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NBC exec says there's no time to nurture TV shows anymore. Is she right?

Back in 1991, 9.7 percent of television households watched George Costanza embarrass himself via answering machine on Feb. 13, when the fourth episode of Seinfeld’s second season aired. By today’s standards, that number — and the 13 million viewers that came with it — would make Seinfeld the most-watched show on TV. Even Sunday Night Football, last season’s biggest eyeball-grabber, earned a rating of just 8.2 — two full points above the season’s second place show, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.

But before the days of DVRs, increased cable competition, and the vast wilds of the Internet, a 9.7 rating wasn’t so impressive — especially coming after weeks of dwindling viewership. NBC would have been within its rights to can the show then and there. Instead, the network chose to hold onto Seinfeld — after putting it on a two-month hiatus.

The rest, of course, is history. Barring a few dips here and there, Seinfeld returned stronger than ever, racking up ratings as well as Emmy nominations. By season 5, it was the third-most watched show on television; by season 6 it was number one.

The Seinfeld story should be a comfort to any showrunner with a beloved but under-watched program. Unfortunately, according to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, it’s a trajectory that’s just not possible anymore. “With deteriorating ratings the tolerance for a show that’s struggling is just shorter than it’s ever been,” she told TV critics at TCA over the weekend. “So it’s frustrating for all of us that you can’t take the time to nurture a show and grow the audience as much as you might want to.”

NBC's handling of Ann Curry situation: How'd they do?

After the awkward announcement by Ann Curry herself this morning that she would be leaving the Today show as a co-anchor, it seems everyone has an opinion on the announcement video. In addition to Curry choking up while thanking viewers, it also had Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Matt Lauer sharing memories and goodbyes. It was a bit uncomfortable all around, to say the least.

Curry’s critics said her personality never really meshed with the more upbeat morning-news format, while her supporters say Curry was a scapegoat for NBC’s ratings woes. Many EW readers were quick to point out that this was similar to how Conan O’Brien was unceremoniously dumped less than a year into his own new contract with NBC.

In an interview with USA Today last night, Curry talked about the week-long open speculation about her job, and admitted, “I don’t know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they’ve hurt deeply.” She also shot down the criticism that part of the problem was her apparent lack of on-screen chemistry with Lauer. “You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years.” READ FULL STORY

'Happy Endings' gets a ratings boost thanks to canceled baseball: Can it keep its momentum?

While fans of the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals anxiously awaiting the outcome of Game 6 of the World Series might respectfully disagree, the weather could not have been better last night. For Happy Endings, anyway.

In fact, if you’re one of the devoted Happy Endings fans like me who have relentlessly begged your friends to watch the show, you may be able to take a breather soon. Thanks to the postponed game, Happy Endings got a huge ratings bump, as did the other shows in ABC’s Wednesday night line-up. (While it had a weaker showing than, say, Suburgatory, Happy Endings still pulled in an impressive 8.3 million, 3.5., up from last week’s draw of just 6.9 million, 3.0/)

But here’s why I don’t think this will be a one-off, well-now-I-have-to-watch-something-else-besides-baseball fluke: It was an awesome episode. READ FULL STORY

'Charlie's Angels' emerges from the ratings abyss. Why did you watch?

After a seemingly unstoppable downward ratings spiral, Charlie’s Angels has proven it has some fight in it yet. Defying all logic, ABC’s freshman series picked up new viewers this week. As our own James Hibberd reported, the show gained a small but significant one-tenth of a point, even as TV insiders anticipated its cancellation. The jury’s still out on what caused the boost and whether Angels‘ ratings bump will affect the show’s fate, but what do you think, PopWatchers? Have you been watching Charlie’s Angels? If so, what has kept you tuning in? If not, do you think there’s anything the show can do to save itself? And why exactly did you watch it last night? Vote in our poll after the jump! UPDATE: Apparently, the ratings rise was too little too late: ABC has canceled Charlie’s Angels. That means Minka Kelly’s available, Hollywood! 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

'Swamp People' draws 4.6 million viewers: Who else is obsessed with this crazy show?

Swamp People, History’s fascinating reality series about Cajun alligator hunters in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Swamp, has been quite the Leviathan in the Thursday night cable ratings recently. For the past two weeks, it’s pulled a solid 4.6 million viewers, yet it doesn’t garner the sort of attention that a soapier, sexier show might. But it should! Seriously, don’t let this show slip bayou. (Sorry — I couldn’t help it.) It’s awesome.

Swamp People is a refreshing departure from the over-produced, glossy fare that dominates much of the reality TV landscape. Instead of showcasing trendy, urban 20-somethings trying, like, SO hard to break into the entertainment biz, Swamp People, as devotees know, features a cast of unpolished gator hunters (like fan-favorites Troy and Jacob Landry, pictured), many of whom are missing a few teeth and speak in over-the-top Cajun accents. They’re hard working men — one woman too! — just trying to get through the hunting season and make some money. Think Deadliest Catch, with an extra bite. (Sorry again!) READ FULL STORY

'The Celebrity Apprentice' finale makes for all-time series-low ratings: What made you not tune in?

Nothing to smile about here, Trump. The ratings for the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice were anything but YOUGE.

Pulling in a rather paltry 2.9/7 share in the coveted 18-49 demo, the episode proved to be the lowest spring finale ever for The Apprentice, Celebrity or otherwise. While the EW.com comments section have all but been ablaze today with chatter from those of you who actually did tune in for last night’s finale (“Marlee Matlin was robbed!” “Who is John Rich again?” “Where are my pants?!”), we’re curious as to why so many folks didn’t.  READ FULL STORY

'Harry's Law' season finale: Is this show a lost cause?

Last night, the doors of Harry’s Law and Fine Shoes shut for the season. For those who missed it, Adam and Rachael finally made out and Josh got nearly nekked in public, again. And Jenna said this: “You were embarrassed of a public display of affection for me? Is it because I’m super white?” (Since the actress’s last name is Snow, I find this to be particularly poignant.) READ FULL STORY

Since when were female law enforcement officials the hottest commodity on TV?

Female-law-enforcementAmerican audiences have been taken into custody by a group of no-nonsense, tight-business-suit-wearing females in the justice department. This summer it seems like every channel you flip to features a high-profile show about an impossibly beautiful woman fighting crime. These girls are powerful and well-trained, with an uncanny ability to chase down their foes in heels, and whether they’re cops, spies, detectives, or judges, these women are taking down criminals — and arresting huge numbers of viewers. Could this be the new television trend? Just take a look at the evidence from the past week:

  • The season premiere of TNT’s smash hit The Closer, which features Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, found a huge 7.7 million viewers. READ FULL STORY

'Tosh.0' attracts 2.4 million viewers: The best pop culture clip show out there?

daniel-tosh-computerImage Credit: Ian White/Comedy CentralCould Comedy Central ever have known what a hit Tosh.0 would become when they launched it in June 2009? A web-clip show modeled after The Soup, Tosh.0 features comedian Daniel Tosh offering his spin on viral Internet videos, and in just one year, the program has grown from “3-year-old crying over Justin Bieber” levels of notoriety to “Charlie bit my finger — again!” levels of fame. Now, in its second season, Tosh.0‘s most recent episodes have garnered more than 2 million viewers, with the most recent airing achieving a huge 2.4 million. This is a far cry from the first season average, which came in at just above a million viewers, so it’s no surprise that Comedy Central has already renewed the program for a third season, set to debut in January 2011. Still, I’m wondering: In a television landscape inundated with pop-culture clip shows like The Soup, The Dish, and Web Soup, why is Tosh.0 blowing up?

Is it the host? Clearly, audiences are on board with Tosh’s brand of frat star/web geek humor, and while some write him off as obnoxious, he has a knack for making pop culture accessible to the uninitiated. READ FULL STORY

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