The Models Episode
It's the week after April
Fools', meaning that we've seen models host, hosts model, models model,
and Jim Perry. Speaking of infiltration for fun, we have Infiltration
and What's My Zinger, too!
Meanwhile, in a timely
commentary, Gordon Pepper takes America to task about its disgust of the
Rutgers sports programs, while simultaneously coming to accept similar
behavior on TV in the State of Play.
We Love To Interrupt
The Numbers Game
State of Play
On the Buzzer
"Minute" Gets 60 Bonus
Catch a Sneak Preview After
"American Bible Challenge" Season Finale
From The Futon
GSN announced today that it
will be airing a Sneak Peek of its all new version of
MINUTE TO WIN IT featuring host Apolo Anton Ohno, one of
the most decorated American athletes of all time. The
MINUTE TO WIN IT SNEAK PEEK will air on Thursday, May
23rd at 10:00pm ET, only on GSN. This will follow the
highly anticipated season finale of Season Two of GSN's
number one original series THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE.
MINUTE TO WIN IT premieres Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00pm
ET/PT with new episodes airing back-to-back every
Tuesday night from 8:00pm ET/PT to 10:00pm ET/PT. The
Sneak Peek features Team "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," a fun,
enthusiastic and loving married couple who dream of
being able to afford the wedding they never had with
their family and friends and winning money for their
kids' college tuition.
GSN's production of 40 new original episodes marks the
first time the series has been developed by a U.S. cable
network. The episodes are produced by Shine America,
based on the format owned by Shine's sister company,
Friday TV. Michael Binkow (Baggage, 1 vs. 100) serves as
Each one-hour episode of MINUTE TO WIN IT features
competitors facing up to 10 challenges that escalate in
level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each
game has a one-minute time limit and failure to finish
the task on time may ultimately eliminate the
contestant. At various points throughout the game, the
competitor can walk away with the money earned up to
that point - but it'll take nerves of steel to complete
all 10 tasks to win the grand prize of $250,000.
Short-track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno holds eight
Olympic medals - two gold, two silver and four bronze -
from the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter games, more than any
other American Winter Olympian in history. In 2007, Ohno
brought his winning style to DANCING WITH THE STARS,
first partnering with Julianne Hough in Season Four. The
pair received the first perfect score of 30 in the
show's history for their samba routine - and went on to
become the season champions. He returned to the show in
the fall of 2012 as a member of the first DANCING WITH
THE STARS All-Star cast. Recently, the athlete, actor,
bestselling author and philanthropist has been bringing
light to the subject of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB),
a breathing disorder that handicapped Ohno before it was
successfully diagnosed and treated in 2000.
"Minute to Win It" returns
with a sneak preview Thursday on GSN
(photo courtesy GSN)
Judging Panel Set... "X"ecute!
Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland
Join Simon, Demi on Season 3
From the Futon
Simon Cowell will be
surrounded by women when THE X FACTOR returns for its
third season this fall on FOX. Grammy Award-winning
artist Kelly Rowland and international pop star Paulina
Rubio join him and Demi Lovato as judges on the hit
singing competition series.
Simon Cowell said today, "It's taken more than a decade,
but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three
girls (I think!). Paulina and Kelly both have great
taste and massive experience in the music industry and
together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It
just feels like the time to do something different."
"I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and
THE X FACTOR family," said Rowland. "It feels great to
be able to take this journey here at home in the
"I love THE X FACTOR! I can't wait to find the next big
music star here in America," added Rubio. "I'm so
thrilled to be part of the show as a judge. Simon, be
careful what you wish for, let's see if you are ready to
handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo!"
A pop star since the age of 16, Kelly Rowland grew up in
the spotlight as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the
best-selling groups of all time. Her powerful voice was
a key ingredient in the group's awe-inspiring list of
chart-toppers and dance floor smashes, including four
No. 1 singles in the U.S. and more than 60 million
albums sold worldwide. The group received 14 Grammy
Award nominations, and won three times, including Best
R&B Song in 2001 for "Say My Name." As a solo artist,
Rowland has released three successful studio albums -
"Simply Deep," "Ms. Kelly" and "Here I Am" - selling
more than five million records. Rowland's first forays
as a soloist contributed to the 2002 Grammy
Award-winning song, "Dilemma (with Nelly)," and have
been further evidenced by her gold and platinum solo
albums. Her upcoming album, "Talk a Good Game," will be
released June 18. Rowland served as a judge on the
eighth season of the U.K. version of "The X Factor."
Paulina Rubio, considered to be one of the most
influential contemporary Latin artists, has sold more
than 20 million records around the world and has
released 10 studio albums. Raised in Mexico, she began
her professional music career in 1984, as a member of
the popular teen pop group, Timbiriche. Since going solo
in 1992, Rubio has created major hits both in English
and Spanish and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards
in the category of Best Latin Pop Album. Her prominence
as an international artist extends to the digital world,
as well. Official YouTube/VEVO views of Rubio's videos
exceed 87 million. She has more than 1.2 million
Facebook "likes" and more than 6.6 million Twitter
"We are thrilled that Kelly and Paulina are joining Demi
on the panel this season, in what is sure to be a triple
threat of talented and successful women against Simon
week-to-week," noted Mike Darnell, President,
Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
"This is an incredible panel of judges and we can't wait
for fans to see what's in store for Season Three of THE
Syndies: It's Almost
Results for the Week Ending
Disney-ABC's Live! with
Kelly and Michael was the only top-tier talk show to
improve in the week ended May 12, which included the
mid-point of the May sweep.
All of the game shows but one were down for the week.
CTD's Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! both faded 3% for
the week, landing at a 6.3 and 5.8, respectively. Debmar-Mercury's
Family Feud fell 2% to a 4.5. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to
be a Millionaire saw its ratings appreciate 4% to a 2.4.
NBCU's rookie Baggage was tagged with a 9% loss to a
In the metered markets, Warner Bros.' new interactive
game show, Let's Ask America, which airs on Scripps
stations in metered markets, gained 7% to a 1.6 rating/4
TV by the Numbers
Monday: Not This
"Dancing" Experiences Voting
Problems; ABC, NBC Split Night
ABC directed Dancing With
the Stars fans to vote for their favorite contestants by
texting, calling and using Facebook after discovering a
technical issue with the ABC.com voting site.
The issue surfaces two weeks after NBC’s The Voice
experienced voting “inconsistencies” in which fans who
voted online and via text were not counted. At the time,
producers and host Carson Daly addressed the snafu and
assured viewers that the issues did not affect the
outcome of the show.
The Dancing With the Stars voting issue differs in that
the network recognized the problem before Monday’s
broadcast and warned viewers that voting on ABC.com
would be unavailable.
“Voting on ABC.com is temporarily down, but you can vote
by texting, calling and on Facebook,” the official DWTS
Twitter account posted on Monday, including a link to
the Facebook app.
NBC (9.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1)
was of course the network to beat in the demo on Monday
with its mix of "The Voice" (10.610 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) and "Revolution" (5.801 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6).
ABC (12.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2)
then was the most-watched network with part one of the
"Dancing with the Stars" (14.731 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) finale and the debut of "Motive"
(6.829 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).
The CW (0.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2,
#5) closed out the evening with two dead-on-arrival
episodes of "Oh Sit!" (0.888 million viewers, #14;
adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) (0.637 million viewers, #15;
adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).
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ABC Sings Its Face Off
John Barrowman to Host;
Darrell Hammond, Debbie Gibson to Judge
ABC has signed judges, cast
and a host for its new competition series Sing Your Face
Off, and it’s quite a unique collection of famous names.
First, actor John Barrowman (Torchwood, Arrow) will host
the show, where five celebrity contestants take on the
identity of an iconic music performer each week.
The judges are former Saturday Night Live cast member
Darrell Hammond and pop singer Debbie Gibson.
And the show’s contestants learning to perform the hits
of famous music stars are ex-Skid Row frontman and heavy
metal singer Sebastian Bach, comedian Jon Lovitz,
Toronto Raptors player Landry Fields, teenage Disney
Channel actress-singer China Anne McClain and former
soap star Lisa Rinna.
Of all the performers above, fans are probably most
surprised to see Barrowman listed. He may be best known
in the U.S. for his roles on cult-favorite sci-fi shows,
but he’s hosted and served as a presenter on several
unscripted shows in the UK.
The six-episode Sing Your Face Off is produced by
Endemol USA with Georgie Hurford-Jones (America’s Got
Talent) as executive producer and based on a successful
international format. There’s no air date yet, but the
production seems to gearing up for a potential debut
You Don't Know Droid
"Jack" Arrives on Android
Platform with All of Its Screws Intact
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK(R), the
multi-million selling interactive trivia franchise,
makes its debut on Android devices today. To download
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK for free on Android phones or
tablets, please visit Google Play(TM) at http://goo.gl/SBYGJ.
A Kindle Fire edition of YOU DON'T KNOW JACK is coming
"In May, we launched the Facebook version of YOU DON'T
KNOW JACK looking to combine the party-atmosphere of
console and PC gaming to the asynchronous social gaming
space where people could play wherever they want," said
Harry Gottlieb, founder of Jellyvision Games and
inventor of YOU DON'T KNOW JACK. "After six months of
tweaking the Facebook game, we were ready for the small
screen, starting with our iOS launch in December and now
The social version of YOU DON'T KNOW JACK, first
launched on Facebook in May 2012, has been received with
great critical acclaim including winning the "Best
Social Game" category for the 2012 SPIKE TV Video Game
Awards and being named one of the best 12 games on
Facebook by Kotaku. To date, there have been 3.5 million
installs of the social apps.
The Android version will have persistent play with users
of the iOS and Facebook versions and all key
functionality remains the same between apps.
Players of the mobile version can choose to play in
guest mode or via Facebook Connect, the latter of which
brings party-style play to mobile in three important
ways. First, players are automatically matched against
their Facebook friends who have already played that
specific episode, either on Android, iOS or Facebook.
Second, a player is provided a direct option to
challenge other Facebook friends at the end of every
episode. And third, all players may share results, brag
and taunt friends through Facebook, bringing the same
fun experienced during a game of YDKJ on the couch into
the gameplay experience.
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK will constantly produce new content
that engages players with questions on current pop
culture and news players are discussing on Facebook,
tying gameplay into the social experience more than any
Players on Android will access the same content as those
using the iOS and Facebook versions. Cookie Masterson,
the game's popular and sassy host is back, as is the
game's core structure, with outrageous questions that
range from Mozart to Psy. The game will be free-to-play
with free games provided frequently. Users can also win
free games through achievements, and multi-token packs
are available for purchase.
A New Home for
Off-Broadcast Reruns to Air on
"The Newlywed Game" is
renewing its TV vows.
Episodes of the veteran game show that pits newly
married couples against each other are being revived on
Bounce TV, which is geared toward African Americans. The
series, which first premiered on ABC in 1965, has been
on and off the air on various networks and in
syndication since its launch. These episodes were
previously produced for the Game Show Network.
But founding host Bob Eubanks, the personality most
identified with the show, will not be along for the ride
this go-round. Sherri Shepherd, one of the anchors of
"The View" who had also hosted the show on GSN, will be
the host, and the show will have what producers call a
"decidedly sassy and contemporary flavor."
The series will premiere this fall.
The Futon Critic
"The Newlywed Game" will air
on Bounce TV this fall
(photo courtesy GSN)
Weekend: ... Nope,
Still In Trouble.
"Apprentice" Drops, "Baby"
Level, "Shark Tank" Rises
From the Futon
On Friday, ABC (5.720
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top
draw on Friday with its mix of a new "Shark Tank" (4.996
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), the season
finale of "Shark Tank" (6.571 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and a new "20/20" (5.593 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).
Saturday, ABC (3.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
0.6, #T2) took home the silver with a new "Bet on Your
Baby" (1.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4,
#T10 -- the second lowest broadcast of the night) and
its two-hour special "20/20: Rock 'n' Royalty:
Billboard's All-Stars" (3.586 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).
On Sunday, a rebroadcast of
"The Voice" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
0.7, #13) and the season finale of "The Celebrity
Apprentice" (5.255 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
1.5, #7) closed out the night on NBC (3.932 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4). The show gained 15
percent on the week, but lost almost a third on the
On Food Network, Iron Chef America continues its
Tournament of Champions with 1.355 million viewers,
building off of Cupcake Wars' 1.157 million viewers.
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Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Moment for OKC"
- TORNADO RELIEF:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the
Oklahoma tornadoes. To donate $10 to the relief effort, text
REDCROSS to 90999 or dial 1-800 REDCROSS (American
- This week on "The Experts": "Dungeons
& Dragons vs. the Dark Knight Trilogy vs. Doctor Who" (YouTube)
- Oh Sit!, there's an
by the Numbers)
- "Dancing", "The Voice"
acknowledge the disaster in Oklahoma (The
Wrap), while "The Voice" pays tribute with Blake Shelton
& Miranda Lambert tonight (Entertainment
- You've watched. You've voted
(with your remotes). And now we have a winner. The winner...
of the 2012-2013 TV season... and America's most watched
network... IS.... (Entertainment
Monday Lightning Round
... or "Prior Engagements"
- Bret Michaels
wasn't at the finale for "The Celebrity Apprentice".
Here's the official reason (The
- How does it feel to live in
fear of being fired despite doing a good job? Ask Drew
- Randy, Paula & Simon
tweet about old times (E!)
- Faith Hill withdraws
from the judging roulette (E!)
- Cat Deeley is an "Ex"
- Y "Nuestra Belleza
Latina" séptimo es... (TV
by the Numbers)
- Jeopardy! is looking
for past TOC alums for... something (Jeopardy.com)
- GSN is playing the
season finale of "American Bible Challenge" Thursday,
followed by the preview of "Minute to Win It" (TV
by the Numbers)
- FIRST LOOK: "Exit" (Syfy,
June 4) (Broadway
- Want to be on a game show?
Contestantville.com launches (WatchList
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES
with the 25th Jeopardy! college champion (DCist)
Thursday: A Study on
One Broadcast Plummets, The
Other Surges. Guess Which One's Going Off The Air.
FOX (13.608 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was still the network to beat
on Thursday with part one of the "American Idol" (12.290
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T5) finale and
part two of the "American Idol" (14.927 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) finale. In total, that’s off
a steep 44 percent from last year. This is by far the
lowest rated Idol finale ever — the previous finale low
was last year’s 6.4. Compare both those numbers to the
Idol finale two years ago, which scored a 9.2 rating.
CBS (10.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2)
then claimed the silver with the season finale of "The
Big Bang Theory" (14.776 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 4.4, #1), a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory"
(11.636 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T3) and
a new "Elementary" (9.107 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 2.1, #10) plus the season finale of "Elementary"
(8.747 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #12).
Next up was ABC (7.194 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 2.4, #3) with a new "Wipeout" (3.815 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13) alongside the
season closers to "Grey's Anatomy" (8.633 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T5) and "Scandal"
(9.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #T3).
Meanwhile, NBC (4.436 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
2.2, #4) offered up its one-hour "The Office
Retrospective" (4.372 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 2.0, #11) plus part one of "The Office" (5.471
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T7) finale,
part two of "The Office" (5.353 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 2.9, #T7), "The Office/Hannibal" (4.574
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.3, #9) and
"Hannibal" (2.471 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T13). Over the year, "The Office" finale more than
doubled its year-ago audience.
Speaking of series lows, both major cable offerings on
Thursday - Food's Giving You the Business and GSN's The
American Bible Challenge - both hit them with 670,000
and 585,000 respectively.
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Negative Numbers Round
Spanish Version of "Countdown"
Hasn't Paid Champions
From The Local
Bankrupt Spanish game show
Cifras y Letras hasn't paid any of its winners since
2011, with some contestants being owed as much as €8000,
or a little over $10,000 US.
Pablo Cuervo, an architect from Oviedo (Asturias), won
the game show in June of 2011 and is still waiting to be
paid the €5800 ($7445) he managed to bag thanks to his
mathematical and linguistic skills.
“There are people who are owed as much as €8000. The
show is not even willing to pay those who won €400,”
Cuervo told Spanish daily El País.
Together with 50 other contestants, Cuervo has set up an
internet page to raise awareness for their plight.
Both Madrid-based TV station Telemadrid and the show’s
production company Vamos a ver TV are either giving the
Cifras y Letras winners excuses or not answering their
The insolvent production company also owes money to the
winners of other game shows and has convened a creditors
meeting to try to solve the issue.
“All the company’s assets will have to be liquidated and
shared among the creditors,” Vamos a Ver TV’s lawyer
told El País.
Cuervo and the contestants are now concerned they'll be
the last ones to be paid, if at all.
Conchi Rojas, another of the Cifras y Letras winners
says one of the other problems they are facing is that
the game show’s organizers never gave them a copy of the
contract which proves they took part or are owed money.
“All we can rely on are some of the recordings of the
shows we've managed to find to prove they owe us money,”
she told El País.
Shakira and Usher Will
Return... Spring 2014
Straddling Coaches Are The
All of this season’s judges
on The Voice are coming back but not until next spring.
NBC is close to finalizing deals that will see Shakira
and Usher returning to the singing competition show for
Season 6 in the spring of 2014, insiders say. The return
of the duo will see the departure again of original
judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. After taking
a cycle off, the two are themselves coming back for
season 5 of The Voice, which is set to premiere in the
fall. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will continue their
bromance and stay on the show for both of the next two
seasons. “It is almost all done and the network is
looking to make the official announcements in the next
few days,” a source told me. Details of the alternating
judges plan was first reported by EW. In many ways this
isn’t much of a surprise. Executive Producer Mark
Burnett has long said that the show could see members of
the judging panel coming and going over different
seasons depending on their availability. The fifth
season of the show has already been fully cast and
filming on the Blind Auditions portion of the season is
set to begin on July 8. The Voice ends its current
season on June 18.
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Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Simon's Angels"
- Kelly Rowland
is THIIIIIIIIS close to signing with "X Factor" and
she's not the only one (Entertainment
- "Disney's Phineas & Ferb's"
Dr. Doofenshmirtz infiltrates "Shark Tank" in a bit
of corporate service (The
- Wheelmobile arrives
in Charlotte (WCNC
- So why did Randy Jackson
leave? Sometimes it's just as simple as timing (RyanSeacrest.com)
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES with...
"Wipeout" uberhottie Jill Wagner (Zap2it)
and "Jeopardy!" ubergenius Ken Jennings (Yahoo!)
"Top Model" Returns to Fall
The CW Network presented its
2013-14 broadcast schedule today to advertisers,
affiliates and national media at the New York City
Center in New York City. The Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop
opened the show with their smash Top Ten hit “I Love
“We had a terrific season last year, growing our
audience on-air, digitally and socially. Now we are
building on that success by continuing to add more
original programming all year long, and by adding
high-concept, exciting shows to our schedule that will
help us continue our mission of broadening out our
18-to-34-year old audience,” said Mark Pedowitz,
President, The CW. “‘Arrow’ was one of the breakout hits
of this season, and we’re using that show and ‘The
Vampire Diaries,’ our two highest-rated series, to
launch our new dramas ‘The Tomorrow People’ and ‘Reign,’
on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Aside from "Tomorrow People" being produced by
FremantleMedia, the only other game show connection in
the fall? The return of "America's Next Top Model" -
this season to feature men as well as women - to Friday
After the upfront comes notes that "Whose Line Is It
Anyway?" will test the comedy waters for the network.
"We're putting it on this summer and if it connects
we'll use it during the season," Pedowitz said. Adding
later, "If 'Whose Line' works we will definitely go back
into the sitcom business."
by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
The CW places "America's
Next Top Model" on Fridays
(photo courtesy the CW)
Return to "Redneck
Catch it on CMT June 5
From The Futon
Wrestling hall of famer
Steve Austin is back for a rowdier-than-ever third
season of REDNECK ISLAND, premiering Wednesday, June 5
at 10:30-11:30 p.m., ET/PT, immediately following the
2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS. Set in a remote tropical
paradise, REDNECK ISLAND will pit 15
contestants—completely out of their element—against one
another in CMT’s ultimate redneck-style competition
series for a shot at $100,000. This season, romantic
alliances form early among the castaways, and one
surprise dismissal will keep the rednecks “politicking”
throughout the 15 beer-packed episodes.
The second episode of REDNECK ISLAND will premiere in
its regularly scheduled timeslot Saturday, June 8 at
9:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT.
by the Numbers
Wednesday: Not So Fast,
"Modern Family" #1 in the
Demo, but Fox Wins The Night
From The Futon
FOX (9.337 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the network to beat
on Wednesday with its penultimate telecast of "American
Idol" (11.566 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9,
#2) this season and night two of the "So You Think You
Can Dance" (7.107 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49:
2.3, #4) premiere.
ABC (6.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2)
then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle"
(6.600 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T7),
"Family Tools" (4.513 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 1.2, #12), "Modern Family" (9.745 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "How to Live with
Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6.159 million
viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5) and "Nashville"
(5.614 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #9).
Next up was CBS (7.941 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.9, #3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (3.868
million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and
another "2 Broke Girls" (3.921 million viewers, #13;
adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) (3.921 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) plus a new "Criminal Minds"
(10.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and
the season finale of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
(9.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5).
Meanwhile, NBC (6.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.6, #4) offered up its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (5.778
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "Law &
Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.354 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (6.869
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T7).
Discovery's "The Big Brain Theory" led the cable game
troops with 652,000 viewers. "Best Ink" scored 585,000
viewers for Oxygen.
Double the Sharks
Season Finale to Run Two Hours
From The Futon
The Season Finale of the hit
business reality show "Shark Tank" will feature two
back-to-back episodes, starting at 8:00 p.m., ET on
Friday, May 17.
Also, in the first "Shark Tank" Extra, a clip of the
pitch from "Phineas and Ferb's" nefarious Dr. Heinz
Doofenshmirtz will air during the show. The evil
scientist comes to the Tank with an opportunity for the
Sharks to invest in his latest "inator" invention. The
full three-minute video can be seen beginning Friday,
May 17 on ABC.com, You Tube, YouTube/ABC Network,
Disney.com and YouTube/Disney.
There's more! During Friday's two-hour event, there will
be an update on some of the big business success stories
to come out of the Tank, as well as letting viewers know
about the upcoming casting call in Los Angeles on May
24. For further casting information, please check out
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Not Quite Nuclear"
- Keith Urban
would return if asked (E!)
PLUS viewership is inversely proportional to talent
according to... (NPR)
- Hey, remember when Jeff
Garlin lost on "Jeopardy!"? Yeah, so does Matthew Weiner (Earwolf)
- Zendaya... actress.
Dancer. Author. And all at 16 (Us)
- No one makes fun of Wayne
Brady and lives... (Eurweb)
- Peter Sagal to speak
in Reno (Reno
- "MTN Game Show" cut
by Swaziland awards show. Not a good way to start your first
Times of Swaziland)
- YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*!
UP!: Yes, people on Jeopardy! are smart. Yes, they're
competitive. And yes... some of them are really really hot. (Tumblr
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