<p>Khaya Cohen of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Khaya Cohen of "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - First Elimination and '80s Night Performances

One act will be sent home, followed by Top 12 performances

We're back for what is sure to be a frenzied Wednesday (November 13) night installment of "The X Factor."

Thanks to last Wednesday's voting SNAFU, we ended up watching 26 performances last week, which was a lot. Only Thursday's voting counts, but once can assume that emotionally, all support or lackthereof was cumulative. 

Per FOX, we're expected to open the show with the season's first elimination and then we'll move on to '80s Night performances by the season's Top 12. Does that mean it's really a single elimination episode? 

Apparently. 

Click through for all of the live-blogging fun.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 210

Dan and Alan discuss 'Raising Hope,' 'Almost Human,' 'Ground Floor' and more

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. 
 
It's a bit late in the week, but it's still time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
We've had a couple slow weeks for premieres, but this week we've got a couple new shows -- "Ground Floor" and "Almost Human" -- an HBO filmed play -- "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" -- and the return of FOX's "Raising Hope." We also answered a little mail.
 
 
Today's breakdown:
"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
"Raising Hope" 00:17:10 - 00:30:40
"Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
"Almost Human" (00:42:45 - 00:55:55)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)

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.] 

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

 

<p>Jim Caviezel of &quot;Person of Interest&quot;</p>

Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drops, 'Originals' tops 'Supernatural' and CBS, NBC split Tuesday

'NCIS' and 'The Voice' lead the night
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
 
"NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" continued with their run of stable domination for CBS overall on Tuesday, while NBC eked out a victory among young viewers thanks to "The Voice" and, to a lesser degree, "Chicago Fire."
 
It was mostly a business-as-usual Tuesday night.
 
Over on ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." had yet another drop, as the vaunted drama fell below the 7 million viewer mark and may now be threatening the 2.0 threshold among young viewers. Despite that drop, "The Goldbergs" rose slightly and "Trophy Wife" was flat.
 
FOX's comedies were also on the low side, with "Dads," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" all finishing within 0.5 of each other among young viewers and within a million viewers.
 
Finally, the newly picked up "The Originals" continued its fairly impressive start for The CW as the "Vampire Diaries" spinoff moved ahead of "Supernatural" both overall and among young viewers, beating its lead-out in both measures for the first time. It was, in fact, The CW's most watched Tuesday night since 2009.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>One of two CBS-provided &quot;Intelligence&quot; pictures</p>

One of two CBS-provided "Intelligence" pictures

Credit: CBS

CBS moves 'Intelligence' premiere to January, sets 'Hostages' finale

Josh Holloway drama will now have to face the Olympics
In "Intelligence," Josh Holloway plays an intelligence operative with enhanced mental powers, but is the "Lost" veteran clever enough to take down the Olympics?
 
CBS announced on Tuesday (November 12) that "Intelligence" will now premiere on Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. with a special airing after a new episode of "NCIS." The drama will then shift to its previously announced Monday time period on January 13 airing in the 10 p.m. slot that hasn't exactly brought success to "Hostages."
 
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<p>Monday's &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Monday's "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' outdraws 'Castle' as ABC and NBC split Monday

'The Voice' rises slightly, 'Dancing' falls
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 11, 2013.
 
After a couple weeks behind "Castle" in total viewers, "The Blacklist" recaptured its 10 p.m. crown overall, posting week-to-week gains. Ultimately, that shift made very little difference as even a weak "Dancing with the Stars" helped ABC stay atop the Monday ratings overall and "The Voice" helped NBC to its normal commanding Monday win.
 
It was a mixed Monday for CBS' comedies, with "2 Broke Girls" rising, but "Mike & Molly," "Mom" and "How I Met Your Mother" all dipping.
 
In their last week paired together before next Monday's "Almost Human" premiere, FOX's "Bones" and "Sleepy Hollow" were steady.
 
And, finally, The CW's "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" added a chunk of viewers, but were unchanged in the key demo.
 
All numbers are, of course, subject to change, since some NFL preemptions are probably messing with the figures. [The CW had the Monday game in Miami. I'm not sure who had it in Tampa, or if even people would admit to watching the Buccaneers to make any difference.]
 
On to those numbers...
 
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<p>Joseph Morgan of &quot;The Originals&quot;</p>

Joseph Morgan of "The Originals"

Credit: The CW

'Originals,' 'Reign' and 'Tomorrow People' get full CW seasons

'Vampire Diaries' spinoff has been a hit, but the other dramas are dipping
And it has come to pass just as Hunky Nostradamus prophesied. 
 
The CW announced on Monday (November 11) afternoon that it has given full-season orders to "Reign," "The Tomorrow People" and "The Originals."
 
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<p>Saints QB Drew Brees</p>

Saints QB Drew Brees

Credit: Bill Haber/AP

TV Ratings: Saints-Cowboys game leads NBC Sunday, while 'Once' droops

NFL overrun keeps CBS in a comfortable second
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 10, 2013.
 
NBC got a strong Sunday Night Football performance from the Saints and Cowboys, routing the primetime competition in all measures. Only CBS, which got 47 minutes of NFL overrun on the right side of the country came close.
 
Among other notables, it was a down week for all of ABC's dramas, with "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge" and "Betrayal" all slumping. Also down were all of FOX's animated comedies.
 
On to the numbers, remembering that due to NFL-based liveness, these numbers will definitely shift.
 
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<p>The Afghanimals hit UAE</p>

The Afghanimals hit UAE

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Speed Dating Is the Worst'

The teams head to Abu Dhabi for high class adventures
While the "Amazing Race" teams were in Abu Dhabi this week, I'm on an Amazing Race of my own. Well, that's not exactly true. I'm not racing anybody or anywhere, but I am in New Orleans for a movie set visit. Monday (November 11) is a travel day for me, but Mondays are also my regular days for "Amazing Race" exit interviews. Time and place to do that interview would have been a complication tomorrow, but I'd have made it work. However, I was basically certain that we were heading in the direction of a Non-Elimination Leg, so I didn't bother making those interview plans.
 
This time, I assumed correctly. [It was only a month ago that I'd reckoned that the Chile-to-Portugal Leg would be an NEL, but instead I ended up chatting with Chester & Ephraim from a quiet corner of a Las Vegas hotel.]
 
Sunday night's "Amazing Race" was not, however, actually about me, so let's move on to a quick recap. There was some drama in the Leg and there were some decent tasks, even if I'd never call a Non-Elimination Leg "good."
 
Click through…
 
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<p>The cast of &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;</p>

The cast of "Downton Abbey"

Credit: ITV

'Downton Abbey' renewed for Season 5 by PBS, ITV

Season 4 premieres on 'Masterpiece' in January
On Sunday (November 10), Britain's ITV made the unsurprising announcement that it has renewed "Downton Abbey" for a fifth season, which was immediately followed by PBS' equally unsurprising announcement that it will air that fifth season in the United States.
 
Production on the fifth "Downton Abbey" season will begin next year and, barring an unexpected revision of premiere strategy, it will premiere on ITV in 2014 and on PBS in early 2015. Once again, Julian Fellowes will serve as lone "Downton Abbey" scribe, with Gareth Neame executive producing for Carnival.
 
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<p>Danny and Tim of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Danny and Tim of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Tim & Danny talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team Oklahoma discusses its difficulties singing and dancing
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?
 
That's the way I felt this week upon realizing that somehow, without my noticing previously, four straight pairings of male-friends had been consecutively eliminated from "The Amazing Race."
 
Since father/daughter Hoskote & Naina went out first, Phil Keoghan has bid adieu to Rowan & Shane and then to Chester & Ephraim and then to Brandon & Adam, leading to this week's departure for Oklahoma-based besties Tim & Danny. 
 
With Team Oklahoma going home after a Roadblock that saw Tim struggle to accompany the Vienna Boy's Choir on several verses of Schubert's "Die Forelle," "The Amazing Race" is now entirely devoid of male buddies (The Afghanimals are cousins).
 
Sad, right?
 
In their "Amazing Race" journey, the first trip outside of the country for Danny and the first time overseas for Tim, Team Oklahoma won fans for their enthusiastic attitude, their willingness to help other teams and their earnest discussion of how the Race could help their families. In this week's exit interview, Tim & Danny discuss Tim's singing, Danny's dress-wearing and U-Turning the Afghanimals.
 
Click through for the whole interview.
 
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