NBC's Deal or No Deal was the top network show of premiere week, at least according to Web traffic to the top 10 network-TV-show sites.
The game show claimed 15.46% of all traffic to the TV-show Web sites of major broadcast networks, according to Hitwise's survey of more than 120 sites by more than 10 million Web surfers.
NBC Universal just announced a syndicated run for Deal, citing in part the success of its Web traffic. And The CW just picked up Gossip Girl for a full season (nine more episodes to go with the original 13), citing in part the online buzz about the show for its vote of confidence.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.