Austin TV stations planning daytime, late-night schedule changes
Buh bye, Nate Berkus.
A talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey's best bud has been axed, one of many daytime and late-night changes coming soon to Austin's TV stations.
Don't fret, talk TV fans. Several new yack fests are on the way. Plenty of sitcoms, too. Even a few dramas.
Here's a rundown of what to expect in September:
KVUE, Channel 24 (ABC)
KVUE has picked up the season's buzziest talk show, featuring former "Today" and "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric.
"Katie" will slide into the 4 p.m. time slot on Sept. 10, bumping Ellen DeGeneres to 3 p.m. and "Inside Edition" and "Extra" to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
For all the night owls out there, a second episode of "Katie" will air at 1:35 a.m.
The station has also acquired "The Insider," an entertainment magazine that had been airing on KEYE. Look for it at 12:05 a.m.
KEYE, Channel 42 (CBS)
Two new talk shows are set to join KEYE's afternoon lineup, both debuting Sept. 10.
Look for "Survivor" host Jeff Probst at 3 p.m. weekdays, followed by the return of "The Ricki Lake Show" at 4 p.m.
Lake's new show, producers promise, will be more high-brow this time around. No hair pulling, chair tossing or name calling.
And "Two and a Half Men," already airing at 6:30 p.m., will soon serve up laughs twice a day. Catch it at 12:35 a.m.
KTBC, Channel 7 (Fox)
The daytime lineup at KTBC, Austin's home for "Judge Judy" and "Dr. Oz," is pretty stable, but there's lots of late-night shifting going on.
"Dish Nation," featuring radio DJs from across the nation delivering celebrity gossip, bows at midnight weekdays starting Sept. 10. It'll also air at 12:30 p.m., following the station's noon newscast.
"Access Hollywood" gets demoted to the wee hours of the morning, keeping insomniacs company at 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m.
"King of the Hill," currently shown at 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m., will be seen only at 1 a.m.
Weekends, "Burn Notice" joins the KTBC lineup Sundays at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. as of Sept. 30.
KXAN, Channel 36 (NBC)
They're not tweaking much over at KXAN. The weekday daytime and late-night schedules remain unchanged.
Weekends, the station will air the Saturday edition of "Today," from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. starting Sept. 8.
"Leverage" can be seen Saturdays at 2 a.m., and "Cops" will be shown Saturdays at 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
KNVA, Channel 54 (The CW)
"Family Feud" gets the primo 6 p.m. time slot on Austin's CW station. "Friends," occupant of that spot for more than a decade, will be broadcast at 5 p.m. starting Sept. 10.
Ratings for "Feud" have spiked dramatically, prompting stations across the nation to place the show in more favorable time periods.
"People's Court" moves over from KEYE, popping up at 10 a.m., followed by "Feud" host Steve Harvey's new talk show at 11 a.m.
"Rules of Engagement" will follow KNVA's 9 p.m. news, which is produced by sister station KXAN.
"Castle" is a new addition at 6 p.m. Sundays, as is "Private Practice" at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Sundays.
KBVO, Channels 14 and 51 (MyTV)
Brit Trisha Goddard brings her Jerry Springer-esque talk show to KBVO, airing at 9 a.m. weekdays effective Sept. 17.
A pair of court shows join the lineup: "Justice for All" at 12:30 p.m. and "Last Shot with Judge Gunn," an acquisition from KEYE, at 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Sitcom additions include "Are We There Yet?" at 4 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., "King of Queens" at 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and "Rules of Engagement" at 10 p.m.
Look for "Cops" at 11:30 p.m. weekdays.
"Star Wars: Clone Wars" is the new occupant of the 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. time slots on Saturdays, and "Leverage" joins the mix at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays.
Prime-time changes are coming, too. We've got a roundup on the way, so hang tight.
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Y'all loved the Olympics.
Nielsen ratings in Austin were sky high, according to NBC, putting us near the very top of the network's list of cities with the highest viewership during the 17-day event.
KXAN, our NBC affiliate, ranked 15th in the nation, tying with Atlanta. Salt Lake City topped the list, followed by Kansas City and Milwaukee.
Based on population, Austin is the 47th largest TV market in the nation.
An average of 136,000-plus Central Texans watched the station's Olympic broadcasts, Nielsen reports.
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