Ratings: Ugly Betty, Dollhouse and Leno Rise

Ugly Betty

Several Friday night shows saw a slight uptick this week, with Ugly Betty pulling in its largest audience all season.

Ugly Betty moving to Wednesdays

On its final Friday night showing — the ABC series moves to Wednesdays starting Jan. 6 — Betty brought in... read more

Diane Sawyer Says Goodbye on Final GMA

Diane Sawyer

Within minutes of Diane Sawyer's final taping of Good Morning America, emotions began to run high.

Diane Sawyer to leave GMA Friday

"And for one more time, Good Morning America," Sawyer said as she began Friday morning's show. "This morning I am ... read more

Ratings: Glee Ends on a High Note


Glee's midseason finale — and final episode until April 2010 — held a high note in the ratings.

Wednesday night's showing of the Fox musical series attracted some 8.13 million viewers — just slightly less than last week's season high.

Before Glee, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance brought in 6.66 million.

Check out our recap of Glee's finale episode of 2009

ABC's Modern Family returned with 9.62 million viewers, while other half-hour comedies... read more

Cuomo Leaving Good Morning America for 20/20; Stephanopoulos, Chang Joining GMA

Chris Cuomo, George Stephanopoulos

Chris Cuomo will leave Good Morning America to anchor 20/20; George Stephanopoulos and Juju Chang will join the morning news program, ABC announced Thursday.

"I have been blessed to be at GMA. I thank all of you," Cuomo, 39, said on Thursday's show. "[20/20] is a dream job for a journalist like me, but it was also a very difficult decision, because I am leaving a special place and crew and all of you and you are all part of my family. The good news is you never really leave family, so you're not going to see this mug every day, but you will see it often, especially when it matters."

Diane Sawyer to leave GMA Friday

Cuomo, who has been on GMA for three years, will co-anchor 20/20 with ...
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ABC's The Deep End to Premiere Jan. 21

ABC has set a date to kick off The Deep End.

The network will premiere the new legal drama on Jan. 21, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper reports the series will premiere in... read more

Mega Buzz: Scoop on Grey's, NCIS, Chuck and More!

Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Chuck

Every week, editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant answer your burning questions. Want some TV scoop? Please send all questions to

Some are saying that Meredith will sleep with Alex on Grey's Anatomy. Please tell me it isn't true. I'm freaking out! — Kate
First off, we're not going to identify Alex's hookup, but we will help narrow down the list of candidates. Take a deep breath, Kate: Everything's going to be fine. Meredith and Derek's marriage by Post-It will not be torn asunder. Callie's eye won't be wandering back toward the men's side of the locker room either. "Callie and Arizona get a little sexy soon," says Jessica Capshaw, who plays Arizona. "We see a little girl-on-girl action. America was asking for it and America got it."

We know about the new, kung-fu-enhanced Chuck — what's going on with Sarah this season? — Karen
MICKEY: Yvonne Strahovski tells us that Sarah's role will change significantly this season. She'll go from... read more

Ratings: Big Bang Theory Explodes to Series High

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory was Monday's top-rated show, posting the biggest number of overall viewers in the series' history.

Big Bang was watched by 14.7 million viewers, and dominated the competition in the adults-18-to-49 demographic. The show got a boost from a strong lead-in from Two and Half Men (15.2 million viewers), the night's most-watched show.

CBS' comedies benefited from holiday programming on other networks, as How I Met Your Mother (9.1 million viewers) and Accidentally on Purpose (8.3 million viewers) defeated ABC's Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (8.4 million viewers) and Fox's Carrie Underwood Christmas special (8.1 million viewers over two hours)... read more

The Polymath: J.J. Abrams Does Everything on His Shows, and Does Everything Well

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams is a former actor (he was hilarious in Six Degrees of Separation) who also happens to direct, produce, write, and dream. We can't be too sorry he's focusing on his work behind the camera. If he hadn't, we might never have been formally introduced to Alias' Sydney Bristow, Fringe's Dr. Walter Bishop or any of Lost's fascinating ensemble of enigmas. We spoke to Abrams, who is one of the influential television industry players interviewed for's Best of the Decade section, about the impact his shows have made, why he creates so many strong female characters and who inspired him.

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The Humanist: Shonda Rhimes Hones In on Ethical, Moral Grey Areas

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes wants her characters to feel like human beings — even if it makes them less likable. Rhimes revels in her characters' moral and ethical gray areas. In the first episode of Grey's Anatomy, the title character (Ellen Pompeo) goes binge-drinking before enjoying a one-night stand with a strange man. It didn't necessarily make her lovable, but it made her feel real. We spoke to Rhimes, who is among the influential television industry players interviewed for's Best of the Decade section, about how The West Wing and Buffy inspired her, her race-blind approach to casting and what she's learned about portraying lesbians on television.

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The Bookworms: Lost's Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse Have Made Cerebral Appointment TV

Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof

Lost is one of the most influential shows on television, but also one of the most influenced. Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (or "Darlton," as they're known to fans) have created a baffling, intensely seductive story that blends sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, romance, and more than a little comedy. You can probably guess both men are obsessive consumers of pop culture, from Star Wars to The Prisoner. But they're also well-read writers whose obsessions stretch from ancient mythology to Stephen King. Fans obsess over whether the show is rooted in Greek myth, the Old Testament, both, or something else entirely. We spoke to Lindelof and Cuse, who are among the influential television industry players interviewed for's Best of the Decade section, about who inspired them, why they set an end date for the show, and how they created their own myths.

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