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This Week on TV (1/7-1/13)

Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart

(Reminder: You can view the whole Revamped TV Programming Schedule here.)


MONDAY (1/7)
  • The View (ABC, check local listings):  returns from maternity leave.  I’d gladly sacrifice her to the union gods for an end to the .
  • Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC, 8pm):  Here’s our chance to see if the judges can actually teach what they preach.
  • American Gladiators (NBC, 8pm):  “In the men’s competition, an engineer takes on a radiation-control technician.”  The year of the nerd has now officially spilled over into 2008.
  • Medium (NBC, 10pm):  Season four premiere.  “Allison has creepy visions of a boy being kidnapped from a toy store.”  I never did trust that Geoffrey Giraffe.
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 10pm):  Anthony travels to Singapore for his latest season premiere.  I don’t like traveling with crusty people, but I love watching them venture on TV.
  • The Daily Show/The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 11:30pm):  Tonight Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will crank out their versions of a writer-less show.  God love ‘em for trying.

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Wednesday Ratings: Viewers Prefer CBS Leftovers

Despite the continuation of newbies Duel and Choirs, repeats on CBS were the most appealing thing of the evening.

Til Death



*denotes repeat

(You can review last Wednesday’s ratings here.)

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Programming Insider

Celebrity Double-Take: Kelly Rutherford vs. Kelly Rowan

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Okay - it’s now time for another one of my random celebrity pairings.  Today, we have Gossip Girl’s (on the left) with The O.C.‘s (on the right).

In addition to looking alike, these ladies have several other similarities.

  • Both women are obviously named Kelly.
  • Both have the initials K.R.
  • Both actresses play(ed) rich mothers on a -produced show.  (Which completely threw me off because I once thought Kelly Rowan had shifted from CA to New York.)

(Make sure to check out the other TV and Film Celebrity Double-Takes!)

This Week on TV (12/17-12/23)

Gossip Girl


MONDAY (12/17)
  • (ABC, 8pm):  The first of six-airings this week.  In this game show, the contestants ‘challenge each other’s intellect and skill, but a single wrong answer disqualifies them from trying for the $1.5 million prize.’  Seriously - if a show is going to be named ‘Duel’, it should involve body blows.
  • (NBC, 8pm):  This four-part series brings us Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey and Kelly Rowland.  Surprisingly, this combo is not part of some program.
  • (ABC, 9pm):  “Eric must organize a baby party without ruining friendships.”  His pals are all hoping they don’t have to come.
  • (NBC, 10pm):  “Dan is sent to rescue a mother and son in an RV hanging from a cliff.”  Just for clarification—do his travels always predate the existence of 911?

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Wednesday Ratings: Two Networks Split Another Evening

Thanks to repeats on , Private Practice rebounded with the 18-49 crowd.  ended off the night with the best demos while had the largest audience.

Deal or No Deal



  • * (10.3 million, 2.7/8 in 18-49 demo) was the hour’s top draw.
  • (7.6 million, 2.57) saw a 1.3 million increase from last week.
  • (6.9 million, 2.4/7) was down just slightly.

*denotes repeat

(You can review last week’s ratings here.)

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Hollywood Reporter

This Week on TV (12/3-12/9)

The Closer


MONDAY (12/3)
  • (TNT, 8pm):  The special two-hour holiday episode brings Brenda’s parents into the investigative fold.  Nothing says Christmas like talking blood with your blood.
  • (NBC, 9pm):  (NOTE:  This is the last new episode left.)  ‘Peter squares off against former friends thanks to Adam’s confusing story about the Shanti virus.’  He shouldn’t fault Adam; the confusing storyline is to blame.
  • (FOX, 9pm):  ‘Boulet and Cobb investigate an insurance adjuster’s murder.’  As if there weren’t enough people in New Orleans with a motive.
  • (NBC, 10pm): (First half of the two-parter; 2nd half airs Wednesday).  ‘Evidence points to Reese’s father in the murders that sent Crews to prison.’  I’m guessing this won’t be resolved anytime soon…otherwise, we wouldn’t have a show.

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Wednesday Ratings: ‘Shrek’ Draws Ogre Fans

ratings last night had others green with envy.  Although the network was narrowly bested in the viewers, it dominated in the demos.

Shrek the Halls



  • Although down 330,000, (4.1/11 in 18-49 demo) was still the hour’s top draw.
  • (7.1 million, 2.6/7) saw a 630,000 increase.
  • (2.2/6) felt lifeless at 6.3 million.

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Wednesday Ratings: ‘Bionic Woman’ Hits New Low

pulled off a major coup last night and stole a demo victory from .  The Eye network also had the largest audience overall.

Bionic Woman


  • (15.7 million, 4.3/11 in 18-49) had the night’s largest demos and audience.
  • (11.4 million, 4.2/10) was up about 220,000.
  • (3.2/8) soared to 7 million viewers.
  • (6.3 million, 2.5/6) had its worst demo performance to date.
  • (2.9 million, 1.4/4) bumped up over 400,000 from last week.


  • (13 million, 3.8/10 in 18-49 demo) easily took the hour in both categories.
  • (8.1 million, 2.9/8) dropped about 180,000 viewers.
  • (6.9 million, 2.5/7) raked in another 530,000.

Writers On Strike, Episodes Running Out

Get OUT! Elaine joins the picket lineWith the Writers Guild strike in full effect, it won’t be long until new episodes (i.e. completed scripts) of network shows run out. Entertainment Weekly reports that many popular series are on schedule to enter into reruns within the next several weeks (some sooner or later than others). The following is EW’s list of 10 popular shows and how many new episodes are left (including this week) until the well runs dry.


  • Brothers & Sisters: 6 episodes
  • Dirty Sexy Money: 6 episodes
  • Lost: 8 episodes


  • Chuck: 6 episodes
  • Heroes: 4 episodes
  • The Office: 2-3 half-hour episodes

See how many new episodes of popular FOX, CBS and CW shows are left after the jump.

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Entertainment Weekly

Wednesday Ratings: CMAs Bring Viewers to ABC

The - and a reunion of The Eagles - drew large numbers to .  The network scored a victory in both the viewers and the demos.


  • Nearly 16 million fans saw Carrie Underwood’s successful night at the (5.4/14 in 18-49 demo). Carrie Underwood
  • (8.1 million, 2.1/6) was actually up over 1 million from last week.
  • (6.4 million, 2.2/6) and (6.5 million, 2.4/6) were practically even with each other.
  • (6.1 million, 2.2/6) was slightly down from Halloween.
  • (2.5/7) rounded off the hour with 5.1 million.



  • (12.9 million, 3.5/10 in 18-49) was down about 1/2 million from last week.
  • (6.4 million, 2.6/7) was surprisingly up about 700,000 from one week ago.

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