Julianna Margulies and George Clooney, ER
Thursdays ratings recap:
Survivor gained 880K from last week's Idol-ized outing to top the hour with 12.89 million total viewers. Bones placed second with a typical 9.55 mil, followed by Ugly Betty (7.2 mil, up 830K).
Smallville returned to an audience of 3.72 mil, down 150K from its last fresh outing. But hey, it nearly tied Kath & Kim (4 mil) for the No. 4 spot, come 8:30.
CSI plunged 18 percent week-to-week, delivering an audience of 16.96 mil. Grey's Anatomy was No. 2 with 13.54 million viewers (a 12 percent drop from its last fresh outing), but of course topped the demos. Trailing Hell's Kitchen (7.777 mil), both NBC's The Office (7.5 mil) and 30 Rock (6.4 mil) fell 13 percent.
Supernatural returned to an audience of 2.84 mil, down 600 thou from its last new entry.
Eleventh Hour held onto the top spot with 11.8 million viewers, dipping 370K week-to-week. A cavalcade of returning faves helped ER surge 22 percent to hit 10.7 mil, and place No. 1 in the demos. Did it dawn on anyone else that Seattle plays home to both McDreamy and the McDreamyER Doug Ross? Kinda makes up for all the rain, doesn't it, ladies?
Private Practice came in third with 9.07 mil, plummeting 20 percent.
South Park, Tina Fey
Things took a turn for the serious this week, even on Comedy Central: South Park accused Disney of using the Jonas Brothers to sell sex to young girls. Jon Stewart blamed CNBC for contributing to the country's financial woes. Good thing 30 Rock unveiled the Funcooker — we've been starving for good times.
Jim Cramer and Jon Stewart
In the most anticipated late-night showdown since Letterman v. McCain, Jon Stewart took "Brawl Street" rival Jim Cramer to task on The Daily Show following the "the weeklong feud of the century."
"I understand that you want to make finance entertaining, but it's ...
Donald Faison, Joel Gretsch
Scrubs star Donald Faison will join Cedric the Entertainer and Madchen Amick in The Law, an ABC comedy pilot about reserve LAPD officers, says the Hollywood Reporter.
In other ABC pilot news, Joel Gretsch (The 4400) has been added to the cast of V, playing a ...
Anna Nicole Smith
Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer-turned-boyfriend, and two doctors were charged with conspiring to furnish drugs to Smith prior to her death in February 2007.
The charges include conspiracy, unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict, The Associated Press reports. Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor were booked and released late Thursday on ...
Tyler Labine, Tony Hale
Tyler Labine has been tapped to star in Sons of Tucson, a Fox comedy pilot about a thirtysomething guy hired by three boys to pose as their pop while the real dad is in prison. Should Reaper get picked up for a third cycle, Labine would step down from this new gig.
In other Fox pilot castings, Tony Hale ...
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
The snow's barely begun to melt, but NBC is looking ahead to warmer months already with the announcement of the network's summer TV schedule.
Along with the sunshine, June will bring with it a bevy of season finales, series premieres and other seasonal kick-offs to mark on your calendar. Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order will wrap up their seasons on June 2 and 3, respectively (both at 10 pm/ET). Law & Order: Criminal Intent's season premiere arrives soon after, on June 8 (9 pm/ET).Shows usually close seasons during May sweeps, but NBC is hoping the June wrap-up will boost Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show debut, premiering June 1.
New series will also bow, starting with The Listener June 4 (10 pm/ET), which stars Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper) as a telepathic EMT, and Merlin — about the mythical magician — on June 21 (8 pm/ET). Ex-Party of Fiver Neve Campbell and Rome alum James Purefoy debut June 24 (10 pm/ET) in The Philanthropist, which depicts a playboy-turned-vigilante-do-gooder.
Check out the rest of the network's highlights, after the jump. Which shows will you cool down with this summer?
Skeet Ulrich, Zoe McLellan
Skeet Ulrich, whose Jericho famously managed a (singular) death-row reprieve, is on his way back to CBS as the lead in Back, a drama pilot about a man who returns home to discover he was reported missing eight years earlier, just after Sept. 11. (No, I don't quite get the premise either.)
In other CBS pilot castings, Zoe McLellan (Dirty Sexy Money) has landed a role in ...
Oprah, Dr. Phil, Tyra Banks
Chris Brown and Rihanna's situation isn't just a center of media attention. Highly influential talk show hosts — including Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil and Tyra Banks — have dedicated episodes of their shows to address the ugly issue of domestic violence.
"Ever since I heard the details of Chris Brown's alleged attack on his girlfriend Rihanna, I've wanted to do this show because the message this story sends to teen girls and boys is disturbing, and it is also dangerous," Oprah said on Thursday's show, appearing alongside talk show host Tyra Banks. "We need to evolve from this moment in their life, and not just be voyeurs in their life and talking about what they should and shouldn't do. We should use this as a moment to allow our society to begin to grow. This show is dedicated to all the Rihannas of the world and to any young men who ever think about hurting a young woman ...
Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer
Looks like John Mayer did get the memo. Or maybe it was Jennifer Aniston who got it. In any case, Mayer and Aniston — who earlier this week asked "Who ever said that every relationship has to last forever?" — have called it quits, People reports.
The news comes two weeks after the couple PDA-ed up a storm at the Oscars — but also after some ...