Ratings: Modern Family Returns Strong, Is Good to Its Neighbors; CSI, SVU and Minds Hit Lows
The Modern Family ties are still strong, as the ABC comedy returned on Wednesday to 14.2 million total viewers and a 5.5 demo rating, dominating the night and dipping just a few percentage points from its year-ago opener.
Alas, that set up ABC’s Neighbors — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “D” — for a solid debut …READ MORE
TVLine Items: Malcolm's Mom Visits The Middle, Once Upon a Time Lands a Liar and More!
Jane Kaczmarek will once more be in The Middle, though this time without Malcolm.
The actress, an Emmy nominee for her role on Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle, has been tapped to appear in a Season 4 episode of the ABC comedy …READ MORE
Fall TV Preview: The Middle Plans a Heck-tic Summer Vacay, Psycho Bunny & Brooke Shields
ABC’s The Middle may have only scored a single Emmy nom this year — losing out to Game of Thrones for Outstanding Makeup for A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) — but executive producer Eileen Heisler says she and her coworkers handle the lack of recognition in major categories with the same optimistic “Midwestiness” exhibited by the show’s Heck family. …READ MORE
TVLine Items: Liza Minnelli Gets Arrested Again, New Middle Teaser, Once Recap Show and More
Vertigo, schmertigo — Lucille Austero is back!
Liza Minnelli will reprise her role as Buster Bluth’s gal pal in Netflix’s upcoming Arrested Development revival …READ MORE
Finale Ratings: American Idol and SVU At All-Time Lows, Revenge Hits a 20-Week High
American Idol‘s Season 11 finale — aka 127 minutes of foregone conclusion — drew 21 million total viewers and a 6.1 rating, marking this cycle’s largest audience since the premiere and best demo number since Week 2.
That said, the coronation ceremony was down 29 and 34 percent from Season 10’s …READ MORE
ABC Renews Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Grey's, Castle and Three Wednesday Comedies
Thursday evening was ABC’s turn to make some noise, as the network officially renewed seven scripted shows for the 2012-13 TV season, including the freshman dramas Once Upon a Time and Revenge. … READ MORE
What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Wednesday
On TV this Wednesday: Whoopi Goldberg is in The Middle, President Obama relives the Osama Bin Laden raid, Criminal Minds‘ Prentiss ponders a move, a double helping of The Beek and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), we’ve singled out nine other programs to keep on your radar. READ MORE
ABC Comedy Scoop: Whoopi Visits The Middle, Modern Family's Lily Drops the F-Bomb and More
The showrunners for ABC’s current Wednesday comedy block held court at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, and amid much analysis of the state of TV sitcoms, there was a smattering of scoop to be found. READ MORE
The 10 Most Underrated TV Performances of 2011
When you think back on the year’s standout small-screen performances, no doubt you’ll think of Madeleine Stowe’s turn as a hot, hot piece of ice on Revenge. You’ll recall the Jim Parsons/Mayim Bialik tag team on The Big Bang Theory. You’ll hail the cast of Modern Family (possibly, in particular, in the warp-speed Christmas episode).
But since the holidays are a time for reflection, why not take TVLine’s lead and consider a few performances that you might have overlooked the first time around? READ MORE & VIEW GALLERY
The Cougar Town Cameos: Who Has Popped Up Where? (Now Updated With Hot In Cleveland)
If you’ve already fallen behind on Cougar Town‘s hotly-anticipated cameo tour across your favorite TV shows, fret not! TVLine is keeping tabs on each and every pit stop the Cul-de-sac Crew makes this season in this handy photo — and video! — gallery. READ MORE