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RATINGS: Dexter, Devious Maids, Breaking Bad, and Primetime Emmys Score Big Numbers!

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Sunday night was an awesome night for television programmers who offered up the finale of Showtime’s beloved twisted series, Dexter starring Michael C. Hall, Lifetime gave us the season finale of Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, and AMC continued its huge race to the finish line with stellar ratings for the second to last episode of Breaking Bad!  And to top that all off, the three hour plus airing of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmys on CBS were the highest rated in over 8 years!

So let’s start with Dexter, the series finale drew 2.8 million for it’s initial airing, and 3.3 million viewers in repeat viewings later in the evening.  That is the largest audience for any episode of a Showtime series!   The show’s eighth season was also the highest-rated season ever, with a weekly average of 6.4 million viewers across platforms.  While fans of the show have mixed review about how the series ended, it certainly went out on a ratings high!

Over at Lifetime’s Devious Maids, Nielsen estimates that Sunday’s season finale  averaged about 3 million viewers, up 19% from last week’s 2.52 million and a big 50% higher than the 2 million who watched the series premiere in late June.  The second season is expected to air summer of 2014!

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The newly crowned Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series, Breaking Bad broke its own record for its second to last episode before its series finale next Sunday. The AMC cable series brought in 6.6 million viewers, up about 3% from last week’s “Ozymandias” episode, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  It also got a slight boost in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, pulling in 4.3 million people. That’s an increase of about 6% from the previous week’s installment, which was declared by many to be the best episode in the series’ history.

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Finally, the 65th Annual Daytime Emmys, which also got mostly negative reviews, scored big in the ratings! Sunday’s CBS telecast  jumped 33 percent from last year’s audience, with final returns at 17.6 million viewers.  That means, the Emmys reached its highest viewership since 2005.   CBS estimates a whopping 40 million tuned into the broadcast at one point or another.

So what did you watch on Sunday night? Breaking Bad, Devious Maids, Dexter, or the Primetime Emmys? Or, did you watch all of them at one point?  What did you think of the season finale of Devious Maids and the series finale of Dexter?  Comment below!

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I can find out who won on the Emmys, easily..
so, no need to suffer through them.

I watched ”Breaking Bad!!!

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none of them.

Days Of Our Lives

Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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So, what do you think Brady should do now after the mess he finds himself in due to Kristen’s manipulations? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DWTS Host, Tom Bergeron Not Happy With “Divisive” Casting Choices Aimed At Sean Spicer

Controversy already erupted upon the announcement on Wednesday of the cast of the new season of Dancing with the Stars.  Most intriguing is that a statement from the longtime ABC series, host, Tom Bergeron revealed his hopes to the producers that their celebrity casting choices would be non-political in nature, especially after the ballroom dance competition had been on a year hiatus from the small screens.

Following the celebrity contestant reveal, which included former White House Press Secretary. Sean Spicer (who worked for President Donald Trump), the host released a statement via his Twitter account.  In it, Bergeron noted that he’d had lunch with the show’s new executive producer and had suggested some ideas for the show. Chief among them was that DWTS should avoid casting someone with “ANY party affiliations.”  When he left that lunch, Bergeron says he was convinced that would be the case.

Bergeron expressed: “It was my hope that ‘DWTS,’ in its return from an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”  Then he said, “Subsequently (and rather obviously) a decision was made to, as they often say in Hollywood, “go in a different direction”.  He went on to say, “It is the prerogative of producers, in partnership with the network, to make whatever decisions they feel are in the best long term interests of the franchise. We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”

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DWTS new EP Andrew Llinares, then said in a statement. “We’ve got a great and diverse cast. We are excited about the season,”

You can see Bergeron’s tweet in full below.

So, what do you think of Bergeron’s hopes for the casting choices of DTWS?  Would you have preferred Sean Spicer to be cut from the cast?  Who would you have liked to have seen cast on the series? Would you want any celeb you like to even go on it any more? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Cast Revealed: From The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown to Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America the celebrity line-up was announced for the upcoming fall season and 28th edition of Dancing with the Stars.  Within the list of competitors are: The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, and even disgraced White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and the “Uptown Girl” herself, supermodel Christie Brinkley 

In addition to the above celebs, showing their best ballroom dance moves will also be: Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, plus The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, and American Idol Season 10 runner-up  and now country/pop star, Lauren Alaina.

As for the former pro athletes in the cast; those slots belong to: former NFL linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, and former NBA player (and former hubby to Khloe Kardashian) Lamar Odom.

On the pro dancer side, this season will mark the return of Peta Murgatroyd who last competed three seasons ago, as well as newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. In addition, the cast will include the steps of: Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater.

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This season viewers will not learn of the celebrity/pro pairings till the night of the premiere.

All the moves kick-off on Monday night, September 26th at 8PMEST/7PMCST on ABC.

So, what do you think of the new cast of DWTS? Who do you think on paper stands the best chance of being a top contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Weigh-in below.

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