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-People love sifting through old crap. Monday’s episodes of American Pickers and Pawn Stars broke audience records for the History Channel. Pawn‘s 5.9 million viewers was the network’s largest ever.
-Meanwhile, True Blood sucked up more viewers for its third season premiere. Sunday’s debut attracted 5.1 million viewers, up 38% from Season 2’s open. (That doesn’t count the additional 1.3 million who watched the 11:00 replay.)
-A cancer-free Andy Whitfield will begin preparations for Spartacus’ second season. Production on the show had been put on hold when Andy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
-Former ER star Maura Tierney is scheduled to star in ABC’s The Whole Truth. She was originally supposed to be part of NBC’s Parenthood, but had to drop out due to breast cancer treatments.
-Bethenny Frankel is now a newlywed, a new mother and a record breaker. Last night’s premiere of Bethenny Getting Married? had the largest audience for any new series on Bravo…ever.
-Speaking of the housewives, it looks like The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be losing one. According to a report, Dina Manzo will be announcing her exit next week.
-NBC appreciates actors who smell like men. The network has signed that Old Spice guy (a.k.a. Isaiah Mustafa) to a talent deal. Be looking for him to ride in on a white horse in the future.
-Will the Peacock network be making a deal with Lindsay Lohan as well? Donald Trump is reportedly interested in booking Linds for the next edition of Celebrity Apprentice.
In Touch Weekly is reporting that American Idol is again romancing ex-judge Paula Abdul. Once the lone female on the judging panel, Abdul failed to come to a contractual agreement with Idol over the summer. She was replaced on the panel by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, who has failed to deliver little more than odd comparisons and one-liners on the singing show.
According to an unnamed source quoted by the mag, Paula is currently talking to producers about her return. Ratings for the reality hit have been down this year (it’s getting beat by Dancing With the Stars on ABC), and the show is scrambling to save itself in the face of Simon Cowell’s imminent departure. Is Paula Abdul the answer to lifting the flagging sails on the Idol ship?
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-Reboots can be successful in the theaters and on television. Saturday’s debut of Doctor Who gave BBC America it’s largest audience to date. The premiere also earned the channel it’s best numbers in the 25-54s.
-Vice President Joe Biden will likely have to address his “big f**king” gaffe when he sits down with the ladies of The View next week. Biden will appear on Monday as part of the show’s “Red, White & View” series.
-There’s a slight possibility that Ugly Betty will live on on the big screen. “It’s something that we’ve been talking about and it’s something that America Ferrera would really love to do. That woman has so much determination that I can’t imagine anything she puts her mind to not getting done,” actress Ana Ortiz (Hilda Suarez) said.
-Production on Steven Seagal Lawman has been indefinitely shut down in light of a civil lawsuit filed against the reality show’s star. Kayden Nguyen, a former assistant to the star, has accused Steven Seagal of sexual harassment and is asking for $1 million.
Ratings went up for the 2010 Winter Olympics (which were last broadcast in 2006), but NBC is still down about $250 million.
According to recent estimates, NBC parent General Electric raked in a cool $800 million on the televised event, but after NBC shelled out $820 mill for rights alone, the network is in the red.
Maybe they should have tried to get the Super Bowl away from FOX instead.
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-Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari will be reuniting once again on television. The former costars will appear on the upcoming TV Land Awards when their comedy is honored. Donna Dixon, Thelma Hopkins and Holland Taylor will also be present. The ceremony will air on April 25.
-Memories of Captain Phil Harris helped garner big numbers for the return of the Deadliest Catch. The show’s Season 6 premiere drew in the program’s biggest audience ever (4.6 million viewers).
-Rickey Minor, American Idol‘s current musical director, will take over where Kevin Eubanks leaves off. Jay Leno’s music man of 18 years officially announced that he will leave The Tonight Show on May 28. Minor will begin his stint on June 7.
-Rielle Edwards, the mother of John Edwards’ love child, has booked her first television interview. Although she’s had conversations with Barbara Walters, the woman with the crazy hair will be sitting down with Oprah Winfrey. An air date has not yet been announced.
For the first time in show history, American Idol is getting beat in the ratings war by a rival reality TV series. On Monday, March 29, approximately 23 million viewers watched Dancing With the Stars. That number barely edged out the singing contest, which drew a paltry 22 million for Tuesday’s performance round.
The two shows don’t appeal to exactly the same demographic, which is why advertisements on Idol cost three times more than those on DWTS (roughly, according to Vote For the Worst calculations, Idol earns a cool $28 million per episode), but Dancing‘s sudden dominance could shake a few things up.
Is Idol a sinking ship? Or this only a minor blip in an otherwise perfect season? Stay up to date on all the news, spoilers and gossip - check out all our American Idol 9 posts.
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Some watching the Oscars last night may have criticized Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin’s jokes, Farrah Fawcett’s snub, the choreographed Best Song segment or even Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress—but at least they were watching.
Yesterday’s coverage of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards attracted the show’s largest in five years. The telecast, which honored ten films for the first time since 1943 , pulled in 41.3 million - up from 2009’s 36.3 million. The 3 1/2-hour broadcast also earned a 13.1 rating, the highest number in three years.
Don’t be surprised if the Academy decides to nominate eleven films in 2011.
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Hey NBC - primetime might actually survive in the post-Jay Leno world after all. Last night’s arrival of Jim and Pam’s baby on The Office delivered something the network hadn’t seen before, a victory over Grey’s Anatomy in the demos. That one-hour special lead into another nice win for the network. The Marriage Ref‘s time slot debut also defeated the competition in the 18-49s.
- American Idol (19.3 million, 6.5/19 in 18-49) still had the best numbers of the evening.
- Survivor (12.7 million, 3.8/11) picked up 1.2 million more.
- Community (2.3/7) kicked off the night with 5.1 million.
- A Grey’s Anatomy* repeat (1.2/3) turned in 5 million.
- Parks and Recreation (4.6 million, 2.3/6) lost part of its lead-in.
- The Vampire Diaries* (0.7/2) checked in 1.7 million.
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Don’t be fooled—Oprah Winfrey doesn’t always have the Midas touch. Despite the A-list filled roster, yesterday’s Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special failed to dazzle. The program came in last during its hour and did worse than the last original Ugly Betty episode.
- American Idol (23.5 million, 8.5/23 in 18-49) added on 700,000 more.
- The New Adventures of Old Christine (1.7/5) and Gary Unmarried (2.0/5) both pulled in 6 million.
- Mercy (1.6/5) also raised 6 million.
- Approximately 6 million watched The Middle (2.1/6) as well.
- A Modern Family* repeat (1.7/5) scored 5.2 million.
- Life Unexpected* (1.1 million, 0.5/1) did about the same as last week.
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