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Ratings: Dancing Dominates Premiere Night; Lone Star Disappoints

On the first official night of the fall TV season, Dancing with the Stars led ABC to a ratings win, while Fox's Lone Star was the night's biggest disappointment, according Nielsen estimates. Dancing's two-hour premiere averaged 21 million viewers and improved 22 percent in the adults-18-to-49 demographic over last fall. Leading out of Dancing, Castle (11.2 million viewers) also saw a 22 percent bump in the demo versus last year. CBS took second place, bolstered by a solid (but lower-than-expected) debut for Hawaii Five-0, which drew 13.8 million viewers. It won the 10/9c timeslot, but was down in the demo versus CSI: Miami's performance a year ago. Two and a Half Men (14.5 million viewers) was up 7 percent in the demo, while other returning comedies, How I Met Your Mother (8.8 million viewers) and Rules of Engagement (8.3 million viewers), were flat. Boosted by Men, new comedy Mike & Molly drew 12.2 million, but was down 17 percent in the demo compared to The Big Bang Theory's performance last year. To Read More Click Here .

Backstage at Opening Night of Dancing With the Stars

"I'm about to vomit," said Barbara Chase, moments before the curtain rose on Season 11 of Dancing With The Stars. Chase, suffering from nervous tension, is the proud daughter of "America's Mom," Brady Bunch veteran Florence Henderson, who at 76 is the show's star senior citizen. "She's always stayed in shape," said Chase, "but this is so hard." Is it like going from zero to 60 in terms of her physical stamina? "No, not zero. More like 35 to 60. But still..." Chase moved off to find her chair, praying that her mother will be able to cut a rug with her cha cha. And she did, showing off a pair of great legs, deliberately stepping on pro partner Corky Ballas for their big finish, and out-scoring singer Michael Bolton, comedian Margaret Cho and actor David Hasselhoff in this fall's field of 12 stars. But that wasn't the only surprise of the Monday night's season premiere. Disney Channel star Kyle Massey lit up the ballroom with his unabashed and electrifying shimmying. "You're my first crush of Season 11," gushed judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who couldn't sit still while Massey was dancing because she was hootin', hollerin' and clapping so hard. Former L.A. Laker Rick Fox, who towered above petite two-time champion Cheryl Burke, made the audience gasp with his smooth moves. And Hasselhoff couldn't be contained in the Celebraquarium, coming out every few minutes to wander into the audience and blow kisses to friends and fans. Told after the show that Simon Cowell had picked him to win the mirror ball trophy, Hasselhoff doubles over in laughter. "Yeah, but he hasn't seen me dance," said Hasselhoff, whose awkward cha cha couldn't be saved by pyrotechnics. "Simon wouldn't say that now," says his pro partner, Kym Johnson. To Read More Click Here .

DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 11 Premiere (DWTS Episode 1101)

Watch a sneak peek of what to expect in the premiere episode of DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 11 episode 1 (DWTS Episode 1101) which airs Monday, September 20, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET; followed by a Special Performance Show Night and Time, Tuesday, September 21, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET; ending with the Results Show on Tuesday, September 28, 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET. Three nights of fun for fans of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Episode Synopsis:  The twelve celebrity stars of season 11 are showcased. In the two hour premiere the celebrity stars and their pro dancer partners will perform either the Viennese waltz or the Cha Cha. Source & Preview

Dancing with the Stars Feels the Pressure, Gets Ready to Step It Up

Tom Bergeron felt the pressure. So did Brooke Burke. After Dancing with the Stars' surprisingly strong Season 10 - highlighted by beating American Idol in the ratings for the first time - the co-hosts are well aware that the season will be tough to follow, let alone top. "I think it surprised even us how strong we came out the gate last season and how well it held," Bergeron tells us. "It sort of became the man-bites-dog story because Idol was having the problems they were having. We hit No. 1 a few times, which was the story of the season. We had a dynamic cast, lots of buzz with Kate [Gosselin]. [Season 11] had to deal with the long shadow that that one cast, and given that, I think we met the challenge." To Read More Click Here .

TV Tonight: What's On Monday 9/20

Well, TV addicts, you asked for it! After a slow summer and a gradual trickling of earlier summer premieres, this Monday night is bringing you the motherload to kick off Fall TV once and for all! From old faves How I Met Your Mother and Chuck to brand-new series like Lone Star and The Event , it's definitely time to get your TiVos ready... or at least plan for a long night of playing catch-up on SideReel! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c Dancing with the Stars on ABC -- season premiere! How I Met Your Mother on CBS -- season premiere! 90210 on The CW House on FOX -- season premiere! Chuck on NBC -- season premiere! 8:30/7:30c Rules of Engagement on CBS -- season premiere! 9/8c Two and a Half Men on CBS -- season premiere! Gossip Girl on The CW Lone Star on FOX -- series premiere! The Event on NBC -- series premiere! 9:30/8:30c Mike & Molly on CBS -- series premiere! 10/9c Castle on ABC -- season premiere! Hawaii Five-0 on CBS -- series premiere! Chase on NBC -- series premiere! Weeds on Showtime 10:30/9:30c The Big C on Showtime What will you be watching?

DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 11 Premiere (DWTS Episode 1101)

Watch a sneak peek of what to expect in the premiere episode of DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 11 episode 1 (DWTS Episode 1101) which airs Monday, September 20, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET; followed by a Special Performance Show Night and Time, Tuesday, September 21, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET; ending with the Results Show on Tuesday, September 28, 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET. Three nights of fun for fans of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Episode Synopsis: The twelve celebrity stars of season 11 are showcased. In the two hour premiere the celebrity stars and their pro dancer partners will perform either the Viennese waltz or the Cha Cha. Source & Preview

Dancing's Cheryl Burke "Reaching New Heights" with Rick Fox

After 10 seasons on Dancing with the Stars, Cheryl Burke still experiences firsts. "This season is the first time, I have to say, that I know all the celebrities," she tells TVGuide.com. "I didn't have to Google anyone!" Burke has had to brush up on the majority of her partners - including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Chad Ochocinco, Emmitt Smith, Maurice Greene - save for Ian Ziering, Wayne Newton, and now, basketball star-turned-actor Rick Fox. "I knew who Rick Fox was. Aren't you proud of me?" Burke says. But the Dancing pro has bigger things to worry about this season than her partner's resume. To Read More Click Here .

Dancing's Maks Sticking with Pre-Season Game Plan

Hi everyone, How are you? Hope you had a great week! Brandy and I are still hard at work on our dances. I feel like a broken record, but everything is going great. I have my game plan that I'm going to stick with. I've done this for so long now that I know that these three weeks of rehearsals can go one or two ways. If the person is not very good at picking up choreography, they need as much time as they can get. If they are more comfortable with dancing, moving their bodies and interpreting music, which is what dance is, they have an easier time obviously. If that person does have an easier time, what do you do with three weeks? We are just given our first two dances - Viennese waltz and the jive (not the cha-cha anymore!) - and I personally think it's pointless introduce the celebrities to more than that in the first three weeks. To Read More Click Here .

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 11 Cast Photos Revealed

With just a few weeks left to rehearse, ABC has released the first official photos of the new cast of 'Dancing With the Stars' season 11 in costume. Red is in this season and the outfits are as sparkly as ever. No photos of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino have been released. Bristol Palin told People.com that she intends to wear modest outfits. Do you think her outfit lives up to her modesty hopes? Check out the photos and tell us! Source & Photos

Official Dancing with the Stars Cast Photos: Does Bristol Palin's Costume Look Modest to You?

Bristol Palin has said she wanted modest costumes for Dancing with the Stars, and she does look modest in her first outfit -- at least compared to Audrina Patridge. In the first official photos of this season's contestants in costume, Palin wears a black dress with strategic lace. Patridge, meanwhile, wears a tiny red two-piece that shows off her toned frame. Source Here
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