- Last Updated: 1:45 AM, June 5, 2012
- Posted: 10:14 PM, June 4, 2012
How big was the first no-hitter thrown by a Met in the team’s 51-year history? Well, from 9:45 to 10 p.m. last Friday, as Johan Santana was closing in on his historic feat, 744,000 viewers were watching the game on SNY — registering a 7.73 household rating on the Nielsen radar gun.
SNY also ranked as the most-watched station in the entire New York market from 7:30 to 10:15 p.m. in both households and total viewers (encompassing both broadcast and cable).
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Jared Harris says he had a strange on-set reaction while filming the suicide of his “Mad Men” character, Lane Pryce — who, in Sunday night’s episode, was found hanging in his office at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
“I just kept on wanting to break into the ‘Monty Python’ song, ‘Always Look at the Bright Side of Life’ and start dancing,” Harris said on a conference call yesterday, alluding to the final scene of “The Life of Brian.” “But we were trying to access the reaction [of the other cast members] in a genuine way. The atmosphere [on the set] was pretty somber.”
Harris, who will co-star in the Steven Spielberg-produced biopic, “Lincoln” (as Ulysses S. Grant), said he viewed Lane’s suicide as an act of emotional punishment against those he left behind.
“It was an vindictive and passive-aggressive act,” he said. “His choice of doing it [in the office] was a ‘f---k you’ to the office and the people who worked there, particularly to Don [Jon Hamm]. The ‘passive’ side of that was in the [suicide] letter, in which he explains nothing. He’s trying to dig a hole for the people there and make them feel bad about what’s he done, which is a cowardly thing to do.
“He did it to try to hurt them the way he felt they hurt him.”
Harris joked that he knew Lane’s fate was sealed when series creator Matthew Weiner asked to see him in his office after a script read-through.
“He then offered me incredibly expensive brandy, so I knew this wasn’t going to go well,” he said. “But it was to my benefit to go out with a gang rather than a whimper. I knew that ‘Mad Men’ is going to get bigger and better as the season reaches its end [this Sunday], so it’s sad I won’t be a part of that — but, then again, I joined late.”
Harris, by the way, is the son of the late Irish-born actor Richard Harris, who died in 2002.
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The battle between Jay Leno and David Letterman tilted in Leno’s direction last month during the all-important May sweeps period.
Leno’s “Tonight Show” registered increases in every important demographic category over May 2011, including its 3.6 million viewership average — a 13 percent increase from May 2011 over Letterman’s “Late Show,” (which averaged 3.1 million viewers last month).
“Tonight” also beat “Late Show” in all key ratings categories (adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54).
Leno, in fact, finished May with his best showing in adults 18-49 (nearly 1.1 million viewers) in 10 weeks (since mid-March).
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Last, but not least:
* “Longmire” snared 4.1 million viewers in its Sunday-night premiere to become the most-watched original series launch in A&E history . . . Independent recording artist Andy Davis makes his acting debut on this Sunday’s episode of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” He’ll play a piano player/singer . . . Fresh 102.7 VP/programming director Jim Ryan will now also handle programming for oldies station WCBS FM (101.1) . . . Fuse will air The Wanted, live from the Beacon Theatre, on Thursday, June 14 (8 p.m.) . . . Sarah Weidman has been promoted to SVP, original programming and development, at Style Media. She launched Style Network’s “Tia & Tamera” and “Big Rich Texas” . . . “Florent: Queen of the Meat Market,” David Sigal’s documentary about the legendary diner in the Meatpacking district, will now air Sunday, June 17 on PBS (11 p.m.) . . . “The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series” (all three seasons) will be out on DVD June 19 (Shout! Factory).