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September 30, 2008: Darnell tops reality list; Spike and Fox order pilots
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>> Mike Darnell tops THR's 50 most powerful people in reality TV ("Hole in the Wall" not withstanding). >> As if often the case, a...

September 30, 2008: 'Chuck' returns down; CW rebounds
Comments: 6 | Categories: Chuck , Gossip Girl , Heroes , Life , Terminator , Two and a Half Men , Worst Week
The premieres of NBC's "Chuck" and "Life" took a hit in the ratings Monday night. Both returned lower than their previous series launches, creating a...

September 30, 2008: ABC wins broadcast premiere week
Comments: 0 | Categories: weekly ratings
UPDATED: For the fourth year in a row, ABC has won the broadcast television premiere week. ABC led the week ending Sept. 28 fueled by...

September 29, 2008: WWE trolls for investors after Dow plunge
Comments: 0 | Categories: WWE
Tact has never been a World Wrestling Entertainment strong point, but this takes it. On the day of the worst Dow drop in history (777...

September 29, 2008: Final: 52.4 million watched first debate
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The final numbers for Friday's debate are in, and the early results were largely confirmed in the nationals: 52.4 million viewers watched the first round...

September 29, 2008: NBC football and 'Housewives' top Sunday
Comments: 1 | Categories: Desperate Housewives , Family Guy , Ratings
There was more disheartening news for broadcasters Sunday with another night of season premieres returning lower than last year. Yet the evening's biggest scripted debuts...

September 28, 2008: 'Saturday Night Live' continues ratings roll
Comments: 6 | Categories: Sarah Palin , Saturday Night Live , Video
SNL continues to deliver strong numbers for its 34th season, with last night's episode up 46% from last year to deliver a 6.0 rating/15 share...

September 27, 2008: McCain-Obama debate pulls average early rating
Comments: 938 | Categories: Barack Obama , John McCain
The first debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is on track to pull a surprisingly average viewership number, drawing fewer households in the preliminary...

September 26, 2008: Debate expectations
Comments: 1 | Categories: Barack Obama , John McCain
>> Ratings expectations are high for tonight's debate. The most-watched presidential debate was the first Reagan-Carter round in 1980, which drew a Super Bowl-level 80.6...

September 26, 2008: NBC Uni granted 'Runway' injunction
Comments: 0 | Categories: Project Runway
NBC Universal statement: "NBC Universal is pleased that the court granted our motion for a preliminary injunction against The Weinstein Company. The overwhelming evidence demonstrated...

September 26, 2008: 'Grey's,' 'Survivor' and 'Office' premiere ratings drop
Comments: 893 | Categories: Grey's Anatomy , Ratings , Survivor , The Office
UPDATED: Every season premiere Thursday night drew a lower rating than last fall, as returning favorites such as ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," CBS' "Survivor" and NBC's...

September 25, 2008: Fox yanks 'Do Not Disturb'
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UPDATE: It's official. "Do Not Disturb" is canceled. Seven episodes produced, three aired, unclear what will happen to remaining half hours. Show averaged 4 million...

September 25, 2008: Thursday premieres; McCain vs. late-night; Web ratings
Comments: 0 | Categories: Barack Obama , John McCain , Late Night , Survivor
>> Fox yanked ailing comedy "Do Not Disturb" off its schedule after its third episode, replacing it next week with a second episode of "Til...

September 25, 2008: 'Knight Rider' sputters; CBS wins night
Comments: 14 | Categories: America's Next Top Model , Knight Rider
UPDATED: NBC's "Knight Rider" had starter trouble in the ratings race Wednesday night while CBS continued its premiere week victory lap of year-over-year gains. Despite...

September 24, 2008: Agency power list; McCain & Bush; CW's skinny stars
Comments: 1 | Categories: 90210 , Barack Obama , John McCain , Knight Rider
>> The Knight Rider series reviews are coming in harsh. Current Metacritic score is 21 out of 100. Tim Goodman gave it a zero (and...

September 24, 2008: 'Mentalist,' 'Knocks' among Tuesday debuts
Comments: 3 | Categories: Fringe , House , The Mentalist
Competition intensified Tuesday as premiere week kicked into full swing. Several returning shows reached new lows and a few series premieres had rough starts. CBS...

September 23, 2008: The best (and worst) fall TV show ads graded
Comments: 2 | Categories: 90210 , America's Next Top Model , Knight Rider , My Own Worst Enemy , Privileged , Terminator , Worst Week
From a diabolically clever "Dexter" campaign to a cringe-inducing "America's Next Top Model" billboard to a striking "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" ad, here you'll find...

September 23, 2008: Video: Lilly and Garcia drop 'Lost' hints
Comments: 0 | Categories: Lost , Video
Evangeline Lilly and Jorge Garcia talk about the upcoming fifth season of "Lost" on the Emmy red carpet. "[The opening sequence], just trying to wrap...

September 23, 2008: 'Heroes' returns lower; CBS wins Monday
Comments: 2 | Categories: CSI , Gossip Girl , Heroes , How I Met Your Mother , Two and a Half Men , Worst Week
The two-hour premiere of NBC's top drama "Heroes" was down 25% compared with last year's one-hour opener, taking an expected hit following a creatively middling...

September 22, 2008: GLAAD: Gay characters to double this season
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The number of gay and lesbian TV characters on the broadcast networks will double to an all-time high this season. There will be 16 regular...

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