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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;NCIS&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS"

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TV Ratings: 'Selfie,' 'Manhattan' push 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to a series low on Tuesday

'NCIS' leads CBS overall, while 'The Voice' helped NBC win the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

"NCIS" added a few viewers from last week, while "NCIS: New Orleans" retained well in its second airing, leading CBS to an easy Tuesday win overall. However, both CBS procedurals were down in young viewers, as "The Voice" helped helped NBC to an easy victory in the key demo.

The night's big new premieres were ABC's "Selfie" and "Manhattan Love Story," which got off to less-than-impressive starts, but still easily beat FOX's "New Girl"/"Mindy Project" comedy block. Of more concern to ABC is the way that soft opening block may have contributed to drops for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Forever."

And although FOX's entire night was still untenably low, "Utopia," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were all up a hair either in viewers, the key demo or both.

On to the numbers...

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The Theory of Everything
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New 'Theory of Everything' trailer plays up Eddie Redmayne's Stephen Hawking transformation

Felicity Jones costars in James Marsh's biopic

A whiff of “Man on Wire" director James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" should convince you the Stephen Hawking biopic is a Best Picture contender (and we would agree with you). Shades of "A Beautiful Mind," Eddie Redmayne's all-in performance as the paralysed Professor Hawking, a breakout role for critical darling Felicity Jones, and praise from the festival circuit all add up to Oscar. Some things aren't physics.

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ABC’s 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story' have disappointing debuts
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ABC’s 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story' have disappointing debuts

Alyssa Milano leaving 'Mistresses'

ABC’s “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” have disappointing debuts
Just 4.9 million and 4.3 million, respectively, watched ABC’s new romcoms, which is higher than Fox’s “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” but still very low for ABC.


Alyssa Milano leaving “Mistresses”
Milano won’t be part of Season 3 because production is moving to Canada.


Donald Trump considers “Black-ish’s” title offensive
"How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled ‘Blackish’?,” he tweeted. "Can you imagine the furor of a show, ‘Whiteish'! Racism at highest level?”


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Exodus: Gods and Kings
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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer turns Christian Bale's Moses into a superhero

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star in front of Ridley Scott's green screen.

"Your parents never told you the truth. The year of your birth, there was a prophecy that our leader would be born to liberate us. That leader is you."

Yes, that's basically a line from the recent "Jupiter Ascending" trailer, but no, this exact quote comes from "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the latest Biblical epic attempting to shatter the Christmastime box office. From "Gladiator" and "The Counselor" director Ridley Scott, "Exodus" retells the classic Moses legend with ex-Batman Christian Bale as the chosen one and Joel Edgerton as Ramesses, wearing more eye-liner than Jack Nicholson's Joker. This is The Good Book as The Comic Book.

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Russell Crowe - The Water Diviner
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Watch the trailer for Russell Crowe's epically-sized directorial debut, 'The Water Diviner'

Film chronicles the search for a man's missing sons following the battle of Gallipoli.

"Go big or go home": A skateboarder mindset, a Sarah Palin slogan, the name of a "Parks & Recreation" episode," and now, the guiding mantra of Russell Crowe's directorial debut, "The Water Diviner." Via the magic of Twitter, Crowe debuted the first trailer for the war drama, a shiny blockbuster reminiscent of the high-impact Hollywood productions that shaped the actor's career. When it's not blowing up World War I battlefields, it's swelling with emotional power strings.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Rob Reiner and Kaitlin Olson in New Girl</p>

Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Rob Reiner and Kaitlin Olson in New Girl

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Julie Berkman's Older Sister'

Jess gets to know dad's new girlfriend, and Schmidt tries to sell sponges to men

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I save you from a hideous river disease...

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No joke: Christian Bale watched Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' before playing Moses

No joke: Christian Bale watched Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' before playing Moses

Can you guess which Mel Brooks movie he watched right after?

Ladies and gentleman, Ridley Scott has returned to the world of antiquity and it ain't "Gladiator" or "Kingdom of Heaven."

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'SNL' promos: Sarah Silverman is back after 20 years
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'SNL' promos: Sarah Silverman is back after 20 years

Emmy winner was a cast member and writer in the 1993-94 season

“SNL” promos: Sarah Silverman is back after 20 years
Taran Killam paid a singing tribute to Silverman, who was cast member and writer in the 1993-94 season. “I’m so excited,” she says. "I can’t wait to do all my characters.”

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<p>Courtney Love of &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Courtney Love of "Sons of Anarchy"

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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Poor Little Lambs'

SAMCRO is hit where it hurts and Courtney Love makes a brief appearance

Still haven’t caught up on Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Well call up the dog walkers, dig up some dead bodies and tell that ghost to stop talking because that body count just keeps on rising and you might want to see it for yourselves.

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<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Heavy Is the Head'

We get to know Lance Hunter, as the team hunts the Absorbing Man

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I still have my George Foreman grill...

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Monday's "Gotham"

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Ratings Analysis: 'NCIS: Los Angeles' has a problem, 'Gotham' and 'Scorpion' do not

'Castle' returns to ABC with 'Castle'-esque numbers

Everything dropped on Monday (September 29) night. Or nearly everything dropped.

That wasn't surprising and it wasn't upsetting for most of the TV networks. TV shows premiere high and then audiences dwindle for roughly the same reasons movies premiere big and then fall off 60 percent. Getting people in the door isn't hard. The challenge is getting them to come back every week. 

But the TV business now is shifting so aggressively toward Live+3 numbers that it also stands to reason that while heavily promotion encourages live viewership, it's perfectly reasonably to expect that many of the shows that suffered week-to-week declines on Monday will recover those viewers when DVRs are factored in.

That's all a round-about way to say that CBS is probably very happy with the Week 2 performance for "Scorpion." The drama that I've dubbed "Katharine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler" premiered last week with 13.83 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49, coming out of a "Big Bang Theory" episode with 18.24 million viewers and a 5.4 key demo rating. In Week 2, with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat drawing 12.26 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating, "Scorpion," after a small bump in Final Live+SD totals, drew 13.36 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating. If ABC is throwing a full-on parade for the opening week numbers for "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Black-ish," CBS is surely naming a lunchroom special in Kat McPhee's honor.

The retention numbers are just astoundingly rosy for "Scorpion," at least for one week. Among adults 18-34, "Scorpion" did a 1.9 rating for its premiere and a 1.9 rating for its second episode, even though the difference between the new "TBBT" and the "TBBT" repeat was a 1.7 in that demo. Among women 18-49, "Scorpion" did a 3.4 rating for its premiere and a 3.4 rating in the second week.

There were some male demo drops for "Scorpion." Among men 18-49, it slipped from a 3.0 to a 2.7. Oh no! And among men 25-54, it went from a 4.4 to a 3.6. Well, that's a bit bigger, but... CBS will live. "Scorpion" got a decent, but not "Gotham"-esque, Week 1 DVR bump, so there's at least a chance that its Live+3 numbers could grow week-to-week.

But now, let's look at some of the shows that weren't as lucky as "Scorpion"...

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<p>Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman in Manhattan Love Story</p>

Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman in Manhattan Love Story

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Series premiere talkback: 'Manhattan Love Story' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new ABC romantic comedy?

I posted my review of "Manhattan Love Story" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the notion that men think about breasts while women think about purses rock your comedic world? Did you like Analeigh Tipton or feel pity for her inability to properly update her Facebook relationship status? Was Jake McDorman charming or obnoxious? Do you want the voiceover to go far, far away, or do you want more, more, more? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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