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This Week on TV (8/11-8/17)

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(You can view TV Envy’s Summer Television Programming Schedule here.)
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MONDAY (8/11)
  • Sesame Street (PBS, check local listings):  Season 39 premiere. “One, two, three, four…chickens just back from the shore.
  • High School Musical: Get in the Picture (ABC, 8pm):  “The contestants get a lesson on how to express emotions without using words.” Tip #1: If you need to cry, cut a hole in your pocket, take a pair of tweezers, and just start pulling. (Thanks, Joey Tribbiani.)
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm):  “Provenza gets in hot water when he loses evidence from a successfully executed sting operation.” Somebody better buy the boss a box a chocolates asap.
  • The Mole (ABC, 10pm):  “The mole’s last victim and the Mole are revealed in the fifth-season finale after all 12 players reunite.” If a mole is revealed but nobody’s there to see it, will a show get whacked?

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Monday Ratings: Teen Choose FOX

While it wasn’t the most-watched program last night, the 2008 Teen Choice Awards did earn nice numbers for the under-35 set. Meanwhile, CBS’s repeat roster was the winner in both categories yesterday.

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Monday Ratings: Two and a Half Men Number One Again

Despite airing a slate of new episodes, neither ABC or NBC could defeat CBS’ stale lineup. The Eye network nabbed the viewers last night while tying FOX in the demos.

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Monday Ratings: Repeats On Top

With The Bachelorette now over, Monday nights once again belonged to the repeats. Although it was tight race, FOX managed to snare wins in both categories from CBS.

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Monday Ratings: The Bachelorette Shows Improvement

Improved numbers from ABC’s dating reality show helped give the Alphabet network a tie in the demos. Meanwhile, CBS was the sole winner with last night’s viewers.

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Monday Ratings: Repeats Rule the Night

Sadly, a heaping of reality shows could not compete with a crop of stale programs. FOX’s dramatic lineup ended up winning the night in both the viewers and the demos.

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This Week on TV (6/16-6/22)

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(You can view TV Envy’s Summer Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (6/16)
  • The Bachelorette: DeAnna Tells All (ABC, 8pm):  “With six bachelors remaining, assesses the competition to win her heart so far, as do her six beaus.” Apparently revealing their boxers just hasn’t told her enough.
  • Weeds (Showtime, 10pm):  Season premiere. “Nancy, Andy and the boys, on the run after she set fire to their house, head to the beach and a ‘heartwarming family reunion’ with Judah’s grandmother.” Had I known this show was only 30-minutes long, I could have caught up a long time ago!
  • The Mole (ABC, 10pm):  “The contestants, clad in nothing but their underwear, hit the streets of Santiago, Chile and solicit clothing.” At this point, the show could probably use a little skin to ramp interest up a bit.
  • Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime, 10:30pm):  Series premiere. “A high-priced London escort entertains a middle-aged client who enjoys role-playing and has a penchant for being down on the farm.” I think that summary says it all.

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Monday Ratings: Repeats Outperform Originals

Although Nashville Star did better on NBC than it ever did on the USA, the reality competition did little for the Peacock network. CBS wound up taking the evening in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • * (7.3 million, 2.1/7 in 18-49) was up 600,000 over last week.
  • ’ airing of The Bill Engvall Show (1.9/6) attracted 6.4 million; (6.3 million, 2.2/7) was up slightly.
  • (6.4 million, 2.2/7) was down by 100,000.
  • (1.9/6) seemed small with 5.6 million.
  • * (1.1 million, 0.5/2) had a 300,000 viewer slide.

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Monday Ratings: The Mole Fails to Surface

Several years out of the public eye didn’t help last night’s premiere of The Mole much. The show placed last in its hour and put ABC in third place yesterday. Meanwhile, FOX was a winner with the viewers while NBC had a narrow victory in the demos.

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  • * (1.8/6 in 18-49) returned to 6.7 million viewers.
  • (6.5 million, 2.1/6) was up 1 million from last week.
  • * (5.9 million, 2.0/7) shed 500,000; * (6.1 million, 2.2/7) lost 600,000.
  • ‘s coverage of the Stanley Cup (2.6/7) had 5.8 million cheering.
  • * (1.4 million, 0.6/2) remained steady with last week.

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ABC Digs Up The Mole

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Games, Prime Time, Reality, ABC, Renewals,

The Mole Host Jon Kelley

When ABC’s first hit TVs in 2001, Survivor was ruling the network roost for reality TV. The Mole‘s highly complicated and manipulative game won viewers over until 2004, after the series had started featuring celebrities. It’s been gone for about four years - that’s a whole lot of viewing seasons. So why is ABC bringing The Mole back now?

Hosted by in the beginning seasons, The Mole showed off beautiful locales and intense challenges. The premise of the show is that a single contestant - placed there by the producers - is there to sabotage all the others. But only that one person, you see, really knows who the saboteur is. Everyone tries to guess the identity of The Mole, while some masquerade as The Mole to throw the others off. Even the viewers have no idea who The Mole is, which turns all of us into sideline detectives.

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