Up until now, CBS has traditionally dominated Friday nights with its Ghost Whisperer/Numb3rs combo. But could Jay Leno potentially change that? Although we’re still a week away from finding out, the program got off to a nice start this weekend. Primetime’s new 10:00 show helped give NBC a win in both the viewers and the demos.
- Dateline NBC (2.0/7 in 18-49) averaged 7.4 million over two hours.
- Approximately 5 million watched the finale of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (1.0/4).
- Ghost Whisperer* (1.1/4) pulled in 4.6 million.
- The 2009 Alma Awards (0.6/2) attracted 2.2 million.
- Smallville* (0.6/2) dialed up 1.6 million.
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When it comes to shows about young adults, it seems audiences prefer characters who are awkward and musical—not pretty and anorexic. Yesterday’s debut of The Beautiful Life bombed despite an ANTM lead-in and raised approximately 5 million less than its FOX competitor (Glee). As Stanford Blatch would say, TBL was Wednesday night’s fashion roadkill.
- The finale America’s Got Talent (3.5/10 in 18-49) averaged 15.5 million over two hours.
- Wipeout (2.1/7) took 6.2 million down.
- So You Think You Can Dance (5.7 million, 2.4/7) slipped by 800,000.
- The New Adventures of Old Christine* (1.1/4) had 4.5 million laughing; Gary Unmarried* (1.2/4) turned in 4.5 million.
- America’s Next Top Model (2.8 million, 1.4/4) took a 400,000 hit.
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Season premieres: Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke, Gossip Girl, The Jay Leno Show, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury, One Tree Hill, Oprah, Lincoln Heights, The Steve Wilkos Show
- Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings): Season premiere. “Whitney Houston talks to Oprah—and no topic is off-limits. The back-to-back, two-day event begins Monday, September 14.” Explaining the “doodie bubble” incident with Bobby could actually take a lifetime.
- One Tree Hill (CW, 8pm): Season premiere. “Nathan faces a career-threatening accusation with the help of his new sports agent.” A few kinds acts with PETA later, and he’s back in the game.
- Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke (VH1, 10pm): Series premiere. “This reality series about comic Eddie Griffin’s financial foibles opens with his accountant explaining that he’s spending far more than he’s bringing in because of the many people he supports.” By the end of Season 1, one family member will have to pack up their knives while another will have their torch snuffed.
Is it possible for a new series to succeed without help from American Idol? Yesterday’s official premiere of Glee had network execs hopeful. The comedy had the best fall debut for a new scripted FOX program in two years.
- Approximately 21.2 million watched President Obama’s health-care speech over the three major networks.
- Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance (6.5 million, 2.7/8 in 18-49) was down 2.3 million from it’s May debut.
- Cycle 13 of America’s Next Top Model (3.2 million, 1.5/4) was off 700,000 from last fall.
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- At Full Volume with Johnny Colt (Travel, 9pm): “Johnny Colt of Black Crowes fame ventures to Thailand, where he finds himself in a Muay Thai boxing match.” My money’s on Johnny. He’s a little bit Hard to Handle.
- The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo, 10pm): “The red-carpet pressure’s on when Rachel allows a stunned Brad full responsibility to give high fashion to actress Anne Hathaway for fashion’s biggest night—the Oscars.” That’s Ba-na-nas.
- Hoarders (A&E, 10pm): “A woman who has over 75 living and dead cats in her home, which is full of cat feces and urine-soaked furniture and carpets.” Later, it was discovered the woman had actually invaded the cats’ home.
It’s been a long wait from May, but FOX is finally bringing Glee to the schedule for its full first season. The pilot episode, which was initially introduced during one of the final weeks of American Idol, will re-air this Wednesday. In following weeks, new episodes of one of the most anticipated fall shows will continue to bring us Glee.
If you didn’t see the pilot the first time around, or even if you did, it’s definitely worth a watch. This show’s got a huge budget - no expense was spared. FOX is throwing everything at the promotional campaign, too, which bodes well for high-quality production and the best iTunes tie-ins imaginable. If you simply can’t wait to learn what happens next, catch up on all the latest Glee spoilers.
A standing-room only crowd of fans enjoyed a treat at Comic-Con on Saturday, where FOX premiered the entire second episode of Glee. The pilot episode of the series showed in an early premiere in May, with remaining episodes in the season scheduled to air in the fall.
Fans responded enthusiastically to the episode, which included remakes of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” and Salt N Pepa’s “Push It.” Future episodes will include tunes originally recorded by Barbara Streisand and The Rolling Stones.
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FOX offered up a surprising treat for musical drama fans back in May, when the network premiered the pilot of its new series Glee following an episode of American Idol. The show won’t officially be featured on the schedule until the fall, but the spoilers keep on coming.
At the FOX headquarters in New York, the next two installments of the series were offered up to expectant audiences. Want to know what’s going to happen, or can you hold out until September? Warning! Spoilers ahead.
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Is American Idol starting to show its age? Or were viewers simply disinterested in the Kris/Adam battle? Whatever the reason, yesterday’s episode scored the lowest demos ever for a finale performance show.
- American Idol (23.1 million, 8.3/24 in 18-49) picked up 1.3 million since last week.
- NCIS (3.4/10) ended its season with 16.1 million.
- Dancing with the Stars (1.8/5) recapped 7.7 million.
- Most Outrageous Moments (0.9/3) drew 3 million to NBC.
- Reaper (1.8 million, 0.7/2) lost 200,000.
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Glee will feature rather prominently on FOX’s fall schedule, appearing in the coveted spot right behind the So You Think You Can Dance results show. The network is throwing every promotional trick they can muster at the series, with the early post-Idol premiere serving as the biggest treat in the campaign.
So, was it worth the hour of programming?
The opening was promising enough: fast-paced, flashing scenes at a sunny high school. An energetic, cheerleader-heavy intro ended with the coach’s angry face and witty one-liner - perfectly setting the tone for the rest of the episode.
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