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Tuesday Ratings: Past Life Can’t Pass Competition

Last night’s premiere of Past Life did what few post-Idol debuts have done before: Disappoint. Despite a huge lead-in, the series opener came in fourth in its hour in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • Approximately 27.9 million saw Ellen DeGeneres’ first day on (10.1/26 in 18-49).
  • (19.8 million, 4.1/11) picked up 700,000.
  • (3.5/9) averaged 8.9 million over two hours.
  • * (1.7/4) helped 4.9 million get caught up.
  • * (0.4/1) scraped up 910,000.

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Monday Ratings: Post-Game Boost for Big Bang

Did viewers simply forget to change the channel? Yesterday’s programming slate on CBS appeared to have benefitted nicely from Sunday night’s game. Although Monday’s comedies are typically strong, several shows saw their best numbers in quite some time.

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VIDEO: Jay Leno Explains Reuniting with David Letterman

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As many of us Facebook users know, a friend request - even one from someone you haven’t seen in 18 years - is hard to turn down. So it’s easy to understand why Jay Leno would agree to work with David Letterman on their recent Super Bowl commercial.

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Conan Envisioned for Letterman, Leno Super Bowl Commercial


If Jay Leno is willing to share his program with Jimmy Kimmel, we shouldn’t be surprised to see him in a Late Show spot…right?

Those not distracted during last night’s game were probably caught off guard by a commercial that only lasted 15 seconds. David Letterman, Oprah and Leno all on the same couch together? WTF?

According to Late Show producer Rob Burnett, the idea for the promo came from Letterman himself. The shoot, which was done in secret at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, came together quickly within the past two weeks. Sadly, audiences missed on a possible fourth guest.

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Friday Ratings: Big Showing for Smallville

Fridays might not have been good to Dollhouse or Ugly Betty, but that doesn’t mean the night is like totally bad. Smallville‘s recent two-hour event brought in the program’s best numbers of the season.

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Thursday Ratings: ABC, CBS Split First Night of Sweeps

FOX’s ride to the top ended quickly. When originals returned to ABC and CBS, so did the numbers. Last night, the Alphabet network - with no help from The Deep End - narrowly took first in the demos. Meanwhile, CBS was easily the winner with the viewers.

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  • (12.3 million, 3.3/10 in 18-49) did about the same.
  • CBS’ Survivor Survivor special (2.4/7) had 8.3 million looking back.
  • (2.2/7) entertained 5.2 million.
  • (5.1 million, 1.3/4) plunged by 900,000.
  • (4.9 million, 2.3/6) hit a season high rating.
  • (4 million, 1.8/5) sucked in 200,000 more.

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Wednesday Ratings: Human Falls Short of Target

Life pre-Idol never looks quite as good as it does post-Idol. Last night, Human Target took quite a hit in its new 8:00 time slot and tied a repeat of Modern Family in the demos.

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  • Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (2.9/9 in 18-49) had 11.2 million laughing.
  • (7.8 million, 2.4/7) gave up 2.6 million.
  • (2.7/8) scored 7.3 million.
  • A * repeat (2.4/7) pulled in 6.8 million.
  • (6.3 million, 1.6/5) added on 500,000.
  • * (1.4 million, 0.6/2) slid by 300,000.

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Thursday Ratings: Live for the Moment DOA

Jeff Probst had to learn a very hard lesson last night: Fans simply don’t like to watch him in shows that aren’t titled Survivor. Last night’s Live for the Moment special got beat by everything in the demos…even repeats. Meanwhile, FOX - just about the only network to air originals - easily won in the viewers and the 18-49s.

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VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel Claims He was Sucker-Punched by Leno


You really didn’t think Jimmy Kimmel would let Jay Leno have the last word, did ya?

During yesterday’s sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, former/new Tonight Show host Jay Leno addressed a number of topics including the zinger he made about David Letterman, the phone call he hasn’t made to Conan O’Brien and the huge paychecks from NBC he doesn’t even need to cash. He also talked about being embarrassed by Jimmy Kimmel on his own show.

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Tuesday Ratings: NCIS Closing in on Idol

Has the mighty started to fall? Or is NCIS just getting better with age? Despite dominating in both the viewers and the demos last night, American Idol saw one of its tightest battles in a long time. The CBS drama - with its 20.1 million viewers -  got as close the reality show as it ever had before.

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  • (24.1 million, 9.0/24 in 18-49) was down 2 million.
  • (4.1/11) brought in 20.1 million.
  • (9.7 million, 3.8/10) lost 200,000.
  • (3.3 million, 1.2/3) remained steady.
  • (2.5 million, 10.2) shrunk by 700,000.
  • * (960,000, 0.4/1) added on 160,000.

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