Survivor: Redemption Island
The granddaddy of all network reality shows might be showing further signs of creakiness, but Survivor: Redemption Island's finale and afterparty averaged 12.5 million viewers Sunday night.
The three-hour combo, starting at 8/7c, posted a 3.8 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, helping CBS easily win the night. The season-ender declined compared with the previous season's finale in December (13.6 million, and 4.1 demo rating). But while the show's audience has dwindled in recent years, the TV staple still manages to finish in the top 15, if not the top 10. It consistently attracted more than 10 million people for its usual Wednesday airing this season.
This week we're in Middleburg, Fla. to meet the Prewitt-Brewer family that consists of Carrie Prewitt and the three girls, Ashley, Taylor and Gina. Carrie Prewitt has been at the same high school as a teacher and a coach for the last 25 years. She is a mentor, she is an amazing coach and she's like a second mom to everyone she coaches there. Coach Prewitt first met Ashley when she coached her at the high school in volleyball and through that experience, she met her two younger sisters, Taylor and Gina.
Rachel Griffiths, Gilles Marini
Brothers & Sisters displayed a strong finishing kick as its finale drew 7.18 million and a 2.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — a 25 percent jump from last week, which just may help the show bounce right off the bubble.
Osama bin Laden
After taking a shellacking at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Donald Trump and Celebrity Apprentice was short-circuited by President Barack Obama's announcement that U.S. special forces had killed Osama bin Laden.
Amid all the Easter dinners and visiting, prime-time television tried to lure viewers with a mishmash of first-run episodes, specials and repeats, and CBS won the night in total viewership — helped by the new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard.
This week we traveled to Virginia Beach, VA to surprise the Hill-Burdette family. The Hill-Burdette family is like one big beautiful puzzle. You have Shannell, Kenisha, Samantha, Kayla, Chyna, Shea, Fred, the dad and Beverly, the mom. Beverly is the glue that holds them all together. Beverly Hill is quite possibly the most selfless woman I've ever met in my entire life. She has fostered 35 children and then adopted her six current daughters. Even though there are eight people living in a 1600sq. ft. house, she still finds a way to give to the community by saving up her money to feed and cloth the homeless. She just gives and gives, and gives.
This week we traveled to Wichita, Kansas to surprise the Hall family. Carl Hall is an all-American baseball star that played at Wichita State. He married his high school sweetheart and they have four absolutely beautiful children. Not even a year ago Carl was injured in a tragic car accident leaving him a complete paraplegic. Since their home wasn't wheel chair accessible the family had to move to a cramped condo that was in no way ADA accessible, and definitely not large enough for a family of six. So we came in to try and make life a whole lot easier for them.
Ty Pennington has found the most extreme home of them all: The high-end auction house.
The host of TV's long-running feel-good reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Pennington has now signed on to host The Great Big American Auction — which just landed a pilot order from ABC. (Pennington's not moving far: ABC is also the network behind Home Edition.)
Think of Great Big American Auction as a more contemporary Antiques Roadshow. In this case, Great Big American Auction will feature personal treasures with a historic, artist or pop culture bent, all being auctioned off to the higher bidder (and all with a personal story to boot). Among the examples: A near-mint copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1; a ring once owned by Elvis Presley; and an autographed Les Paul guitar being auctioned off to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.
The show is also touting a fully intact
Ellen Pompeo and Teri Hatcher
ABC has announced its finale dates that include a two-hour episode of Desperate Housewives and a one-hour episode of Cougar Town.
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Check out ABC's full list of season finales:
ABC has set the premiere date for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition for Monday, May 30 (10/9c) following The Bachelorette, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Each episode of Weight Loss Edition chronicles a year in the life of...