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TV Junkie: Starz Sets Record Straight on 'Spartacus' #s; Conan Still (Sorta) On NBC

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The season premiere of "Psych" is at 10pm on USA

The season premiere of "Psych" is at 10pm on USA
All those Conan O'Brien fans who pledged to forever boycott NBC might want to consider as NBC has ordered an hourlong drama series from O'Brien's production company Conaco. The pilot, currently titled "Justice", will air next season. If Conan's fans want him to be successful, they should watch a program that he will be executive producing.
Yesterday we noted a Variety article that printed viewership numbers for last Friday's premiere of Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" and stated that the show didn't perform as well as peer network premieres.Today, Starz sent us more accurate information to counterpoint the Variety article (all data from Starz):
- The "Spartacus" 10pm premiere drew a 2.1 HH rating (661,000) viewers, which was nearly more viewership than that for HBO, Cinemax and Showtime combined on 1/22 for the 10pm hour (442,000)
- The "Spartacus" repeat airing at 11pm drew 430,000 - again outperforming the other networks individually.

This is compared to recent Showtime series premieres:
- "Dexter" drew 1.04M viewers on its first telecasts (apples-to-apples comparison would be to the back-to-back showing on Starz at 10 & 11 which drew 1.09M combined).
- "Brotherhood" drew 695,000
- "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" was also the #1 cable show for males 18-49.

This information tells us several things, not the least of which is that viewers would really like some original scripted programming to watch on Friday nights - a night shunned by the big networks and most of the major cable players.
Fans of TV Might Be Interested in This Stage Production: On Saturday, January 30th, bang Studio will open its doors to allow "Celebrities to Tell THE TRUTH" for a critically acclaimed improvised monologue show. Each week a new cast of storytellers speaks honestly on the topic (sex, fantasies, ghosts, mothers, etc.) picked from a box by an audience member. Each show is completely spontaneous and unrehearsed.

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Confirmed performers for this week: David Henrie and David Deluise from "Wizards of Waverly Place", Josh Sussman and Michael Hitchcok from "Glee", Ezra Weisz from "Greetings from Tucson" and Justine Bateman from "Family Ties" - with additional performers yet to be confirmed.
The TV Junkie Plan: "State of the Union" or "Living With Ed", "Attack of the Show", "Tavis Smiley Reports", "Psych", "Chelsea Lately", Charlie Rose, Kimmel.

6:00pm State of the Union Most Networks - President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the nation.

6:00pm Living With Ed Planet Green - Season Finale. Ed visits an off-the-grid community in Oregon; Ed makes an offer on a house.

7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Game break; gadgets; sex advice.

8:00pm Tavis Smiley Reports: One on One With Hillary Clinton PBS/KCET - Tavis Smiley accompanies Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a diplomatic mission abroad

8:00pm American Idol FOX - Auditions continue in Dallas; Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas act as guest judges.

9:00pm Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns TBS - 4 new episodes!

10:00pm Psych USA - Season Premiere

10:00pm Nip/Tuck FX - Christian has a crisis of conscience when Kimber's mother visits; complications arise as Sean prepares for a trip to Africa

10:00pm Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Sundance - Season Finale. Bruce Springsteen

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10:00pm Leverage TNT - The team has to work with Sterling to free Maggie from a Ukrainian jail

10:00pm Man vs. Wild Discovery - Bear rappels onto a live volcano in Guatemala, navigates a waterfall, creates a nest to sleep in and encounters ancient Mayan ruins.

10:00pm Launch My Line Bravo - Season Finale. Designers discover the business is not as glamorous as it seems.

10:30pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Daniel gets a tattoo; the Wii Fit girl; the Risky Business girls get their Web Redemption.

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actress Kristen Bell; interview and performance by Charlie Wilson.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Dax Shepard

11:00pm High School Reunion TV Land - Former students of a rival school crash the reunion; Lori's secret admirer arrives.

11:30pm Charlie Rose PBS/KCET - Analysis of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Mel Gibson; actress Kate Micucci; Mayer Hawthorne performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Eddie Izzard; cook Myron Mixon.

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