Matt Mitovich

Ratings: Walter Cronkite Tribute Tops Sunday Night, and More

Roger Mudd, Lesley Stahl, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Mike Wallace, circa 1974

Some recent ratings highlights:

Fox's Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? drew 4.88 million total viewers, dropping 14 percent from last week. Lead-out Mental matched its previous audience of 3.7 mil.

NBC's Kings held steady at 1.57 mil; the series finale airs July 25. The first of Dirty Sexy Money's four burn-off episodes was watched by 2.15 million people. 

The CBS News special That's the Way It Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite was the night's most-watched program, delivering 7.41 million viewers. Lead-out Big Brother 11 (5.58 mil) dropped 17 percent from this season's first nominations episode.

Over on NBC, Merlin (4.27 mil) gained 620 thou and the conclusion of Meteor — someone help me out here, did we survive? — inched up a hair to 5.2 mil.

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Disney's Wizards-Suite Life-Hannah Merger Works Ratings Magic

Miley Cyrus, Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana

Disney Channel's Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana Friday-night crossover event drew 9.3 million viewers, claiming a variety of ratings records.

First and foremost, the 90-minute intermingling of the channel's Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and Hannah Montana established itself as cable's most-watched scripted program of the year to date, edging out Disney's own Princess Protection Program (which premiered last month).

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Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana's strong showing also gave Disney Channel the honor of being TV's most-watched ... read more

Abdul's Manager: Paula Won't Return to Idol Unless "Rude" Producers Make an Offer Soon

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul is "hurt," "angry" and unlikely to return to American Idol unless the show's producers make her an offer soon, says her manager.

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"It does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol," David Sonenberg, who signed Abdul as a client last month, told the Los Angeles Times.

Idol host Ryan Seacrest — who had a year left on his own contract — just extended his stay through ... read more

Remembering Walter Cronkite: What to Watch

Walter Cronkite

CBS will pay tribute to the late Walter Cronkite with two programs airing on Sunday.

CBS News Sunday Morning, airing at 9/8 C, will remember the news industry's elder statesman with archival footage of his work and personal memories shared by journalism's best and brightest.

View photos from Cronkite's life and career

Then on Sunday at 7 pm, the CBS News special That's the Way It Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite celebrates the venerable newsman with remembrances from peers Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Andy Rooney, Charles Gibson, Katie Couric, Ted Koppel, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams.

Also reflecting on Cronkite's legacy will be President Barack Obama, former President ... read more

Breaking: Jorja Fox Returns to CSI

Jorja Fox, CSI

Jorja Fox is returning to CSI as Sara Sidle.

Fox will appear in the Season 10 premiere (airing Sept. 24) and additional episodes, says CBS.

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"We're thrilled for Jorja's return," CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn ... read more

Mischa Barton Remains Hospitalized, Due to Start New Show Wednesday

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton remains hospitalized after a medical issue required Los Angeles police to send a car to her home on Wednesday evening.

News: Barton skips movie premiere because of medical issue

"Ms. Barton was safely transferred to medical treatment for which she remains hospitalized, as per the recommendation of her doctor," the actress' publicist told on Friday.

Barton's rep, however, would not comment on a report ... read more

NBC Boss: Rocking the Emmy Nominations Proves "Quality Can Succeed"

NBC's 30 Rock collected 22 Emmy nominations, the most of any series.

A funny thing happened when the nominations were announced for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards: NBC came away as the most recognized of the broadcast networks, with 67 total nods. 

Yes, NBC — the subject of so much ribbing about waning ratings, omnipresent reality programming and Leno-verdosing.

"It's exciting to get so many nominations and be so recognized," Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, tells "Across the board, it was a great day." Silverman himself even scored a nod, as an executive producer of The Office.

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Surveying NBC's embarrassment of Emmy riches, Silverman lauds 30 Rock's 22 nominations ... read more

Ratings for Dark Blue, Leverage, Big Brother and More

Dark Blue, Leverage

Some recent ratings highlights:


America's Got Talent topped the night with 11.38 million total viewers, up 9 percent over last week. Lead-out The Philanthropist dropped another 15 percent, to 4.34 mil.

• The premiere of TNT's Dark Blue copped 3.5 million viewers, retaining an impressive 90 percent of its Leverage lead-in. Leverage's Season 2 premiere garnered 3.8 mil, a 24 percent gain over its series debut.


Big Brother 11 won the 8 o'clock hour with 5.57 million viewers, down 17 percent from last week. ABC News' special on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling placed third (behind a Bones repeat) with 4.38 mil.

So You Think You Can Dance's results show drew 7 mil, down 750K from last week. NBC's The Listener (3.86 mil), in its second-to-last broadcast airing, gained 620 thou. (Following the July 23 airing, will stream the final five episodes in August.)

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90210's Jessica Stroup Braves One Hell of a Homecoming

Jessica Stroup, Homecoming

Set in the outskirts of a frigid Pittsburgh, the new big-screen thriller Homecoming finds Matt Long (Jack & Bobby) playing Michael, a former high school football hero returning to town with his college girlfriend Elizabeth (90210's Jessica Stroup) in tow. Thing is, local gal Shelby (The O.C. alumna Mischa Barton) fancies herself still attached to Mike — and she is by no means ready to let go, even if it means making like Kathy Bates to cut the competition off at the knees — somewhat figuratively. Stroup shared a look at the making of the frightful film, as well as gave a peek at what's ahead for 90210's Silver. Did you know what you were getting into with this film, or not until you got 20 or so pages into the script?
Jessica Stroup: For sure I did. I had seen Misery with Kathy Bates, and this is kind of an updated version of that. I've done some horror movies in the past [including Prom Night and The Hills Have Eyes II], but this is different. It's more of a psychological thriller. 

News: Mischa Barton skips movie premiere because of medical issue There's a particularly creepy moment when Shelby tells Elizabeth, "I'm only trying to help you" — and we're worried she actually believes that.
Stroup: It's so interesting to me to play "crazy." There's such a fine line between ... read more

CSI: NY Adds Sarah Carter to Its Ranks

Sarah Carter

Shark alumna Sarah Carter is sinking her teeth into a series regular role on CBS' CSI: NY.

Carter will play a forensic school graduate on track to (hopefully) become a CSI. To that end, she will at first serve Mac Taylor's team as a crime scene clean-up technician.

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Indeed, the New York CSI gang may need Carter's character bulking up their ranks this season: The latest finale ... read more

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