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ABC To Remake Hit Telenovela ‘Soy Tu Duena’ With Eva Longoria Producing

By | Monday November 7, 2011 @ 9:01am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC is developing an English-language remake of mega hit telenovela Soy Tu Dueña, with Jorge Zamacona (10-8: Officers On Duty) writing and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria executive producing. ABC’s version will be co-produced by Televisa, the company behind the Mexican telenovela; Lionsgate TV; and ABC Studios. It centers on a Texas heiress who loses her fortune and is forced to move back to the ranch she grew up on. Zamacona will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Longoria though her Unbelievable Entertainment, as well as Tariq Jalil, who helped put the English adaptation together, through his Intrigue banner.

Soy Tu Dueña — which means I’m Your Owner but is translated into English as “A Woman Of Steel” — itself is a remake of the 1995 telenovela La Dueña. It became a ratings sensation when it aired on Univision from June through December last year, ranking as the most-watched telenovela ever and the second-highest-rated in 18-49 on the leading Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. Toward the end of its run in December, Soy Tu Dueña posted a string of timeslot wins over its English-language competitors and led Univision to a couple of nightly wins among 18-49 — including one for the telenovela’s December 27 finale, which was the highest-rated program of the night on any U.S. broadcast network and the second-highest-rated non-sports program of the week behind an original episode of Longoria’s Desperate Housewives. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Univision Claims Another Nightly Win With ‘Soy’ Finale

Nellie Andreeva

The finale of Univision’s hot telenovela Soy Tu Duena led the Spanish-language broadcaster to a nightly win among all broadcast networks on Monday in the adults 18-49 demographic. (ESPN was likely the top network overall with Monday Night Football.) Paced by the Soy Tu Duena finale (2.7/7 in 18-49) at 9 PM, which was the highest rated program on any broadcast network last night, Univision topped the night with a 2.0/6 in the demo, edging CBS (1.9/5). CBS, which aired all-repeats, was No.1 in total viewers (7.6 million). ABC, NBC and Fox also aired reruns. With several time-slot wins for Soy Tu Duena and nightly demo wins this and last week against rerun competition, Univision is putting its English-language rivals on notice. Of course, it takes a big ratings performer like Soy Tu Duena to do that. The drama ranks as the most watched telenovela in the U.S. ever and the second highest-rated in 18-49.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Tops Slow Night, Univision Edges English-Language Rivals

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: With Christmas fast approaching,  viewers stayed largely away from TV last night with all originals posting double-digit declines. The highest-rated program of the night in 18-49 was a rerun of ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family (2.0/6). Fox (1.5/5, 5.3 million) won the night in the demo among the English-language networks with original Human Target (1.4/5), which was down 13% from last week to tie its all-time low, and new game show Million Dollar Money Drop (1.6/5), down 20% from its Tuesday telecast for its lowest-rated outing to date.

Overall, Univision topped the night in the 18-49 demo with a 1.6/5, powered by telenovela Soy Tu Duena (2.3/7). (In the total viewers, Univision finished fourth.

CBS’ 12th Annual Home For The Holidays special (0.7/2) was down 36% from its 2009 edition. Reruns of Criminal Minds (1.5/4) and The Defenders (1.1/3) followed. CBS (1.1/3, 5.5 million) edged Fox as the most watched network of the night.

NBC aired a first-run episode of canceled spy drama Undercovers (1.1/3), down 15% from the last original on Dec. 1 for its lowest-rated telecast ever. Repeats of Law & Order: SVU (1.2/4, 1.7/5) did better at 9PM and 10PM. ABC’s all-repeat lineup also included The Middle (1.5/5), Better With You (1.5/5) and CMA Country Christmas (1.1/3). ABC and NBC finished tied for second place in the 18-49 demo with a 1.3/4.

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