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Wondering why Past Life was just canceled after only three episodes? Look at last night’s numbers. The program - which started with an 8.3 million debut - lost 5 million in just two weeks.

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  • Approximately 25.3 million (7.1/19 in 18-49) watched Wednesday’s coverage of the .
  • (11.9 million, 3.9/11) saw 2.2 million leave the island.
  • * (5.7 million, 1.6/4) gave up 2.4 million.
  • (4.3 million, 1.1/3) slipped by 1.4 million.
  • * (0.7/2) sucked in 1.7 million.

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As Avatar recently proved—some records are made to be broken. Last night, American Idol tasted something it hadn’t sampled in some time: defeat. For the first time in six years, the reality show was beaten its own time slot.

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High-flying snowboard action on NBC couldn’t keep the singing voices at FOX quiet. Last night’s American Idol managed to beat the Winter Olympics coverage at its own ratings game.

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  • Approximately 23.6 million watched the nail-biting drama on (9.1/22 in 18-49).
  • coverage (5.4/14 in 18-49) pulled in 20.4 million.
  • * (2.3/6) scored 11.6 million.
  • * (1.5/4) recapped 4.2 million
  • * (900,000, 0.4/1) did about the same.

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Monday’s sports competition had very little effect on The Bachelor‘s strong season. Last night, the reality show showed only a slight dip in the viewers while remaining practically even with the previous week’s demos.

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Did you see the moment when Sugar ran topless down the beach on Survivor? If you didn’t, you were one of the few. The two-hour premiere of the Heroes vs. Villains edition attracted 14.1 million fans and helped put a ding into Grey’s Anatomy‘s numbers.

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ABC might not have been the winner last night, but Modern Family and The Middle did their best to help. Despite competition from American Idol‘s Group Night, Family reached another series high in the demos. Meanwhile, Middle - with help from Charlie Brown - hit a high of its own.

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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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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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The score may have been close for most of , but the game’s ratings were the best thing on TV…by far.

Last night’s battle between the Indianapolis Colts at the New Orleans Saints had 106.48 million Bud Light-swilling, Doritos-chomping sports fans glued to their TV sets. That number represents the largest viewing audience for any event in U.S. television history.

The previous record was established by the series finale of M*A*S*H. That 1983 event totaled a whopping 105.97 viewers.

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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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