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Tuesday TV Ratings: 'Idol' Carries Tuesday, but it's Close - Featured

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 " American Idol " led Fox to its usual spot at the top of Tuesday's ratings, but its numbers dropped again, allowing CBS to finish a pretty close second in viewers. FOX drew 16.9 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/15 share in households for the night. CBS actually led in households with a 9.9/15 but finished second in viewers (15.9 million). NBC (8.6 million, 5.2/8) came in third. ABC (3.3 million, 2.2/3) was a distant fourth, and The CW's reruns managed only 920,000 viewers and a 0.7/1. In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 6.1 rating led the way. CBS took second at 3.2, just ahead of NBC's 3.2. ABC averaged 1.3 and The CW 0.4. To Read More Click Here .

NCIS "Jet Lag" Season 7 Episode 13 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek of the NCIS "Jet Lag" Season 7 Episode 13 airing Tuesday January 26 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode Synopsis: When the government's star witness in an embezzlement case is targeted by an assassin, it's up to the team to help her make it home alive. Dina Meyer ("Burn Notice") guest stars as D.C. Madam Holly Snow. Ryan Cutrona ("Mad Men," "24") guest stars as Marine CEO Ray Beringer. Source & Preview

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 - Featured

* NCIS (8/7c CBS) It's a classic device that never fails to leave armchair viewers white knuckled - put the good guys and the bad guys together in a place where there's no escape! Add to that the element of not knowing the enemy's identity and things get even more tense. Tony and Ziva return from Paris as escorts assigned to guard a government witness back to the U.S. when they learn that an assassin may be along for the ride. * American Idol (8/7c Fox) Idol wasn't idle last week, blowing into the Windy City with guest judge Shania Twain and adding heat to the Sunshine State with stand-in appraiser Kristin Chenoweth. The usual good, bad and ugly of the audition rounds continue when the series heads west and lands in Los Angeles, an apt place considering it's the long-established locus for superstar success stories - and, sadly, broken dreams. Pop songstresses Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry are the guest judges. * Lost (9/8c ABC) Last season, the Lost writers moved the island through time; now ABC programmers are moving Lost through time (slots, anyhow) to Tuesday. The sixth (and final) season begins next week, but tonight ABC is repeating last season's finale, in which we finally get to know Jacob (sort of), and Locke and Ben finally see him - just before we get to see what's in that crate on the beach. Meanwhile, Jack's finally successful in detonating the nuke. Actually, it's Juliet who does the detonating. * 24/7 Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona (10/9c HBO ) This up-close-and-personal series makes its first foray out of the ring, abandoning boxers like Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather for four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. While the first three episodes should be interesting, following the driver and his crew as they prepare for the Super Bowl of auto racing, the Daytona 500, the fourth and final program could be the most fun - it covers race day. * Teen Mom (10/9c MTV ) The first year of parenthood can be a trying time for any parent, but when you're under the age of 18, it's all the more difficult, as evidenced by this worthwhile documentary series, which wraps up its first season. The 90-minute finale follows Amber and Maci as they celebrate their babies' first birthdays, a milestone not only for the little ones but also for the young women who've grown tremendously over the course of the season. And is Catelynn ready to take that next step with her boyfriend Tyler? We'll find out when he pops the question. Source Here

NCIS Spoilers: Season Finale Has "Already Started"

We're barely into the second half of the season, but speculation over the finale of NCIS this May has already begun - in part thanks to previous season-ending shockers. In the past two years, we've seen Director Jenny Shepard killed, Gibbs given a brand-new team, and Ziva left for dead (well, almost) in a far corner of the Middle East. How can the current Season 7, perhaps the CBS show's best so far, live up to such drama? Executive producer Shane Brennan says we should already have some idea. “The people who really watch the show, I can tell them right now that they have already seen the beginnings of the last episode,” he said in an interview with Fancast. “We have already started the last episode. Let them puzzle over that.” To Read More Click Here .

Rena Sofer on NCIS Season 7 (PHOTOS)

Check out photos of Rena Sofer who will guest star on an upcoming episode of NCIS airing Tuesday February 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The episode will be titled "Masquerade". Episode Synopsis: The team finds themselves in a race against time when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a "dirty bomb" in the D.C. area, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Rena Sofer ("24," "General Hospital") reprises her role as attorney Margaret Allison Hart. Source & More Photos

'NCIS' Boss Dishes on Sort of Tiva-Centric Episode

All the Tiva fans (and haters) can't probably wait for it. On the January 26 episode of NCIS, Tony (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva (Cote de Pablo) are sent to the world's most romantic city Paris and end up having to share a hotel room. On "Jetlag" the two's assignment to escort a government witness back from Paris encounters a road bump when they learn a hit man may be on their flight home. But outside this whole procedural stuff, NCIS fans want to know one thing: if the whole set up will result in anything concrete, or will it just be a mighty tease. "The episode puts them in the most romantic city in the world," NCIS executive producer Shane Brennan tells Entertainment Weekly, "and it puts them in the same hotel room." But more importantly, Brennan adds, the two realize that while "it's a long road back" there is that realization that "the spark is still there." "It doesn't mean that something is going to be resolved, but it does mean that the journey may have started again," he closes. So does this mean several seasons worth of flirting down the drain? The showrunner raises some valid points, though: if you know the kind of rift that the two had in the last season of NCIS, it's easy to understand why the road back would indeed be a "long" one. Previously, however, Brennan did say that, "shippers will be happy" with the episode. "There is a scene where Tony and Ziva are outside having coffee in a French restaurant and they end up riding away on a little motor scooter," Brennan said. "It is very romantic-looking and it is very French and it is very Tony DiNozzo." But if we remember it right, this is the same thing he said regarding the season 6 closer: the Tiva fans would love it, and we all know what happened in that stretch. Nevertheless, if indeed nothing happens on the Paris episode, will it at least mean the start of a long journey back for Tiva? Source Here

Watch Out for Gibbs' Mother-in-Law on 'NCIS'

On NCIS, we know that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is made of pretty strong stuff, but will the arrival of his mother-in-law bring him pain? Entertainment Weekly reports that NCIS has cast three-time Emmy winner Gena Rowlands for the potentially recurring role of Joanna, Gibbs' "upscale" mother-in-law who is reportedly bringing him a slightly unwanted blast from the past. The mother of one of his ex-wives will shed light on "what happened in his past." Rowlands, 79, was recently on 2004's The Notebook, where she bagged a Satellite award for best supporting actress. With several Oscar, Golden Globes, and Emmy nods, she won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in 1987's The Betty Ford Story,1991's Face of a Stranger, and 2003's Hysterical Blindness. Watch out for Gibb's mother-in-law on NCIS in March. Source Here

NCIS Spoilers: "Spark Still There" For Ziva and Tony

The January 26 episode of NCIS, "Jetlag," finds Tony and Ziva in Paris on business. But what many inquiring fans of TV's top show want to know is whether there will be more than business taking place between the special agents in the City of Light? The episode puts them in the most romantic city in the world, NCIS executive producer Shane Brennan said, noting that and it puts them in the same hotel room. But does anything actually happen in that room? There will be a realization that the spark is still there, he says. ''It doesn't mean something is going to be resolved, but it does mean that the journey may have started again." That's about as cryptic as it gets, Shane. Talk about choosing words carefully! It's a long road back, Brennan adds. When you think about what they went through, for them to resolve what happened and come to terms with that, it's a long road back. Somehow, we imagine restless Tiva fans are willing to travel that road. Romantic developments between them or not, it's a joy to watch the interplay between NCIS cast members Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo week in and week out. Source here

NCIS: Preview of Episode 7.12 "Flesh and Blood"

Tonight on NCIS, we get to meet Tony's (Michael Weatherly) very naughty daddy - or as they referred to him, "the original Tony DiNozzo" - and we see him making some lightly lewd passes at poor, unsuspecting Abby (Pauley Perrette). On the serious side though, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is worried about Tony's ability to do his job when his dad returns and may or may not be linked to their newest investigation which involves an assassination attempt on a foreign prince. Of course, playing Tony's father on this NCIS episode is Robert Wagner, best known for his role on the late 70s and early 80s lighthearted crime drama Hart to Hart. More recently, he became known as the eyepatched Number Two in the Austin Powers films. Just a piece of potentially useless trivia: Michael Weatherly played Robert Wagner in The Mystery of Natalie Wood. Talk about going full-circle! Source & Preview

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

* American Idol (8/7c Fox) Simon says - Season 9 of the well-tuned talent contest begins tonight with a two-hour premiere blast. Judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi journey to Boston for the first edition of the preliminary auditions, where starry-eyed hopefuls are rated. (And berated?) In Boston, it's a good bet that some will be wicked good and others will be just plain wicked. Season 9 brings a sweeping change, of course: New judge Ellen DeGeneres replaces the departing Paula Abdul and joins the judges after the audition episodes. The tryouts continue tomorrow night in Atlanta. * NCIS (8/7c CBS) Robert Wagner guest stars as Tony's father, who is connected to a case involving an assassination attempt on a foreign prince. The family link to the investigation has Gibbs more than a little worried that Tony might not be able to do his job effectively and with objectivity. * Southland (10/9c TNT ) TNT picks up where NBC left off by adding the once-canceled police drama to its lineup, beginning with the series opener. Benjamin McKenzie stars as Los Angeles rookie cop Ben Sherman, whose future with the force depends on a good evaluation from his partner (Michael Cudlitz), who is, of course, a tough veteran with his own way of bringing down the bad guys. When a bust gets out of control, Sherman has to act on instinct and hopes that his partner won't judge him too harshly. Otherwise, his first day could be his last. * Independent Lens (9/8c PBS) Nothing compares to the Young@Heart Chorus, a New England senior-citizen choir that tackles such unconventional fare as the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia." The doc, which chronicles the group's preparations for a hometown concert in Northampton, Mass., also steps off stage to profile some of the participants, including 92-year-young Eileen Hall, and features a very funny take on the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." * Tabatha's Salon Takeover (10/9c Bravo ) The salon makeover and takeover series closes shop for the season. There will need to be plenty of style counsel in the Season 2 finale when hair-parlor authority Tabatha Coffey journeys to Illinois to rescue a sinking salon, and she won't let her hair down until she succeeds. Among the establishment's tangled problems: The owner lacks leadership skills, the manager is snippy, and a stylist isn't making the cut. Source Here