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YAEGER in RETIREMENT

Lynn Yaeger, a veteran public affairs and communications executive who most recently was Time Warner Cable's executive vp corporate affairs and continues to consult with the company, has signed on to serve as independent senior counsel for Retirement Living TV. The channel, which launched in 2006, targets people aspiring to retire and those in active retirement.

MGM pics get clearer

MGM's high-definition movie channel has inked an affiliate agreement with Comcast. MGM HD now will be available to Comcast's high-def customers on the linear lineup as well as its VOD service. The channel runs classic and contemporary films from MGM's library, which consists of 4,100 titles. It launched on DirecTV in October and has since inked carriage deals with Verizon FiOS and RCN in Chicago, among others. Dish Network added MGM HD to its lineup last week.

THURSDAY NOT A FUN DAY

Broadcast TV's ratings hangover continued Thursday night, with heavyweights "Grey's Anatomy" matching an all-time ratings low for an original in adults 18-49 and "CSI" coming close but not matching its all-time low. Nielsen Media Research's preliminary estimates released Friday presented a darker picture, with lows for both shows, though the revised numbers released later in the day brightened a bit. But that's not to say that it was completely cheery. "Grey's Anatomy" (15.5 million, 6.1 rating/15 share) matched its Thursday record low in the demo. "CSI" (18.1 million, 4.9/12) was two-tenths of a rating point ahead of its record low for an original.
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