How hot is the Icelandic Bachelorette? How hot is the cool Betty White? And is True Blood still hot-blooded?
The answers—and more questions—in the latest TV ratings quiz:
1. Did glaciers and/or Kasey Kahl's ink put a chill into The Bachelorette? No. Per ABC, last night's two-hour adventure to Iceland scored the reality show's highest rating among demographically desirable rubber-neckers since the show's Dancing With the Stars-boosted season premiere. Now, as for whether the tattoo put a chill into Ali Fedotowsky…
2. Can Betty White do no wrong? No, as TV Land is the latest to attest. The retro network's first-ever all-new comedy, Hot in Cleveland, bowed before 5.3 million viewers, the fifth biggest cable audience of the week, and the biggest-ever in TV Land history. White's costars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick get the assist.
3. If your summer series does not feature Betty White, should you bother being a summer series? Well, it's not the ideal situation. Cable's Hot in Cleveland outdrew the broadcast-network debuts of the White-free Scoundrels (5.2 million) and The Gates (4.8 million), as well as new episodes of White-abstaining Last Comic Standing (4.9 million) and Losing It With Jillian (4.4 million).
4. How's True Blood holding up? Like an immortal. With 4.3 million viewers for Sunday's episode, the HBO vampire series ranked 21st among all (basic) cable shows. Other standouts: Pawn Stars (cable-best 5.9 million); Royal Pains (5.5 million); and, Burn Notice (5.3 million).
Here's a look at the 10 most-watched, all-new broadcast network shows (not including basketball pregram shows, which count—except here) for the week ended Sunday, per Nielsen Media Research: