<p>The cast of &quot;The Millers&quot; is sure excited to beat &quot;Idol&quot;</p>

The cast of "The Millers" is sure excited to beat "Idol"

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TV Ratings: 'The Millers' thumps 'Idol,' 'Men' rises and 'Scandal' returns strong on Thursday

'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation' are low for NBC

Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 27, 2014.

With "Big Bang Theory" leading the way, CBS dominated the start of Thursday primetime and then held on for a narrow win in young viewers over ABC, which got strong returns from long-absent "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

CBS had an easier time winning overall, where the network got a boost from "Two and a Half Men," which rose in its new 9 p.m. time period. Somewhat encouragingly for "The Crazy Ones," the shift to 9:30 didn't have a negative impact.

Over on FOX "American Idol" was no match for "Big Bang Theory," which isn't surprising, but it also lost to "The Millers" both overall and in the key demo, which isn't so pretty. "Idol" still rose slightly overall over last week (but dipped a tiny bit in the key demo). With the return of "Grey's Anatomy" and CBS' boosted 9 p.m. hour, however, "Rake" plummeted to dismal series lows.

Also doing weak numbers on Thursday were NBC's "Community" and "Parks and Recreation." In its time period premiere, "Hollywood Game Night" failed to provide any sort of meaningful improvement in the 9 p.m. hour, which isn't to say that there wasn't some improvement over "Sean Saves the World" and "Michael J. Fox," but that minor uptick didn't benefit "Parenthood" at all.

And, finally, "Vampire Diaries" also suffered from the sea of competition and drew under 2 million viewers for the night, not that anybody is concerned.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Ben Briley from Wednesday night&#39;s &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Ben Briley from Wednesday night's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 13 Results

Candice Glover performs. She won last year, remember? And somebody heads home.

You know, I was a big Candice Glover fan last year. I was rooting for her almost from the beginning and I was pleased when she won. But when Ryan Seacrest mentioned during Wednesday's show that Candice Glover would be performing tonight, it took me way longer than it should have to remember who Candice Glover was. "American Idol" would also like you to forget that Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey were ever judges.

Things were pretty tight after Wednesday's performances. I think Malaya Watson made the biggest mess of her song, but I don't think she's going home. I'm assuming that Ben Briley, one of my four favorites last night, is safe, so he's the guy in my picture.

Everything else is up in the air, so click through for my full live-blog!

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<p>Matthew Rhys of &quot;The Americans&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys of "The Americans"

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'Americans' Season 2 premiere numbers come in soft

Acclaimed drama was down from its series premiere, but up from end-of-year

Despite rave reviews -- including Sepinwall's written review and our joint podcast praise -- and aggressive promotion, the second season of FX's "The Americans" got off to a ratings start which can most politely be described as "soft."

Wednesday's (February 26) premiere drew 1.9 million viewers, including 863,000 in the key 18-49 demographic. 

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; judges in their Wednesday costumes</p>

The "American Idol" judges in their Wednesday costumes

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' leads Wednesday, while 'Mixology' fizzles

'Survivor' premiere is up from last spring, 'Modern Family' is low

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Airing without Olympics competition, "American Idol" was flat among young viewers and rose slightly overall, leading FOX to primetime wins on Wednesday night.

"Idol" was able to hold off a solid premiere for CBS' latest "Survivor" installment, though it lost to "Modern Family" among young viewers in their head-to-head half-hour. ABC couldn't top FOX for that hour, though, because in one of the season's least surprising developments, "Mixology" didn't do a particularly good job of holding onto its lead-in. It should be noted that "Modern Family" was also very low for the night, so comparing "Mixology" to other Wednesday 9:30 comedies that had better lead-ins might not be especially illustrative. 

Meanwhile, NBC didn't get a very good return from "Revolution," the numbers were better for "Law & Order: SVU" and particularly "Chicago PD" later in the night.

"Revolution," "Nashville," "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" all tied series lows last night, but "Mixology" was the only show to deliver an actual series low. [Yes. That was a wee joke.]

On to the numbers...

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<p>This is not the Brains tribe.</p>

This is not the Brains tribe.

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' Premiere - 'Hot Girl With a Grudge'

Would Brains, Beauty or Brawn be the first tribe to meltdown?

Pre-credit sequence. The division of tribes has been made by the quality the players most rely upon in life, whatever that means. The Brains Tribe has an average IQ of 130 which is, honestly, not all that impressive. I mean, they're smart, but they're not GEENA DAVIS smart. Spencer tied for first in the World Open Chess Championship and says he's both diabolical and a genius. If you say so! David is the President of the Marlins, which means that if there's a challenge that requires salary dumping, he's going to be hard to top. Kass is a lawyer who boasts about being undefeated, which is the kind of thing John Grisham characters boast about, that and smart older secretaries who have forgotten more law than most of us will ever know. On to the Beauty Tribe, whose beauty can't be measured numerically. But Morgan was an NFL cheerleader and she's sure she can get what she wants from guys. Jeremiah has a thick accent. Jefra was second place in Miss Kentucky three years in a row, which suggests at least three people who should be on "Survivor" instead. The Brawn Tribe includes Cliff Robinson, who is one of the 50 leading scorers in NBA history. Also in Brawn are Tony and Sarah, both police officers, though only Sarah says she likes punching people in the face. Brainy Tasha declares herself "super-smart," which is something no super-smart person would ever say. And Alexis is pretty, but she's also a student. Why do I feel like she isn't pretty enough to be classified only for her beauty or smart enough to be classified only for her Brains? 

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 13</p>

The "American Idol" Top 13

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 13 Performances

It looks like lots of contemporary songs for our hopefuls

It's our first performance night for the Top 13 Finalists on Season 13 of "American Idol."

Lucky 13/13!

Follow along for all of the fun with the seven remaining girls and six remaining boys as they sing for Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

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'American Idol' Season 13 Finalists - The Girls talk to HitFix

'American Idol' Season 13 Finalists - The Girls talk to HitFix

Interviews with MK, Kristen, Malaya, Majesty, Jessica, Jena and Emily

If you've checked out my earlier post, you've already seen my interviews with the six guys in the "American Idol" Top 13.

After the judges gave two of their Wild Card slots to women, though, the girls took a 7-to-6 advantage going into the Top 13, meaning that that all-female alliance should be able to Pagong the men.

Wait. Wrong Wednesday reality show. 


Anyway, last Thursday, I caught up with all of the Season 13 "Idol" finalists. Click through for interviews with the seven remaining women.

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<p>ABC&#39;s &quot;Mixology&quot;</p>

ABC's "Mixology"

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TV Review: ABC's 'Mixology' is a toxic brew

ABC thinks this will work after 'Modern Family.' ABC is wrong.

Never begin a relationship with a lie. 

That's not wisdom I got from watching ABC's new sitcom "Mixology," which actually preaches quite the opposite. "Mixology" strongly advocates that the best way to get laid involves some level of performativity or outright lying.

So maybe it's appropriate, actually, that "Mixology" begins literally every episode with a lie.

"This is the story of 10 strangers, one night and all the ridiculous things we do to find love," declares the opening voiceover to "Mixology."

My ass.

"Mixology" is as much about people on a quest for love as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is about an archeologist on a quest for snakes. 

When you get down to it, "Mixology" is about 10 hateful people looking for sex, irrespective of the lack of chemistry between either the characters or the actors. Set across one night, "Mixology" is desperately invested in making you care whether or not sex will happen, but desperately uninvested in giving you any reason to care who it will happen between or why it will happen. "Mixology," thanks to its structure and its deadbeat assortment of characters, is about sex as horrifying and almost nihilistic inevitability.  

I've watched six episodes of "Mixology" and if it were a better show, you would think it might be attempting to subvert the pervasive practice of shipping among certain TV fans. Part of what makes certain shows popular is  audience members doing everything within their limited power to bring certain characters together, even if the rules of the show don't seem to be built around bringing those characters together. "Mixology," if it were actually intentionally subversive, might intentionally be functioning the opposite way.

Viewer: "But I don't WANT [Boring Man] and [Bitchy Girl] to get together."

"Mixology": "Tough. If they don't have sex at the end of 13 episodes, a nuclear bomb will be detonated in Valencia."

See, that's how you produce stakes in a show that has a ticking clock.

Will Jack Bauer save the West Coast from the rogue Secretary of State piloting a helicopter weighed down by Axe body spray canisters filled with herpes? I'll watch 24 hours of TV to make sure that doesn't happen.

Will 10 singles who probably tripped into a vat of Axe body spray, and may or may not be carrying herpes, get laid before the end of 13 episodes?  Somehow, I just can't bring myself to care. 

Maybe if "Mixology" were actually about characters finding love, rather than inevitably unsatisfactory -- a lot of booze is consumed -- humping, I could get behind that. "Romantic comedy" isn't my favorite genre, but when executed properly, I can often find enthusiasm. But romantic comedy is hard, because it really helps if you wish happiness, as opposed to misery, on at least one of the characters. 

No such luck here. 

So don't start with a lie. Nobody in "Mixology" could care less about love.

Now let's get down to an actual review, eh? I mean, I know that whenever I really, really hate something, y'all have to check it out, so you might as well know what you're checking out.

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'American Idol' Season 13 Finalists - The Boys talk to HitFix

'American Idol' Season 13 Finalists - The Boys talk to HitFix

Interviews with Ben, CJ, Sam, Dexter, Caleb and Alex

Last Thursday (February 20) night, "American Idol" narrowed its field from 20 down to the season's Top 13 and then, still gasping from the adrenaline rush of eliminations and jubilation, the Top 13 paraded up and down a blue carpet in Hollywood answering questions from reporters. 

I was on the spot with one of HitFix's ace videographers to brave the erratic blue carpet lighting and journalistic jostling and we were able to chat with all 13 of the finalists who will be performing together for the first time tonight.

Before Wednesday's episode begins, check out my interviews.

Up first? The six guys in the Top 13.

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<p>Peele and Key</p>

Peele and Key

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Key and Peele are coming to FX's 'Fargo'

Comedy Central stars will play FBI agents

In case you weren't already amused enough by the eclectic cast for FX's "Fargo," which features Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Glenn Howerton, Kate Walsh and more, the network announced on Wednesday (February 26) that Key & Peele are joining the cast.

Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will join "Fargo" for a four-episode arc that lets them work together, playing a pair of FBI agents. 

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