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2/27/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

TBS: We’re With CoCo Through 2014

LOS ANGELES — TBS has extended its late-night
talker Conan through April 2014.

The deal extends Conan O’Brien’s run on the
basic-cable channel for two more years, even as
his talk show has been somewhat of a disappointment
in the ratings. Thus far in 2012, Conan has
averaged 1.1 million total viewers and 702,000
persons 18-49.

“We are proud to be in business with Conan
O’Brien for the long run,” Michael Wright, executive
vice president and head of programming for
TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies, said. “Night
after night, Conan and his team have put together
terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience. As if that weren’t
enough, they have also built a dynamic online presence that keeps fans engaged
like no other show in late-night.”

— Andrea Morabito, Broadcasting & Cable

CNN Wins Houston Funeral Coverage

ATLANTA — Most viewers tuning to coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral on
Feb. 18 watched the proceedings on CNN, as the cable news channel averaged
5 million total viewers from 12:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

By comparison, Fox News Channel and CNN sister net HLN were neck-andneck
for second place with 1.4 million viewers, while 709,000 watched on
MSNBC.

In the news-targeted adults 25-to-54 demo, CNN also led with 2.2 million
viewers to HLN’s 448,000; FNC’s 405,000; and MSNBC’s 251,000.Total viewership
peaked during the 1 p.m. hour Feb. 18 on the cable news networks,
when CNN drew 5.25 million viewers, Fox News had 1.52 million viewers, HLN
saw 1.48 million viewers, and MSNBC attracted 813,000 viewers.

Ratings for E! and BET, which also aired funeral coverage, have not yet been
released.

— Andrea Morabito, Broadcasting & Cable

Oscar-Tapped Shorts Coming to VOD

NEW YORK — Just in time for the 84th Academy
Awards, ShortsHD and InDemand are making a collection
of Oscar-nominated films available to cable
and satellite subscribers.

Working with Movies on Demand, ShortsHD,
the purveyor dedicated exclusively to short films,
is presenting the best of this year’s nominated
shorts in two packages: “Best Animated Short
Films” and “Best Live-Action Short Films,” both of
which can be viewed in standard- and high-definition
formats.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks,
Cox Communications, Cablevision Systems,
Bresnan Communications and Charter Communications
digital-cable customers can see the short movie compilations listed
under “The Best 2012 Animated Nominated Shorts” or “The Best 2012 Live-
Action Nominated Shorts” banners. While availability and titles are subject
to change, the shorts are generally available on systems owned by all of the
aforementioned MSOs through March 12, save for Charter, whose subscribers
can screen them through March 23.

— Mike Reynolds

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