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TV Ratings: CBS' Steelers-Ravens Thursday Night Football opener dominates

'The Biggest Loser' premiere puts NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Thursday, September 11, 2014.

The premiere of CBS' Thursday Night Football, a sloppy game between the Ravens and Steelers, dominated primetime in all measures, though NBC's "The Biggest Loser" opener still got a decent sampling, albeit far below fall's launch.

CBS is boasting that the Thursday Night Football premiere was the network's best Thursday primetime deliver since 2006 and the broadcast on both CBS and NFL Network more than doubled last year's NFL Network Thursday opener.

Remember, as always, that due to the live nature of the football game, plus the simulcast on NFL Network, these numbers aren't accurately reflective of the actual Pittsburgh-Baltimore ratings for the night. 

On to those numbers...

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Watch: Calvin Harris' new video for 'Blame,' featuring John Newman

So this is where club girls go when the party's over

Pretty things populate Scottish DJ Calvin Harris’s new  Emil Nava-directed video, “Blame,” featuring British singer John Newman.

And bless their hearts, while the men in the video all have enough money to afford clothes, most of these poor things only have enough cash to afford bras, undies, garter belts, stockings and very high heels. Let’s throw a fundraiser for them, shall we? Surely if we did that, it would wipe the petulant pouts off their face as they wait in line to get into the club. Hey, at least the end of the video reveals where these girls disappear to, like vampires, before sunrise.

The club anthem’s most distinguishing feature is Newman’s ability to stretch the word “night” into five syllables. "Summer" it is not, although we're intrigued by the guilt implied in the "I'll be better this time" refrain.

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Review: Despite Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber's efforts, 'Pawn Sacrifice' is a draw

Review: Despite Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber's efforts, 'Pawn Sacrifice' is a draw

Ed Zwick sticks to slick

TORONTO — It’s quite remarkable that up until now there has never been a biopic on the life of Bobby Fischer, arguably the greatest chess player of the 20th Century. Yes, his name was used in the acclaimed 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” but that referenced his potential successor. Fisher’s life and his greatest moment, a dramatic match against his Russian counterpart, are finally depicted in the new drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Contender Countdown: 'Imitation Game' gets the early love for best picture

Contender Countdown: 'Imitation Game' gets the early love for best picture

Will 'Interstellar' or 'Unbroken' ultimately become the frontrunner?

TORONTO — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race?

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Did Sony Classics just seal the deal on Julianne Moore's first Oscar?
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Did Sony Classics just seal the deal on Julianne Moore's first Oscar?

The actress won a Cannes prize for 'Maps to the Stars' and now this

Most eyes were on Sony Pictures Classics for a potential suitor for Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Still Alice." They have a lot of dogs in a lot of hunts, but the lead actress race was something left lacking on their awards slate. That's all changed now, as they've just made the first steps toward potentially securing Julianne Moore her long-elusive first Academy Award.

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Report: 'Sharknado 3' eyeing Washington, D.C.
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Report: 'Sharknado 3' eyeing Washington, D.C.

Report: “Sharknado 3” eyeing Washington, D.C.
The 3rd installment of the Syfy movie franchise could involve the White House, the Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument.


“Shark Tank” is getting a spinoff: “Beyond the Tank”
The spinoff, which is close to being finalized, would track the next stage of the “Shark Tank” start-ups.


HBO not moving forward with Ryan Murphy’s racy sex-and-relationship drama “Open”
The sexy project had an all-star cast including Scott Speedman, Anna Torv, Wes Bentley, Michelle Monaghan and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


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“SNL” Weekend Update: Cecily Strong is out, Michael Che is in
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“SNL” Weekend Update: Cecily Strong is out, Michael Che is in

“SNL” Weekend Update: Cecily Strong is out, Michael Che is in
Che, the “SNL” writer who left after last season to become a “Daily Show” correspondent, will be part of a two-man anchor team with Colin Jost. Strong, who joined the Weekend Update desk last year after one season, will remain a featured player. In making the change, Lorne Michaels says “This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now. That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.” He added that Weekend Update "struggled to find an identity last season.” PLUS: Michaels also announced that each Saturday night at 10 pm, instead of running an “SNL” rerun from the previous season, NBC will show one “SNL” episode from each of the previous 39 seasons of the show.

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TNT is close to ordering a DC Comics Teen Titans pilot featuring Nightwing
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TNT is close to ordering a DC Comics Teen Titans pilot featuring Nightwing

TNT is close to ordering a DC Comics Teen Titans pilot featuring Nightwing
In the “Titans” pilot, Dick Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others.”


Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show: Not celebrity-oriented, 3 shows per week, No Chuy, and not always a talk show
"I just want to do fish-out-of-water stuff,” says Handler, who wants to dive with sharks, visit the NBA Draft and do snake immersion cognitive behavioral therapy. What she doesn’t want to do is another talk show. But she’s still trying to figure out when the episodes will be released — three times a week or three episodes every Monday.


A&E's canceled “Longmire” had bigger ratings than "Mad Men” and “Justified," but its fans were too old
As the Wall Street Journal notes, it was the wrong show for the wrong network, despite its 5.6 million viewers. It had a median age of 60 on a network whose median age as a whole is 48.


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Stop pretending Jessie Ware isn't your new favorite pop artist: Watch 'Say You Love Me'

Stop pretending Jessie Ware isn't your new favorite pop artist: Watch 'Say You Love Me'

Here, watch a couple of music videos in a row

It's time we talked, that you quit denying it. Jessie Ware is your new favorite pop artist and you just keep being like, "I don't know who Jessie Ware is."

I'm sick of it. You know that you've rocked "Tough Love" after that last ill-advised nightcap. Or when you got ready in the morning the other day. Or when you had a sassy email you composed for your boss and then decided to delete it.

And this new video, for "Say You Love Me?" Let's stop pretending you haven't thought of making this exact music video when you went to the Museum of Natural History, and when you heard the lyrics it was like Jessie Ware drilled them directly out of your skull and tried to pass them off as her own? Because how else would you be singing every word by the song's end?

Let's end this charade. You already pre-orded the "Tough Love" album, didn't you? Didn't you. It's out on Oct. 21 in the U.S.

Here is the tracklist for Jessie Ware's "Tough Love," your new favorite pop album:

1. Tough Love
2. You & I (Forever)
3. Cruel
4. Say You Love Me
5. Sweetest Song
6. Kind of … Sometimes … Maybe
7. Want Your Feeling
8. Pieces
9. Keep on Lying
10. Champagne Kisses
11. Desire

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CBS opts against using Rihanna’s music to open tonight's 'Thursday Night Football' amid Baltimore Ravens’ domestic violence scandal
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CBS opts against using Rihanna’s music to open tonight's 'Thursday Night Football' amid Baltimore Ravens’ domestic violence scandal

CBS opts against using Rihanna’s music to open tonight's “Thursday Night Football” amid Baltimore Ravens’ domestic violence scandal
Rather than have a football-centric pregame show and an opener featuring Rihanna singing with Don Cheadle narration, CBS has decided to focus on the Ray Rice scandal ahead of tonight’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game. A comedic segment has also been cut. Instead, “CBS This Morning’s” Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, will be on set to provide the latest on the NFL’s domestic violence scandal.


Ricky Gervais to guest on ABC’s “Galavant”
He’ll play a medieval wizard named Xanax.


“Veronica Mars” spinoff trailer mocks “The Newsroom”
“Play it Again, Sam’s” eight short episodes premiere Sept. 16.

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Tim Tebow is joining 'GMA' as a contributor
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Tim Tebow is joining 'GMA' as a contributor

Tim Tebow is joining “GMA” as a contributor
The Heisman winner, who currently works as an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, becomes the latest person from the sports world to join “Good Morning America.” He’ll debut on Monday.


“Legends of Korra” will be back in October
The Nickelodeon series just ended its 3rd season two weeks ago. Season 4 begins Oct. 3.


Mark Wahlberg’s “Shooter” movie is being adapted as a TNT series
Wahlberg will serve as executive producer of the drama based on his 2007 film directed by Antoine Fuqua.


Lifetime bringing back “True Tori”
Tori Spelling’s reality show will return for a 2nd season on Oct. 21.

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New films from Chris Rock, Chris Evans, Noah Baumbach and more find homes in Toronto
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New films from Chris Rock, Chris Evans, Noah Baumbach and more find homes in Toronto

Paramount dropped north of $12 million on Rock's 'Top Five'

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival is winding down, so we should probably take a look at the sales that have come out of the market there. I've kept an eye on it over the last week, and for the most part, major studios are taking a pass. It's the smaller distributors that are cutting the most checks. But that didn't stop one massive bidding war from happening, leaving Paramount standing proud with a new Chris Rock comedy to show for it.

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