Super Bowl XLV

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Inside the Scheduling Wars: Why TV Lineups Still Matter

The Bachelor

The second-season return of Smash on Feb. 5 was always going to be a tough sell. But ABC's decision to schedule a last-minute special Tuesday-night edition of The Bachelor against it helped to crush NBC's musical drama, which attracted just 4.5 million viewers. Meanwhile, Sean Lowe and his roses brought in 7.9 million.

In this age of time-shifted and on-demand viewing, TV network scheduling seems like an antiquated idea. Yet as the networks fight over smaller pieces of the Nielsen ratings pie, scheduling — and the strategy behind how and when programs run — continues to play a critical role. read more

Ratings: Super Bowl Draws 111.3 Million Viewers to Become Most-Watched TV Program in History

Eli Manning

Did the Super Bowl set a viewership record for a third year in a row? Just barely... read more

NFL and Players End Labor Dispute

Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews

The most-watched event on American television no longer is in jeopardy.

The National Football League and the players finally forged a deal after nearly five months of labor wrangling, both sides announced in a televised news conference Monday. So the Super Bowl — which this year was seen by 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched prime-time telecast in U.S. history — will be played Feb. 5 and televised by NBC, for which Sunday Night Football is a rare ratings winner.

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Top Moments: The Killing Is All Wet, Tom Hanks' Hips Don't Lie, Thrones Breathes Fire

The Killing

Our top moments of the week:

14. The "Make 'Em Laugh" Award:
So You Think You Can Dance guest judge Debbie Reynolds teaches a whole new generation ...
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Christina Aguilera Joins NBC's The Voice

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera has been added to the coaching ranks on NBC's upcoming show The Voice, the network announced Wednesday.

"Her journey as an artist, who started so young in the music business, will be an inspiration to the talent she coaches on the show," network executive Paul Telegdy said in a statement.

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Top Moments: Modern Family's Affair to Forget and Glee's Independent Woman

Ty Burell

Our top moments of the week:

12. Best Shout-Out: Tom Bergeron drops by Tosh.0 to call Tosh's "sexy" lambada with Judson Laipply (of the "Evolution of Dance" viral video) during a Dancing with the Internet Stars segment. But the talk turns personal when one of the online judges cracks, "Blow me, Bergeron. Your wife is hot." "Yeah, she is actually," the always quick-thinking host snaps back of Lois, his wife of 29 years. Nice to see the spark — and snark — is still alive!

11. Weirdest Flirting: It's hard to pin down all of Michelle's crazy antics on The Bachelor, but the sketchiest is when she... read more

Ratings: NCIS Slightly Dented by Glee

NCIS

OK, NCIS  can't set a series high every week. Still, the CBS procedural nabbed 20.3 million viewers Tuesday night.

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Ratings: House Wins After Super Bowl Promo

Candice Bergen, Lisa Edelstein

Fresh off extensive promotion during Super Bowl XLV, in which Hugh Laurie did a misanthropic send-up of Mean Joe Greene's legendary Coke commercial, House won the first hour of Monday's prime time with 12.3 million viewers.

The Fox show's 4.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds was 16 percent higher than its last original episode, and its total viewers outpaced fresh installments of... read more

Super Bowl XLV Is Most-Watched TV Program in U.S. History

Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews

Super Bowl XLV was seen by 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched prime-time telecast in U.S. history.

And while Glee got its biggest audience ever, it was down — way down — from the show that got the high-profile timeslot after last year's game.

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Christina Aguilera Fumbles the Lyrics, Black Eyed Peas Light Up Super Bowl XLV

Christina Aguilera

One of the biggest fumbles came before Super Bowl XLV — from Christina Aguilera's performance of the national anthem.

The Grammy winner, 30, botched the lyrics, mistakenly singing "what so proudly we watched, at the twilight's last reaming" instead of "o'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming." The flub immediately... read more

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Premise: Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, who has already won two Super Bowls, face off in a battle of outstanding QBs. The Steelers are 6-1 in seven previous appearances in the Big Game. Halftime entertainment is provided by the Black Eyed Peas.

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