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Delayed reaction: Here's looking at you, CBS

Mike Hydeck
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And, so you don't stay up tonight wondering: Neither Fox's "Lone Star" nor ABC's "My Generation" -- the season's first two cancellations -- would have been saved by these stats. "Lone Star's" premiere only gains about 760,000 viewers, and "My Generation," a measly 370,000, according to the L3 -- nowhere near enough to save either show.

But ABC's "The Whole Truth," which, by all accounts, is next in line to be tossed on the tumbrel, added nearly 860,000 viewers.

That may actually give ABC some reason to reflect.

New anchor at WUSA

WUSA General Manager Allan Horlick confirmed that he's hired CBS station morning co-anchor Mike Hydeck of Hartford, Conn., to join Andrea Roane as co-anchor of WUSA's morning news shows.

Hydeck started at the Gannett-owned CBS station this week, but won't debut on-air until Oct. 18. He'll be seen with local TV vet Roane on weekdays in the very competitive 4:30 a.m. newscast. And, 4:30 a.m., you know, is the new 11 p.m. when it comes to local-news war games.

Hydeck and Roane will be the station's team through 7 a.m. every weekday, joining meteorologist Howard Bernstein and traffic reporter Angie Goff on the "9 News Now" crack-of-dawn team.

Hydeck left his Hartford station, WFSB, a couple of weeks ago, and the buzz in the Hartford Courant was that Hydeck had not renewed his contract and was being "sought out by a couple of other local stations" in that market, which is the country's No. 30-ranked TV zone. But, word at that time was that Hydeck appeared to be headed for an anchor job here in the DMV, the Courant said. That's a big step up for Hydeck, since Washington ranks No. 9 in the country.

The search for Roane's new co-anchor has been going on for a virtual eternity in TV-industry years. Horlick told the TV Column it was "the most intensive search" he's ever conducted at the station.

"We auditioned maybe 10 finalists, and then did substantive focus groups [made up] of people who were morning-news viewers, and narrowed it down to a couple of finalists," Horlick said.

"Mike prevailed as a combination of our choice and viewers' choice."

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