<p>This is Paul Lee at the 2013 upfronts</p>

This is Paul Lee at the 2013 upfronts

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ABC Executive Session with Paul Lee Press Tour Live-Blog

After a fall and early winter of struggles, this may get heated

Things aren't great on ABC. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is doing OK, but it's not a smash. "The Goldbergs" is doing OK, but it's not a hit. "Super Fun Night" is running on fumes. "Back in the Game" is done. "Trophy Wife" is struggling. "Lucky 7" tanked. "Betrayal" tanked. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" tanked. "The Assets" tanked. "Killer Women" tanked. 

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee drops by the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (January 17) morning and we'll see what he has to say.

Click through for the full Q&A.

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<p>Thursday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Thursday's "American Idol"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Michael J. Fox Show' post ugly Thursday drops

'Big Bang Theory' repeat tops 'Idol' overall
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 16, 2014. 
 
FOX won Thursday night in all measures thanks to the second night of "American Idol," but it was really an evening characterized by ugly drops.
 
"American Idol" dipped night-to-night in all measures in its Thursday premiere -- 13 percent in viewers and 19 percent in young viewers -- and, in fact, lost to a "Big Bang Theory" repeat overall (it topped the "Big Bang Theory" repeat among young viewers, but not by much).
 
Those numbers are ugly, but they may not be as ugly as what NBC is facing with "The Michael J. Fox Show," which slipped to only 2 million viewers and an astonishingly low 0.6 key demo rating. But, hey, "Parks and Recreation" was NBC's top comedy in the key demo, while "Community" was its top comedy overall, even if both were down from last week."
 
Finally, a "Shark Tank" repeat easily improved on "The Assets" among young viewers.
 
On to the numbers.
 
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<p>If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.</p>

If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #2 - Austin & San Francisco

The two-night premiere continues with more judging harmony

Season 13 of "American Idol" kicked off on Wednesday night with an episode that I thought showed potential.

As for the ratings? Well, it depends on how you choose to view things. 15.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49? Know how many shows do those numbers these days? Hardly any. Know how many "Idol" premieres have done worse? Hardly any. 

So there you go. Let's get down to business. I'll be live-blogging tonight's episode, which I already know features one contestant who is going to make a lot of people feel old. The picture with this recap is a spoiler, but only if you know what it's showing...

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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman of &quot;Happyish&quot;</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman of "Happyish"

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Showtime sets 'Penny Dreadful' premiere, orders 'Happyish,' 'The Affair'

Premieres set for 'Nurse Jackie' and 'Californication' as well
All of this information was already conveyed in my live-blog of David Nevins' Showtime executive session this morning, but I know that some people like getting their news in a more "newsy" form.
 
So...
 
On Thursday (January 16), Showtime announced spring premiere dates for "Nurse Jackie," "Californication," "Years of Living Dangerously" and "Penny Dreadful." The network also announced a pair of pickups for later in the year (or next year).
 
The big premiere night is Sunday, April 13. 
 
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<p>Showtime's David Nevins</p>

Showtime's David Nevins

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Showtime Executive Session with David Nevins Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect lots of 'Dexter' finale and 'Homeland' questions

I'm a live-blogging fool!

Up next on the network executive carousel? Showtime's David Nevins. I'm assuming we're going to ask about Lumberjack "Dexter," the "Homeland" finale (expect spoilers) and more.

Click through to see what's what!

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<p>A moment from Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot; premiere</p>

A moment from Wednesday's "American Idol" premiere

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' drops 23 percent in Season 13 Wednesday premiere

It's the lowest 'Idol' premiere ever in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
 
The Season 13 premiere of "American Idol" was down by 23 percent in the key demographic and by 16 percent overall on Wednesday night, making it the lowest rated "Idol" premiere ever in the demo and the lowest season Season 1 in viewers. FOX still dominated Wednesday in all measures.
 
While the percentage drops from last winter's premiere speak for themselves, FOX still has some spin: For the first time since Season 10, "Idol" premiered with higher ratings than its finale. That's a reflection more on how low the Season 12 finale was than anything else, but still. Also, FOX notes that "Idol" tied the most recent premiere of "The Voice" in viewers.
 
Well OK!
 
Meanwhile, "Suburgatory" retained demo numbers decently from "The Middle" in its latest premiere, but dropped steeply in viewers. The second week of "Chicago PD" was also down against returns for "CSI" and "Nashville."
 
Let's get to the numbers...
 
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<p>Stephanie Petronelli of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Stephanie Petronelli of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Premiere - Boston & Austin Auditions

How do Harry, J-Lo and Keith work as a team?

Goodness gracious! We're back. Season 13 of "American Idol" is here and it's time to get our first look at the judging panel featuring Jennifer "Where's Steven Tyler At?" Lopez, Keith "Don't Accidentally Call Me Karl" Urban and Harry "The Savior" Connick Jr. 

We're starting off with auditions from Boston and Austin, which were either selected for the premiere because the cities rhyme or because FOX likes to foreground the best audition episodes. Two years ago on "Idol," if you'll recall, I declared Phillip Phillips the "American Idol" winner during that first audition episode. And this year, with "X Factor," FOX fooled me into committing to the full season by putting Alex & Sierra into that premiere.

So if tonight's premiere is horrible, that's a wicked bad sign. If it's awesome, however, don't make any grand, sweeping pronouncements about "Idol" being back. Anything can happen!

With that in mind, for the first time since the very first season, FOX made the *full* first audition episode available to critics early. Very early. If it were awful, they would not have don't that. So I'm hopeful and that's what I'm recapping off of, so the time code is screener time code and not airing time code.

Click through, follow along and sound off on your favorite contestants!

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<p>Mark Pedowitz</p>

Mark Pedowitz

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The CW Executive Session with Mark Pedowitz Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Flash,' 'Amazon' and other questions

No network executive goes through as many press conference questions/answers as CW President Mark Pedowitz. 

On Wednesday (January 15), Pedowitz makes his latest TCA press tour appearance after a fall that saw the network renew all of its new shows, even if "Reign" and "Tomorrow People" are both struggling to retain their lead-ins. 

Expect questions about the "Arrow" spinoff of "The Flash" as well as some other DC Comics stuff, probably. 

Click through to follow along.

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<p>&quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst

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CBS sets premieres for Spring 2014 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' installments

The Olympics will push back the premieres a little
I still have six weeks before the exit interviews start again.
 
CBS has announced the premiere dates for the Spring 2014 installments of "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor," which will be slightly later than usual this year to somewhat dodge NBC's Olympics coverage.
 
"The Amazing Race" premieres its third All-Stars installment on Sunday, February 23. It's only an hour-long episode, which would prompt my normal complaints about how it's too hard to fit 11 teams into an hour-long premiere, but at least the All-Stars format means that we theoretically half-remember the teams. 
 
CBS has yet to formally announce the returning teams, but that information is all over the Internet, if you happen to care.
 
In contrast, CBS' 28th installment of "Survivor," which seems to be titled "Survivor: Cagayan" rather than "Survivor: Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty," actually will get a two-hour premiere for the first time since "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" in 2010. "Survivor: Cagayan" will premiere on Wednesday, February 26t, with what will be the show's first season without any returning players in some time.
 
CBS has already renewed "Survivor" for two more seasons next year. "The Amazing Race," with its nine Outstanding Reality Competition Program Emmys, hasn't been renewed, but it's expected to be back next season.
 
"Survivor" is coming off a strong "Blood vs. Water" season, while I don't remember much about the last "Amazing Race" season. 
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<p>This is Nina Tassler from last January's TCAs</p>

This is Nina Tassler from last January's TCAs

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CBS Executive Session with Nina Tassler Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect talk about being most-watched, but struggling to find new hits

After missing our confab in the summer, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler returns to the TCA press tour on Wednesday (January 15) morning.

She'll probably talk about how CBS is still TV's most watched network. And we'll probably talk about "Hostages," "Intelligence" and "We Are Men." It's all a matter of perspective! 

Click through for the full live-blog:

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