TV Ratings: 'Marriage Ref' premiere dips, 'Family Guy' rerun wins demo

Fast affiliate ratings for Sunday, June 26, 2011.You know summer is here when a "Family Guy" re-run is the highest rated program in the 18-49 demographic... but it's true. Meanwhile, NBC's premiere of "The Marriage Ref" didn't quite perform as well as the alphabet network hoped - down 20% from its last original episode, the broadcast was tied for its lowest-rated episode ever.Overall, it was a quiet night, with CBS taking first place with 5.4 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/6 share in households. NBC was next, (4.7 million, 2.9/5) with ABC next (4.2 million, 2.7/5). FOX had the least total viewers with 2.5 million on average and a 1.5/3 share.In the 18-49 demographic, NBC had a 1.4, with FOX just behind at 1.3. CBS and ABC trailed with a 0.9 and 0.8 respectively.Sunday hour-by-hour:7 p.m.CBS: "60 Minutes" (6.9 million, 4.7/9)ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" re-run (4.7 million, 2.8/5)NBC: "Dateline" (3.7 million, 2.5/5)FOX: "American Dad"...

The Marriage Ref Returns - With Some Changes

While it did well enough to get renewed for   Season 2 ,   The Marriage Ref   faced its fair share of criticisms last year on NBC. But when the Jerry Seinfeld-produced show -- in which married couples reveal their issues with one another and celebrity guests weigh in with their opinion -- returns on Sunday, there will be changes, notes host Tom Papa. If some felt that celebrities passing judgment on normal folks, who only appeared in pre-taped segments, felt off, that dynamic will be very different.   Read More...

'Marriage Ref' Contestant Blames Jerry Seinfeld For His Divorce

A former contestant on Jerry Seinfeld's hit reality TV show The Marriage Ref has blamed the comedian and his popular series for allegedly wrecking his marriage. Howie Kohlenberg, 47, from New Yor...

'The Marriage Ref' Is Back With a New Format and Giant Pumpkins (VIDEO)

'The Marriage Ref' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC) returned with a slightly tweaked format this season. Now, the couples are brought into the studio, and the audience gets to pick which person was the most right and that person will get a billboard in their hometown telling everyone they were right. Oh, and they'll also pocket a cool $25,000. The most memorable of the three couples was definitely the Johnsons. The wife was frustrated because of her husbands obsession with all things pumpkins, including growing gigantic ones and even naming them. The celebrities were on his side, though Jerry Seinfeld told him to do something about how ugly they look when they get so big.

Tom Papa Previews 'Marriage Ref' Changes: 'Rightest' Win $25K, Billboard (VIDEO)

As host of 'The Marriage Ref,' Tom Papa gets to help settle a lot of silly arguments between spouses, along with a panel of comedians and celebrities. Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Papa discussed his philosophy about marriage and what it takes to keep two people together. "I think you have to realize that every marriage is ridiculous," he said. "We're all a mess and there's always problems and it's better if you just laugh at it and don't take it too seriously." Once more, he said his wife agrees with him, which is a good sign. Read More...

Season Two of NBC's "The Marriage Ref" Premieres on Sunday, June 26 at 10PM

NBC's "The Marriage Ref" (Sundays 10-11 PM ET) begins its all-new and improved second season on Sunday, June 26, with comedian Tom Papa back in the center of the action where he serves as host. Papa was personally chosen by returning executive producer, Jerry Seinfeld. In this funny and revealing comedy panel series, real-life married couples take center stage as their quirky, funny, and relatable disputes are explored, examined -- and ultimately judged. For the sophomore run of "The Marriage Ref," couples will appear in-studio and face a panel of "experts" composed of top celebrities and comedians who will weigh in and decide which spouse is right. The goal is to give couples something they have always wanted but have never had - a clear winner. Read More...

Reel TV News: American Idol Premieres Tonight, LOLA’s on Hiatus, and Rob Lowe Promotes the Return of Parks & Recreation – 01/19/11

Get your Reel TV News! Today Rachel gets us pumped for tonight's 2-hour season premiere of American Idol, in which new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez do their best to fill Simon Cowell's shoes. Will the newly-lowered age limit (to 15 instead of the usual 16) help judges find the next Justin Bieber? In other news, fall newcomer Law & Order: Los Angeles, which was originally supposed to return early February, is put on hiatus indefinitely, while Marriage Ref is put in similar limbo. Also, actor Rob Lowe puts his comedic side to the test with a new Funny or Die video to help promote his new Parks & Rec role! Check out the full news in the link below. Reel TV News: 1/19/11

'Marriage Ref' Host Tom Papa Previews Big Changes, Celebrity Guests for Season 2

'The Marriage Ref' wasn't exactly a ratings hit in its first season, but NBC is giving the reality show -- which revolves around celebrity panelists taking sides in the marital fights of real couples -- another shot. Host Tom Papa reveals that season 2 (premieres Sun., March 6, 8PM ET on NBC) has some major changes though. Instead of the celebrity panelists judging the fights based on their video submissions, the couples will actually be live in studio. It's certainly a lot harder to be snarky and mean to someone's face, which comedian Papa admitted is the reason for the update.

Jerry Seinfeld Donating to Nashville Flood Relief

Jerry Seinfeld will donate the proceeds from his Friday stand-up show in Nashville to aid flood victims. "This is a tough time for a great city, and I'm very happy to donate the proceeds from this show to the local organizations that are bringing help where it's needed," Seinfeld said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. The comedian, who will appear at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, will split the proceeds between the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Seinfeld is just the latest celebrity to offer support in the wake of the devastating flood that has destroyed thousands of homes and claimed 22 lives in Tennessee. Taylor Swift has donated $500,000 toward relief and will participate in the June 22 Nashville Rising benefit concert, to be hosted by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn and Miranda Lambert are also on the lineup. Nashville native Ke$ha has a benefit concert planned for June 16, while country music cable network GAC will air a telethon on May 16, featuring Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, and other stars. A telethon held last week raised more than $1.7 million. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, May 6, 2010

* FlashForward (8/7c ABC) Is the universe course-correcting itself? That may - or may not - be the case when Demetri and Banks pursue a killer who seems to be making amends with destiny by targeting individuals who escaped their flash-forward fates (i.e., death). Mark, meanwhile, agrees to help Simon locate his sister, but his cooperation may be put on hold when he learns the brainiac is withholding information; and Nicole discovers Keiko's whereabouts but isn't sure she wants to share that knowledge with Bryce. * Bones (8/7c Fox) Until now, forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs has only been the inspiration for Dr. Temperance Brennan. Of course, this is not to diminish her contribution, but Reichs gets her first writing credit by penning this episode, which delves into the world of witchcraft. The fun starts when Brennan and Booth investigate the discovery of two corpses found in a burned-down cabin, but they need to bone up on their Wicca studies after one of the bodies dates to the 17th-century Salem witch trials. * Sergio (8/7c HBO ) Sergio Vieira de Mello may not have been a household name, but in international humanitarian circles the charming Brazilian-born diplomat was a star. So it was no surprise that de Mello was handpicked by the United Nations to be its representative in Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion, a thankless post that would end in tragedy. Based on Samantha Power's biography, Greg Barker's 2009 film, a Grand Jury Prize nominee at Sundance, profiles de Mello's career and contributions to the cause of human rights. * Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (8/7c CBS) Last week Russell needlessly played his hidden immunity idol, one of the few mistakes he's made thus far, and he may come to regret it even more when the castaways learn they will be competing in two immunity challenges and attending back-to-back tribal councils. Another reason Russell may need protection is that his once solid alliance with Parvati is splitting apart and he's scrambling to keep the numbers on his side. Of course, Russell is an idol magnet, so don't count out the possibility of another one coming into his possession. * 30 Rock (9:30/8:30c NBC) Mother's Day rocks the Rock stars with assorted mommy issues. The special day marks the arrival of Liz's mother (Anita Gillette), who reconnects with a former paramour. In addition, Jenna's oddball parent (Jan Hooks) pays a visit, and Tracy's so-called "mom" (Novella Nelson) teaches him a valuable lesson. As for romance juggler Jack, the executive continues to woo his two leading ladies - well-tended Avery (Elizabeth Banks) and modest school crush Nancy - but this time his fussy mother (Elaine Stritch) gets entangled in the messy romantic triangle. Buzz Aldrin, Cheyenne Jackson and Patti LuPone round out the guest-star roster. * The Marriage Ref (10/9c NBC) Jerry Seinfeld settles back into the panelist chair in this new episode. Joining him are Gwyneth Paltrow, who's been busy promoting the anticipated sequel Iron Man 2, and comedian Greg Giraldo. The trio draws on their own experiences with relationships to offer their thoughts on couples' quirky disputes. * PGA Tour Golf (1/noon Golf) At last week's Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy needed an eagle on the last shot of the second round to make the cut - and he went on to set a course record with a 10-under final round to best Phil Mickelson by four strokes. Winning two days prior to his 21st birthday, McIlroy became the youngest Tour winner since Tiger Woods, who failed to make the cut for just the sixth time in his career. At this week's Players Championship, he looks to make it two in a row over Mickelson and Woods, who just happen to be the Top 2 players in the world. Source Here