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Ratings: World Series Roughs Up Chuck; Grimm Debuts Well

Zachary Levi, Dave Giuntoli

Game 7 of the World Series hit a ratings home run for Fox and struck out the final season premiere of NBC's Chuck.

The World Series' climactic game, which saw the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers 6-2, was watched by 23. 2 million viewers, according to overnight Nielsen numbers. It also handily won the adults-18-to-49 demographic, leading Fox to a Friday night win over NBC.

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Mariah Carey: I Only "Sometimes" Trust Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

When Mariah Carey married Nick Cannon, who's 10 years her junior, she was hesitant.

"Initially, I was... read more

Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Premieres of Once Upon a Time, Boss and More!

Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison

Once is not enough. Sometimes a second look, or a second episode, is necessary to convince a skeptic that a show is worth taking a risk on. So it is with ABC's dazzling but dauntingly precious Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 8/7c), which back when I was considering it for Fall Preview left me wondering: "Is this ambitiously whimsical fantasia the next Pushing Daisies cult fave or the next Eastwick insta-flop? (Either way, it will likely be an uphill climb to happily ever after.) It would be easier to love if it weren't so convoluted and campy."

But then ABC made another episode (the third, airing Nov. 6) available for review, and I started to find myself enchanted and beguiled, ready to curl up with more chapters of this fractured fairy tale. First, though, you have to digest the premise, and the overstuffed and often overripe pilot is a lot to swallow. We begin in a lavishly rendered fairy-tale land ...
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Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Walking Dead, Case Histories and More!

Andrew Lincoln

"Here comes the bad part."

When you hear ominous words like these in a show as unflinchingly graphic and terrifying as AMC's The Walking Dead (Sunday, 9/8c), you know you're in trouble. Bad, of course, meaning good and gruesome — just how a zombie-phile likes it. Following a long hiatus and behind-the-scenes tumult including the departure of co-creator/director Frank Darabont, Dead returns very much alive and kicking, the gut-wrenching highlight of another busy TV weekend.

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Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Torchwood and HBO Finales, Plus 9/11 Programming

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Most everyone remembers where they were 10 years ago on September 11, as we watched the horrific images and stories unfold. A decade later, many will gather in front of the TV again to watch, remember, reflect — and the broadcast and cable networks are offering a wide range of specials to put the tragedy in perspective.

But there's plenty else happening on TV this weekend. Here's my take on some of the more notable highlights, including the major 9/11 programming:

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VIDEO: Charlie Sheen Spoofs 20/20 Interview

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen is getting in on the fun of mocking himself — sort of.

The former Two and a Half Men star has spoofed his 20/20 interview into a mess of incoherent ramblings, where he touts his... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Detroit 1-8-7 Shoots and Scores

D.J. Cotrona, J.D. Williams and Natalie Martinez

Cheers to Detroit 1-8-7 for a truly brilliant — and shocking — episode.

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ABC's underrated-in-every-sense-of-the-word cop drama proved just how good it is — not just good for you — with "Stone Cold," scorchingly directed by Cadillac Records' Darnell Martin. The hour's main case... read more

Top Moments: Castle's Emotional Deep Freeze and Charlie Sheen's Still Winning!

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic

Our top moments of the week:

13. Worst 'Do: On Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny and Jason travel to his tiny Pennsylvania hometown, where she meets Brian, one of Jason's close friends. Brian, a die-hard Bon Jovi fan who is wearing an "I Heart Hot Moms" shirt, explains that he gets his hair bleached in Philadelphia to to look like his idol, Jon Bon Jovi. Bethenny speaks for all of us when she asks: "Brian drives 120 miles to get his hair done, and this is what [he comes] back with?"

12. Most Deceitful:
After Mrs. Marin discovers that secret-houseguest-turned-boyfriend Caleb is... read more

Ratings: American Idol Beats NCIS Head to Head; Sheen Can Claim Another "Win"

Stefano Langon

Ratings behemoths NCIS and American Idol went head to head — and Idol won. And the self-proclaimed biggest "winner" of all, Charlie Sheen, helped ABC win a lot more viewers than usual.

Charlie Sheen on 20/20: I have a billion fans ... I expose people to magic

The CBS procedural attracted 19.2 million viewers (the low end of its range), while a 90-minute edition of the Fox network's singing competition — in which the top 12 male semifinalists performed — lured nearly 21.3 million. Idol's rating among 18-to-49-year-olds declined ...
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Charlie Sheen on 20/20: I Have a Billion Fans… I Expose People to Magic

Charlie Sheen

In his heavily promoted 20/20 interview, Charlie Sheen said he has "a billion fans" and discussed his affinity for porn stars.

"You already know what you're getting before you meet them," he told ABC News's Andrea Canning when asked why he likes porn stars. Sheen also said he likes paying for prostitutes because "who wants to deal with all the small talk and the nonsense?"

Les Moonves hopes Two and a Half Men returns; breaks silence on Charlie Sheen

Sheen denied being on any drugs and said to his knowledge there were no drugs in his house. "If I... read more

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