<p>Bruce Jenner</p>

Bruce Jenner

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TV Ratings: 'Bruce Jenner - The Interview' delivers massive Friday numbers

The Diane Sawyer '20/20' interview has Friday's biggest non-sports audience since 2003

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 24, 2015.

It was clear that ABC's Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner was going to do big numbers, but probably nobody expected this:

The frank and exposing conversation with the Olympic legend, reality star and trans pioneer drew a mind-boggling 16.9 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 for ABC. The Bruce Jenner interview crushed the competition in all measures as ABC swept Friday night.

A few of ABC's vaunted highlights:

*** This was the top "20/20" in all key demos -- the news key demo is 25-54, rather than 18-49 -- since 2000.

*** It was TV's biggest non-sports Friday broadcast in viewers and the 18-49 demo since 2003 and in the key news demo since 2005.

*** This was also the most social non-sports Friday telecast of all-time.

That's just an early sample and ABC is promising more numbers later.

Note that The CW had a slew of major market preemptions on Friday, so "Cedric's Barber Battle" didn't suddenly become a hit. The numbers are just inflated.

On to the numbers, including more demo details on the Jenner interview...

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Friday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Can I Get a Hot Tub!'

And why I want Hayley to be my new Waze navigation voice

I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" to be my new Waze voice.

Is that so much to ask?

FOX keeps teasing me with Waze voices from their shows -- Terry Crews, Tom Mison, Will Forte -- and then pulling them for no good reason. Right now I'm using Vlade Divac and as funny as Vlade has been at times over the years, his directions aren't amusing me and he bumbles "left" and "right" in ways that leave me a bit perplexed, which would cause a real problem were it not for the reality that I rely on Waze to give me a few major points, but I often ignore the little things, like when Waze tries to get me to take left turns onto crowded intersections without lights.

I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" as my Waze voice so that she can keep telling me the correct way to go and I can follow my own path and every time I shoot by her preferred street, she can shriek at me and as I keep driving further and further past, she can tell me to slow down and listen to her, pausing only to swoon about different cute guys walking down to street, and finally she can just give up and yell, "I'm always right and you never listen!"

Yup. I want Hayley from "The Amazing Race" to be my new Waze voice.

I wonder how long it would take for me to have the hollowed-out eyes and shell-shocked expression that Blair is sporting at this point, a mien that says "If I win a million dollars, this will have been totally worth it, but if somehow we don't win and all we get is one stupid trip somewhere... TOGETHER... I'm gonna utterly snap on Phil Keoghan."

That's my major takeaway from Friday (April 24) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."

What? You got something more dramatic from the episode? Liar.

More after the break...

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<p>&quot;The Americans&quot; Season 3 finale</p>

"The Americans" Season 3 finale

Credit: FX

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 279 - 'Americans' finale, 'Grey's Anatomy'

Dan and Alan also review 'Happyish' and talk 'Mad Men'

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls.

Sorry about the delay. We told you last week that this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast would be delayed till Thursday by my travel and so that we could talk about the "Americans" finale.

But that got bumped by a day, which allowed us to also talk about The Thing That Happened on "Grey's Anatomy." 

So this podcast begins with a review of Showtime's 'Happyish," but then we continue with spoilers aplenty for "Grey's Anatomy," "Americans" and, of course, "Mad Men."

And next week's podcast will be on Monday or Tuesday as per usual...

"Happyish" (00:00:55 - 00:15:30)
"Grey's Anatomy" shocker (00:15:35 - 00:32:45)
"Americans" finale (00:32:50 - 00:51:10)
"Mad Men" - "The Forecast" (00:51:15 - 01:19:15)

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>&quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot;</p>

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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HitFix First Look: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' has big Atlantic City plans

It feels like it's been a thousand weeks since the last new episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but that's an inaccurate assessment of the passing of time.

The reality is that we haven't had a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" since "Sabotage" way back on March 15.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns this Sunday (April 26) with "AC/DC," the first of four straight originals to close the season.

Is the episode focusing on the legendary Aussie rock band? Or power current? 

Nope! Some members of the precinct gang are heading to Atlantic City, which is a reminder that even though "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" shoots down the street from me, the show is set on the East Coast.

And as you might expect, Charles Boyle has big plans... [I have no idea what that has to do with this picture of Peralta as a clown, but it's from Sunday's episode, too!]

Check out this HitFix Exclusive scene from Sunday's episode:

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<p>Patrick Dempsey of &quot;Grey&#39;s Anatomy&quot;</p>

Patrick Dempsey of "Grey's Anatomy"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' shocker helps ABC split first May Sweeps Thursday

'The Big Bang Theory' is still Thursday's top show in all measures

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Even though Thursday night was just April 23, it represented the start of the still-important May Sweeps period. As rumors of a show-changing twist spread, "Grey's Anatomy" got an impressive 33 percent key demo bump over last week and helped ABC split the night with "Big Bang Theory"-driven CBS.

"Grey's Anatomy" was actually the only thing that was up on Thursday night, as decliners included all of CBS' originals, "The Blacklist," "Scandal" and "American Crime."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Black-ish"

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TV Ratings: Rising 'Survivor,' 'Black-ish' lead Wednesday split

'Criminal Minds' drops, 'Supernatural' and 'Idol' rise, but nothing changes dramatically

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

A tiny uptick for "Survivor" and a bigger bump for "Black-ish" made sure that ABC and CBS split Wednesday among young viewers, though CBS cruised to an easy win overall.

Most of Wednesday's variation was very minor. "American Idol," "Supernatural," "Mysteries of "Laura" and "Nashville" were among other shows rising, while there were small declines for "Criminal Minds," "The Middle," "The Goldbergs" and "Modern Family."

All variations could just as easily be wiped out when we get to Finals.

Let's get to the numbers...

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

Will of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' - 'Bring the Popcorn'

The 'Survivor' Auction leads to advantages and discord

Pre-credit sequence. "I've got a really solid plan," Rodney says. He's beginning the episode by plotting Mike's demise. Tyler is intrigued. Mike is watching with caution and no longer considers Rodney to be part of his alliance.

Bid Fortuna. It's time for a pre-credits "Survivor" auction. How odd. They each have $500 and, as always, the auction could end without warning. A covered plate goes to Will for $100. "It's probably grilled ass or something," Will says. Nope. It's a mystery note. "You just bought yourself out of this auction," the note says, telling Will to leave immediately. Everybody is shell-shocked by what happened to poor Will. But an uncovered plate of chicken and waffles goes for $300 to Shirin, who claims she didn't want to bid for an advantage. But most of the group is waiting for an advantage. So because the "big players" are holding out and not bidding for food, we just zip through a bunch of treats without knowing exactly what's being bidd on -- I don't have a clue what Jenn got -- or how much people are paying. Probst throws in a wrinkle and puts messages from loved ones on the table and Shirin tells everybody that Jeff has, in the past, allowed anybody to buy letters for whatever price was established by the winning bid. So Sierra gets a letter for $20 and Probst doesn't try to screw Shirin and everybody can buy letters for $20. It appears there's a gentleman's agreement that everybody will go in with the $20, so they'll all be even while awaiting the advantage. Mike swears he's going in and walks to Probst... BUT HE DOESN'T TAKE A LETTER, giving him a $20 head-start in bidding for that advantage. Well, then! On that note? Off to commercial!

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Season 14 Top 6</p>

"American Idol" Season 14 Top 6

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Arena Anthems and Top 5 Reveal

Soccer stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan will be on-hand for some reason

Wednesday (April 22) night's "American Idol" theme is Arena Anthems, which is relatively meaningless both because it's a relatively meaningless designation, but also because I'm not sure that "arenas" are in the future for this season's Top 6.

And that's not me being bitter that the patently unfair "Idol" Save sent Joey Cook packing last week, because as much as I appreciated Joey's distinctiveness, this wasn't going to be a great theme for her either.

But if Rayvon Owen is in the Bottom 2 again and he's saved by the "Idol" Save again, it'd be nice to get somebody from "Idol" to admit that they basically screwed up the entire season with this elimination twist.

Let's see what's in store!

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<p>The &quot;Scorpion&quot; finale</p>

The "Scorpion" finale

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TV Ratings: 'Scorpion' finale up, while dipping 'Dancing,' 'Voice' lead Monday

'The Following' rises, while 'Night Shift' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' dip

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 20, 2015.

The first season finale for "Scorpion" ticked up and helped CBS finished second for Monday night both overall (behind "Dancing with the Stars"-led ABC) and in the key demo (tied with ABC behind "Voice"-driven NBC).

Both "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" were down on Monday, as were "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Night Shift."

Joining "Scorpion" in the positive column were "The Following" and both of CBS' 8 p.m. comedies.

Let's get to the numbers...

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'Full House' Netflix revival becomes official - Hail 'Fuller House'

'Full House' Netflix revival becomes official - Hail 'Fuller House'

Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber will star

Continuing its recent trend of making programming announcements via late-night or early-morning TV appearances, Netflix let John Stamos first tell Jimmy Kimmel on Monday (April 20) night that "Full House" is officially returning to Netflix.

Netflix followed with the official release declaring that "Fuller House," created by original series creator Jeff Franklin, will premiere on Netflix in 2016. 

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