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TV ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' tops 'Idol' head-to-head, but FOX wins Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012"The Big Bang Theory" scored a second straight ratings win against "American Idol" on Thursday, leading the one-time juggernaut by better than half a point among adults 18-49 and by about 500,000 viewers in the half-hour they competed head-to-head*.(*The half-hour breakdown, not reflected in the numbers below, is as follows: From 8 to 8:30 p.m., "Big Bang" drew 16 million viewers and a 5.4 in adults 18-49 to 15.5 million and 4.8 for "Idol.")Thanks to a surge in its second half, though, "Idol" still ended up as the night's most-watched show and tied "Big Bang" in the demo. The lead-in (and reruns on ABC and CBS) also helped "The Finder" score its best ratings so far. FOX averaged 12.75 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share among households in primetime, beating out the 11.3 million and 7.0/11 for CBS. There was a big drop from there to third-place... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/01/tv-ratings-the-big-bang-theory-tops-idol-head-to-head-but-fox-wins-thursday.html

Parks and Recreation “Bowling for Votes” Season 4 Episode 13

Parks and Recreation  "Bowling  for Votes" Season 4 Episode  13 airs Thursday January 26 on NBC (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis:  Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) decide to hold a casual bowling party after hearing feedback from a focus group. April (Aubrey Plaza), Chris ( Rob  Lowe), Donna (Retta) and Jerry (Jim O’Heir) have a contest to see who can raise the most money for Leslie’s campaign by cold calling. Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari also star. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2012/01/26/parks-and-recreation-bowling-for-votes-season-4-episode-13/  

'Parks and Recreation': Leslie goes negative ... on a voter

Telling a constituent that you're going to introduce your foot to their a** is not a conventional campaign strategy. But Leslie Knope is not running a conventional campaign.Much to Ben's (Adam Scott) dismay, Leslie (Amy Poehler) gets her back up on Thursday's (Jan. 26) "Parks and Recreation" when a guy attending her bowling-alley campaign event walks away unimpressed. We'll grant that coming to such an event just for the beer is kind of uncool, but still -- it's probably best for the campaign not to be making hostile bets with potential voters.It is, however, pretty funny.On the other hand, "funny" only begins to describe the dance Chris (Rob Lowe) does in the second clip after securing a donation for Leslie's campaign. He's not quite as herky-jerky as Elaine was on "Seinfeld," but you'd be forgiven if you utter "Sweet fancy Moses" after watching. (Also, Aubrey Plaza's talking head at the end of the scene is... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/01/parks-and-recreation-leslie-goes-negative-on-a-voter.html

Parks and Rec Exclusive: Watch the Gang Raise Money for Leslie's City Council Campaign

It's been too long since we've seen Rob Lowe shake it in Pawnee. After giving us so much to love during Andy and April's wedding last spring, the fine folks at Parks and Recreation have finally given Chris a reason to get down once more.   In Thursday's new episode (8:30/7:30c, NBC) Leslie's campaign team will hold a contest amongst themselves to see how much...  //www.tvguide.com/News/Parks-Rec-Video-Chris-Dance-1042123.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Paul Rudd on Parks and Rec: Bobby Newport Makes a Lasting First Impression (VIDEO)

Paul Rudd is charming, witty, and charismatic. Bobby Newport is not. But he still looks like Paul Rudd (adorable), and that makes him a threat to Leslie Knope. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/q8sfPfUd9PQ/paul-rudd-on-parks-and-rec-bobby-newport-makes-a-lasting-first-impression

Parks and Recreation: Ben's Ad Takes Aim at Bobby Newport (VIDEO)

Let the mudslinging begin! Ben produces a campaign ad targeting Bobby Newport's privileged life. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/M8GC12RaTcw/parks-and-recreation-bens-ad-takes-aim-at-bobby-newport-

Parks and Recreation “Campaign Ad” Season 4 Episode 12

Parks and Recreation  "Campaign Ad" Season 4 Episode 12 airs Thursday January 19 on NBC (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis:  Faced with a tough new opponent, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) disagree on the content of her first campaign ad. Ron (Nick Offerman) is very uncomfortable when Chris ( Rob  Lowe) tries to befriend him, while Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza) make a trip to the doctor. Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir and Retta also star. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2012/01/19/parks-and-recreation-campaign-ad-season-4-episode-12/  

Sean Hayes to Guest Star on Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation has added another hilarious name to its guest star list. A few days after announcing that Paul Rudd would stop by Pawnee in order to run for city council against Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope, it's now been confirmed that Sean Hayes will also appear on a spring episode of TV's funniest show. According to TV Line, the former Will & Grace star - who will likely star in his own NBC sitcom this fall - will portray a journalist who lands a major interview with Leslie. Don't expect it to go very well. NBC is all about Will & Grace these days. Megan Mullally recurs on Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson’s second ex-wife and will make an appearance this week on Up All Night , while Debra Messing anchors the network's next big hope for a significant hit, Smash . It premieres on February 6. //www.tvfanatic.com/2012/01/sean-hayes-to-guest-star-on-parks-and-recreation/

Parks and Recreation “The Comeback Kid” Season 4 Episode 11

Parks and Recreation  "The Comeback Kid" Season 4 Episode  11 airs Thursday January 12 on NBC (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis:  Leslie (Amy Poehler) enlists everyone’s help in staging an attention-getting event. Ben (Adam Scott) explores a new hobby, while April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt) adopt a pet. Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir, Retta and  Rob  Lowe also star. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2012/01/12/parks-and-recreation-the-comeback-kid-season-4-episode-11/  

'Parks & Rec' Cast Show Off Hidden Talents on 'People's Choice Awards'

Kaley Cuoco was back as host of "The People's Choice Awards" (Wed., 9 p.m. EST on CBS), so there was no surprise that the show opened with a skit on the set of her own show "The Big Bang Theory." But later in the show, she jumped networks to find the hidden talents of the cast of another hit show, "Parks & Recreation." Who knew that Chris Pratt was willing to try swallowing a sword for the first time ever on camera, while Adam Scott had the "amazing" talent of hitting a laptop with a hammer. Probably most impressive was Nick Offerman and Rashida Jones competing to see who could grow their beard the fastest. Aziz Ansari's talent was to just wear the hell out of a suit, while Amy Poehler did indeed make weird noises. Read More... //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/ZhgapnMtTCk/peoples-choice-awards-parks-and-recreation-video_n_1201348.html