<p>&quot;MasterChef&quot;</p>

"MasterChef"

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TV Ratings: 'American Ninja Warrior,' 'MasterChef,' 'Under the Dome' lead Monday

The CW had its best Monday since 2011

Fast National ratings for Monday, August 18, 2014.

As usual, "American Ninja Warrior," "MasterChef" and "Under the Dome" were among the Monday night standouts, as NBC, CBS and FOX were all able to claim little bits and pieces of primetime victory.

Meanwhile, the season premiere of "America's Next Top Model" wasn't especially high, but it combined with a pair of strong "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" episodes to help The CW to its best Monday overall since December 2011. This is reflective mostly on what The CW has programmed on Mondays over the years, but so it goes.

When it comes to Monday notables, "Running Wild," "American Ninja Warrior" and "Mistresses" were all down a little, while "MasterChef" and "Hotel Hell" both rose a hair.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Cam Newton</p>

Cam Newton

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TV Ratings: NFL preseason gets FOX preliminary Sunday win

'Big Brother' leads CBS to total viewers win

Fast affiliate ratings for Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Pre-season football and "Big Brother" led to a split in Sunday night's early ratings, with FOX winning the night among young adults, while CBS had the most overall viewers. Keep in mind, much of this is likely to change due to the live nature of football.

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<p>&quot;A to Z&quot;</p>

"A to Z"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'A to Z'

Already available online, this rom-com gets by on likability not humor

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Uzo Aduba</p>

Uzo Aduba

Credit: Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

2014 Creative Arts Emmy Winners include 'Sex,' 'Scandal' co-stars

'True Detective,' 'Sherlock' and 'Orange Is The New Black' all have big nights

The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. 

The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls.

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<p>Analeigh Tipton of &quot;Manhattan Love Story&quot;</p>

Analeigh Tipton of "Manhattan Love Story"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Manhattan Love Story'

'America's Next Top Model' favorite Analeigh Tipton deserves better

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Anna Gunn of FOX&#39;s &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Anna Gunn of FOX's "Gracepoint"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: FOX's 'Gracepoint'

Eventually this may cease to just be a clone of 'Broadchurch,' but not through 2 episodes

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Uncanceled Showdown Round 2 pits 'Firefly' vs 'Terminator' and 'Deadwood' vs 'Rome'

Uncanceled Showdown Round 2 pits 'Firefly' vs 'Terminator' and 'Deadwood' vs 'Rome'

'Pushing Daisies' vs 'Jericho' makes for another tight matchup

It's time for Round 2 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown.

We launched the first round last week, featuring 32 shows that we felt ended prematurely, either One Season Wonders or Unfinished Multi-Season Runs. [And yes, we left out a lot of your favorite truncated shows. Guess what? We can do this again!]

That first round generated over 400,000 votes. 

Some of the results were predictable. Sorry, "Borgias," but "Firefly" got 97 percent of the vote in that round. Yes. 97 percent. 

Some of the results were a little less predictable. I'd figured that "Moonlight" might have enough fan juice to withstand the recency bias of "Almost Human," but I was wrong. And "Terra Nova" was a show that wasn't necessarily a popular inclusion, but it knocked off cult favorite "Wonderfalls."

If tournaments are well-seeded, first round match-ups are sometimes less competitive and then things start getting tough and there are some fantastic match-ups in the second round.

"Pushing Daisies" and "Jericho" got nearly identical vote totals in the first round, so we'll see whether pies or nuts reign in Round 2.

"Firefly" has the power of the Whedon Empire, but there's no way it's going to get 97 percent of the vote against "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," which ended with one of the most infuriating and intriguing twists of any show in recent memory. 

You'll also have a tough choice between a girl who talks to God and a woman who talks to Log and between a pair of profane HBO period dramas.

So go vote for your favorites. Voting for this round ends on August 18.

<p>&quot;Last Comic Standing&quot;</p>

"Last Comic Standing"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Last Comic Standing' finale rises as 'Big Brother' leads CBS Thursday

FOX's 'Gang Related' finale is up from last week's low-rated episode

Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 14, 2014.

NBC got a big bump for the season finale of "Last Comic Standing," but still couldn't top CBS, which rode a strong "Big Brother" performance to Thursday wins in all measures.

FOX's "Gang Related" finale was also up from last week, though last week's numbers were depressed by NFL preemptions and "Gang Related" was closer to flat with recent regular airings.

And over on ABC, "The Quest" dropped a little in the key demo, "NY Med" was flat and "Rookie Blue" was up a hair. Since ABC had the NFL preseason preemption in Chicago, adjust expectations accordingly. [NBC had the NFL preemption in Jacksonville, but... come on. That's not causing a big impact. Sorry, Jaguars fans.]

On to the numbers...

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Starz gives 'Outlander' a swift Season 2 renewal
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Starz gives 'Outlander' a swift Season 2 renewal

Adaptation of 'Dragonfly in Amber' will be at least 13 episodes

After a successful premiere week drawing 5 million viewers across all platforms, as well as some of the strongest reviews in network history, "Outlander" has received a predictably speedy renewal from Starz.

Starz announced on Friday (August 15) morning that "Outlander" has been picked up for a second season, based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's series of best-selling novels "Dragonfly in Amber."

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<p>Joe Earley</p>

Joe Earley

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Fox Television Group ups David Madden, Joe Earley to key executive posts

FTG gets a new COO, while FBC gets a new Entertainment President

Newly minted Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced a couple key executive appointments on Thursday (August 14), filling two roles with companies whose very similar names will confuse me for a long time.

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