It was almost too easy for CBS last night. The network aired three new episodes of three of its most highly-rated dramas, while most other networks took yet another night off from fresh programming. We run down the ratings below... 8 p.m. NCIS : 21.3 million viewers The Biggest Loser : Couples: 11 million Orange Bowl: 8.9 million Scrubs : 3.9 million/Better Off Ted: 3 million 90210 rerun: 948,000 9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (pictured): 18 million The Biggest Loser : 12.4 million Orange Bowl: 10.6 million Scrubs : 3 million/Better Off Ted: 2.6 million Melrose Place (2009) rerun: 781,000 10 p.m. The Good Wife : 13.8 million The Jay Leno Show : 6.4 million The Forgotten (TV) : 4.4 million Source Here
Check out photos of one of the funniest shows on TV BETTER OFF TED "Battle of the Bulbs" (Season 2 Episode 3) which airs Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 9:30 p.m. on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis: Lem flips out when his mother (guest star Khandi Alexander, "CSI: Miami"), a brilliant scientist who has always intimidated him, comes to visit and begins an affair with Dr. Bhamba (Maz Jobrani). Meanwhile, Ted gets miffed when Linda suddenly gets all the credit after she makes a suggestion to improve on his prize project, a light bulb that burns forever, on "Better Off Ted," TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. "Better Off Ted" stars Jay Harrington as Ted, Portia de Rossi as Veronica, Andrea Anders as Linda, Jonathan Slavin as Phil, Malcolm Barrett as Lem and Isabella Acres as Rose. Guest starring are Khandi Alexander as Stella Clifton, Maz Jobrani as Dr. Bhamba and Terry Rhoads as Chet. "Battle of the Bulbs" was written by Michael Shipley and directed by Marc Buckland. Source & Photos
The Futon Critic has reported that ABC intends to run double episodes of their Tuesday night comedies Scrubs and Better Off Ted throughout January beginning on Tuesday the 5th. ABC is also airing 2 episodes of Ted and one of Scrubs on Friday, January 1st (seriously...will anybody know or remember to watch these?!) They will then alternate episodes of the 2 shows on Tuesdays - airing Scrubs at 8 & 9 and Ted at 8:30 & 9:30. Collectively, these airings will burn off both shows' 13-episode orders. Both series have been struggling in the ratings since they premiered earlier this month. Thus, ABC dumping all of the episodes quickly might not be such a great sign for their future survival. From TV By the Numbers : "Though it won't likely quiet speculation from fans, this seems to significantly reduce (all the way down to zero) the likelihood that either show will get renewed for additional episodes." While I thus far have not been wowed by Scrubs: Med School, I'd be kind of sad to lose Ted, which I think has really excelled in its second season. How about you?
The Good Wife headed into its winter hiatus on the strength of its largest audience to date, helping CBS land yet another Tuesday night ratings win. The freshman legal drama pulled in 14.1 million viewers, handily defeating The Jay Leno Show (5.2 million viewers) and a repeat of The Forgotten (3.3 million viewers), capping off a characteristically strong Tuesday showing for CBS. New holiday episodes of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles were watched by 20.5 million viewers and 17.4 million viewers, respectively. Putting up the best fight was NBC's The Sing-Off, which averaged 7 million viewers over two hours and improved 13 percent among adults 18-to-49. Leading out of another airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas (6.6 million viewers), ABC's Scrubs (4.3 million viewers) and Better Off Ted (3.2 million viewers) continued to plunge, with the former down 13 percent and the latter hitting an all-time low in the demo. On Fox, the So You Think You Can Dance performance finale pulled in 6.3 million viewers, but only 4 million viewers tuned into Gordon Ramsay's live cooking show. Two repeats of The Vampire Diaries averaged 1.4 million viewers for the CW. Source here
Check out photos of one of the funniest shows on TV BETTER OFF TED "The Lawyer, The Lemur and the Little Listener" (Season 2 episode 2) which airs Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 p.m. on the ABC Television Network. Here at Daemon's TV, we are huge fans of Ted and company and hope to see more of them for the upcoming future. Episode Synopsis: When a wave of layoff hits Veridian and little Rose seems to have inside info because of a friend in her Hive playgroup, Veronica tries to pump her for information, much to Ted's disapproval. Meanwhile, Linda is elated to sell her first children's book -- until someone points out that her lead character, alemur , is the spitting image of Phil -- and Lem starts a passionate affair with one of the company lawyers (guest star Chelsey Crisp), only to find out that his paycheck is being docked for the "billable hours" he's spending with his new girlfriend, on "Better Off Ted," TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Source & Photos
The Biggest Loser 8/7c NBC Season 8 comes to a close in this two-hour live finale. Last week, Danny and Rudy secured their spots as finalists, while Liz and Amanda's fate in the competition fell into the hands of viewers voting at home. All is revealed tonight as the third contestant is announced, the at-home players return for one last weigh-in and, of course, the Biggest Loser is named. -- Brie Hearn Disney Prep & Landing 8:30/7:30c ABC It's not easy being an elf. After devoting 227 years of your life to an elite elf organization, sometimes a veteran like Wayne (voice of Dave Foley) can get passed over for a promotion. To make matters worse, his boss (voice of Sarah Chalke) then pairs him with an overeager rookie. But Wayne soldiers on, and he and his new coworker put their know-how to the test when they have to guide Santa through a major snowstorm on Christmas Eve in this 2009 special from Walt Disney Animation Studios. -- Jennifer Sankowski Outer Space Astronauts 9:30/8:30c Syfy Imagine that you told the guys in the cast to lose their razors for a couple days, filmed them reading dialogue that makes them sound like slackers and then grafted their live-action heads onto computer-generated bodies that are a few sizes too small for their heads. Now drape them in uniforms befitting of Starfleet officers, put them in spaceship scenarios that mock planet-of-the-week sci-fi shows -- and you're pretty much set to understand the premiere of this sitcom series. -- Michael Chant Better Off Ted 9:30/8:30c ABC With the health-care debate dominating the news, it's not surprising that the sitcom goes there in the Season 2 premiere. Veridian Dynamics splices romance and science when the company tries to pair employees based on their genetic compatibility in the hope that their future, well-bred offspring won't generate pricey medical bills. Linda initially abhors the idea -- until she meets her match (Taye Diggs). -- Michael Chant 2009: That Really Happened!?!? 9/8c VH1 To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, 2009 had good times, bad times and hard times, too. And as this recap of the pop-culture year that was demonstrates, it had its fair share of scandals, feuds and public embarrassments. Among the grist sure to be singled out: the Kanye West-Taylor Swift VMA debacle, Jon & Kate Plus 8 and Michael Jackson's tragic death. The hour also features a musical recap of '09 from Internet remix DJ Steve Porter. -- Jeff Gemmill Super Dave's Spike-Tacular 9/8c Spike Ladies and gentlemen! Let's ... get ready ... to ... cringe. Dave takes on Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the UFC mixed-martial-arts fighter who clobbered Keith Jardine back in March, gave Wanderlei Silva a knockout as a late Christmas gift last year, and dealt defeating blows to Chuck Liddell and Marvin Eastman the year before. Fortunately, our beloved host is no stranger to painful injuries. -- Michael Chant
Actually, two sneak peeks of the Better Off Ted season premiere! The first clip shows what you should do if you ever blurt out something in bed that you shouldn't (and why you should learn a bit of geography first) and the second clip (after the jump) shows what happens if a coworker reveals a little bit about himself. I'm so glad ABC renewed this show. The season premiere airs next Tuesday at 9:30. Source & Preview
Take a first look at photos of Taye Diggs guest starring as Greg on BETTER OFF TED "Love Blurts" Season 2 Episode 1 which premieres Tuesday, December 8 at 9:30 p.m. on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis: Veridian Dynamics tries matchmaking employees based on their genetic compatibility in hopes of saving on health insurance bills from imperfectly bred children. Ted and Linda balk at this until they meet their supposed matches -- Greg (guest starTaye Diggs ) for Linda and Danielle (Virginia Williams) for Ted -- and are instantly attracted despite themselves. Meanwhile, after Veronica finds out Lem is her perfect genetic match, she hounds him to make a donation to a sperm bank, on the Season Premiere of "Better Off Ted," TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Source & Preview
Mark your calendars! ABC has finally announced a premiere date for Season 9 of Scrubs - and it's only about a month away - Tuesday, December 1st at 9PM! Better Off Ted will return to the 9:30 slot the following week - December 8th. Of course, as previously reported, Scrubs will look a lot different upon its return - primarily taking place in a medical school setting - with only Donald Faison (Turk) and John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox) returning as regulars (though Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke will be making guest appearances). Will you be tuning into Season 9 of Scrubs? Excited that Better Off Ted is coming back? Source
Last night had some great premieres plus new episodes of summer favs, so catch what you missed or re-watch what you loved! Primetime TV: Warehouse 13 - Watch 'Claudia' HawthoRNe - Watch 'Night Moves' Rescue Me - Watch 'Lesbos' Better Off Ted - Watch 'Jabberwocky' More to Love - Watch 'Premiere' 10 Things I Hate About You - Watch 'Don't Give a Damn About My Bad Reputation' Ruby & the Rockits - Watch 'Save the Last Dunce for Me' The Cleaner - Watch 'The Things We Didn't Plan' Saving Grace - Watch 'That Was No First Kiss' Hell's Kitchen - Watch '14 Chefs Compete' NYC Prep - Watch 'Guests of Guests' America's Got Talent - Watch 'Episode 411' Miami Social - Watch 'The Better Lover' The Colony - Watch 'Power Struggle' News & Late Night TV: The Daily Show - Watch 'Spinal Tap' The Colbert Report - Watch 'Arianna Huffington' The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien - Watch 'Heidi Klum, Steve Zahn, Jimmy Carr' Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - Watch 'Sean "Diddy" Combs, Marisa Jaret Winokur, Tom Colicchio'