<p>The &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot; finale</p>

The "Big Bang Theory" finale

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: Finale high for 'Big Bang Theory,' but 'Grey's Anatomy' rises little on Thursday

'American Idol' rises, while 'Rosemary's Baby' remains a failure

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 15, 2014.

"The Big Bang Theory" had its most-watched season finale to-date, far above last year's finale which went against an "American Idol" send-off, and led CBS to easy Thursday wins in all measures.

As usual, primetime results were mixed.

On the positive side, "American Idol" continued its pre-finale rise with big week-to-week gains, with "Hell's Kitchen" also getting a bump for FOX.

On the negative side, "Rosemary's Baby" continued to be a major disappointment for NBC, though the second part of the high-profile miniseries was steady from Sunday's dismal second hour.

Then there are the mixed results.

Some observers will rave that "Grey's Anatomy" got a big week-to-week bump for Cristina's departure. This is technically true, but "Grey's Anatomy" was down steeply last week, so this week's gains still put the finale below the numbers from two weeks ago, which isn't such an impressive bump at all.

Similarly, "The Vampire Diaries" finale was up a hair from last week in the key demo, but down significantly from last year's finale and, in fact, "TVD" was down from last week in total viewers.

On to the numbers...

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 3</p>

The "American Idol" Top 3

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 3 Results plus Scotty McCreery performs

Which two singers will compete in next week's finale?

One week from now, Season 13 of "American Idol" will be over. Actually, it will have been over for a day, since "Idol" will be shifting to its usual Tuesday/Wednesday Finale schedule, which allows FOX to slip in the season-closer on the last night of the 2013-2014 Nielsen season. Back when "American Idol" was the Biggest Show In All The Land, that used to be really meaningful.

Now? Meh. But it doesn't hurt.

Tonight's show will feature our Top 3 results, a performance by Scotty McCreery, plus long and tear-filled clip packages about the joys of visiting FOX affiliates in New Hampshire, Michigan and North Carolina.

Settle in and enjoy the hour-long ride...

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Credit: AMC

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 230

Dan and Alan discuss talk CBS and CW, plus 'Arrow' and 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' finales


Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!

At least to some degree, we've survived Upfronts Week, so it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

After discussing the NBC, FOX and ABC upfronts in our video show on Tuesday, we cover CBS and The CW here. We also talked about Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finale, Wednesday's "Arrow" finale and last Sunday's episode of "Mad Men."


Lots to discuss. Next week might be a tiny bit lighter, though, so we always welcome emails to FirewallIceberg@HitFix.com.

Here's today's breakdown:
CBS Upfront (00:00:30 - 00:19:05)
CW Upfront (00:19:05 - 00:27:40)
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finale (00:28:10 - 00:45:50)
"Arrow" finale (00:45:50 - 01:03:05)
"Mad Men" (01:03:05 - 01:26:40)

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;Criminal Minds&quot;</p>

"Criminal Minds"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' finale lifts CBS past FOX's rising 'Idol' on Wednesday

'Arrow,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Chicago PD,' 'Modern Family' are also up

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

The "Criminal Minds" season finale got a big week-to-week bump for CBS, helping the network hold off FOX, with a boosted "American Idol," on Wednesday night.

There were actually lots of shows getting end-of-season -- finale or pre-finale -- bumps on Wednesday night.

ABC's comedies were all up on Wednesday, as was the "Nashville" season finale. "Chicago PD" rose for NBC. And the "Arrow" finale gave The CW a little bump as well.

On to the numbers...

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Credit: The CW

New pictures from The CW's 'iZombie' and 'The Flash'

Also, 'Jane the Virgin' and 'The Messenger'

Announced on Thursday (May 15) morning, The CW's 2014-2015 slate includes a quartet of new offerings.

There are two DC Comics properties, one a spinoff-of-sorts ("The Flash") and one an accessible tale of a zombie crime-fighter ("iZombie), an adaptation of a telenovela that The CW is calling a comedy ("Jane the Virgin") and a confusingly described Rapture-themed drama ("The Messengers").

"Jane the Virgin" is set for Mondays at 9 p.m., while "The Flash" will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The CW has set "iZombie" and "The Messengers" for midseason berths along with the returns of "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast."

The CW hasn't overburdened us with pictures, so check out a few fleeting first glimpses at "The Flash," "iZombie," "Jane the Virgin" and "The Messengers"...

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Credit: The CW

The CW's 2014-15 TV Schedule: 'Flash' takes Tuesdays, 'Originals' goes to Monday

'iZombie' and 'The Messengers' will wait for midseason

With only five nights of programming and two hours of programming per night, The CW's schedule has fewer pieces than any of the others that have been revealed this week, but the network's 2014-2015 lineup, announced on Thursday (May 15) morning, still held a few surprises.

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Straw That Broke The Camel's Back'
Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Straw That Broke The Camel's Back'

The Tony-Woo-Trish-Kass alliance experiences a little tension

Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 33. Tasha's gone. And it's raining again. Spencer is annoyed at Woo and Kass for ditching their Final 3 pact and he doesn't particularly care if Tony hears it. "So it turns out the deal that we  had is a lie," Spencer grumbles. "Why bother with the whole charade?" Spencer asks. "Why does anyone lie in this game? It's part of the game," Kass tells him, explaining to us that she thinks she could beat Tony, who she thinks everybody hates. "As long as they don't stab me in the back, I won't stab them in the back," Tony says of his alliance. Spencer calls his rivals foolish and says his only chance is that the others don't understand the game.

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 3</p>

Your "American Idol" Top 3

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 3 Performances

Caleb, Alex and Jena face off and we hear about their visits home

"American Idol" is a journey and even if we haven't always been overjoyed with this season's journey, I feel like we're moving toward the correct destination.

Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston have been, for me at least, the clear Top 3 for nearly two months. I honestly don't care what happens from here, because while I like Alex, Jena and Caleb, I don't have a passionate singular attachment to any one of them. 

So... May the best singer win!

Click though and follow along for what I assume will be three performances apiece tonight...

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<p>&quot;Battle Creek&quot;</p>

"Battle Creek"

Credit: CBS

New pictures from CBS' 'Battle Creek,' 'Stalker,' 'Odd Couple' and more

Also 'Scorpion,' 'The McCarthys' and CBS' two spinoffs.

CBS announced its 2014-15 schedule on Wednesday (May 14) morning, or at least the first half of it. 

As of now, we still don't know where the Vince Gilligan-created "Battle Creek" will go, nor where CBS will premiere Matthew Perry's "The Odd Couple," but we do now have pretty pictures from both "midseason" -- CBS hates the word "midseason" now -- projects.

CBS also unveiled pictures of Katharine McPhee helping nerds solve problems in "Scorpion" and Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott getting very intense about stalkings in... "Stalker."

Check out the first pictures from CBS' new 2014-2015 shows:

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;NCIS&quot; finale</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS" finale

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' finale tops 'The Voice' on Tuesday, while FOX's 'Riot' tanks

'The Originals' finale rises, though The CW had preemptions

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Finales for "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" all dominated their hours overall and also won among young viewers (with "Chicago Fire" tying for the demo lead at 10), helping CBS easily win Tuesday primetime in all measures.

Yes, that means that "NCIS" even beat "The Voice" in the 18-49 demo for the first time this season.

With CBS and NBC leading, FOX had a rough night with the "Glee" finale hitting series lows and the summer series "Riot" getting off to an atrocious start.

The CW's "Originals" had a strong finale, while "Supernatural" was also up, though the network was preempted in New York City for baseball, so the numbers are sure to come down at least somewhat.

On to the numbers...

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