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Big Bang Theory has done it again.The CBS comedy delivered series-high ratings across the board Thursday night for its episode that featured the cast riffing on Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’re taking 19.8 million viewers and a dizzying 6.3 adult demo rating at 8 p.m. Big Bang Theory out-delivered Fox’s American Idol a few times in the demo last season. Could the hit comedy topple TV’s long-running top-rated series outright to rank No. 1 for the season? It’s possible given Idol‘s ratings trajectory in recent years and Big Bang‘s surging. Idol averaged an 8.9 in the demo last year on Wednesdays and 7.7 on Thursdays; Big Bang is currently at a 6.4.

Also hitting a series-high rating last night: ABC’s Scandal (8.4 million, 2.8). This Shonda Rhimes political soap, which launched last year in midseason, has really impressed. Despite fairly modest ratings when it launched, Scandal‘s numbers have been slowly but semi-steadily creeping upward throughout its run. That’s rare, especially nowadays. It takes a pretty masterful showrunner to claw a broadcast drama up the charts in the current brutal broadcast environment. NBC essentially surrendering its 10 p.m. slot by airing Rock Center with Brian Williams in the hour this season has doubtless helped.

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Meanwhile, the time-period premiere of NBC’s 1600 Penn delivered … oh how do we put this? About 74 percent less than Big Bang. The White House sitcom had 3.9 million viewers and a 1.6 rating. That’s 6 percent lower than Parks & Rec‘s modest average in the slot.

Though Big Bang performed amazingly well, the rest of CBS’ lineup took a slight dip, with Two and a Half MenPerson of Interest and Elementary down a tad from last week when they aired against repeats. On ABC, Last Resort returned (ABC promises the show will deliver a satisfying conclusion during its upcoming series finale), while Grey’s Anatomy perked up slightly compared to its last original a month ago.

UPDATE: In the final national ratings released this afternoon, Big Bang went up even higher. Get this 20 million viewers and a 6.4 in the demo.

Full chart:

 ADULT DEMO RANK  ADULTS 18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P MOBBED S #11t 1.2 3,277
9-10P GLEE R #14 0.7 2,034
ABC 8-9P LAST RESORT #11t 1.2 5,786
9-10P GREY ANATOMY #4 3.1 9,219
10-11P SCANDAL #5 2.8 8,368
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG #1 6.3 19,782
8:30P TWO&HALF MEN #2 4.2 14,341
9-10P PERSON INTEREST #3 3.3 15,563
10-11P ELEMENTARY #6 2.4 11,333
NBC 8:00P 30 ROCK #9t 1.4 3,770
8:30P 1600 PENN RS #9t 1.4 3,927
9:00P OFFICE #7 2.2 4,534
9:30P 1600 PENN P #8 1.6 3,852
10-11P ROCK-WLLMS #13 1.1 3,766
CW 8-10P CRITIC AWARDS S #15 0.6 1,925

 

–by james hibberd for ew.com

Trends are the topics for which we see noteworthy spikes in Twitter conversations. The 2012 Trends reveal what captured our attention, rather than what terms were consistently popular.

Conversation Starters

Hashtags help to organize conversations around topics: #nowplaying to share your favorite music, or #blessed to enumerate the good things in your life. The popularity of terms like #oomf (“one of my followers”), #lrt (“last Retweet”), #shoutout, and so on highlight the personal interactions at the heart of Twitter.

  1. #nowplaying
  2. #oomf
  3. #blessed
  4. #quote
  5. #lrt
  1. #salute
  2. #news
  3. #followfriday
  4. #throwbackthursday
  5. #shoutout

Politics

This year, voters discussed candidates and their ads, campaigns and conventions. Hashtags like #tcot (“top conservatives on Twitter”) invited more conversation, and real-time events like the debates saw record levels of engagement.

  1. #tcot
  2. #teaparty
  3. #gop
  4. #romney
  5. mitt romney
  1. #dnc2012
  2. charlotte
  3. #gop2012
  4. #rnc
  5. #obama2012

TV

People tweet incessantly about favorite contestants on reality shows like Big Brother (#bb14) and American Idol; they obsess over plot points on hits like Pretty Little Liars. TV nostalgia is popular too, as fans reminisce about shows from the past.

  1. family guy
  2. #bb14
  3. american dad
  4. hey arnold
  5. american idol
  1. pretty little liars
  2. 106 & park
  3. SNL
  4. fresh prince
  5. boy meets world

Sports

Rooting for their favorite team, discussing an MV player’s performance, or getting caught up in Olympic competitions, sports fans never flag on Twitter. And there’s never an off-season.

  1. #nfl
  2. #nascar
  3. #mlb
  4. olympics
  5. #sfgiants
  1. jeremy lin
  2. super bowl
  3. dwight howard
  4. kobe
  5. #yankees

Movies

Movie buffs take to Twitter to discuss the hottest releases, most buzzed-about blockbusters, and all their favorite films. Based on this list, it seems fans are drawn to action flicks and dark tales — but romance always finds a way.

  1. think like a man
  2. the hunger games
  3. the avengers
  4. Red Tails
  5. 21 Jump Street
  1. Dark Knight Rises
  2. Dark Shadows
  3. The Devil Inside
  4. Safe House
  5. The Vow

Music

Fans share their favorite songs via hashtags like #nowplaying and #musicmonday. This year, hip-hop stars took center stage on Twitter. Large music festivals like Coachella also generated much live tweeting, and fans all over chatted about performances.

  1. rick ross
  2. #hiphop
  3. trey songz
  4. nicki minaj
  5. #musicmonday
  1. kendrick lamar
  2. chris brown
  3. coachella
  4. big sean
  5. r&b

Food

People love talking about food on Twitter. This year, trends spiked around specific eateries and that perennial favorite coffee — as well as a certain coffee chain.

  1. ihop
  2. starbucks
  3. waffle house
  4. mcdonalds
  5. bbq
  1. #coffee
  2. taco bell
  3. denny’s
  4. burger king
  5. olive garden

Tech

As new products were announced (cf. the new iPad, iPhone or Kindle, they saw significant spikes in Twitter discussion. Other buzzworthy tech terms reflected the social sphere on platforms like Skype and Pinterest, or with a social game (Draw Something).

  1. at&t
  2. iphone
  3. instagram
  4. skype
  5. kindle
  1. ipad
  2. pinterest
  3. draw something
  4. amazon
  5. apple

Countries

Whether it’s firsthand photos from Syria, the drama of Italian football, or the latest in Afghanistan, Americans are tweeting about a wide range of global issues.

  1. #syria
  2. china
  3. japan
  4. iran
  5. India
  1. afghanistan
  2. australia
  3. israel
  4. italy
  5. Canada

 

taken from: 2012.twitter.com

X Factor‘ 2012 winner: Tate Stevens crowned Season 2 champion

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The country vote never fails.

Tate Stevens, 37, was crowned “X Factor” Season 2 champion tonight over Carly Rose Sonenclar, proving that it is never too late to live your dream and sing on-stage with a cowboy hat like a real country star.

Joking aside, the Belton, Mo. native likely will be a country star one day — he definitely has the voice for it. Tate was a fan favorite from the beginning, coupling his pure, powerful voice with a likeable, family-oriented personality. The $5 million recording contract couldn’t have fallen to a nicer guy. He and his family deserve it. No more concrete work for this man.

“This is the best day of my life,” Tate said, holding back tears as he gave his reaction.

Tate blew the judges away in his St. Louis audition, belting out a strong cover of “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter. Through the middle rounds, he never stumbled, was always poised and easily advanced to the live shows.

Somewhere in the middle of the season, Tate began to get a bit boring with passionate country ballad after passionate country ballad but turned up the heat with a rousing rendition of “Bonfire” by Craig Morgan in the semifinals. But who knows? It may not have mattered. Tate clearly had the country vote in his corner and they put him at or near the top of the leaderboard each week.

Other highlights for Tate included great versions of Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” and “Tough” by Craig Morgan.

And when he re-sang “Anything Goes” Wednesday night, he reminded everyone why he deserved to win.

I have no doubt that this loving husband and father will have a successful career in country music. Good for him.

Oh, and fun fact: Tate Stevens is not his real name.

NOTES:

• You have to feel for Carly Rose, but all things considered, this was right decision. Tate said it best. “These kids want to win. I need to win.” And he did.

• Tate’s wife and daughter are getting a great Christmas this year.

• Writing about the big X has been a fun ride and for those of you who stuck it out with me, thanks for reading. I’ll be back for “American Idol” in a few weeks. What can I say? I’m a sucker for these singing shows.

By Bobby Olivier/The Star-Ledger for nj.com

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