Empty3rd DEBATE is 2nd best
The third and final presidential debate failed to kick you know what in the ratings Wednesday night. The testy clash on Long Island between Barack Obama and John McCain was seen by 56.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's 8% higher than the first debate held on a Friday (52.4 million) and 11% lower than the second bout, held on a Tuesday (63.2 million). And, of course, it's much lower than the vp debate, which stands as the second-most-watched of all time (70 million).
'RUNWAY' FINALE trips
The Season 5 finale of Bravo's "Project Runway" averaged 4.8 million viewers at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The episode, airing opposite the debate in parts of the country, was off from the finale for Season 3.
CORDDRY IN 'HOSPITAL'
Rob Corddry has created and stars in "Children's Hospital," an original series for theWB.com produced by Warner Bros. TV Group's Studio 2.0. The show is scheduled to launch in December.
ABC has pulled the game show "Opportunity Knocks" from Tuesday night.
The Recording Academy said Thursday that noms for next year's Grammys will be announced on primetime TV for the first time. CBS will air "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" from 9-10 p.m. Dec. 3, live in the Eastern time zone. The show from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. will announce noms in at least six categories and feature performances by past winners. The 51st Grammys are set for Feb. 8.
Tracy Morgan will host Laffapalooza! a comedy showcase to be taped for TBS, at the fourth annual Comedy Festival in Las Vegas next month. The show will take place Nov. 22 and air Nov. 30 on TBS.
BECK JUMPS TO FOX NEWS
Glenn Beck has inked a multiyear deal with Fox News. Beginning in the spring, he will host the channel's 5 p.m. weekday program as well as a weekend show. Beck was with CNN Headline News, where he hosted a self-titled talk show. He will succeed "America's Election HQ."
2 DROP TOUR DE FRANCE
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have pulled out of the Tour de France and will no longer carry live coverage of the cycling race. Both channels said the chronic doping scandals that have plagued the Tour made it impossible to justify major coverage.