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Your mom was right: Don't believe everything you see on TV. Much of the health advice given by the medical talk shows The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors is either not supported by evidence - or is simply incorrect, according to a study published in The Bmj (formerly the British Medical Journal). Researchers randomly selected 40 episodes each of The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors and then "experienced evidence reviewers" evaluated the advice given. According to their findings, the recommendations "often lack adequate information on specific benefits." In fact, about half have "either no evidence or are contradicted by the best available evidence. »
Michael Roark has been cast in Wild For The Night, an indie thriller directed by Benny Boom. He will play Karl, a former La street kid who is best friends with Wyatt’s (James Maslow) and works with him to search for his sister’s killer. Roark’s credits include Magic Mike, Dolphin Tale and TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Stalker, Sleepy Hollow and Royal Pains. He is repped by the Kohner Agency and Principal Entertainment.
Tina Casciani has joined the cast of director Ben Younger’s Vinnie Pazienza biopic Bleed For This. She will play Heather, a love interest for boxing champ Pazienza (Miles Teller). The cast also includes Katey Sagal, Aaron Eckhart and Ciaran Hands. She recurs on the CW’s Jane The Virgin. and had guested on series including Reckless, Murder In The First, CSI and Revenge. Casciani is repped by Nu Talent, Luber Roklin and Myman Greenspan. »
- The Deadline Team
The Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the rival Philadelphia Eagles dominated last night’s ratings race, picking up NBC’s top “Sunday Night Football” score of the fall and contributing to a season low for ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” which aired its fall finale.
According to Nielsen metered-market overnights, “Sunday Night Football” averaged a 14.9 household rating/24 share — the second best Sunday night score of the football season, and the best since the late-summer contest in Week 1 between Indianapolis and Denver (15.1/25). On NBC’s stations, the game averaged a 7.7 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and 21.8 million viewers overall from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with its final total viewership expected to be in the vicinity of 25 million.
ABC opened the night with small numbers for the special “Backstage With Disney on Broadway” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), which certainly contributed to the season low for “Once Upon a Time” (1.7/5 in 18- »
- Variety Staff
Try as he might, Stalker‘s Detective Larsen can’t outpace his family issues, a lesson he learns the hard way in tonight’s episode (CBS, 10/9c).
In TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek above, Jack quite literally runs into his son on Ethan’s way to school — and the lad knows Jack’s hiding something major.
“Your mom wouldn’t want you talking to strangers,” Jack insists, to which Ethan replies, “You’re not a stranger.” (Despite what Jack’s exercise regimen may have you believe, the guy isn’t exactly quick on his feet.)
Press Play above for a sneak peek at the episode, »
With a provocative title like “Revenge,” you better believe that this week’s Scorpion was going to get real, but do we watch Scorpion because it’s real? That’s the question. Although the titular nerd herd cashes cheques from Homeland Security, there’s very rarely an ominous cloud of death coming any minute for the main characters. But on the occasion that the danger gets very real, it feels like a spasm in the show, as if the writers were asking their program to accept something it didn’t want to. “Revenge” was an exception though, as the emotional ringer that the episode puts Walter and the crew through felt like an adequate escalation in the stakes as a group of murderous thieves put a key team member in the hospital.
Initially, I feared that Scorpion was pushing us to accept danger for danger’s sake. In the opening scene, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
It's hard to imagine that The Simpsons will ever be cancelled. Despite a decline in the ratings last season, it remained one of Fox's top-rated shows. Will the numbers go up this year or continue to sag? We'll see.
On The Simpsons, the yellow family that never gets older continues to wreak their own kind of havoc on the strange town of Springfield. The voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
12/8 update: You can see the »
With AMC’s “The Walking Dead” out of the way, NBC dominated Sunday’s ratings race with its “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers, while of note on the entertainment side was an uptick for ABC’s “Revenge” in its final episode of the year.
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Patriots’ 23-14 victory averaged a 13.9 household rating/22 share — up 9% vs. the Week 14 matchup of a year ago (12.7/20 for Carolina-New Orleans) and the second best “Snf” overnight in the last seven weeks. It’s also the highest-rated primetime game featuring the Chargers in 18 years (since a Detroit-San Diego “Monday Night Football” game on ABC in 1996).
The game netted earned a 41.2 household rating/56 share in Boston and a 36.5/56 in San Diego.
And in Nielsen’s fast nationals, it averaged a 6.1 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p. »
- Rick Kissell
The midseason finale of ABC’s Revenge bounced back from last week’s series low rating by drawing 4.6 million viewers and a 1.2 rating this Sunday, up 12 percent and two tenths.
Opening ABC’s night, Once Upon a Time (6.1 mil/2.0) dipped 5 percent and a tenth, while Resurrection (3.9 mil/1.0) ticked up 5 percent and a tenth.
CBS | Back-to-back colorized I Love Lucy episodes averaged 9.4 mil and a 1.4. With that softer-than-Madam Secretary lead-in, The Mentalist (8.6mil/1.1) fell 21 and 30 percent and CSI (7.9 mil/1.2) slipped 5 and 14 percent, hitting and tying series lows.
NBC | Sunday Night Football (18.2 mil/6.1) is down two tenths from last week’s fast nationals. »
It’s official. Thanksgiving has come and gone and it’s freezing outside — well, here in L.A. it’s still in the 60’s most of the time, but it’s been raining a little lately and that’s the same thing as being snowed in, right? Being so cold you might turn into a personsicle isn’t all bad.
Just stay inside and enjoy these 13 perks:
1. You Finally Get to Wear the “Ugly Sweater” You Actually Think Is Cool But Can’t Get Away Wearing Anytime Else. Because apparently if it has a giant, yarn Santa crocheted to the front, you can’t proudly wear it in public.
News: New 'Frozen' will be in theaters next year — get the scoop!
2. And Because You’re Wearing That Sweater All the Time, You Don’t Have to Worry About What’s Underneath. Goodbye bikini season, hello sweater weather, where bodies remain a mystery under that groundhog »
NBC won Sunday’s primetime ratings race behind “Sunday Night Football,” while NFL action also helped CBS’ lineup — including the fall finale of “Madam Secretary” and the final-season premiere of “The Mentalist” — to good numbers. The future doesn’t look great, meanwhile, for ABC’s “Resurrection,” which followed up last week’s preemption with a series low.
Of course, “Resurrection” was up against the season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which is expected to beat every primetime program on the night in key demos.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs averaged a 6.3 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers overall on the network’s stations between 8:30 and 11 p.m., with the game’s final averages expected to rise in the nationals by a little more than 10%.
In the metered-market overnights, the visiting Broncos’ 29-16 victory averaged a 13.2 household »
- Rick Kissell
ABC’s Once Upon a Time returned from its week off to 6.3 million total viewers and a season-low 2.0 demo rating, down 7 and 16 percent from its two-hour outing.
Leading out of that, things got significantly rougher for ABC, with Resurrection (3.6 mil/0.8) and Revenge (4.1 mil/1.0) both dropping 22 and 33 percent to all-time lows.
Related Once Upon a Time Recap: Junk in the Trunk
CBS | Pending any adjustment due to a whiff of NFL overrun, Madam Secretary (13 mil/1.9) is currently looking at gains of 5 and 19 percent. The Mentalist returned to 10.4 mil/1.6, up 7 percent in audience while matching »
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” reclaimed its spot as the top-rated program of the night, with its Cowboys-Giants matchup producing the franchise’s best ratings in five weeks and contributing to year-over-year declines for ABC’s telecast of the American Music Awards.
CBS, meanwhile, benefited from a huge NFL overrun at the outset of primetime, which lifted “60 Minutes” to season highs and helped “Madam Secretary” score some of its best numbers to date, while Fox had a weak night with its comedy block.
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-28 victory averaged a 14.0 household rating/22 share, peaking with a 15.3/29 from 11:30-11:45 p.m. Et when Dallas scored the winning touchdown. This is the top overnight for “Snf” since Oct. 19.
“Sunday Night Football” is expected to stand as the No. 1 program of the night in adults 18-49 after losing that honor four times this fall to AMC’s “The Walking Dead. »
- Rick Kissell
ABC’s broadcast of the American Music Awards on Sunday night drew 11.6 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating, down 10 and 16 percent year-over-year but scoring its best numbers in a decade among Teens 12-17.
Providing extra-stiff competition for the AMAs was NBC’s well-watched Sunday Night Football match-up between the Cowboys and Giants (19.8 mil/7.1), which was up 9 and 18 percent from last week’s fast nationals.
CBS | Pending final adjustments due to NFL overrun, Madam Secretary (12.6 mil/1.8) is currently up 20 percent in the demo, The Good Wife (10.1 mil/1.4) inched up one tenth and CSI (7.9 mil/1.3) was flat.
Fox | Mulaney christened »
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 23, 2014. NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage of the game between the Cowboys and Giants easily controlled primetime in all measures, while NFL overrun pushed CBS to second overall and the American Music Awards telecast put ABC in second in the key demographic. CBS' numbers include 30 minutes of NFL overrun, but the overrun was actually closer to 40 minutes for much of the country, so expect plenty of shifting when Finals come in. Meanwhile, without any sort of NFL boost Fox had a sluggish Sunday including a predictably weak time period premiere for the first 7:30 installment of "Mulaney." On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.8 rating for Sunday night, easily tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 3.2 key demo rating, followed closely by the 2.8 key demo rating for CBS. Fox averaged a 1.1 key demo rating for Sunday. Overall, NBC averaged »
- Daniel Fienberg
Syfy’s space drama “The Expanse” has added cast members Chad Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”) and Jared Harris (“Mad Men”). They join Thomas Jane and Steven Strait in the galaxy-spanning story of a hardened detective (Jane) and rogue ship captain (Strait) who team up to find a missing girl, and find themselves in an interplanetary conspiracy.
Coleman will play Fred Johnson, a former Marine caught in a power struggle between Earth and Mars. Harris plays the “strangely terrifying” Anderson Dawes, who comes into conflict with Jane’s Detective Miller. Kristin Hager (“Being Human”) and Shawn Doyle (“Big Love”) joined Coleman and Harris in new cast announcements Thursday, with Hager playing strong-willed navigation officer Ade Nygaard and Doyle playing “consummate politician” Secretary Errinwright.
- Kevin Noonan
Before Steve McQueen directed features like "Hunger," "Shame," and the Best Picture-winning "12 Years a Slave," he was a video artist whose work appeared in museums and galleries. "End Credits" was one such work, an audio/video installation projecting pages of the FBI’s McCarthy-era investigation of actor-activist Paul Robeson while a voiceover reads the reports’ cringe-worthy details aloud. McQueen’s topical explorations took experimental shape, many fascinations that first popped up in visual art have crept into his big screen work. According to the director, "End Credits" will undergo the same evolution — McQueen has announced that he’ll direct a feature film based on Robeson’s life. On Tuesday evening in New York City, McQueen accepted the Media Hero award stage at the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Heroes awards. Taking the stage to say a few words, the director revealed that his next film would focus on the legendary »
- Matt Patches
Have you been to the "The Making of Gone with the Wind" exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center yet? Whatever your opinion of the film, it is truly amazing. I've been once and I feel like I caught about 60 percent of it before my feet gave out -- I need to go back again. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, and admission is free (although parking near Ut probably won't be), so take a long lunch break and check it out. Your mom's visiting for Christmas vacation? Bring her there for a treat.
Tomorrow night (Wednesday, Nov. 19) at 7 pm, head over to Hrc to hear author and film critic Molly Haskell discuss her book Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited. It focuses on both the novel and the movie. Haskell is probably best known for her book on women in film, From Reverence to Rape. I've heard her »
- Jette Kernion
TV ratings for Sunday, November 16th are in. Here’s a brief rundown: Fox had a fairly solid night, as a very funny Brooklyn Nine-Nine was up three tenths to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.5 million viewers, Family Guy also rose three tenths to a 2.2 rating and scored 4.40 million viewers, and Bob’s Burgers was up two tenths to a 1.7 rating and 3.34 million viewers. The Simpsons was down a tenth from last week, but still hit a 2.9 rating and 6.64 million viewers. ABC’s two-hour Once Upon a Time dipped a tenth to a 2.4 rating and scored 6.60 million viewers, while Revenge was up two tenths to a 1.5 rating and garnered 5.22 million viewers. Over on CBS, Madam Secretary ticked up a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 12.71 million viewers, The Good Wife was down a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 12.71 million viewers, and CSI was up one tenth from »
- Adam Chitwood
NBC dominated last night’s ratings race behind an above-average result for “Sunday Night Football,” but Fox’s comedy block held up well and was bolstered by “Bob’s Burgers” in its new timeslot, while ABC’s “Revenge” benefited from a special “Once Upon a Time” lead-in to achieve a season high.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts averaged a 13.6 household rating/21 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights — up sharply from last week’s season low (11.1/18) and the second best result for the franchise in the last seven weeks. The game netted a 40.2/57 in Boston (the second best “Snf” overnight in the market) and a 37.1/54 in Indianapolis.
Sunday’s contest, won 42-20 by the visiting Patriots, averaged a 6.2 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 17.7 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with the program’s average expected »
- Rick Kissell
Fox’s Bob’s Burgers christened its new Sunday time slot with 3.3 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, up 65 and 89 percent from predecessor Mulaney’s most recent performance.
ABC | Once Upon a Time‘s two-hour outing averaged 6.6 mil and a 2.4, down 11 percent and a tenth. (For those curious about the half-hours: 2.5 > 2.3 > 2.3 > 2.3.) Revenge (5.2 mil/1.5) ticked up a tenth in to a season high/best-since-March demo rating.
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