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News Roundup: 'Big Bang Theory' is a Thursday Ratings Hit, Bret Michaels to Undergo Heart Surgery and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 24th 2010 7:30PM
'The Big Bang Theory'In Thursday night's ultra-competitive TV landscape, several shows managed to break away from the pack. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'The Big Bang Theory' performed well for CBS in its Thursday debut, pulling in 14 million viewers, and paved the way for '$#*! My Dad Says' to make a splashy entrance with 12.5 million viewers tuning in. Though CBS's procedurals, 'CSI' and 'The Mentalist,' both premiered with lower ratings than previous years -- 14.6 million and 15.3 million viewers, respectively -- the network managed to win the night.

There was good news and bad news for NBC. Good news first: 'The Big Bang Theory' didn't hurt 'Community' -- the sophomore comedy premiered with 5 million viewers, about the same as it had been performing in the same time slot last season. 'The Office' and 'Outsourced' also did well (8.4 million and 7.4 million). The bad news: '30 Rock' was crushed by its critically panned competitor, '$#*!,' with only 5.8 million viewers, and 'The Apprentice' only logged 3.8 million. Ouch.

Though 'Grey's Anatomy' nabbed 14 million viewers, the ABC show was actually down. The not-so-great performance of new show 'My Generation' (5.2 million) did not bode well for the network either. The CW's 'The Vampire Diaries' actually managed a gain (3.6 million), even with all the competition at 8PM.

In other TV news ...

The History Channel's hit series 'Pawn Stars' is getting its own spinoff, called 'Rusty Nuts.' The new show will focus on Las Vegas restoration guru Rick Dale, who fixes up antiques for the 'Pawn Stars' gang. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'The Celebrity Apprentice' winner and 'Rock of Love' star Bret Michaels will undergo heart surgery in January. The procedure is supposedly to fix Michaels' heart defect, and not related to the brain hemorrhage and stroke he suffered earlier this year. [E!]

Netflix and NBC Universal signed a deal that will see hundreds of episodes from dozens of shows, including '30 Rock,' 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Saturday Night Live,' available to stream instantly on the site. Also in the mix are 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Eureka,' 'Psych' and 'In Plain Sight.' [Netflix]

The CW has ordered six more scripts each for 'One Tree Hill' and 'Hellcats.' Though it's not a guarantee for more episodes -- both shows are currently scheduled for 13 -- it's a promising move for the shows. [Broadcasting & Cable]

David Letterman blackmailer Robert "Joe" Halderman will not attend the News and Documentary Emmy awards on Monday. Halderman is nominated for his work on a '48 Hours Mystery' program about Amanda Knox. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Deadliest Catch' star Capt. Sig Hansen spoke out in support of his costars, Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand. The Discovery Channel is suing the men for $3 million dollars for allegedly not completing work on a planned spinoff series, but the Hillstrands argue the lawsuit is without merit. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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