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‘House’ Helps FOX Secure Tuesday Ratings Win

Last night saw the introduction of ABC’s new comedies (Cavemen, Carpoolers) and a shrunken Dancing With The Stars results show.  In the end, FOX took the evening followed by ABC, CBS, NBC and CW.


  • (7.4 million viewers, 3.3/8 in 18-49 demo) showed an improvement from last week, though it didn’t have DWTS to contend with.
  • (3.3/10) and (3.4/9) both debuted with 9 million viewers.
  • At 15.5 million, (3.3/10) won the viewership battle, but tied with Cavemen in the important demo.


  • (17.3 million viewers, 7.1 rating/17) grew upon its numbers from last year
  • A shortened (4.3/10) took in 15.7 million viewers.
  • Critical fave (2.8 million, 1.3/3) drew more viewers than its (2.6 million, 1.3/4) lead-in.


  • (11.7 million, 4.5/12)  took the win despite being down from last week.
  • Emmy-award winner James Spader and (3.1/8) attracted 10.9 million viewers.
  • (9.2 million, 2.5/7) saw smaller numbers than last year’s quickly-canceled Smith.

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‘Cupid’ Gets Do-Over

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Drama, Prime Time, ABC, HBO, Entourage,

ABC logo Remember that show Cupid? Starring Jeremy Piven (way before he was a big shot on Entourage)? I vaguely remember it because I’ve been a big Piv fan since his days on Ellen and his role in PCU, so I certainly checked out Cupid. But then, it didn’t stick around. To be exact, the show only lasted 15 episodes when it aired in 1998/1999. The show was written by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, but back then, he didn’t have the clout that he’s gotten as a result of Veronica. So, here’s the interesting thing—ABC is giving him a second chance at bringing Cupid back to the small screen. Have you ever heard of a do-over like that? It’ll be cool to see how much they retool it, although it sounds like the concept will remain (a man thinks he’s sent to earth to play cupid… hence the name). You can guarantee of course that they’ll have to re-cast, since I’m pretty sure Piven is otherwise involved with a hit show and heaps of awards. Nor do I suspect that co-star Paula Marshall will return to the series. But Thomas does want to “try to hook some really good guest stars every week,” so hopefully that will keep people tuning in this time around.

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Dancing With The Stars:  Week 2 Loser

Albert ReedWow.  fans really don’t like models. 

After booting off Josie Maran last week, the voters cleaned house and got rid of her male counterpart tonight:  .

Although Albert scored a 21 last night (putting him in a five-way tie), he sadly couldn’t outcharm that low-scoring, ‘mature’ guy (a.k.a ).  As for —who only scored an 18—I’m just going to assume he called in a few favors.

Going back into the DWTS archives, I found it extremely interesting how poorly other models have fared in this competition.  Remember ?  She was the first one eliminated last season.  And how about ?  She was eliminated third in Season 1 (when there were only six competitors total).

I’m not really trying to make a statement or anything (because I really couldn’t care less)—I just thought I’d give you something to ponder.

ABC Takes Ratings Lead Sunday, Monday Nights

This weekend’s ABC premieres made it clear audiences prefer their dramas soapy on Sunday nights.


  • Although (19.3 million viewers, 7.4/17 share in 18-49 demo) and (13.3 million, 5.1/13) were both down from last year’s premieres (23% and 15% respectively), both shows earned their best numbers since Nov. 26th.
  • (13.5 million, 3.4/8) and (11.4 million, 2.7/7) did improve upon last week’s premieres, though Shark’s numbers were lower compared to last year’s time slot holder ().
  • (8.4 million, 4.2/11), (7.2 million, 3.5/9) and (7.9 million, 4.2/10) all underperformed their numbers from last Sunday.

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Dancing With The Stars:  Week 2

DWTS judgesEnough with the separation of the sexes.  Monday’s show gave us what we wanted to see:  the men and women competing on the same playing field.  Did Mark Cuban do enough last night to raise his dancing profile?  Were Helio and Sabrina able to outdo their own performances from last week?  Read on!

MELANIE BROWN (partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
(Dance: Foxtrot/ Song: ‘Take On Me’)

Scary looked beautiful in her pink dress tonight.  Despite any grief Maksim may give Mel about her dancing ability, I thought she glided effortlessly across the floor.  Len said the ‘B’ stood for ‘ballroom’; he never imagined she would be able to hold her posture so beautifully.  Bruno compared her classy look to Lena Horne and her toes to Ginger Rogers.  Carrie Ann complimented her posture but advised her to watch her shoulders.  Score: 7/8/8 (23)

MARK CUBAN (partner Kym Johnson)
(Dance: Mambo/ Song: ‘Ride Wit Me’)

While I was slightly disturbed to see him in a sleeveless shirt, I was pleasantly surprised by how fit he looked.  And thank goodness the facial hair was gone—what a dramatic difference!  He appeared to have a lot of fun with his dance tonight.  Carrie Ann wasn’t sure if he did a proper mambo, but was certain he made her laugh.  Len thought Mark’s lower half was a bit wooden—but gave him props for his hard work and will to win.  Bruno said it looked like a ‘bulldog chasing a squirrel’.  Score: 6/6/6 (18)

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Singer George Michael To Appear on ABC Show

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, ABC,

George MichaelAlmost 10 years after his infamous public bathroom arrest, George Michael will once again be appearing on American television sets—but this time, he won’t be the subject of a news report.  The singer is scheduled to appear in ABC’s mid-season drama, Eli Stone.

Stone stars (a.k.a. ex-husband #1) as a man who suffers hallucinations and believes he might be a prophet.  (Seeing visions of George Michael singing ‘Faith’ will do that to a guy.)  Although Michael was originally scheduled to be in the pilot only, the producers have since asked him to sing and act in two more episodes.

Interestingly enough, George told the BBC recently that he has been unsuccessful in giving up his marijuana habit.  I wonder what ABC’s parent company (Disney) will think about that news…

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FOX Leads Tuesday Night Ratings This Week

Hugh Laurie  FOX’s medical melodrama House led the ratings on Tuesday, winning viewers over ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and Law & Order: SUV on NBC. Approximately 18.1 million viewers tuned in to watch House, the highest-rated premiere for any network so far this season. ABC’s dance-off won fewer viewers from the Monday lead-in, while CBS scored 13.7 million viewers with NCIS. CBS won big ratings with Cane, a show that’s been highly advertised by the network. But at the end of the day, House (and Hugh Laurie) still led the ratings game. Is this the year that FOX wins big ratings – for a show that’s not American Idol?

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‘Dancing With The Stars’:  Week 1 Loser

Josie MaranSometimes an elimination is based on dancing ability, sometimes its based on votes.  Tonight’s ousting was appropriately a combination of both.

, the uncoordinated beauty, was booted off tonight as widely predicted.  The supermodel, who scored a dismal 16 Monday night, faced off with in the Bottom Two.  (The billionaire, who actually earned more points than Floyd Mayweather and Wayne Newton on Tuesday, apparently couldn’t buy himself a fan base.)  Luckily, it was the sourpuss and her attitude problem that were cast off into history.  (I understand she was upset—but did she have to leave on such a bitter note?)

Looking back at what I wrote on Aug. 29th (when the cast was announced), I have to wonder if other women shared my (petty) feelings:

“Josie Maran—The supermodel of the female contestants.  I’m already voting against her.”

But that’s not really why she’s gone.  We all know she deserved to lose.  Right?

Dancing With The Stars:  Week 1 (The Men)

DWTS judges Tonight was Day 2 of the special three-day premiere.  Monday was ladies only; this time it was all about the men.  set the bar high yesterday with her score of 26.  Did any man rise to the challenge tonight?

CAMERON MATHISON (partner Edyta Sliwinska)
(Dance: Foxtrot/ Song: “Moondance”)

The star knows he has a loyal built-in fan base—but would he do enough to actually earn their votes?

Cameron was a bit stiff his first time out, though it could have been due to the degenerative bone condition he suffered as a child (cue violins now).  But when he wasn’t just standing there looking like Edyta’s prop, he looked like he was dragging her across the floor.  Len compared the performance to a ‘faucet’ that sometimes flowed, sometimes splattered.  Bruno was impressed with Cameron’s long arm lines but said the dance went soft somewhere in the middle.  Carrie said they started off a bit weak, but agreed with Bruno on Cameron’s lines.  Score: 7/7/7 (21)

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UPDATE:  Drew Lachey New ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Co-Host

Drew LacheyTo fill the beautiful sidekick role left open by Samantha Harris, the producers turned to…..  The Season 2 winner—and scheduled host of the DWTS spin-off ‘Dance War’—will help make look good until Harris’ return (assuming she doesn’t enjoy her maternity leave too much).

As for the competition, tonight’s episode was all about the ladies.  (The male contestants will take the stage Tuesday night).  Except for the stick-thin yet uncoordinated model (who scored a dismal 16), the women overall did very well on their first time out.  But the night was definitely owned by Cheetah Girl .  Her fierce and precise moves got her very near a perfect score on Day One (she scored a 26).  Will this finally be the season for another female champion?  We should probably size up the men tomorrow before placing any bets.