From TV By the Numbers: Robert posted last week about the 20% ratings fall Leverage suffered against the season premiere of Psych . Last night Psych got hit hard in a post-premiere slump, and Leverage was mixed, but topped Psych in average viewers and closed the gap in adults 18-49. Psych slid almost 35% to just 2.856 million viewers (vs. 4.367 million for the premiere). It's A18-49 rating fell to a 1.1 from a 1.5 for the premiere. The "USA strategy of moving dramas off Friday was a success" pronouncement may have been a bit premature. TNT might have hoped for a big rebound for Leverage, but it was effectively flat. Down 4% in viewers to 2.913 million (from 3.020 million last week). But it got a little boost in its A18-49 ratings to a 0.9 from a 0.8 last week. Both had a new CSI:NY and Ugly Betty on broadcast as competition this week vs. repeats last week. Source
Wednesday night has gotten full of great TV, so check out all that's new tonight so you don't miss a second of the laughs or drama! 8/7c American Idol on Fox Mercy on NBC 8:30/7:30c The Middle on ABC 9/8c Modern Family on ABC Human Target on Fox Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC Criminal Minds on CBS Friday Night Lights on DirecTV Leverage on TNT Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi 9:30/8:30c Cougar Town on ABC 10/9c Ugly Betty on ABC The Jay Leno Show on NBC CSI: NY on CBS Psych on USA Network Nip/Tuck on FX 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?
Check out a first look of PSYCH "Thrill Seekers & Hell Raisers" Season 4 Episode 11 airing February 3rd at 10pm on USA. Episode Synopsis: When Shawn and Gus join Gus' new girlfriend on a rafting trip, a member of the group goes overboard, but Shawn quickly realizes it was no accident. Sarah Shahi and Stacy Keibler guest star. Source & Preview
Psych returns tonight with an all-new episode that focuses on Gus. Apparently, he's got a big secret that he's kept from Shawn all this time but he's finally coming clean in the episode "Thrill Seekers and Hell Raisers." It turns out Gus has a secret girlfriend named Ruby and Shawn isn't happy about it. It's a good thing Gus chose to break the big news to Shawn at a pet store where Shawn couldn't make a scene because he's high on bunny love. To Read More Click Here .
Tonight's network TV is taken over by President Obama's State of the Union Address, but never fear, cable TV and American Idol are still here to entertain post-Obama time! Here's what's new tonight: 8/7c American Idol on Fox 9/8c Friday Night Lights on DirecTV Leverage on TNT Launch My Line on Bravo - Finale! Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi 10/9c Psych on USA Network - Winter Premiere! Nip/Tuck on FX Real World: D.C. on MTV 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?
Psych kicks off the second half of its fourth season with an army-themed installment entitled "You Can't Handle This Episode." When we last saw the mystery comedy back in October, Shawn's life was in danger as he stumbled onto something dangerous while working on a case involving an ice cream truck. And something tells me that tonight's episode is no different. Shawn will once again live on the edge and spearhead the action as he takes on a case in which a solider has seemingly committed suicide. As expected, Shawn has a different take on the case as he claims that the soldier's suicide was actually murder. He uses his "psychic" abilities to determine foul play only to discover that Juliet's older brother, Ewan O'Hara, played by WWE's John Cena, who is supposed to help in the investigation, may be involved in the crime. While that's happening, Shawn tries to appease his girlfriend, Abigail, played by Rachael Leigh Cook, who wants to go out on a real date with him. For now though, she'll have to settle for a date at the crime scene. Check out the clip from tonight's episode: Source & Preview
* Leverage (10/9c TNT ) The con is on, and it turns intensely personal for crew captain Nate Ford upon the discovery that his ex-wife (Kari Matchett) has been nabbed and is languishing in a Ukrainian prison. Nate's stealthy outlaws set out to rescue her - but in order for their scheme to succeed, they must join forces with longstanding nemesis Jim Sterling (Mark A. Sheppard). Jeri Ryan continues her winter guest-star arc as grifter Tara Cole. * State of the Union (9/8c ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox NEWS, MSNBC) In his first State of the Union speech, President Obama is expected to recap his administration's triumphs in 2009 (chief among them, from his perspective: preventing the Great Recession from turning into a depression) and outline his 2010 goals, which will likely include scaled-back health-care reform, tougher banking regulations and- - given that unemployment remains at 10 percent - job creation. Following the address, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell will offer the GOP spin on things. * Psych (10/9c USA Network ) Shawn and Gus return for the second half of their fourth season with a big guest star (literally): John Cena. The WWE champ plays Juliet's brother, Ewan, a former military man who's now working as a mercenary. Shawn gets tangled up in Army affairs when he comes to suspect that a soldier's suicide was really a murder and that Ewan could be involved. * Nip/Tuck (10/9c FX ) Poor Kimber! First, she got herself caught up in the rift between Sean and Christian, and then last week she was dumped by both Christian and Mike Hamoui. No wonder she jumped off Hamoui's boat. Whether she's actually dead wasn't made clear, but we're likely to find out tonight, when her mother (Melanie Griffith) shows up. In any event, McNamara/Troy won't be a happy place, but Sean will be going to Africa with his humanitarian friend, Curtis Ryerson (George Newbern), won't he? * Tavis Smiley Reports (8/7c PBS) If the book Game Change by reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin is to be believed, Hillary Clinton initially turned down Barack Obama's offer to become secretary of state. Let's be glad she changed her mind: As a representative of America and American values, she's done her country proud. In this first installment of a quarterly, issue-oriented series from Tavis Smiley, she discusses her first year on the job and is shown at work abroad, on Capitol Hill and at the State Department. Source Here
Check out a couple of previews and clips, as well as a music video for the return of PSYCH and its 4.5 Season, which premieres on Wednesday January 27 at 10pm on USA. You might have noticed that instead of the familiar Friday night, Psych is now moving to Wednesdays. I am a little sad with the day change because Psych always made Fridays exciting. On top of that, Wednesdays are already pretty packed for me so that means I might end up delaying watching Psych even more now. But if it gets more people to watch it, then I'm all for it. I'm just excited Shawn and Gus are back and I can't wait to find out what the writers have in store for us this time (maybe some more 'The Mentalist' jokes?). Enjoy the videos below. Source & Clips
Psych returns with an all new day and time, Wednesday at 10/9c on USA Network starting January 27th! The fourth season continues with guest stars John Cena, Robert Patrick, and Rachel Leigh Cook returns as Shawn's girlfriend. Other guest stars in the second half of season 4 include: Judd Nelson, Chris Sarandon, Miguel Ferrer, Bruce Davison, Ally Sheedy and more. Check out the promos: Psych Winter Premiere Previews Visit the official Facebook fan page and follow Psych on Twitter !
From THR: USA Network made a clean sweep of the 2009 ratings race, marking the fourth consecutive win for the NBC Universal powerhouse. Per Nielsen ratings data (a blend of live-plus-seven-day and two weeks of live-plus-same-day numbers), USA drew a record 3.27 million viewers in primetime, a 14% improvement over its year-ago delivery. For the period spanning Dec. 29, 2008, through Dec. 27, 2009, USA swept ad-supported cable's three top TV demos, averaging 1.49 million adults 25-54, an increase of 11% versus 2008, while serving up 1.32 million viewers 18-49 (up 5%). The network also held off TBS to take the younger set, drawing 616,000 viewers 18-34. USA effectively shattered the records it set in 2008, when it averaged 2.86 million total viewers, 1.34 million adults 25-54 and 1.32 million viewers 18-49. (When factoring in all basic-cable nets, this year marks USA's second straight win among total viewers. In 2007, non-ad-supported Disney Channel topped the total cable universe with 2.7 million total viewers, edging USA's 2.68 million in the same period.) On the year, USA boasted cable's two most-watched new series in Royal Pains (7.47 million viewers per week) and White Collar (5.68 million). Both programs also ran away with their target demos, as "Pains" served up 3.56 million adults 25-54 and 3.15 million viewers 18-49, while "Collar" averaged 2.29 million 25-54s and 2.04 million 18-49s. USA also accounted for half of cable's top 10 returning series. With an average delivery of 7.19 million viewers, Burn Notice closed out the year second only to TNT's The Closer . That said, the wry spy drama topped the demos, averaging 3.61 million adults 25-54 and 3.27 million viewers 18-49. Other big earners for USA were: Monk , which ended its eight-season run on Dec. 4 in front of a crowd of 9.44 million viewers; Psych , which averaged 5.21 million viewers in the first half of its third season; and "In Plain Sight," which scared up 5 million viewers in its sophomore effort. What is your favorite USA Network series? Read more: USA Tops 2009 Cable Ratings