'Blacklist' is flat week-to-week, which is probably good news
Because of Monday Night Football, the Fast National ratings for Monday (October 21) were extra provisional and subject to change in the Finals.
That prompted me to want to glance at some of the final figures, including early successes for CBS' revamped Monday, the predictable final pecking order for The CW's Monday dramas and a few cable shows.
This won't be my most in-depth analysis, but it'll supplement the regular morning ratings story, which is really all I aspire to.
Click through for the details...
'Mom' rises, but was that courtesy of football preemptions?
Fast National ratings for Monday, October 21, 2013.
After several weeks of increasingly close competition, ABC's "Castle" moved ahead of NBC's "The Blacklist" in total viewers, but the freshman hit still dominated the long-running procedural among young viewers. While NBC's overall victory on Monday was slim, the network remained comfortably ahead in the key demo.
With "The Voice" falling slightly as it moved out of its popular opening rounds, several other networks got to celebrate positive returns.
"Bones" got only a small bump for its heavily promoted wedding episode, but CBS' "Mom" and a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" posted solid gains, while "2 Broke Girls" was up a little despite a tiny drop for lead-in "How I Met Your Mother."
Some of CBS' increases are likely attributable to "Sleepy Hollow" taking the week off, but also to NFL preemption in Minneapolis, while "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" are both hugely inflated by NFL preemptions in New York City.
On to the numbers...
'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' also add to their hauls
Ratings Analysis: 'Blacklist,' 'New Girl' get huge Live+7 bumps
We're starting the fifth week of the TV season, but it's time to once again travel back in time to the Week of September 30 for a glance at the Live+7 ratings for the season's second frame.
Although the previous week was the official opening frame of the 2013-2014 season, the Week of September 30 saw premieres for such already-cancelled duds as "We Are Men," "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family," a slew of comedies that are currently on life-support, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals," CBS' "The Millers" and the biggest sensation, the third season launch for "Scandal."
As a result, there are lots of little tidbits to examine, as "The Blacklist" continued to be a DVR sensation, FOX's "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" took huge leaps and other wackiness ensued.
One interesting preamble: In premiere week, people rush to watch shows live, because they fear spoilers and because they want to sample stuff immediately while the hype is going. In subsequent weeks, people set their actual viewing schedules and are willing to push more stuff back on their schedules. That's why last week, there were only a few shows getting 60 percent DVR bumps overall or in the key demo. This week, there are lots of shows getting bumps in the 60-ish percent rang and a couple going into the 70s. Whee.
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Dan and Alan discuss 'Dracula,' 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! After a couple weeks of trying to train you to salivate for podcasts on Thursdays rather than Mondays, we're back on normal schedule this week. Suck it, Pavlov.
Apologies for the inference.
My point? Monday Firewall & Iceberg has returned, at least for one week.
In this installment, we've got reviews of "Dracula" and "Strike Back: Origins," plus a glance at ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.EL.D." four weeks into its run. We looked through some recent TV news, answered a bit of mail and then... sigh... we talked about "Homeland" for the second straight week. I hope it won't happen again next week.
Here's today's breakdown:
"Dracula" (00:01:20 - 00:19:05)
"Strike Back: Origins" (00:19:05 - 00:28:25)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:28:30 - 42:15)
Recent TV News (00:42:20 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Straight-to-Series orders (00:53:40 - 01:00:15)
"Homeland" (01:00:30 - 01:14:00)
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
ABC celebrates a small 'Betrayal' bump as 'Once,' 'Revenge' slip
Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 20, 2013.
The drama of Peyton Manning facing off against his old team, plus a high-scoring and action-packed game, gave NBC the best Sunday numbers for any network since the Oscars in February and the best NFL primetime October numbers since 1998.
As you would guess, NBC won Sunday in all measures.
CBS was second thanks to its own scheduled 30 minutes of NFL overrun, plus an additional 14 minutes of overrun in a number of major markets.
Meanwhile, while "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge" were both low, ABC's "Betrayal" went up week-to-week for some reason.
On to the numbers, which are very subject-to-change.
Fish heads, fish heads. Roly poly fish heads. Fish heads, fish heads. Eat 'em up yum.
First and foremost: Whichever mad genius in the "Amazing Race" production staff made the call to use Barnes and Barnes' "Fish Heads" over the closing credits of Sunday (October 20) night's episode deserves a share of all future Emmys the show happens to win. "Amazing Race" is not prone to using joke credits songs, so hearing "Fish Heads" come out of nowhere at the end of the episode was masterful.
You can now spend the next hour watching that on repeat. Young Bill Paxton! Bill Mumy! What more could you possibly want in an evening's entertainment.
Certainly nothing I have to say about Sunday night's "Amazing Race" is more important than "Fish Heads" because...
[More after the break.]
Former NFL teammates discuss keeping their cool on national TV
It's really, really unlikely, but I'm still holding out hope that this Sunday night's "Amazing Race" will begin with Phil Keoghan faking out former NFL teammates Ephraim Salaam and Chester Pitts II and telling them that last week's elimination was actually a joke and it was really a Non-Elimination Leg.
Chester and Ephraim were my favorite team when I met the squads before the season started and they continued to be my favorites during their three "Amazing Race" Legs. They were funny. They were enthusiastic. And when a Chilean travel agent accidentally booked them on a key flight one day after they were supposed to leave, they were just about the only team I can imagine handling that awful situation with grace and determination, rather than with anger and hurled verbal abuse. If you're on the fence about whether or not you're going to miss Ephraim and Chester, check out their exit interview answers about that booking fiasco, which set off a day of travel disasters that left them unable to even begin tasks in Lisbon. Instead, Phil met them at the Lisbon airport and sent them away on-the-spot.
In their exit interview, Chester and Ephraim discuss that horrible day of travel and also the even worse day-plus bus ride up the coast of Chile. They talk about their general approach to the Race and whether they have plans to return to Lisbon any time soon.
Click through for the spirited Q&A...
And what moves might ABC make with its comedies?
So, was Friday a busy enough TV news day for you?
You had NBC canceling "Welcome to the Family" and "Ironside" and setting a premiere for "Community" and "Chicago Fire: Cops."
That delayed my ability to do any analysis on ratings and I really wanted to.
I really wanted to look at a handful of numbers from this week, but specifically a couple impressive figures regarding The CW's "Reign" premiere.
So click through and let's get down to business.
'Shark Tank' and 'Last Man Standing' rise for ABC
Fast National ratings for Friday, October 18, 2013.
CBS' "Undercover Boss" had a big week -- perhaps America loves Buffet Inc -- and helped the network dominated Friday overall and score a slim win among young viewers.
In other words, "Same as last week," only with "Undercover Boss" doing the heavy lifting, which was necessary since "Blue Bloods" was down a little in the demo and "Hawaii Five-0" was down a little in viewers.
Risers for Friday included "Last Man Standing" and "Shark Tank," while "MasterChef Junior" came in below last week.
On to the numbers, which aren't hugely interesting. Maybe with "Grimm" and "Dracula" premiering next Friday, things will get fun...
Three-time player discusses her long tenure on Redemption Island
Candice Cody had a strange third time playing "Survivor."
The "Cook Islands" and "Heroes vs. Villains" veteran arrived on the beach with the assembled castaways and was immediately sent off to Redemption Island, with her fellow returning players using the excuse that they didn't know her well enough.
For four weeks, Candice was a Redemption Island force, winning two Duels and then finishing second behind behind her husband John, who joined her after being blindsided by Brad Culpepper who, in turn, joined the couple on Redemption after he was blindsided.
Candice's Duel streak came to an end on Wednesday's (October 16) "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," as she lost to John and Brad and had to burn her buff.
In her exit interview, Candice discusses her peculiar 11 days of "Survivor" in which she didn't spend a second on a tribe, spilling on the best and worst Redemption Island guests. She also discusses how this season made "Survivor" more about the heart than the head and why that's a good thing.
Click through for the full Q&A.