Although FOX was probably hoping for a seven-game series, the World Series still provided another successful night for the network.
- Game 4 of the World Series (6.6/15 in 18-49 demo) averaged 19.7 million viewers for the night.
- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (14 million, 5.2/13) was slightly up from last week.
- A rerun of CSI (9.4 million, 2.2/6) warmed the spot left vacant by Viva Laughlin.
- NBC’s The Bourne Supremacy (5.88 million, 1.9/4) didn’t come close to normal football numbers.
- Life is Wild (1.1 million, 0.4/1) lost another 500,000.
- Desperate Housewives (18.1 million, 7.1/6 in 18-49 demo) remained strong against Red Sox.
- Cold Case (11.7 million, 3.0/7) saw a slight increase from last Sunday.
- With 12.7 million, Brothers & Sisters (4.6/11 in 18-49 demo) was up over a million viewers.
- Shark (10.3 million, 2.3/6) held steady from last week.
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- Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm): “Charlie’s girlfriend does not like to be seen with him in public.” She’s afraid she’ll be attacked by Denise Richards.
- Samantha Who? (ABC, 9:30): “Sam assumes her role as a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding, but upon arriving, she learns that the friend does not want her there.” If only she knew that before she paid for the dress.
- The Bachelor (ABC, 10pm): “The final four contestants bring Brad home to meet their parents.” The dads all envy his cool beard.
- Californication (Showtime, 10:30pm): Season finale. Hopefully I’ll stop singing the Chili Peppers song now.
Sorry, Viva Laughlin, but I couldn’t be more excited that The Amazing Race is back. It is my favorite reality show and (full disclosure) the only one for which I’ve ever made an audition tape. Remember me from that one season? No, you don’t, because I was never chosen. But, even though I was snubbed by the show, I still love it, and as the premiere draws near, I thought I’d take a moment to judge several books by their covers and give you my initial thoughts on the newest crop of racers and how much I want them to win.
October Road, the show that made a brief appearance last March, will be returning to ABC next month. The show stars Bryan Greenberg as Nick Garrett, a famous author who returns to his home town after 10 years away. (I tell you this because chances are you didn’t watch it either.) Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show) plays Nick’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his possible child.
October will make a one-stint appearance Thursday, Nov. 22nd @ 10pm. It will then slide into its regular time slot starting Monday, Nov. 26th @ 10pm (presumably after The Bachelor is wrapped up).
I hate to say the series won’t last more than another six episodes—but I’ll go and ahead and do just that. The last time a show made a one-time Thursday appearance, it quickly disappeared days later. (If you haven’t guessed, I was referring to Viva Laughlin.) And has anyone else noticed that October is premiering on Thanksgiving?? My bet’s on four new episodes…tops.
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The one-two punch from FOX’s sports coverage helped the network take Sunday’s win (followed by ABC, NBC and CBS).
- A football overrun combined with a Boston Red Sox victory helped score FOX (6.4/16 in 18-49 demo) an average of 17.9 milllion fans.
- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (13.6 million, 5.0/12) was up over 1 million from last week.
- NBC’s Broncos/Steelers game (4.2/10) averaged 10.4 million fans.
- Viva Laughlin (1.2/3) kissed it’s run goodbye with 6.4 million.
- Life is Wild (1.6 million, 0.5/1) did what it does.
- With 17.8 million fans, Desperate Housewives (7.1/16 in 18-49 demo) held its own against the sports lineup.
- Cold Case (11.4 million, 2.6/6) was down from last Sunday.
- Brothers & Sisters (11.4 million, 4.6/11 in 18-49 demo) lost over a million from last week.
- CBS’s Shark (2.4/6) rounded off the evening with 10.9 million viewers.
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Hugh Jackman has had hits in the theaters (X-Men) and on Broadway (The Boy from Oz), but his mark on television will have to wait. Jackman served as the executive producer of Viva Laughlin—the first significant cancellation of the fall season.
Yes, you could argue that Nashville technically earned that dubious honor, but Fox claimed the show was returning in October (yeah—I know it’s gone). Then there was that small CW show, Online Nation. The pseudo-news program that really didn’t exist was just replaced by reruns of Aliens in America. Regardless, I can safely say that Viva was the first ‘scripted’ show to go kaput.
After only one week on air (granted, there were two episodes), CBS put the brakes on the musical drama. Many who saw Thursday’s overnight ratings predicted this day would come—though I’m not sure they imagined it would arrive so soon. Unfortunately, Viva’s second dismal performance last night drove the nail in its coffin.
The good news from all of this? Fans of The Amazing Race will get to see their beloved show return even earlier than expected. It will now take over the vacant 8pm Sunday time slot starting November 4th (a CSI rerun will warm the spot until then). While I feel bad for Hugh Jackman, I’d happily take Phil Keoghan over him any day of the week.
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The debut of CBS’s Viva Laughlin (and the temporary departure of Without A Trace) should have made it an easy night for ABC. But despite low numbers at 10pm, CBS still came very close to taking the night in both viewers and demos.
- With 13.4 million viewers, the aging Survivor (4.3/13 in 18-49 age group) shows no signs of slowing down.
- FOX’s Red Sox/Indians game (3.3/8) averaged about 11.6 million fans through the evening.
- Ugly Betty (9.7 million, 3.1/9) dropped about 730,000 viewers this week.
- NBC’s My Name is Earl (7.3 million, 2.7/8) and 30 Rock (6.3 million, 2.6/7) were both down from last week.
- Smallville (5.1 million, 2.0/6) saw a 300,000 increase.
- CSI (20.8 million, 6.4/15 in 18-49) gained over 1 million new viewers to claim the night’s biggest audience.
- Grey’s Anatomy (17.7 million, 7.1/17) took another 9pm win in the demos category.
- An hour-long episode The Office (8.5 million, 4.4/11) lost about 400,000.
- Supernatural (1.3/3) rounded off the hour with 3 million viewers.
- Tthe debut of Viva Laughlin (8.8 million, 2.4/7 in 18-49) was only able to retain less than 1/2 of it’s large lead-in.
- ER (10 million, 4.0/11) benefitted from the absence of Without a Trace.
- Big Shots (8.3 million, 3.3/9) lost 900,000 from last week.
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**Prison Break and K-Ville will not air tonight due to MLB playoffs**
- The Price is Right (CBS, check local listings): The 36th season begins with new host Drew Carey.
- Dancing With The Stars (ABC, 8pm): Co-host Samantha Harris returns. Did you miss her?
- Samantha Who? (ABC 9:30pm): The show, once titled ‘Sam I Am’, debuts tonight.
- The Salt-N-Pepa Show (VH1, 10pm): Series premiere. We’ll finally learn which one’s Salt and which one’s Pepa.
- Gotti’s Way (VH1 10:30pm*): Series premiere
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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 (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CW) and included the days, times and premiere dates for this fall’s shows.
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