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'Off the Map' Earns Respectable Ratings, 'Desperate Housewives' Want Raise and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 14th 2011 2:30PM
Off the MapLooks like ABC's decision to re-air the pilot for its new medical drama, 'Off the Map,' paid off for the network.

According to TV By the Numbers, more than 6 million people tuned in to the re-broadcast of the premiere episode, scoring a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic -- just a 13% drop from Wednesday's debut.

President Obama's speech shuffled around Wednesday's prime time lineup on the broadcast networks, so ABC decided to re-air the 'Off the Map' premiere in a prime post-'Grey's Anatomy' spot.

In other TV news ...

You don't want to get on 'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger's bad side. A lawyer who recently appeared on the show got a cease and desist letter from NBC after complaining to the press about his unflattering portrayal. All participants must sign non-disclosure agreements, Stanger said. [E! Online]

An upcoming episode of 'Greek' will tackle a very serious subject. One of the show's main characters will wind up taking the morning after pill after a wild Homecoming night. "I read a lot about it and wanted to make sure that we were accurate and respectful to the circumstances," said creator Sean Smith. [TVLine]

Several 'Desperate Housewives' want a pay raise. Terri Hatcher just signed a new deal, and now fellow Wisteria Lane residents Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria want in on the payday. All of the main ladies' contracts expire at the end of the season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

OWN has acquired the documentary 'Becoming Chaz,' which will premiere this week at Sundance. The film follows the gender reassignment of Chastity Bono, the former daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, into a man named Chaz. [Deadline]

Paris Hilton is getting a new show on Oxygen this spring. 'The World According to Paris' will follow the highs and lows of the socialite's life as she turns 30. [THR]

ABC has ordered two new drama pilots. 'Partners' follows two loyal police detectives who also happen to be sisters, while 'Grace' is about a dysfunctional family in the professional dance world. Carrie Ann Inaba is involved in the project. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Glee,' 'Dexter' and 'Deadliest Catch' have all picked up editing award nominations. The American Cinema Editors Eddie Award winners will be announced in a ceremony on Feb. 19. [Deadline]

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