Herewith is the ratings recap for Wednesday. (In a nutshell: Lotsa people were busy cooking.)
Bones topped the hour with 9.76 million total viewers (down nine percent week-to-week). Placing second, Old Christine (7.6 mil) and Gary Unmarried (7.72 mil) each dipped about 500 thousand.
Rosie O'Donnell's variety special — which by several accounts was disappointing/excruciating — drummed up just 5.04 mil, effectively giving Ro's arch rival, Barbara Walters, bragging rights for the night (see: 10 pm). It also goes to prove that little good ever came from trumpeting, "Ladies and gentleman, Gloria Estefan... and Rachael Ray!" Pushing Daisies dropped another eight percent, to hit 4.45 mil.
Criminal Minds (14 million viewers) and Private Practice (6.22 mil, and yes, Grant Show will be back) each fell 13 percent.
CSI: NY (12.16 mil) edged out Barbara Walters' non-dirty, non-sexy sit-down with the Obamas (11.65 mil). Law & Order was a distant third, with 6.26 mil.
There will be no ratings report for Thursday night. Many apologies to those who woke up this morning anxious to know if Click beat this week's second broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
Barack and Michelle Obama
President-elect Barack Obama is making another pit stop on his road to the White House.
A little more than a week after Obama and his wife Michelle were interviewed for 60 Minutes, the future President and First Lady will sit down with ABC News' Barbara Walters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The interview will air as a one-hour special Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 10 pm/ET.
ABC is probably hoping ...
Not one to mince words, Star Jones has slammed her former View co-hosts in the November issue of Essence magazine.
"Those girls were hateful," Jones said of the women during her controversial 2006 defection from the chatfest, adding that Barbara Walters ...
Barbara Walters by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com and Star Jones by Jesse Grant/WireImage.com
Barbara Walters is declining to publicly engage with Star Jones after things heated up this week between the two. On Friday, Walters said she'd rather hang on to the good memories of her and Jones' days together on The View. "Star is going through a very difficult time right now," Walters told AP Radio, alluding to the dissolution of Jones' marriage. "I don't want to add to her difficulties." Oops, too late!Earlier this week, during an Oprah visit, Walters revealed that she and fellow View hosts lied for Jones about her significant weight loss. Jones in turns responded, "It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters... is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer... and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book."Walters claimed good intentions in detailing her affair with a senator, saying, "I put it in to show in great part how race relations have changed. This was 30 years ago, it was an African-American prominent man. And it would've destroy...
Yesterday, the infamous Barbara Walters appeared on Oprah to reveal some of her innermost secrets that she's written about in her new tell-all memoir. And one doozy (beyond the Star Jones/Rosie drama) she divulged was her secret love affair of two years with the U.S. Senate's first-ever African-American member thirty years ago. Whatever you do, don't make the same mistake Oprah did by calling this independent woman a "mistress" because that didn't go over well at all. Perhaps Babs would have preferred the term "lady friend." Or how about "extramarital activist"? "Concubine"?
After five decades in TV news, Barbara Walters has finally written her autobiography. Audition: A Memoir (Knopf, $29.95) hits the stores May 6, the day Walters is on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "It will be unusual for me to be answering the questions instead of asking them," she says with a hint of nerves. Though she saved the details of her sizzling secret affair with the married Edward Brooke, the nation's first black U.S. Senator, for the Oprah appearance, the Queen of "Gets" sat down with TV Guide to talk about her "extremely personal — maybe too personal — story.
TV Guide: You've always been discreet about your personal life. Why a memoir now? Barbara Walters: It's a time in my life when I'm very happy and very much at peace. I don't have anything to lose
Barbara Walters by Donna Svennevik/ABC
In her upcoming memoir, Audition, Barbara Walters reveals for the first time an affair she had with Sen. Edward Brooke in the 1970s.She discussed her memoir on Oprah, during a taping scheduled to air on May 6. In a transcript provided to the Associated Press, Walters says the affair with Brooke, the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, ended before he lost a re-election bid in 1978.At the time, Walters was twice-divorced. Brooke was married, and has since divorced and re-married.When asked if she was in love, Walters replied, "I was certainly I don't know I was certainly infatuated. Infatuated. I was certainly involved. He was brilliant. He was exciting. It was exciting times in Washington." J.R. Whalen
Barack Obama by Steve Fenn/ABC and Barbara Walters by Yolanda Perez/ABC
Babs, you little minx, you! Last Friday on The View, Senator Barack Obama made a guest appearance to talk about the serious issues hes facing as a presidential candidatenamely how he feels about being 9th cousins with Brad Pitt. But what really caught us off guard was Barbaras response to Obamas modesty about his appearance. 78-years old and still workin ityou go, Babs! Watch it now! | More online videos
Ellen Page and Barbara Walters by Craig Sjodin/ABC
Now that the strikes finito, therell be plenty of star power strutting down the red-carpet wearing outfits worth more than most people's cars. And ABC is giving you an extra special treat right before the show begins: Barbara Walters Oscar Special. Yes, the View co-host will be getting personal with the likes of Ellen Page, Vanessa Williams, Harrison Ford and Miley Ray Cyrus (not to be confused with Miley Cyrus). And side noteJon Stewart will be hosting the main event, so get ready to laugh. Watch it now! | More online videos
Barbara Walters, 10 Most Fascinating People
When her first 10 Most Fascinating People special aired, Barbara Walters wondered whether anyone would be interested. Well, 15 years later, what's now an annual ritual is still going strong, and Thursday night (10:02 pm/ET, ABC) it serves up Bill Clinton, David and Victoria Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Hudson, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe. (There's also a "surprise" interview, as well as the always-secret "Most Fascinating Person.")
TV Guide: So, how does one get on your prestigious list?Barbara Walters: We knew that we wanted to do the Beckhams, and because each of them is famous, they're two of my people. I had never interviewed them and I [feared] they're such huge celebrities they're going to want special this, special that... but they were just adorable. You don't have to be famous, but we don't want