<p>Terrence Howard of &quot;Empire&quot;</p>

Terrence Howard of "Empire"

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'Empire' check-in recap: 'Out, Damn Spot'

We drop in on FOX's juggernaut as Courtney Love and Derek Luke guest star

I decided this week would be a good week to check in on FOX's "Empire," since it's the runaway juggernaut of the spring, single-handedly forcing TV networks to treat diversity as a potentially lucrative trend, at least until they program three or four "diverse" shows in the fall and they fail and network heads are like, "Well, it turns out viewers didn't really want diversity" and they go back to giving Eddie Cibrian the lead in things, as if Eddie Cibrian was ever actually even a trend, so much as a person with perfectly appealing dimples and better abs than I would ever possess even if I had a personal trainer and near infinite time in which to do crunches, watch "Peaky Blinders" and eat nothing but those little carrots, which confuse me since was it really so cumbersome to eat full-sized carrots?

Little did I realize that Wednesday's (February 11) episode, titled "Out, Damned Spot," would also work effectively as a season or series finale. 

What? Most of the show's major plotlines have been cleanly and clearly resolved as the episode ended.

Right?

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

"American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - 'Hollywood Week #3' - Group Round Continued

Group performances continue and more cuts are made

When last we left "American Idol," they'd cut a bunch of people from Hollywood Week, albeit nobody we'd been made to care about in the slightest. 

And as last Thursday's episode ended, Alexis Granville was clinging to life. Or, at the very least, Alexis Granville was having a panic attack. 

What comes next? 

Follow along with my recap of Wednesday's (February 11) episode...

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Fresh Off The Boat&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Fresh Off The Boat"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Fresh Off The Boat' premieres solid, while 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday

'Flash' and 'Agent Carter' tick up among young viewers

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

"NCIS," "NCIS: New Orleans" and even "Person of Interest" won their Tuesday hours both overall and in the key demo, as CBS cruised to victory in all measures. 

Tuesday's biggest shake-up came courtesy of ABC, which had "Fresh Off The Boat" premiere to more-than-respectable numbers, helping the network grab second for the night in all measures.

Also of note, The CW's "Flash" posted a tiny gain, while NBC's double-dose of "Parks and Recreation" struggled.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Brian Williams</p>

Brian Williams

Credit: NBC

NBC News suspends Brian Williams for 6 months

Anchor and managing editor admitted last week to lying about a 2003 helicopter incident

As reports of Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" departure were breaking in the world of fake news, NBC decided to slip in some news from the world of real news on Tuesday (February 10). [I hope that made sense. It made sense in my head.]

NBC News officially announced on Tuesday that NBC News Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams has been suspended for six months in the wake of ongoing controversy stemming from Williams' confession that he had not, as he had long claimed, come under fire in a military helicopter during a 2003 visit to Iraq.

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<p>&quot;The Daily Show With Jon Stewart&quot;</p>

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"

Credit: Comedy Central

Jon Stewart is leaving 'The Daily Show'

Veteran Emmy winner made the announcement on Tuesday, February 10

In the most Earth-shattering news to hit Twitter since the Spider-Man news that hit Twitter last night, reports began percolating out on Tuesday (February 10) afternoon that Jon Stewart told the audience of tonight's show that he's leaving "The Daily Show."

Comedy Central confirmed the news soon after. 

Jon Stewart, who transformed "The Daily Show" into an Emmy-winning juggernaut, is indeed departing his Comedy Central favorite.

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<p>SHOOT IN PITTSBURGH!</p>

SHOOT IN PITTSBURGH!

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 266 - 'The Slap,' 'Bosch' and more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Book of Negroes,' a 'Happy Endings' tease and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

At least for one week, we're back on a regular Firewall & Iceberg Podcast schedule.

In this week's installment, view's got a trio of reviews for new shows or miniseries or event series things, including "The Slap." Is it as risible as NBC's ad campaign? Find out!

And then we answered a small pile of mail, including questions about the "Happy Endings" return rumors, low "Americans" ratings and possible "Mad Men" prequels.

Lots of stuff!

Today's breakdown:
"The Slap" (00:01:30 - 00:20:45)
"Bosch" (00:20:45 - 00:36:25)
"The Book of Negroes" (00:36:25 - 00:51:40)
Listener Mail: "Happy Endings" (00:51:55 - 01:01:15)
Listener Mail: CW Expansion (01:01:20 - 01:06:40)
Listener Mail: "The Americans" (01:07:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail: "Mad Men" prequels (01:12:10 - 01:17:50)

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>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Scorpion,' 'Bachelor' pace Monday split, 'Virgin' tops 'Originals'

'Celebrity Apprentice' takes a big dip for NBC

Fast National ratings for Monday, February 9, 2015.

"Scorpion" was Monday's top show overall, leading CBS to an easy overall victory, while "The Bachelor" continued its late-season rise and lifted ABC to victory among young viewers.

There were some interesting blips on the Monday radar, including "Jane the Virgin" improving on its "The Originals" lead-in in most measures for The CW.

Monday also saw a rather huge dip for NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," both for the hour filler special and the actual episode.

Other declining shows included "Gotham," "Sleepy Hollow" and both CBS 8 p.m. comedies.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Walking Dead&quot; winter premiere&nbsp;</p>

Sunday's "Walking Dead" winter premiere 

Credit: AMC

'Walking Dead' return helps 'Better Call Saul' premiere break cable record

In your face, "Deadwood." Here comes Saul.

"Better Call Saul" had the biggest series premiere in cable history (among young viewers) on Sunday (February 8) night and it definitely had absolutely nothing to do with its "Walking Dead" lead-in.

Nope. Absolutely nothing. 

AMC is boasting this morning that the series premiere of "Better Call Saul" drew 4.4 million viewers among adults 18-49 in its special 10 p.m. airing on Sunday. The "Breaking Bad" prequel drew 6.9 million viewers in total, including 4.0 million viewers among adults 25-54. 

How much of that audience will stick around for the "Better Call Saul" premiere in its regular time period tonight?

We'll have to wait and see.

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<p>Sam Smith</p>

Sam Smith

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: The 2015 Grammy Awards drop on Sunday for CBS

Stay tuned for 'Walking Dead' ratings later in the day

Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 8, 2015.

CBS' broadcast of the 2015 Grammy Awards was down double-digits from last year's Grammys telecast among young viewers and also dropped overall, but still dominated Sunday in all measures.

Whereas ratings on normal live events are preliminary, CBS stubbornly refuses to air the Grammys live nationwide, however the telecast ran 45 minutes outside of primetime, so these aren't the ratings for the 2015 Grammys so much as the ratings for the primetime segment of the 2015 Grammys.

Those numbers will come later, as will numbers for the "Walking Dead" winter premiere, though this will probably be a rare circumstance in which "Walking Dead" wasn't the night's top show.

Certainly nothing on network TV was able to get any traction against the Grammys, which crushed FOX's original comedy slat, an "American Ninja Warrior" special on NBC and a screening of "The Hunger Games" on ABC.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

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Grammy Awards 2015 Live-Blog

Join us to chatter about all of the winners, losers and performances

The 2015 Grammy Award winners have been coming fast and furious for nearly three hours.

That's the strange thing about Grammy night. Almost all of the awards are given out beforehand, so the actual telecast features only a dozen awards (give or take) and a wide assortment of performance.

Follow along and join the conversation as I live-blog all of those performances, plus all of the awards, even though I have no real opinions on the inevitable winners and losers. It should be fun!

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