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The new fall TV season means plenty of promising new shows — and canceling struggling old ones to make room. As the networks roll out new programs this month at their upfront presentations to advertisers, here's our list of 13 at-risk shows. Many have posted significant ratings declines. Others are expensive to produce, getting old, or just aren't performing as well as their time-slot rivals. Read about the issues each faces and then weigh in on which shows deserve to stay — or go.
David Cook, American Idol
American Idol's first top 12 elimination helped Fox win an extremely weak Wednesday night permeated with repeats.
Idol drew 20.1 million viewers and was up 5 percent over the previous week's results show among adults 18 to 49. Its lead-in, Human Target (8 million viewers), was down a bit in the demo, but remained steady with its competition.
NBC took second place overall against CBS and ABC, which mostly aired repeats. Mercy (5.6 million viewers) was down in total viewers and in the demo, but Law & Order: SVU (9.5 million viewers) easily won the 10/9c timeslot.
CBS' only new show, Gary Unmarried, drew 5.9 million viewers...
Lilly Scott, American Idol
American Idol delivered another powerhouse win in the ratings Wednesday night, as nearly all its competition suffered ratings declines.
Fox won the night overall as Idol's two-hour broadcast drew 23.5 million viewers, handily defeating all competitors among adults 18-to-49.
Placing a distant second was CBS...
For the second week in a row, ABC's Modern Family posted significant gains, despite going head-to-head with ratings powerhouse American Idol.
Modern Family drew 10.1 million viewers, an increase of 8 percent from last week, and tied its season high in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. Its lead-in, The Middle (8.2 million), was also up, improving 11 percent to reach a series high. Faltering against Idol, Cougar Town shed more than 3 million of Family's viewers and fell sharply in the 18-to-49 demo.
Fox, of course, won the night, anchored by Idol (25 million viewers), which was up 4 percent from last week, when it debuted in the 9/8c Wednesday timeslot...
After a four-month absence of new episodes, the catchy con-job series returns to continue its second season. Forget crimes of passion — tonight there are crimes of fashion. Nate Ford and his crack crew of surreptitious scammers and schemers slip into the high-fashion world in their bid to trounce a tyrannical sweatshop owner. Guest star Jeri Ryan reprises her role as slinky Tara Cole, a temporary member of Nate's team. The episode is preceded by a 10-hour marathon of Leverage shows.
Read on for previews of New Adventures of Old Christine, Law & Order: SVU, Great Performances and High School Reunion.
Glee's midseason finale — and final episode until April 2010 — held a high note in the ratings.
Wednesday night's showing of the Fox musical series attracted some 8.13 million viewers — just slightly less than last week's season high.
Before Glee, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance brought in 6.66 million.
Check out our recap of Glee's finale episode of 2009
ABC's Modern Family returned with 9.62 million viewers, while other half-hour comedies...
Top Chef: Las Vegas
The heat turns up to the highest levels in the conclusion of the two-part Season 6 finale. In last week's cook-off for wine connoisseurs in Napa Valley, Jennifer created the feast with the least and was eliminated. That leaves our Final 3 maestros of meals — talented fan favorite Kevin Gillespie and the head-butting Voltaggio brothers, Bryan and cocksure Michael. It'll be the real meal deal when they plate up their final culinary creations, after which one of them will be crowned the winner.
Read on for previews of New Adventures of Old Christine, Glee, Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 and Spectacle: Elvis Costello With....
Ken Ober, host of MTV's Remote Control, has died at the age of 52, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
"His body was discovered in his home on Sunday," Mark Measures, Ober's talent agent, said. "The last person to have spoken to him was on Saturday morning. No foul play is suspected, no suicide, it looks like natural causes, just no one knows the exact cause yet."
Gallery: In Memoriam 2009
Ober began his career on...
A Taylor Swift-dominated Country Music Association Awards dominated the rest of its TV competition, according to early Nielsen estimates.
See photos of all the country stars on the red carpet
The 43rd Annual CMA Awards averaged 16.8 million viewers over its three-hour telecast and was the most-watched CMA Awards in four years. ABC also won every half-hour in the adults 18-to-49 demographic.
Although CBS ran a distant second, the lack of ABC's comedy block helped boost sitcoms The New Adventures of Old Christine (7.6 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (7.7 million viewers). Christine pulled ...
Top Chef All Stars Dinner
Padma & Co. take a break this week, but fans of Top Chef will want to feast their eyes on this. An appetizing mix of winning chefs and fan-favorite contestants from past seasons return to dish out culinary fare and dish on memorable moments in a special hosted by Season 5 chef Fabio Viviani. The all-star cooks include Tiffani Faison, Harold Dieterle, Marcel Vigneron, Ilan Hall, Dale Levitski, Casey Thompson, Hung Huynh, Richard Blais, Lisa Fernandes, Carla Hall and Stefan Richter.
Read on for previews of Bill Cosby: The Mark Twin Prize 2009, New Adventures of Old Christine, Law & Order: SVU and Nip/Tuck.