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Jesse L. Martin Turns In His Law & Order Badge

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, NBC, News,

Jesse L. MartinAfter 18 years on air, NBC’s franchise has grown accustom to casting changes.  Now it appears the flagship series - and the viewers - will have to adjust to one more by season’s end.

, who plays Detective Ed Green, will reportedly be saying goodbye to the Dick Wolf family soon.  The actor was originally paired with the great Jerry Orbach when he joined the cast back in 1999.  In his nine seasons on the show, he has also been assigned to Dennis Farina and recent addition Jeremy Sisto.  (I wonder if Sisto should feel slighted by his new partner’s early exit.)

, who most recently honed his officer chops on the already-forgotten K-Ville, is in line to fill Martin’s shoes.  Although it’s not clear how Det. Green will vacate his position (Will he be killed?  Will he also go into the Witness Protection Program?), his departure will happen before the season’s finale.  That’s around the same time Anderson is expected to make his entrance.

Martin is next scheduled to portray singer Marvin Gaye in Sexual Healing.  That film is currently in pre-production.

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Monday Ratings: CBS Survives ‘Clash’, ‘Duel’

A new crop of reality entries couldn’t take down the comedy/CSI combo on .  The Eye Network was victorious with the viewers and the 18-49s.



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Monday Ratings:  CBS Wins Lackluster Evening

Strong showings from Two and a Half Men and CSI: Miami gave the advantage last night:

David Caruso


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Monday Ratings: No ‘Dancing’ For ABC on Monday

With powerhouse Dancing With The Stars now gone, Monday night’s ratings were fair game.  Last night and had a share of the spoils.



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This Week on TV (12/3-12/9)

The Closer


MONDAY (12/3)
  • (TNT, 8pm):  The special two-hour holiday episode brings Brenda’s parents into the investigative fold.  Nothing says Christmas like talking blood with your blood.
  • (NBC, 9pm):  (NOTE:  This is the last new episode left.)  ‘Peter squares off against former friends thanks to Adam’s confusing story about the Shanti virus.’  He shouldn’t fault Adam; the confusing storyline is to blame.
  • (FOX, 9pm):  ‘Boulet and Cobb investigate an insurance adjuster’s murder.’  As if there weren’t enough people in New Orleans with a motive.
  • (NBC, 10pm): (First half of the two-parter; 2nd half airs Wednesday).  ‘Evidence points to Reese’s father in the murders that sent Crews to prison.’  I’m guessing this won’t be resolved anytime soon…otherwise, we wouldn’t have a show.

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Monday Ratings: ABC Back on Top

With the World Series finally wrapped up, ABC was able to waltz right in and dance away with another ratings victory:

Big Bang Theory


  • (15.4 million, 4.9/11 in 18-49 demo) has done a great job retaining it’s audience.  It was even up 1 million from last week.
  • (14.1 million, 5.1/12) was impressive with the hour’s demos.
  • (11.2 million, 4.2/9) was up 400,000 from last Monday.
  • (10.4 million, 4.9/11) continues to send bored fans away; it lost another 250,000.
  • A repeat of (1.3/3) took in 4 million.
  • Both (2.24 million, 1.0/2) and (2.4 million, 1.1/3) remained even.

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Monday Ratings: Osmond Went Down, ‘Dancing’ Went Up

Thanks to a baseball-less Monday on FOX (and a startling collapse on Dancing With the Stars), ABC easily took last night’s win.



  • In its second week, ? (14.3 million, 4.6/10 in 18-49) remained strong compared to last week’s debut.
  • Both (13.7 million, 4.8/11) and (10.8 million, 3.9/9) scored larger audiences than that NBC show.
  • (10.7 million, 4.9/11), down another 560,000, barely eked out the hour’s largest demo (not including Dancing).
  • (6.1 million, 2.0/5) remained about even.

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Monday Ratings:  Good Debut for ‘Samantha Who’

Monday’s competition saw the introduction of a new show (Samantha Who?) and the sports-related interruption of a few others (Prison Break, K-Ville).  By night’s end, it was a one-two finish for ABC and CBS.

Christina Applegate

  • With 19.3 million viewers, (4.6 rating/11 share in 18-49) took the 8pm hour.
  • (8.2 million, 3.2/8) had a huge gain from last week in the demo market.
  • (8 million, 3.1/9) remained fairly steady as did (8.2 million, 3.2/8).
  • FOX’s Indians/Red Sox game 3.0/7) averaged 9.9 million viewers.


  • ? (14.3 million, 4.4/10 in 18-49) kept a large part of the DWTS audience.
  • (11.3 million, 5.1/12) had the highest demos of the whole evening.
  • Both (13.8 million, 4.8/11) and (11 million, 4.0/9) saw improvements in the 18-49 age group.

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Assessing (and Ignoring) the New Fall Season

Kitchen NightmaresAs I type this, I’m listening to the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, and I’m in a terrifically good mood.  See, I love Radiohead like Tyra Banks loves … well, Tyra Banks, and so you would think that this good mood would make me put together a list of wonderful things about the new fall TV season.

Yeah, not so much.  To be honest, I haven’t watched a lot of the new fall network TV shows.  But it’s worthwhile to take a look at these shows and for me to say what I watched, what I thought, and why I didn’t watch a lot of them.  Well, it’s worthwhile for me anyway.  Plus it goes well with Radiohead (not really, but it’s not like I’m gonna stop listening).  Here goes:

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Monday Ratings:  ABC Dances Away With Another Win

It’s unclear how some of these programs would have fared without stiff competition from Monday Night Football and the Yankees/Indians game.  Regardless, it’s not surprising that to report that ABC easily danced away with another ratings victory (followed by CBS, NBC, FOX and CW).



  • (10.7 million, 5.0/11) was down 24% from its premiere but still pulled the hour’s win in the 18-49 age group.
  • CBS’s (13 million, 4.4/10) lost 400,000 fans; (10.7 million, 3.8/9) gained 200,000.
  • (5.4 million, 2.0/5) remained steady with last week.

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