows will kick off the access hour at 7 p.m.
New York ‘Edition’ moves
In New York, meanwhile, WNBC reportedly has picked up King World’s “Inside Edition” for access, pairing it with “Entertainment News Television.”
The King World newsmag has been airing at 7:30 p.m. on Fox-owned WNYW, where it finished fifth in a six-way race during the November sweeps.
WNBC has carried “Edition” several times over the years, along with WCBS and WNYW. Reports have circulated that King World paid WNYW for the access slot when the show moved there from WCBS.
As reported, Twentieth TV’s “Cops” appears to be headed from WNBC to WNYW (Daily Variety, Dec. 22).
The reality series, while performing well in the key demos, suffered a big year-to-year drop-off in its household numbers during the November sweeps — falling to a 5.9 rating/10 share from a 7.7/13 in November 1992.
A syndicator source suggested WNBC picked up “Edition” and forced Twentieth to take “Cops” to its sister Fox station, which already has a glut of programming with Twentieth’s “The Simpsons,””A Current Affair” and Viacom’s “Roseanne.”
But Twentieth sources say they forced the move and suggest that WNBC would have been crazy to drop “Cops” for a show that the station has given up on before.