Rock Center With Brian Williams

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The Sing-Off Finale Plummets While CBS Reruns Rule

The Sing-Off

The two-hour finale of The Sing-Off plummeted 37 percent in the coveted demo from a year ago and some 20 percent in viewership. Instead, people got into the holiday spirit by watching the umpteenth showings of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Shrek the Halls on ABC in the first hour of Cyber Monday's prime time.

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Dancing Performance Finale Skids to an All-Time Low

Ricki Lake, Derek Hough

Down to the last three contestants, Dancing with the Stars attracted 20.04 million viewers but hit an all-time low in the industry-prized demo for a final performance program, scoring a 3.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, preliminary Nielsen data shows.

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Rock Center Gets Big Story, Ratings Boost

Rock Center with Brian Williams

The newest show with the smallest audience in the Monday-at-10/9c time slot made the biggest news — and got a ratings boost.

In its third week on the air, Rock Center with Brian Williams scored its first big "get" as Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky about the child sexual abuse allegations against him, attracting 4.49 million viewers and posting a 1.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — a 30 percent increase in the demo. It also marked the newsmagazine's biggest viewership yet, though that bar is low with audiences of 3.51 million and 4.13 million in its first two weeks.

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Jerry Sandusky Denies Sexual Abuse Charges, Says He's "Horsed Around With Kids"

Jerry Sandusky

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys, denies that he committed any crimes, but acknowledges that he has "horsed around with kids."

"I am innocent of those charges," Sandusky told Bob Costas in a phone interview on Monday night's Rock Center with Brian Williams. "I could say that I have done some of those things. I have ...
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NBC Benches Community, Sets Series Finale Date for Chuck

Joel McHale, Community and Debra Messing, Smash

NBC will bench Community to make room for returning comedy 30 Rock on Thursdays, and has set a premiere date for new series The Firm and Are You There, Chelsea?

The network also announced Monday that its upcoming musical drama Smash will debut on Monday, Feb. 6 at 10/9c following the second episode of The Voice.

NBC orders The Firm to series

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Ratings: Terra Nova Up, Dancing Rebounds

Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn

On Monday night, Terra Nova attracted 7.67 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, up 16 percent in viewers and an impressive 24 percent in the demo, Nielsen's fast overnights show.

But the real winner Monday night was Dancing with the Stars, averaging 18.02 million and 3.3 demo rating — up 18 percent over last week's series low — over two hours starting at 8/7c. Over the same span, NBC's The Sing-Off pulled in 4.20 million (1.5).

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Ratings: Rock Center Meets Low Expectations

Brian Williams, Jon Stewart

NBC kept ratings expectations low for Rock Center with Brian Williams — and met them. Well, maybe they surpassed them a little bit. read more

Roush Review: Rock Center

Brian Williams

At least no one has to tell Brian Williams to pull up his socks. Rock Center With Brian Williams, the new NBC newsmag that relentlessly puts the urbane anchorman at center stage, was solid as a rock on Monday's opening night (10/9c)... read more

Critic's Guide to Monday TV: Rock Center, Halloween Marathons, and More!

Rock Center with Brian Williams

The biggest TV news of the night comes from a network's news division, as NBC News launches Rock Center With Brian Williams (10/9c), the first high-profile network newsmagazine with serious intent to premiere in a long while, closer in tone to 60 Minutes than Dateline's lurid true-crime fixation. How serious is this? No less a legend than Ted Koppel has signed on as ...
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Natalie Morales Joins Rock Center with Brian Williams

Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales is the newest addition to NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.

The Today show news anchor joins an already impressive roster of correspondents for the weekly newsmagazine debuting on Halloween, including... read more

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