Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith
Glee's Christmas episode led Fox to a decisive victory Tuesday night, while even reruns of the reliable NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS pulled in big audiences.
At 8, the fall finale of Glee posted a 4.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 11 million total viewers. NCIS scored a 2.0 rating with 11.8 million, and ABC's A Charlie Brown Christmas posted a 2.6 — down 30 percent from last year's airing -- with 8 million. (The animated holiday special was the most popular show on Tuesday night with kids aged 2-11.) Elsewhere, NBC's Minute To Win It won...
With Rachel and Finn in Splitsville, and Will clearly heartbroken about Emma and Carl's quickie wedding, New Directions might need a little Christmas as the show heads into its winter's nap. (Tonight's holiday-themed show is the fall finale.) True, the kids did advance to Regionals last week, along with the Warblers (so we'll still see a lot of Kurt when new episodes resume next year), but the overall vibe could be better. And, of course, there's a Grinch to contend with at McKinley High. You can imagine who she is. — Paul Droesch
Read on for previews of Inside the Actors Studio, College Basketball, Minute to Win It, In Treatment, Detroit 1-8-7 and Warehouse 13.
30 Rock, Parks and Recreation
NBC is adding a third hour of comedy on Thursday nights, the network announced Monday.
The new lineup, which begins Jan. 20, will feature Community in its same slot at 8/7c, followed by the new comedy Perfect Couples, starring Olivia Munn and Kyle Bornheimer. The Office will remain at 9/8c, with Parks and Recreation returning at 9:30/8:30c.
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
Some naysayers thought this show would fall victim to the WB-UPN merge; others predicted it couldn't overcome losing core characters Lucas and Peyton. But it did indeed survive and is now entering its eighth season. The action picks up right where May's eventful cliffhanger left off, with Clay and Quinn facing life-threatening injuries after being shot by Katie. Meanwhile, others embrace life-changing events: Brooke and Julian are newly engaged, and Haley and Nathan prepare for a second child.
Read on for previews of Minute to Win It, Life Unexpected, Wipeout, Covert Affairs, Fashion's Night Out 2010 and Big Lake.
Ashley Tisdale, Hellcats
The CW's Hellcats kicked off the broadcast networks' fall TV season with a meow rather than a roar.
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The cheerleading drama drew a solid-if-not-stellar 3 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, according to overnight Nielsen estimates. Predictably, the show's rating improved to 1.4 among the CW's target demo of adults 18-to-34.
However, the premiere did improve slightly over its America's Next Top Model lead-in, which drew 2.9 million viewers in its lowest-rated premiere ever. Hellcats also doubled the numbers of The Beautiful Life: TBL, the quickly canceled series that debuted in that timeslot last year...
Sons of Anarchy
The Season 3 premiere of Sons of Anarchy roared out of the gate, according to early Nielsen estimates.
Sons of Anarchy: How will Jax handle his "emotional devastation"?
Tuesday's episode drew 4.12 million viewers, ranking as the series' third most-watched episode just behind the Season 2 finale (4.33 million viewers) and the Season 2 premiere (4.29 million viewers). The show also drew 2.81 million viewers in the coveted adults-18-to-49 demographic, making it basic cable's highest-rated episode of scripted TV in 2010.
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On the broadcast networks...
US President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time Oval Office address Tuesday about the end of the United States' combat mission in Iraq.
The address, which will be broadcast on all four major networks, will be Obama's second from the Oval Office since taking office, following his June address ...
Minute to Win It
Cheers to Minute to Win It for finding a winning formula.
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NBC's sleeper-hit summer game show takes the network's current penny-pinching ethos and turns it into a virtue: The show's stars (aside from chef-turned-host Guy Fieri, who adds just the right amount of extra cheese) are cheap, common household objects like Kleenex boxes, paper clips and water bottles. They're used in challenges that must be completed in 60 seconds for players to advance towards the $1 million jackpot....
Christina Hendricks, Glenn Beck
TV had some announcements to make this week. Kathy Griffin had something to say about cancer prevention. Nigel Lythgoe thinks the So You Think dancers should warm up. Someone on The View has a "girl crush." And Glenn Beck used humor to announce a personal health crisis. Welcome to Top Moments: Hear Ye Hear Ye Edition.
American Idol's Season 9 finale delivered its weakest numbers ever for a season-ending show — though it was still strong enough to lead Fox to a Wednesday night ratings win.
Read our recap of the AmericanIdol finale
The finale, which saw Lee DeWyze defeat Crystal Bowersox for the title and marked...