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Steven Seagal Lawman Breaks A&E Record, Glee Hits Season-High

Steven Segal, Lawman

Steven Seagal Lawman had the best ratings ever for an A&E series launch.

Premiering at 10/9c with back-to-back episodes, Lawman was seen by... read more

Ratings: Obama's Afghanistan Speech Pulls More Viewers than Past Addresses

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about his strategy for the war in Afghanistan attracted more eyeballs than his recent address about heath care.

Obama's speech was watched by... read more

Ratings: Dancing Hits Season-High Numbers, Leads ABC to Win

Dancing with the Stars

The two-hour Dancing with the Stars finale brought in its biggest audience of the season, helping ABC edge out CBS in the ratings Tuesday night.

An average of 19.2 million viewers tuned in to see Donny Osmond claim the Mirrorball trophy for Dancing's ninth season. Dancing also claimed its highest rating in the 18-to-49 demographic. V, which kicked off the night for ABC, held steady compared to its week-earlier numbers with 9.3 million viewers.

CBS still had a strong showing, anchored as usual by NCIS, the night's most-watched show with 20.2 million viewers... read more

Seinfeld Reunion Lifts Curb's Season Finale Numbers

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The fake Seinfeld reunion proved to be a real ratings grabber for Curb Your Enthusiasm's Season 7 season finale, helping it become the series' most-watched episode in more than five years.

Sunday's episode reeled in ...
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Ratings: AMAs Grabs Big Numbers; Football Still the Champ

Adam Lambert

ABC's broadcast of the American Music Awards could not outperform NBC's football coverage, even though the annual awards show pulled its largest audience in seven years.

The AMAs averaged 14.2 million viewers over the three-hour broadcast, an improvement of 2 million viewers from a year ago and the best numbers the show has averaged since 2002.  However, NBC's coverage of the Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles gridiron contest averaged 14.6 million viewers to give NBC the win in total viewers and the 18-to-49 demographic... read more

Ratings: Runway Finishes Strong, CBS Topples ABC

Project Runway

Project Runway wrapped its first season on Lifetime with season-best numbers.

The Season 6 Runway finale was watched by 4.2 million viewers, topping the night amongst the cable competition. That number was roughly 500,000 people fewer than Season 5's finale on Bravo.

Over on the networks, CBS finally loosened ABC's stranglehold on Thursday night, as it took the top spot in total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demographic. The return of Red John on The Mentalist (15.8 million viewers) was the night's most-watched show, building on solid numbers from CSI (15 million viewers) and Survivor: Samoa (12. 3 million viewers.)

All of the networks' numbers were down, but ABC took the hardest hit... read more

Winfrey Interview with Palin Earns Show's Best Ratings in Two Years

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday earned an 8.7 household rating and a 13 share, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate's interview... read more

Ratings: The Prisoner Holds on to Mad Men's Sunday Night Numbers on AMC

The Prisoner

AMC's reimagining of the 1968 cult classic The Prisoner nabbed 2.2 million viewers in its Sunday night debut, enough to match Mad Men's numbers in the timeslot.

Prisoner, starring Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel kept the momentum of... read more

Ratings: CMA Awards Leads ABC to Top Honors

Taylor Swift

A Taylor Swift-dominated Country Music Association Awards dominated the rest of its TV competition, according to early Nielsen estimates.

See photos of all the country stars on the red carpet

The 43rd Annual CMA Awards averaged 16.8 million viewers over its three-hour telecast and was the most-watched CMA Awards in four years. ABC also won every half-hour in the adults 18-to-49 demographic.

Although CBS ran a distant second, the lack of ABC's comedy block helped boost sitcoms The New Adventures of Old Christine (7.6 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (7.7 million viewers). Christine pulled ... read more

Ratings: Yankees' World Series Clincher Scores for Fox

Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera

The New York Yankees' World Series clincher against the Philadelphia Phillies led Fox to a Wednesday night prime-time ratings win, according to early Nielsen estimates.

Game 6 coverage averaged 22.3 million viewers and pulled a 7.4 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the best numbers for any World Series game since 2004 when the Boston Red Sox ended their 86-year Series drought.

Among the non-sports offerings, CBS cleaned up, but all the network's shows were off their usual marks. Criminal Minds had the most viewers on the night (12 million), followed by CSI: NY (11. 6 million). The New Adventures of Old Christine (7 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (6.7 million) both outperformed ABC's comedy counterparts ... read more

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