Michael Jackson may do TV concert special. CBS wants a November sweeps-month show from him as he promotes his hits CD

By Gary Susman
Updated November 04, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

How can the TV networks hold a ratings sweeps month without a Michael Jackson special? CBS is moving to redress this grave omission; Reuters reports the network is in talks with the self-styled King of Pop to air a concert special on Nov. 26. The show would follow by one week the release of ”Number Ones,” his upcoming hits collection that finishes out his record contract with Sony.

Two years ago, CBS’ November sweeps airing of Jackson’s 30t anniversary concert was such a ratings smash, drawing 25 million viewers, that CBS aired it again a few weeks later. Now, Variety reports, Jackson still has a ”contractual obligation to CBS to do a performance.” This year, the February sweeps were full of documentaries about Jackson’s private life that aired on several networks.