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Thursday Ratings: ABC, CBS Split Another Evening

The conclusion of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event gave the network another win in the demos last night. Meanwhile, a CSI drop didn’t keep CBS from placing first with the viewers.

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Thursday Ratings: Greys, Private Practice Seize the Night

Last night, ABC wasted a Grey’s/Private Practice crossover special on a competition-free evening. CBS’ repeat-filled slate allowed the Alphabet network to win in the both the viewers and the demos.

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Thursday Ratings: Idol Interrupts the Evening

A rare Thursday night episode of American Idol easily dominated the ratings last night. Unfortunately, repeats on ABC and NBC didn’t help.

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This Week on TV (1/26-2/1)

The Closer

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MONDAY 1/26)
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9pm):  “Jon and Kate take the kids to see their new home.” The new place comes with extra bathrooms…and a new set of parents.
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm):  Series return. “The fate of Detective Sanchez, who was shot three times and airlifted to a hospital, is revealed.” I don’t know how Sanchez is doing, but the suspense has been killing me!
  • Bromance (MTV, 9pm):  “Brody tricks the final four into attending a fake launch party for his line of designer jeans, where he asks them to walk the red carpet in pants that are entirely too tight.” Huh. I have no idea why people think this is really a dating show.
  • Trust Me (TNT, 10pm):  Series premiere. “Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh star as two best friends working as creative partners at a top-ranked Chicago ad agency.” Kinda like , but without the booze and cigarettes. At least not in the office.

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FOX Sneaks in One Last Kitchen Nightmare

Gordon Ramsay; Kitchen NightmaresThe second season of the American version of began last September, and evidently finished up just last night. Though the show disappeared from the FOX schedule on November 20, it returned - briefly - for one last hurrah.

And for those of you who missed the Kitchen Nightmares finale, it’ll no doubt be reappearing on FOX’s reality channel, so never fear. The episode was touted as the last of the second season and the show does not reappear on the schedule this year, but there could be one unaired episode on the season. Some listings show this episode as the last, rather than the one touted as the last.

Make sense? Even if it doesn’t, this odd reappearance and disappearance is confusing enough. But just the same, ’s Kitchen Nightmares have ended this season. There are many more awaiting him in the next, however. FOX is even now casting for the third season of the show, which bodes well for Ramsay fans.

The show may be over for the year, but the chef still has a lot more reality left in him. Gordon Ramsay will only be missing from the FOX line up for two weeks, as he’s slated to return in the fifth season of . The premiere will air January 29th, and it’s unlikely this show will experience the same programming gap.

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Tuesday Ratings: Tight Reality Race

Last night, three reality shows (Wipeout, Hell’s Kitchen, America’s Got Talent) gave it all they had. When the dust settled, NBC had a hold on the viewers while ABC was tied with FOX for the demos.

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Reality contestant aren’t here to make friends…

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Reality,

Wanna know the secret to winning any reality television show? As the video compilation above shows, it’s all about not making friends. You hear it all the time on these shows, but do you really pay attention to how often those words are spoken? Check out the video for a reminder of what these reality shows are all about - you gotta be in it to win it. Don’t hate on these contestant for keeping their eye on the prize. After all, the name of the game isn’t “America’s Top Best Friend.”


This Week on TV (7/7-7/13)

Burn Notice

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MONDAY (7/7)
  • The Bachelorette (ABC, 8pm):  “In the season finale, DeAnna has a choice to make between the two finalists after taking her two suitors to a Grand Bahama Island and home to Georgia to meet her family.” In the event of a tiebreaker, the most photogenic candidate should always be chosen. Good wedding photos last forever.
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9pm):  “As the sextuplets turn 4, Jon and Kate take them to a bakery to decorate their own birthday cupcakes with the stipulation that they can’t eat them until after dinner.” Cupcakes? Note to the Jolie-Pitt clan. More kids = smaller birthday celebrations.
  • Verminators ( Discovery, 10pm):  “Jamie has to tackle his fears when he is called in to deal with a black widow.” Apparently someone needs to work on his rochambeau skills.
  • Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (A&E, 10pm):  “A story of ReAnna Kelly, a girl supposedly visited by spirits, including that of her deceased grandmother, jazz singer Nina Simone.” There are times when hearing the song ‘Sinnerman’ is not so cool.

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Tuesday Ratings: Wipeout Remains Strong

Last night, ABC’s Wipeout proved it could survive the sophomore week jinx. Meanwhile, America’s Got Talent widened its lead over the competition. When the numbers were finalized, NBC was the winner in both categories.

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Bravo Steals Another Reality Idea

Tabatha Coffey on Shear GeniusAs much as I love , am I the only one getting tired of their FOX reality rip-offs?

Today, the cable channel announced that it is producing a spinoff for one of Shear Genius‘s competitors from last season. Later this summer, the cameras will be following Tabatha Coffey as she “visits struggling salons in the Los Angeles and New York areas and literally takes over the establishments to whip them into shape.” While some may say a show about hair stylists has nothing to do with FOX, I say this production smells exactly like .

In fact, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover would be the second time Bravo has adopted a concept already seen on that other network. Hell’s Kitchen debuted in May 2005 while Top Chef coincidentally appeared in March 2006. And how about ? That reality hit program played a part in Step It Up & Dance‘s debut this year.

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