Viewers drift from 'Osbournes'
That silence you perceive is the buzz fading away from The Osbournes.
The third-season premiere of the MTV series on Tuesday suffered a substantial drop-off from the Season 2 debut. The show drew a little more than half the audience of last fall's premiere.
Preliminary Nielsen ratings put The Osbournes at a 3.2 household rating and 3.4 million viewers - a fairly respectable number for a cable show. Still, the ratings pale in comparison to last season's premiere, which averaged a 5.2 rating and 6.6 million viewers.
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TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actress Gena Rowlands is 67. R&B singer Al Wilson is 64. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 55. Singer Ann Wilson (Heart) is 53. Actress Kathleen Turner is 49. Country singer Doug Stone is 47. Singer-dancer-choreographer Paula Abdul is 41. Singer-guitarist Brian Vander Ark (The Verve Pipe) is 39. Actor Andy Lauer (Caroline in the City) is 38. Actress Robin Tunney is 31.
YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: Things won't go quite the way you expected this year - you can count on that. Leave room in your planning for miracles, and set a goal outside yourself.
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