TVLine Items: White Collar Alum Joins Sorkin Show, X Factor Finale Beats The Voice and More!

HBO’s The Newsroom has made another hire: White Collar and Parks and Recreation grad Natalie Morales has landed a guest stint on the Aaron Sorkin drama, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.

The actress, whose credits also of course include The Middleman, will play Kaylee, the girlfriend of Dev Patel’s newsroom staffer, Neal.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

* The X Factor concluded its rookie season with 12.4 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating, surging 25 and 13 percent, respectively, week-to-week. (Fox notes that Thursday night’s results show outperformed The Voice‘s season finale by 13 and 3 percent.) Across its freshman run, X Factor averaged 12.4 million viewers and a 4.2 rating.

Michael Slezak’s X Factor Season Finale Recap

* In other Thursday ratings news, NBC’s Prime Suspect, with 4.4 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating, grew 10 and 11 percent opposite all-repeat competition.

American Horror Story Season 2 Spoiler Alert: Find Out Who Will and Won’t Be Back!

* And in yet more ratings news, the Season 1 finale of FX’s American Horror Story scared up the drama’s most-watched episode to date, drawing 3.22 million total viewers. It also ranked as Wednesday’s top cable program in delivery of the coveted 18-49 crowd.

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6 Comments
  1. dee says:

    Maybe I’d be impressed with those X-Factor numbers if:

    (1) absolutely everything else on TV last night wasn’t a rerun
    (2) a certain someone hadn’t promised 20 million viewers
    (3) by comparison to that other singing competition on FOX, those numbers for a finale are laughably horrible.

    How’s that crow tasting, Simon?

  2. davey says:

    Also, The Voice is on NBC…the lowest rated of the Big Four. I still think (as did most) that the X-Factor should have been MUCH bigger in ratings (and talent :))

  3. Tess says:

    What’s with all the negativity? I think all the networks would say those ratings are pretty dang good, especially given that most of those network big shots think no one watches tv at all this time of the year which is why they don’t tend to put anything new on. When the schedule was first announced, everyone thought it was a big risk to end the week of Christmas, but in the end it turned out to be a smart move being the only new programming on. The only reason people think X Factor should have performed better is because Simon Cowell was cocky and said they’d get 20 million out the gate. Idol didn’t get 20 million out the gate either…people tend to forget it wasn’t always a juggernaut; it had to build up to that. The Voice would love to say it had those ratings (NBC would REALLY love to say The Voice had those ratings). It was the #1 new non-scripted program this Fall, performed best among the covetted 18-49 demo, is high ranked among minorities and drew more younger viewers than Idol seems to be these days. Most important for FOX is that the show improved versus programming in the same timeslots last season by nearly 50% and they had their best Fall in ages. (TV By The Numbers has all those figures on their website). So yeah, it was a success. Quit hating.

  4. dee says:

    Nice to see that the FOX PR department was hard at work on Friday night, Tess. Hope you’re getting overtime.

    We’re hating because anyone with a brain (and not paid by FOX) knows that x-Factor WILDLY underperformed expectations. Cowell was planning to put American Idol under with his ripoff copycat talent show (like he did in the UK), but that’s clearly not going to happen. FOX was expecting 2nd/3rd-year American Idol numbers out of the gate because they had Simon Cowell. But what they’ve all learned is it ain’t about Simon. I’m enjoying the massive hit to his massive ego. Couldn’t have happened to a better jerk.

  5. Lina says:

    I was already looking forward to The Newsroom, now even more so with Natalie Morales joining the cast. Loved, loved, loved her in The Middleman.

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