<p>Brent Morin and Ed Sheeran on the live &quot;Undateable&quot;</p>

Brent Morin and Ed Sheeran on the live "Undateable"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Small 'Undateable' live uptick, but 'NCIS' tops 'Voice' on Tuesday

'New Girl' finale rises, 'Person of Interest' finale falls

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

An hour-long live episode of "Undateable" got a small uptick among young viewers as NBC split Tuesday night in the key demo, with CBS staging its regular Tuesday domination overall, led by "NCIS."

Despite much hype and high-profile guest stars, the "Undateable" event actually lost viewers week-to-week, but that was more a product of the continued late-season swoon for NBC's "The Voice."

"The Voice" hit a series low on Tuesday, as did CBS' finale for "Person of Interest."

Among other Tuesday notables, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ticked up, as did FOX's "New Girl" finale, while The CW's "The Flash" was down a tiny bit. All changes were pretty cosmetic.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Lamorne Morris of &quot;New Girl&quot;</p>

Lamorne Morris of "New Girl"

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'New Girl' Season 4 finale is all about refusing to make a 'Clean Break'

One character says good-bye and the writers generate deja vu

I write about "New Girl" only under two circumstances: When Sepinwall is hospitalized or when Sepinwall is on vacation. And even then, I still only write about "New Girl" under two circumstances: When it's a premiere or a finale and therefore there are plot points that maybe could stand some discussion.

Fortunately, Sepinwall is on vacation and, at least so far as I know -- Knock wood! -- his health is fine.

However, Tuesday (May 5) night marked the fourth season finale for "New Girl," so I guess "Clean Break" is as good a time as any to write a few words about the state of "New Girl."

"Clean Break." 

As it says above, "Clean Break" is the title of the finale. It's not "Clean, Shaven," as I initially typed, because "Clean, Shaven" is an intense film from recently prolific cable TV helmer Lodge Kerrigan, featuring a marvelous performance by Peter Greene. I mention this because rewatching the "Justified" pilot a couple weeks ago was a reminder of just how great Peter Greene is as an actor and how I wish that people weren't -- for perfectly good reasons -- terrified to employ him. In our era of cable TV anti-heroes, Peter Greene should have Emmys. I also mention this because at some point during this write-up, I'm going to type "Clean, Shaven" instead of "Clean Break" and I won't notice. Apologies in advance.

So yeah, the "New Girl" finale was called "Clean Break," but only because that was shorter than the "Birdman"-esque title "Clean Break: A Meditation On Why Some People Think This Show Needs To Move Forward, But We're Never Going To Move Forward And That's OK, Right?"

Let's talk a bit about "New Girl," eh? After the [clean] break, with spoilers for "Clean Break"...

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<p>Ray Romano hosted &quot;David Letterman: A Life on Television&quot;</p>

Ray Romano hosted "David Letterman: A Life on Television"

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TV Ratings: 'Gotham' finale rises, David Letterman special fares OK on Monday

As usual, 'Dancing' leads ABC and 'The Voice' leads NBC

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 4, 2015.

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and NBC's "The Voice" both continued their spring downward trending, but even CBS' "David Letterman: A Life on Television" special and FOX's "Gotham" finale couldn't do anything to change the normal Monday pecking order. ABC ruled overall and NBC won the key demographic, same as usual.

The CBS primetime tribute to David Letterman attracted an OK-but-unspectacular audience, with a narrow 10 p.m. hour key demo win as its biggest achievement.

FOX's "Gotham" finale added a 0.2 key demo rating from recent lackluster airings and ranked as Monday's top show among men 18-49, though "The Following" then dipped week-to-week.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Robin Lord Taylor of &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Robin Lord Taylor of "Gotham"

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Crazy, operatic 'Gotham' finale spurs optimism for Season 2

Batman purists will remain outraged, but the Danny Cannon-directed finale was good fun

What if "Gotham" was not the TV series that so many of us thought we needed back in the fall, but what if Bruno Heller's twisty comic book drama has become the TV series we deserve now?

Look, if you're going to get hung up on Batman mythology, I'm powerless to tell you that "Gotham" became or ever will become a show that will make you happy. 

It's a prequel that almost cannot possibly ever line up with the version of the Caped Crusader that we know from either DC Comics, from the Christopher Nolan films or the early Tim Burton films. And that's frustrating. I can't tell you that it isn't. 

The Penguin is rising! The Riddler is cracking! Somebody who may or may not be The Joker is becoming dangerously unhinged! Even Harvey Dent looks to be a couple bum coin flips away from dementia. 

And Bruce Wayne doesn't look like he can do a push-up, much less a pull-up, much less work the salmon ladder, which The CW's version of the DC Universe has taught us we require in a masked hero. He's just a kid and barring a summertime growth spurt from David Mazouz, I'm not going to be willing to accept him stopping food-fights as a junior high lunchroom monitor, much less fighting crime.

The youth of wee Bruce Wayne has mocked viewers through the first season of "Gotham" and I don't see how that's going to change in a hurry. And I also get the feeling that series creator Bruno Heller has been mocking us with the character's juvenility, inserting a halting barely pubescent flirtation between Bruce and Selina Kyle to instigate head-explosions amongst the core fanboy audience. There's a certain madcap audacity to staging a "She's All That"-style moment in which Bruce Wayne is forced to do a double-take at the all-prettied up Selina seconds before going to a formal ball with a character who we think is supposed to be his future nemesis. 

And if you're a stickler for established character canon, there's just no way you're ever going to reconcile yourself to what Heller and company are doing on "Gotham." The alleged eventual hero is a fetus, the current hero doesn't even have a mustache, while our villains are ascending in ever-more-grotesque manners. If "Criminal Minds" has convinced us that there are 200+ active serial killers in the United States working and evolving at all times, "Gotham" seems to be suggesting that there are dozens of fledgling supervillains using Gotham as a pupa. "Gotham" is chaos.

But you know what? When "Gotham" is truly strutting it stuff, I dig it.

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<p>Kristen Schaal of &quot;The Last Man on Earth&quot;</p>

Kristen Schaal of "The Last Man on Earth"

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'Last Man on Earth' Finale: Kristen Schaal explains Carol's decision

How do Boris Kodjoe and Will Forte compare as on-screen lovers?

Boris Kodjoe versus Will Forte.

It's a romantic choice very few of us ever have to make, but it was the decision facing Carol Pilbasian in Sunday's (May 3_ season finale of "The Last Man on Earth."

Or, to put it a different way, Carol had to decide between Phil Miller and Phil Miller.

And, as the episode concluded, Carol chose Phil "Tandy" Miller, driving away from Tucson with her ex-husband heading who-knows-where with a guy who many, many fans found themselves really disliking around midseason. 

Has Phil changed just because he wrote a romantic song for Carol? Or was this just the latest example of Phil craving something he couldn't have?

We'll see in Season 2.

Last week, after watching an early screening of the "Last Man on Earth" finale, I sat down with Kristen Schaal to talk about Carol's choice, which the "Bob's Burgers" veteran is totally in favor of. 

We also discussed working with Boris Kodjoe, how co-star Mary Steenburgen references her Oscar and why Schaal isn't hoping for more screentime with the cow.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>&quot;The Simpsons&quot; Season 26</p>

"The Simpsons" Season 26

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FOX renews 'The Simpsons' through Season 28

Taking us one step closer to the apocalyptic reality implied by Don Hertzfeldt's season-opening couch gag, "The Simpsons" was renewed for two additional seasons on Monday (May 4) afternoon.

This latest renewal, which FOX called a "Double D'OHse" takes "The Simpsons" through its 27th and 28th season, which will bring Matt Groening's creation to 625 episodes.

"I've outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction," blurbs Homer Simpson, who is a fictional animated character and not a real person capable of giving press release statements.

In its current season, "The Simpsons" is averaging 6 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. It still ranks among the Top 10 shows on broadcast TV in men 18-34 and male teens.

This past weekend's episode was No.572 for the Emmy-winning favorite.

And, honestly, given the show's production timetable, I'm not sure how this was possibly news. 

But... At least two more seasons of "The Simpsons."

Woo-hoo!

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<p>&quot;The Magicians&quot;</p>

"The Magicians"

Credit: Syfy

Syfy sends 'The Magicians' to series

The adaptation of the Lev Grossman best-sellers will begin production in July

Syfy announced on Monday (May 4) that it has given a series order to "The Magicians," a drama series based on Lev Grossman's best-selling series of books.

Production on the 12-episode first season of "The Magicians" will begin in Vancouver in July.

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<p>The &quot;Lost Horizon&quot; episode of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

The "Lost Horizon" episode of "Mad Men"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 281 - 'Age of Ultron,' Upfronts preview

Dan and Alan also talk 'Mad Men,' 'Grace & Frankie' and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!

With Alan traveling this week, it's time for a slightly early installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

In this week's episode, we preview next week's upfronts, we review Netflix's "Grace & Frankie" and we talk about/review "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," with spoilers obviously.

And, of course, there was another great episode of "Mad Men" last night, so we discuss roller-skating Peggy, feminist Joan and more from "Lost Horizon."

And we'll be back next week... when we tell you we're back! Follow us on Twitter and whatnot.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Grace & Frankie" (00:00:55 - 00:13:20)
Upfronts Preview (00:13:20 - 00:26:30)
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:26:30 - 00:42:15)
"Mad Men" - "Lost Horizon" (00:42:16 - 01:05:00)

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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<p>Tea Leoni of &quot;Madam Secretary&quot;</p>

Tea Leoni of "Madam Secretary"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Madam Secretary,' 'Secrets and Lies' finales lead Sunday

'Last Man on Earth' finale helps FOX to second in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 3, 2015.

The finales for "Secrets and Lies" and "Madam Secretary" were Sunday's top shows in the key demographic and overall, respectively, and helped ABC and CBS win primetime in those measures.

"Madam Secretary" was actually down from last week in total viewers and "Secrets and Lies" was flat in the key demo, though the ABC drama rose in viewers and actually built a million-plus viewer advantage over "Once Upon a Time," which has been a recent development.

You know what else beat "Once" overall? "America's Funniest Home Videos."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Ryan Phillippe in ABC&#39;s &quot;Secrets and Lies&quot; finale</p>

Ryan Phillippe in ABC's "Secrets and Lies" finale

Credit: ABC

'Secrets and Lies' Finale: So who the heck killed Tom Murphy? And who cares?

Did Detective Cornell finally get her man or woman?

When "Secrets and Lies" premiered on ABC in March, Sepinwall and I talked about it on the podcast, but nobody wrote a full review.

What I said in my Take Me To The Pilots entry and what I said on the podcast is what I'd have said in my review: In a year of close-ended shows using the death of a child as a catalyst for an investigation or an investigation of grief, "Secrets and Lies" was the most tawdry and sensationalistic, the one most prone to insulting the intelligence of viewers. 

Two months later, same as it ever was, "Secrets and Lies" ended its first season with a seemingly anti-climactic scene and then instructed viewers to go watch one extra scene either online or on some stupid ap or...

Screw that. 

Season 1 of "Secrets and Lies" ended with a slightly ominous car scene between Abby and Christy. Full-stop.

I don't care what happened in that "extra" scene they put online. 

I'm not ABC's monkey and "Secrets and Lies" isn't and wasn't a good enough show for me to be ABC's monkey. 

Anything that happened in that bonus scene that ABC's making people seek out like "Survivor" contestants on the trail of an Immunity Idol is, as Tina from "Bob's Burgers" would say... NON-CANONICAL.

I watched every second of "Secrets and Lies" and usually giggled maniacally at its stupidity, but I'm not going on a field trip to see more. 

After all, I knew who the killer was from the first episode...

[Whodunnit after the break...]

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