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President Skews Ratings; Off the Map Debuts Weakly

Off The Map

President Barack Obama's speech at the Tucson, Ariz., memorial for the victims of last weekend's shooting skewed Wednesday's prime-time ratings, throwing people off the trail of their regular shows.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

The Middle

The Middle
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The Heck family have a heck of a lot of problems in this episode. Frankie's predicament is trying to get Mike to stop giving her the cold shoulder after she accidentally spends $200 on a small bottle of eye cream. Axl's cross to bear is taking care of a mechanical infant doll for health class. And Sue and Brick's dilemma is a doozy — trying to figure out a way to fix the hole they caused in Sue's bedroom wall. — Fred Mitchell

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Read on for previews of American Masters, Minute to Win It, Off the Map, I'd Do Anything, Law & Order: SVU and College Basketball. read more

ABC Renews Grey's, Castle and More — But Which Shows Were Left Out?

Ellen Pompeo, Nathan Fillion

Six ABC series have received early renewals, the network announced Monday.

Medical dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, crime drama Castle and the network's three sophomore comedies, The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town will each return next season.

Winter Preview: Get scoop on all your favorite shows

"We really stood by our Wednesday comedy block and who would have thought a year ago that The Middle, which I think is such an underrated show, would kick off what I think is one of the best nights of comedy," ABC President Paul Lee said at the Television Critics Association's winter previews. "That's a core part of our schedule."

Lee also said Grey's and Private Practice "were really at the top of their creative form" this season... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Oprah

Happy New Year! Or should we say: Happy Oprah Year!

I don't know how you spent your first few days of 2011, but I was immersed — or perhaps baptized is a better word — in the launch of OWN, which isn't just another cable channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network is a crusade, on a mission of unyielding and unapologetic uplift, inviting us into an electronic big-tent revival where each weepy show should come with its own supply of Kleenex and where all of Oprah's ambassadors stay relentlessly on message... read more

People's Choice, Live to Dance Ratings Tumble

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner

The 37th People's Choice Awards were not the people's first choice on TV.

The populist awards show, airing 9-11 p.m. on CBS, averaged less than 10 million, down 21 percent from last year.

Check out red carpet arrivals from the 2011 People's Choice Awards

The Middle took ... read more

Hot in Cleveland's Betty White: "You've Had Such an Overdose of Me Lately"

Hot in Cleveland

Betty White will be the first to tell you that she's overexposed.

"What is this Betty White business?" the 88-year-old, who turns 89 in two weeks, said of her continued praise during Wednesday's Television Critics Assn.'s winter preview. "It's really silly. You've had such an overdose of me lately. Trust me, I think I'm going to... read more

Special Report: Faith on TV

The Simpsons

They say that God works in mysterious ways. As proof, look no further than a recent story in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, which praised Homer Simpson for being a "true" Catholic. The publication cites The Simpsons for using "Christian faith, religion and questions about God" as recurring themes.

At first glance, it seems odd that a child-choking, beer-swilling glutton who has embodied all seven deadly sins could be considered a shining example of a man of faith. Then again, as the Vatican paper explained, the Simpson family "recites prayers before meals and, in their own way, believes in the life thereafter." Even Melissa Henson, director of communications for the Parents Television Council, says, "The Simpsons is one of the more balanced treatments of faith-based characters that you'll see... read more

Betty White Named Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year

Betty White

Betty White has been named The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year.

The 88-year-old actress — who managed to boost the ratings of Saturday Night Live and set a TV Land record for her show Hot in Cleveland — beat out such competitors as cast of Glee, Conan O'Brien and James Cameron.

SAG nominations: Modern Family leads, Betty White still national treasure

"It's ridiculous," White said of the honor. "They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do."

The Golden Girls and Mary Tyler Moore Show star started 2010 with ... read more

Ratings: The Sing-Off Keeps Up Its Solid Run

Nick Lachey

The Sing-Off  kept up its solid ratings performance Wednesday, placing a strong second to its CBS competition, the penultimate episode of Survivor: Nicaragua and a new episode of Criminal Minds.

Survivor scored a 3.5 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic and 12.8 million viewers, followed by Minds at 9, which posted a 3.2 and 13.8 million. But the two-hour... read more

Ratings: Fans of Criminal Minds Act Alike

Criminal Minds

Fans of Criminal Minds were of one mind Wednesday night, leading CBS to a sweep in the 18-to-49 demographic.

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Premiered: September 30, 2009, on ABC
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Premise: A sitcom about a working-class family in the U.S. heartland following the daily strife of frazzled mum Frankie who, alongside her husband, raises their three kids, the youngest being an outcast at school because of his unusual behaviour.

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