TV Ratings: CBS wins Friday, but The CW has a victory of its own

Fast National Ratings for Friday, Dec. 3, 2011As usual, CBS emerged victorious from Friday's ratings race. With new episodes of "A Gifted Man," "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods," CBS handily beat the other networks. Interestingly, though, The CW got a major boost from its fall finale of "Supernatural," and the show actually beat NBC in the 9:00 hour. Unfortunately, "Nikita" didn't fare as well, tying its all-time series low. CBS averaged 9.6 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/10 share in households. ABC was second with 4.7 million, 3.1/5, followed closely by FOX with 4.3 million and a 2.8/5. NBC came in fourth overall with 2.8 million, 1.9/3, and The CW trailed with 1.8 million, 1.1/2. In the adults 18-49 demo, CBS again won with a 1.4, followed by FOX with 1.3, ABC with 1.2, NBC with a measly 0.7 and The CW just barely coming in fifth with a 0.6.Friday hour by hour: 8 p.m.CBS:...

Michael Moloney Previews 'Extreme Makeover' of Bullied Teen's Home (VIDEO)

On the next episode of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,' the team will help build a new home for the family of Carl Walker, an 11-year-old boy who took his own life as a result of anti-gay bullying. 'Home' designer Michael Moloney stopped by 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) to talk about what that project meant to him. He described first meeting Dominique, Carl's sister, at a GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) event where she spoke out against bullying. Moloney was so moved that he met with her afterward to offer his help in any way.

TV Ratings: CBS dramas win again, 'Grimm' succeeds in spite of obstacles

Fast National ratings for Friday, Nov. 18, 2011It's starting to feel like a broken record, but certainly one the folks as CBS are interested in hearing. The drama block of "A Gifted Man," "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods" propelled the network to another Friday night ratings victory.Perhaps the biggest news is NBC's "Grimm" and its success despite a challenging time slot and a disappointing lead in from "Chuck." The show of dark fairy tales delivered 5.4 million viewers and tied for the 18-49 demo time slot title at 1.6.CBS averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/11 share, easily beating their rivals. ABC secured second place with 5.2 viewers and a 3.4 rating/6 share. NBC followed (4.8 million, 3.1/5) with FOX (3.2 million, 2.0/3) and CW (1.7 million, 1.1/2) in its familiar last place spot. In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS won with a 1.6, followed by an NBC and ABC tie (1.3), FOX at...

Jewel Performs at Veterans Day Fundraising Special on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC) took a break from building houses for families in need to tackle another worthy cause. Taking advantage of their new Friday time slot, the show was perfectly poised to address Veterans Day, and they did so with a star-studded fundraising event co-hosted by Ty Pennington and Jewel. The special looked back at veterans and military families 'Extreme Makeover' has helped over the years, and shed a spotlight on modern veterans returning to a difficult economic climate, emphasizing the skills their military training makes them well suited for in civilian life.

A Quiet Reveal for a War Veteran on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

Every family touched by 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC) has a worthy story, but few makeovers are as poignant and relevant as last week's renovation. Ty Pennington and his team headed to Ottowa, KS, to surprise the Hill family, whose patriarch, Staff Sergeant Allen Hill, was almost killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. Though he survived the blast, he now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that can be triggered by loud noises, dimly lit spaces and long hallways. The former Hill family home was located near a rock quarry and a train yard, both sources of constant noise and disruption, so the 'Extreme Makeover' team found a more suitable location on which to construct a new property.

TV ratings: 'Grimm' has surprisingly solid premiere, World Series dominates Friday

Fast National ratings for Friday, Oct. 28, 2011The doom-and-gloom ratings predictions for NBC's new drama "Grimm" opposite Game 7 of the World Series turned out to be off base -- the show had a decent premiere Friday night, scoring the top adults 18-49 rating of anything that wasn't baseball.The same couldn't be said for "Chuck," which began its final season with its smallest audience ever. "Nikita" and "Supernatural" were pretty steady with last week's numbers, while the World Series gave FOX its biggest Friday audience in a long time.FOX averaged 23.25 million viewers and a 13.4 rating/22 share in households for the night; those numbers will likely change some because of the live telecast. CBS was the best of the rest with 6.9 million viewers and a 4.5/7. NBC (4.9 million, 3.2/5) came in third, a little ahead of ABC (4.5 million, 3.1/5). The CW trailed with 1.8 million viewers and a 1.2/2.FOX also dominated...

A New Home and Inspiration to Walk Again for Brian Keefer on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

After a horrible accident during a simple backflip, Brian Keefer's world was turned upside down. Now he's paralyzed from the neck down, but determined to walk again. That determination and the sacrifices his family have made on his behalf lured the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC) to Pennsylvania to help give him the tools he needs to make that dream a reality. And to help with inspiration, they found other people who've accomplished already some of the things Brian is fighting for. Patrick Rummerfield is one of the most famous stories, and one of Brian's idols as he's regained full use of his body after a 1974 accident left him paralyzed.

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Starts Work in Joplin, Missouri

Joplin, Missouri hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in May when it was ravaged by a giant tornado that killed 162 people and destroyed an estimated 2,000 buildings. As survivors reeled from the catastrophe they got some good news from the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' gang, who announced they would help rebuild homes for some of those dispossessed by the tragedy. In what producers say is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the reality show, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' started work Wednesday on the ambitious plan to build seven houses in seven days. 'Good Morning America' host Sam Champion was on hand to reveal the names of the deserving families -- some of whom lost children in the disaster -- who will benefit from the new homes. 'GMA' will be reporting on progress throughout the week leading up to Ty Pennington's "Move the bus!" on Oct. 26.

Big New House For Little Hailey on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (VIDEO)

This week, Ty Pennington and the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) took on a task very close to the heart for Amy and Matt Roloff ( 'Little People Big World' ). The Korpai family have a five-year old daughter, Hailey, with dwarfism, but their house is hardly suitable for her needs. The Roloffs undertook a similar renovation on their farm to make the kitchen and other areas of the house more user-friendly for little people. So the design team stopped by Roloff farms for some inspiration, and invited Matt back to help with the build. Bill Klein and Jen Arnold ( 'The Little Couple' ) got involved as well, as this was more than just a rebuild of a house.

TV ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' up over last week, 'Pan Am' and 'Housewives' down

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers helped NBC's "Sunday Night Football" improve on its ratings from last week, and the Peacock once again finished the night on top. Football also inflated CBS' ratings some, while ABC's dramas "Desperate Housewives" and "Pan Am" declined.NBC averaged 16.2 million viewers and a 10.2 rating/16 share in households Sunday night, beating CBS' 12.1 million and 7.9/12. The numbers for both networks will change some because of the live NFL broadcasts in primetime. ABC came in third with 7.2 million viewers and a 4.7/7. FOX (2.7 million, 1.6/2) was way behind with a slate of reruns after a scheduled American League Championship Series game was rained out.NBC dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.3 rating. CBS finished second with a 3.1, followed by ABC at 2.0. FOX drew a 1.0 in the demo....