Katie Couric and Lady Gaga
These are the guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the second week of November sweeps:
Monday, Nov. 21
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
It's the final week of performances for the remaining three celebs: Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez. (Sadly, though, no Muppets!)
Rock Center with Brian Williams
The newest show with the smallest audience in the Monday-at-10/9c time slot made the biggest news — and got a ratings boost.
In its third week on the air, Rock Center with Brian Williams scored its first big "get" as Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky about the child sexual abuse allegations against him, attracting 4.49 million viewers and posting a 1.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — a 30 percent increase in the demo. It also marked the newsmagazine's biggest viewership yet, though that bar is low with audiences of 3.51 million and 4.13 million in its first two weeks.
CBS has ordered three more episodes of A Gifted Man, Deadline reports.
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Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn
On Monday night, Terra Nova attracted 7.67 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, up 16 percent in viewers and an impressive 24 percent in the demo, Nielsen's fast overnights show.
But the real winner Monday night was Dancing with the Stars, averaging 18.02 million and 3.3 demo rating — up 18 percent over last week's series low — over two hours starting at 8/7c. Over the same span, NBC's The Sing-Off pulled in 4.20 million (1.5).
Television's biggest names and hottest stars were on hand for TV Guide Magazine's Hot List party on November 7 at Greystone Manor in Los Angeles. Cover girls Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) posed for photographers as they embraced the title of Hot Funny Ladies.
With its worn-in leather sofa and duct-taped-together flat screen, the loft set of Fox's New Girl exudes the vibe of lazy afternoons and beer-fueled late nights. A few feet away, Zooey Deschanel is cutting loose during a photo shoot. There's some emphatic twirling in a retro-chic, peony-pink party dress and some even more emphatic lip-synching into a toy microphone to a David Bowie track — all while rocking a rhinestone tiara.
The Walking Dead
Question: I am currently enjoying The Walking Dead and Homeland, both cable shows and therefore both with shorter seasons. However, after a couple of fast-moving episodes at the start, they've both come to a bit of a standstill. The Walking Dead has basically been stuck at the same place for the last couple of episodes, and Homeland now feels like they don't ...
By the time you read this, Today's well-traveled Matt Lauer may well already be on his way to his next destination. This is the 10th anniversary of his "Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?" stunt (airing all week, starting at 7am), and as he tells our Stephen Battaglio, this could be ...
Kelsey Grammer was at a Robert Plant concert in Los Angeles this spring when the rocker and his Band of Joy performed the track "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down." Listening to the song's lyrics as he sat in the Greek Theatre audience, Grammer realized the song was a perfect match for his character on Starz's Boss, the mercurial mayor of Chicago.
Brian Williams, Jon Stewart
NBC kept ratings expectations low for Rock Center with Brian Williams — and met them. Well, maybe they surpassed them a little bit.