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WABC-TV Preempts Jeopardy!, Wheel for Feel-Good Show

Score one for the HomeTeam. WABC-TV preempted powerhouse access syndicated shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune Saturday night (Feb. 17) to showcase a syndicated show usually relegated to the wee hours of the morning.

The episode of HomeTeam, produced by LENZ-works of Salt Lake City, featured a New York police officer (and wounded Iraq war vet) getting a new home. The show solicits nominees via its Website, www.hometeam.com, then buys a fixer-upper and enlists friends and family of the nominee to fix it up.

According to Nielsen, the 7-8 p.m. episode won its time period with 290,000 viewers.

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.