urx unit loader 'Mad Men' ratings up a little, Paula Abdul opens 'Got to Dance' auditions
jon hamm mad men s4 320 'Mad Men' ratings up a little, Paula Abdul opens 'Got to Dance' auditionsHave a good (and good for you!) helping of TV news as you wind down your workday …

Ratings for Sunday’s (July 25) season premiere of “Mad Men” improved slightly on the show’s debut numbers from last year. The show drew a record high of 2.9 million viewers, up from 2.8 million last summer. [AMC]

Auditions for Paula Abdul‘s CBS show “Got to Dance” have begun — in a
manner of speaking. You can register with the show’s website now, but
audition cities won’t be announced for a while. [CBS]

Susan Sarandon is joining the Kathryn Bigelow-directed, Broadway-themed HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year,” playing the director and choreographer of a Broadway show. [Deadline]

Former “Office” boss Melora Hardin is joining NBC’s new drama “Outlaw,” playing a high-powered lawyer and love interest for star Jimmy Smits. Gina Gershon played the role in the pilot. [Deadline]

The Will Ferrell-produced Comedy Central show “Big Lake” — which was originally supposed to star Jon Heder but now stars Chris Gethard, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell — has a premiere date. It will debut Aug. 17. [Comedy Central]

Fergie — the British royal, not the Black-Eyed Pea — may get a show on OWN. Oprah Winfrey has reportedly approached Sarah Ferguson about hosting a series on the new cable channel. [Daily Mail]