<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Million Dollar Decision'

A Merge, a missed birthday and trail mix yield drama in a weak episode

Pre-credit sequence. Dale was the latest victim of Coyopa's ineptitude, Keith was confused to see his name written down at all. Apparently nothing notable happened on the nighttime return to camp, but the next morning Missy feels it's her responsibility to explain why things happened the way they happened. "You could've let me know," Keith pouts, asking what would have happened if Dale had voted for him. [Dale and I discussed that in his yet-to-post exit interview.] Although he's reassured that Dale was going home no matter what, Keith is merely making nice, telling us he'd be prepared to leave his current alliance high-and-dry.

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agent Carter&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agent Carter"

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ABC sets 'Marvel's Agent Carter,' 'Galavant' premieres

The network also announces the January 2015 return of Shonda Rhimes Thursday

ABC joined CBS in making this the week to announce midseason place-holding plans, as the network set premiere dates for "Marvel's Agent Carter" and for the musical-comedy-thing "Galavant."

As was previously announced, "Agent Carter" will serve as the bridge between halves of the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." season, focusing on the character played by Hayley Atwell in both "Captain America" movies and in this year's "S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere. 

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;MasterChef Junior&quot; premiere</p>

Tuesday's "MasterChef Junior" premiere

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TV Ratings: Big 'MasterChef Junior' premiere lets FOX split Election Night Tuesday

'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project' hit post-premiere highs for FOX

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

FOX's "MasterChef" appears to have helped lift FOX to a Tuesday win among young viewers, while CBS' "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans" repeats led overall. 

However, with live Election Night coverage impacting programming differently in almost every market, it'd be presumptuous to make any big calls based on the ratings equivalent of exit polling. 

Just as it'd be presumptuous to claim that "MasterChef Junior" is a saving grace for FOX's struggling Tuesday -- the cooking show hit series highs and boosted the network's comedies to post-premiere highs -- it would only be of limited use to note the huge drop for "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" out of a weakened "The Voice" lead-in, though the percentage decline can't make NBC happy. 

And, finally on the list of things we can't be sure about, ABC's two episodes of "Selfie" did soft numbers, as did the "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp To Pop!" special.

On to the numbers...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 255

Dan and Alan review 'Newsroom' and 'The Comeback' and check in on 3 ABC dramas

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

It seems like it's been a while since we podcast, but I guess that's just because last week's show was on the early side to accommodate "Boardwalk Empire" finale talk.

Because we didn't discuss early cancellations last week, we spent some time today on the demises of "Manhattan Love Story," "Utopia" and, after 13 episodes, "A to Z" and "Bad Judge" (and probably "Mulaney").

We also reviewed a pair of HBO shows -- "Newsroom" and "The Comeback" -- and checked in on a trio of ABC shows -- "Scandal," "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Today's breakdown:

Recent TV Cancellations (00:00:50 - 00:15:55)
"The Newsroom" (00:16:45 - 00:31:00)
"The Comeback" (00:31:00 - 00:43:55)
"Scandal" (00:44:00 - 00:56:15)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:56:20 - 01:07:10)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (01:07:10 - 01:20:20)

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.

<p>Rachel Bilson of &quot;Hart of Dixie&quot;</p>

Rachel Bilson of "Hart of Dixie"

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'Hart of Dixie' gets a January premiere on The CW

Rachel Bilson dramedy will have a 10-episode fourth season

Are you ready to return to BlueBell to catch up with Lemon, Brick, Annabeth, Meatball and the rest of the gang?

Just me? 

Well fine.

The CW announced on Tuesday (November 4) that "Hart of Dixie" will return for its fourth season on Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. 

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<p>Simon Baker in &quot;The Mentalist&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Simon Baker in "The Mentalist" 

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CBS sets 'Mentalist' final season, plus 'Survivor' and 'Amazing Race' spring dates

'Undercover Boss' is also returning next month

CBS did some midseason tinkering on Tuesday (November 4) morning, setting a season premiere and series finale for "The Mentalist," scheduling the return of "Undercover Boss" and announcing spring dates for new installments of "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race."

Note that none of CBS' Tuesday announcements impact current programming in any way, so don't go looking for cancellations or anything, though both "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" will drop off the schedule for a few weeks rather than airing repeats.

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Monday's "Scorpion"

TV Ratings: Monday split as 'Gotham' rises, 'Blacklist' falls and 'Scorpion' steadies

The CW and ABC have NFL preemptions to things may change

Fast National ratings for Monday, November 3, 2014.

Even with a "Countdown to CMA Awards" special pulling things down, CBS still won Monday night overall, while a drop for "Blacklist" couldn't keep NBC from winning Monday among young viewers.

Note that ABC had the NFL preemption in Indianapolis and the margin of victory is small enough that NBC could end up in first overall after figures adjust.

There were some minor Monday fluctuations that you shouldn't put all that much stock in, but in case you're curious: "Gotham" was up for FOX, which made it look worse that "Sleepy Hollow" dipped a little. The second week of "2 Broke Girls" was down a little, leading into a dip for "The Millers," which made it look better that "Scorpion" was flat.

And although "Jane the Virgin" was up week-to-week for The CW, that was mostly the product of an NFL preemption in New York.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Graham Elliott of &quot;MasterChef Junior&quot;</p>

Graham Elliott of "MasterChef Junior"

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Interview: Graham Elliot previews the return of 'MasterChef Junior'

Why does the format work so well with kids? And what would Young Graham have cooked?

"MasterChef Junior" returns this week in a higher profile home than FOX expected when the network announced its schedule in May. 

Originally announced for Fridays, "MasterChef Junior" will premiere in FOX's Tuesday 8 p.m. slot on November 4, a move the network hopes will boost the fortunes of struggling 9 p.m. comedies "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project."

Yes, the new Tuesday home for "MasterChef Junior" speaks to the swift and decisive failure of "Utopia," which was originally set for Tuesdays at 8, got pushed to Fridays and was finally cancelled over the weekend.

But it also shows a vote of confidence for "MasterChef Junior," which delivered solid numbers on Fridays last fall and also generated some of the warmest reviews for any recent competition reality show. 

Speaking personally, I've been only an on-and-off "MasterChef" viewer in its summer installments for grown-ups, but I found "Juniors" a charming variation in a market glutted with interchangeable cooking shows.

In August, I sat down to Graham Elliot, who judges with Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich on "MasterChef Junior." We talked about his own culinary upbringing, the different tone that kids bring to the "MasterChef" format and a couple of the little things that still bother me about the show.

Check out the Q&A...

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<p>Sunday&#39;s Ravens-Steelers game</p>

Sunday's Ravens-Steelers game

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TV Ratings: Ravens-Steelers, CBS NFL lead Sunday as 'Once' rises, 'Mulaney' falls

CBS rules overall, while NBC takes the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 2, 2014.

A full hour of Broncos-Patriots overrun helped CBS win Sunday night overall, while NBC's coverage of the Ravens and Steelers ruled primetime among young viewers.

Take all these numbers with a grain of salt due to the complicates of live football.

In preliminaries, it appears that ABC's "Once Upon a Time," "Resurrection" and "Revenge" all bounced back after last Sunday's World Series-depressed numbers.

The same cannot be said for FOX's "Mulaney," which delivered anemic ratings after yet another in the fall's oddly undiscussed rash of "Family Guy" repeats.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Utopia&quot;</p>

"Utopia"

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FOX cancels 'Utopia'

Live-feeds will end on Sunday, while 'MasterChef Juniors' repeats go to Fridays

The inevitable axe has finally fallen for FOX's "Utopia."

FOX confirmed on Sunday (November 2) afternoon that the ambitious year-round reality series "Utopia" has been cancelled effective immediately.

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