Ace Young, American Idol
(I'm simply cutting-n-pasting yesterday's ratings blurb, updating where needed.) Nearly 31.5 million total viewers tuned in for Wednesday night's "men second" round of American Idol semifinalists, more than doubling the first two hours of NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage, which averaged 14.8 mil viewers. (On a side note, Paula looked sssmokin'.) However, once Ryan reminded us of the text-voting process a 146th and final time and Idol had bowed out for the night, the Winter Games surged in the 10 o'clock hour with 16.9 million viewers. Tonight, it's the results show versus women's parallel giant-slalom snowboarding. And Survivor. And Dancing with the Stars. And a Love, Inc. repeat.
UPN has reshuffled its new Thursday-night lineup just a week before its launch. Per The Hollywood Reporter, buzz-magnet Everybody Hates Chris will stay put at 8 pm, but it will now be followed at 8:30 by Love, Inc., not Eve, which moves to 9 pm. Cuts, meanwhile, will shift to 9:30, where Love, Inc. was originally skedded. UPN says the changes make for better "flow" on the night. I say it's akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, since this ship's going down at 8:30 no matter what.
Holly Robinson Peete
Do not call Holly Robinson Peete on a Sunday during football season. She will hang up on you. The actress and wife of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete is passionate about the sport. To share the love, she's written a new book, Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game! A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football. And in her "spare time," Robinson Peete, best known from her stints on 21 Jump Street and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, is costarring in Love, Inc., a new UPN sitcom (premiering Sept. 22) in which she plays the founder of a romance-consulting firm. It seems like whether she's on screen or on the page, Robinson Peete has all the answers. But we wanted a few more.
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