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Room to Grow for Fox's 'Kilborn Files'

Related: Kilborn: Many Happy Returns

Twentieth's The
Kilborn Files
, featuring late-night talk show host Craig Kilborn, averaged
a 1.0 rating/2 share across seven markets on Fox-owned stations in its Monday,
June 28, debut. The show, airing in access time slots in five markets, was down
57% from its average lead-in of 2.3/4, and down 44% from its 1.8/4 year-ago
time period average. 

Kilborn's best
performance was in Austin, where the show did a 1.3 rating/2 share at 10 p.m.
on KTBC, but its ratings were down 73% from lead-in and down 65% from The Simpsons' performance in the slot
last year.

In New York, The
Kilborn Files
did a 1.2/2 at 7 p.m. on WNYW, down 54% from its lead-in, and
down 25% from its year-ago time period average. Last year, WNYW was airing The Simpsons at 7 p.m.

In Los Angeles, Kilborn
averaged a 0.7/1 at 6:30 p.m. on KTTV, down 56% from its 1.6/3 lead-in and down
59% from last year, when the station was doing a 1.7/4 with Warner Bros.' TMZ.

In Philadelphia, the show averaged a 0.8/2 at 7 p.m. on
WTXF, down 60% from both its lead-in and year-ago, which was The Simpsons.

In Boston, the show did a 0.6/1 at 7 p.m. on WFXT, down 60%
from its lead-in and 63% from Seinfeld's
performance in the time slot last year.

In Detroit, the show averaged a 1.2/2 at 7:30 p.m. on WJBK,
down 61% from its lead-in and down 40% from last year, when the station also
was airing Seinfeld.

In Phoenix, Kilborn averaged
a 1.2/3 on KSAZ at 10:30 p.m., down 60% from its lead-in and down 20% from Seinfeld.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.