Duel by Craig Sjodin/ABC
Monday's numbers, at a glance: A House repeat won the 8 o'clock hour with a hair under eight million total viewers, besting fresh reality (oxymoron?) fare from both ABC (Duel) and NBC (Clash of the Choirs). Clash averaged 7.93 mil over its two-hour run, while the 90-minute Duel delivered 7.68 mil. K-Ville (5.34 mil, +230K), Underbelly (4.99 mil, +430K) and October Road (5.68 mil, +480K) all enjoyed week-to-week increases. CSI: Miami dominated the night with 13.95 mil, a 150 thou dip. Journeyman (4.36 mil) was down 21 percent in what may be its penultimate outing.Related: Cheers & Jeers: NBC's Clash Is Dismissed
Patti Labelle by Eric Liebowitz/NBC
Jeers to NBC for wasting its airtime with Clash of the Choirs. Can we blame the strike for the proliferation of such "unscripted" filler? For two punishing hours, perkily plastic hostess Maria Menounos introduced five bland vocal groups led by celebs like Nick Lachey (whose bio montage averted any mention of ex-wife Jessica Simpson), Patti LaBelle and Michael Bolton (whose former mullet seems to have been transplanted to his overexposed chest). Between the oddly chosen songs ("Livin' on a Prayer," anyone?), the contestants' stories unsubtly jerked tears. How can the same network that produces the sublime 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights proudly present such ridiculous pabulum? Read and react to Bruce's opinions on the Dexter finale, 30 Rock's Christmas episode and more! Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
Nick Lachey, Clash of the Choirs
Imagine Idol with more spirited harmonies and you've got Clash of the Choirs (tonight at 8 pm/ET, NBC), a four-night competition among amateur ensembles coached by Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Blake Shelton, Kelly Rowland and Nick Lachey. We talked to Lachey about his troupe, and fame's highs and lows.
TV Guide: How did you pick your choir?Nick Lachey: We had, like, 400 people audition, and had to taper that down to a more reasonable 50 or so. Then I came in and heard [those], one by one. It just came down to blend and making all of those voices sound good as one unit.
TV Guide: Are they doing any of your songs?Lachey: I think every artist is going to have their choir do one of their own songs, so I think we're gonna do "What's Left of Me".... That'll be a co
Maria Menounos by Jamie McCarthy/ WireImage.com
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