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Reelz Fudged 'Kennedys' Ratings, Snooki Quits Wrestling and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 5th 2011 6:15PM
The KennedysTurns out, the first two hours of 'The Kennedys' miniseries wasn't the record-breaking success Reelz Channel wanted us to think it was.

Although the network reported an audience of 1.9 million, actual Nielsen numbers put the total at 1.3 million. That's 30 percent lower, Vulture points out.

So, what does Reelz have to say about the conflicting reports? A rep told Vulture, "The numbers we reported yesterday were fast national of average viewers per minute when we add our two showings (8PM East and 8PM West) together, which is the gross audience for an average minute."

Oooookay.

In other TV news ...

The HBO Films movie about the financial collapse, 'Too Big to Fail,' will debut May 23. It stars William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Pullman and more. [HBO]

Although Snooki's unexpected gymnastic prowess surprised the world after her appearance on Wrestlemania, she says she's done with wrestling. "I'm pretty busy with 'Jersey Shore,' so I doubt [I'll continue]," she said. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Breaking news: The Science Channel is changing its name ... to plain old Science. In a press release, the network mentioned it wanted to be "the official home of the Thought Provocateur -- the individual who is constantly asking 'What if?' and 'Why not?'" [THR]

Ty Pennington has signed on to host a new series called 'Great Big American Auction' for ABC. The 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' host will feature items with a pop culture focus, like music or movie memorabilia. [TV Guide]

Want to win a new car? Watch The CW for the next week. The network is giving away one Ford Focus every night this week through Friday to celebrate the return of its shows from their spring hiatus. [THR]

Wanda Sykes will guest star in the upcoming third season of 'Drop Dead Diva.' Also in the new season: more singing, sex and an appearance by Tony Goldwyn as Jane's ex. [Entertainment Weekly]

Gregg Binkley is getting a promotion on 'Raising Hope.' The actor, who appeared in 13 episodes this season as supermarket manager Barney, has been upped to series regular. [Deadline]

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fjfish1234

i am enjoying kennedys very much! dont understand the negativiy- sure you can nitpick at accuracy but overall entertaining

April 08 2011 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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