Most every broadcast show was dealt a blow by the combo of St. Patrick's Day revelry, daylight savings time and warmer weather. Here are Tuesday's tallies:
American Idol's country croonfest was the night's most watched program, delivering 21.54 million total viewers — a 15 percent drop from last week's sing-off. NCIS placed second with a season-low 15.5 mil (down 13 percent from its last fresh outing).
Nipping at the heels of the Dancing with the Stars recap, The Biggest Loser weighed in with 7.9 mil, shedding 15 percent of its previous audience. Reaper (1.88 mil) managed to rid itself of another 290K.
Placing second behind Idol, The Mentalist slipped 15 percent to see its smallest audience ever — 15.4 mil. Dancing with the Stars first results show of the season drew 12.42 mil, a 28 percent plunge from the comparable outing a year ago.
Without a Trace won the hour with nearly 12 mil, dipping just 215K from its last new episode. Law & Order: SVU scored second with 10.58 mil, dropping 460 thou.
Jay Harrington with Portia De Rossi, Better off Ted
Veridian Dynamics, the ethically impaired conglomerate at the heart of ABC's Better Off Ted (premiering Wednesday at 8:30 pm/ET), can weaponize a pumpkin, develop a desk chair that improves job performance and freeze-dry a staffer just for sport. But can the new comedy produce big laughs? Jay Harrington, fresh off playing doctor with Private Practice's Addison, gave TVGuide.com a look at the workplace wackiness to come.
TVGuide.com: I was saying to Tim Daly recently that extended guest arcs, like the ones you and Jayne Brooks both had on Private Practice, almost seem like a "proving ground" for actors. Like ABC is wondering, "Hmm, let's see if we want this actor to front our new series...."
Jay Harrington: Yeah, there's some comparison to a Triple-A farm system, if you will. [Laughs] In addition to that and Desperate Housewives [Harrington played Susan's beau, Dr. Ron], I had done a pilot for ABC two years ago that didn't go anywhere. It was good; it just wasn't good enough.
TVGuide.com: I enjoyed the Better Off Ted pilot. It has a dry, Scrubs-like humor.
Harrington: It does, thank you. I'm a fan of myself. [Laughs] And since the pilot, we've ...
Chris Brown, Rihanna
Chris Brown and Rihanna, who reunited at Sean "Diddy" Combs' Miami home a few weeks after Brown was accused of attacking his superstar girlfriend, are now reportedly "taking a break," a source told E!.
The "break" is not an official breakup, but the two have decided ...
Micahel Bay on Transformers set
Paramount's announcement of a third Transformers movie targeted for 2011 was not only news to you, but news to Michael Bay as well. The director, who's currently completing work on the second flick in the franchise, says the tentative July, 1, 2011 date was an error on the studio's part.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will bestow Kathy Griffin with its Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles edition of the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards, to be held April 18.
The Vanguard Award is presented to media professionals who increase understanding and the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. GLAAD cited Griffin's work on ...
Natasha Richardson has returned to New York following a traumatic ski accident in Canada, and her condition remains unclear.
A source close to the family confirmed that the actress was stateside, but did not indicate if or where she is being treated, according to The Associated Press.
Richardson, who is married to Irish actor Liam Neeson, suffered an injury after falling during a ski lesson Monday at Mont Tremblant resort. Several reports say that she didn't show any external signs of injury, but ski patrol escorted her to her hotel and insisted she see a doctor.
Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost
When last we tuned into ABC's Lost, (at least some) fans were pleasantly surprised to see Juliet and Sawyer find a groovy kind of love there in the 1970s. But can their romance stand the test of "time" — especially now that Kate is back in the mix? Elizabeth Mitchell shared a look at the twists ahead.
TVGuide.com: We're sneaking this Q&A in just before the producers lower a "cone of silence" onto the cast members, at least until you have filmed the season finale. Pretty crazy, huh?
Elizabeth Mitchell: Yeah, pretty much! Once again, it's one of those highly secret, highly crazy, "You think it's one thing but it's another thing" kind of endings. There are still about six pages missing [from the finale script] that only the people involved in it have.
TVGuide.com: I'm worried now, that you don't have those six pages.
Mitchell: [Laughs] I didn't have the six pages last time, or the time before that. I was like, "Tell me, tell me! No, don't tell me."
TVGuide.com: It seems like these next nine episodes will be a lot to digest.
Mitchell: They will. "LaFleur" was one of those little "eyes of the storm." You've been storming, you've been ...
Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy), Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica)
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Who at TVGuide.com attended the Battlestar Galactica press screening on Monday night? And what's the frakkin' word? — Danny
MICKEY: I am in Florida, exploring an unfamiliar civilization of a different sort (the retirement community), so we sent TVGuide.com Nerd High Priestess Erin Fox. Once Doc Cottle revived her with smelling salts, she said this: "The first hour-and-a-half of the finale is so intense, you'll find it difficult to breathe. So many questions will be answered — including some you probably thought wouldn't be addressed due to time constraints. Also, if Mary McDonnell isn't recognized by the Emmys this year, it'll be a frakkin' shame. She had the crowd in tears more than once with her brilliant performance." Erin then hugged her Cylon toaster to her chest, placed a paper bag over her mouth and nose and breathed gently until it was safe to stand again. (P.S. Share your favorite BSG moments here.)
The best part of Grey's Anatomy for me this season has been the sexy pairing of Lexie and Mark. What's ahead for the sizzling duo? — Kelly
MATT: More sexy. More pairing. More ...
Christina Ricci is heading to the altar with boyfriend Owen Benjamin.
The actress and her new fiancé met on the set of their forthcoming film, All's Faire in Love, and went public with their relationship in November, according to Us. Benjamin made his own film debut in last year's The House Bunny, alongside Anna Faris.
Ricci, who starred in last year's green-screen fiesta, Speed Racer, is currently appearing as Holly Hunter's new coworker on
Sci Fi chose their upfront event to screen the much-anticipated finale of their hit series Battlestar Galactica, introduce new shows and formally reveal their new name, SyFy.
Here are some of the highlights of the evening:
The evening began with the screening of the two-hour Galactica finale, "Daybreak — Part 2." Executive producer Ron Moore made reporters and critics raise their right hands and promise not to reveal any spoilers until it airs on Friday (10 pm/ET). We will abide by this promise, but say the show's bow is stunning, action-packed and quite emotional.
Jason and Grant were good enough to name their "can't miss" episodes for TVGuide.com this season. They feature the creepy, old, abandoned Essex County Hospital and a Titanic exhibit with some reported spooky activity at the Georgia Aquarium. To raise the stakes — and the hairs on the back of your neck — the network is airing the Titanic episode on the anniversary of the ship's demise, April 15. We also couldn't resist asking if the boys minded being spoofed last year by Supernatural, and if they would be up for a cameo on the show. "We don't take ourselves seriously," said Grant. Jason echoed the sentiment, saying, "We'd love to... we think those guys are great and we'd love to meet them!" Read more about the Sci Fi upfronts after the jump!