INAUGURAL SEASON FINALE OF BRAVO'S 'CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN' DRAWS RECORD AUDIENCE WITH MORE THAN 1.7 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS

'KING OF QUEENS' STAR NICOLE SULLIVAN CROWNED FIRST EVER ‘CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN’ CHAMPION

NEW YORK -- January 14, 2004 -- On last night’s two-hour finale of Bravo’s newest hit series "Celebrity Poker Showdown," "King of Queens" star Nicole Sullivan beat the four other remaining celebrities to win the $100,000 Cingular Wireless prize pool for charity. Nicole beat out a table of finalists, which included, Paul Rudd ("Friends"), Richard Schiff ("The West Wing"), David Cross ("Arrested Development") and Willie Garson ("Sex and the City").

The finale drew record ratings for the series with its highest ratings in households, adults 25-54 and total viewers. This episode generated 1.7 million total viewers, more than one million viewers 25-54 and a 1.66 household rating, breaking all records for this series in these categories. From 8pm - 10pm, Bravo ranked #2 in adults 25-54 and #3 in adults 18-49 versus all ad-supported cable nets.

By finishing on top and eliminating every other player, Sullivan was granted the $100,000 prize, which will go to her charity, Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit clearinghouse for information on feral and stray cats. Just for making it to the finals, fifth place winner Willie Garson won $7,500, fourth place winner Richard Schiff won $10,000, third place winner Paul Rudd won $12,500 and second place winner David Cross walked away with $20,000 for their charities.

As announced last week, due to the overwhelming success of the first season of "Celebrity Poker Showdown," Bravo will go into production on a second season. The new season will be filmed in Los Angeles this winter and will begin airing this coming spring.

"Celebrity Poker Showdown" is produced by Picture This Television in association with Bravo. Marcia Mulé and Bryan Scott, Andrew Hill Newman and Joshua Malina are the executive producers. Frances Berwick, Amy Introcaso-Davis and Shari Levine are the executive producers for Bravo.