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VIDEO: SNL Honors March Madness

SNL opened with one of their funniest sketches of the year on Saturday. In a single skit, the show managed to pay homage to March Madness, Charlie Sheen and world current events. Our favorite part is Bill Hader -- watch the video above to see what we mean.

In related news, fans will have the opportunity to watch the real March Madness in a whole new way for this years NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which begins on Tuesday. CBS has purchased the broadcasting rights once again, but this year the network will actually show every single game. This year, games will be presented on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV.

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TV Talk: David Canary Leaves All My Children, Leonard Nimoy Retires

David Canary-After 27 years on All My Children, actor David Canary officially said goodbye to the soap opera today. Canary played both Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC series.

-Speaking of retirement, that’s what Leonard Nimoy says he’ll be enjoying very shortly. The Star Trek legend says he plans to give up acting altogether after his last Fringe appearance this season.

-The Idol Gives Back special helped raise $45 million for its efforts on Wednesday night. While still impressive, the amount was down $15 million from two years ago.

-If the world is still here in 2024, college basketball will be as well. The NCAA has signed a new 14-year deal with both CBS and Turner Broadcasting worth $10.8 billion.

-Meanwhile, CBS has not yet signed a new deal with Charlie Sheen. An insider claims if Sheen doesn’t sign a contract soon, Two and a Half Men will be officially over.


Monday Ratings: Suburbia Survives the Evening

Yesterday’s premiere of Surviving Suburbia did well despite NCAA competition. The program had the best numbers for a comedy debut since the opener of Samantha Who? in October 2007. (A Dancing with the Stars lead-in being the common denominator.)

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Friday Ratings: NCAA Picks Up Steam

Viewers turned to action on the court for their entertainment this past Friday night. For the second week in a row, CBS’ sports coverage easily outscored the competition.

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Thursday Ratings: Samantha No Better Than Betty

If ABC was hoping to make some improvements to its Thursday night ratings, the network might have to try again. In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? tied Ugly Betty‘s previous demos while averaging a smaller audience. Meanwhile, a rare Thursday appearance of American Idol gave FOX a win in both categories.

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Friday Ratings:  CBS Down But Still on Top

Although CBS didn’t see Ghost Whisperer-sized numbers, the network’s sports coverage did rally enough viewers to topple the competition.

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Thursday Ratings: Wins for Both CBS, ABC

College sports coverage proved to be both a winner and loser for CBS last night. Although the NCAA tournament didn’t earn the network another double win last night, the court action did score a tie in the demos with ABC. (The Alphabet was the sole winner with the viewers.)

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  • (10.2 million, 3.0/9 in 18-49) raised 600,000.
  • CBS’ basketball coverage (3.5/10) scored 9.4 million.
  • (7.6 million, 2.1/6) picked up 400,000.
  • (6.4 million, 2.4/8) improved by 2 million; a repeat of (4.6 million, 2.0/6) did better than the Kath finale.
  • (3.3 million. 1.4/4) lost 400,000.

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Sunday Ratings: Theater Awards Don’t Translate to TV

Although Tony Awards telecasts have never been ratings goldmines, last night’s event had to compete with golf and basketball. Yesterday’s contest between the Celtics and the Lakers gave ABC another win in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • ‘s coverage of the U.S. Open (3.9/13 in-18-49) attracted 13.8 million golf fans.
  • ‘s special (8.2 million, 3.2/11) did 800,000 better than last Sunday; the pre-game show (9.8 million, 4.0/12) grew by 1.9 million.
  • Approximately 6.2 million theater lovers watched the 2008 (1.1/3).
  • * (3.7 million, 1.8/6) was down by 400,000; * (3.6 million, 1.7/5) slipped by 300,000.
  • * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) and * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) turned out similar numbers.

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Tuesday Ratings: Lakers Win Game and Viewers

Game 3 between the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers overpowered FOX’s reality block. ABC wound up passing its competitors in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • * (10 million, 1.9/6 in 18-49) had a 900,000 climb.
  • The pre-game show (3.6/11) drew in 9.1 million.
  • The special (2.9/10) kicked off the evening with 7.8 million.
  • (6 million, 2.4/8) was off by 700,000.
  • (6 million, 1.8/6) improved by 300,000.

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Sunday Ratings: NBA Scores for ABC

Game Two between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers was by far the most exciting thing on TV yesterday. Up against mostly repeats, ABC easily had a hold on the night.

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