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.
Two years ago, a conversation Michael Davies had with his daughter, then a 19-year-old college student, inspired him to create a reality show about people trying to find employment.
"When she finished up freshman year at school, she told me that she had no intention of going back for her sophomore year," Davies tells TVGuide.com. "And when I asked her why, she said because none of the graduating seniors in her college have real jobs."
And thus, CBS's The Job, which premieres Friday at 8/7c, was born.
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Shakira now has two men in her life.
The Columbian singer shared a photo of son...
Did the blackout cost Super Bowl XLVII from scoring record numbers?
Sunday's Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers showdown was watched by 108.41 million viewers, making it the third most-watched program in history behind last year's Super Bowl (111.3 million viewers) and the 2011 Super Bowl (111 million viewers).
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The game also earned a ...
Maroon 5 singer and Voice judge Adam Levine brought his charm, dance moves and abs to Saturday Night Live this week, acting as host for the first time.
In addition to one sketch that featured a dance-off between Levine, Pat Monahan from Train, Jason Mraz and John Mayer (all portrayed by SNL cast members), the episode also managed to poke fun at The Carrie Diaries, Catfish and Vice President Joe Biden. Oh, and there was a new digital short courtesy of Andy Samberg. Check out some of the highlights below.
Here's blood in your eye. And your hair, chest, ears, anywhere and everywhere it might pool. Gird your loins to make way for TV's most relentless avenging gladiator/terminator in Starz' Spartacus: War of the Damned (Friday, 9/8c), kicking off the final season of the premium channel's signature series of lust and bloodlust.
There's a new wee tot whose hips — or in this case, feet — don't lie.
Shakira and Gerard Pique
Shakira's hips don't lie: The Colombian singer has given birth!
Shakira and her beau, Spanish National soccer player Gerard Piqué, welcomed their first child Tuesday, her rep confirmed. Their newborn son...
Manti Te'o wasn't the person Ronaiah Tuiasosopo tried to fool with his lies.
It turns out, Tuiasosopo has concocted at least one other intricate fake story...
Here we go again. Ryan Seacrest hyping "the journey that defines a nation," Randy Jackson settling in as the "resident dawg" as if nothing had ever changed. But change is the new constant in the overly cluttered world of TV singing competitions, and as the first and most successful of the genre, Fox's American Idol, returns for its 12th season with back-to-back nights of two-hour audition episodes Wednesday and Thursday (8/7c), a mostly new panel of celebrity judges settles in for their first public judgment.