‘Gossip Girl’ Series Finale Hits Ratings High; ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Gets Longer Episodes

By: Lauren DiMascio / December 18, 2012

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Gossip Girl’s series finale scored on the ratings Monday night for both The CW and the show itself. The two-hour event, which revealed the anonymous blogger, averaged 1.4 million viewers and was up 34 percent from last week’s outing. Gossip Girl also gave the network its best Monday night showing since Jan. 30 and Dec 5. respectively. The episode within the finale event garnered the drama’s best ratings since April 2011. Meanwhile, The Voice’s final performance night was also up from last season’s final Monday performances. [TVLine]

HBO’s third season of Game of Thrones is getting a bit of an extension. Though the show will still only run for 10 episodes, each episode has tacked on a few minutes, adding almost a whole episode’s worth of minutes to the third season. Season 3 of the drama will focus on the content from roughly the first half of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013 on HBO. [EW]

Discovery’s American Guns will not be back for Season 3. The reality series, about a family of gun makers, has been receiving an increased amount of backlash since the devastating school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. While the network says the decision was made a while ago, the decision came out to the media on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the network said, “American Guns concluded earlier this year. Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.” [Deadline]

When Jimmy Kimmel Live! moves to the 11:35 time slot on ABC this January, he’ll be doing so with some big names. The comedian has lined up a list of high profile guests for his new time including Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Gosling, Bruno Mars, Sofia VergaraEllen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Nicki Minaj, Mindy Kaling, No Doubt and the Kardashian sisters, among others. Jimmy Kimmel’s last night at 12 AM will take place Jan. 7 with a special episode, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Goodbye to Midnight. He makes his 11:35 pm debut on Jan. 8. [THR]

ABC’s Modern Family is giving Married … With Children fans a reunion of sorts. David Faustino who played Bud on the late ‘80s/early ‘90s sitcom will reunite with Ed O’Neill on the ABC show. Faustino will play Drew, a former classmate of Claire’s (Julie Bowen) who she see at her reunion. Unfortunately, he isn’t set to share any screen time with his former TV dad.  [THR]

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