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Dick Clark Dies at Age 82

Dick Clark

Dick Clark, the legendary radio and television personality who hosted American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, has died. He was 82.

Clark died after suffering a massive heart attack, his rep said in a statement to The New York Times.

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Not only was Clark an enduring presence in front of TV cameras for six-plus decades, he was a power behind them as a producer and head of Dick Clark Productions.

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No Endorsements for Them! Who Are the Most Disliked Pro Athletes?

Kris Humphries

A much-mocked 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian gets you on the list of the 10 most disliked pro athletes in America. Kris Humphries — who also didn't exactly insinuate himself into the good graces of Kourtney & Kim Take New York viewers — ranks fifth in a survey done by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research. read more

Ratings: American Idol Holds Steady in Demo

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson

Those writing about the inexorably declining ratings of American Idol will have to stand down for at least a day as the amateur talent competition stayed even with last week in the industry-prized 18-to-49 demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.

Now, we'll have to see if the cliff-hanger involving the hopeful who fainted and fell off the stage gooses the ratings for Fox. (By comparison, fair or not, NBC's The Voice grabbed 17.69 million viewers with a 6.6 demo rating Monday night on its first regularly scheduled airing.)

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Ratings: Second to the Super Bowl? Downton Abbey!

Downton Abbey

But did Downton Abbey cover the spread? The PBS series finished second to Super Bowl XLVI among TV viewers.

The Emmy-winning program attracted 4 million viewers at 9 o'clock Sunday, outpacing reruns of CBS' CSI Miami (3.13 million), Fox's animated tandem of Family Guy (2.41 million) and American Dad! (2.29 million) and ABC's The Middle (1.76 million) as the broadcast networks virtually forfeited the night. Those were paltry numbers for those shows, while Downton Abbey wasn't off by much (its first three episode averaged 4.3 million and the fourth 4.8 million before Sunday's 4 million).

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Ratings: The River Runs Weakly; NCIS Sustains Strong Numbers with 200th Episode

Joe Anderson, Paulina Gaitan

ABC's thriller The River debuted to much weaker numbers than several of the network's other drama premieres earlier this season (and a couple of them got canceled). Still, it fared better for the network than any program in its time slot since the autumn ending of Dancing with the Stars.

The season's top show, NCIS, marked its 200th show with another big audience, while also trumping Fox's Glee in the coveted adults-18-to-49 demographic. The CBS ratings stalwart didn't set a series record, however.

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Ratings: Smash Opens Strong, The Voice Doesn't Falter


Smash lived up to its title, winning the final hour of Monday's prime time, and fresh off The Voice's Season 2 debut after the Super Bowl, it posted formidable numbers, making for a huge night for NBC.

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Ratings: Super Bowl Draws 111.3 Million Viewers to Become Most-Watched TV Program in History

Eli Manning

Did the Super Bowl set a viewership record for a third year in a row? Just barely... read more

Ratings: Glee Scores With Michael Jackson Tribute, Ringer Matches Series Low


With the networks hunkering down before sweeps, Fox generally benefited from an all-new lineup, as Glee's Michael Jackson tribute episode grabbed the show's biggest audience since the season's start, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

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Ratings: Housewives of Atlanta Hits Season High; Fox News Channel Marks 10 Years at No. 1

Real Housewives of Atlanta

Bravo is crowing about The Real Housewives of Atlanta scoring a season high, as well as the second-biggest audience in the franchise's history — 3.95 million viewers — on Sunday night. Season 4 of the series so far is up 14 percent in average viewership too.

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Ratings: Undercover Boss Gets Biggest Audience in a Year; Kardashians Set Series Record

Rick Tigner

Maybe because it qualifies as fantasy fare in the Great Recession, Undercover Boss grabbed its biggest audience since January 2011, according to Nielsen overnights. Meanwhile, the implosion of Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries set series records for E!.

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