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4.2 (3.9) (3.1) (3.8) (4.0) (3.7) (3.7) (4.0) (3.5) (3.4) (3.7) (3.7) (3.6) Survivor 4.2 (4.1) (1.0) (3.7) (4.2) (4.1) (4.2) (4.4) (4.1) (4.8) (3.9) (3.9) (4.1) The Office 3.9 (2.3) (2.0) (3.5) (4.1) (3.5) (3.4) (2.2) (3.6) (3.5) (4.1) (4.1) (2.0) CSI 3.6 (2.5) (2.1) (3.7) (3.6) (3.6) (3.6) (2.8) (3.5) (3.3) (3.8) (3.6) (1.9) The Mentalist 3.2 (3.0) (-----) (2.8) (3.0) (3.0) (3.1) (3.3) (3.0) (-----) (----) (----) (----) 30 Rock 3.1 (2.9) (-----) (2.7) (2.9) (2.6) (-----) (----) (2.8) (2.9) (2.7) (2.8) (3.1) Bones 2.3 (2.5) (-----) (2.0) (2.2) (1.7) (----) (----) (2.2) (2.1) (2.3) (2.3) (3.0) Fringe 2.2 (2.2) (----) (2.0) (2.1) (2.3) (2.1) (1.9) (2.0) (1.9) (2.9) (2.7) (3.8) Community 2.1 (2.1) (----) (2.0) (2.1) (2.2) (2.0) (2.1) (2.0) (2.1) (2.0) (1.8) (2.1) Parks and Recreation 1.9 (1.3) (2.4) (1.3) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) NFL Football 1.6 (1.5) (1.5) (1.6) (1.6) (1.6) (1.5) (1.6) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (1.7) (2.7) The Jay Leno Show 1.4 (----) (----) (5.1) (5.6) (5.1) (5.2) (5.3) (5.0) (5.4) (6.1) (6.7) (1.8) Grey’s Anatomy 1.3 (1.1) (----) (0.9) (1.2) (1.3) (0.8) (0.9) (1.0) (0.9) (1.2) (1.1) (1.4) It's Always Sunny 1.2 (3.2) (----) (3.1) (3.9) (3.4) (3.6) (3.7) (3.8) (3.6) (4.6) (-----) (----) Private Practice 1.1 (0.8) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Jersey Shore 1.1 (0.6) (0.5) (1.6) (2.0) (1.9) (2.0) (0.9) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (1.7) (1.6) Vampire Diaries 1.0 (2.1) (----) (2.4) (2.6) (2.6) (2.7) (3.1) (3.1) (3.0) (3.7) (4.0) (-----) FlashForward 1.0 (1.0) (----) (1.2) (1.0) (1.5) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) Real Housewives of O.C. 0.7 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Pawn Stars 0.7 (0.5) (0.4) (1.2) (1.3) (1.2) (1.4) (0.8) (1.2) (1.2) (1.2) (1.2) (1.2) Supernatural 0.7 (0.7) (-----) (0.5) (0.6) (0.9) (0.6) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) The League 0.6 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) American Chopper 0.5 (0.6) (-----) (0.6) (0.8) (0.9) (1.0) (2.2) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) The Jeff Dunham Show

Figures in grey represent repeats. * “Survivor’s” antepenultimate double-elimination episode pushed the veteran reality series to a season high, tying “The Office” for night’s the top slot in 18-49. * “Mentalist” also hit a series high in total viewers against “Leno” and a “Private Practice” repeat. * With "Grey's" a repeat, "CSI" hit its best number in months. * “Office’s” uptick bled to the decade’s final “30 Rock,” which hit its best number in seven weeks. * 2009’s final “Fringe,” featuring another guest appearance by Leonard Nimoy, slipped against the return of “CSI” but still managed an above-average 18-49 for the season. * With “FlashForward” and “Vampire Diaries” in repeats, “Bones” matched its season high in 18-49. * All the puzzling controversy turned out to be a ratings godsend for MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” which shot up 50% to 2.1 million total viewers for its second week. (I confess the Italian-American protests inspired me to begin DVRing it.) * Comedy Central’s “The Jeff Dunham Show” hit another new series low. * “The League” garnered fewer total viewers than “Dunham” and “American Chopper” but still managed to earn a second season from FX earlier in the week. Find James Hibberd’s analysis here.
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  • Dec. 12, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega


  • Dec. 12, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Russell is badass, and this season has been good...

    by Shermdawg

    ...but I agree with the person who said last week, they really need to work the history of the locales back into the show. If they're gonna cut back on anything, it should be the challenges. Combine reward and immunity or do away with reward altogether...make these people actually tough it out for a season or two without any feasts every few days.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I actually sat through CSI: this week.

    by Shermdawg

    Was pretty good.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by beetlegeuse

    Fuck you Leno!

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST


    by T-RACE

    is the reason I'm watching Survivor again. Guy is an evil genius.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Also, wish they'd do something like Big Brother...

    by Shermdawg

    ...on Showtime. Not live, obviously, but some sort of extra content after the show ends each week.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Best season of Survivor

    by Magregus

    No questions

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Jersey Shore is typical MTV crap

    by FlandersBum

    MTV likes to focus on the most stereotypical possible character traits and lifestyles and make shows out of them. Like the countless shows featuring useless, shallow, rich kids that live on the west coast. Or the naive, lazy, useless kids that make up the casts of their reality shows. And the 12 year old braindead kids that make up MTVs audience will watch, idolize and emulate them as much as possible. You'd think that a network that has such a big influence on their kiddie audience would attempt to showcase positive role models a little more often instead of highlighting the worst of the United States on a regular basis.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Community beat Parks and Rec!!!!!

    by Chakraborty

    That means people are tuning into Community, changing the channel, then tuning back to watch the Office. I knew it!!! Parks is like the filling of a shit sandwich...people are removing the shit and just eating the delicious bread. Gross analogy...sorry.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Survivor is awseome this season...

    by ottomatic

    due to russell for the most part. <p> I might check out jersey shore just to hear the one guy refer to his abs as "the situation".

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Haha, I watched an episode of Jersey Shore online

    by Chakraborty

    It's funny in a pathetic way...but by the end you need to take a shower. But even better than Jersey the clip of the whore on the show getting clocked by some dude in a bar. That clip is circulating on the interwebs.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Calling Jersey Shore, typical MTV crap

    by Jamie McBain

    Is an insult to crap. But then again, it does look like crap.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Back to back Russell ...

    by Itchy

    as good as he's doing in this season, I can't wait to see him on the next edition of all-stars. He was on it as soon as this season ended, so none of the current "heroes" or "villains" know what he's about. He's freaking brilliant ... unfortunately the only mistake he has made could cost him everything ... telling any of those idiots what he makes was just stupid.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I wonder if NBC hurt Community's ratings

    by SifoDyasJr.

    with all of those annoying promos all summer? They were annoying and made me not want to watch it, but I'm glad I did because it turned out to be hilarious. I wonder if NBC's ratings would go up if they fired their promotional department?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by DeeJay

    ... the sad part is that MTV's unscripted dramas had previously been cultural trendsetters. Of course, that stopped being the case yeeeeeeeears ago. <br> <br> Even though their producers seem to gravitate towards stereotypes and pointless conflicts, it'll only take one new, avant-garde show (coming from another network) to make them take a more intelligent and culturally-relevant approach to their productions. you know what they say about competition, right?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Fuck Jeff Dunham.

    by keter

    Unfunniest motherfucker ever.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I Think It's Time...

    by HapaPapa72

    To put MTV out of its misery. Let it stay buried for a few years, then come up with some new network that showcases just music and music videos 24 hours a day. People will flock. Past is prologue. All that shit.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Jersey Shore

    by Wrath4771

    Really does make New Jersey look like the garbage pit of New York. I know one cool person from Jersey, but unfortunately the rest fall into the Guido crap. I know we have a big problem with illegal aliens, but I think the Guidos need to go first.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Russell bluffed using the idol & still survived another week

    by SpyGuy

    Russell is just fascinating to watch. When he opted to not use his immunity idol, I figured he was toast or he would end up in the final three. Turns out it was the latter because if he uses it next time, he's guaranteed the final four and should find a way to talk at least two people into taking him to the final three.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    When will Dunham get cancelled?

    by ShabbyBlue

    It seems inevitible that he won't get picked up for a 2nd run of episodes. This guy didn't deserve his own show in the first place. Ventriloquism is such a lame gimmick, but once you've seen someone do it, the appeal wears away real fast. I'm sure it's the same shit every week with this guy's show, and it's no wonder his ratings continue to drop. More and more people lose interest.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Good Lord, Dunham is awful...

    by Billyeveryteen

    I left him on as I rolled a joint.<p>I couldn't last.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Community is for lil kids....

    by jaysin420

    and retarded people who still find Chevy Chase funny.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Community is shite

    by CaptainAxis

    There are some funny bits, but overall it's silly and trite like 30 Rock and Scrubs. Everything I've seen on those shows is just way too cartoonish and over-the-top. Seriously, does anybody believe that the main character on Community has NEVER been punched in the face? I've seen at least half of the episodes and he comes across as a smug douchebag. The whole dynamic of the group is artificial and never feels "real" to me. It's just a checklist of stereotypes thrown together for no believable reason. It's like a grown-up Saved By The Bell.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Russell on All-Stars??

    by MapMan

    Much as I like Russell I have a feeling he may not try as hard the second time around. Richard Hatch and Johnny Fairplay - both anticipated to continue what they did in past seasons - ultimately disappointed with their half-hearted efforts. They simply weren't that motivated to win again. Russell may do the same unfortunately.<br><br> BTW, Natalie is dreamy. I'm rooting for that sweet little southern girl to go to the final 2 and even winning it all.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Nat and Monica

    by optimus122

    Both girls looked pretty damn good. Loved Monicas brown skin..tight legs. Of course they vote her out and we get to watch Shambo's flabby ass next week.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Jersey shore is worse than the fucking hills

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    But I was satisfied to see than fucking girl catch a punch to her face on youtube LOL stupid annoying bitch.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by slkboxrman

    totally agree with u, mtv should go retro and show only videos, otherwise it should change its name....VH1 also. to call their shows "non-scripted" is retarded, to call them "trend-setters" trips into lunacy. also MTV should show more of a mix and not all R&B nonsense and RAP....some of us out there like a variety. SURVIVOR has been awesome...russell all the way, but even if he just makes it to the final 4 or even 3 he accomplished what he set out to do....prove that a smart person can win or almost win survivor.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Just a thought

    by Kraven Morehead

    After Russell revealed the idol but did not use it at tribal I think Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich should make a film about how Russell's huge balls ar on a collission course with earth and there's nothing anyone can do to save us.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    My young cousin asked me what the 'M' in MTV stood for

    by FlandersBum

    Sad but true actually. Mostly it stands for 'Materialism', since that seems to be what the network teaches kids to be concerned about. How much money, bling, trendy clothes and being popular are the only things that matter. How about setting an edition of 'The Real World' in a small African village with actual residents? See how they have to live? Instead of the same generic lineup they have every season being put up in an expensive condo or apartment in exotic locations and cities as they always do?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by Incomplete Gamer

    While I agree that Russell may not try as hard, I think there's a big difference between Johnny Fairplay and Russell. The biggest difference is that, from what I can tell, Russell went from one season to the next with almost no time in between. No time for the other "All Stars" to know what he's like. By the time Johnny Fairplay got his second chance everybody already knew he was a gigantic liar/ass. They don't know that with Russell ... yet. Had there been more time between season shoots I would agree with you, but I think Russell can pull off the same tactics twice in a row.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    to everyone saying mtv should play videos..

    by soup74

    have you ever sat and tried to watch 2 or 3 videos in a row? <br><br>it's boring. videos were exciting in the 80's and early 90's because they were new.. but mtv is smart to not show them anymore. i mean and 16 year old who wants to see a video from their favorite bad knows how to see them on the internet.<br><br>that doesnt change the fact that mtv sucks, i just dont blame the lack of videos on the problem.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by Ryanbraun14

    I was thinking that community was the surprise show of the season... but now i've gotta say community and the league are tied for it... Mr. McGibblets is arguably the most hilarious thing in ANY comedy all season. Taco stole the show in episdoe 6 of the league. Of course, there is only one Ahbed... gotta put him up on the list of best characters/actors in a comedy..., possibly the best...

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Music Videos are fucking boring...

    by SK229

    And they became REALLY boring right around the time they started to try to look more like movies. Even the ones that are supposedly great like the artsy shit NIN's did and all the mid to late 90's stuff gets old after about 30 seconds. It's just not that interesting. The reason MJ's videos were so good is because he understood that it's a performance-centered short film, not just an excuse to try to do some avant-garde bullshit with no story. Even Nirvana got it right pretty much all the time.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    My DOG has Rabies!!

    by Karuma

    Went to the VET!! Gave Him some MEDICINE!! He is BETTER now!! It is not the end of the DECADE!! Every person who says that 2009 is the END of the first decade of this CENTURY is either UNEDUCATED, UNINFORMED, or just plain not SMART enough to know facts from conventional fiction!! Choosing to call 2009 the end of the this first decade is like choosing to use a toilet brush instead of a toothbrush.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Chakraborty: "the whore on the show"?

    by Jayemel

    Isn't that all of them?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Wanna watch a fun show

    by jimbojones123

    Super Hero Squad Show on CN is one of the best comic book cartoons ever.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Jersey Shore

    by JamesT

    That show is North Jersey. South Jersey is nothing like North Jersey. t

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Well of course Hatch didn't try on All-Stars

    by natecore

    he was a returning winner and knew he was toast probably the first second he arrived. He still played the game well enough to last longer than about 4 others.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Was the year 2000 part of the 90's? No.

    by Shermdawg

    Shut up with this 2009 ain't the end of the decade nonsense.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Super Hero Squad Show...

    by solvseus

    ... is the worst comic adaption I've even seen. Ever! And yes, I include Catwoman and that Captain America abortion from the 90's. Maybe it got better after the first couple of shows, but the ones I saw were just plain awful. I realize it's written towards toddlers or something, but still doesn't have to be as stupid and insulting as it seemed to me. Guess if you like a lot of stereotypes and fart jokes coming at you so fast you barely notice the lack of story, it's for you. And I know, shows like the Smurfs don't hold up over time (seriously, trying watching it now... not as great as you remember), so it's not like I expect kids cartoons to be Shakespeare, but even they weren't as stupid as CN's latest desperate pander. Just because it's for kids doesn't mean it should have to lower itself to the lowest of the low common denominator. Jimbo, I hope to God you were either kidding or you're 5. <br></br><p></p>MTV sucks too, but as said above, even if they did play videos, people still wouldn't watch.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Shermdawg, have you seen the Ponderosa videos

    by jim

    on CBS' site? There is a new set of 3 or 4 videos each time someone joins the jury, showcasing the new jury member. Amazing Race had something similar, called "Elimination Station".<p>Karuma, argue all you want that 2009 is "not the end of the first decade of this century", as 2001 marked the beginning of the century, and millennium, as there was no Year Zero, blah blah blah. It's irrelevant. 2009 is the the last year of the decade of the '00s. It's a very simple concept that, despite being explained to you several times now, you still fail to understand.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Blame Seinfeld for the Millenium confusion

    by Chakraborty

    This scene from Seinfeld where Jerry supposedly "pwns" Newman is the cause of all this: <p> <p> Jerry also misspeaks and says that Newman's 1999 party would be a year too late, but according to his logic, that would be a year too early. This scene has brainwashed the public.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Chakraborty, you are confused, watch the clip again

    by jim

    Jerry asks Newman if he booked his party for the Millennium New Year, which, since there was no Year Zero, and the new millennium doesn't start until 2001, would be New Year's Eve 2000. Newman thought he was booking the hotel for New Year's Eve 1999 but, as Jerry points out, he inadvertently booked it for a year later. Jerry is also implying that if Newman were to hold his millennium New Year's party on December 31, 2000, while mathematically correct, no one will give a shit as everyone would have celebrated the big turnover a year earlier.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    They need a Survivor All Stars caled "Hottest Pieces of Ass"

    by Itchy

    Everyone wears see through white bikinis. I'd be rooting for Amber versus Colleen in the final two-some.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Big Jim, oh okay, I gotcha

    by Chakraborty

    So Jerry was right when he said Newman's intended party would be one year late. So then there wasn't a year zero? After J.C. died they said Christians named that Year One A.D.? But then the year right before that is Year One B.C., meaning one year before the death of Christ? <p> Okay, I got then technically people are right to say 2010 is not the new decade...even though no one gives a fuck and the year 1990 will still be considered part of the nineties, and so forth....okay. Blame the Christians.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Chakraborty, you've got a lot of questions

    by jim

    Yes, Newman wanted to throw a big party to celebrate the new millennium; he, like most everyone else, wasn't so concerned with the semantics of the terminology as he was with the calendar rolling over from 1999 to 2000. Unfortunately for him, he booked his party room for the actual millennium new year which would be a year after everyone else's "Millennium" parties. A year late, and quite lame.<p>"So then there wasn't a year zero?"<br>No, there was no Year Zero. 1 BC moves directly into 1 AD.<p>" After J.C. died they said Christians named that Year One A.D.? But then the year right before that is Year One B.C., meaning one year before the death of Christ?"<br>No, BC stands for "Before Christ"; the calendar we use assumes Christ was born in 1 AD (which does not stand for "After Death", otherwise there would be 30 some odd years missing between "BC" and "AD").<p>" then technically people are right to say 2010 is not the new decade"<br>Depends on what 10 year period you want to make up a decade. However, to think of decades like we do, according to the calendar's numbering, 2010 will generally be thought of as a new decade. We are closing out the '00s decade; 2010 is the beginning of the '10s.<p> "...even though no one gives a fuck and the year 1990 will still be considered part of the nineties, and so forth...."<br>1990 is part of the nineties. How can one argue that the number "ninety" is not part of a decade titled "the nineties"? What no one gives a fuck about is how many years there have been since the non-existent Year Zero. People celebrate the big turnovers - 09 to 10; 19 to 20; 99 to 100, 1999 to 2000, etc.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Anno Domini

    by Chakraborty

    Just googled it...never heard that before. Hmmmm...thanks for the answers, Big Jim. I agree about the whole 90 belonging to the 90's, and this is the end of this decade currently. As for Seinfeld...I understand now... <p> HOWEVER, I still think Jerry isn't 100% right in his thinking, because if everyone assumed the turn of the millenium was on New Year's Eve 1999 and that's when people were holding their Millenium parties....then when Newman called whichever hotel or locale for his party and booked it for the end of the Millenium...that hotel staff would likely erroneously assume 1999 New Year's Eve was that night, just like the majority of the world...even though technically it's on New Year's 2000.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    it's Always Sunny went big again!

    by BadMrWonka

    I'm so glad it's finally leveling off above 1.0. <p>and The LEague is damn fcking funny, and I'm sure is made for $45 an episode, why wouldn't they renew it? they'll make it back on DVD's. and it's a PERFECT follow up for Always Sunny.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    God I hate this score-keeping ratings crap

    by Drath

    Fuck the system, it's all hosed and satisfying only to gaming primates.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    The League and Sunny are miles funnier than anything on NBC

    by 2for2true

    The League has turned out to be the biggest surprise for me on Thursday night. Sunny had an excellent season as well, which gave FX a very powerful hour of comedy. I think The League is sort of like Sunny - it's going to take a year or two for people to spread the word around about how good this show is.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    "You look like a Russian house DJ"

    by Mantis_Toboggan_MD

    I thought for sure that it was going to get cancelled just based on it losing about half of Sunny's audience every week. It's really grown on me though. It especially pays off on repeat viewings--some of the banter between the guys awesome. And every single woman on that show is hot...which doesn't hurt.