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Ratings: Modern Family Comes Back Big

Modern Family

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.

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Ratings: Work It Premiere Worse Than Man Up!

Work It

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.)

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Viewership for The Bachelor Premiere Declines 13 Percent

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.

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Ratings: Football, Wonderful Life Most Popular over Christmas Weekend

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.

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Simon Cowell Getting $42 Million for The X Factor and Other Ventures

Simon Cowell

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.

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CBS Bringing Back Person to Person

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. ... read more

Jersey Shore Is the Most-Watched Prime-Time Cable Series of the Year

Jersey Shore

Fist pumps still rule! Jersey Shore was the year's most-watched prime-time series on basic cable. read more

First Three Stooges Trailer Released … With Snooki!

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.

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How I Met Your Mother Gets Biggest Audience Since January 2009

Cobie Smulders

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.

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Madonna Will Star in Super Bowl Halftime Show

Madonna

Madonna will perform on America's most-watched TV event.

The superstar songstress will be the halftime act during Super Bowl XLVI. Without any great fanfare, Bob Costas made the announcement — which had been rumored since October — after his weekly essay on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

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