<p>&quot;Law &amp; Order: Special Victims Unit&quot;</p>

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

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TV Ratings: 'SVU' is Wednesday's most-watched show, but ABC, CBS lead night

'Survivor' paces CBS overall, while 'Modern Family' leads ABC in the demo

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

CBS saw across-the-board declines, but "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" still helped the network rule Wednesday overall, while an up week for "The Middle" contributed to ABC's slim victory among young viewers.

Wednesday's positives included strong numbers for a "Chicago PD"/"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" crossover on NBC and a small demo bounceback for  "American Idol" after last week's ugly numbers.

It was, in fact, a rare week with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as Wednesday's most-watched show.

Along with CBS' drops, Wednesday also saw a double-digit dip for "Arrow" on The CW.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

"Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' - 'Survivor Russian Roulette'

Dan says stupid things, Will says nothing and Mike produces some drama

Pre-credit sequence. I already miss Jenn. Sigh. No matter what Mike tried to say at Tribal, Dan doesn't believe he's at the bottom of his alliance, insisting once again that beneath his seemingly passive game lurk schemes. Still waters, as we say, run Dan. Taking a break from brow-beating her about her stupidity, Dan is feigning sympathy toward Shirin, who feels like she was verbally assaulted by Will in the previous episode. She says she isn't a crier, but she has a Pavlov's Dog response to men attacking her, a thought that makes Shirin cry again. "All this drama makes Will an excellent person to take to the end," Shirin also laments to us. Putting on the hangdog of hangdoggiest expressions, Dan tells Shirin that he's sorry about what went down at Tribal. Do we believe a word out of Dan's mouth? Well, let's see what he tells the camera. "Shirin is a drama queen. She is a two-faced liar. She loves to play the victim," he says, basically telling us that while he's sorry for her in some tiny way, it was karma. That is to say, "She deserved it." Bleep you, Dan. Bleep you!

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Season 14 Top 5</p>

"American Idol" Season 14 Top 5

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Judges' Hometowns & Soul Performances

After two performances apiece, who was sent home?

Welcome to another "American Idol" night with a confusing theme.

Per FOX, "the finalists will perform two songs – one connected to the judges’ hometowns, and the other a song that defines their 'soul.'"

So the first theme means anything from or related to anything related to New York, New Orleans or Whangarei, New Zealand? Or are we pretending still that Keith Urban's hometown is Nashville? 

And the second theme means... Absolutely anything, right?

Fair enough, I guess... Let's get to blogging!

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<p>Emily VanCamp of &quot;Revenge&quot;</p>

Emily VanCamp of "Revenge"

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ABC cancels 'Revenge' after four seasons

'Two Graves,' airing May 10, will be the series finale

The upcoming fourth season finale for ABC's "Revenge" will also be its series finale.

News of the "Revenge" cancellation was first reported by EW.com, which got a full explanation for how and why things will end from EP Sunil Nayar.

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Why 1974 was the best year in film history

Why 1974 was the best year in film history

'The Godfather: Part II,' Mel Brooks' remarkable double and 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' shine

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays.

I was one of the first to select years for this particular exercise, which probably allowed me to select the correct year. The answer is, of course, 1974 and all other answers are wrong.

No matter what your criteria happens to be, 1974 is going to come out on top. Again, this is not ambiguous or open to debate.

We have to start, of course, with the best of the best.

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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TV Ratings: No pre-'Avengers' bump for 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' as CBS leads Tuesday

'NCIS' and 'NCIS: New Orleans' dominate Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

With "NCIS: New Orleans" coming tantalizingly close to moving ahead of the "NCIS" mothership, CBS dominated Tuesday overall and eked out the slimmest of victories in the key demographic.

It was a mixed Tuesday for superheroes. Despite an episode tying heavily into the sure-to-be-blockbuster premiere of the "Avengers" sequel and a "Dancing with the Stars" lead-in, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." failed to get any bump. However, The CW's heavily promoted new episode of "The Flash" had a big night.

On the comedy front, FOX's "New Girl" continued to toe The Mulaney Line, NBC's "One Big Happy" slipped below for its finale and "Weird Loners" continued its struggling ways.

With "Weird Loners" so low, the regular CW lineup topped a FOX lineup of FOX's originals in most measures.

On to the numbers...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 280 - 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Good Wife'
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 280 - 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Good Wife'

Dan and Alan also talk 'Mad Men,' reality TV and the designated hitter


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast!

We podcasted late last week, Friday in fact, so it probably seems like we just had one of these. And we did!

But we've got a great "Mad Men" episode to talk about! And the return of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful."

And since new things are a bit light, we did our first Dan's Reality Roundup in a while and we answered mail including talk about this week's "The Good Wife" and... The Designated Hitter.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Penny Dreadful" (00:01:00 - 00:14:05)
Dan's Reality Roundup (00:14:05 - 00:41:15)
Listener Mail: Kalinda & Alicia on "The Good Wife" (00:41:35 - 53:30)
Listener Mail: The Designated Hitter (00:53:35 - 01:04:30)
"Mad Men" - "Time & Life" (01:04:35 - 01:34:00)

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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TV Ratings: 'Stalker' tops 'Following' in Monday showdown as ABC, NBC split

'Stalker' can't keep up with normal 'Scorpion' averages though

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 27, 2015.

The time period premiere for CBS' "Stalker" couldn't come close to equaling the numbers for "Scorpion," but had little impact on a typical Monday on which "Dancing with the Stars" gave ABC the overall win and "The Voice" led NBC to key demo triumph.

In the psycho-heavy showdown between Kevin Williamson dramas, "Stalker" did manage to thump FOX's "The Following," though "The Following" continues to level well after hitting series lows a couple weeks back.

"Stalker," meanwhile, was up from its last Wednesday episode, and didn't cause a key demo drop for lead-out "NCIS: Los Angeles."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot; Season 5 premiere</p>

"Game of Thrones" Season 5 premiere

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'Game of Thrones' Season 5 premiere draws 18+ million viewers so far

'Going Clear' has become HBO's second most-watched documentary

Because Live+Same Day ratings don't matter an iota to the network's business plan, HBO has abandoned formal announcements Live+SD ratings, so Monday (April 27) morning represented HBO's first enthusiastic reveal of numbers for the April 12 premiere of "Game of Thrones."

Including linear plays, Live+7 DVR data, HBO OnDemand, HBOGo and HBO Now, the fifth season premiere of "Game of Thrones" has attracted 18.1 million viewers to date, up by 1.2 million from last year's premiere within the same period of time. Of course, HBO Now didn't exist a year ago, but last year the first four episodes weren't leaked illegally ahead of time.

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Secrets and Lies&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Secrets and Lies"

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TV Ratings: Building 'Secrets and Lies' leads ABC Sunday split

'Madam Secretary' helps CBS dominate Sunday overall

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Renewal hopes for "Secrets and Lies" continue to improve as the ABC drama outdrew "Once Upon a Time" overall and tied with "Once" among young viewers, helping ABC split Sunday night.

ABC may have won Sunday in the key demo, but "Madam Secretary" and "60 Minutes" helped CBS cruise to an easy overall win.

Other Sunday notables included an impressively consistent through-line for FOX's two-hour comedy block, plus NBC's "American Odyssey" falling to halfway between "zero" and "The Mulaney Line" in the key demo.

Let's get to the numbers...

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