Chuck gets a (bad news) flash.
Monday's ratings recap:
House dipped a bit yet still topped the hour with 14 million total viewers. Placing second, The Bachelor (12.5 mil) courted 15 percent more viewers than a week ago.
Chuck came in fourth (behind CBS sitcom repeats) with 6.75 million viewers — a 19 percent plunge from its 3-D showcase, a 600K drop from its most recent 2-D outing, and the series' lowest rating ever for a fresh eppy.
24 gained six percent and added viewers across the hour, averaging 11.16 mil. Leading out of a Two and a Half Men rerun, Worst Week's finale managed 8.7 mil (down 13 percent). Heroes sagged a bit, to 7.74 mil.
Opposite a warmed-over CSI: Miami, Medium (8.94 million viewers) super-sized its audience by 13 percent, while True Beauty (7.04 mil) added 220K to its last Monday outing.
Life is imitating art for Worst Week star Erinn Hayes — hopefully not too much though. Hayes is pregnant on the show and in real life, but unlike her character, Mel, the actress doesn't have to worry about an accident-prone husband wreaking havoc everywhere he goes, especially not when a baby is about to be born. On the eve of Worst Week's finale — in which, yes, Mel does give birth — Hayes chatted with TVGuide.com about what mishaps to expect from Sam (Kyle Bornheimer), why she wants to get in on the stunt work and how she perfectly timed her on- and off-screen pregnancies. Worst Week airs Mondays at 9:30 pm/ET on CBS.
TVGuide.com: I understand Sam goes to the wrong hospital when you're in labor, but that can't be the only thing that goes wrong.
Erinn Hayes: No, that is not the only thing! The episode is ...
Good news for Worst Week star Erinn Hayes: She's pregnant with her second child.
Hayes, who's mom to 1-year-old Maggie with husband, construction superintendent Jack Hayes, deliberately planned the pregnancy to ...
How I Met Your Mother
Just another manic Monday for the CBS sitcoms. Let's break it down:
Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother easily command the top spot, with the former notching yet another series' best — 11.42 million total viewers. Mother, meanwhile, gained nine percent to deliver its largest audience since Jan. 9, 2006. (Read Barney's letter to Santa.)
Chuck claimed runner-up status with 7.56 mil, up 630K week-to-week. Trailing ABC's Charlie Brown special, Sarah Connor's midseason finale scored 5.29 mil, up a hair from last week.
Two and a Half Men surged 15 percent to flirt with 18 million viewers, its largest audience since May 16, 2005 (the night of the Everybody Loves Raymond series finale). In turn, Worst Week (12.12 mil) soared 14 percent to set an all-time high.
Heroes held steady at 7.78 mil, as it bid the "Villains" adieu. Prison Break (5.73 mil) added 340 thou.
CSI: Miami dominated with 14.46 million viewers (up 860K), its best numbers since Feb. 26, 2007. Worst Enemy inched up a hair, to 4.08 mil.
Sunday ratings addendum: Dexter's season finale gave Showtime 1.51 million viewers with its 9 pm airing, and two mil including the later rebroadcast. Californication nearly scored a million over two plays of its own season ender.
It's hard to find a more hapless guy on TV than Worst Week's (Mondays 9:30 pm/ET, CBS) Sam Briggs these days. In eight episodes, the fortune's fool has crashed into his own wedding cake, smeared a dirty diaper on his future mother-in-law's wedding dress, mistook his fiancée's black brother for a burglar and was caught red-handed in hot pink panties — all in the name of love. It all leads up to this week's wedding, where, naturally, more disaster awaits our blunder-full protagonist. Newbie Kyle Bornheimer — who knows a thing or two about uncomfortable situations from his classic T-Mobile commercials (Watch one here) — took a gag breather to chat with TVGuide.com about his "awkward" TV nuptials, his favorite stunt so far and why spaz-tastic Sam is like a baby.
TVGuide.com: This week's the wedding. I'm curious, but also scared. What's gonna happen?
Kyle Bornheimer: Well, we don't want Sam to ...
Masi Oka, Heroes
TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!
Question: Would you say Heroes decline in viewership is similar to the decline that Lost suffered after its first season? Lost originally had huge numbers when it debuted, but steadily declined because casual fans found the show "too mysterious" and that there were "too many questions and not enough answers." Would it be safe to say the mainstream, sci-fi shows that are aired on major networks may all suffer from this fate in some form or another? I know a lot of people blame Heroes' decline on poor writing (I don't watch the show so I can't say for myself) as opposed to the impatience some viewers experienced with Lost, but both shows seem to have a very solid fan base who will watch no matter what. Do you see NBC doing what it can to save Heroes the way ABC did with Lost? — Sarah S.
Matt Roush: I see quite a few similarities here, in part because I never expected either show to do as well as they did in their first seasons ...
See the rest of Matt's answer and questions on My Own Worst Enemy, The Shield, Worst Week, Monk, Friday Night Lights and more after the jump.
If patience is a virtue, then Dick Clayton rates supreme. Worst Week's (Mondays 9:30 pm/ET, CBS) steely, gruff dad — a personality Kurtwood Smith has already honed to perfection on That '70s Show — has seen his patience tested week in and week out as witness to some of the most cringe-worthy blunders by his accident-prone, soon-to-be son-in-law Sam (Kyle Bornheimer). With a wedding a week away, things are just bound to get — well — worse, but also better in a way for hard-luck Sam as time goes on. Smith chatted with TVGuide.com about this week's episode, featuring Fred Willard and Connie Ray as Sam's parental unit, if he's an intimidating father himself and why you shouldn't watch 24 (at least not live).
TVGuide.com: We finally meet Sam's parents this week. What kind of parents are they?
Smith: They're pretty ...
Jaime King and Jay Mohr, Gary Unmarried
Two of this fall TV season's bubble shows are starting to slide off the fence to stand on firm ground, while another holds out hope for a last-minute reprieve. Get the latest details, after the jump.
Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour)
This fall TV season has suffered two more casualities — NBC's My Own Worst Enemy and Lipstick Jungle — bringing the total numbers of shows shown the door to an unlucky seven. Interestingly, and perhaps as a true demonstration of yin and yang, nearly same number of shows have also been given the good word that they are keepers for the season.
Where does your favorite in-limbo program now stand? Read our complete, in-depth satatus report after the jump.
Question: Have our standards really lowered to the point that the majority of TV critics like the dull and boring time-waster Worst Week? I don't like the actors, the writing is lazy and it is a direct rip-off of Meet the Parents (which was great for almost an hour). Let's set the bar a little higher!
Answer: To what, the late and unlamented Do Not Disturb? Kath & Kim? (Which I defy anyone to watch when it premieres this Thursday and think is funnier than Worst Week). Face it. Hot new TV comedy is in very short supply these days, and maybe you should forgive us for embracing something that actually made at least a few of us laugh out loud. If the ratings are a clue, and in this case they probably are (judging from the drop-off from lead-in Two and a Half Men), Worst Week is not going to be to many people's taste. It's a departure for CBS (which rarely goes well for this most traditional of networks) and an odd duck in being both a very broad slapstick what-could-go-wrong-next farce and