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TV ratings: Olympics dominate Wednesday, running ahead of 2008

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012With women's gymnastics taking the day off, prime-time ratings for the Summer Olympics on Wednesday came down some from Tuesday's numbers. But NBC still scored a massive win for the night, and through six days of coverage the network is ahead of its ratings for the 2008 games.The Olympics drew 30.6 million viewers and a 17.8 rating/29 share in households for the evening. CBS was a very distant second with 4.6 million viewers and a 3.1/5. ABC (2.8 million, 1.8/3) came in third, followed by FOX (2.1 million, 1.3/2) and The CW (930,000, 0.6/1).In the adults 18-49 demographic, NBC's 9.7 rating was more than three times the combined total of the other four networks. CBS, 1.3, was the only other net to score above a 1 in the demo. ABC averaged 0.8, FOX 0.7 and The CW 0.3.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/tv-ratings-olympics-dominate-wednesday-running-ahead-of-2008.html

'The Middle's' Neil Flynn remembers his first (and last) acting award

Zap2it:How did you become involved with improv?Neil Flynn: I tried improv pretty late in the game and had been an actor for 10 years, and the idea of improvising scared me. In '92, I left Los Angeles because I wasn't making any headway here. I went back to Chicago. For whatever reason the time was right for me to give it a try. I went to Del Close's theater, the ImprovOlympic Theatre, and I gave it a try and took to it.Zap2it: When did you know that you were an actor?Neil Flynn: When I was still in school, probably in high school, and I had not really found my thing. And I did a play, and I really felt at home, and I won a little award for it, and which, by the way, I believe is the last award I won. It was a good little piece of encouragement.Zap2it: Then how did you go... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/the-middles-neil-flynn-remembers-his-first-and-last-acting-award.html

The Middle Season Finale 2012 “The Wedding” Season 3 Episode 24

The Middle  season finale "The Wedding" Season 3  Episode 24  airs Wednesday, May 23 2012 (8:00-8:30p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : Frankie and Mike are surprised to receive an invitation to Mike’s brother Rusty’s (Norm Macdonald) fast approaching wedding. But their surprise turns to panic when they discover that he has listed the Heck  house  as the site of the ceremony. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/05/23/the-middle-season-finale-2012-the-wedding-season-3-episode-24/  

'The Middle's' Neil Flynn: 'Too much doing what I want, when I want'

Neil Flynn was kicking around show business for 20 years when his big break came from what was supposed to be a nothing, one-time role on "Scrubs."He was the janitor."There was no promise that he would ever appear again after the pilot," Flynn tells Zap2it. "And then Bill Lawrence, who created the show -- [who] I owe an eternal debt to -- he just wrote me into every show for eight years."Flynn now plays Mike Heck, the dad on ABC's "The Middle.""Mike and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) balance each other well as characters," Flynn says. "And they are believable."The comedy, which often flies under the radar, "is relatable," he says. "It is pretty grounded."This show has also been wonderful for him, he says. "The producers of 'The Middle' were looking forward for me to audition," Flynn says. "And that is the only time anyone has ever anticipated my arrival at an audition! That they would give... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/the-middles-neil-flynn-too-much-doing-what-i-want-when-i-want.html

The Middle “The Telling” Season 3 Episode 23

The Middle  "The Telling" Season 3  Episode 23 airs Wednesday, May 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : It seems like Frankie truly has eyes in the back of her head when she busts both Sue and Axl for making some bad choices that they thought no one would ever find out about. But when it turns out that she’s using Brick to be her snitch, Mike is completely against it. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/05/16/the-middle-the-telling-season-3-episode-23/  

The Middle “The Clover” Season 3 Episode 22

The Middle  "The Clover" Season 3  Episode 22  airs Wednesday, May 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network . Episode Synopsis : Brick gets anything but good  luck  after he finds an evil four-leaf clover; Frankie makes a decision to find a caregiver for Aunt Edie after she almost burns down her  house ; Axl tries to devise a plan that will keep his status as a lady’s man in play after he once again accidentally invites "weird" Ashley to the prom; Mike gets upset with his dad, Big Mike, when he’s accused of being too soft on Brick; and Axl is horrified when his friend Darrin asks Sue to the prom, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/05/09/the-middle-the-clover-season-3-episode-22/  

TV ratings: 'American Idol' holds the line Wednesday, 'Modern Family' down a little

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 2, 2012"American Idol" held onto its place at the top of the ratings Wednesday, rising a little in viewers and coming in even among adults 18-40 compared to last week's performance show. ABC's comedy block was off slightly, with "Modern Family," "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" all coming in below average. "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23," however, improved some on last week, which had a rerun lead-in.CBS' dramas were also off a little from their most recent originals, but "Law & Order: SVU" improved slightly. And once again, a repeat of "The L.A. Complex" on The CW drew a bigger audience than its initial airing on Tuesday.FOX drew 16.3 million viewers and a 10.0 rating/16 share in households for the night, beating CBS (10.1 million, 6.4/10) by a wide margin. ABC came in third with 7.1 million viewers and a 4.6/7. NBC (5.2 million, 3.5/6) finished fourth, while... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/tv-ratings-american-idol-holds-the-line-wednesday-modern-family-down-a-little.html

In Praise of The Middle's Eden Sher

Who do you want you to be tomorrow? Because we kind of want to be Sue Heck.  Inspired by last night's episode — in which the misfit teen found her spirit animal in guest Whoopi Golberg's super-supportive guidance counselor — the Watercooler felt the need to address the joy of watching The Middle 's Eden Sher kill it every week. As the Heck family member who's only real skill seems to be indefatigable optimism, we'd say that Sher has turned the character into a lovable loser, but she has always been a winner in that regard. Ever since the pilot, whether it's been barely registering in her high school's social scene or having to put up with her embarrassing brothers, she is the ultimate Jan Brady who thinks she's a Marcia. //www.tvguide.com/News/Watercooler-Eden-Sher-1046871.aspx?rss=breakingnews

The Middle: Eden Sher talks Whoopi Goldberg and Sues braces

Whoopi Goldberg guest-stars on "The Middle" Wednesday (May 2), and Eden Sher says "I don't have English words" to describe what it was like working with her."Just my excitement and genuine enthusiasm and awe and inspiration and sort of overwhelmed-ness -- I wish there was a word for that feeling," Sher tells Zap2it. "It was the most magical two days of my life. I threw up in front of her out of nervousness."Really?"True story. Yeah."The episode has Sher's determinedly optimistic Sue seeking out her guidance counselor (Goldberg) when she's feeling a little down and discovering a grown-up version of herself: "She just thinks, wow, this is an incredibly understanding and cool adult," Sher says. "Nobody else, of course, sees that. But I think that's how Sue identifies with her ... she's like, 'Oh my god, this is the coolest person ever.' And everyone else is like, 'Who?'"Sher, who's 20 years old, jokes that you couldn't... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/the-middle-eden-sher-talks-whoopi-goldberg-and-sues-braces.html

The Middle “The Guidance Counselor” Season 3 Episode 21

The Middle  "The Guidance  Counselor" Season 3  Episode 21  airs Wednesday, May 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Episode Synopsis : Sue finds a kindred spirit in her awkward school guidance counselor, Jane Marsh (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires her to reinvent herself. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/05/02/the-middle-the-guidance-counselor-season-3-episode-21/