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Ratings: Samantha Who? Bids Us Adieu

Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?

Thursday's ratings recap:

8/7 CT
Big Brother 11 topped the hour with an audience of 6.42 million total viewers, up 15 percent week-to-week. The final two episodes of Samantha Who? averaged 3.39 million viewers, placing third behind a Bones repeat.

9/8 CT
So You Think You Can Dance's 100th-episode celebration — featuring a blink-and-you-missed-it performance by Katie Holmes — drew 8.42 million viewers, a 20 percent surge from last week.

10/9 CT
A Mentalist repeat was the night's most watched program, with 9.54 million viewers. NBC's final broadcast airing of The Listener delivered 3.38 mil, dropping 500K. ( will stream the series' final five episodes in August. )

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Will Dexter Make for a Bloody-Good Daddy?

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Parenthood has not quelled the bloodthirsty beast inside Dexter Morgan, Michael C. Hall revealed at the Dexter panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.

If anything, the scourge of other serial killers is antsier than ever, thanks to sleep deprivation.

"The theory of being a father, for all of its conventions, appealed to Dexter," Hall said. "The reality... is something else entirely. He didn't appreciate how trapped it would make him feel, and how difficult it would be to exorcise his compulsions."

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Not only is Dexter the Dad as dark as ever, he also has a new tot-sized confidante with whom to share his extracurricular exploits. "He can say anything to the baby he wants — and we might see ... read more

VIDEO: Charles Gibson Spills the Oil Industry's Dirty Secrets

Charles Gibson, Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil

For the ABC News special Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil (airing Friday, July 24, at 10/9 CT), Charles Gibson traveled the country to uncover some of the little-known secrets of the oil industry, including why prices have fluctuated so drastically — and what exactly fuels such changes.

"Everyone wants to find a villain," Gibson tells in this video Q&A, "but the amazing thing about oil is that ... read more

Exclusive: Shirley Jones Gets an ABC Family Reunion with Cassidy Kin

Shirley Jones, David Cassidy

I think I love this: Shirley Jones will guest-star on ABC Family's Ruby & the Rockits, playing mother to David and Patrick Cassidy, her real-life stepson and son, has learned exclusively.

Shaun Cassidy, another of the actress' sons with the late actor Jack Cassidy, executive-produces the new comedy. He joked that Jones got the role the old-fashioned way.

"She slept with the producer," he tells "Although in her defense, I was two years old at the time and afraid of the dark."

Watch Alexa Vega talk about the Cassidys

Ruby & the Rockits stars David and Patrick as ... read more

Lost Bosses Hope to Keep Secrets at Comic-Con "Farewell Tour"

Daniel Dae Kim, Damon Lindelof and Jorge Garcia

While Lost fans still have 18 hours of supernatural storytelling to look forward to come 2010, one harsh reality stands true: The ABC serial's appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con this Saturday will be its very last visit to that very big show.

"As Carlton [Cuse] says, it's 'the Cher farewell tour,'" fellow executive producer Damon Lindelof tells "So he will be performing 'Believe' in a unitard." Without missing a beat, Cuse confirms his plan to get "hair extensions" in time for his big number.

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In all seriousness, the Lost bosses are taking this year's Con-fab very seriously, seeing as ... read more

Ratings: Obama Dips from Previous Press Conference

President Barack Obama

Wedneday's ratings recap:

8/7 CT
President Obama's press conference drew 16.5 million total viewers across ABC, CBS and NBC — a 13 percent decrease from his previous such prime-time appearance (which aired April 29).  Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, meanwhile, averaged 7.32 mil over its two-hour run, up 370K week-to-week. poll: Viewers prefer regular shows to Obama

9/8 CT
America's Got Talent topped the night with an audience of 11.5 million viewers, dipping 330K week-to-week. ABC's Wipeout (6.18 mil), airing an hour later than usual, plunged 22 percent.

10/9 CT
NBC's The Philanthropist (4.74 mil) enjoyed a 400K gain, while ABC's I Survived a Japanese Game Show held steady at 3.84 mil.

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T.R. Knight Reveals Why He Left Grey's Anatomy

T.R. Knight and Shonda Rhimes

T.R. Knight says a "breakdown in communication" with Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes led him to quit the hit ABC drama — and that Rhimes tried to discourage him from coming out soon after Isaiah Washington used an anti-gay slur.

Knight said that during "IsaiahGate" — when Washington referred to Knight with an anti-gay slur during an October 2006 on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey — Rhimes "was concerned about having my [coming out] statement come out so close to the event."

Rhimes denies it: "I said [to T.R.], 'If you want to come out, that's awesome,'" she told Entertainment Weekly.

Review our round-up of season-finale cliffhangers 

Fueling Knight's decision to leave ... read more

Fall TV: ABC Announces Remaining Premiere Dates

Brothers & Sisters

ABC has filled in the blanks on its fall schedule by setting premiere dates for Brothers & Sisters and Eastwick.

Review our round-up of season-finale cliffhangers 

Eastwick, starring Rebecca Romijn and inspired by the 1987 film and John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick, will debut on ... read more

Getting Lost Exclusive: Lost's Emmy Reel Revealed!

Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson in "The Incident, Part 2"

How do the producers of ABC's Lost plan to make their grab for Emmys gold? has the exclusive reveal of which six episodes they submitted for consideration in the Outstanding Drama series category.

As expected, both parts of the Season 5 finale, "The Incident," made the cut. But which other four hours hope to be deemed Emmy-worthy?

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Well, "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" made the short list, as did ... read more

Ratings: Is Hell's Kitchen Still Hot?

Hell's Kitchen

Some recent ratings highlights:

The Bachelorette's "Men Tell All" special spoke to 7.98 million total viewers, up a hair from the show's previous Monday outing. ABC's Dating in the Dark held onto 77 percent of that lead-in, premiering to 6.34 mil.

America's Got Talent topped the night with 13.64 million viewers, up 470K from last week.

• The Hell's Kitchen season-opener served up an audience of 6.47 mil over its two-hour run, and bested its rivals in certain demographics. The series' two previous premieres, both of which benefited from an American Idol lead-in, delivered 11.08 mil and 12.55 mil.

Big Brother 11 (5.8 mil) dipped 7 percent from last week.

• Look, it's Medium — on CBS! The Eye's repeat airing of an episode of the NBC castoff drew 4.03 mil. New episodes arrive Friday, Sept. 25, at 9/8 CT.

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