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TV ratings: 'House' and ABC lead a soft Monday, 'Harry's Law' holds steady

Fast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 24, 2011ABC scored the biggest overall audience on Monday night, and FOX's "House" had the best individual numbers, thanks largely to the fact that CBS aired a lineup of reruns. "The Bachelor" and "Chuck" showed small improvements over last week, while "Harry's Law" held onto most of its premiere audience in week two.ABC led the night with 9.2 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/10 share in households. FOX (9.05 million, 5.4/8) was not far behind in second. CBS (8 million, 5.1/8) took third, edging NBC (7.5 million, 4.6/7). The CW returned to originals and had a fairly typical showing, drawing 1.65 million people and a 1.1/2.FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.1 rating, beating out ABC's 2.7. CBS, 2.2, finished third. NBC's 1.9 was good enough for fourth, and The CW trailed with a 0.9.Monday hour by hour:8 p.m.FOX: "House" (10.4 million viewers, 6.1/9 households)ABC: "The Bachelor"... //

Brittany Snow talks 'Harry's Law,' Kathy Bates, and Love is Louder

What happens when you combine Kathy Bates and David E. Kelley? Magic."Harry's Law" debuted to successful ratings last Monday night, putting the pressure on for tonight's second episode."I guess you always feel a little bit of pressure, because we were up against a rerun of 'Castle,'" says Brittany Snow, who plays Jenna, the assistant to Bates' cynical lawyer, Harry. "That gave us a little bit of leverage, but I think our show is something really different so we constantly keep hoping for the best when it comes to the next week. The episodes, I think, get even better."While Jenna may come off as a dumb blonde initially, Snow promises that there's a lot more to her. "My character definitely, from the outside, is seen as a ditzy blonde assistant who just kind of says quirky things, and she is that person. She's overly optimistic and enthusiastic about life and things, but as the series goes... //

HARRY’S LAW “Heat of Passion” Episode 2 - Photos

Check out a first look of the upcoming episode of the new NBC show HARRY’S LAW "Heat of Passion" Episode 2 which airs Monday January 24 at 10pm on NBC. Episode Synopsis: HARRY’S LAW "Heat of Passion" Episode 2 – Harry (Kathy Bates) defends an impoverished 87-year-old woman who commits armed robbery to buy food. Meanwhile, in an attempt to impress a beautiful woman, Adam (Nate Corddry) takes on an unlikely case in which he must argue in favor of a laundromat owner’s strict "one-child only" policy for his employees, but is shaken when opposing counsel is none other than flamboyant media hog Tommy Jefferson (Christopher McDonald). Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen also star. Read More... //

Harry’s Law Shows Some Appeal in Ratings

The premiere of NBC's Harry's Law showed it has appeal, ruling the last hour of prime time with 11 million viewers. The legal dramedy, starring Kathy Bates, edged a fresh installment of Hawaii Five-0, which got 10.6 million viewers while a Castle rerun pulled in 5.7 million in prime time's final hour. At 9, The Bachelor continued to be a steady performer averaging 8.9 million viewers (following Week 2's audience of 8.4 million, and about 9 million for the ABC show's Season 15 premiere two weeks ago.) Read More... //

Everything You Need to Know About Harry's Law

David E. Kelley, the Emmy-winning writer and producer behind TV hits Ally McBeal , The Practice and Boston Legal , has created yet another quirky new legal drama (his specialty!). Harry's Law stars Kathy Bates as a burned-out patent attorney who runs a storefront criminal-defense firm. Kelley briefs us on what we need to know about his latest legal eagle. Harry was supposed to be a man. "We didn't find the actor we thought embodied everything Harry should or could be, so we opened the field up to women and, as soon as we did, Kathy's name leaped to the top of the list," he says about casting the Oscar winner.... //

'Harry's Law' Needs to Ease Up on the Quirk, Emphasize Kathy Bates

When I spoke to David E. Kelley last week, he was quick to admit that his new show, 'Harry's Law,' is a bit of a risky move for him and NBC. Not because it's an unusual show or something no one's ever seen before, mind you. "The production values of shows have become so sophisticated that to ask an audience to be patient, to sit in the courtroom and listen to Q&A's, I mean, it's just, it's a bit old fashioned. And this show is a bit old fashioned," he said. Read More... //

David E. Kelley on 'Harry's Law' and Why His Shows Get So Wacky

If you've ever been a fan of a David E. Kelley series, whether it was 'Ally McBeal,' 'The Practice,' 'Boston Legal,' or any of his other hits, at one point or another you've probably decried your favorite show going in a direction that can best be described as "wacky." Kelley's heard that criticism, but feels that's just the way he writes his characters. "I think in 'Ally McBeal' we kind of went off in year 3, but probably came back to earth in year 4.," he told me last week, saying that the show "thrived on its originality. "It's a difficult trick," he continued. "Your audience has an expectation. They want the show to be the show that they tuned into. They want it to be familiar. And at the same time, show us something new. So it's a very inexact science. And sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you don't." Read More... //

This Week In TV: Premieres and Returns Galore Plus Midseason Premieres with Familiar Faces – 01/17/11

In an all-new This Week in TV, Kendra and Rachel have the scoop on some exciting premieres of brand-new midseason shows, as well as returns of favorite series like Parks & Rec, Life Unexpected, and American Idol with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler! Also, the TV addict duo gives a rundown of some familiar faces in this season's new TV series that you might recognize from previous shows! Gotta love Friends alums Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc getting their chance at a TV comeback! For the full scoop on what's new in TV this week, check out the video in the link below! This Week in TV: 1/17/11

TV Tonight: What's On Monday 1/17

This week kicks off with plenty of series premieres, including the long-anticipated US version of Skins, which airs at 10/9c after a special Monday edition of Jersey Shore! Also, don't forget the first episodes of Harry's Law on NBC and Being Human on Syfy! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c The Bachelor  on ABC How I Met Your Mother  on CBS House  on FOX Chuck  on NBC Pretty Little Liars  on ABC Family 8:30/7:30c Rules of Engagement  on CBS 9/8c Two and a Half Men  on CBS Lie To Me  on FOX The Cape  on NBC Greek  on ABC Family Jersey Shore  on MTV -- special night! Being Human  on Syfy -- series premiere! 10/9c Hawaii Five-0  on CBS Harry's Law  on NBC -- series premiere! Skins  on MTV -- series premiere! What will you be watching?

Harry's Law Sneak Peeks: Kathy Bates Stars in New Legal Drama

Kathy Bates will be playing the title character in NBC's newest legal drama, Harry's Law, which will be premiering on January 17 at 10:00 p.m.  Below are six sneak peeks from the pilot episode. KATHY BATES STARS IN THE PREMIERE OF QUIRKY LEGAL DRAMA SERIES "HARRY'S LAW" Read more... //