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World Series Game 1 ratings down slightly from last year

The first game of the World Series helped Fox win Wednesday night, but the telecast was slightly lower in the ratings than last year.

The Rangers vs. Cardinals face-off was seen by 14 million viewers, down just 2 percent from 2010. Some thought the game would sink below the 2006 Game 1 all-time low of 12.8 million, but the program avoided that fate. For more baseball’s impact on Fox’s fall, see the EW story: Is the World Series still worth it for Fox?.

Across the dial, broadcast rivals largely shrugged at the baseball competition. Which isn’t to say nothing interesting happened. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' rules ratings, 'Free Agents' on chopping block

The Wednesday night ratings game gave predictable numbers last night: Most shows were steady or down slightly as they settled into their fall grooves.

Fox led the night overall with a 90-minute The X Factor (11.5 million, 3.9 adult demo rating), which topped 8 p.m. The reality show launched its boot camp phase and its final rating will likely match last week’s number in the afternoon nationals. Factor was followed by a special Raising Hope (6.2 million, 2.3).

In second place, CBS’ Survivor (10.5 million, 3.1) was about on par, followed by Criminal Minds (13.3 million, 3.8) bucking the trend of the night by climbing 6 percent and ranking as the evening’s most-watched show. CSI (11.8 million, 2.9) declined by the same percentage, yet won 10 p.m. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' scoop: Comedian Kevin Hart cast as Phil's neighbor

What mischief is Phil about to get into now?

EW has learned exclusively that Kevin Hart (Little Fockers) has signed on for a guest-starring role on Modern Family. He’ll play Andre, a new neighbor of Phil Dunphy who happens to be a physician. The 32-year-old comedian will see a familiar face when he begins production on the ABC comedy: He co-starred opposite Sofia Vergara in the 2004 movie Soul Plane.

Recently, Hart and his Hartbeat Productions notched an unexpected victory at the box office with his debut standup film Laugh at My Pain, which follows his recent national tour run and a stop in his hometown of Philadelphia. It debuted inside of the box office top 10 ranking and pulled in nearly $2 million, in just 97 theaters, for an impressive per-location gross of $20,619. The film only cost $750,000 to make.

Hart has appeared in several Comedy Central specials and hosted the 2011 BET Awards. His other film credits include the movies Krod Mondoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Death at a Funeral, and Epic Movie.

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'X Factor' gives Fox a nightly win; 'Suburgatory' welcomed into 'hood with open arms

FOX’s two-hour broadcast of The X Factor (3.9 rating/11 share) gave the network a win among adults 18-49, growing by 41 percent over the course of the night. The network’s already bragging that this marks the first time in Fox history that it has won the first two Wednesdays of the season — which could say more about the competition and less about Simon Cowell, but time will definitely tell.

Numbers are based on early results, which means X Factor could see improvements with the finals that come in this afternoon. READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' opens solid, but 'Modern Family' steals the show

Simon Cowell made a solid return to Fox last night, but his new show The X Factor was no match for the Dunphys and Pritchetts (and a far cry from American Idol).

X Factor debuted to 12.5 million viewers and a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, while ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family delivered 14.3 million viewers and a whopping 6.0 series-high rating. The reality competition drew about half the audience of the most recent season opener of American Idol (which delivered about 26 million viewers and a 9.7 in the demo), a point of comparison that’s inevitable, but also arguably unfair given the top-rated legacy of the other show (though Cowell himself invited the comparison in July, when he suggested to reporters that the new show might top Idol).

X Factor was significantly higher, however, than the debut of NBC’s fall singing competition The Sing Off, and was higher than the debut of Hell’s Kitchen in the slot last year. While a one-hour Modern Family not only won the night, but was up 18 percent from its premiere last fall.

“We’re happy with the numbers,” Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell tells EW. “The expectations were ridiculous, and internally this is our best numbers for a Wednesday during premiere week in 13 years. If we can keep anywhere close to these numbers for 40 hours in the fall, it would be amazing for us.” READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Exec producer Christopher Lloyd spills details on season 3

Cancel all commitments tonight in the name of quality Family time. ABC’s Modern Family — which claimed its second Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy on Sunday — returns to the air with a 60-minute season 3 premiere that was shot at a dude ranch! We know David Cross has a recurring role as a councilman, but what else can we expect? Exec producer Christopher Lloyd gave EW a ten-gallon hat full of teasers about the Dunphy/Pritchett-Delgado/Tucker-Pritchett adventures in the new season.


'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' 'Parenthood,' and more TV scoop in the Spoiler Room Emmys Edition

And the winner is…ALL OF US.

As I teased on my Twitter account last night, the EW Army was out in full force this weekend gathering TV scoop from all the good-looking stars walking around, and as a result, we all walk away feeling like winners. (So this is what it feels like to be Kyle Chandler!) So enjoy yourself as you dig into some scooplets in this special edition of Spoiler Room, and if you missed any of EW’s Emmy coverage this weekend, educate yourself.

And make sure to come back on Friday for your regularly scheduled edition of Spoiler Room (in its normal format). That reminds me! I’m still accepting your questions via e-mail:

Sure, the kids from Glee know how to work a carpet, but show me the woman with the scoop and I’ll show you the person I want to talk to. For EW, that was Dot Marie Jones, who we caught up with on Saturday night at the Performers Nominee Reception at Spectra by Wolfgang Puck. Jones, who, like a trooper, came out for the festivities despite her broken foot, dished that her injury is actually being worked into the show. “Yeah, Ryan [Murphy], the boys, wrote it into the third episode that I broke my foot,” she said. “I don’t want to say how they wrote it in because it’s very funny.” READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter get ready for last night's Emmys -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

How did Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter (a.k.a. sassy middle sister Alex Dunphy), get ready for last night’s Emmys? By listening to Beyoncé, donning a pale pink dress by Max Azria (chosen with help from her stylist Jessica Pastor), and bubbling with excitement at the prospect of seeing host (and Glee star) Jane Lynch live in person. Stars: They’re just like us! The Modern Family star took the time Sunday to chronicle her step-by-step transformation from cute 13-year-old to sophisticated Emmy attendee for EW. In our exclusive video after the jump, watch Winter prepare for Modern Family‘s big night at the Emmys! READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' scoop: Eric Stonestreet from 'Modern Family' to play .... -- EXCLUSIVE

Looks like Cam from Modern Family is seeking a little therapy.

EW has learned exclusively that Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron on ABC’s hit comedy, will be appearing on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s new FX horror bonanza American Horror Story, which premieres Oct. 5.

Stonestreet will appear in a November episode as a patient of Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott). The reason for his shrink session? Stonestreet’s character has a fear of urban legends, like Bloody Mary and, more importantly for the show, Pigman. Stonestreet has worked with Murphy and Falchuk before on Nip/Tuck as a death row inmate.

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Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, and Julianna Margulies headline Emmy presenters

Some of television’s most celebrated talents will present awards at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Nominees Will Arnett (guest actor on 30 Rock), Julianna Margulies, Amy Poehler and Sofia Vergara will share the stage with host Jane Lynch to hand out some hardware, as will high-profile new TV stars Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men). The shows airs live on FOX on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Josh Gad of 'Book of Mormon' to guest star on 'Modern Family,' idolize Phil Dunphy -- EXCLUSIVE

Josh Gad will reunite with his old Back to You co-star, Ty Burrell, on Modern Family.

EW has learned that The Book of Mormon star will make a guest appearance as Kenny, a neighbor of the Dunphys who worships the ground that Phil (Ty Burell) walks stumbles on — and he’s made all decisions in his life based on what Phil would do. (Who here doesn’t?)

The episode will air sometime this fall. Modern Family returns to ABC for its third season on Sept. 21.

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'Fringe,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Castle,' 'Community': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Did you know the first 100 words of this column are the last 100 words I write every week? I say this for two reasons: 1) If you’ve ever noticed the coherency of this column increases as you work your way through it, you now know why. 2) You now also have an incentive to click to the second page of this column. (Yes! I’m paginated now! << I don’t know if that statement is the “Spoiler Room” speaking or yours truly. I’m going to say it’s the “room” since I, in fact, am not paginated.)

At any rate, take note of the little number “2” because it’s your path 2 more scoop. (See what I did there.) Hey, I warned you just one paragraph ago…

Remember to send scoop requests to (note to the two smooshed “r”s) and follow me on Twitter for more things that don’t make a lot of sense and a few things that do (like TV scoop!). @EWSandraG READ FULL STORY

Meet the new Toddler Lily on 'Modern Family' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Look who seems pretty chipper these days? Meet the new Baby, er, Toddler Lily on ABC’s Modern Family. She’s 4-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and she’ll play the adopted daughter of Cameron (Eric Stonestreet, pictured) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) this fall.

We’ll let fellow kid actor Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy) comment on the comedy’s latest cast edition: “She’s really adorable,” he told EW. “The first day I met her, she was kind of hiding behind her mom’s leg and I brought out my iPad and started playing with it and she comes out and she’s like [gasp] and started playing with it. It was really cute. I haven’t worked with her yet. But she is really happy. She says lines. She does everything. She’s really cute.” READ FULL STORY


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