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'Dancing' keeps ABC on top

Viewers flocked to veteran reality programs last week, as Fox's "American Idol" and the return of ABC's " Dancing with the Stars " easily topped the primetime program rankings. CBS clicked " Survivor " and " The Amazing Race " -- both timeslot leaders -- while NBC was buoyed by " The Biggest Loser " and Fox dined out on " Hell's Kitchen ." It was also a big week for Comedy Central, which ranked among the top five cablers in key demos thanks to Sunday's roast of Larry the Cable Guy and Wednesday's season preem of "South Park." Net also made big news -- and drew record online traffic -- for Jon Stewart's showdown with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Thursday. Overall, "American Idol"-boosted Fox, whose weekly lineup included solid showings for scripted skeins "House" and " Lie to Me ," among others, won the week with ease in key demos. CBS, despite being shut out of the top five programs in 18-49, continues to be the most balanced net throughout the week. The Eye claimed eight of the week's top 20 programs in the demo, compared with four apiece for ABC, Fox and NBC. Fox's weekly 18-49 average of a 4.0 rating/11 share was well ahead of CBS (2.8/8), which was followed by ABC (2.5/7), NBC (2.2/6), Univision (1.6/4) and cablers USA and TBS (0.9/3), according to Nielsen estimates. Fox also ruled among adults 25-54 (4.7/12) and persons 12-34 (3.2/11), while placing a close second to CBS in total viewers (10.9 million to 11.1 million). Tuesday's two-hour " American Idol ," in which the top 13 finalists performed selections from Michael Jackson's songbook, delivered a big 9.5 rating/25 share in adults 18-49 and 25.77 million viewers overall. And the next night's results show, shifting to its new regular 9 p.m. slot, crushed its competish as well (9.1/23, 25.55m). Elsewhere for the net, " House " (4.8/13, 12.38m) ran second to ABC's "Dancing" on Monday; rookie drama "Lie to Me" looked good in its new 8 p.m. slot on Wednesday (first-place 3.4/10 in 18-49, 11.25m); and "Hell's Kitchen" remained strong on Thursday (3.5/9, 7.71m) even without an "Idol" lead-in. At CBS, "Two and a Half Men" was the week's No. 1 comedy (4.8/12 in 18-49, 13.44m), and crime dramas " CSI: Miami " (4.3/11, 14.21m) and " CSI " (4.2/11, 17.13m) made the top 10 as well. Also, "Survivor" (4.1/12, 12.82m) trounced its timeslot rivals on Thursday, and "The Unit" matched or set season highs in various categories on Sunday (2.7/7, 10.87m). Overall, the Eye continues to dominate in total viewers, claiming 10 of the week's top 15 programs. To Read More Click here

Slot switch works for Fox 'Lie to Me,' 'American Idol' top Wednesday

Fox effectively switched timeslots for " American Idol " and rookie drama " Lie to Me " on Wednesday, with the combo producing week-to-week gains despite the start of daylight-saving time, which results in fewer people watching television. CBS also was on the upswing, as both it and Fox took advantage of weak lineups on ABC and NBC. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, "Lie to Me" easily led the 8 o'clock hour (3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) and actually drew more viewers than the previous week when it followed "American Idol." And "Idol" itself shot up thanks to airing in the later 9 p.m. timeslot (8.8/22 in 18-49, 24.9 million viewers overall), more than doubling any other program in the hour. CBS, whose entire lineup ran original episodes for the first time in a month, racked up its best numbers on the night since December. It ran second with comedies " The New Adventures of Old Christine " (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and " Gary Unmarried " (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) and drama " Criminal Minds " (3.5/9 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) and then easily led at 10 p.m. with " CSI: NY " (3.5/9 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall). NBC fared poorly kicking off the night with the premiere of cooking contest "The Chopping Block " (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which came in about in line with the now-canceled drama " Knight Rider (2008) ," which had been airing at 8. " Life " followed with slightly improved numbers (1.8/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), and 10 p.m. drama " Law & Order " picked up some from there (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall). The CW 's " America's Next Top Model " (1.9/6 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) was up a bit vs. its two-hour premiere of the previous week, logging the second largest audience of the season for the franchise -- behind only the fall finale. It ranked second to Fox in adults 18-34 (2.0/7). ABC was not a factor on the night, finishing behind Univision and CW with its lineup of " Scrubs " repeats (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), a " Lost " repeat (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and an original " Life on Mars " (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall). Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.1/17; CBS, 3.1/8; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.4/4; CW, 1.2/3. In total viewers: Fox, 18.0 million; CBS, 11.8 million; NBC, 5.6 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 2.7 million. Source Here

Ratings: Fox Tells a Bigger Lie in Earlier Time Slot

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET Fox's Lie to Me wore its new time slot well, topping the hour with 11.12 million total viewers - a 9 percent increase over its most recent, apres-Idol audience. CBS' sitcombo placed second, with both Old Christine (7.63 mil, +310K) and Gary Unmarried (7.71 mil, +450K) seeing gains. Top Model was looking pretty in third (!) place, surging 15 percent from its premiere to 4.47 mil. NBC's Chopping Block barely bested Scrubs repeats with an audience of under 4 mil - the Peacock's lowest-rated premiere of the season. * 9 pm American Idol unveiled its "Judges' Save" twist to 24.9 million viewers, an increase of 11 percent from last Wednesday's results show (yet down 6 percent year-over-year). Criminal Minds came in second with 14 mil. Life , at 5.3 mil, was up 430 thou. Lost returns next week! * 10 pm CSI: NY dominated with 13.52 million viewers, up 820K week-to-week. Law & Order followed with 7.6 mil (up 440K). Life on Mars continued to die on the vine, dropping 19 percent to 4.58 mil. Source here

Kelli Williams Previews Lie to Me's 8 O'Clock Debut

Following weeks of cruising comfortably on American Idol 's coattails, Lie to Me now must face a hard truth: It has the burden of kicking off Fox's Wednesday line-up. Kelli Williams (who with Tim Roth plays a top-notch deception detector) previews the show's 8 o'clock debut. To Read The Complete Interview Click here .

Ratings: Top Model Is Still Lookin' Good - Featured

Wednesday's ratings roundup: * 8 pm/ET An audience of 22.5 million total viewers tuned in for American Idol , marking a 9 percent increase over last week's results show. (But really, Tatiana? Oh, the pain had best end tonight.) Knight Rider (2008) 's series finale managed a distant second with 5.76 million viewers, representing a 21-percent drop-off from the show's debut. Trailing repeats of CBS sitcoms and Lost , the season premiere of America's Next Top Model averaged 3.89 million viewers over its two-hour run, up 11 percent from its previous opener. Plus, to paraphrase Dr. Johnny Fever, you should see what it's doing with teenage girls! * 9 pm Opposite a Criminal Minds repeat, Lost won the hour and the demos with 10.61 million viewers, a gain of 800K from last week's Idol-ized outing. In third, Fox's [[Lie to Me] (10.2 mil) was down 9 percent. * 10 pm Even with CSI: NY and Law & Order serving leftovers, the freshly canceled Life on Mars (5.67 mil) managed just a 100K gain. Source here

Tim Roth talks about LIE TO ME

By now you already know that I am a big fan of Fox's new show, Lie to Me , and so it was with great interest that I took part in a conference call with Tim Roth, who plays Cal Lightman, a few weeks ago. As the star of the show, Tim Roth has to learn some of the science of lying. But turns out he tries not to take any of it home with him. Paul Ekman, the man on which the character of Cal Lightman is based cannot switch it off, and Tim Roth doesn't want to do that. Tim Roth seemed however really excited to be part of the show, which he calls a fun experiment. His approach of taking things as they come is definitely helping make the show what it is. Even though each episode of Lie to Me, has a story of the day, if you will, there will also be things that carry through, like Gillian's husband's secret life. In fact, something will eventually be revealed, but not necessarily in the way we might expect it to. To Read More Click Here .

Ratings: Lost Bounces Baaaaaaack from Last Week - Featured

Wednesday's ratings rundown: * 8 pm/ET American Idol cued up an audience of 24.4 million total viewers, up 5 percent from last year's first results show. CBS, which came in second for the hour, saw gains for Old Christine (7.32 mil, +260K) and Gary Unmarried (7.26 mil, +400K). This week's Lost rehash (5.57 mil) surged 17 percent to best a new Knight Rider (2008) (5.49 mil). * 9 pm Criminal Minds drew the most viewers (15 million), but Lost topped the demos. Lost bounced back from last week's "Idol-ized" setback to deliver 11.27 mil - and thus edge out Lie to Me (which dipped 78O thou, to 11.22 mil). Life inched up 440K, to 5.16 mil. * 10 pm As CSI: NY (12.35 million viewers, down 500 thou) and Law & Order (7.15 mil, down 370K) both dropped, Life on Mars saw its audience liven up by some 13 percent, hitting 5.8 mil. Source here

LIE TO ME "Love Always" First Look - airing this Wednesday, February 18

First Look at LIE TO ME "Love Always" airing this Wednesday, February 18, at 9pm on FOX.

Ratings: Life Makes a Lively Comeback - Featured

Wednesday's ratings rundown: * 8 pm/ET American Idol eliminated 750,000 viewers, but of course still won the hour with an audience of 26.26 million. Lagging behind a Criminal Minds repeat, Knight Rider dropped off 19 percent of its previous audience, hitting 4.94 mil. ABC's enhanced Lost repeat drew 4.8 mil. * 9 pm Fox's Lie to Me stayed on top with 13 million viewers, up 900K from last week. Lost tied the Fox newbie in the demos while holding steady at 11 million viewers. NBC's Life returned to an audience of 6.76 mil, surging 30 percent from its last fresh outing. Katie Couric's Grammy special cued up 6.8 mil, but was bested by Life in its back half-hour. * 10 pm Law & Order won the time period with 8.7 million viewers, followed by a CSI: NY repeat (7.54 mil) and Life on Mars (6.02 mil, down 480 thou). Source here

LIE TO ME "Moral Waiver" Episode 2

Take a first look at LIE TO ME's Episode 2 "Moral Waiver" airing this Wednesday, January 28, at 9pm on FOX.