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TV Leaderboard: 'Breaking Bad' finale was so, so good, according to EW.com reader ratings

Welcome, Breaking Bad addicts. The past two weeks, you’ve proven you have nothing but good feelings for Breaking Bad, turning the AMC series into the highest-rated show among EW.com readers two weeks in a row. So it’s not so surprising that the season finale of the Bryan Cranston-starring series captured the No. 1 spot once again this week, finishing atop another previous first-place finisher, The Vampire Diaries. Other shows that didn’t suck for you all? Fringe and two series making their leaderboard debuts. Here are the full standings:

1. Breaking Bad (AMC) — last week: 1
2. The Vampire Diaries (The CW) — last week: 5
3. Fringe (Fox) — last week: not ranked
4. Community (NBC) — last week: not ranked
5. Revenge (ABC) — last week: not ranked

Honorable mentions: Modern Family, Ringer, Grey’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, The Office

Unhappy with the winners? Then check out EW’s recaps each week, and make sure to rate that week’s episode!

Read more:
TV LEADERBOARD WEEK 3: ‘Breaking Bad’ tops EW.com reader ratings
TV LEADERBOARD WEEK 2: ‘Breaking Bad’ passes ‘The Vampire Diaries’ 
TV LEADERBOARD WEEK 1:  ’The Vampire Diaries’ tops for premiere week

Kelsey Grammer in 'Boss' is TV's latest bad good guy

Put all thoughts of Frasier Crane out of your head. Kelsey Grammer’s latest character, the manipulative, seething Chicago mayor Tom Kane, is one nasty fellow. In the show’s premiere episode — which doesn’t air until next week, but can be watched online here — he proves to be ruthless, violent, and monomaniacal, a lot closer to Sideshow Bob than Crane. Personally, Grammer’s performance was arresting enough to draw me in, even as I was perturbed by the character, which sets him up as another possible entry in television’s growing gallery of nasty protagonists. I feel like at some point, main characters used to be lovable, or at the very least not downright evil, but increasingly shows seem comfortable placing them only a tiny hair to the left of the hero-villain line. READ FULL STORY

'Psych' season premiere: All you need is love?

Psych is back! Season 6 of USA’s buddy comedy/police procedural premiered last night with an episode that brought murder and mayhem and found Shawn Spencer taking a lie detector test.

Last season left off with a cliff-hanger of sorts. After finally apprehending the elusive and deadly Mr. Yin, the gang went back to the station where Carlton saw secret lovers (and secret-lovers?) Shawn and Juliet sharing a kiss. The final shot was Carlton, wide-eyed in shock, turning and walking away. READ FULL STORY

What are YOUR picks for the three best (and worst!) new shows of the season?

A few weeks into the new TV season, we’ve already seen a few new shows fall victim to low ratings and overall stink. (Sorry, Free Agents.) But on the glass half-full side, we’re also slowly learning which shows have a strong pulse, and subsequently — if you’re one of those who waits to get invested — which ones we should be jumping on board.

Admittedly, that’s still a crap load of shows to sift through. Personally, three have floated to the top of my must-watch list (at least, this is the standing until Once Upon a Time premieres in two weeks): American Horror Story, 2 Broke Girls, and Hart of Dixie. My most controversial pick is easily Dixie — and not because Rachel Bilson’s microscopic shorts are basically illegal in Alabama. But it’s not a critically adored new show and hasn’t garnered huge ratings. (It has, however, gotten a full season pick up. WOO!) Whatever. I like it. And that’s the attitude we all have to adopt when talking about our new faves. Hold the torch even when it seems like there’s no one else who likes it. Spoiler: There’s always someone else.

That’s my official pep talk. Now, ‘fess up. What are your three favorite shows of the season, readers? READ FULL STORY

'Two and a Half Men': Talk about fourth episode here!

It’s Monday night…you know what that means. Time for the Internet to weigh in on Ashton Kutcher’s fourth go-round on Two and a Half Men. Many deride it, but it’s quickly becoming the little big show that could. While there was a drop off from the previous week, over 17 million viewers (!) tuned in last Monday. The numbers don’t lie. For whatever reason — Love of the show? Shirtless Kutcher? Morbid curiosity? — people are still watching. READ FULL STORY

'The Office': The gang has lotto dreams. Talk about the third episode here!

What would you do if you won the lottery? The Office gang grappled with that unlikely scenario in last night’s episode when — surprise! — they found out that the warehouse crew had won the lottery and all promptly quit Dunder Mifflin.

Does this mean the end of Madge? Matt? Other nameless warehouse guys whom I’ve grown fond of over the years? It certainly doesn’t mean the end of Darryl, who quit playing on the group entries once he was promoted. To add insult to massive injury, they won using the old standby numbers the warehouse gang had always used — Darryl’s birthday. Bru-tal. READ FULL STORY

Contrarian Corner takes on 'New Girl' wedding episode: Something borrowed, something blew

So far, the first season of New Girl has ruined Dirty Dancing, “Bust a Move,” bangs, and my faith in human beings. And last night, the hit Fox sitcom added something else I love on that list: Weddings. You can read about last night’s episode in Lanford Beard’s regular recap of New Girl here, but based on EW’s comments sections, there’s a large portion of readers not being served every Wednesday morning by  a traditional recap. I’m talking about those of you who have declared a loud “I Don’t (Get It)” to Zooey Deschanel’s quirky new series. Well, dear friends who find yourselves watching the series despite your absolute hatred for it, welcome to the Contrarian Corner. Like a disgusting and dangerous Long Island Ice Tea made more attractive with a perky pink umbrella, New Girl is a show we cannot help but return to from week to week, despite the fact that it only leaves us with a headache and immediate regret. So let’s convene, air our grievances, and slap our foreheads while groaning under our breath, “It’s (sigh) Jess.” READ FULL STORY

CBS wins Monday night ratings again, but is it your go-to line-up of TV this fall?

What do Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, and Hawaii Five-O add up to? A whole lot of ratings. (Not nine, but nice try, nerd!) We’re just three weeks into the new fall season, and it seems CBS’ Monday night line-up may be the strongest contender yet for must-watch TV.

The numbers are in and the network managed to edge out Fox, which had the return of House; ABC, lead by Dancing with the Stars; and NBC, which came in fourth, despite a boost from the on-the-ratings-rise The Sing-Off. Interest is only slightly waning for Two and a Half Men and its newcomer Ashton Kutcher (ratings were down 18 percent from last week, but the sitcom still had a staggering 17.2 million, 6.1), as well as Mike & Molly (a slight 11 percent drop with 13.2 million, 4.3, and right off the heels of star Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live success), and freshman series 2 Broke Girls continue to rake it in. The rest of their Monday night line-up did just as well, including fan favorites How I Met Your Mother and Hawaii Five-O.

But will these impressive numbers continue for CBS? Has the Ashton factor on Two and a Half Men already started to wear off, or will the endless chatter about his possible split from Demi Moore prompt folks to watch his every move? Can 2 Broke Girls keep their momentum if the quality of the show doesn’t live up to its once-promising potential? Or is Monday night on CBS, plain and simple, the strongest line-up currently on television? READ FULL STORY

'Two and a Half Men': Talk about third episode here!

Even after all the premiere buzz had passed, 20 million viewers stuck around last week to check out Ashton Kutcher’s second go-round in Two and a Half Men. The third episode tonight stayed pretty consistent with what’s been going on so far in the show’s ninth (!) season. If you’ve been loving Kutcher so far, tonight’s episode wasn’t going to change anything. For those who haven’t been impressed yet — well, you’re probably not going to be tuning in any more Monday nights. READ FULL STORY

'Person of Interest' second look: Are you still interested?

Last week, we were introduced to the crime fighting duo of Jim Caviezel and Benjamin Linus Michael Emerson on CBS’ Person Of Interest. I was intrigued by the pilot and thought it nicely tiptoed the line of presenting its heady premise — two men fight crime based on information generated by a machine that sees and hears everything — without falling too deep into it’s high-concept plot. I had assumed that the story would venture into Minority Report-esque questions about the moral ambiguity of preemptive action, but so far the show has avoided that whole argument by proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the Bad Guys really are bad guys and intend to do bad things to good people. POI deals with premeditated crime — not spontaneous crimes of passion — so in these days of electronic correspondence and surveillance, I suppose it’s plausible that an eavesdropping machine could sort through the din and generate information on what individuals were about to do. Course, maybe that’s just me being paranoid… moving on.

If you haven’t watched last night’s episode, tread carefully. There are some Spoilers ahead. READ FULL STORY

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