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Ratings: CSI's 300th Episode Rises Against World Series

Paul Guifoyle and Ted Danson

Game 1 of the World Series dominated Wednesday, but that didn't stop viewers from catching CSI's 300th episode.

The drama drew 10.2 million viewers and a 2.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic for the milestone hour, up a tenth from ...
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The Wednesday Playlist: Milestones for Middle, CSI; World Series Begins

Jen Ray

Aw, heck. Is it really worth making a fuss over The Middle's 100-episode milestone? It hardly seems in character for a family like the Hecks of Orson, Indiana. When she's reminded that they volunteered to drive a giant cow float in Orson's centennial parade, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) whines, "This is what happens when we drink: We sign up for stupid committees. Or get Brick."

But as Orson itself expresses in a self-deprecating new town motto: "Why not?" This episode (Wednesday, 8/7c, ABC) truly is cause for celebration, as TV's most heartfelt and hilariously relatable family sitcom reflects on what brought Frankie and Mike (Neil Flynn) to Orson in the first place, while giving their lovably imperfect offspring a chance to shine in clever-to-wacky subplots. (Sue's attempt to make Darrin jealous by cozying up to her flamboyant BFF Brad is especially genius.)

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The Middle Exclusive Sneak Peek: Orson Turns 100!

The Middle

The Middle is hitting a huge milestone — and so is the town of Orson.

9 bubble shows: Which will last?

On Wednesday's episode (8/7, ABC) — the show's 100th — Orson will celebrate its centennial, and you can bet ...
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Ratings: Super Fun Night, Ironside Drop; Arrow Returns Down

Lauren Ash,Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira

Super Fun Night took a super big hit.

The Rebel Wilson comedy slipped to 6.7 million viewers and a 2.5 in the 18-to-49 demographic Wednesday, down seven tenths from last week and more than a point off Modern Family (10.4 million, 3.8). The rest of ABC's shows The Middle (8.1 million, 2.2), Back in the Game (6.4 million, 1.7) and ...
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Ratings: Super Fun Night Opens Strong; Ironside Weak

Rebel Wilson, Kate Jenkinson

Super Fun Night had a solid, though not super, debut.

The Rebel Wilson comedy premiered Wednesday to 8.2 million viewers and a 3.2 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, becoming the season's No. 2 new comedy behind The Crazy Ones. Though it dropped a full point from lead-in Modern Family (10.9 million, 4.2), Super Fun Night had better retention ...
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Exclusive: Bunheads Star Looks for Love on Baby Daddy

Bailey Buntain

Bunheads star Bailey Buntain is heading to ABC Family's Baby Daddy, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Buntain will play Bailey, a fast-talking, vivacious spitfire who is dating Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau). The only problem? Ben soon realizes that Bailey is essentially the younger version of his mother Bonnie (Melissa Peterman).

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Ratings: Revolution Plummets; X Factor, SVU Rise

Revolution

NBC isn't starting a Revolution on Wednesdays.

Without a lead-in from The Voice, the drama kicked off the night with 6.8 million viewers and a 1.8 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down more than 50 percent from ...
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The Wednesday Playlist: ABC's Got Family Game, Broadchurch Finale, SVU

Maggie Lawson

ABC's innocuous new sitcom about likable underdogs, Back in the Game, could just as easily be called "Luck of the Draw." This Bad News Bears-lite gets a major assist right out of the gate with an enviable time period (Wednesday, 8:30/7:30c) sandwiched between TV's best family comedies, The Middle and Modern Family. Which could always backfire, of course, if the show doesn't live up to ratings expectations, and while this Little League comedy doesn't quite measure up to the big leagues, we shouldn't be surprised if family audiences rally around the team, turning a solid base hit into something potentially worthy of extra innings. read more

Ask Matt: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Face Off, The Middle, Suits, True Blood

Chloe Bennet

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: My question is about the new Joss Whedon show that has one of the most convoluted names I've ever heard: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I am a Whedon fan to the max, having watched every episode of every TV (and Internet) show he has ever done, and enjoyed them thoroughly. I am not, however, a moviegoer nor a comic book reader. I cannot remember the last theatrical production I've seen, and the only comics I read are the Buffy/Angel follow-ups. And that leaves me concerned about S.H.I.E.L.D. Every article I read, and even the just-released preview, mentions events that happened/people who existed in one or more theatrical movies, and many articles mention future movies that will tie into the events on the show. Since I never watched those movies — and most likely won't watch the future movies — am I going to be totally lost when the television show premieres?

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Ask Matt: Grey's Anatomy, Broadchurch, Killing, Longmire

Sandra Oh

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Question: I just read the news that Sandra Oh has decided to leave Grey's Anatomy at the end of the season. I'm sure a lot of fans will be upset or disappointed, but I actually respect her choice to leave and am grateful she has given so much notice to the writers so that they will be able to find a way to write her out effectively, which Grey's has not always had in the past. However, the broader question here is how much longer the show should run. I can't really imagine right now what it will be like without Christina, but there was also ...
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Premiered: September 30, 2009, on ABC
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