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30 ROCK Nearly Beats SHIT!! Thursday Ratings!!

I am – Hercules!! The big Thursday-night ratings news is “30 Rock,” whose surprise-guest-star-packed live episode from the SNL stages not only gave the show by far its best number in its new 8:30 p.m. timeslot, but also beat most of its numbers from last season, when it nested in the much more desirable post-“Office” timeslot. Last season’s “30 Rock” ratings in adults 18-49 (starting with May’s 2.7 season finale and working backwards to 2009’s 3.0 season premiere): (2.7) (2.5) (2.6) (2.7) (2.5) (2.9) (3.0) (2.9) (2.8) (2.9) (2.7) (2.3) (3.2) (3.0) (2.8) (3.0) (3.0) (3.1) (3.3) (3.0) Tina Fey's brainchild even came close to overtaking “Shit My Dad Says” (which benefits from a much bigger lead-in in “Big Bang Theory”) and winning its timeslot. “30 Rock” appears also to have given nice (if less dramatic) boosts to surrounding shows “Community” and “The Office.”

Thursdays, July 29 – Oct. 14, 2010 Adults 18-49 finals (repeats in gray; previous finals in parentheses): 4.6 (4.6) (4.6) (5.4) (1.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Grey’s Anatomy 4.3 (4.1) (4.4) (4.9) (2.4) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Big Bang Theory 3.8 (3.5) (3.7) (4.4) (1.2) (----) (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (1.4) (1.2) (1.3) The Office 3.3 (3.0) (3.0) (3.4) (1.7) (1.2) (----) (1.5) (1.3) (1.7) (1.3) (1.4) Mentalist 3.2 (2.9) (3.3) (4.0) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Shit My Dad Says 3.1 (2.1) (2.6) (2.6) (----) (----) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) 30 Rock 3.1 (2.7) (3.1) (3.4) (----) (1.3) (----) (1.4) (1.2) (1.6) (1.2) (1.2) CSI 3.0 (2.9) (2.8) (3.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Private Practice 2.8 (2.7) (3.4) (3.1) (2.0) (3.3) (3.3) (3.0) (2.8) (2.7) (2.5) (2.6) Jersey Shore 2.6 (2.7) (2.5) (2.7) (----) (1.0) (----) (1.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) Bones 2.6 (2.5) (2.8) (3.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Outsourced 2.2 (1.8) (1.9) (2.2) (----) (----) (0.9) (0.9) (0.8) (1.1) (1.1) (1.0) Community 2.0 (2.0) (1.9) (2.1) (0.7) (0.8) (----) (0.9) (----) (----) (----) (----) Fringe 1.3 (1.3) (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) The Apprentice 1.3 (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) (1.4) (1.5) (1.7) (1.3) (1.4) (1.2) (1.0) (1.1) Project Runway 1.1 (1.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Grey’s Anatomy (8pm) 0.9 (0.7) (0.9) (1.0) (1.4) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) It’s Always Sunny 0.9 (1.6) (1.5) (1.6) (1.4) (1.6) (----) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.4) (0.5) Vampire Diaries 0.8 (0.9) (1.3) (1.2) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) College Football 0.8 (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.4) (0.6) (----) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) The First 48 0.8 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Real Housewives BH 0.7 (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (----) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) (----) Real Housewives DC 0.7 (0.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (0.7) (----) (----) (----) (----) After The First 48 0.7 (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (----) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.7) (0.5) TNA Wrestling 0.6 (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) (1.2) (1.4) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Nikita 0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (1.1) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) The League 0.5 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Storm Chasers 0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) (0.5) (0.7) (----) (0.4) (0.5) Austin & Santino 0.4 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Bonenapper Dragon 0.3 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Johnny Test NBC (Prior weeks in parentheses; repeats in gray) 6.7 (8.0) (7.3) (9.2) (9.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Sunday Football 3.7 (3.5) (3.7) (4.4) (1.2) (----) (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (1.4) (1.2) The Office 3.0 (2.1) (2.6) (2.6) (----) (----) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) 30 Rock 2.6 (2.5) (2.7) (2.9) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Biggest Loser 2.5 (2.5) (2.8) (3.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) Outsourced 2.3 (2.6) (2.8) (3.2) (----) (1.8) (1.4) (1.7) (1.4) (1.8) (----) Law & Order SVU 2.2 (1.8) (1.9) (2.2) (----) (----) (0.9) (0.9) (0.8) (1.1) (1.1) Community 2.2 (2.4) (2.9) (3.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) The Event 2.0 (2.1) (2.0) (2.5) (2.7) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Parenthood 1.9 (1.9) (2.0) (2.0) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Chuck 1.9 (2.4) (3.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) Law & Order LA 1.6 (1.3) (1.6) (1.4) (1.2) (1.2) (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) Dateline 1.5 (1.7) (2.1) (2.3) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Chase 1.4 (1.5) (1.6) (2.1) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) Undercovers 1.3 (1.3) (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) The Apprentice 0.9 (1.0) (1.1) (0.9) (2.3) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Outlaw

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  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Wow, SHIT is better than Rock?

    by coconutgroves

    Didn't realize that.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Does After the First 48

    by JoeD

    come on after The First 48? Crazy moms and their crime stories...

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    At least Fringe

    by JonBrad

    is holding steady. Hate to see that get canceled.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Grey's Anatomy? Really Women? Really?

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Cause it's not all middle-aged gay dudes watching that show.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Grey's Anatomy People...just TRY Community.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    If 30 Rock is so great they should put it at 8

    by Saen

    Then watch it drop below a 2.0, and Community rise up!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Community at 9:30

    by JoeD

    They should be getting The Office lead in. Outsourced is this: "Isn't it funny how Indian people are all like...., and American people are all like..." It's freaking horrible.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    There's a time and a place for subtlety...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    and that time was before Scary Movie.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Fringe & Sunny

    by MrPopular

    Fringe & Sunny are the only 2 i care about.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Looks like NBC needs to settle for a 2.0

    by Sonny_Williams

    to declare a win, or they'll be cancelling a shitload of shows this season. Most everything they've got is at 2.0 or headed in that direction. For myself, COMMUNITY and OFFICE, and maybe THE EVENT, are the only NBC series I'd truly miss. The rest, I couldn't get worked up over their demise.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    People love looking at car wrecks

    by Rob0729

    That is why stunts like live episodes do so well in the ratings. The only reason why they get a huge bump in the ratings is because want to watch to see if the cast screws up. Next week they will see a huge dip in the ratings.

  • I guess it's "the best episode of the series" or something

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    FRINGE is trending steady so far this season

    by SpyGuy

    Only a 0.2 variance among four episodes. Apparently, roughly the same viewers are tuning in every week. Now how about some more?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    And yes, we need a SMALLVILLE 200th episode talkback

    by SpyGuy

    C'mon, it's the last season and a major episode so how about a little talkback love?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by Frijole

    Did you watch the episode? What you are referring to was exactly what the episode was spoofing.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    The cure for all the ratings-challenged new shows...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Do a live broadcast episode!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I find outsourced funnier then 30 Rock

    by Saen

    The only decent thing in 30 Rock last night was the commericals. Outsourced at least has Oswald!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I enjoy outsourced but community is so much better

    by WickedJacob

    its really sad that its the bottom of the four.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    This is a disgrace that Community is so low....

    by runawayboulder

    America are you fucking kidding me with this shit?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Shatner singing karaoke...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...hello? That's gold right there.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    you morons think Community and

    by happyboy

    American Office is good. This is why the world hates us and why rich Chinese dudes will be fucking all your daughters in 20 years.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Community was brilliant, naturally nobody watches

    by JT Kirk

    Seriously, 30 Rock was "ok", and Shit My Dad Says is unbearable, but Community was head and shoulders better and funnier than Big Bang Theory last night, and nobody else seems to care. We in America wonder why they're pushing stupid product at us? Because that's what we watch.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    The guy that plays Abed on comunity is a busy guy

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I just realized last night that he also plays Jacks assistant on 30 Rock and I think he has multiple roles on Outsourced

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Abed is a shaman! so I dont doubt it.

    by Saen

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    30 Rock is unbearable

    by IceTitan

    Watching my friends laugh at 30 Rock is funnier than actually watching 30 Rock. True story. Have we gotten so dumb that the masses find shit like 30 Rock funny? After seeing how many awards it's won I decided to give it a shot and I was almost embarrassed for my friends that have raved about it. What a terrible show.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by Incomplete Gamer

    There's nothing that makes you seem cooler than telling a bunch of people that like something that they are stupid and uneducated. IceTitan, making friends everywhere he goes. How much extra room does your superiority complex take up?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Who is watching shows on CBS?

    by andrew coleman

    White trash morons? Their comedies shouldn't even be called comedies. They should be called "Show you can commit suicide to" so call them SYCCS. That is CBS programming "SYCCS".

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Every single post so far

    by David Cloverfield

    "My taste is better than yours. People who watch/don't watch a program are the reason we don't have colonies on mars." I knew comic book adaptations are serious business, but not sitcoms are too?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    Survivor and Amazing Race: solid entertainment.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Community bouncing back

    by jimbojones123

    They stopped the bleeding. It was a really fun episode. Even with two very low key Abed episodes in a row, still may be the most fun show on TV.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Vampire Diaries repeat helped everybody too.

    by jimbojones123

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Yay! Community's up!

    by DiscoGodfather

    Of course, the fact that it's beloved by geeks worries me, since that has become the kiss of death (see "Why Geeks Don't Get What They Want" at Shifting topics, Sunny has been disappointing this year so far. The Halloween episode had better be as spectacular as its rumored to be, and it's still two weeks out. On the other hand, The League seems to be improving.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Hahahah make it seem like

    by Series7

    Shit is falling somehow, yet it got a bust as well.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Clone Wars is the real TV show to be into

    by HornyForHarry

    Give love to Clone Wars AICN or you'll be sorry.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    So happy that Fringe is staying strong

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    NBC's Thursday night is (fairly) solid once again

    by RosemarysBabyDaddy

    "Community" and "30 Rock" are great shows, despite the geek-hate they're getting on this talkback. "The Office" is stronger than it's been in at least two seasons, maybe more. And "Outsourced" has potential. At first I thought it was kinda racist, then I realized I didn't really care. Is that bad?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by ONeillSG1


  • Oct. 16, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    FRINGE is the best sci fi show since Galactica

    by CeejayNightwing

    It would be a national tragedy if it ever got cancelled before finishing its story. Walter Bishop is a character of pure genius! There hasn't been a scifi show even remotely like it, awesome!

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST


    by Volllllume3

    Best show on tv right now. And you fucking know it Herc.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I only watched 30 Rock because it was live

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    Ive never watched a full episode...I hate the show. i think its awful. I watched the live episode though, because I was only curious to see how good it would be - it was good, but the show is still bad and I'll never watch again.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Damn you Smallville!

    by David Cloverfield

    You get so many things wrong, but than come out with an episode like this. It's a hard job hating you.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    shit is shit

    by palewook

    tried it twice. if it smells like shit, its shit. it if looks like shit, its shit. if it sounds like..

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    That makes no sense. The only episode you watched was good, but the show is bad and you hate it?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain that's kind of ironic

    by MurderMostFowl

    Since one of the major plot lines of 30rock is the fear that "Cabletown"'s takeover of NBC would turn them into a cable channel.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST

    SMALLVILLE played with my geek nipples

    by YackBacker

    That was a really entertaining episode last night. Damn, they're hitting the mark.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    I can't even get CBS where I live

    by monolithik

    And I've never missed it. How in the hell is this canned laughter shit still winning in the ratings? This saddens me. Don't get me started on whatever the fuck Bazinga is. Didn't stupid, nonsensical catchphrases jump the shark when the Fonz did?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    watched outsouced

    by MurderMostFowl

    meh... all the jokes seem too shallow. I mean can we not get beyond stereotyping jokes? What they show really needs to be is a a little deeper on the Indian culture fish out of water side. Unfortunately it's a sitcom so it's a little difficult to go that way. <BR><BR> I guess I'm looking for better writing all around... not jut on the jokey joke side. It really was a great idea for a show. I hope they can pull themselves out of the shallow one off stereotype jokes

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Oh and love Community BTW

    by MurderMostFowl

    The season opener was amazing. I had to watch the damn thing twice. It was followed by a massively disappointing episode ( the one with Rob Cordry) , so the last 2 episodes have been sort of getting back up on the horse for me. I know that sounds critical, but it's the funniest show on TV right now, and it can do better.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    This week's Outsourced

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    was better than Community or The Office. Can't really compare it to 30 Rock as that was a one off unique stunt.<p> I enjoyed the live show and there was a good sitcom that had the guts to be live every week.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Surprised by lack of love for BBT

    by Blanket-Man

    Big Bang and 30 Rock are the only TV comedies I make an effort to watch these days. Yet BBT is barely mentioned on here, even though it focuses on four comic-book/sci-fi loving geeks who can't get dates. One of the three or four main sets is a comic book shop, for cripes sake. Right in our wheelhouse. And some eps are funny as hell (this week's wasn't so great, though, despite Sackoff and Takei). Not sure why it's not covered here...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    30 Rock

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    is a show I can appreciate but not like. Community is ten times funnier.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by monolithik

    receives way more hate than it deserves. It's not the best thing ever, but it has potential to turn into something better, and I think the writers are working toward that... but you have to start somewhere.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by monolithik

    Although, I definitely see how it could come across as offensive because of the portrayals from the cast, and how that results in little to no positive coverage here. Oh wait... I should add that I'm talking about BIG BANG THEORY.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by monolithik

    Am I doing it right?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Big Bang Theory doesn't get coverage here and people that frequent the site don't watch it because it's not really about geeks/nerds. It's just the cool kids (a.k.a. the writers) giving mainstream audiences a non-threatening tv-friendly version of geekdom. All of us here know that real nerds are way creepy and unsettling, not funny.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by monolithik

    Is a really uneven show. It has episodes of near brilliance, and then... pure shit; I mean, episodes worse than just falling flat, but where they obviously didn't even have enough plot to last 22 minutes, and they were just hoping we wouldn't notice. This season has seemed to be a little better, but... Dan Harmon's always had a sketchy track record like that, with Channel101 and such. We'll see...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    30 Rock

    by monolithik

    Is, to me, one of those shows like Arrested Development, which I will love until the day I die. That said, I can see how it's not for everybody, and doesn't hit all of the usual comedy marks(if only because it's blatantly not aiming for them). I love the zaniness though, and it constantly has enough brilliance to overshadow any shortcomings, for me anyway.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    The Office

    by monolithik

    Is... The Office. I watch it because... that's what I've always done, and there's nothing else on, heh. Sometimes it's great... but most of the time it's just... there.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    BBT and Shat My Ner Says

    by monolithik

    I've never watched. Fuck those clowns.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Which episodes fell flat for you? I'll agree that some episodes are better than others but I haven't seen a single episode that didn't have more laughs than all other sitcoms on the air right now combined.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by monolithik

    To pick one, I'd say the most painful episode was last year's April Fool's Day episode, with the cadaver. I only watched it when it aired, so I can't remember details, but I do remember cringing at it all the way through. Besides that, some of the shtick they use(and reuse) is just... yeah. Awful. Pierce's weirdo religion stuff? Pure, unfunny filler. Winger's on again/off again relationships with, oh, every girl in the cast weighs down the show more often than not, too. Don't get me wrong, I really like the show and want it to do well, but it really does have that amateur hour smell to it more often than not - like I occasionally can't shake the feeling that I'm watching fanfic of a better show - that shows through in the plot, the broad character strokes and even in the camera work.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    That Said...

    by monolithik

    I've noticed almost all of my issues with the show being addressed this season, so I remain a hopeful fan of the show...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Seemed to peak about halfway through season 1 with the debate and halloween episodes. Ever since then they've gotten more of a smug air and worst of all is when they keep traveling around in a pack like some inseperable backwoods family.<p> Dan Harmon said that they hired new writers towards the end of season 1 so I'm guessing that changed the tone. More movie paraodies and less character development. I still love the cast though, best cast on any sitcom, that keeps me coming back.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory

    by iceman199

    You'd think it would get more love here. But for some reason it doesn't.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Who gives a crap?

    by BrannigansLaw

    It shouldn't matter if BBT, Chuck, etc. get no love on AICN. If you like the show, watch it... go to fan sites. This is the last place you should be looking to validate your show.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Koyaanisqatsi - So true the geeks on that show seem

    by Ransacked

    more like aging gay hipsters than actually geeks

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    WTF Nikita

    by gun_will_travel

    A repeat already? Have they given up on you? I was still watching!

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Glad to see Smallville will finish strong

    by gun_will_travel

    because after a great first season or two it has sucked for several years

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    big bang theory

    by JaredP

    the best sitcom on television all other sitcoms are crap

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    except for

    by JaredP

    foxs family guy and american dad

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Not looking for validation

    by iceman199

    Just wondering why a show with more Star Trek, Star Wars, comic book, sci-fi references than any other show in TV history is never talked about on a site that's all about that kind of stuff.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    The Guys on BBT

    by InActionMan

    are the "Amos and Andy" of nerds.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Outsourced is a pile of fecal matter

    by daggor

    with people dancing around it. I don't see how anyone could enjoy it.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    June Cleaver 1872-2010

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    who had her in the death pool?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    This site doesn't HAVE a tv section

    by DeanCubed

    it has a TV RATINGS section. Most of what people watch isn't covered in any meaningful way. And even the 200th episode of a show about the origins of Superman, featuring a geek icon like James Marsters in a guest role can't get coverage. Because WE NEED TO KNOW IF HOUSE HAS BETTER RATINGS THAN SURVIVOR!!!!

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by monolithik

    It's called pandering, that's why. Reeks of desperation. Maybe geeks/nerds would rather watch sci-fi than a show about geeks/nerds watching sci-fi. Big difference.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory is still better than both comibined.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    No David, the show sucked...

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    Their live attempt was good, but the show is still terrible.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Tried to watch The Big Bang Theory a couple of times...

    by jameshardy

    I genuinely didn't find it funny. I see some arguments above essentially asking: 'It's a show full of geeks; surely you geeks should love it?' Is that the criteria for enjoyment these days, then? <br> <br> It seemed to me, from those 2 episodes I watched, that the leading 'geeks' in the sitcom aren't really geeks at all, but just what popular perception likes to think geeks must enjoy/not enjoy doing. In which case, why would anyone bother? Also, it has a laugh track, which shouldn't really need to be instated were the majority of the jokes funny as standalone jokes. It's 2010, we have The Office, Community, Parks, Eastbound and Down, 30 Rock; probably more good (alive) comedy than we deserve.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by AlwaysThere

    The only show that matters on Thursdays.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Sunny was good this week

    by _Venkman

    A lot better than the previous week.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Adding a laugh track/live audience to 30 Rock this week

    by Voice O. Reason

    Made it seem like a pretty generic sitcom.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    so the stunt 30 Rock can't beat Shit my Shat says?

    by punto

    that's fucked up..

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Smallville and Supernatural

    by lock67ca

    Smallville hit it out of the park this week, and the Bobby-centric Supernatural makes me think the show might actually be quite good this season. I've had my doubts, but that was a great ep. It doesn't hurt that Kripke is still involved, albeit to a lesser extent, either.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Smallville and Supernatural

    by hatemphd

    Their ratings were pretty good this week too. Smallville won its 8pm slot in the 18-49 bracket and pulled a 1.3. Supernatural was 2nd in the 9pm slot. Not bad for the cw.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 2:38 a.m. CST

    rating =! quality

    by hatemphd

    In this section of the site, 90% of the posts are about people bitching that a show they like is being canceled or is canceled, like firefly, chuck or angel. <p> Also, your wrong http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Supernatural_%28TV_ series%29#Ratings <p> remove spaces. Supernatural has always pulled above a 2, just not this season, since they moved it to the friday death slot... Also, its 5 or 6 years old. Get a clue.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST


    by hatemphd

    I confused # of viewers and rating on the chart posted. I suck. my bad.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by DiscoGodfather

    I disagree about Community peaking early in season one. The paintball episode was the funniest episode of any comedy series aired on TV last season.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    2 things that should have been mentioned on this site.

    by V'Shael

    One was the return of Katee Sackhoff to Big Bang Theory, as creepy Jewish masturbation fodder. <br /><br />The other was the appearance of George Takei as confused Jewish masturbation fodder.<br /><br />Having Julia Louis Dreyfuss cameo'ing in 30 Rock as dream sequence Liz Lemon was just icing on my cake.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    For God's Sake People

    by Charles_Corkey_Thatcher

    Turn off the TV and do something productive, I beg of you. Is your life really going to be that much more enjoyable if you watch "Survivor"? Ugh Here we are now...ENTERTAIN US!!!!! 95% of the shows on TV are just total crap to fill in the void that people used to fill by learning a new hobby or reading. Terrible.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    BIG FAN!

    by 2for2true

    Learned that if I watch TBBT in real time and Tivo the NBC line-up, I can watch Community, 30 Rock, The Office, and Outsourced before switching to FX to catch Sunny and The League back in real time. I've got this technology thing by the balls, baby!

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    @JMcLovin, Re: BBT

    by Blanket-Man

    I wasn't saying that BBT should be covered here just because it's about alleged nerds and their geeky habits - the key is that it's a FUNNY show about those things. Humor, though, is the most subjective thing there is - you don't find it funny; I do. Not every ep is a winner, though, so maybe you caught a couple of duds (this week's wasn't so hot, for instance). And they could definitely lose the laugh track. Not to throw ratings out there, but obviously others out there find it funny, too, so it's odd that this site doesn't cover it much. I don't come here for "validation," but rather for some back-and-forth about what clicked and what didn't in a given episode. But I hardly see it mentioned here, of all places. I can buy the argument about it showing the mainstream view of geeks, as opposed to "real geeks"... to a point at least. But when they start referencing obscure comics, and get every detail right, it tells me that someone on the staff is earning some geek cred!

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    My take on Big Bang Theory

    by ricarleite2

    BBT is for geeks what McDonalds is for a french chef - it's a dumbed down, cliched vision of the VERY unrealistic life of scientists, and is supported only by the excentric character "Sheldon". It is funny on some occasions, but as funny as most sitcoms. Also, it features a laugh track, something that is (or should be) as defunct as point and click adventure games and progressive rock. I remember watching the first episode of the 2nd season and saking myself why is this still on the air (I thought it was cancelled, for some reason). I watched some of the third season and found it amusing on some occasions.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Also, on Big Bang theory

    by ricarleite2

    Lose the laugh track, switch to a single camera setup, add more characters, make it more realistic, and THEN you have something real good.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    2 thoughts...

    by kaijuturtle

    when Scrubs did their musical episode I felt I saw the highpoint of the series & didnt want to watch anymore, for fear the show would embarass itself. I felt the same after the live 30Rock. Also, my take on NBC thurs nite: Community VERY CLEVER, 30Rock VERY WITTY, The Office SKNNNNZZZZZZZZShnoorrrrrrrre.......

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Ahh the weekly ratings, the only time Herc

    by skimn

    is forced to mention (if only in pasted print) Its Always Sunny. While some comedies have off seasons, Sunny is going strong in its SIXTH season.<p>Glad to see the CSI juggernaut has finally waned. Wonder what William Peterson's been doing lately?

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Hilarious. The Fey blinders are always on...

    by Heckles

    '30 Rock' gets beat by a Twitter-based shitcom and it's spun to look like a win. Incredible.