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Last night’s football action helped FOX and NBC earn strong demo numbers; ABC was right there with them.

King of the Hill


  • (18.5 million, 7.2/16 in 18-49 demo) remained steady from last week.
  • (12.9 million, 3.0/7) was down about 1 million from last Sunday.
  • (10.4 million, 5.4/12) was even while (7.9 million, 4.0/9) was up about 900,000 thousand.


  • About 12.5 million saw Justin’s intervention on (5.0/13 in 18-49).
  • (11.5 million, 2.6/7) was up about 1 million from last week.

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Gallery: Sunday Ratings: Three Networks Finish Strong


Amazing Race

In the middle of the night, the ten remaining teams took off from their last rest stop in Ireland and headed toward the local airport.  Next stop: Amsterdam.

Azaria and Hendekea started the departures followed by Kynt/Vxyin then Jason/Lorena.  Ronald and Christina, the 7th team to leave, got off to a delayed start when Christina forgot her fanny pack inside the hotel.  Although they did finally get on the road, the father/daughter team later returned to the hotel so they could research flights via computer.  Thankfully Kate and Pat – who waited alongside Ronald – were not as impatient with Christina as her father was.

Meanwhile Nicolas and Donald, the 5th team to depart, were unfortunately sidelined with a flat tire soon after their departure.  Despite their quick recovery, the grandfather/grandson were one of the last duos to make it to the ticket counters.  Luckily, every single team – except for Marinna and Julia – were able to get on the first plane into Dublin.  The sister team narrowly missed the flight’s departure because they had taken a long route to the airport.

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Amazing Race

For no particular reason (there wasn’t a Hef or bunny in sight), Season 12 of kicked off from the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, CA.  The minute Phil yelled ‘Go’, the eleven teams (you can get a refresher on their backgrounds here) raced to the parked vehicles.  Unfortunately, getting out of the circular driveway meant waiting for the team in front to exit.  Realizing they controlled the fates of the other contestants, Grandpa Donald took his sweet time to count the money and read the instructions.  He and his grandson, Nicolas, eventually hit the road and kicked off the journey toward LAX.  First destination:  Shannon, Ireland.

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Two big football match-ups gave and nice ratings boosts:


  • NBC’s (6.3/16 in 18-49 demo) averaged 15.3 million viewers for the evening. Family Guy
  • Strong numbers from the earlier Colts/Patriots game helped (13.8 million, 4.2/9) earn a strong season debut.
  • (13.07 million, 4.7/11) was slightly down from last week.
  • ‘Treehouse of Horror’ special (5.7/13) scared up 11.7 million fans.
  • (1.07 million, 0.4/1) remained dismally even.


  • About 18.6 million saw Bree’s daughter give birth on (7.0/16 in 18-49 demo).
  • (13.7 million, 3.4/8) saw an improvement from last week.
  • Both half hours of (5.4/12) raked in about 10.5 million viewers.
  • (3.6/8) rounded off the hour with 7.08 million.


  • (12.1, 4.5/13 in 18-49 demo) was down about 500,000 from last week.
  • (10.6 million, 2.3/8) did about the same.

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Gallery: Sunday Ratings: Football Draws Large Crowds



MONDAY (10/29)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  “Charlie’s girlfriend does not like to be seen with him in public.”  She’s afraid she’ll be attacked by .
  • Samantha Who? (ABC, 9:30):  “Sam assumes her role as a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding, but upon arriving, she learns that the friend does not want her there.”  If only she knew that before she paid for the dress.
  • The Bachelor (ABC, 10pm):  “The final four contestants bring Brad home to meet their parents.”  The dads all envy his cool beard.
  • Californication (Showtime, 10:30pm):  Season finale.  Hopefully I’ll stop singing the Chili Peppers song now.

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Gallery: This Week on TV (10/29-11/4)

The Amazing Race

Sorry, Viva Laughlin, but I couldn’t be more excited that is back.  It is my favorite reality show and (full disclosure) the only one for which I’ve ever made an audition tape.  Remember me from that one season?  No, you don’t, because I was never chosen.  But, even though I was snubbed by the show, I still love it, and as the premiere draws near, I thought I’d take a moment to judge several books by their covers and give you my initial thoughts on the newest crop of racers and how much I want them to win.

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Emmy AwardsThe 59th Annual Emmy Awards has not even started, yet I’m already sensing sensing a weird vibe about tonight’s telecast.  Will the show be a celebration of those young and new (e.g. Heroes)?  Will it be a tribute to those bowing out (James Gandolfini and crew)?  Or will performer Kanye West somehow manage to cast a controversial shadow over the rest of the ceremony?

What a difference a year makes.  Twelve months ago, we were still handing out trophies to stars from Will & Grace and The West Wing (those shows feel so five-years ago now).  Today, we welcome a new crop of nominees including Ugly Betty and 30 Rock for Best ComedyLast year, we were entertained by an always-hilarious Conan O’Brien.  This year, we are threatened by a song and dance number from this year’s host, Ryan Seacrest.  Last August, 24 snagged the award for Best Drama.  This September, it’s not even nominated (yet somehow Boston Legal is).

I think it would be safe to assume the voters would predictably (and respectfully) shower The Sopranos with honors, but I’ll still be crossing my fingers for an upset sometime tonight.  We’ll need something to talk about tomorrow…

Here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the neglected West Coast!

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EmmyThe 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, giving the biggest honors (17 nominations) to ’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. AMC’s Broken Trail just missed the top slot with 16 nominations. After a review of the best comedy, drama, reality, and variety series of the year, a look at the TV movies and mini-series, the die has been cast. Many were nominated, but few will win. Did your favorite show, movie, or mini-series get the nod from the Primetime Emmys? There’s only one way to find out.

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Rob and Amber Rob Mariano looks like he’s never going to bite the hand that feeds him. I’m talking about the Survivor: Marquesas contestant, Survivor All-Stars runner up, and Amazing Race/AR: All-Stars contestant who also had his wedding to Survivor All-Stars winner Amber Brkich made into a reality special… well, you get the idea. This guy is riding the reality show concept until it’s run dry. Hey, why get a real job when you can just keep popping up on TV? Similar to the saga that many a Real World/Road World/Gauntlet/Inferno return contestant has done. This time though, Mariano is unveiling his own reality show project, called Tontine. Here’s the rundown—15 contestants compete for $10 million (incidentally, “the biggest cash prize in the history of reality television”) over 100 days.  Each can gain “a special key” to unlock part of the grand prize. Of course, they have to compete in challenges to gain the keys and the last survivor… er, contestant standing with all 15 keys at the end unlocks the big prize. Mariano promises, “It’s a competition reality show that will last over 100 days on all seven continents of the world.  [It’s going to be] bigger than Survivor, bigger than The Amazing Race. And with Mariano behind it, how could it not be? Well, I say that somewhat sarcastically. The grand prize makes it appealing, but his bloated analysis of it topping two of the biggest reality shows on TV is just downright obnoxious. Look for Mariano and casting director Tad Frank (who has done casting for Survivor, AR and The Bachelor) at a city near you this summer. The show is expected to air in Spring 2008.

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Gallery: Rob Mariano Announces Reality Show Project

Charla & MirnaThis is the chorus that I and many other Amazing Race fans have been singing this week ever since Charla & Mirna made their way into the finals of the Race, knocking off fan-favorites Danny and Oswald, who, let’s face it, have run a few pretty bad last legs.  Still, it wasn’t supposed to be like this.  There were supposed to be super-accomplished teams that would make sure that the finale would be stocked with strong competitors.  But instead, the Race producers chose people like Dave & Mary, who couldn’t finish a leg of the race without the help of, like, six other teams, and ONLY ONE WINNING TEAM, the winners who had to beg people on the streets of Miami for money so they could barely pay a cab driver to get them to the finish line.
So this is what it’s come to: Charla and Mirna with a 1 in 3 shot to win a million dollars.  My fear isn’t just that they’ll win, but that the producers of the Race will think that this is what all of the fans of the show will want.  That this will be a glorious conclusion to a so-so season.  Here’s the thing, though: from my sample size of about two dozen of my friends and family who watch the Race, exactly ZERO PEOPLE WANT CHARLA AND MIRNA TO WIN.  We will hate it if they win; we will riot.  Some of us have even threatened not to watch the show ever again (that would be the some of us who are married to the some of me).

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