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Sherry Stringfield Books TNT Movie, Louis C.K. Returning to 'Parks & Rec' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 28th 2011 6:55PM
Sherry Stringfield Hornet's Nest'ER' veteran Sherry Stringfield will co-star opposite Virginia Madsen in TNT's 'Hornet's Nest.'

Based on the Patricia Cornwell novel, the film will be part of TNT's Mystery Movie Night and debut spring 2012. Madsen will play police chief Judy Hammer and Stringfield will play her top deputy, Virigina West. The two make a serial killer their top priority.

Robbie Amell plays reporter Andy Brazil, Michael Boatman co-stars as Richard Panesa and Michael Silver rounds out the cast as Hammer's deputy chief, Adam Goode. Hammer pairs Stringfield's character up with Brazil's cub reporter, causing some friction.

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NBC Buys Puppet Sitcom From Henson Co., 'Buffy' Smartphone and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2011 12:30PM
NBC LogoWhat if your neighbors were puppets? According to EW, the Peacock network is working on a script with the Jim Henson Co. about a human family who lives next door to a family of puppets.

'The New Nabors' comes from '30 Rock' veteran John Riggi and John Hoffman of 'Afterlife.' Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa, will serve as executive producer on the project.

Interest in Muppets is at an all-time high with the new film hitting theaters Nov. 23. The Muppets also appeared with Jason Segel on 'Saturday Night Live.'

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NBC Gives 'Grimm' a Full Season and a New Night

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 22nd 2011 7:45AM
Well, we were right: The ax-wielders over at NBC have decided to give fledgling drama 'Grimm' time to find its feet and develop an audience. 'Entertainment Weekly' reports that the network has placed a full series order, making 'Grimm' the only new NBC hour-long series to get a "back nine" episode order this fall.

NBC President, Robert Greenblatt, said "We are very pleased to be making a full-season commitment for 'Grimm.' This series is turning the traditional procedural drama on its head and is attracting a loyal following for us on Friday nights. We love where it's going creatively and we're excited to deliver more episodes to our audience."

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'Community' Ratings: Did the Social Media Campaigns Work?

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:45PM
CommunityFor four days now, we've found ourselves living in the darkest timeline, following the news that NBC has yet to find a place for 'Community' on their midseason schedule. Though the Peacock insists that the cult comedy will return at some point, fans have taken to social media to register their disapproval of the scheduling snub, starting petitions and defacing their avatars with evil goatees. Even AOL TV's resident 'Community' skeptic, Mo Ryan, is on the "Save Community" bandwagon (read her open letter to NBC here).

But did all of the righteous indignation result in a ratings bump for the perennially on-the-bubble show when it aired another hilarious episode last night?

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Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2011 11:47AM


It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some satisfaction from seeing all the nostalgia shows die an early death. Apparently the one thing 'The Playboy Club' team didn't look up about 'Mad Men' were the ratings -- a couple million viewers. It was also the only thing they were able to duplicate.

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ABC Comedies Hit Series High Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 3:30PM
Happy Endings Ratings HighIt's ah-mah-zing what a little World Series rain delay can do for shows on other networks.

'The Middle,' 'Suburgatory' and 'Happy Endings' all reached ratings highs thanks to a distinct lack of new episodes across the other major broadcast networks.

'The Middle' attracted 10.2 million viewers and had a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Freshman comedy 'Suburgatory' had a 3.4 18-49 rating and dipped a bit in total viewers to 9.8 million. A 'Modern Family' rereun did 11.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating and a new 'Happy Endings' episode was watched by 8.3 million viewers with a respectable 3.5 rating.

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NBC's Ratings Decline Explained via Taiwanese Animation (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2011 1:00PM
NBC Taiwanese Animation videoNBC, the fourth place broadcast network, hasn't had a lot of luck this TV season. No new series has been a ratings hit and old favorites are starting to lose viewers.

How did the network go from being on top to the the bottom of the heap? That's the subject of the latest Next Media Animation video. Done in the typical over-the-top Taiwanese animation style, the video features Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby-esque characters and even has a Playboy bunny kneeling before an executioner.

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Ratings Report: 'Once Upon a Time' Debuts Strong, 'The Good Wife' Dips

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 2:00PM
Once Upon a Time'Once Upon a Time' has worked ratings magic for ABC. The fairy tale drama from the writers of 'Lost' debuted to 12.8 million viewers with a strong 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'Big Love' star Ginnifer Goodwin and 'House' veteran Jennifer Morrison star in 'Once Upon a Time,' a drama where fairy tale characters exist, but are trapped in the real world. As always, the real test is to see how the show does in week 2.

'Desperate Housewives' got a boost thanks to 'Once' and pulled in 9.2 million viewers and a 3.0 in the 18-49 demographic. 'Pan Am' was steady at 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating.

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Charlie Sheen 'Extremely Disappointed' With New 'Two and a Half Men'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 24th 2011 9:45AM
Charlie SheenHonestly, after all the bitterness and mud-slinging that went on for most of this year, we didn't think Charlie Sheen would be able to play nicely with the 'Two and a Half Men' camp for much longer. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at Casa Sheen when he heard that the Season 9 opener got a whopping 28 million viewers without him ...

Sheen said that he "loved" the new Kutcher-led 'Men' when it debuted, but now that ratings for the comedy have dropped off by 50 percent since then, he's let it be known that he's not happy with the direction that 'Men' is headed in.

According to TMZ, Sheen said he's "extremely disappointed" with the way the show's producers are "handling what I left behind." When asked by a photographer for an explanation of why the audience numbers have been plummeting, he said "People aren't stupid ... not all of them."

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Ratings Make Cable History

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 3:25PM
The Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere Ratings'The Walking Dead' Season 2 premiere ratings are scary good. More than 7 million viewers watched the second season premiere of AMC's zombie hit.

According to AMC, the premiere was the "strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history." The episode had 4.8 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, 4.2 million viewers in 25-54 and a total of 7.3 million.

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'Pan Am' Running Low on Ratings Fuel: Fans Explain Why

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 2:40PM
Pan Am RatingsOne of the most anticipated new fall shows has quickly become one of the lowest rated. What happened to 'Pan Am'?

After debuting to more than 11 million viewers, 'Pan Am' is shedding viewers week after week. The Sun., Oct. 16 episode was watched by 5.9 million viewers with a low 1.8 in the 18-49 rating. That's quite some ratings turbulence for 'Pan Am.'

So why are viewers abandoning the ABC period drama? Are you still watching? And if not, why not?

Fans share their thoughts via Twitter and Facebook after the jump ...

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Fall TV 2011: Which Shows Are You DVRing This Year?

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 15th 2011 12:00PM
Fringe DVR RatingsSince Nielsen started keeping track of DVR playback, some shows that seemed like they were on death row showed tremendous gains in key ratings demographics.

According to the New York Times, new comedies 'Up All Night' and 'New Girl' had tremendous gains in the 18-49 demographic after Nielsen factored in DVR playback. 'Up All Night' jumped from 2.4 rating to a 3.5 rating. 'New Girl' debuted to a 4.8 rating -- already a great number for a new comedy -- but went up to a 6.7 rating when delayed viewing was factored in. 'Whitney' also went up from a 3.3 rating to a 4.2 rating.

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'Happy Endings' Hits Ah-Mah-Zing Ratings High

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 13th 2011 2:15PM
Happy EndingsBust out that invisible hula hoop dance because there's reason to celebrate: Wednesday's 'Happy Endings' was watched by a series high of 7.5 million viewers!

Aided by Megan Mullally's hysterical guest appearance as Dana Hartz, Penny's (Casey Wilson) mother, the show had a 3.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Things are looking good for the ABC comedy series.

'Revenge' was also up with 7.9 million viewers and a 2.7 rating. Meanwhile, 'Modern Family' had 13.4 million viewers, 'The Middle' had 8.8 million and 'Suburgatory' also brought in 8.8 million viewers.

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Premiere Ratings: Tim Allen is Comedy's 'Last Man Standing'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 12:15PM
Tim Allen, Last Man StandingApproximately 13 million viewers welcomed Tim Allen back to the land of sitcoms on ABC's 'Last Man Standing.'

The premiere also had a decent showing in the 18-49 demographic, a 3.5 rating. It's a healthy start for the new sitcom that stars Allen as Mike Baxter, a "manly man" who's going through changes in his job and suddenly finds himself with a lot more time for family. Nancy Travis also stars as Vanessa Baxter.

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'Desperate Housewives' Ties Ratings Low: Fans Explain Why

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 10th 2011 3:15PM
Desperate Housewives Series Low Ratings'Desperate Housewives' isn't desperate for good ratings, but these numbers aren't looking so hot.

With just 8.46 million viewers this week, the show was down around 10 percent, matching the series' all-time low in their demo, viewers 18-49.

So what does it mean? Well, nothing honestly. Since the show is in its eighth and final season, it's not like it can get canceled, but these signs of viewer fatigue aren't ever welcome, especially when it affects other shows in the lineup. ABC's freshman drama 'Pan Am' continues to make a steady descent in the ratings, and their troubled lead-in is partially to blame.

So why the bad 'Desperate' numbers? Are you still watching? And if not, why not? Fans share their thoughts via Twitter and Facebook after the jump ...

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