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December 17, 2008: 'Momma's' debuts; CBS has best Tuesday in years
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The finale of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" pulled off a trick that CBS' "Survivor" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" could not -- matching the...

December 16, 2008: Will viewers watch NBC's 'Momma's Boys'?
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It would be nice to predict an NBC recovery starting tonight, but it's doubtful. You're not going to get many male viewers with a dating...

December 16, 2008: Weekly ratings: CBS extends win; NFL boosts NBC
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CBS continued its winning streak last week, edging out a resurgent, football-fueled NBC. The Eye finished the week ending Dec. 14 ahead among total viewers...

December 16, 2008: Ratings: A&E's 'Intervention,' Showtime's 'Dexter'
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Monday's sixth season premiere of A&E's "Intervention" was the documentary series' most-watched premiere yet. The episode was seen by 2.2 million viewers (1.7 million among...

December 16, 2008: NBC has damaged its brand
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"Brand" is a wearisome, overused corporate-speak term, a word TV executives lean on while speaking at podiums as if vague marketing concepts actually matter more...

December 16, 2008: CBS comedies hit record highs
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CBS' comedy block surged Monday night to some of its highest ratings ever. With top competitor ABC airing holiday specials, CBS' "The Big Bang Theory"...

December 16, 2008: Fox orders 13 episodes of 'Glee'
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Fox has picked up 13 episodes of hourlong musical comedy "Glee" for midseason. The 20th Television show co-created by Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck") is under consideration...

December 15, 2008: Fox Reality is wed to 'Househusbands'
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Fox Reality Channel has ordered a new series that puts an attention-getting gender twist on the trophy-spouse reality genre. The network has ordered nine hours...

December 15, 2008: The worst holiday TV specials of all time
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Veteran producer Scott Sternberg ("Hey Paula," "The Academy") penned a list of what he considers to be the worst holiday TV specials of all time....

December 15, 2008: Nielsen's year-end top 10 ratings lists
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According to Nielsen, the scripted show that averaged the highest percentage of U.S homes all year was ... CBS' new drama "The Mentalist." The No....

December 15, 2008: 'Idol' producer talks format changes, Abdul
Comments: 0 | Categories: American Idol
"American Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick took questions from reporters Monday on the show's new format changes and judge Paula Abdul's latest melodrama -- a...

December 15, 2008: NBC football soars; CBS concludes 'Survivor'
Comments: 1 | Categories: Survivor
Sunday night's two-hour "Survivor: Gabon" finale faced off against one of the most-watched football games of the year and still managed to pull out a...

December 15, 2008: 'Idol' eighth season episode schedule
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Fox announced the "American Idol" format changes Monday morning, featuring three weeks of audition episodes instead of the usual four, 36 semifinalists instead of 24,...

December 14, 2008: 'Survivor' finale gets brutal
Comments: 4 | Categories: Survivor
The studio audience at CBS' "Survivor" finale screening let out a collective gasp at one exchange during the two-hour finale. "Survivor" contestant Corrine Kaplan trashed...

December 14, 2008: Amy Poehler says goodbye on 'SNL'
Comments: 7 | Categories: Saturday Night Live
Amy Poehler signed off from Weekend Update with an emotional goodbye speech. The performer has been with "Saturday Night Live" since 2001 and plans to...

December 12, 2008: 'Idol' format changes planned
Comments: 127 | Categories: American Idol
Fox is readying to announce some "American Idol" format changes. The tweaks have been rumored online this week thanks to a memo leaked to a...

December 12, 2008: Hugh Jackman hosting the Oscars
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday made an unconventional choice to host the Oscars, tapping Hugh Jackman to preside over the...

December 12, 2008: Strong ratings for Fishburne's 'CSI' debut
Comments: 0 | Categories: CSI
Laurence Fishburne's debut on CBS' top-rated drama "CSI" boosted the show to its best numbers since its premiere this season. Fishburne's first appearance as Raymond...

December 11, 2008: 'True Blood' second season details
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With HBO's vampire thriller "True Blood" earning a Golden Globes nomination today for outstanding drama series (take that, Buffy!), creator Alan Ball dropped a few...

December 11, 2008: Fox's 'Secret Millionaire' wins hour; CBS tops night
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The second week of Fox's potent reality series "Secret Millionaire" continued to perform strongly for the network. "Millionaire" (7.2 million viewers, 2.7 preliminary adults 18-49...

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