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But pretty soon there won't be enough "show" left to bother recording in the first place.
Now that I'm without cable and DVR I'm experiencing first-hand the commercial overload in OTA network programming. It's nuts. "The Price Is Right," a gameshow that itself is a series of endless commercials for the prizes the contestants are bidding on, is down to about 36 to 37 min. when the commercials and credits are excluded. Drew Carey is going so freaking fast and the show is so rushed that we rarely get reactions from the contestants when they win their big prizes. Just bam! You win, 'we'll be right back,' split-second of contestant jumping, fade to black. If a gameshow barely has time to show the one thing that gameshows are supposed to show, i.e. a contestant winning, then commercial overload is already wagging the dog.
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
Cable overnights: ‘Americans’ dips slightly
By Media Life Magazine Staff - Jan. 29, 2015

“The Americans” drew a slightly smaller audience for its third-season bow.

The FX drama averaged 796,000 adults 18-49 Wednesday night, according to Nielsen overnights, off 8 percent from last year’s premiere, which averaged 863,000.

Among total viewers the show was up very slightly from last year, from 1.8 million to 1.89 million.

TBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” repeat topped the night in both total viewers and 18-49s. The top original show on cable in 18-49s was A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” which drew 1.177 million.

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‘Problem Child’ Comedy Based On Movie Gets NBC Pilot Order
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jan. 29, 2015

NBC is going ahead with Problem Child, giving a pilot order to a single-camera comedy inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes.

Scot Armstrong, writer on such R-rated feature hits as Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the adaptation of the PG comedy, described as a family show about the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child.

Armstrong is executive producing with Imagine TV’s Brian Grazer, fellow producer of the original movie Bob Simonds of STX Entertainment as well as TBD Entertainment’s Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan for Universal TV where TBD is based.

Problem Child, on which the late Ritter met his future wife Yasbeck, was a hit, grossing $72 million on a $10 million budget and spawning two sequels.

Armstrong has a long history with NBC and Universal TV where American Work — his company with Ravi Nandan — was based and produced several pilots and two series for the network: Best Friends Forever and Animal Practice. The two currently exec produce the USA comedy series Playing House with BFF‘s Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.

Imagine TV has breakout new drama series Empire, departing Parenthood and Kurt Sutter’s FX pilot Bastard Executioner.

Problem Child is the latest movie remake to get a pilot order this season, following Minority Report at Fox and Rush Hour at CBS. An Uncle Buck comedy is heating up at ABC. In addition to Problem Child, NBC also has a comedy pilot based on the British comedy series Cuckoo and one based on the Australian series Strange Calls.

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A TV deal so great even cord cutters will think twice
By Lauren Ready, USA Today - Jan. 29, 2015

You may be one of them, or you may be considering joining them. "Cord cutters." Hundreds of thousands of people who forego a typical cable TV subscription for online video services like Netflix and Hulu.

In an attempt to bring back or keep some of those who are cutting the cord, cable companies are making incredible offers at low prices.

Money expert Matt Granite is talking about one such offer that is the lowest he's ever seen. Watch the video above to see how low this company is going to get your business. [CLICK LINK BELOW]

Follow @mattg ranite for more money saving tips.

Matt Granite is a consumer reporter with Gannett's WKYC station in Cleveland. His videos offer tips to consumers on how to save money. We do not get any financial compensation for mentioning any of these deals or companies. The only purpose of this segment is to save you money.

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Dish AutoHop to zap Super Bowl game, not commercials
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jan. 29, 2015

Dish Network roiled the TV industry with its AutoHop technology that enables subscribers to automatically delete commercials from blocks of prime-time network programming.

On Thursday, the Colorado satellite TV giant introduced a new AutoHop gimmick just in time for Sunday's Super Bowl extravaganza.

"We're putting a twist on the commercial-skipping feature so that instead of automatically skipping commercials, customers will have the option to instead skip the game and watch only the commercials," a Dish spokesman said.

The feature, dubbed Reverse AutoHop, will be available to Monday morning ad quarterbacks who want to watch replays of the most popular commercials that run during the NFL championship.

Fittingly, the feature will be available to users on Monday, the day after the big game. In years past, the conversation following the Super Bowl has quickly switched to debates about which advertisers had the most clever commercials.

Dish cautioned that in order for customers to watch a block of commercials, they must enable the PrimeTime Anytime feature for NBC prior to the game.

NBC, which is broadcasting this year's game, said Wednesday that it has sold out its advertising inventory at record levels.

The network charged an average of $4.5 million for each 30-second spot that runs during the game. This year's roster includes more than 70 advertisers in the Super Bowl.

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Fox Orders Kevin Connolly Fantasy Football Comedy, Rivers Cuomo Half-Hour to Pilot
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jan. 29, 2015

Just in time for the Super Bowl, Fox is moving forward with its fantasy football comedy — and adding a half-hour inspired by the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.

The network on Thursday handed out pilot orders to Fantasy Life, the adaption of ESPN analyst Matthew Berry's best-selling book of the same name, with Entourage's Kevin Connolly attached to star, and Detour, the Cuomo comedy from Psych's Steve Franks.

Fantasy Life, which landed at Fox in September with a sizable put-pilot commitment with a significant penalty attached, centers on a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show and is forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be.

It will be written by Tim McAuliffe (Bad Teacher, Satisfaction, The Office, Up All Night), who will executive produce alongside Connolly, Berry, 3 Arts' Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter, Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien. Fantasy Life, from 20th Century Fox Television, will be a multicamera hybrid comedy in a vein similar to CBS/20th's How I Met Your Mother.

Berry's Fantasy Life was published in July 2013 and became a New York Times best seller. The book chronicles Berry's journey from a 14-year-old fantasy player to the face of fantasy sports for ESPN.com, where he serves as fantasy sports analyst and columnist. Berry, coincidentally, is a former TV writer whose credits include Fox's Married … With Children, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire and Sports Night, among others.

For Connolly, the comedy comes after 20th TV inked the former Entourage star to his second overall deal with the studio to develop projects alongside 3 Arts. The actor previously starred in CBS/20th's short-lived comedy Friends With Better Lives last season. An avid football fan, Connolly also directed ESPN's hockey-themed Big Shot episode in its 30 for 30 series.

For Fox, the comedy comes as the network currently carries Sunday afternoon and evening NFL games. Should Fantasy Life move forward, it would join FX's similarly themed comedy The League. For 3 Arts, Fantasy Life marks its second pilot order of the season. It joins NBC's Greg Malins' multicamera comedy Take It From Us.

Detour, meanwhile, landed at the network in August with a hefty put-pilot commitment. The single-camera comedy is inspired by Cuomo, a rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college.

Based on a pitch from Franks, the 20th TV comedy will be written by the Psych creator and executive produced by Cuomo, Tagline Pictures' Willie Mercer and Chris Henze. Dan Field will also be credited as an EP.

Weezer frontman/songwriter Cuomo opted to go to college and live in the dorms. He tried out for the school choir and didn't get in. He made friends and met his wife. Detour would embellish his journey with a fictional character and the small band of misfit friends that made it possible for him to get through his formative years. Cuomo took the sabbatical eight years ago to return to college at Harvard.

Semi-autobiographical fare continues to be a popular genre at the broadcast networks this pilot season. In addition to Detour, Fox has dramedy Studio City, based on the life of creator Krista Vernoff, and a John Stamos comedy; NBC has half-hour Go Jerrod Go (Jerrod Carmichael) and drama Heart Matters (Kathy Magliato), while CBS has its Tommy Johnagin vehicle.

Fantasy Life and Detour become Fox's fifth and sixth comedy pilot orders of the season, off two from last year.

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Super Bowl Ads Turn Serious
From the Food Network, yet another baking competition
By Suzanne Vranica, Wall Street Journal - Jan. 29, 2015

Super Bowl viewers have come to expect TV ads laden with slapstick humor and crude gags such as a crotch-biting dog or a flatulent horse. But this year, some advertisers have lined up weightier fare.

The 100 million-plus viewers expected Sunday will see a host of emotion-rich commercials that tug on the heartstrings or take on problems. Coca-Cola ’s spot will shed light on the rash of Internet bullying while the National Football League will air a public-service announcement aimed at ending domestic violence. Procter & Gamble will re-air an ad for its feminine-care brand Always that tries to fight gender stereotypes and remove the stigma associated with the phrase “like a girl.”

To be sure, the Super Bowl won’t be a somber affair. Ads for brands such as Snickers and Doritos will aim for the funny bone while T-Mobile and Esurance are enlisting stunt casting.

Not all the celebrities—a fixture of big-game ads—will elicit a chuckle. Some advertisers are taking an emotional tack. Toyota will showcase Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy’s fast-paced life. An ad designed to give viewers goose bumps portrays Ms. Purdy training, dancing and modeling to the sound of Muhammad Ali’s “How Great I Am” speech.

Executives say the shift reflects today’s realities, including extremism in parts of the globe and political infighting in Washington.

“People are looking for the humanity in the world right now,” said Stephen Butler, chief creative officer of TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, the firm behind a Super Bowl spot for Nissan .

Whatever their creative approach, advertisers have plenty riding on the outcome. Last year, a record 111.5 million viewers tuned in to the Super Bowl, the largest audience for a TV event. The Academy Awards broadcast in 2014 drew 43 million viewers.

The Super Bowl also commands the highest ad rates. This year, 30 seconds of time costs roughly $4.5 million. Here are some of the most-anticipated ads slated to run during the game.

Coca-Cola

Coke’s ad seeks to eliminate anonymous sniping on the Internet and stop the spread of hate online. It tries to address the problem by adding a little Coke to the Web, which—surprise!—helps spread happiness and positivity.

Esurance

Last year, the insurance company bought the first ad slot after the game’s final whistle and used it to launch a sweepstakes with a $1.5 million prize. The stunt generated enormous attention for the company, which is owned by Allstate. Esurance’s new spot, which will air right before kickoff, features Lindsay Lohan. The twist: Ms. Lohan, whose travails as a motorist have been perennial tabloid fare, posted a teaser video on her Facebook page that showed her asking “Anybody need a ride to the big game?”

T-Mobile

The wireless company will run a mock public-service announcement that condemns wireless companies for taking back data consumers have paid for but not used. The spot features Kim Kardashian poking fun at herself by suggesting that the data could have been used for viewing pictures of her clothes and makeup. The twist: The ad highlights Ms. Kardashian’s famous backside.

Budweiser

Last year’s Super Bowl stars—the Clydesdale horses and an irresistible puppy—are looking to repeat. This year, the Clydesdales come to the rescue of the puppy. Stepping in at the last minute, they save him from a hungry wolf and bring him home safely. The twist: The spot adds extra emotion by using a reworked version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers performed by Sleeping At Last. Is it enough to outdo last year’s spot that had “Let Her Go” by Passenger as its soundtrack?

Nissan

After sitting on the bench for almost 20 years, the auto maker is returning to the big game with a 90-second tear-jerker that shows a family’s struggle with work-life balance and highlights the bond between a race-car driver and his son. The twist: Get out your hankies. This spot uses Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” as the soundtrack.

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FRIDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Last Man Standing
8:30PM - Cristela
9PM - Shark Tank
10PM - 20/20
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting; Omar Epps; Steel Panther performs)
(R - Jan. 14)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Undercover Boss: Stella & Dot
9PM - Hawaii Five-0
10PM - Blue Bloods
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Aziz Ansari; comic Brian Kiley; Ben Howard performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show (Adam Pally guest hosts; Ben Schwartz; animal advocate Beth Stern; Eric André; Death Cab for Cutie performs)

NBC:
8PM - Constantine
9PM - Grimm
10PM - Deadline NBC
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Don Cheadle; Kate Bosworth; Lecrae performs)
(R - Jan. 9)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Lauren Graham; Rainn Wilson; comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis)
(R - Jan. 20)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Gillian Anderson; Alt-J performs; "Thug Kitchen")
(R - Nov. 3)

FOX:
8PM - World's Funniest Fails
9PM - Glee

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Washington Week With Gwen Ifill
8:30PM - Charlie Rose This Week
9PM - Shakespeare Uncovered: A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville (Season Premiere)
10PM - Shakespeare Uncovered: King Lear With Christopher Plummer

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - Que Te Perdone Dios... Yo No

THE CW:
8PM - Hart of Dixie
9PM - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(R - May 2)
9:30PM - Masters of Illusion: Close Up

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Los Miserables
9PM - Tierra de Reyes
10PM - Dueños del Paraíso
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Nickelodeon To Debut A Subscription-Based Video Streaming Service This Spring
By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch.com - Jan. 29, 2015

Kids’ TV network Nickelodeon will soon take its shows directly to consumers with the launch of a subscription streaming service in March, according to comments made by Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman on the company’s earnings call on Thursday. The move to bring the children’s programming directly to consumers – outside of top streaming players like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu – follows similar efforts from CBS, which launched its own streaming service in late 2014. HBO is also poised to announce a standalone version of its HBO GO service in 2015.

Like CBS and HBO GO’s forthcoming services, Nickelodeon will not require households to subscribe to a cable or satellite TV subscription in order to use its new subscription product.

In addition, the service will not be branded as “Nickelodeon,” the company said, but will target young viewers with its own unique brand. The company didn’t detail what content the service would include, or how much it will cost, but Dauman described the new service as being “very attractive for parents and children.”

“We want to satisfy the demand that is coming from the viewers out there,” he said, noting also that the service would be aimed at consumers who use mobile devices. “They want more programming. They have an insatiable appetite for great content. They want to view that content on every device that they own.”

Nickelodeon today already has a number of mobile apps on the app stores, including the Nick Jr. app, which currently includes full episodes of favorite TV shows along with other interactive content. Many of the episodes can be streamed for free, without advertising, while others are made available by authenticating with the credentials from a TV provider. It’s unclear at this time how the new service will affect this current property or its content.

That Nick Jr. app today is very popular, however, ranked No. 2 in a couple of “Kids” categories on the iTunes App Store, and No. 8 in the “Education” category, as well as No. 119 “Overall.”

Viacom says it will reveal more details about the streaming service and its branding at its “upfront” meetings with advertisers next month.

The company already has a streaming deal with Amazon for some of its Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. content. In June 2013, Viacom signed a “multi-year” agreement that brought top kids’ shows including like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Bubble Guppies, The Backyardigans, Fairly Odd Parents, Fresh Beat Band, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues, iCarly, Victorious, and more to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service.

This quarter, Viacom also expanded and renewed its deal with Hulu, it said. Hulu says that a few Nickelodeon series were added in the expanded agreement, including Invader Zim, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Drake & Josh and Hey Arnold!.

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Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 30, 2015

FRIDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: ABC, “Last Man Standing” 8 p.m.
Eve breaks up with her boyfriend, and everyone has an opinion on how she should handle it.

Best bet on cable: VH1, “Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops” 9 p.m. Headliners on this year’s special include Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “NBA Basketball,” 8 p.m. Should be an entertaining doubleheader featuring Mavs-Heat and Bulls-Suns.

SATURDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “NFL Honors,” 9 p.m.
The season’s top awards are presented, including league MVP and coach of the year.

Best bet on cable: HBO, “Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen,” 9 p.m. The comic legend tells stories about his career at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Top sporting event: ESPN, “College Basketball,” 7 p.m. A key matchup in the ACC between No. 4 Duke and No. 2 Virginia.

SUNDAY

Best bet on broadcast
: NBC, “The Blacklist,” 10:15 p.m.
In the post-Super Bowl episode, Red is arrested and shipped to a secret facility.

Best bet on cable: Animal Planet, “Puppy Bowl” 3 p.m. The 11th annual adoption fair special, which this year features Team Ruff versus Team Fluff.

Top sporting event: NBC, “NFL Football,” 6 p.m. If the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Patriots is as close as the oddmakers think, the game should draw a record audience.


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Now that I'm without cable and DVR I'm experiencing first-hand the commercial overload in OTA network programming. It's nuts. "The Price Is Right," a gameshow that itself is a series of endless commercials for the prizes the contestants are bidding on, is down to about 36 to 37 min. when the commercials and credits are excluded. Drew Carey is going so freaking fast and the show is so rushed that we rarely get reactions from the contestants when they win their big prizes. Just bam! You win, 'we'll be right back,' split-second of contestant jumping, fade to black. If a gameshow barely has time to show the one thing that gameshows are supposed to show, i.e. a contestant winning, then commercial overload is already wagging the dog.
OTA?? That's not nearly as bad as the amount of commercials with the cable channels. Whether OTA or cable I could not watch without a way to timeshift my watching. I first started doing that thirty years ago with a vcr. Then in 2001 I started doing it with OTA HD from an HTPC and SD from satellite with a TiVo. I couldn't imagine going back to watching TV like I did over thirty years ago and unable to scan/skip over the commercials.
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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 30, 2015

THE HEARTBREAK KID
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

What a behind-the-scenes comedy powerhouse was at work here, for this 1972 dark comedy character study. Bruce Jay Friedman wrote the story, Neil Simon wrote the screenplay, and Elaine May directed it. That’s about as potent as it gets, comedy-wise – and on screen, everything works, too. It’s the story of a young Jewish man who becomes smitten with a beautiful young blonde from the Midwest – but it’s poor timing, because he meets her while on his honeymoon to someone else. Jeannie Berlin plays the someone else, Charles Grodin plays the conflicted newlywed, and the object of his fantasies is played by – wait for it – Cybill Shepherd.

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
PBS, 9:00PM
SEASON PREMIERE:
This marvelous arts documentary series returns for a second season, serving up double doses of installments devoted to a celebration and analysis of the plays of William Shakespeare. For this Season 2 opener, examining A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the host and guide is Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, whose first acting job was in a 1986 stage production of Dream. This hour includes glimpses of the first film version (from 1909, a silent Shakespeare!), and of the infamous 1935 Hollywood version (James Cagney as Bottom! Mickey Rooney as Puck!). But there’s not nearly enough of the superb version, featuring Helen Mirren as a luminous Titania, made in 1981 for the BBC-PBS co-production of The Shakespeare Plays – and no glimpse of Diana Rigg in director Peter Hall’s 1968 movie version. But what is here is delightful, and valuable: historical perspective, poetic insights, and samples from recent stage productions by Julie Taymor in the U.S. and the Globe Theatre in London. A great installment of a great series, and a worthy companion to the work of our greatest playwright. Check local listings.

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: "KING LEAR"
PBS, 10:00 p.m. ET

The second of this season’s new examinations of Shakespeare plays, this hour looks at one of his darkest tragedies, King Lear. Christopher Plummer, one of the play’s veteran stars, is the guide, and one of the best elements here is how Plummer reflects on the various Lear performances captured on screen. Also, we hear from one of them, Ian McKellen, who was so impressive decades ago, on stage and later on TV, in his 1984 one-man theatrical production, Acting Shakespeare. He certainly deserves to be here – as does Jonathan Miller, one of the directors and stewards of the mammoth, ambitious Shakespeare Plays TV production of that same era. Check local listings.

KEY AND PEELE SUPER BOWL SPECIAL
Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

One of this comedy duo’s funniest and most famous sketches is the East-West Bowl lineup of college football players – a seemingly endless roster of increasingly ridiculously named players. The first sketch went on forever, which was part of its comic genius, and momentum carried on easily to a second installment. Now, as part of this one-hour special, we get Part 3 – and the more college bowls you watched this year, the funnier you’ll find this particular sketch. But watch regardless. These guys are good.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

There’s another strong lineup on this week’s show, including Laura Poitras, whose documentary about Edward Snowden, CitizenFour, has been nominated for an Oscar. But the biggest draw is someone who’s already won an Oscar – and at least one Tony, Grammy and Emmy as well. It’s Mel Brooks – showing up to publicize his HBO special, Mel Brooks at the Geffen, which premieres tomorrow night.


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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
A strong sendoff for NBC’s ‘Parenthood’
Series finale posts a 1.7 in 18-49s, surging 31 percent from last week
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jan. 30, 2015

On a strong night for broadcast that also happened to be the opening night of sweeps, NBC’s “Parenthood” surged to a two-year high with its series finale.

The drama posted a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. last night, according to Nielsen overnights, up 31 percent from last week and its best rating ever on a Thursday.

That came against the highly anticipated midseason premiere of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”

“Parenthood” wrapped up its run after six seasons.

Elsewhere Thursday, ABC won the first night of the February sweep period with “Scandal” leading the way. The show posted a 3.6 at 9 p.m., surging 16 percent from its most recent original episode in December.

It tied a season high and also marked the second-best rating ever for the series.

“Murder” posted a 3.0 at 10 p.m., down a tenth from its most recent original last month. At 8 p.m., “Grey’s Anatomy” posted its second-best rating of the season, a 2.7.

CBS had the night’s top show with “The Big Bang Theory,” which averaged a 4.4 at 8 p.m. That lifted lead-out “Mom” to a series-high 2.8.

“Two and a Half Men” was also up a tenth from last week, to a 2.3.

Against all the stiff competition, Fox’s lineup slid versus last week. “American Idol” was off 19 percent to a 2.2, and the new drama “Backstrom” dropped 26 percent from last week’s series premiere, to a 1.4.

ABC was first for the night among 18-49s with a 3.1 average overnight rating and a 10 share. CBS was second at 2.3/7, Fox third at 1.8/5, NBC fourth at 1.5/5, Univision fifth at 1.2/4, Telemundo sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh at 0.5/2.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

CBS began the night in the lead with a 3.6 at 8 p.m. for “Bang” (4.4) and “Mom” (2.8), followed by ABC with a 2.7 for “Grey’s.” Fox was third with a 2.2 for “Idol.” NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 1.3, NBC for the first hour of the season finale of “The Biggest Loser” and Univision for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” The CW was sixth with a 0.7 for “The Vampire Diaries” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.6 for “Los Miserables.”

At 9 p.m. ABC took the lead with a 3.6 for “Scandal,” while CBS slipped to second with a 2.0 for “Men” (2.3) and “The McCarthys” (1.6). NBC was third with a 1.5 for more “Loser,” Fox fourth with a 1.4 for “Backstrom,” Univision fifth with a 1.2 for “Hasta el Fin del Mundo,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “Tierra de Reyes” and CW seventh with a 0.4 for “Reign.”

ABC was first again at 10 p.m. with a 3.0 for “Murder,” with NBC second with a 1.7 for “Parenthood.” CBS was third with a 1.3 for “Elementary,” Univision fourth with a 1.0 for “Que te Perdone Dios” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.6 for “Dueños del Paraiso.”

Among households, ABC and CBS tied for first for the night, each with a 6.2 average overnight rating and a 10 share. Fox was third at 4.4/7, NBC fourth at 3.4/6, Univision fifth at 1.5/3 and Telemundo and CW tied for sixth at 0.8/1.

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Mel Brooks, on stage at 88
By Gayle Jo Carter, USA Today - Jan. 30, 2015

Comedy legend Mel Brooks has been on screen, behind the camera or producing stage plays for much of his life. But what would the 88-year-old tell his 21-year-old self?

"Duck, stay small. … I was in World War II," he tells USA TODAY. "They were shooting at me. I was lucky I was short."

Brooks, whose first solo stage production, Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen, airs on HBO Saturday (9 p.m. ET/PT), offers this advice to young up-and-comers: "Keep aiming at something that is more glorious than just a job. … You get one life. You have a dream, pursue it. Pursue it at 100 miles an hour."

Brooks remembers experiencing his first theater rush at age 9, when he saw Anything Goes. It changed the life of this kid who had thought he was destined for a career as a shipping clerk. After the show, he told his Uncle Joe: 'I'm not going to work in the Garment Center; I'm going into show business.'

"I knew it then. And I never really deviated," says Brooks. "It came true. I ended up only in the Garment Center to get a discount on some suits."

Brooks went on to a celebrated career that put him in a small group of people to win the "EGOT" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards). His upcoming special garnered "a fierce bidding war" among TV networks, he says. "It's nice to know I'm almost 100 years old and here they are still wanting my stuff, which is really satisfying."

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