Monday's ratings recap:
Dancing with the Stars averaged 18.3 million total viewers over its two-hour run, down 10 percent week-to-week. The House season finale placed second in the hour with 12.33 million, gaining 200K. Or so we think. (Who can be sure of anything anymore?)
CBS' Big Bang Theory wrapped up its second season with 9.8 mil (its biggest audience since April 13), while lead-out How I Met Your Mother (8.7 mil) slipped 200 thou. Gossip Girl (2.33 mil) inched up 100K.
CBS' Two and a Half Men (12.9 mil) and Rules of Engagement (10.13 mil) dropped 8 and 10 percent, respectively, while 24 held steady at 10 mil. Medium's back-to-back episodes this time around averaged 6.77 mil, down 450K.
One Tree Hill matched last week's 2.28 mil. (An aside: OTH recapper Robyn Ross, who is screening the season finale today, just IM'd me to say, "It rocks!" Crave elaboration? Email Mega Buzz.)
CSI: Miami topped the hour with an audience of 13.37 million (down 360K), while ABC's Castle closed the book on its freshman run with another increase — 550K — to deliver 10.55 mil. Does anyone else smell a renewal...?
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Simon Baker is poised to return to his legal roots — this time on the big screen.
The Aussie hunk, who played an attorney on The Guardian before he found The Mentalist, has joined the cast of The Killer Inside Me as an attorney, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Baker's character is on the trail of a small-town murderer, who turns out to be ...
Mark Landon, the eldest son of Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon, was found dead at his home on Monday. He was 60.
The cause of death has not been determined, but the Los Angeles Police Department does not suspect foul play, according to the Associated Press.
Mark Landon acted in ...
Lauren Graham, Alex O'Loughlin and Katee Sackhoff
With ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW holding their upfront presentations during the week of May 18 — and NBC set to reveal the rest of its own 2009-10 plan on May 19 — the pilots for a slew of prospective series are getting their final looks.
Among the surprising let-downs? NBC took a pass on David E. Kelley's Legally Mad — and owes Warner Bros. TV a seven-figure penalty payment for doing so. It also turned down Dick Wolf's Lost & Found, a cop drama starring Katee Sackhoff.
Though there has been talk in the trades that NBC might avoid the Legally Mad penalty by instead granting Warner Bros.' Chuck a pick-up, the action-comedy's creator ...
Miss California is keeping her crown.
Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, announced Tuesday that he didn't object to semi-topless photos of first runner-up Carrie Prejean that recently surfaced online. Prejean charged that some of the photos are fake, and denounced pageant judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton for what she called a "self-promoting and hateful" campaign against her.
Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal says he is in absolute "awe" of Farrah Fawcett's courage and strength.
"In the last two years, I loved her more than I've ever loved her — ever," O'Neal told Meredith Vieira in an interview for Today. "She's so much more of a woman and powerful, courageous, fearless, all those adjectives. I look at her with ...
Simon Cowell has picked his favorite American Idol contestant of the season — and it comes as no shock that it's season-long front runner Adam Lambert.
"I would have to put my money on Adam right now," Cowell told Oprah Winfrey during a guest appearance on her talk show Monday. "I think he's got that 'it,' and I think he's ...
The American Idol duet between Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert was destiny, to hear the 17-year-old redhead tell it.
"As soon as we heard about the duets, we looked at each other and were like, 'We gotta do one,'" Allison shares here in Part 1 of her TVGuide.com video Q&A. "We felt bad for Kris [Allen] and Danny [Gokey], because they wanted the girl, but they did good."
Alas, even being paired with Idol's season-long front runner could not keep Allison from being voted off.
Also in this sit-down interview:
• Allison shares what Simon said that set her off, and why it felt good to sass him back!
• Which of the guest mentors made Allison flip out?
• Less than a week after her Idol ouster, has the fiery teen already inked a deal with a record label?
Watch and discuss her video after the jump.
Alison Sweeney may already be known as the devious Sami on Days of Our Lives, but these days she's taking her other job as host of NBC's The Biggest Loser one step further by challenging herself to new fitness goals with EA SPORTS Active for Wii. New mom Sweeney opened up to TVGuide.com about how The Biggest Loser has had an epic season, how the contestants have inspired her to lose the baby weight quickly and what advice she has for other busy moms trying to stay fit.
TVGuide.com: You're a busy woman these days. Tell me about the EA SPORTS Active product you're working with?
Alison Sweeney: It's fantastic because it's not just the workout — it's a whole journal that you do so you really get a sense of the entire health picture. It's a trainer in a box and the nice thing about the workout is that it's interactive, so it makes sure you're challenging yourself and trying to be as fit as you can. I'm trying to get back into shape after my pregnancy so...
Hugh Laurie, House
This week in the season finale of Fox's House, the repercussions of what happened between House and Cuddy were, to say the least, unpredictable. Meanwhile, Cameron struggled to reassess her relationship with Chase. On with the recap!
"It's ... not ... me." So explains a patient apparently suffering from split-brain syndrome, in which the left and right spheres of his melon don't converse very well, if at all. The result: In mid-conversation, he'll fling a sourdough roll across a restaurant ... or slap his ...