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News Roundup: 'Glee,' 'NCIS' Premiere to Big Ratings, ABC Finds Bruckheimer's 'Lost Girls'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2010 6:25PM
Jane Lynch'Glee' is back, but did the constant buzz hurt or help its ratings?

According to TV by the Numbers, the season 2 premiere was seen by 12.3 million viewers and received a 5.5 rating in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old segment. That was 50 percent higher than its September premiere last year.

'NCIS' on CBS was the big winner, drawing 18.92 million viewers, its spinoff, 'NCIS: LA,' was seen by 15.68 million and 13.60 million in its second hour.

Meanwhile, on Fox, 'Raising Hope' debuted to 7.48 million viewers and 'Running Wilde' drew 5.87 million viewers.

In other TV news ...

The talk of canceling 'Lone Star' is a bit premature. Fox will give the struggling Texas drama another chance, airing a new episode next week. The series has been hailed by critics as one of the season's best new shows, but premiered to lousy ratings. [Vulture]

Acclaimed choreographer and 'Fame' star Debbie Allen has signed on to direct an episode of 'Hellcats.' The CW drama has tapped Allen to direct an episode that features a huge musical number. [E! Online]

ABC has picked up Jerry Bruckheimer Productions' 'The Lost Girls.' The project is based on the blog and novel of the same name by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner. The trio ditched their corporate jobs, boyfriends and city life to go on a year-long journey. [Deadline Hollywood]

Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' record is safe. Roger Craig's reign is over, but his total earnings of $231,200 secured him a spot as the third-highest-grossing winner of all time. [E! Online]

'The New Adventures of Old Christine' writer Jonathan Goldstein has a new comedy project at CBS. The sitcom is about an idealistic husband who must work for his father-in-law, who just so happens to be a business tycoon. CBS also has 'Second Wind' in development. From writers Dean Craig and Sam Liefer, 'Second Wind' is about two divorced buddies who have different feelings on single life. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Jackie Burroughs of "Road to Avonlea"/"Avonlea" fame died today at 71:

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2010/09/22/jackie-burroughs-obit.html

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