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Top 10 Most-Watched TV Episodes of the Decade

Posted by KAT in American Idol, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friends, Grey's Anatomy, Spin City, Survivor

December 2nd, 2009, 06:00 PM

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The Hollywood Reporter put out a list today of the top 10 most-watched TV episodes of the decade.  Wondering if any of the included episodes will come as a surprise:

1. Friends
Airdate: May 6, 2004; Viewers: 52.5 million

Titled “The Last One,” the “Friends” series finale closed a modern-day Golden Age of comedy TV — and marked the end of the NBC’s “Must-See TV” era. At the time, the final “Friends” was the most-watched entertainment telecast in six years, and it has never been surpassed. A finale that stayed true to the series, the “Friends” closer was well-liked by fans and concluded with slow pan across Monica and Chandler’s empty apartment.

2. Survivor: Borneo
Airdate: Aug. 23, 2000; Viewers: 51.7 million

Survivor” was a new series that premiered in the dead of summer, yet that didn’t stop its August finale from nearly toppling “Friends” as the most-watched telecast of the decade. During its riveting two-hour closer, audiences expected tough whitewater rafting guide Kelly Wiglesworth to triumph over scheming corporate trainer Richard Hatch for the show’s $1 million prize — and then were stunned to discover that on this new TV genre called “reality,” sometimes the villain wins.

3. Joe Millionaire
Airdate: Feb. 17, 2003; Viewers: 40 million

Fox put a deceptive twist on the reality TV genre with “Joe Millionaire.” Why tell contestants the truth when fooling them is so much more fun? With women vying for the attention of fake millionaire Evan Marriott, millions watched the season finale to see which bachelorette he would choose and, more important, how she would react when she learned the truth about his identity. Marriott’s relationship with winner Zora Andrich didn’t last and, once the show’s twist played out, neither did “Joe Millionaire.”

4. ER
Airdate: Feb. 17, 2000; Viewers: 39.4 million

A car crash the previous week left Lucy Knight and John Carter gravely injured after they were attacked by schizophrenic patient. A massive audience tuned in for this episode, “All in the Family,” to see who would survive. Considered one of the most tragic episodes of the series.

5. American Idol
Airdate: Jan. 16, 2007; Viewers: 38.1 million

The “ American Idol” sixth-season premiere marked the pinnacle of the show’s popularity, back when each season brought in a higher number than the one before. The Minneapolis opener was for a season won by Jordin Sparks and introduced millions to the name Sanjaya.

6. Grey’s Anatomy post-Super Bowl episode
Airdate: Feb. 5, 2006; Viewers: 38 million

Code black! This post-Super Bowl episode of ABC’s medical soap was jam-packed with attention-getting drama for the football crowd — supply-closet sex, a doctor giving birth, a lesbian shower scene and guest star Christina Ricci as a paramedic with her hand on the trigger of a bomb that’s also inside her patient. Ahhh! Sealed “Grey’s” hit status and proved girly shows can score ratings touchdowns after the Big Game, too.

7. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Airdate: May 3, 2000; Viewers: 36 million

Three “Millionaire” episodes from the same week in May are clumped together on the most-watched list, as Regis-fever swept the country. ABC was criticized for airing this flashy new game show three or even four nights a the week, though we’ll never know if the network’s scheduling saturation was to blame for the show’s demise two years later or if the game show’s popularity with viewers was destined to be short-lived.

8. Frasier
Airdate: May 18, 2000; Viewers: 33.7 million

The seventh-season finale of “Cheers” spinoff “Frasier” promised to end the suspense over Niles Crane’s swooning over physical therapist Daphne Moon. Niles confesses his love for Daphne on the eve of her wedding, only to be rejected … or so it seemed at first.

9. Everybody Loves Raymond
Airdate: May 16, 2005; Viewers: 32.9 million

The series finale for Ray Romano’s long-running sitcom went off the air as a top 10-ranked show among total viewers. The episode was only subtly climatic, with Ray Barone’s routine surgery resulting in a moment where his family thought he might have died. The episode concluded with the Barones talking and laughing around the dinner table.

10. Spin City
Airdate: May 24, 2000; Viewers: 32.8 million

Yes, we were surprised, too — and it’s not for the series finale. This was the final episode starring Michael J. Fox, who left the show because of his worsening Parkinson’s symptoms. Charlie Sheen took the lead role for two more “Spin” seasons, though Fox had a brief return in the final year.

Whew!

So I’m actually pretty surprised we didn’t get an episode of Seinfeld in there - the finale, at the very least.  Sure, I remember viewership and interest dwindling for Jerry and the gang at that point, but you’d at least think they’d beat out Spin City, am I right?

And what about this “Who Shot J.R.? episode of Dallas I’m always hearing about?

Friends’ 15th Anniversary: The Best of Ross Geller

Posted by KAT in Friends

July 27th, 2009, 10:00 AM

Wow!  It’s really surprising to me that it’s been a whole 15 years since we were first introduced to the gang of Friends.

To commemorate the occasion, Warner Brothers is releasing the entire series, as well as Best-of character and theme collections on iTunes.  Ultimate Friends fanatics can watch all their favorite episodes from start to finish, or refine their viewing habits to favorite character episodes only.

They’ve put out a free sneak preview, with a Best of Ross Geller video.  Check him out:

Not sure if this is weird/uncommon or not, but Ross is actually MY favorite character.  Something about David Schwimmer’s comedic timing and physical humor really gets me - he must’ve been a drama geek in high school or something, cuz he’s really got the awkward body language / speech down.

Methinks Ross likely a sleeper hit.  I assume the rest of you are into Chandler (obnox!) or Joey (dumbbb!).  Let’s face it, the girls are pretty snoozy.

Or am I wrong?  Can anyone make a good case for a different character?

[Source: EW]

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