EmptyU.S. Open playoff way above par for NBC
The payoff for Monday's U.S. Open playoff was sweet for NBC Sports. The finale of the major golf championship, which pitted eventual winner Tiger Woods against Rocco Mediate, averaged a 7.6 overnight household rating/20 share from 2-4:45 p.m. EDT, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. It was up 90% compared with 1991, the last time a U.S. Open went extra holes.
Sundance deal final
Rainbow Media Holdings has completed the acquisition of Sundance Channel from NBC Universal, Showtime Networks and entities controlled by Robert Redford. It follows an agreement reached May 6.
NATPE gives to 'Idol'
"Idol Gives Back," Fox's fund-raising event from "American Idol" producers 19 Television and FremantleMedia North America, will be honored with NATPE's inaugural Reality Innovator Award on July 31 at the LATV Festival.
Cyrus is 'Choice'
Miley Cyrus will host Fox's "Teen Choice 2008" awards show, which will air in primetime Aug. 4.
Takei sets date
Actor George Takei and Brad Altman became the first gay couple to receive a marriage license in the city of West Hollywood, GLAAD said Tuesday, the day same-sex marriages became legal in California.