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Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy are also on-hand
Our final network executive session of the January 2014 Press Tour -- And my last live-blog of this press tour before heading to Sundance -- is NBC's panel.
Naturally, we have NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, but as he sometimes likes to do, he's being joined by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and President of Late Night, Alternative & Whatnot Paul Telegdy.
It was a fairly decent fall for NBC, plus they have the Winter Olympics coming, plus they have a big late-night shift coming, so there will be plenty to discuss.
Bryan Fuller's cannibal drama gets a breakfast panel
It's time for Breakfast with a Cannibal, as NBC's "Hannibal" arrives for what is actually its first Television Critics Association press tour appearance.
Strange, but there we are.
We're being joined by Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas.
Click through for all of the highlights.
Will '12 Years a Slave' and 'Breaking Bad' repeat last weekend's Globes wins?
And we're back! It was only six days ago that we were all here for the Golden Globe Awards, where "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" won best picture awards and cemented their positions as Oscar best picture favorites. How will things play out at the 2014 SAG Awards?
And will "Breaking Bad" continue its recent drama domination?
One thing's for sure: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won't win any awards tonight.
Click through for my full live-blog of the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards and chat along in the comments!
'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' are Friday's tops as usual
Fast National ratings for Friday, January 17, 2014.
It was a business-as-usual Friday: "Shark Tank" was the night's top program among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" led overall. From there, you know the drill.
The minor variations came courtesy of FOX, which saw a minor drop for 9 p.m. comedies "Raising Hope" and "Enlisted," and NBC, which saw minor bumps for dramas ""Grimm" and "Dracula."
On to the numbers...
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.
'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.
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...
Premieres set for 'Nurse Jackie' and 'Californication' as well
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.
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!
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.
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...