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Network Premieres Labor for Audience

Maybe the networks ought to reconsider the idea of premiering new shows and new episodes of returning shows on Labor Day evening.

Monday's two-hour season premiere of Fox's "Prison Break" only had a 3.8 local rating on WUTV, which wasn't even as high as the premiere of the CW's "One Tree Hill" on WNLO. "The 3.9 "Hill" rating was even more impressive when you consider it followed the low-rated premiere of the CW's "Gossip Girl," which had a 1.6 rating.

The NBC episode of "Deal or No Deal" that finally had a $1 million winner averaged a decent 8.0 rating on WGRZ but that didn't help the latest episode of "America's Toughest Jobs," which followed with a 4.9 rating.

The one Monday program that beat ratings expectations was Channel 4's 10 p.m. news on WNLO, which covered Hurricane Gustav and the storm surrounding the announcement that the 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant. The news had an 8.2 rating, It was such a big deal that it beat "Deal or No Deal."

-- Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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