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It’s not a red-letter day for Fox’s Red Band Society: The cancer ward drama, the first big series premiere of the new fall season, drew just 4 million viewers with its first airing and averaged a modest 1.3 rating among Fox’s target demographic of viewers under 50. Red Band came in sharply lower than Fox’s fall 2013 Wednesday lineup: Last year, the season-three premiere of The X Factor delivered 6.8 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among viewers under 50. On a positive note, Red Band pretty much matched its lead-in (Hell’s Kitchen, which averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 1.4 rating).Today’s numbers also don’t measure how well Red Band will do once time-shifted viewers are tallied; the fact that the show skews young suggests it might (underline might) get a notable bump from DVR viewing. Those numbers will be in by early next week. Meanwhile, NBC has to be »
- Josef Adalian
Wednesday’s premiere of NBC’s poorly reviewed The Mysteries of Laura drew 10.2 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating (per finals), in a special time slot leading out of the America’s Got Talent finale.
That’s up sharply from Ironside‘s year-ago debut (6.8 mil/1.3) and marks TV’s most watched series launch since Believe (which in March led out of The Voice with 10.6 mil).
Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres
Worth noting: In fast nationals, Laura — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “C+” — opened with 11.3 mil and a 2.3, then slipped to 9.6 mil/1.9 in its second half hour. »
Dutch media mogul John de Mol has put his production group Talpa Media on the auction block, with several major international media companies believed to be looking at the reality TV giant behind The Voice and Utopia. Among the companies mentioned as possible candidates to look at a Talpa buyout are 21st Century Fox's Shine Group, which previously held talks with the firm, and Rtl Group's FremantleMedia, the producer of The X Factor. Talpa confirmed it had appointed Bank of America Merrill Lynch to advise the company on a possible sell off after being approached by a number of possible
- Scott Roxborough, Georg Szalai
It takes a gutsy TV pilot to build to a closing scene of an adorable teenage boy getting his leg amputated — and then to sell it as a moment that’s as soaring as it is heartbreaking.
But Red Band Society — a freshman drama that initially looks like over-boiled broccoli but tastes like delicious pizza — has concocted a recipe that, while not entirely perfect, manages to cut its saccharine undertones with acidic punchlines and a complex, meditative view of mortality that’s worth the price of the two or three Kleenex required to get to the closing credits.
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Mariah Carey, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Ben Folds, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Usher, Keith Urban: they've all made hit records, but they've also all served as judges on music competition reality TV shows. "American Idol," "The X Factor," "The Sing-Off" and "The Voice" have (or had) the habit of taking on chart-topping artists for their panels. While Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson helped lead the earliest charge in American reality TV, these current lineups are employing artists who are still making music -- or at least trying -- in a big way today. But no judge is created equal. Some have excelled at being judges on their respective shows, while others have struggled. And the same goes for their music: taking on a reality television show is a gamble when trying to re-invigorate a musical career. So, pay attention, new "Voice" judges »
- Katie Hasty
Many of Fox's series have already been renewed for another season. What does the future hold for the rest of their TV shows? Cancelled or renewed for 2014-15? We'll have to wait and see.
How does Fox decide what to cancel or renew? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving. Here's how the network's shows are doing so far: »
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” kicked off its 19th edition with sluggish numbers Monday, but still led its time period — which included the conclusion of strong summer reality shows “MasterChef” on Fox and “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC — in key demos.
Espn was expected to win the night rather easily with its attractive “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. It averaged a 9.9 overnight household rating in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, up from a 9.2 for last week’s season premiere (New York Giants-Detroit Lions in the first game of a doubleheader).
According to preliminary, affiliate-based national estimates from Nielsen, “Dancing” averaged a 2.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 13.5 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., down 23% in the demo from last year’s opener (3.1), which also premiered a week before the start of the TV season to avoid most of the night’s big premieres. »
- Rick Kissell
After Overload's plucky performance of their happy-go-lucky 'No, No, No' on Sunday's X Factor, we got all nostalgic. We started thinking about all the times an artist has taken the viewer a little bit by surprise and treated us to their own work; shown us little sparks of original songwriting talent in the creative vacuum that can be The X Factor.
Digital Spy looks back at the best five original tracks from over the years, celebrating the acts that had the conviction to eschew the safe, insipid versions of 'One', 'Feeling Good', 'Fast Car' et al and performed original songs on TV's most intimidating, unforgiving talent show.
5. Overload - 'No, No, No'
We've had a few original songs already this year, like party girl Ten Senah's fiery '15 Minutes', but Overload have been an early series highlight, and so 'No, No, No' is straight in at number five. »
Simon Cowell wants to bring back a celebrity version of 'The X Factor'. The 54-year-old music mogul is reportedly considering filming a special edition of the show featuring famous faces for ITV's Text Santa charity appeal later this year despite the failure of the 2006 attempt at a celebrity focused version of the singing competition entitled 'X Factor: Battle of the Stars'. Simon is said to have spoken of the idea at his house in Los Angeles, where current 'X Factor' contestants have been performing for him in a bid to make it through to the live shows phase of the talent »
The evenings are getting shorter, you've already seen the first festive cards for sale at your local supermarket and The X Factor is back on Saturday nights. To borrow a phrase - winter is coming.
But don't despair, because there is much more to autumn TV in 2014 than Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell bickering over a bunch of karaoke singers. Don't believe us? Check out our list of 17 must-watch shows, which mean that you might as well cancel your plans until Christmas.
1. Glue - E4
A bloke from Rizzle Kicks, a writer from This Is England and lots of horses. It doesn't sound like an obvious hit, but Glue is most definitely worth getting excited about.
Skins crossed with Midsomer Murders and an added sinister, bleak edge, is probably the best description for this eight-parter, which will have you hooked from its full-on (and full frontal) opening sequence.
2. The Apprentice »
Platt wowed the judges in Saturday's (September 13) episode with her rendition of 'How Will I Know', prompting Mel to tell her: "I am so excited right now I could slap you."
"That was very, very strange!" Platt told Digital Spy today. "I'm glad she's expressing her excitement though, in one way or another.
"I couldn't have paid [the judges] to give me better comments to be honest. Cheryl was very, very complimentary. I loved it. I think she's really great, and she's been in my position and she knows what it's like to be a young girl in a talent competition."
Platt - who said she had performed as part of a choir in the West End when she was in Year 5 - admitted that the arena auditions were daunting, saying: »
The X Factor easily topped Sunday evening's (September 14) ratings, overnight data reveals.
The ITV show gained back around 400,000 viewers from last Sunday - when it went up against Strictly Come Dancing - attracting an average audience of 7.86 million viewers (32.9%) at 8pm (621k/2.9% on +1).
The latest arena auditions peaked at 8.28m (33.8%) at around 8.45pm (650k/3.1%). ITV2's Xtra Factor gathered 827k (3.9%) at 9pm (111k/0.7%).
Earlier, Sunday Night at the Palladium entertained 4.26m (21.4%) at 7pm (185k/0.8%), while The Suspicions of Mr Whicher gathered 2.56m (13.8%) at 9pm (198k/1.7%).
E4's Made in Chelsea: NYC came to a close with 547k (2.6%) at 9pm (112k/0.7%).
The Village concluded with 3.63m (17.0%) at 9pm, while Match of the Day 2 scored 2.19m (17.3%) at 10.35pm.
BBC Two's coverage of the Invictus Games closing ceremony brought in 1.67m (7.7%) at 8pm.
On Channel 4, »
X Factor racked up the tension and pressure this weekend as we moved from the closed audition rooms to the arenas, and there were plenty of surprises and twists along the way.
A couple of stars from the first round were dropped after they faltered on the big stage (Amy Connelly), while others shocked us again by managing to get the 'yes' votes they needed to make it through *cough* Stevi Ritchie *cough*.
Returning singer Paul Akister was told that he had vocals like "liquid gold", Lauren Platt remains a good bet as the dark horse of the competition and James Graham was another surprise from Saturday with a powerful cover of 'I Can't Make You Love Me'.
The X Factor dominated Saturday primetime TV last night (September 13), averaging more than 8 million viewers, according to overnight figures.
ITV's singing contest was watched by 8.43m (38.9%) from 8pm, with a further 441k (2.2%) tuning in on +1. Afterwards, The Xtra Factor managed 667k (3.4%) from 9.20pm on ITV2.
Earlier on ITV, The Chase took 4.01m (21.8%) from 7pm, while Through the Keyhole entertained 3.85m (19.8%) after The X Factor.
On BBC One, the Tumble finale aired to 2.72m (17.4%).
Doctor Who episode 'Listen' was caught by 4.81m (23.5%) from 7.30pm, before The National Lottery: In It to Win It appealed to 2.89m (13.4%). The BBC Proms 2014 earned 3.43m (18%) from 9.10pm.
BBC Two's own coverage of the Proms attracted 1.22m (5.8%) from 7.30pm. The Invictus Games followed with 865k (4.3%) in the 9pm hour.
Channel 5's Most Shocking Reality TV Moments took 531k (3.5%) from 9.20pm. »
Sunday Night at the Palladium: ITV, 7pm
Originally airing between 1955 and 1967, the iconic weekend variety show finally makes a return to our screens tonight, hosted by Stephen Mulhern.
A tribute to the late actor and director who passed away last month, this moving documentary sees Attenborough's peers from across the film industry lining up to discuss his genius.
The X Factor: ITV, 8pm
Who will be through to Boot Camp? That's the question on the minds of the judges, the audience and the auditionees themselves tonight, as they step up one by one onto the »
Born in Manchester, TV and radio presenter Nick Grimshaw hosted his first radio show at the University of Liverpool. He joined MTV as an intern in 2006, and by the following year was presenting Freshly Squeezed on Channel 4 with Alexa Chung. He has also worked on E4 and the BBC, and in 2012 made a cameo appearance in Disney film Wreck-It Ralph. Grimshaw replaced Chris Moyles as host of Radio 1s breakfast show in the same year, and since April 2013 has hosted the BBC3 comedy panel show Sweat the Small Stuff. The Nixtape, a compilation album he has put together, is released on 29 September.
Album: Banks Goddess
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- Interview by Kathryn Bromwich
Connelly had reduced Cheryl Cole to tears at her first audition and she had a passionate supporter in the Girls Aloud singer, who previously took Connelly to the Judges' Houses stage of the competition six years ago.
However, this time, Connelly didn't even make it that far in the competition and Cole was forced to console the betting shop assistant on the Wembley stage.
"I don't think X Factor is looking for nice, »
The X Factor's club mascot has barely been seen in the first five episodes of the new series, reduced merely to giggling and guffawing on the sidelines at every Simon Cowell one-liner, as if the high-trousered one is the lovechild of Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper.
If Walsh has barely been noticable, Dermot O'Leary has been like a TV version of Where's Wally. There hasn't even been room for his famous bulge to spin its way onto the screen.
On the Live Shows, he may be more slick than scintillating, but he's not even had the chance to wheel out his usual monster hugs at the auditions this year. Poor old Derm's been reduced to a role shorter than James Arthur's record career. »
Things are getting tough on this week's X Factor.
The closed room auditions are over and the successful singers are heading to Wembley Arena for the next round of auditions in front of an audience.
Ahead of tonight's (September 13) show, here are three teaser videos:
Louis Walsh and Cowell have their first row over Akister's return, after Walsh failed to take him through after Judges' Houses last year.
"Let's hope if you get through you get a better judge this year," Cowell says.
"Are you ready for a large dose of humble pie... Louis?"
Meanwhile, Jale Antor got four yeses in the closed room auditions when she sung Fernandez-Versini's 'Fight For This Love'.
Tonight, the 42-year-old hairdresser from Skegness will tackle 'Crazy Stupid Love', complete with »
Tumble: BBC One, 6pm
It's the grand final of the BBC gymnastics contest, and the remaining contestants will be pulling out all the stops to impress the judges.
Sarah Harding, Amelle Berrabah and H from Steps are all among the finalists - will it be a popstar that takes the crown? Or will Bobby Lockwood, Carl Froch and Lucy Mecklenburgh have something to say about that?
The eighth series of the sci-fi drama has had its fair share of dark moments, but in tonight's Steven Moffat-penned instalment, the scares are unleashed good and proper.
As The Doctor and Clara encounter ghosts from their past and futures, something frightens the lone Time Lord like nothing before. Watch with the lights on. And listen.
The X Factor: ITV, 8pm
Having impressed the judges in a tiny audition room, it's time for contestants to take »
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