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So Does STEVEN SEAGAL!!

Published at: Dec. 25, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

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Wednesday 18-49 finals; prior weeks in parentheses: 2.1 (3.1) (3.2) (----) (2.8) (3.2) (3.8) (2.8) (2.2) (3.0) (3.2) (2.9) (3.3) (4.0) CSI: NY 2.1 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Grinch Stole Christmas 2.0 (3.8) (3.9) (2.2) (3.2) (3.7) (3.4) (3.4) (2.5) (3.8) (3.8) (3.6) (3.8) (4.4) Criminal Minds 1.9 (1.8) (3.8) (2.3) (2.5) (3.7) (----) (3.5) (3.7) (3.4) (3.6) (3.4) (3.8) (4.2) Modern Family 1.8 (1.6) (2.5) (2.0) (1.7) (2.4) (----) (1.8) (2.2) (2.0) (2.1) (2.1) (2.6) (----) The Middle (8:30) 1.5 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) The Middle (9:30) 1.4 (----) (3.7) (3.6) (2.5) (3.3) (3.4) (-----) (----) (3.3) (3.4) (3.3) (3.3) (3.1) Glee (9pm) 1.2 (1.7) (2.8) (1.8) (1.9) (3.2) (----) (2.8) (3.2) (3.1) (3.3) (3.2) (3.8) (4.4) Cougar Town 1.2 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Glee (8pm) 1.1 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Faith Hill 1.1 (1.6) (1.3) (1.5) (1.6) (1.4) (1.4) (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.8) (1.7) (1.9) (2.0) The Jay Leno Show 1.0 (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (1.0) (1.2) (1.2) (1.2) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Meet The Browns 1.0 (----) (1.2) (1.2) (0.9) (1.2) (1.4) (1.0) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) House of Payne 0.8 (----) (1.8) (----) (----) (2.0) (1.7) (1.7) (-----) (1.9) (1.9) (1.8) (2.1) (2.3) Mercy (8pm) 0.8 (1.1) (1.1) (1.2) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Dog The Bounty Hunter 0.7 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Mercy (9pm) 0.7 (1.0) (1.0) (1.4) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Steven Seagal: Lawman 0.4 (1.2) (1.1) (1.0) (----) (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (1.3) (1.0) (----) Real World Challenge 0.3 (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) One Tree Hill 0.3 (0.3) (-----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Launch My Line 0.2 (-----) (0.3) (0.4) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Gossip Girl

Figures in grey represent repeats. * The last new “Leno” of 2009 was also the lowest-rated ever; the series hit its new low against repeats of “Cougar Town” and “CSI: NY,” both of which beat it. (Again, this flies in the face of NBC’s assertion that “Leno” could improve its fortunes once its 10 p.m. competition went into repeats. This is the time of year we see those repeats.)

Jay Leno Show in 18-49; prior weeks in parentheses: 1.6 (1.5) (1.4) (1.2) (1.4) (1.4) (1.2) (1.2) (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.7) (1.8) (5.3) Mon 1.5 (1.8) (2.9) (----) (1.9) (1.9) (1.9) (2.0) (1.8) (1.8) (1.8) (2.1) (2.3) (2.5) (3.4) Tue 1.1 (1.6) (1.3) (1.5) (1.6) (1.4) (1.4) (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.8) (1.7) (1.9) (2.0) (3.5) Wed (--) (1.7) (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) Thu (--) (1.4) (1.4) (1.2) (1.0) (1.3) (1.2) (1.2) (1.2) (1.4) (1.3) (1.4) (1.4) (1.6) (2.2) Fri
* On the other hand, Wednesday may have been the first night since summer in which “Leno” actually improved on its lead-in (in this case a repeat of “Mercy”). * “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” tied for the night’s top spot in 18-49 despite the fact ABC already aired it this year. * “Seagal” continues to see its fortunes plummet. * The MTV special with maybe the year’s longest title, “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins: The Shit They Should Have Shown,” fell hard from the previous week’s reunion special, which gave the series a season high (and a better rating than its finale two weeks ago). Merry Chrismukkah!!
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  • Dec. 24, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Merry Christmas!

    by Red Ned Lynch

    If you like such things.

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Christmas came early this year

    by MrHyde

    reruns are beating Leno? his cancellation should follow soon. take that, you buffoon. just couldn't go out in grace. had to throw a fit.

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    the hurt locker cover

    by Bouncy X

    makes the movie look like some michael bay action packed romp. i mean i'm sure there is some but it looks more dramatic than action.

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Steven Segal is awesome

    by Proman1984

    yeah lol

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    A lump coal in the stocking....

    by Jamie McBain

    For both Jay and Steven! There is a Santa, after all!

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by saber12

    If the movie is a "near perfect movie", wouldn't it be terrible?

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    It's Seagal's bloated, booze-ruined face

    by Star Hump

    that's sinking his show. You can't exist on a diet of Natural Ice tall boys and expect to make it on TV.

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    CSI: Whoville

    by ReportAbuse

    I find it telling that a 40-year old cartoon (excuse me, animated work) tied for the top spot ... not that the Grinch isn't great (I watched it both times it was shown this year, it's a tradition) but it both shows the strength of Seuss' original work and the crapfest that is most current t.v. these days. BTW, "The Middle" (minus Malcolm) is actually pretty funny.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    WTF is everyone?

    by Chief Joseph

    Are we the only non-Xtians? Oh well. Leno sucks.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Why didn't Hurt Locker come out for Xmas?

    by Fat and Curious

    I've wanted to see this piece of shit for as long as critics have been blowing it, would have definitely asked for it for Christmas but instead I gotta wait until January. I know a number of friends who felt the same way. Is this because of the inevitable Oscar push or just studio stupidity?

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Denny Crane

    by foonacha

    Having a bloated,booze-ruined face never hurt the Shat that much over his recent award winning years... Segal turned off too many of his old fanbase by turning into an eco-freek.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    ...ohhh!

    by foonacha

    ...& a Merry Christmas to one and all! Hope Santa came down your chimney & unloaded his sacks to your hearts content.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Lawman is focusing on the wrong thing

    by A for Aristocrat

    The show fell in to the same trap as Seagal did.....they are taking it seriously. They need to go back to the bat shit insane ludicrousness of the first two episodes. Passing Seagal off as even a mildly legitimate police officer will kill this show.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Saw that this is the first season of Steven's show.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Heck, they already are promoting the first season on dvd. Wonder what extras will be on it.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    Yet MORE Proof...

    by PoppaRotzi

    ...that network television is run by chimpanzees banging on tables and throwing their feces at each other.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Seagal Vs. The Shat

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    In a titanic ego Battle of the Fatasses, who would win? Advantage Shatner, I say, if only because he's been around longer and has perfected the art of being his own God.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Not even Vern has spoken up for the Seagal show

    by johnnyangelheart

    nuff said.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by wuzilla

    The Hurt Locker is almost 90 percent action/suspense set pieces, basically focusing on a series of explosives disposal missions. It's among the most suspenseful movies ever made, and the most totally awesome.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Do the cops on that show take Seagal seriously?

    by ShabbyBlue

    I've only watched a few bits of the show, not an entire episode, so I'm curious what other cops on that force think of him and his tv show. Do they take him seriously and treat him like a real fellow cop, or is he kind of a joke to them with his Hollywood attitude and the camera crew following him around all the time as he tries to make himself look good on camera.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Seagal's show is the best on tv

    by picardsucks

    Lawman is fucking awesome All fanboys should be watching this show. It Steven "Fucking" Seagal is a real cop in one the most dangerous shitholes on earth. It ain't staged and he knows what he's doing. Dude shoots holes into the bullseye holes he shoots into targets People assume it's some sort of put on. It's not it's all fucking real as he had a longstanding friendship with the former Chief of Police. Shocked more of you don't have this on your DVR's.

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Dear Santa, Please cancel Leno

    by beetlegeuse

  • Dec. 25, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Lawman is the Balls

    by Tokyo_Drifter

    While the could easily be enough said, I have to rebut the comment made about the show taking itself too seriously. That's the most amazing part of it. And you know that that's a move on Seagal's part. Look at the way he acts, the things he cares about, shit, the way he looks. He takes himself so completely seriously and is so eccentric that if they played it out as a joke, it would come off as insincere and unfunny. And it really couldn't be on any other channel. It has the same vibe as all of their other programs, like Intervention and Hoarders or whatever crystal meth documentary they're showing at any given time. That vibe is part of the brilliant comedic effect of the show. That, mixed with the seriousness factor, make this show required viewing. I'd make the comparison that the show holds the same sick and captivating fascination of a trainwreck, but it's an entirely different breed. It's not a trainwreck, it's something so completely weird that not only can you not avert your eyes, you can't stop laughing. It'll be a sad day when this gets cancelled.

  • Dec. 26, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Bring back King of the Hill

    by Chief Joseph

    We need a Luanne death episode.<br> Lucky: Uncle Hank, I done backed over Luanne with mah truck.<br> Hank: Blaughghghghgh!

  • Dec. 26, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Leno hits all time low!

    by torontoxic

    Buys Herc's home town and renames it crybabyville. Leno feels better and forgets about the whole thing. <P> http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Ddvd&field-keywords=my+name+is+earl&x=0&y=0 <P> Now on sale!

  • Dec. 26, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Oddly enough...

    by bueno_bob

    Lawman is entertaining in a bizarre way...

  • Dec. 27, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Do the guys Segal arrests...

    by Chief Joseph

    ...ask how he got so fat? Or diss his lousy energy drink? Or do they edit those parts out?

  • Dec. 29, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    You know, I have to defend Mr. Segal here.

    by ScaryWaitress

    As long as he stays the hell of the big screen, God bless.

  • Dec. 30, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Lawman

    by MegaBeth

    I hate to break to everyone, but I have heard the Seagal show is staged. The showhas "recreations" of actual police incidents. Plus I also heard most of Seagal's crew is comprised of retired cops, not active ones.

  • Jan. 1, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Seagal versus Shat

    by Hipshot

    The reason Shat could get fat is that he isn't an action star. He's an actor--not a great one, but a very likeable one, who actually pulled some decent performances out on his lawyer show. All Seagal ever had going for him is his martial skills, and a bit of glower. Not many fat action stars. If he kicked some ass on his show, all might be forgiven. But from what I see, very little happens, he doesn't get to show off his skills except in practice, and we can see that he ruined his own career by becoming a physical laughing stock. Who wants to watch a slow-motion train wreck?