ABC has set its Spring 2014 finale dates, which include the anticipated early exit for the truncated season of "Scandal," plus a two-hour finale for "Once Upon a Time."
Working nonstop since the end of "Nikita" last fall, Maggie Q is now eying her next regular TV role.
After spending four-ish seasons on The CW and WBTV's espionage thriller, Maggie Q will stay in the corporate family, landing a lead in CBS and WBTV's Untitled Kevin Williamson Project.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
NBC's "The Voice" was up slightly to help lead the network to victory in the key demographic, while "NCIS" led CBS' procedurals to their normal primetime sweep overall.
With "The Voice" up slightly, NBC's "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" both rose a hair and have settled in very quickly with numbers that probably please the network.
Over on FOX, "Glee" got a small bump for its ballyhooed 100th episode, but for some reason FOX decided to follow that episode with a "New Girl" repeat, though "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was in line with last week's performance -- down in the demo, up in viewers -- even without a lead-in.
Despite the promise of "Avengers" sequel news, ABC's "Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe" special did only lackluster numbers, but "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" were both up.
On to the numbers...
Final ratings for Monday, March 17, 2014.
"Dancing with the Stars" returned to its smallest spring premiere ratings ever, good enough to help ABC win Monday night among total viewers but finishing a distant second to "The Voice"-powered NBC.
For the night, NBC averaged a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.69 million viewers overall. ABC was second (2.3, 13.65 million), followed by CBS (1.8, 6.72 million), FOX (1.4, 4.79 million) and the CW (0.4, 1.08 million).
8 p.m. -- "The Voice" easily won the hour for NBC, 13.52 million viewers over the two hours. "Dancing" (2.6, 15.44 million) drew a bigger audience from 8 to 10, but continued to show its old age in its demographic ratings, and from 8-8:30 finished third behind CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" (2.9, 7.78 million, followed by a 2.2 demo rating and 7.21 million viewers for "2 Broke Girls"). FOX's "Bones" (1.4, 5.63 million) was fourth, followed by the CW's "Star-Crossed" (0.3, 1 million).
9 p.m. -- "The Voice" was first for the hour, and "Dancing" second, followed by CBS' "Mike & Molly"/"Mom" combo (1.8, 7.38 million), FOX's "The Following" (1.4, 3.95 million) and the CW's "The Tomorrow People" (0.4, 1.17 million).
10 p.m. -- After a week off for the premiere of "Believe," "The Blacklist" returned to win the hour for NBC (2.7, 10.97 million), followed by ABC's "Castle" (1.8, 9.99 million) and CBS' "Intelligence" (1.1, 5.3 million).
Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 16, 2014.
"Resurrection" dipped from its big series premiere a week ago, but was still strong enough that, coupled with "Once Upon a Time," it carried ABC to a Sunday night win among young adults (CBS won in total viewers), and badly thumped NBC's "Believe" in its timeslot premiere. The struggles of "Believe" in turn made the premiere of "Crisis" seem slightly more promising, while FOX's "Cosmos" largely held steady in week 2.
For the night, ABC averaged a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.65 million viewers overall. FOX was next in the demo (1.7, 3.94 million), followed by CBS (1.5, 9.11 million) and NBC (1.5, 5.91 million).
7 p.m. -- "60 Minutes" won the hour for CBS, with a 1.7 demo rating and 11.11 million viewers overall. ABC was second with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.4, 6.18 million), followed by a "The Voice" clip show on NBC (1.2, 4.45 million) and the "Bob's Burgers"/"American Dad" combo on FOX (1.2, 2.62 million).
8 p.m. -- "Once Upon a Time" won the hour for ABC (2.3, 7.47 million), followed by "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" on FOX (2.1, 4.3 million), "The Amazing Race" on CBS (1.8, 8.3 million) and more "The Voice" on NBC (1.7, 6.18 million).
9 p.m. -- After debuting with a 3.8 demo rating last week, "Resurrection" dipped more than 20 percent in week 2 to a 3.0 rating, with 10.8 million viewers. That's still a number ABC will be more than happy with, especially compared to the competition in the hour. "Cosmos" (1.9, 4.91 million) had a smaller drop, down only 10 percent in the demo, and was good for second place. "Believe" (1.4, 6.51 million) lost nearly half its ratings from its Monday night debut after "The Voice." "The Good Wife" finished fourth for the hour in the demo (1.3, 8.38 million).
10 p.m. -- "Revenge" won the hour for ABC (1.7, 6.17 million). The premiere of "Crisis" (1.6, 6.51 million) built on the demo performance from "Believe," and also beat CBS' "The Mentalist" (1.3, 8.86 million).
It’s not that I thought that Yael Stone actually talked like Lorna Morella on “Orange Is The New Black.” Nobody does. It was still disarming and amusing to chat with Stone on the PaleyFest red carpet and to be reminded that she’s actually Australian.
In our brief conversation, we discussed that distinctive voice, as well as Stone’s realization that “Orange Is The New Black” had become a sensation. I also asked if Morello’s much-discussed fiancé Christopher would make an appearance this season, not that I expected any sort of answer.
Check out the full interview above
And you can also read my 11 Things We Learned From the 'Orange Is The New Black' PaleyFest Panel post, plus watch my interview with Danielle “Taystee” Brooks.
And remember: “Orange Is The New Black” returns to Netflix on June 6.
Mark it down: On Sunday, March 16 at somewhere around 8:50 p.m. ET, after annoying seasons of “Big Brother” and four episodes into their second season of “The Amazing Race,” I found myself liking Brendon & Rachel.
Look, I’m not proud of myself and it really didn’t last for very long -- perhaps only a minute, in fact -- but this blog is about nothing if it’s not about absolutely honesty.
So if I ever try saying, “I’ve always hated Rachel & Brendon,” you can now call me a liar, because there it was, the moment that I warmed to Brendon & Rachel. And that totally justifies their presence on this “All-Stars” season of “The Amazing Race.” No?
Did it at least justify Sunday’s episode of “The Amazing Race”? No, again?
[Full recap of Sunday’s Leg after the break...]
Because Friday (March 14) night’s PaleyFest panel for “Orange Is The New Black” was preceded only by a three-minute clip package, there was a reduced window for the show’s stars to make their way from the Cool Kids’ side of the red carpet over to the hinterlands.
Since I was in the hinterlands, I only got to chat with Danielle Brooks and Yael Stone. [I also talked to Kate Mulgrew and Natasha Lyonne, but mostly they talked to each other.] Fortunately, I love Taystee and Morello.
You’ve already seen my 11 Things We Learned From the 'Orange Is The New Black' PaleyFest Panel post, perhaps?
Up first for my video interviews is Brooks, who teases that this season she finally got to learn the difference between Taystee and Tasha (her character’s real name). She also discusses her first fan moment.
Check out the Brooks interview above.
I’ll post Stone and the Mulgrew/Lyonne frivolity later.
And remember: “Orange Is The New Black” returns to Netflix on June 6.
Taking an early and bossy lead on a failed Day One project is usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."
Being viewed as the weakest player on a weak tribe is usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."
Seemingly being on the low side of a numbers alliance is also usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."
Going just a bit cuckoo-bananas and dumping most of your tribe's rice into the fire? Surely that's a fantastic recipe for getting voted off early on "Survivor."
In retrospect, it probably isn't surprising that my exit interview with J'Tia Taylor came early in this "Survivor: Cagayan" season. The shocking thing is that J'Tia managed not to be the first or second person voted out of her Brains Tribe.
In fact, the Chicago-based nuclear engineer survived one surprising vote, one genuinely shocking vote and, on Wednesday, she very nearly slipped through again, as tribemates Tasha and Kass seemed to be weighing J'Tia's eventual loyalty against Spencer's immediate challenge strengths, before holding onto Spencer.
In her exit interview, the spirited J'Tia discusses, after some goading, her failed shelter plan, her camp blow-up, the overall struggles of the Brains Tribe and what the heck they were all eating out there if she threw away all of the rice.
So far, this “Amazing Race: All-Stars” season has frustrated me a bit. I didn’t love the huge gap between the first and second flights in the premiere, nor that we had an entire episode determined by wandering around looking for wedding dresses. I also didn’t love that this past week’s episode saw six teams get an insurmountable three-hour advantage based only on taxi-based luck, leaving the remaining three teams with a no-margin-for-error window to avoid elimination.
Not surprisingly, as frustrated as I’ve been, Joey Graceffa & Meghan Camarena are even more disappointed. Team YouTube spent finished in next-to-last in the first Leg and, with very little room for advancement, started the next two Legs in last. Unable to get on that first flight out of China, there were left running against John & Jessica and Brendon & Rachel.
Last Sunday’s Leg came down to a simple mistake: At a Roadblock, Joey & Meghan forgot to tell their cab driver to wait. The other teams remembered. That left the competition free to rush along, while Joey & Meghan fell behind waiting for a replacement.
Unlike their first season, which saw them both get emotional as they dodged elimination, Phil Keoghan sent a largely unmoved Joey & Megan home without tears.
Joey & Meghan may not have been outwardly disappointed when they were eliminated, but they definitely sound disappointed about the way the season went down in their exit interview. In our conversation, they talk about their annoyance at the structure of this season so far and what they’d hoped for from an “All-Stars” season.
Click through for the full Q&A...