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Ratings for Dark Blue, Leverage, Big Brother and More

Dark Blue, Leverage

Some recent ratings highlights:

Wednesday

America's Got Talent topped the night with 11.38 million total viewers, up 9 percent over last week. Lead-out The Philanthropist dropped another 15 percent, to 4.34 mil.

• The premiere of TNT's Dark Blue copped 3.5 million viewers, retaining an impressive 90 percent of its Leverage lead-in. Leverage's Season 2 premiere garnered 3.8 mil, a 24 percent gain over its series debut.

Thursday

Big Brother 11 won the 8 o'clock hour with 5.57 million viewers, down 17 percent from last week. ABC News' special on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling placed third (behind a Bones repeat) with 4.38 mil.

So You Think You Can Dance's results show drew 7 mil, down 750K from last week. NBC's The Listener (3.86 mil), in its second-to-last broadcast airing, gained 620 thou. (Following the July 23 airing, NBC.com will stream the final five episodes in August.)

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Ratings: Harper's Ends with a Bang, Eli Stone Tunes Out and More

Christopher Gorham and Elaine Cassidy, Harper's Island

Some recent ratings highlights:

Friday
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader schooled 5.7 million total viewers, a 33 percent surge from its season opener. Lead-out Mental (3.68 mil), in turn, enjoyed a 250K bump. 

Saturday
Harper's Island sewed up 13 episodes of slicing and dicing before an audience of 3.84 mil, up 8 percent from its last outing. Elsewhere, Kings (1.64 mil) gained 340 thou and Eli Stone signed off for good with 2.76 mil. 

Sunday
Big Brother 11's first Sunday airing drew 6.76 million viewers, making it the night's second most-watched program (behind 60 Minutes, 7.9 mil). NBC's Merlin (3.65 mil) saw 15 percent of its audience magically disappear. The Peacock's Meteor premiered to 5.04 mil, but really — Marla Sokoloff versus Armageddon? 

Lifetime's Drop Dread Diva weighed in with a premiere audience of 2.8 mil and the cabler's best delivery of women 18-49 since Army Wives' June 2007 arrival.

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Ratings: Big Brother Comes Back a Wee Bit Bigger

Big Brother 11

Thursday's ratings round-up:

8 pm/ET
The premiere of Big Brother 11 topped the hour by welcoming 6.68 million total viewers into the house, a 6 percent increase over last summer's BB10 launch. Trailing a Bones repeat, a pair of Samantha Whos averaged 3.4 mil to place third. 

9 pm
So You Think You Can Dance this time around bested a CSI repeat to emerge as the night's most-watched program, drawing 7.8 million viewers (up 9 percent week-to-week). 

10 pm
NBC's The Listener held steady at 3.24 mil, placing a distant second behind a Mentalist repeat (8.33 mil).

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Ratings: America's Got the Goods, Warehouse 13 and More

America's Got Talent

Some recent ratings highlights:

• On Tuesday, America's Got Talent ranked second behind an NCIS repeat, drawing 10.4 million total viewers. Come Wednesday, Talent topped the night with an audience of 11.7 mil (up 390K week-to-week).

• Among Tuesday premieres, SyFy's Warehouse 13 scored 3.5 mil, ranking as the cabler's ... read more

Jackson Memorial Draws 31 Million TV Viewers, Millions More Online

The Michael Jackson memorial service

Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday drew 31.1 million total viewers across 18 broadcast and cable networks tallied by Nielsen.

Princess Diana's September 1997 funeral (which began at 6 am/ET), by comparison, drew 33.25 million viewers, while former President Ronald Reagan's June 2004 funeral (a midday service) had an audience of 20.8 million.

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Ratings: 5th Grader's Return Lacks Fireworks, and More

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Some ratings highlights from the long holiday weekend:

So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday drew 7.15 million total viewers, up 250K week-to-week. NBC's The Listener (3.28 mil) dropped 14 percent.

• On Friday, Fox's Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? returned to an audience of 4.26 mil — a 40 percent plunge from its last outing (which was on a Thursday in December). Lead-out Mental dipped ... read more

Ratings: Talent Is Tops, But Philanthropist May Need Help

America's Got Talent

Wednesday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
ABC's Wipeout topped the hour with 7.8 million total viewers, up 100K week-to-week. So You Think You Can Dance's Top 14 performance show, however, led the demos, and averaged 7.65 mil over its two-hour run.

9 pm
America's Got Talent was the night's most-watched program, delivering 11.3 million viewers (up 9 percent week-to-week). Me, I'd prefer to see the Hoff drink, like, six fewer Red Bulls before each show. ABC's I Survived a Japanese Game Show (3.83 mil) dropped 350K.

10 pm
Despite having an even stronger lead-in this week, NBC's The Philanthropist (5.7 mil) plunged 23 percent from its premiere, placing a distant second behind a CSI: NY repeat (8.1 mil).

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Ratings: True Blood Stakes New High, Hung Bows Big, More

Anna Paquin, True Blood

Some recent ratings highlights:

• HBO's True Blood on Sunday hit a new all-time high, drawing 3.7 million total viewers. Lead-out Hung, in turn, enjoyed a premiere audience of 2.8 mil, making it the pay channel's most-watched series debut in two years (since John from Cincinnati).

America's Got Talent was Tuesday's most-watched program with 12.9 million viewers, a 14 percent increase from its season opener.

• ABC's The Superstars scored 4 mil in its second week, dipping 340K. Lead-out Better Off Ted slipped to 1.78 mil.

• During Tuesday's 10 o'clock hour, CBS' 48 Hours Mystery special about the death of Michael Jackson was No. 1 with 8.15 mil.

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Ratings: Jackson Tribute Leads BET Awards to All-Time High, Disney Queens Rule, and More

Janet Jackson at the BET Awards

Some recent ratings highlights:

• The Friday premiere of the Disney Channel's Princess Protection Program movie, starring Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, delivered 8.5 million total viewers, becoming cable's top-rated scripted program of the year-to-date. In its time slot, it bested all comers and nearly doubled runner-up NBC's audience (4.6 mil). Princess is Disney's No. 3 original movie of all time, trailing only High School Musical 2  and Camp Rock.

• On Saturday, Kings (1.54 mil, -400K) and Harper's Island (3.54 mil, -240K) both dipped, while Eli Stone (2.7 mil) gained 200 thou.

• On Sunday, the BET Awards — reformatted to serve as an all-star tribute to the late Michael Jackson — saw a ... read more

Ratings: America Remembers Farrah and Michael

Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett

Viewers were drawn to their televisions on Thursday night as multiple networks fast-tracked special programming paying tribute to Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, both of whom passed away earlier in the day.

ABC's special 20/20 broadcast dedicated to Fawcett — and featuring an exclusive sit-down with the love of the actress' life, Ryan O'Neal — drew 8.23 million total viewers at 10 pm, making it the evening's second-most watched program (edged out only by a CSI repeat).

Also at 10, Dateline NBC's own remembrance of Fawcett drew 5.8 mil.

Of the Jackson tributes, CBS' 10 pm special delivered 7.6 mil, while ABC's and NBC's 9 o'clock profiles did 5.7 mil and 5.2 mil, respectively.

Elsewhere on Thursday, So You Think You Can Dance — which made note of all three tragic losses this week, Ed McMahon's included, and showed a "Thriller" clip - drew 6.9 mil.

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