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TV Ratings: 'Stalker' tops 'Following' in Monday showdown as ABC, NBC split

'Stalker' can't keep up with normal 'Scorpion' averages though

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 27, 2015.

The time period premiere for CBS' "Stalker" couldn't come close to equaling the numbers for "Scorpion," but had little impact on a typical Monday on which "Dancing with the Stars" gave ABC the overall win and "The Voice" led NBC to key demo triumph.

In the psycho-heavy showdown between Kevin Williamson dramas, "Stalker" did manage to thump FOX's "The Following," though "The Following" continues to level well after hitting series lows a couple weeks back.

"Stalker," meanwhile, was up from its last Wednesday episode, and didn't cause a key demo drop for lead-out "NCIS: Los Angeles."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot; Season 5 premiere</p>

"Game of Thrones" Season 5 premiere

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'Game of Thrones' Season 5 premiere draws 18+ million viewers so far

'Going Clear' has become HBO's second most-watched documentary

Because Live+Same Day ratings don't matter an iota to the network's business plan, HBO has abandoned formal announcements Live+SD ratings, so Monday (April 27) morning represented HBO's first enthusiastic reveal of numbers for the April 12 premiere of "Game of Thrones."

Including linear plays, Live+7 DVR data, HBO OnDemand, HBOGo and HBO Now, the fifth season premiere of "Game of Thrones" has attracted 18.1 million viewers to date, up by 1.2 million from last year's premiere within the same period of time. Of course, HBO Now didn't exist a year ago, but last year the first four episodes weren't leaked illegally ahead of time.

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Secrets and Lies&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Secrets and Lies"

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TV Ratings: Building 'Secrets and Lies' leads ABC Sunday split

'Madam Secretary' helps CBS dominate Sunday overall

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Renewal hopes for "Secrets and Lies" continue to improve as the ABC drama outdrew "Once Upon a Time" overall and tied with "Once" among young viewers, helping ABC split Sunday night.

ABC may have won Sunday in the key demo, but "Madam Secretary" and "60 Minutes" helped CBS cruise to an easy overall win.

Other Sunday notables included an impressively consistent through-line for FOX's two-hour comedy block, plus NBC's "American Odyssey" falling to halfway between "zero" and "The Mulaney Line" in the key demo.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Jenn Brown of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Jenn Brown of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Jenn Brown talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Latest booted castaway discusses her Auction win and people who sucked

"[H]appy people don’t make TV, most of the time," admits "Survivor: Worlds Apart" veteran Jenn Brown. "It's for drama. You want to see the fights. You want to see the people yelling. But the happy moments? There were so many great moments out there."

You wouldn't necessarily know about those great moments based on how Jenn went out of the game. Two episodes after an Immunity Idol play that represented one of the "Survivor" season's most exciting moments, Jenn was ready to leave the game and tried to convince people to vote against her. Instead, the castaways took the opportunity to get rid of major threat Joe. But one episode later, Jenn was leaving after a decisive vote that saw even allies Shirin and Mike vote against her.

Don't worry, though. Jenn was in on Shirin and Mike's votes. But at the time, she definitely left with a bad taste in her mouth.

"A lot of people sucked super-hard," she said at the time.

In her "Survivor: Worlds Apart" exit interview, Jenn sounds a bit more mellow about her fellow contestants, finding nice things to say about nearly all of them, though she definitely still holds a grudge against Will for his treatment of Shirin.

In our conversation, we talked about her evolving friendship with Shirin, her strategic frustrations with Joe and, most importantly, what the heck she won at the "Survivor" Auction, a giant concoction rendered unintelligible by the episode's editing.

Click through for the full Q&A with Jenn...

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<p>Bruce Jenner</p>

Bruce Jenner

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TV Ratings: 'Bruce Jenner - The Interview' delivers massive Friday numbers

The Diane Sawyer '20/20' interview has Friday's biggest non-sports audience since 2003

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 24, 2015.

It was clear that ABC's Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner was going to do big numbers, but probably nobody expected this:

The frank and exposing conversation with the Olympic legend, reality star and trans pioneer drew a mind-boggling 16.9 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 for ABC. The Bruce Jenner interview crushed the competition in all measures as ABC swept Friday night.

A few of ABC's vaunted highlights:

*** This was the top "20/20" in all key demos -- the news key demo is 25-54, rather than 18-49 -- since 2000.

*** It was TV's biggest non-sports Friday broadcast in viewers and the 18-49 demo since 2003 and in the key news demo since 2005.

*** This was also the most social non-sports Friday telecast of all-time.

That's just an early sample and ABC is promising more numbers later.

Note that The CW had a slew of major market preemptions on Friday, so "Cedric's Barber Battle" didn't suddenly become a hit. The numbers are just inflated.

On to the numbers, including more demo details on the Jenner interview...

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Friday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Can I Get a Hot Tub!'

And why I want Hayley to be my new Waze navigation voice

I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" to be my new Waze voice.

Is that so much to ask?

FOX keeps teasing me with Waze voices from their shows -- Terry Crews, Tom Mison, Will Forte -- and then pulling them for no good reason. Right now I'm using Vlade Divac and as funny as Vlade has been at times over the years, his directions aren't amusing me and he bumbles "left" and "right" in ways that leave me a bit perplexed, which would cause a real problem were it not for the reality that I rely on Waze to give me a few major points, but I often ignore the little things, like when Waze tries to get me to take left turns onto crowded intersections without lights.

I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" as my Waze voice so that she can keep telling me the correct way to go and I can follow my own path and every time I shoot by her preferred street, she can shriek at me and as I keep driving further and further past, she can tell me to slow down and listen to her, pausing only to swoon about different cute guys walking down to street, and finally she can just give up and yell, "I'm always right and you never listen!"

Yup. I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" to be my new Waze voice.

I wonder how long it would take for me to have the hollowed-out eyes and shell-shocked expression that Blair is sporting at this point, a mien that says "If I win a million dollars, this will have been totally worth it, but if somehow we don't win and all we get is one stupid trip somewhere... TOGETHER... I'm gonna utterly snap on Phil Keoghan."

That's my major takeaway from Friday (April 24) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."

What? You got something more dramatic from the episode? Liar.

More after the break...

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<p>&quot;The Americans&quot; Season 3 finale</p>

"The Americans" Season 3 finale

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 279 - 'Americans' finale, 'Grey's Anatomy'

Dan and Alan also review 'Happyish' and talk 'Mad Men'


Happy Friday, Boys & Girls.

Sorry about the delay. We told you last week that this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast would be delayed till Thursday by my travel and so that we could talk about the "Americans" finale.

But that got bumped by a day, which allowed us to also talk about The Thing That Happened on "Grey's Anatomy." 

So this podcast begins with a review of Showtime's 'Happyish," but then we continue with spoilers aplenty for "Grey's Anatomy," "Americans" and, of course, "Mad Men."

And next week's podcast will be on Monday or Tuesday as per usual...

"Happyish" (00:00:55 - 00:15:30)
"Grey's Anatomy" shocker (00:15:35 - 00:32:45)
"Americans" finale (00:32:50 - 00:51:10)
"Mad Men" - "The Forecast" (00:51:15 - 01:19:15)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 


And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>&quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot;</p>

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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HitFix First Look: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' has big Atlantic City plans

It feels like it's been a thousand weeks since the last new episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but that's an inaccurate assessment of the passing of time.

The reality is that we haven't had a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" since "Sabotage" way back on March 15.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns this Sunday (April 26) with "AC/DC," the first of four straight originals to close the season.

Is the episode focusing on the legendary Aussie rock band? Or power current? 

Nope! Some members of the precinct gang are heading to Atlantic City, which is a reminder that even though "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" shoots down the street from me, the show is set on the East Coast.

And as you might expect, Charles Boyle has big plans... [I have no idea what that has to do with this picture of Peralta as a clown, but it's from Sunday's episode, too!]

Check out this HitFix Exclusive scene from Sunday's episode:

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<p>Patrick Dempsey of &quot;Grey&#39;s Anatomy&quot;</p>

Patrick Dempsey of "Grey's Anatomy"

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TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' shocker helps ABC split first May Sweeps Thursday

'The Big Bang Theory' is still Thursday's top show in all measures

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Even though Thursday night was just April 23, it represented the start of the still-important May Sweeps period. As rumors of a show-changing twist spread, "Grey's Anatomy" got an impressive 33 percent key demo bump over last week and helped ABC split the night with "Big Bang Theory"-driven CBS.

"Grey's Anatomy" was actually the only thing that was up on Thursday night, as decliners included all of CBS' originals, "The Blacklist," "Scandal" and "American Crime."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Black-ish"

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TV Ratings: Rising 'Survivor,' 'Black-ish' lead Wednesday split

'Criminal Minds' drops, 'Supernatural' and 'Idol' rise, but nothing changes dramatically

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

A tiny uptick for "Survivor" and a bigger bump for "Black-ish" made sure that ABC and CBS split Wednesday among young viewers, though CBS cruised to an easy win overall.

Most of Wednesday's variation was very minor. "American Idol," "Supernatural," "Mysteries of "Laura" and "Nashville" were among other shows rising, while there were small declines for "Criminal Minds," "The Middle," "The Goldbergs" and "Modern Family."

All variations could just as easily be wiped out when we get to Finals.

Let's get to the numbers...

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