'Hawaii Five-0' gets plum spot after NFL playoff; 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Craigslist Killer' score big Monday

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"Hawaii Five-0" has been airing opposite NFL games for most of the season; now it will get a boost from football. CBS has scheduled a new episode of the show to air on Sunday, Jan. 23, after the network's coverage of the AFC Championship game. [ CBS]

A federal appeals court has struck down the Federal Communications Commission's $1.2 million fine against 44 ABC stations for airing a shot of Charlotte Ross' bare behind on "NYPD Blue" way back in 2003. The decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals follows a ruling in a different case last year in which the court found the FCC's indecency standards unconstitutionally vague. [ Broadcasting & Cable]

The return of "Pretty Little Liars" Monday night (Jan. 3) hit a series high in viewers, drawing 4.2 million people. The show also recorded its best numbers in ABC Family's key demos of adults 18-34 (1.4 million) and adults 18-49 (1.9 million). [ ABC Family]

Also Monday night, Lifetime's movie "The Craigslist Killer" scored 5.4 million viewers, half of whom fell in the channel's core 25-54 demo. A "Beyond the Headlines" documentary on the Philip Markoff case drew 3.7 million viewers. [ Deadline]

ESPN's broadcast of the Rose Bowl on Saturday (Jan. 1) pulled in one of the biggest audiences in the history of cable TV. An average of almost 20.6 million people watched the game between TCU and Wisconsin, making it the third-biggest program ever on cable, behind only a pair of "Monday Night Football" games. [ ESPN]

"The Daily Show" has made some behind-the-scenes changes. Executive producer Josh Lieb is leaving the show to work on a comedy pilot for NBC, while several other staff members have been promoted. Tim Carvell is the show's new head writer; Steve Bodow, Jennifer Flanz and Jim Margolis will be co-exec producers; and Pam DePace will be supervising producer. [ Comedy Central]

Film blogger Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is joining Associated Press movie critic Christy Lemire as a co-host of "Ebert Presents At the Movies." The new show debuts Jan. 21 on public television stations. [ Roger Ebert's Journal]

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