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Media Notes

NBC’s “SNF” finished the ’12-13 TV season as the No. 1 show in primetime for the second straight season. “SNF” was watched by an average of 21.5 million viewers, topping CBS’ “NCIS," which finished in second place with 21.3 million. “SNF” also was the most-watched program among adults 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54, as well as among men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54. This is just the second time a sports series has been the most-watched primetime show (NBC).

GOING BACK FOR SECONDS: In Houston, David Barron reported NBCUniversal Exec VP/Content Distribution Matt Bond yesterday attended Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s "second closed-door meeting" on Comcast SportsNet Houston distribution. Bond said that he "thought the meeting with the mayor and officials with AT&T U-verse was productive." The hour-long meeting "followed a similar session earlier this week with officials from cable carrier Suddenlink and was requested by the mayor in an effort to boost carriage discussions regarding CSN Houston" (CHRON.com, 5/22).

CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS: Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans said of efforts to negotiate a carriage deal with DirecTV, "We're on schedule, and right on plan, in terms of distribution for the Pac-12 Networks. I feel good about that. There’s an obligation as fans, that if they want Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV is not carrying the Pac-12 Networks, the fan has to be willing to drop DirecTV and pick up a carrier that is" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 5/22).

OUT OF CHARACTER: In L.A., Jill Painter noted longtime NHL Kings fan Kevin Ryder, who is part of Pasadena-based KROQ-FM's "Kevin & Bean" morning show, was "guest tweeting for the @lakings account during the second period" of Game 4 of the Kings-Sharks NHL Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday. When Kings C Anze Kopitar was "tackled during the game, Ryder tweeted out an insensitive comment, likening it to sexual assault." The team "eventually deleted the tweet." It then sent out a message, "We apologize for the tweets that came from a guest of our organization. They were inappropriate and do not reflect the LA Kings" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/23).
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