<p>Danny Pudi on Thursday's &quot;Community&quot;</p>

Danny Pudi on Thursday's "Community"

Credit: NBC

Ratings Analysis: So-so 'Community' Season 5 return, 'The Assets' tanks

Young male numbers for 'Community' aren't bad, or they aren't awful
I promised a slightly deeper look at the "Community" premiere ratings when Final Live+Same Day numbers came in, but I got bogged down in writing stories for a set visit embargo that lifts on Monday. Apologies for that!
I'm not sure that the numbers are all that thrilling, but click through for the nitty gritty on the fifth season premiere of "Community." Like Nicolas Cage, they are neither good nor bad, at least not inherently.
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<p>Missouri running back Henry Josey</p>

Missouri running back Henry Josey

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Missouri-Oklahoma State Cotton Bowl thriller leads FOX on Friday

'Grimm' is solid, 'Dracula' low for NBC
Fast National ratings for Friday, January 3, 2014.
The competitive Cotton Bowl between Missouri and Oklahoma State was tight into the closing minutes and helped carry FOX to wins on Friday night against repeats on ABC and CBS.
FOX's football game faced limited competition, but NBC got decent numbers for "Grimm," but another weak performance from the return of "Dracula." Over on The CW, "The Carrie Diaries" was slightly above its normal averages, which tends to suggest preemptions of some sort.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Community' returns down, while 'Big Bang Theory' dominates Thursday

ABC's 'The Assets' spies very few viewers in its premiere
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 2, 2014.
On 2014's first night of largely original programming, "Big Bang Theory" came out strong and dominated Thursday in all measures, carrying CBS to comfortable primetime victories.
Over on NBC, "Community" started its fifth season below last spring's return, but still far above returning numbers for "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show," so take that with some grains of salt. 
"Community" also came back with far better demo numbers than the night's other premiere, impressively dismal numbers for ABC's fill-in drama "The Assets."
Depending on timing, I'll probably do further analysis of Thursday's numbers a bit later in the day (or tomorrow morning) when Finals are available.
On to the Fast National numbers...
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First 'Veronica Mars' trailer teases a Piz-Logan-Veronica love triangle and more

First 'Veronica Mars' trailer teases a Piz-Logan-Veronica love triangle and more

Trailer shows where Veronica is now and what brings her to Neptune
Poor Duncan.
I mean... Not really. Nobody cares about Duncan. Still, Duncan Kane is pretty much the only guy in Veronica Mars' life with no chance of ending up with her, unless there's some major twistiness in store this spring from the "Veronica Mars" film, which dropped its first trailer on Thursday (January 2) night.
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<p>The cast of &quot;Modern Family&quot;</p>

The cast of "Modern Family"

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds,' 'Modern Family' repeats lead New Year's Day Wednesday

It's all repeats all the time to start 2014
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
Perhaps ceding much of the TV audience on 2014's first night to ESPN's college football coverage, all five networks aired full slates of repeats on Wednesday night. While "Modern Family" delivered the biggest audience among young viewers, "Criminal Minds" helped CBS dominate overall and eke out a primetime victory in the key demo.
You'd be hard-pressed to find anything truly notable amongst the repeats --  FOX, for example, continues to get CW-sized audiences for comedy encores -- but maybe ABC could take some minor notes from a "Goldbergs" repeat improving on a "Middle" repeat among young viewers, suggesting plausible compatibility should the network ever want to make an changes.
On to the numbers...
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<p>This probably didn't happen in primetime. I don't really care.</p>

This probably didn't happen in primetime. I don't really care.

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: ABC's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' leads Tuesday night

NBC's Carson Daly special and CBS' repeats are second
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 31, 3013.
Happy New Year!
ABC's cumbersomely titled "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014" dominating the primetime component of Tuesday's New Year's Eve and presumably also dominated the late-night component as well.
NBC was second among young viewers with "A Toast to 2013!" and "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly," which NBC says was up significantly over last year's primetime portion, while CBS said "We don't need any stinkin' New Year's Eve programming" and finished second overall with a pile of repeats.
On to the numbers...
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<p>This may be from the Monday repeat of &quot;Mike &amp; Molly&quot;</p>

This may be from the Monday repeat of "Mike & Molly"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Mike & Molly' repeat paces CBS Monday win

Yup. Things are kinda slow.
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 30, 2013.
On the last Monday of 2013, the top show overall and in most key demos was a repeat of "Mike & Molly" on CBS. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about a sluggish night dominated by CBS repeats.
There wasn't anything really notable on Monday, so let's go straight to the numbers.
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<p>Eagles RB Bryce Brown dives into the end zone</p>

Eagles RB Bryce Brown dives into the end zone

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TV Ratings: Eagles-Cowboys tilt leads NBC Sunday, while CBS' Kennedy Center Honors dips

CBS and FOX also get NFL bumps
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 29, 2013.
The combination of a traditional rivalry along with Week 17 playoff implications helped NBC get huge numbers for the Sunday Night Football game between the Eagles and Cowboys, leading the network past football-boosted FOX and CBS for the night.
In overnights, the Philadelphia-Dallas showdown stands as the season's third highest rated game, behind two games featuring the Broncos, Peyton Manning's return to Indy and the Pats-Broncos thriller.
Even a sliver of NFL overrun couldn't boost CBS' annual Kennedy Center Honors telecast, which was down from last year's show, which aired on a Wednesday.
On to the numbers...
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Credit: The CW

TV Ratings: 'Nikita' finale adds few viewers as 'Shark Tank,' Garth Brooks repeats lead Friday

'Dateline' ends up drawing Friday's biggest audience
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 27, 2013.
Against competition that featured mostly repeats and end-of-the-year programming, The CW's "Nikita" added only a few viewers for its series finale, as ABC and CBS topped a sparsely viewed Friday.
Let's just get straight to all of the underwhelming numbers.
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<p>I think this was the &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot; episode that aired on Thursday</p>

I think this was the "Big Bang Theory" episode that aired on Thursday

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Millers' repeats lead CBS on Thursday

ABC, NBC tie for second with 'Downton Abbey,' 'SNL' specials
Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 26, 2013.
On a slow post-Christmas Thursday dominated by repeats, CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" delivered the best numbers in all measures and helped the network cruise to victory. 
There were few other notables, but ABC's lackluster "20/20" special tied in to "Downton Abbey" and NBC's "The Women of SNL" helped those networks to a tie in for second among young viewers.
Meanwhile, FOX's repeats continued to fall lower and lower, barely keeping the lights on and barely edging out The CW's repeats at this point. 
On to the numbers...
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