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MONDAY (11/16)
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8pm):  “Barney and Robin break up, and Barney gets serious about dating again by consulting his playbook containing all of his greatest techniques.” If Brett Favre can come out of semi-retirement, so can Barney Stinson.
  • Castle (ABC, 9pm):  “The investigation into an ADA’s murder is threatened by Castle’s eagerness to help a call girl involved in the case.” Every John started as someone who simply wanted to help.
  • Cake Boss (TLC, 10pm):  “Buddy constructs a cage-fighting cake.” The final creation involved blood, sweat and tears.

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Whether she’s singing on stage or sitting down for an interview, Rihanna knows how to draw an audience. Her emotional 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer scored the best demos of the night.

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  • (8 million, 1.8/6 in 18-49) picked up 1 million.
  • (7.9 million, 1.8/6) fell by 800,000.
  • (4.8 million, 1.3/4) remained steady.
  • * (3.9 million, 1.2/4) was up slightly.
  • (2.8 million, 1.2/4) added on 200,000.

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MONDAY (11/2)
  • Heroes (NBC, 8pm):  “Hiro has another chance to save Charlie (Glee‘s Jayma Mays) when he travels three years into the past, where he also encounters Samuel.” NBC has now resorted to reversing time to steal FOX’s thunder.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS, 8:30pm):  “Billie and Zack have their first big fight after Zack, hoping to surprise Billie, installs a low-flow toilet without consulting her first.” She didn’t appreciate having to flush twice after her #2’s.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9:30pm):  “Sheldon tries to teach Leonard the fundamentals of football.” Despite his wealth of knowledge, Sheldon still couldn’t explain the cheese-on-heads ritual.

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Every once in a while a move to Fridays isn’t such a bad thing. Although some shows have been known to fade away, CW’s Smallville actually hit a season high with the 18-49s this weekend. That performance, of course, didn’t keep CBS from winning in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • (8.3 million, 2.0/7 in 18-49) was down by 200,000.
  • (7 million, 1.4/5) also fell by 200,000.
  • (4.8 million, 1.3/4) added on 100,000.
  • A 2-hour * repeat (3.8 million, 1.2/4) did better than last week’s programming.
  • (2.6 million, 1.2/4) picked up 100,000.

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Depending on how you look at it, Dollhouse’s mini-break couldn’t come at a better or worse time right now. The show’s final episode before the November hiatus pulled in its lowest demos to date.

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  • (8.5 million, 2.1/7 in 18-49) picked up 300,000.
  • (7.2 million, 1.5/5) was down 400,000.
  • Approximately 4.7 million watched the return of (1.1/4).
  • (2.5 million, 1.1/4) only lost 100,000.
  • (0.8/3) pulled in 2.4 million; ‘Til Death (0.7/2) settled for 2 million.

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Fridays might not be a fashionable showcase for Ugly Betty. Over the weekend, the ABC program debuted to a lackluster 5.1 million. Although the show managed to pull in Supernanny-esque numbers, it was down nearly 5 million viewers from its last Thursday premiere.

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  • (2.0/7 in 18-49) channeled 8.2 million.
  • (1.6/4) rounded up 7.6 million.
  • Approximately 7.4 million watched the Yankees beat the Angels during Game 1 of the ALCS (2.3/8).
  • (1.4/4) debuted to 5.1 million.
  • (1.1/4) pulled in 2.6 million.

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Bones Season 4 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • Ally McBeal (Season 1, Complete Series)
  • Blood Ties (Season 2)
  • Bones (Season 4)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas  **Blu-ray**
  • The F Word (Series 3)
  • Get Smart (Season 4)
  • The Hills (Season 5, Part 1)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas  **Blu-ray**
  • Ken Burns: The National Parks - America’s Best Idea
  • Lark Rise to Candleford (Season 1)
  • Man v. Food (Season 1)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 5)

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Attention Dollhouse producers - get Summer Glau on quick! Had I not known that Dollhouse premiered last Friday, I would have assumed by the program’s numbers that it was still in repeats. Unfortunately, the Joss Whedon-created series made its return with the lowest demos for any original that evening. (It’s lead-in - Brothers—didn’t fare much better.) To make matters worse, the FOX drama also pulled in smaller numbers than several repeats.

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  • Ghost Whisperer (8.6 million, 2.2/8 in 18-49) was down 700,000 from last fall.
  • (1.3/5) kicked off its 20th season with 6.3 million.
  • A FlashForward* repeat (1.5/5) had 4.6 million blacking out.
  • (1.0/4) kept 2.8 million amused.
  • (1.0/4) debuted to 2.5 million.

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Kelsey Grammer in Hank

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MONDAY (9/28)

Season premieres: County Jail, Lie to Me, Trauma

  • Trauma (NBC, 9pm):  “A medical drama focusing on the first-responder paramedics at a San Francisco hospital and the extreme dangers they face to save lives.” It’s like a “very special episode” of ...every…week.
  • Unwrapped (FOOD, 9pm):  “The making of bacon ice cream at Delaware s Woodside Farm Creamery.” Hot bacon sundaes can be topped off with bacon bits and/or bacon grease.
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  “The lab is attacked and new CSI Jesse Cardoza is taken hostage along with four other people.” Unfortunately, the newbie wasn’t eligible for his hostage compensation benefits yet.

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Up until now, CBS has traditionally dominated Friday nights with its Ghost Whisperer/Numb3rs combo. But could Jay Leno potentially change that? Although we’re still a week away from finding out, the program got off to a nice start this weekend. Primetime’s new 10:00 show helped give NBC a win in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • (2.0/7 in 18-49) averaged 7.4 million over two hours.
  • Approximately 5 million watched the finale of (1.0/4).
  • Ghost Whisperer* (1.1/4) pulled in 4.6 million.
  • The 2009 (0.6/2) attracted 2.2 million.
  • Smallville* (0.6/2) dialed up 1.6 million.

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