ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” host, Bill Maher, will go up against reruns of NBC’s “ER” and original episodes of CBS’ “48 Hours” on Thursday nights at 10 with a live half-hour of his satirical talk show, starting July 10.
The three-week run “is a way to introduce both his unique brand of humor and the series’ topical edge to a much broader audience,” said ABC Entertainment prez Jamie Tarses.
Following Maher’s live half-hour, ABC will air 30 minutes of previous “Politically Incorrect” shows. Latenight fans need not fret: “PI” will continue to air in its regular 12:05 a.m. time slot after “Nightline.”
“48 Hours” producer Susan Zirinsky, who had faced ABC’s “Turning Point” in the time slot, said ABC’s move gave viewers a clearer choice of shows.
Actually, Zirinsky’s show is making a move of sorts, too. “48 Hours” will air four special editions on Wednesday nights this summer starting July 30, in addition to the regular Thursday broadcasts.
‘Young, Restless’ on a roll
How’s this for a streak? CBS’ “The Young and The Restless” was the top-rated daytime program last week - its 443rd consecutive week atop the Nielsen standings.
And CBS has more than just “Y&R;” going for it. The Eye Network rules in daytime. Last week, for instance, CBS was 64 percent ahead of NBC and 50 percent ahead of ABC during the daylight hours.
CBS was also helped by “Guiding Light,” which generated its highest ratings in over a year, finishing No. 7.
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