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Disney's 'Camp Rock': Lodged at the Summit
"Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood." Tori Spelling's triumphant reality-series return to Hollywood clocked 667,000 viewers Tuesday. That may not sound like a lot to you or me (or Tori), but it's a record debut for an original series on Oxygen, now owned by NBC/Universal 2.0. If you go by the season-opening stats, Tori only needs about a quarter-million more viewers to achieve the same fan base as NBC/U 2.0's other diva, D-lister Kathy Griffin, who'd opened a week earlier with about 928,000 tuned in.
Daytime Emmy Awards."General Hospital" clocked a record 10th trophy for best drama series, Ellen DeGeneres nabbed her fourth consecutive win for best talk show host, "Rachael Ray" was inexplicably named best entertainment talk show, and "The Tyra Banks Show" is the year's best "informative talk show," proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that the New York side of the TV Academy, which throws the trophy show, has a sense of humor. Sadly, only 5.4 million appreciated that dry wit -- the smallest Daytime Emmy audience in recent history, and a depressing 35 percent smaller crowd than last year's. ABC, tragically, had ignored the coming Jonas Brothers' storm in the Friday 8-10 p.m. time slot, so intent was it upon airing the trophy show one hour earlier than last year to provide the perfect lead-in for a rerun of Disney-owned SoapNet's original series "MVP." You know this story is going to end badly: "MVP" scored only 2.4 million viewers on ABC that night, becoming the least watched non-CW broadcast network show of the week.
AFI's 10 Top 10. In its 11th year, American Film Institute seems to have officially run out of lists for its annual CBS special, and decided to go with "10 Top 10" -- which, somehow, lacks the verve of, say "AFI: 100 Years . . . 100 Songs," the institute's most watched CBS spesh, which aired in '04 and logged more than 12 million viewers. "10 Top 10" captured the imagination of only about 5.5 million viewers, a franchise low.
The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were: ABC's NBA Finals Game 6; NBC's "America's Got Talent"; CBS's "60 Minutes" and "Two and a Half Men"; Fox's Thursday "So You Think You Can Dance"; Disney Channel's "Camp Rock"; Fox's Wednesday "So You Think You Can Dance"; NBC's Tuesday "Deal or No Deal"; Fox's "House"; and NBC's Wednesday "Deal or No Deal."