<p>&quot;The X Factor&quot; judge Kelly Rowland</p>

"The X Factor" judge Kelly Rowland

Credit: Scott Kirkland/FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - The Final 40 is revealed

Simon, Demi, Paulina and Kelly learn which teams they'll be mentoring

It's the last night of "X Factor" auditions. Huzzah! Soon we'll stop with our arbitrary leaps between Long Island, Los Angles, Denver, Charleston and... um... wherever else we've been.

Soon, we'll start The Four Chairs, whatever that is.

But first? The remaining auditions and the assignment of teams. Who will be this year's L.A. Reid and whine and pout and cry?

Click through for the full live-blog...

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<p>&quot;Revolution&quot;</p>

"Revolution"

Credit: NBC

Wednesday ratings analysis - 'Revolution' is steady, 'X Factor' surprises

Who knew "SVU" still had this much juice?
[As I said yesterday, I'm going to start doing some additional ratings analysis a bit after the morning Fast National numbers come in each morning/afternoon. It's a way to get away from merely the regurgitation of data as quickly as possible at 8:30 a.m., though I'll still be doing that. I'll also be doing some Live+3 and Live+7 analysis this season as those numbers become available.]
 
There were winners and losers on Tuesday (September 24) night. "Lucky 7" is already on Deathwatch. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is already a hit (for at least one week). FOX's comedy block probably isn't in overall jeopardy, but it can't go on this low forever. And "NCIS" and "The Voice" remain the cocks of the ratings walk.
 
Fast Nationals for Wednesday, September 25 told a very different story. There are minor disappointments here and there, but mostly everybody came away from the Fast National numbers relatively happy. That's better for the industry, even if it isn't as sexy when it comes to analysis. 
 
Click through for my bulletpoints...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 203

Dan and Alan talk 'Crazy Ones,' 'Masters of Sex,' 'Michael J. Fox' show and more

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Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls! As promised, there was too much TV this week for just one podcast, so it's a bonus Firewall & Iceberg.
 
With Alan out of the hospital, finally, we reviewed a slew of new shows, including "The Crazy Ones," "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Masters of Sex," as well as the return of "Homeland."
 
Also, because we got a couple emails and podcast questions about it, we talked a bit about AMC's decision to split the 
 
Today's breakdown:
"The Crazy Ones" (00:01:20 - 00:14:15)
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (00:14:15 - 00:24:00)
Odds and ends including "Betrayal" and "Hello Ladies" (00:24:05 - 00:33:30)
"Homeland" (00:34:10 - 00:45:10)
"Masters of Sex" (00:45:15 - 00:53:00)
"We Are Men" (00:53:00 - 00:59:40)
Listener Mail: The splitting of "Mad Men" (01:00:10 - 01:08:10)

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

 

 

<p>Wednesday's &quot;Modern Family&quot; premiere</p>

Wednesday's "Modern Family" premiere

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'Criminal Minds' premieres lead Wednesday

'X Factor' rises big, even against strong competition
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
 
Although it was way down from last year's premiere, the hour-long launch for "Modern Family" was Wednesday's top show both overall and among young viewers, though the return of "Criminal Minds" still helped CBS win overall.
 
On a busy premiere Wednesday, FOX got encouraging numbers for "The X Factor," which actually rose week-to-week despite enhanced competition, pushing the network to second in the key demographic. NBC, meanwhile, was reminded of how strong "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" can be, especially when it goes into the 10 p.m. hour.
 
Wednesday's only major premiere was ABC's "Back in the Game," which retained reasonably well from its "The Middle" lead-in.
 
There were no outright disasters on Wednesday, which resulted in the fall's most competitive four-way night so far.
 
On to the numbers…
 
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<p>Wednesday's &quot;X Factor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Auditions #5

Simon, Demi and company are back for a third week of auditions

It's time for another two-hour installment of "The X Factor."

Once again, I recapped "Survivor" on East Coast Time, though that will change once "X Factor" goes live, unless of course people stop watching entirely. No. I don't mean "low-rated." This show is already that. I mean a collective and cohesive decision by the entire nation to watch ANYTHING other than "X Factor." Don't laugh. I could happen.

And now on to Wednesday's (September 25) auditions...

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<p>Colton of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Colton of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Rule in Chaos'

Colton becomes Colton again and somebody heads home
Pre-credit sequence. Interesting interpretation in the recap, suggesting that the men got rid of Marissa out of "vengeance." This is probably true, but it's much more passionate than the noncommittal audience-blindside we got last week. She arrives at Redemption Island, where she's hugged by Candice and Rupert, who have no clue who she is. "People had the audacity to put a frowny face next to my name like they were upset about it," says Marissa, who describes herself as "pissed off" and places the full blame on Gervase. Rupert is just glad that Marissa isn't Laura. Rupert and Candice agree that they're also pissed off. 
 
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<p>Jim Caviezel of &quot;Person of Interest&quot;</p>

Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"

Credit: CBS

Tuesday ratings analysis - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' soars, 'Dads' dips and 'Interest' dwindles

A quick look at the numbers from September 24
Morning ratings are a race, with a dozen reporters rushing to quickly post numbers that we know represent maybe 40 percent of a show's actual audience. That race means less time for spot analysis and commentary, even on figures as incomplete as Nielsen Fast Nationals are.
 
This season I'm going to try doing some more ratings analysis as the days go along in addition to the regular ratings stories, which I generally try to make as balanced and contextualized as possible anyway. I'm also going to try doing more coverage of Live+3 and Live+7 figures when those become available.
 
I don't know how regular these pieces will be. Ideally they'd be daily for the next couple weeks until the numbers settle, but no promises. Somedays I may have 10 bulletpoints. Other days I may have three. We'll see. 
 
Fortunately, there's a ton to discuss about the Fast National numbers for Wednesday, September 24
 
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<p>Cobie Smulders appeared in Tuesday's &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot; premiere.</p>

Cobie Smulders appeared in Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere.

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is strong, 'Lucky 7' tanks and 'Voice,' 'NCIS' lead Tuesday

'Person of Interest' continues CBS' Tuesday 10 p.m. struggles
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
 
Although it may have come in below the highest of expectations, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." delivered TV's highest rated drama debut since November 2009 (that would be "V"). In addition, "S.H.I.E.L.D." helped generate good premiere numbers for "The Goldbergs" and, to a lesser extent,  "Trophy Wife," but couldn't help "Lucky 7," which takes an early lead in the race to become fall's first casualty.
 
For all of that, though, ABC didn't come close to winning Wednesday night. "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" returned strong and helped CBS dominate overall, while "The Voice" and good numbers for "Chicago Fire" helped NBC win among young viewers.
 
There was plenty of bad news on Tuesday as well. FOX's "Dads," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mindy Project" all plummeted after decent premieres last week, while the transition to a new slot was anything but smooth for CBS' "Person of Interest," which continued the network's 10 p.m. struggles. 
 
Oh and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" didn't perform nearly as well against competition as it did in the fallow summer months for The CW.
 
On to the numbers…
 
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<p>Olivia Colman of &quot;Broadchurch&quot;</p>

Olivia Colman of "Broadchurch"

Credit: BBC America

Interview: Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker talk 'Broadchurch'

BBC America drama finishes its first season on Wednesday
"Broadchurch" ends its eight-episode run on Wednesday (September 25) on BBC America. 
 
For American viewers patient enough to avoid just rushing to BitTorrent sites after getting hooked on this British murder mystery, answers are finally coming.
 
Yes, answers are coming in the death of Danny Latimer, but what are the chances that those answers will bring satisfaction to Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Oliva Colman) or closure to grieving mother Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker)? Well, that's what "Broadchurch" is really about.
 
Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, I sat down for 10 minutes with Colman ("Tyrannosaur") and Whittaker ("Venus") to talk about their twisty, emotional murder mystery, which was a sensation in the UK. The conversation took place before the premiere, but I didn't transcribe the interview in time and once I transcribed it, I realized it would be just as effective before the finale, since it really spoils nothing. 
 
So warm up for Wednesday's finale with my chat with Colman and Whittaker, after the break...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 202

Dan and Alan talk 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Dexter' finale, 'Breaking Bad' and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
 
We went podcast-less yesterday due to Alan's ongoing hospital adventures -- He's improving! -- and also because of communication SNAFUs caused by Gmail problems. Sorry!
 
But we've got you covered today, with a fairly long podcast that includes brief chatter about Sunday's Emmys, reviews of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.IE.L.D.," "Trophy Wife," "The Goldbergs," "Lucky 7" and "Back in the Game," plus discussion of Sunday's weak "Dexter" finale and strong "Breaking Bad" penultimate episode.
 
Maybe we'll have one more podcast later this week. We'd like to have one more podcast this week. However: Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht.
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Emmys (00:01:10 - 00:13:45)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.IE.L.D." (00:14:00 - 00:23:50)
"The Goldbergs" (00:23:55 - 00:28:45)
"Trophy Wife" (00:28:50 - 00:35:30)
"Lucky 7" (00:35:35 - 0043:25)
"Back in the Game" (00:43:30 - 00:48:50)
"Dexter" finale (00:49:15 - 01:04:30)
"Breaking Bad" (01:04:30 - 01:27:30) 

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