CBS's HIT VARIETY/TALENT SERIES "STAR SEARCH"
TO RETURN WITH AN ALL NEW TOURNAMENT, BEGINNING FEB. 19

CBS's hit variety/talent series STAR SEARCH, hosted by Arsenio Hall, returns with an all new tournament, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT).

As with the current STAR SEARCH, which has its finale Thursday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the new tournament will be broadcast twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT both nights).

STAR SEARCH WEDNESDAY is averaging 13.27 million viewers, 8.4/13 in households, 4.5/12 in adults 18-49 and 4.9/12 in adults 25-54. During its first two Wednesday broadcasts, CBS won the 8:00-9:00 PM time period in viewers, households, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in consecutive weeks for the first time since the advent of people meters in 1987.

STAR SEARCH THURSDAY is averaging 14.37 million viewers, 9.1/14 in households, 4.6/12 in adults 18-49 and 5.2/12 in adults 25-54, helping CBS top NBC on a Thursday without benefit of "Survivor" for the first time since 1985. Last week's STAR SEARCH broadcast posted its highest ever adult 18-49 rating.

Inspired by the original “Star Search” television program (1983-1995), the new STAR SEARCH features competitions in four categories -- adult singer, junior singer, comic and supermodel, culminating in the grand-prize winning STAR in each category. Panels of both celebrity judges and at-home, interactive viewers determine the winners.

STAR SEARCH is produced by 2929 Productions. Andrew Golder ("Win Ben Stein's Money") is the executive producer.

The CBS News Magazine 48 HOURS INVESTIGATES, hosted by Lesley Stahl, will move to Wednesdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) effective Jan. 29.

This season in its Friday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period, 48 HOURS INVESTIGATES has improved +55% in households (6.2/11 vs. 4.0/7), +10% in adults 18-49 (2.2/7 vs. 2.0/7), +17% in adults 25-54 (2.8/8 vs. 2.4/7) and +47% in viewers (8.60m vs. 5.84m) versus the time period a year ago.

Meanwhile, PRESIDIO MED and QUEENS SUPREME will go on hiatus, beginning this week, with the Friday 10:00-11:00 PM time to be programmed with a rotation of rebroadcasts of CBS's top rated dramas CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, CSI: MIAMI and WITHOUT A TRACE and additional original broadcasts of 48 HOURS.