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Moraes on TV: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Networks eyeing 'Idol' after second Games drubbing

Broadcaster will begin to circle the water around Fox's "American Idol" results night broadcasts now that the Winter Olympics has beaten non-singing episodes of the Fox show two consecutive weeks. Most recently, NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Games scored 19.2 million viewers to "Idol's" 17.8 million from 8-9 p.m. Thursday...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 26, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'American Idol': first four to go

The 24 "American Idol" semi-finalists "all will be fighting to secure their spot in history," Ryan Seacrest gushes at the top of Thursday night's results show. Speaking of historic, Seabiscuit says the "buzz of the nation" is that judge Simon Cowell was "harsher" than normal on the first night of...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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'American Idol' runs laps around Games with young viewers

Despite a shocking lack of, um, talent, on the first Guys Night of "American Idol" in primetime Wednesday the singing competition handily beat NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Winter Games, 23 million viewers to 19 million. It was like curling beating speed skating. The singing competition's lead over the winter...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 25, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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NBC: 25% of men watching Winter Olympics have cried

As the Vancouver Winter Games head into their final lap, NBC and Nielsen have started to spew out the usual Games Fun Factoids. These fun facts to know and tell come to you from NBC, which wants to impress upon you what a huge cultural event the Games have been...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 25, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Downhill event: Men's night on 'American Idol'

If you watched the Olympics on NBC Wednesday night instead of "American Idol," you made the right viewing choice. Even if they brought back ice dancers dressed as Aborigines for an encore. Compare any of these guys to any performance of Adam Lambert's last season -- it's like speed skating...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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"Family Guy" actor Warburton takes Sarah Palin's point

Not everyone who works on Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy" is standing in solidarity with its Valentine's Day episode's Sarah Palin gag. Cast member Patrick Warburton told TV critics Wednesday he objected to the joke. "I know it's satire but, personally, that [joke] bothered me too," Warburton said on a...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 24, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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12 chicks sing to survive on 'American Idol'

Hey -- over here! Chicks are competing! Yes, it's singing in goofy get-ups, not figure skating in hot little skirts. On the bright side, you get to do the voting! 'Idol' contestant Katelyn Epperly. (Michael Becker -- Fox) Paige Miles has been sewn into a hideous black jumper of some...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 24, 2010; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Wanda Sykes weighs in on Conan and President Obama

Three weeks after going on "The Jay Leno Show" -- in the midst of The Great NBC Late Night Disaster that pit Leno against Conan O'Brien -- and asking Leno if the whole network was "on medical marijuana," Fox late night show host Wanda Sykes went all coy and insisted...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 23, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Two and a Half Men" shut down while Sheen in rehab

CBS and Warner Bros., which produces the network's hit comedy "Two and a Half Men" announced late Tuesday the show would temporarily shut down production so that star Charlie Sheen can go into rehab. "CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 23, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bristol Palin puts mom Sarah's anti-Hollywood cred on the line

Is Sarah Palin's daughter heading off to become one of those Hollywood types with whom Palin has so many issues? Bristol Palin, oldest daughter of the former Alaskan governor, will make her acting debut this summer on ABC Family's teener drama "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," the Disney...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 23, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ice hockey match equals MSNBC's election coverage numbers

An average of 8.22 million people watched the USA hockey team beat the Canadian hockey team, 5-3, on MSNBC Sunday night - virtually tying the network's best program average ever, which it achieved on Election Night, Nov. 4, 2008 (8.23 million viewers). We're not sure if this says more about...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 22, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White, Sarah Palin not boycotting Leno

NBC has just issued the lineup of guests Jay Leno has secured for his first two weeks back as host of "The Tonight Show." Team Coco, aka Conan O'Brien supporters who had hoped Leno would be snubbed when he returned, will be disappointed because the list includes ratings magnets like...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 22, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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