<p>Julia Mancuso skied for bronze on NBC on Monday</p>

Julia Mancuso skied for bronze on NBC on Monday

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TV Ratings: Monday Olympics coverage eats into 'Following,' 'Bachelor' and more

NBC comfortably wins the night in all measures
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 10, 2014.
For a reminder of why the other networks normally preempt original programming during the Olympics, take a look at NBC's Monday domination. The Winter Games from Sochi ruled primetime in all measures and took double-digit bites out of everything from "The Bachelor" to "The Following" to "Almost Human" to "Intelligence" on Monday.
It's slightly notable to look around to see where the Olympics coverage made its biggest impact, as it seems to have hurt "Almost Human" more than "The Following" among young viewers, but maybe hurt "The Following" more overall. And, perhaps not surprisingly, the Olympics only made a slight dent in The CW's numbers -- raw numbers, that is, not percentages -- though we've now had two straight weeks of "Hart of Dixie" doing the same key demo number as "Beauty and the Beast."
Meanwhile, for what its worth, even the Olympics coverage was a little soft, down from the past two nights in total viewers, though in the general vicinity among young viewers.
Let's look at the numbers...
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<p>Tom Cavanagh</p>

Tom Cavanagh

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Tom Cavanagh joins The CW's 'The Flash' pilot

Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker also star
"Yogi Bear" star Tom Cavanagh has landed one of the leads in The CW's pilot for "The Flash."
Sorry. That was mean.
"Ed" favorite Cavanagh will play Harrison Wells in the WBTV/CW pilot. While the character isn't an established part of the DC Comics universe, he was very briefly name-checked in a news report in one of the "Arrow" episodes that introduced Grant Gustin as Barry Allen.
Wells is described as "the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator" and "a rock star in the world of physics." As we've already seen on "Arrow," bad things happened to Wells' lab, which makes him into a pariah, but one very speedy consequence of the explosion offers him a chance at redemption.
Previously announced "Flash" co-stars include Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett and Carlos Valdes.
Written by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, the "Flash" pilot will be directed by David Nutter.
Cavanagh was most recently seen on the small screen on episodes of "Blue Bloods" and "The Goldbergs." His history with Berlanti includes "Eli Stone" and "Jack & Bobby."
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<p>Sunday's &quot;Shameless&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Shameless"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 219

Dan and Alan talk Amazon pilots, 'House of Cards,' 'Shameless' and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
Time for a busy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Oddly, we neared the 90 minute mark without discussing either Sunday's "Walking Dead" or, if memory serves, mentioning the Olympics at all.
We did, however, spend a ton of time on the new Amazon pilots, which are available for you to watch yourselves, if you haven't already. Given that availability, we're a bit more spoiler-y than normal when it comes to "The After" and "Transparent," treating those discussions a little bit more like  our discussions, fittingly, of shows that have already aired. You've been warned! [And you'll get warned again, I'm sure.]
Here's today's breakdown:
Amazon's new pilots (00:01:00 - 00:06:55)
"The After" (00:07:00 - 00:15:55)
"Bosch" (00:16:00 - 00:22:05)
"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:22:10 - 00:28:20)
"The Rebels" (00:28:20 - 00:33:15)
"Transparent" (00:33:15 - 00:38:30)
Amazon's decision-making process (00:38:35 - 00:44:55)
"House of Cards" (00:45:00 - 00:58:40)
Listener Mail: CBS' NFL rights (00:59:15 - 01:08:00)
Listener Mail: How we're going to treat "Better Call Saul" (01:08:10 - 01:12:15)
Listener Mail: "Shameless" (01:12:55 - 01:25:30)

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>Chandler Riggs of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

Chandler Riggs of "The Walking Dead"

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'Walking Dead' return lurches past Olympics among young viewers

Sochi still topped AMC's zombies overall, if that matters to you
Even facing fierce competition from the Olympics, a Beatles special on CBS, "True Detective" and "Downton" Abbey" and more, AMC's "The Walking Dead" kicked off the second half of its fourth season on Friday (February 9) night with huge numbers. 
Per AMC, the midseason premiere drew 15.8 million viewers, including 10.4 million viewers among adults 18-49. While the Olympics comfortably topped "The Walking Dead" overall, the zombie drama was TV's top show in that key demo, a rather impressive achievement. 
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<p>Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night</p>

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night

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TV Ratings: 'Grammy Salute to the Beatles' is big, but can't match Olympics on Sunday

Competitive 9 p.m. hour also included 'Walking Dead,' with ratings to come
Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 9, 2014.
CBS got a pretty huge overall audience for "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," but that audience skewed old and couldn't match NBC's Sunday Olympics coverage from Sochi in any measure.
The Sunday Olympics coverage, which featured downhill skiing and a wide range of figure skating, was in line with Saturday's audience overall and rose from Saturday in the key demo.
Given the 40+ million viewers watching NBC and CBS in the 9 p.m. hour on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if AMC's "Walking Dead" return was impacted at all, or if the three networks were wooing three entirely separate audiences. I suspect the latter and we'll post on the zombie ratings when they become available. [PBS and HBO are less likely to provide the ratings for "Downton Abbey" and "True Detective," but there was definitely a lot of TV to watch in the 9 p.m. hour.]
For now on to ratings...
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<p>The Sochi Olympics opening</p>

The Sochi Olympics opening

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TV Ratings: Sochi Opening Ceremony draws a huge Friday number for NBC

'Enlisted' and 'Raising Hope' both lose viewers against the juggernaut
Fast National ratings for Friday, February 7, 2014.
NBC may have been airing the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics hours after the rest of the world saw the pageantry and staggered based on time zones, but American viewers appear to have accepted it. The Olympics kick-off, which after a strongly rated "bonus" night of coverage, comfortably swept past the limited competition on Friday night.
The only real network competition against the Olympics on Friday was FOX's "Enlisted"/"Raising Hope" block and while Sochi took a reasonably large bite out of the comedies overall, "Enlisted" was only down by 0.1 in the key demo and "Raising Hope" was flat.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Simon Cowell of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Simon Cowell of "The X Factor"

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FOX's 'X Factor' ends as Simon Cowell returns to 'The X Factor UK'

Talent show ran for three increasingly low-rated falls on FOX
With Simon Cowell officially returning to the original British incarnation of "The X Factor," FOX confirmed on Friday (February 7) afternoon that the American version of the show is over after three increasingly low-rated seasons.
"I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol,'" Cowell blurbs. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!"
Adds FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly, "To all of us at FOX, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time -- he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no 'X Factor USA' without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon." 
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<p>The last night of &quot;The Tonight Show with Jay Leno&quot;</p>

The last night of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' farewell draws biggest audience since 1998

Jimmy Fallon also capitalizes on the Olympics-boosted telecast
Audiences were eager to say good-bye to Jay Leno on Thursday (February 6) night, as "The Tonight Show" drew its biggest overall audience since 1998.
Boosted by a strong "bonus" night of coverage from the Sochi Winter Olympics, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" drew 14.6 million viewers, the most since May 14, 1998. That was, of course, the night of the series finale of "Seinfeld" and featured Jerry Seinfeld as a guest. That episode drew just under 15 million viewers.
This was, in fact, the fourth largest audience ever for a Jay Leno "Tonight Show," following the 1993 episode following the "Cheers" finale (22.4 million), Leno's 1992 debut (16.1 million) and, again, the post-"Seinfeld" episode. 
Among adults 18-49, Leno's send-off drew a 3.8 rating. That's the biggest "Tonight" show audience in the key demo since -- chortle -- Conan O'Brien's last "Tonight Show" in 2010, which did a 4.4 key demo rating. It was the best 18-49 rating for a Thursday "Tonight" since President Obama's first appearance in March of 2009.
Leno's departure also gave a big bump to his successor, as "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" drew 6 million viewers, the biggest for a regularly schedule weekday "Late Night" since 1993 when David Letterman exited.
Check out the gallery below to see the things we pretended we were going to miss about Jay Leno.
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<p>Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the United States</p>

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the United States

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TV Ratings: Winter Olympics lead NBC past 'Big Bang Theory' and 'American Idol' on Thursday

It's the biggest network Thursday since September
Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 6, 2014.
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics won't air until Friday, but Thursday's "bonus" night from Sochi delivered big ratings to NBC as the canned sporting events led the network to easy wins, crushing FOX's "American Idol" and also topping CBS' powerhouse "Big Bang Theory."
The Olympics took a big bite out everything in its path on Thursday, knocking "Rake" and "The Crazy Ones" to series lows and siphoning viewers elsewhere. 
It's a reminder why you'll be seeing a lot of repeats in the next two weeks.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Get ready for Group Chaos on &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Get ready for Group Chaos on "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - 'Hollywood Round, Week #1'

How many lives would Group Night claim?

I don't understand "American Idol" naming.

Last night's episode was the start of Hollywood Week, but tonight's episode is technically titled "Hollywood Round, Week #1." How many weeks the Hollywood Round? And why am I adhering to the arbitrary "American Idol" naming system?

I don't know.

Anyway, last night we had solos and did the preamble to the group performances

Tonight? Let's see how those Groups go.

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