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Tuesday Ratings:  Viewers No Longer Curious About ‘Cavemen’

ABC’s Cavemen may have seen decent ratings last week, but it appears the experiment’s novelty may have just worn out.  Meanwhile, House scored another ratings victory for FOX (followed by NBC, ABC, CBS and CW)


  • (16.1 million, 3.4/10 in 18-49) won both the hour in viewers and demos.
  • (8.3 million, 3.1/9) gained 430,000 viewers coming in second.
  • ABC’s (2.5/8 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) lost about 20% of the premiere’s audience; (7.4 million, 2.8/8) was also down, but improved on its lead-in.
  • NBC’s (2.1/6 in 18-49) started off the hour with 6.7 million viewers; (6.6 million, 2.7/7 in 18-49) carried them from there.
  • (3.2 million, 1.5/4) brought an additional 500,000 viewers to the CW.


  • (17.7 million, 7.3 rating/18 share in adults 18-49) ruled the whole evening with the viewers and demos.
  • ABC’s (16 million, 4.0/10 share) pulled in second.
  • (11.1 million, 3.0/7) saw a slight decline.
  • (2.7 million, 1.3/3) scared away approx. 170,000 viewers.


  • (12.2 million, 4.9/13 in 18-49) was up 500,000 from last week.
  • (11 million, 2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) held steady for second place.
  • (9.1 million, 2.3/7) continued its steady decline losing another 140,000 viewers.


‘House’ Helps FOX Secure Tuesday Ratings Win

Last night saw the introduction of ABC’s new comedies (Cavemen, Carpoolers) and a shrunken Dancing With The Stars results show.  In the end, FOX took the evening followed by ABC, CBS, NBC and CW.


  • (7.4 million viewers, 3.3/8 in 18-49 demo) showed an improvement from last week, though it didn’t have DWTS to contend with.
  • (3.3/10) and (3.4/9) both debuted with 9 million viewers.
  • At 15.5 million, (3.3/10) won the viewership battle, but tied with Cavemen in the important demo.


  • (17.3 million viewers, 7.1 rating/17) grew upon its numbers from last year
  • A shortened (4.3/10) took in 15.7 million viewers.
  • Critical fave (2.8 million, 1.3/3) drew more viewers than its (2.6 million, 1.3/4) lead-in.


  • (11.7 million, 4.5/12)  took the win despite being down from last week.
  • Emmy-award winner James Spader and (3.1/8) attracted 10.9 million viewers.
  • (9.2 million, 2.5/7) saw smaller numbers than last year’s quickly-canceled Smith.

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‘Biggest Loser’ Signed on for Fifth Season

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Renewals,

The Biggest Loser Who would have imagined that a show called The Biggest Loser would continue to be such a success? I remember the first season, thinking “no way that show is going to last.” I’ve got news for you. This show has staying power… the latest proof is the announcement that the show has been renewed for a fifth season. The show takes overweight folks and puts them through their paces—with huge results. I’ve never really watched a full season, but I enjoy tuning in at the end to see the before and after shots. It’s amazing to me that these people can work so hard and make big changes in their lives. Makes me wonder how come I can’t even manage to lose 10 pounds and stick to any kind of exercise schedule. According to Craig Plestis, the head of alternative series at NBC, “The Biggest Loser’ continues to be a top performer and important franchise for NBC, and season four is already off to a great start. We look forward to the fifth cycle of the show, and continuing to entertain and inspire viewers all over the country.” The show averaged 7.85 million viewers so far this season. Next season promises to add a new spin, with teams of competitors (rather than individuals) looking to collectively lose weight. Production begins later this fall, with the intention to air it early in 2008. Allison Sweeney, star of Days of Our Lives, will be returning as the host.

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An Open Letter—In Defense of Britney Spears

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Award Shows, Music, MTV, Editorial, Gossip,

Dear Video Music Awards viewers:

Britney VMAsWe’re probably all tired of talking about Ms. Spears and her disastrous performance by now…but I’d been thinking about The Biggest Loser premiere last night and I just had to get this off my chest:  Britney isn’t fat.

Yes, she’s bigger now than we she last appeared on the VMAs.

Yes, she would have looked better in the corset.

Yes, I’m sick of this alter-stripper persona that she has taken on.

But dang—I thought she looked pretty good for someone who’d drinking frozen margaritas non-stop.  And heck, I’m just happy she didn’t wear those ugly brown boots onstage!

You can call her a train wreck, bad mother, lost child all you want….but let’s lay off the weight.

Yeah, you heard me right.  I’m actually defending Britney.  But make no mistake—I’m only defending her on this one issue.  For those of you who read my first open letter to Britney, I still stand behind everything I said then.

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This Week on TV (9/10-9/16)

Denis Leary


MONDAY (9/10)
  • Today (NBC, 7-11am):  The show expands to an unnecessary 4 hours.
  • Oprah (syndicated):  Season premiere includes a first appearance by David Letterman.
  • Rachel Ray (syndicated):  Ray’s Second Season premiere includes guests from
  • The View (ABC, check local listings):  The official introduction of their final new host (a.k.a. Sherri Shepherd).
  • Wheel of Fortune (syndicated):  25th season premiere.
  • Monday Night Football (ESPN):  A double-header special.  Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens (7pm ET)/ San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals (10:15 ET).
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm):  Part-two of the season finale.

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Fall 2007 TV Programming Schedule

Despite having a Tivo and another DVR, I know that a new television season can take some serious planning.  When will your favorite shows start?  What days are they now on?  Which programming ‘conflicts’ will you have to resolve?  Will you need to buy another TV???

Hopefully our detailed scheduling guide can assist you in the weeks to come.  We have compiled information from five different networks (, , , and ) and included the days, times and premiere dates for this fall’s shows.

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NBC Offers Plenty of Summer Reality Programming

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC,

NBC LogoSigh. The reality show possibilities have really taken off, huh? Hold on, because NBC is promising to serve up loads of reality this summer with the return of America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and The Biggest Loser, plus Age of Love, a new dating show. To shake things up a bit, the three returning shows will have new hosts. You may have already heard that Jerry Springer will be filling Regis Philbin’s shoes on Talent, beginning on May 29th at 9 p.m. After a two hour debut, the show moves to Tuesday at 8 p.m. Last Comic Standing finally brings in a fresh host to replace Anthony Clark—and although I’d rather see Jay Mohr come back, instead hosting duties go to Bill Bellamy. To which I say “eh, could be worse.” Comic starts its fifth season on June 13th at 9 p.m. The Biggest Loser will now be hosted by soap opera queen Alison Sweeney (taking over for Caroline Rhea). No word yet on when the show will start. And finally, a new dating show called Age of Love debuts on June 18th at 10 p.m. with Mrs. Kelly Ripa (Mark Consuelos) hosting. 

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Soap Star Takes Over Hosting Duties on Biggest Loser

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC,

The Biggest Loser The Biggest Loser is about to get a new host. Caroline Rhea, who has hosted the show for three seasons, will be passing the torch to soap star Alison Sweeney. Sweeney, who has played Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives since 1993, will begin hosting The Biggest Loser next season, airing in the fall. NBC said the reason for the replacement is that Rhea is going to work on other projects. “Alison is an incredible talent and will bring not only a great fresh face to the show but a huge, loyal fan base,” executive producer Ben Silverman says. Sweeney has appeared on Las Vegas and Friends,as well as a contestant on Fear Factor. Sweeney, who is just 30, has chronicled her struggles with weight in her 2004 memoir All the Days of My Life (So Far). Seems strange that she should have a memoir, but she apparently has a large fan base, as soap stars generally do. NBC is certainly banking on the fact that her appeal will bring in more ratings.

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The Biggest Loser Renewed for Fourth Season

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Ratings, Renewals,

The Biggest LoserThe Biggest Loser will be back to fight the fat for a fourth season! NBC announced that the show would continue, despite a drop in viewership. The third season has seen a drop of over 2 million from the second season, averaging 7.4 million viewers. NBC exec Kevin Reilly said, “The Biggest Loser is a valuable franchise and proven competitor in a very challenging time period. The producing team has come up with unique ways to keep the series fresh, and we anticipate the next cycle will continue to produce life-changing results for the contestants and jaw-dropping reveals for the viewers.” The slip in viewers is most likely due to its timeslot, where it faces off against Lost and Criminal Minds. The current season will soon reveal the winner of the weight loss competition, who will win $50,000. The third season finale airs December 13th.

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Happy Hour and Twenty Good Years Cancelled

Happy Hour Two sitcoms on the “critical” list, nearing cancellation, have officially been given the axe. Fox’s Happy Hour has been removed from the schedule due to low ratings. The comedy has ranked fifth for viewers 18-to-49 during its timeslot on Thursdays. The ailing ‘Til Death is still on the roster.

NBC’s Twenty Good Years has also been moved off of the schedule—you may recall a couple of weeks back when NBC announced their new Thursday night line up with nary a mention of the fate of Twenty Good Years. The sitcom aired on Wednesdays along with 30 Rock—with 30 Rock making an upcoming move to Thursday nights on November 16th. Twenty Good Years has been yanked and a two-hour episode of The Biggest Loser will air in its place on November 8th (from 8 - 10 p.m.).

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