News Briefs: Super Bowl XVIII Was the Most-Watched Telecast In History

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... America's obsession with commercials that cost millions of dollars continued again this Super Bowl Sunday, when Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XVIII drew 111.5 million viewers to earn the title of the most-watched telecast in U.S. TV history. The game topped 2012's football championship for the honor, besting that broadcast by 200,000 viewers (at least according to Nielsen's ratings data, which is accurate to a degree of +/- 100 million viewers). After the Superb Owl, Fox aired a new episode of New Girl, and 25.6 million viewers stuck around to watch Prince guest-star, resulting in an 11.1 rating among 18-49-year olds. Brooklyn Nine-Nine followed that with 14.8 million viewers and a 6.7 rating. [Variety


BUSINESS TIME

... More Super Bowl! Budweiser's ad about a dumb dog and a stupid horse being lame friends won USA Today's Ad Meter poll (check out Kaitlin's favorites and least-favorites here). I have no heart, so I hated this commercial and especially that song. You wanna see the real winner of the Super Bowl ad-splosion? This EPIC throwdown from a lawyer in Georgia, which only aired in regional markets:


NBC, hurry up and give this guy a series! [USA Today]

... CBS has long been somewhat stingy with regard to making its shows available for online streaming, but the network's programming is slowly finding its way to some on-demand services. The latest series to enter the digital age is Elementary, which is on its way to Hulu Plus. If CBS's press release had told me when the show would make its Hulu debut, I'd pass that information on to you, but since it didn't, let's all take a guess and say it will be "soon." [CBS via press release]

... The WGA Awards took place over the weekend to honor excellence in writting righting writing (GAH I will never win that award), and Breaking Bad took home a couple trophies—for Best Drama and Best Dramatic Episode—because its writers are really good at writing. Veep and 30 Rock both won new hardware in the comedy categories, The Simpsons took home an animation trophy, and House of Cards won the title of Best New Series. [WGA]

... TV Land is getting back together with The Exes for a fourth season. The comedy, which stars Donald Faison and Wayne Knight, is currently winding down its third season and will return for a 12-episode fourth season this summer. [TV Land via press release]

... Disney Channel has renewed Dog With a Blog because Dog With a Blog rules. Stan's third season of being a talking and blogging dog will air this fall, and I can't wait to see Avery come up with new plans to impress the cute boy at school! [THR]



CASTING NEWS

... Laura Prepon might be staying in jail a little longer than expected. Despite previous reports that Prepon's Orange Is the New Black character Alex would only be around for a handful of episodes in Season 2, series creator Jenji Johan has said she'd be around for "most of" the season. Orange Is the New Black returns to Netflix later this year. [US Weekly]

... Scott Bakula has just won the lottery! The Quantum Leap and Men of a Certain Age star has landed the lead in CBS's proposed NCIS offshoot NCIS: New Orleans. He'll play Agent Pride (yes, for real), head of the NCIS N'Awlins office and a man who "embodies New Orleans." So he's full of butter and spends a lot of time underwater? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Also heading to NCIS: NO is former Dirty Sexy Money star Zoe McLellan. She'll play Special Agent Brody, an NCIS agent from the Midwest who is totally like "OMG I'm in New Orleans!" [THR]

... Jack Davenport (Smash, the U.K.'s Coupling) will star opposite Jennifer Carpenter in ABC's drama pilot Sea of Fire. The show centers on a murder mystery in a small town, and Davenport and Carpenter play the two detectives who are sent in to investigate it. Sounds just like every other show these days. [TV Line]

... Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Suburgatory) is the new host for Adult Swim's comedy and Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders. Tudyk replaces Mather Zickel, and I love Tudyk, but what was wrong with Zickel? [Adult Swim via press release]

... David Schwimmer (everyone's sixth-favorite Friend) might be returning to television! He'll star in the ABC comedy pilot Irreversible as the male half of a self-absorbed couple. Irreversible is based on an Israeli series, because America's supply of original ideas has been outsourced. [TV Line]


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