TV ratings: CBS coasts to Labor Day win

The first new shows of the 2010-11 season roll out this week, but the broadcast networks pretty much took Labor Day off (only ABC had more than an hour of original programming). CBS' reruns got more eyeballs than anyone else's. CBS drew 6.1 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/6 share in households Monday night. NBC (5 million, 3.2/5) narrowly beat ABC (4.8 million, 3.1/5) for second place. FOX came in fourth with 3.3 million viewers and a 2.1/3. The CW (709,000, 0.5/1) was a non-factor. ABC and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49 with 1.7 ratings. NBC scored a 1.3 in the demographic, followed by FOX, 1.0, and The CW, 0.3. To Read More Click Here .

Jason Turns 'Dating in the Dark' Into Dating With a Dummy (VIDEO)

Jason must have thought 'Dating in the Dark' (Mon., 10PM on ABC) had all the girls isolated from one another as well as the guys, or he was under the delusion that girls don't talk to one another. First, with Violet, he brought in a bowl of strawberries, some whipped cream and a heaping helping of sexual innuendo. When Violet asked of the strawberry, "Is it a really big one?" Jason responded, "Oh, it's really big. Trust me." Her rolling eyes said it all, and with the lights out, she wasn't holding back any expressions. With his moves bombing so terribly in the dark room, we can only imagine what a disaster he is when the lights are turned on and he's trying to woo a woman. To Read More Click Here .

TV Tonight: What's On Monday 8/30

We at SideReel are still nursing our Emmy hangover, so don't forget to tune into The Closer tonight to see Best Actress in a Drama winner Kyra Sedgwick in action! Speaking of drama, don't forget to check out the explosive first part of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c Bachelor Pad on ABC The Secret Life of The American Teenager on ABC Family 9/8c Lie to Me on Fox Huge on ABC Family The Closer on TNT 10/9c Dating in the Dark on ABC Rizzoli & Isles on TNT The Real Housewives of New Jersey : Reunion Part 1 on Bravo Weeds on Showtime 10:30/9:30c The Big C on Showtime

'Dating in the Dark': Finding Love in the Shadows (VIDEO)

Love is blind, or so they say. But what if this was literally the case? What if you actually couldn't see the face or the body of the person you were hanging out with? That's the interesting scenario presented by 'Dating in the Dark' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). The reality show throws new couples together in complete and utter darkness. They can't see each other -- but through the magic of night-vision technology, we can watch them interacting. Tonight, Becky and Michael are one of the random pairs who go on a very "blind" date. ( ... Get it?) The couple seems to get along just fine -- and some touching and kissing happens. But then, it's time for Becky and Michael to meet in the full light of day. Will their romantic connection work out, once it's no longer pitch black? Or will one of them be grossed out, after seeing the face of their new potential lover? Source & Video

TV ratings: 'Bachelor Pad' gets a demo win, CBS leads Monday overall

The premiere of ABC's reality Frankenstein "Bachelor Pad" delivered OK numbers Monday night -- good enough to give the network the lead among adults 18-49 for the night -- but CBS had the most viewers. FOX's Teen Choice Awards telecast, meanwhile, improved a bit over last year but still put up typically modest ratings. CBS averaged 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/7 share in primetime, beating out ABC's 5.75 million and 3.8/6. NBC (4.2 million, 2.7/5) edged FOX (4.05 million, 2.2/4) for third place overall. The CW was way off the pace with just 790,000 viewers and a 0.5/1. In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 2.1 rating led the way. CBS was not far behind at 1.9. FOX, 1.5, came in a little ahead of NBC, 1.4, and The CW trailed with a 0.3. To Read More Click Here .

'Dating in the Dark': Honesty Isn't the Best Policy When You're Honestly a Jerk

During their first blind encounter on the premiere of Dating in the Dark last night, engineer Joey impressed blond bombshell Natasha with his "brutal honesty" philosophy. Unfortunately, Natasha later learned that Joey's honesty came coupled with a superficial, misogynist and downright cruel fixation about women's weight--an obsession he thought appropriate to share, at length, during their second date in the dark. At Natasha's expense. Watch and try not to squirm as Joey admits to Natasha that he initially didn't want to date her because he thought she was "the floater" (as in, she wore a perma-ring around her waist) and then tells a lovely little story about his poor ex-girlfriend (who he says "blew up like a tick" over the course of their ill-fated relationship). To Read More Click Here .

'Dating in the Dark' Host Talks Deep TV Love Connections (VIDEO)

Last summer, 'Dating in the Dark' presented an interesting twist on the classic dating reality show, and now it's back for more night vision scenes of sexy singles fumbling around in the dark to try to get to know one another. Host Rossi Moreale explained to us why the show works, and why it doesn't matter if you've graced the cover of Maxim or not -- he says contestants are finding a deeper connection because "they're actually having a conversation and not just staring at each other's butts." With season 2 premiering (Mon., Aug. 9, 10PM ET on ABC), will you watch? Or are you over dating on reality TV? Source & Video

TV Tonight: What's On Monday 8/9

Summer reality TV fun is going strong tonight with the premieres of Bachelor Pad and Dating in the Dark on ABC! Also, don't miss your regular Monday favs including all new episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Closer and more. 8/7c Bachelor Pad on ABC - Series Premiere! Teen Choice Awards on Fox The Secret Life of The American Teenager on ABC Family 9/8c Last Comic Standing on NBC Huge on ABC Family The Closer on TNT Intervention on A&E Degrassi: The Next Generation on CTV 10/9c Dating in the Dark on ABC - Season Premiere! Rizzoli & Isles on TNT The Hard Times of RJ Berger on MTV The Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo Dance Your Ass Off on Oxygen 10:30/9:30c Warren the Ape on MTV What will you be watching?

Alex's Reality Rant: Beat The Heat With These 5 Amazingly Lame Summer Reality Shows!

I'd like to use the fact that it's summer (aka the "off-season") as my excuse for the increasing lameness in my TV watching habits, but who am I kidding? I devour reality TV like it's my job (well, 'cause it kind of is), 24/7, 365 days a year, and there's nothing I can blame except for my unquenchable thirst for drama. That being said, given the fact that the summer does provide a bit more time for me really delve into what the realm of reality shows has to offer (less quality television to distract me from my reality TV ways, you see), I've picked up the habit of getting hooked on some "intriguing" just-for-summer shows, like The Real Housewives of New Jersey , for one (how did I avoid getting sucked into the 'Housewives' series before this?), as well as upcoming new series like Bachelor Pad . So if you're looking for a carefree, trashy (no offense) show to sink your teeth into while you cool off indoors during these hot summer months, here are 5 ridiculous reality shows worth checking out this season, no commitment (or thinking) required: 1. Big Brother I know Big Brother has been around for awhile and has quite the die-hard fanbase, but I've just never gotten into it. Well, I hardly require much convincing beyond a few tempting commercials that hint at plenty of drama and awkwardness to come, so with all the hype surrounding the newest season (which just premiered last week), consider me the show's newest convert. While I'm still trying to figure things out, ie: who is this elusive "Brother" they speak of? Whose brother is he? & more importantly, what's up with this new "Saboteur" factor? Also, 3 episodes a week is sort of sparking a bit of a commitment phobia in me, but I'm not going to worry too much about staying religiously caught up. That's what SideReel is for, right? 2. Dating in the Dark If you've never watched Dating in the Dark, you're missing out. But don't worry -- on August 9th you'll have a brand new chance to jump on the bandwagon. Let me paint you a picture: Guy meet girl. Guy asks girl on a date. Guy makes a move and accidentally puts his hand where it shouldn't be because he can't see a damn thing. Oh, did I mention that this is all in complete darkness? Cue awkward fumbling, delightfully uncomfortable makeout sessions with people they've literally never seen before, and lots of hilariously horrified faces when their suitors are finally revealed in the light of day. GENIUS. 3. Bachelor Pad This show, also premiering on August 9th, boasts a fairly simple premise: a bunch of Bachelor and Bachelorette rejects are thrown into one house, where they drink themselves silly, compete in a slew of ridiculous contests that have no real meaning, and basically hook up all the time. If this doesn't immediately equate to "awesomeness" in your brain, you may never understand. 4. Plain Jane MTV's upcoming makeover show, which premieres this month on July 28th, is bound to be plenty entertaining. After watching some of the preview clips, I was kind of annoyed that they pretty much gave away the whole thing... until I realized that there's a NEW loser every episode who will be even more awkward and desperate for help than the previous one! Sign me up! 5. The Real Housewives of New Jersey I'm pretty sure I've never been to Patterson, New Jersey, but if all the chicks there do that awesome "girllllllfrennnnn" ghetto-fab side-to-side head bob that Teresa Giudice has perfected, I think I may have secretly been born there. When you marathon every RHONJ episode back-to-back like I did, you sort of become jaded to the ridiculousness.. that is, until you watch last Monday's episode . It tops the cake. All cakes. Ever. Do it. Have you been watching/planning to watch any of these summer TV gems? Weigh in below, good or bad welcome, in comments!

ABC Continues Dating in the Dark

Dating in the Dark, the reality series that follows couples meeting in the - you guessed it - dark, has been renewed by ABC, has confirmed. Dating will kick off its second season this summer with an initial six-episode order. In Dating's first season, the show averaged 5.3 million viewers in the Monday at 10/9c timeslot, then 4.7 million in the Monday at 9/8c timeslot previously filled by The Bachelorette. It eventually became summer's No. 1 new TV series in 18-49 demographic. Source here