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Ratings: Charlie's Angels Takes a Nosedive

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels may not be long for this world. The ABC series was Thursday night's lowest-rated show as ratings plunged 20 percent.

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Angels dropped to 5.9 million viewers and a mere 1.2 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demo. ABC had a poor night ...
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Matt's Guide to Thursday TV: Parks By the Book, Grey's Guys Step Up, and More!

Amy Poehler

Leslie Knope has literally written the book on Pawnee, Indiana. (Actually, the writers of Parks and Recreation have, and the very amusing mock guidebook — Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America — is available now.) In tonight's Parks episode (NBC, 8:30/7:30c), Leslie's promotional tour for said book lands her on public radio — a satirical spin courtesy of guest Dan Castellaneta (moonlighting from his suddenly contentious Simpsons gig) — and then on Pawnee Today, where the town's chirpiest cheerleader experiences a bit of an identity crisis, courtesy of "Gotcha!" host Joan Calamezzo (the hilarious Mo Gaffney). The episode is just fine, but from what I've skimmed — who has time to read this time of ...
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Ratings: Gentleman Is No $#*!; Big Bang and X Factor Still on Top

Kevin Dillon

Is it How to Be a Gentleman or How to Lose a Ratings Lead-In?

The new CBS comedy debuted to 9 million viewers and a 2.7 adults 18-to-49 demo rating — a decent start, but a significant drop from the 14.5 million and 4.8 rating its lead-in The Big Bang Theory pulled in. Gentleman, starring David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon, also bowed 33 percent lower in the demo than $#*! My Dad Says did a year ago, and we all know how that turned out.

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Despite the drop, CBS still won the night in viewership. Big Bang improved on last week's 14.4 million eyeballs, while Person of Interest (12.42 million, 2.7) and The Mentalist (12.7 million, 2.5) held up well, slipping ...
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Matt's Guide to Thursday TV: Pick Parks Over Gentleman

Amy Poehler and Adam Scott

It will be a sad day in TV land if (as Nielsen history suggests) the powerhouse of CBS' The Big Bang Theory helps deliver the abysmal new How to Be a Gentleman a ratings win over NBC's little-show-that-could-do-better Parks and Recreation.

Here's my Fall Preview take on How to Be a Gentleman (CBS, 8:31/7:31c), a misfire that almost makes me miss last year's Bleep My Dad Says, which wasted the same time period: "Felix and Oscar should sue. The overused Odd Couple premise gets one of its more cringeworthy sitcom workouts in the latest assault on the male mystique — caricatured as a squeaky-voiced priss and a bellowing gym-bunny boor. Actually, mankind should sue." To elaborate: David Hornsby plays a metrosexual metropolitan fusspot whose ...
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Photo Gallery: Check Out the Best TV Nerds

Family Matters, Steve Urkel

And the geek shall inherit the Earth!

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The TV landscape has always been littered with the brainiest and the most socially awkward dorks — even more so these days between ...
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Keck's Exclusives: First Look at Big Bang Theory's Star Trek Reunion

The Big Bang Theory

When The Big Bang Theory beams back Sheldon's archnemesis, Wil Wheaton, on the October 13 episode, the Star Trek: The Next Generation alum will be joined by Brent Spiner, aka Commander Data. While Sheldon (Jim Parsons) has despised Wil ever since he failed to show at a sci-fi convention, exec producer Bill Prady believes that "of all the Star Trek characters Sheldon would love the most, we thought Data, the android [who has] trouble fitting in and wants emotions, is... read more

As Seen and Heard on TV: Matt's Week in Review

Amy Poehler and Adam Scott

Hey, network TV, turns out we kind of missed you over the long, reality-clogged summer. You showed back up, so we did, too. Some bleary-eyed musing to follow.

Starting with the Shocker of the Week, by which I mean the solid but hardly spectacular early numbers for Fox's mega-hyped The X Factor, opening to about half the business American Idol typically commands. I consider this a punishment for Simon Cowell's ghastly America's Got Talent, which this year rewarded yet another soon-to-be-forgotten singer. Blech. To be fair, by any other standards, X is an instant success, and puts Fox into a competitive position on two historically tough nights. But no matter Fox's spin... read more

Ratings: X Factor Holds Steady; Angels and Person of Interest Start Modestly

The X Factor

The X Factor's debut might not have been Idol-like, but the show's Thursday night airing held steady, leading Fox to win the night.

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Simon Cowell's latest singing competition was virtually flat versus the previous night, averaging 12.1 million viewers over its two hours and dipping only slightly in the adults-18-to-49 demo.

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Roseanne's Laurie Metcalf, Husband Divorcing

Matt Roth and Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf and her husband and Roseanne co-star Matt Roth are divorcing after six years of marriage, People reports.

Roth filed papers on Sept. 12, citing "irreconcilable differences," and requested joint physical and legal custody of their children, Will, 17, Donovan, 11, and Mae, 6. He also listed the date of separation as November 2008.

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Kunal Nayyar on Raj's Nipples and Other Sexy Big Bang Theory Revelations

Kaley Cuoco and Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar is happy that his Big Bang Theory character finally got some drunken lovin' in last season's finale, but wishes he could have shown more during his "walk of shame."

"Hehe Raj's naked arm," Nayyar tweeted Thursday during the show's fifth season premiere as part of CBS' Tweet Week. "Wish I would have shown some nips."

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Premiered: September 24, 2007, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Two nerdy physicists share an apartment and an unlikely friendship with their beautiful neighbor with whom one of them is infatuated. Like the universe after the big bang, the show's popularity expanded, thanks to breakout star Jim Parsons, along with the chemistry among the friends and the developing romance between Leonard and Penny. The addition of Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik in later seasons also enhanced the stories and relationships of the leads.

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