ABC's reigning Emmy-winning sitcom Modern Family returned from its holiday hiatus to its usual perch atop Wednesday's prime-time ratings, Nielsen overnights show.
The show improved by some 10 percent over its last first-run on Dec. 7; the network's other sitcoms also were all up compared with their last fresh outings on that date.
This is how much of a drag the premiere of the poorly reviewed Work It was: the show put up numbers worse than those that got its predecessor, Man Up!. canceled.
The new series — which has already been criticized by GLAAD and deemed "an instant early candidate for Worst Show of 2012" — posted a 2.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds. That's 17 percent below the opening demo of the time slot's previous occupant, which managed to attract 7.7 million viewers for its debut, according to Nielsen overnights. (The series sank to 4.8 million viewers by its final outing.)
Rachel and Ben
The Bachelor's Season 16 premiere averaged some 7.74 million viewers, down about 13 percent compared with a year ago, and its 2.4 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds marked a 17 percent decline, preliminary Nielsen data shows.
It's A Wonderful Life
On Christmas Eve and Christmas, people who squeezed in some television amidst all the opening of presents, eating and visiting the folks went with an old holiday standby and — what else? — football.
It turns out that the $5 million recording contract that Melanie Amaro received is a relative pittance compared to the $42 million Simon Cowell is getting for The X Factor and other enterprises.
The Guardian in London, citing corporate papers filed last week, reports that Cowell, the show's creator and alpha judge, made that amount in a deal with Sony that set up a joint venture for his entertainment businesses, which include the Fox network amateur-singing competition.
Lara Logan, Charlie Rose
CBS News is bringing back Person to Person, the 1950s prime-time program that pioneered celebrity interviews and was hosted by legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow.
"We have dreamed about bringing a modern version of this great program ... back to CBS for years — and now it is happening," CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said Thursday. ...
Fist pumps still rule! Jersey Shore was the year's most-watched prime-time series on basic cable.
The Three Stooges
Hey, knuckleheads, want to see Snooki poked in the eyes?
She appears in the first trailer for Peter and Bobby Farrelly's upcoming feature, The Three Stooges. The long-gestating movie, starring Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos, is scheduled for release in April and strangely places them in contemporary times as real people, not characters.
The Mother of all Robin-centric How I Met Your Mother episodes brought the series its largest audience in nearly three years, while 2 Broke Girls anted up its biggest viewership since its September premiere in the first hour of prime time, according to Nielsen overnight data. The second half of CBS' two-hour Monday comedy block ran up the numbers too, as Two and a Half Men attracted the night's biggest audience, as well as the highest rating in the industry-coveted 18-to-49 demo.