House of Payne #1 With African-Americans
Debmar-Mercury’s rookie sitcom, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, is running in the middle of the pack when it comes to off-net sitcoms, but among the African-American audiences it targets, it tops anything else on television. Among African-American adults age 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, House of Payne is the No. 1 show in all of network prime, all of cable and all of syndication, according to its — take a breath here — live-plus-seven, season-to-date, gross-average-audience ratings average. That rating includes double-runs on stations and its cable run on TBS. n primetime, House of Payne beats such ratings monsters as Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing With the Stars, Desperate Housewives and CSI in all African-American adult demographics. Among African-Americans 18-34, the weekday airings of the show are scoring a 6.3 household average. That rating climbs as audiences age, scoring a 7.1 among adults 18-49 and a 7.6 among adults 25-54. (Continue Reading…)

Morehouse wants men with class
William Tweedle, a residence hall director at Morehouse College, wants students at the historically black men’s school to get “In the Zone.” That’s the zone where there’s no cursing, no saggin’ pants, and no use of the word whose plural spelled backward is “saggin.’ ” All are beneath the image of the Morehouse man, Tweedle said. Morehouse President Robert Franklin is making the same points to students on a somewhat different plane. He talks about the new “Renaissance man” who is “well-read, well-traveled, well-spoken, well-dressed and well-balanced.” Franklin, who was named president last year, instituted the practice of giving every freshman a tie and a blazer in the college’s primary color, maroon, as a tangible symbol of the image of a gentleman. (Continue Reading…)

Oprah Named Entertainment’s Most Powerful Woman
The Hollywood Reporter on Friday named Oprah Winfrey the most powerful woman in entertainment on its annual “Power 100 List.” Winfrey, whose “Oprah” talk show began in national syndication 22 years ago, played a role in the victory of President-elect Barack Obama by endorsing him early in his run and by supporting him throughout the campaign. Elizabeth Guider, editor of The Hollywood Reporter, remarked on Winfrey’s “immense cultural influence” and said she could be “the most influential woman in America.” (Continue Reading…)

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