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TV Ratings: Giants/Cowboys 'SNF' scores big for NBC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012"Sunday Night Football" on NBC never has trouble dominating the Sunday ratings, but the New Year's Day eve TV landscape was even sparser than usual. That, coupled with a playoff-determining matchup between the Giants and Cowboys, helped NBC to an even bigger win than usual. NBC averaged 20.1 million viewers and an 11.5 rating/18 share in households. CBS was the only other network to put up decent ratings, aided by a new "60 Minutes." The Eye averaged 10.8 million and a 6.6/11. FOX was third with 3.9 million, 2.3/4, ABC was fourth with 3.8 million, 2.4/4 and the CW was last with 1.3 million, 0.8/1.In the 18-49 demographic, NBC also had no trouble winning handily with a 7.0, followed by CBS (2.3), FOX (1.6), ABC (1.1) and the CW (0.4). Sunday hour by hour: 7 p.m. NBC: "Football Night in America" (9.6 million viewers, 5.4/9 households) ABC: "Once...

TV ratings: Packers-Bears scores big on Christmas for NBC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011While the other networks settled in for a long winter's nap on Christmas night, NBC and "Sunday Night Football" dominated the ratings with a matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.NBC averaged 17.8 million viewers and 9.3 rating/19 share in households Sunday evening. Those numbers will change some because of the live "SNF" telecast, but the Peacock beat the combined totals for the other three networks on the night. CBS (5.4 million, 3.4/7) came in second, a little ahead of ABC (4.8 million, 2.6/5). FOX trailed with just 1.8 million viewers and a 1.1/2.NBC was similarly dominant in the adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 5.5 rating. ABC drew a 1.7 to finish second, while neither CBS (0.8) nor FOX (0.7) broke the 1.0 mark....

TV ratings: 'Survivor: South Pacific' finale and football reign supreme on Sunday night

Fast national ratings for Sunday, Dec.18, 2011Football and "Survivor" won Sunday night, as the majority of TV viewers tuned in to either the "Survivor: South Pacific" finale or NBC's Sunday Night Football. That's to be expected, considering we're into the latter half of December when reruns reign supreme. CBS edged out NBC in viewership to win the night, though. The network scored nearly 16 million viewers with a 9.2 rating/15 share in households. NBC was the night's runner-up, with 11.8 million viewers and a 7.3/12, followed by ABC (4.8 million, 2.8/4) and FOX (4.2 million, 2.4/4).In the 18-49 demographic, the distance between CBS and NBC was much closer, with CBS eking out a win with a 4.5, NBC getting a 4.3, and FOX (1.8) and ABC (1.3) bringing up the rear.Sunday ratings hour-by-hour: 8 p.m. CBS: "Survivor: South Pacific" finale (16.4 million viewers, 9.5/15) NBC: "NBC Sunday Night Football" (12.5 million, 7.8/12) ABC: "Once Upon...

'The Simpsons': Steve Carell to join as Fat Tony's accountant

Steve Carell may have retired from "The Office," but that doesn't mean he's done with prime time comedy. The funny man has signed up to guest voice on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons."EW is reporting that Carell will take on the role of Dan Gillick, the high-strung accountant who works for mobster Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna). Things will get tough for Gillick when he might have to run the mob while Fat Tony is on jury duty."He's nervous, and then Fat Tony says that he's got to kill some people and then he's really nervous because he actually wants to do it," says show EP Al Jean. "The line between Ivy League MBA and ruthless murderer is a very thin one." Dan, clearly not good at reading the tea leaves, seeks advice from Homer on what to do. The two meet initially while bowling.So Zappers, are you excited about this future episode?...

The Simpsons “Holidays of Future Passed” Season 23 Episode 9

The Simpsons  "Holidays of Future  Passed" Season 23 Episode 9 airs Sunday December 11 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis :  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and THE SIMPSONS  flash forward 30 years and find themselves in a tech-savvy, futuristic Springfield. Bart and Lisa  have children of their own and decide to spend the holidays as one big family at Homer and Marge’s  house . Lisa and Bart turn to Homer and Marge for parenting advice and begin to realize that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the all-new "Holidays of Future Passed" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Dec. 11 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

'Simpsons' on the Jury for Peter and the Boys on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

After a fun cameo by 'King of the Hill' on 'The Simpsons' earlier in the night, 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX) went for a triple crossover. This time, though, it wasn't exclusively with Seth MacFarlane's other shows. Well, not entirely. In a rather blatant attempt to remind viewers about 'The Cleveland Show,' Cleveland and Donna both crossed over to Quahog, with Cleveland reuniting with the boys for a road trip adventure. The adventure itself saw them arrested under false charges and tried before a jury of their peers. "I don't think they see it that way," Joe said after the camera panned across a jury made up entirely of characters from 'The Simpsons.' It's a pretty accurate assessment of the two shows which may share a night and a network, but little else as the people behind making both shows don't seem to get along very well.

Joan Rivers Boots Janeane Garofalo for Being Too Funny on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

It was a very meta episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), as the opening minutes dealt directly -- or directly through talking about 'Itchy & Scratchy' -- with the dated references issues. Sure, they explained that it takes a long time to animate the series, but is explaining the technical reasons behind the problem supposed to make the audience simply accept it and be happy about it? The rest of the episode had a chance for some sharp satire, but as 'The Simpsons' tend to do, went for the soft approach. When Krusty the Clown's show got cancelled, he hooked back up with the talent agent who first scouted him, played by Joan Rivers. She first booked him on a live show a la Pee Wee Herman's recent broadway revival, and ultimately on HBOWTIME.

THE SIMPSONS “The Ten-Per-Cent Solution” Season 23 Episode 8

THE SIMPSONS  "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" Season 23 Episode 8 airs Sunday December 4 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  Krusty the Clown is stuck in a rut when the television network  pulls his show from the air and his talent agency drops him as a client. But when THE SIMPSONS  introduce  him to seasoned agent Annie (guest voice Joan Rivers), they are surprised to learn that Annie was Krusty’s very first agent. Despite their rocky relationship, Annie is convinced to re-sign Krusty and craft his career comeback. But when Krusty’s retro comedy show reboot is deemed a critical success, Krusty must decide to stay with his agent or side with the network  executives  in the all-new "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Dec. 4 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

TV ratings: 'Once Upon a Time' down some as NFL dominates Sunday

Fast national ratings for Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011NFL games -- both the scheduled contest on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and an afternoon game that bled nearly an hour into primetime on CBS -- ruled Sunday night's ratings. "Once Upon a Time," meanwhile, declined some from previous episodes (though it still performed pretty well), and ABC's first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith," drew pretty meager ratings.NBC led the night with 14.2 million viewers and an 8.7 rating/13 share in households, beating out the 13.5 million viewers and 8.2/12 for CBS (numbers for both nets will change in the final nationals when the live NFL telecasts are accounted for). ABC (7.8 million, 4.6/7) finished third overall, while FOX -- which also had an NFL overrun in some markets -- delivered 5.3 million viewers and a 3.0/4.Thanks to "Sunday Night Football," NBC also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.4 rating....

Marge Simpson Finds Herself Getting Seduced in 'Mad Men' Spoof (VIDEO)

In a spoof of 'Mad Men' so sharp, you'll swear it's 2008, Homer Simpsons took a job as an account man for the nuclear power plant on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX). While it was a charming enough episode, there were no stand-out moments of clever satire or unexpected twists. That said, we did enjoy the scene where Marge went to confront the man who held the job before Homer. Clearly a Roger Sterling type, we loved how during her conversation, she found herself suddenly sitting on his bed, and then standing outside the shower while he washed up. That's the 'Mad Men' seduction that washes over women so fast they don't even know what happened until it's too late.