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Also, 'Almost Human' is steady and 'Hostages' does 'Hostages' numbers
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 6, 2014.
With the BCS Championship no doubt siphoning a large audience over to ESPN, ABC's counter-programming of the "Bachelor" premiere proved successful and drew Monday's biggest audiences in all key measures.
While "The Bachelor" may have dominated the night and improved 17 percent over last January's premiere, it proved a less-than-"Dancing" lead-in for "Castle," which had some of its lowest numbers of the season despite the lack of a new "Blacklist" as competition.
There was still enough available audience for "Almost Human" to do solid numbers for FOX, while the two-hour "Hostages" finale did roughly the same low-but-consistent numbers "Hostages" did all fall.
On to the ratings...
How is this Agent Coulson different from the big screen Agent Coulson?
Magical place or not, we're somehow skeptical that Agent Coulson spent the time between "The Avengers" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." enjoying the recuperative powers of Tahiti.
That Agent Coulson was dead and now he's not has been one of the core mysteries of ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and answers have been, thus far, fairly slow in coming for either viewers or for Coulson himself.
That's expected to change in the drama's January 7 episode, which picks up soon after the abduction that ended its 2013 finale.
Ahead of Tuesday's episode, fittingly titled "The Magical Place," I got on the phone with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Clark Gregg to talk about what he knew about Coulson's secret, when he knew it, how this TV Coulson has been different from Movie Coulson and how he feels about his show's evolution through its first season.
Click through for the full Q&A...
'Dances with Wolves' Oscar winner sits down for a wide-ranging chat
LONDON, ENGLAND. Kevin Costner has powers. Eerie powers.
It's October 2012 and a group of reporters is sitting huddle in a pub across the street from both London's Liverpool Station and the building where "Jack Ryan" (later to be "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit") is shooting a scene. Because it's meant to be Moscow, it's appropriate how chilly it is, but the steady rain has left us unable to witness any filming with our own eyes.
Costner, who plays Jack Ryan's CIA mentor William Harper, isn't in the scene and he wasn't supposed to be on set.
However, graciously eager to chat, Costner has shown up on his off-day and the second he gets out of his car, the rain stops.
The sun comes out for Kevin Costner.
"I tell ya, it's one of those universal things sometimes when [the sun] comes out, I think everybody sometimes feels good," Costner says, sitting down. "That's one of the things, there's like universal things, right, with people? Like even like a dick in life, even a really bad guy, I always think that even a bad guy recognizes a good idea. They might stay there and go, "That's a f***ing really good idea," but they know it when they hear it, you know what I mean? There's just something. A good idea is something like an emotion, you just can't keep it in. 'Mmm, that's a good idea, I really like that!'"
Dan and Alan review 'Intelligence,' 'Killer Women,' 'Girls' and 5 other shows
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
We've got so much new stuff premiering this week that we had to reverse the timing for the podcast and the video show. With a ton of stuff premiering on Tuesday, we moved the podcast up to review gems like "Intelligence" and "Killer Women" and whatnot. We have eight reviews in this podcast. That's a lot.
Then tomorrow, we'll do our video show, which will include a Golden Globes preview and a preview of the upcoming TCA press tour, plus reviews of "True Detective," "Enlisted," "Chozen" and "Spoils of Babylon."
Here's today's podcast breakdown:
"Intelligence" (00:02:15 - 00:11:15)
"Killer Women" (00:11:15 - 00:18:00)
"Justified" (00:18:00 - 00:24:30)
"Cougar Town" (00:24:30 - 00:29:30)
"Chicago PD" (00:29:35 - 00:41:45)
"Helix" (00:41:45 - 00:50:45)
"Shameless" (00:50:50 - 00:57:00)
"Girls" (00:57:05 - 01:04:30)
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How has Tom Clancy's hero been made current?
LONDON, ENGLAND. It's a late October day in 2012 and a movie called "Maryland" is shooting in the lobby of a Moscow skyscraper.
As the dateline to this story might spoil, we're actually nowhere near Moscow. We're actually directly adjacent to the very British Liverpool Station.
And as the headline to this story might also spoil, "Maryland" is just a dummy title to throw civilians off the scent. The movie that's actually shooting is Paramount's "Jack Ryan," a reintroduction for the eponymous character, who has been previously played by Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford.
On this day, our new Jack Ryan, played by Hollywood's reigning king of the franchise reboot Chris Pine, isn't engaged in any high tech espionage, or at least not in any tradecraft that we can see. The budding intelligence operative is just descending an escalator and a flight of stairs outside of headquarters belonging to villain Viktor Cherevin, played by Kenneth Branagh, who is present, but dressed for his other job as director on the Paramount production. Over and over, Jack Ryan makes his way out of the building, each time seemingly sensing that he's being watched. Each time, he ends up in a mysterious blue van.
What is it like to balance Jack Ryan and Captain Kirk?
LONDON, ENGLAND. Over the past 25 years, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has been realized on the big screen by a three-headed Cerberus of A-listers, each capturing a different side of the intelligence operative who, through an epic series of convolutions, eventually became the President of the United States, at least on the page.
In "Hunt for Red October," Alec Baldwin was a macho, prime-of-his-life Jack Ryan, facing off with Sean Connery in underwater mayhem.
In "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," Harrison Ford portrayed an older, wiser Jack Ryan, still capable of kicking butt if required, but better suited for the political side of global intrigue.
In "Sum of All Fears," Ben Affleck was an inexperienced Jack Ryan on the cusp of greater responsibilities, though the shadow of 9/11 made it hard to view that character as anything other than an in-over-his-head tragic figure when the movie opened in 2002.
It's October 2012 and on the London set of "Jack Ryan" (the subtitle "Shadow Recruit" will come later), Jack Ryan is being reborn. Many of us will say he's being rebooted. Heck, I'll say Jack Ryan is being rebooted, but for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, that's not the preferred nomenclature.
'Revenge,' Jimmy Fallon special also draw solid numbers
Fast National ratings for Sunday, January 5, 2014.
The chilly Wild Card showdown between San Francisco and Green Bay came down to a last minute field goal and carried deep enough into primetime to help FOX win Sunday night in all measures.
With FOX's primetime win inevitable, several other networks spotlighted specials, with NBC's "Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" doing solid demo numbers and ABC's "The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo" finishing close behind. The "Bachelor" special proved a compatible lead-in for "Revenge," which did its best key demo numbers since early October.
Meanwhile, you might have noticed enhanced tweeting around "The Good Wife" without competition on HBO, Showtime or AMC, but that attention wasn't linked to any real ratings growth, as the CBS favorite was down from its last original airing.
On to the numbers...
Young male numbers for 'Community' aren't bad, or they aren't awful
I promised a slightly deeper look at the "Community" premiere ratings when Final Live+Same Day numbers came in, but I got bogged down in writing stories for a set visit embargo that lifts on Monday. Apologies for that!
I'm not sure that the numbers are all that thrilling, but click through for the nitty gritty on the fifth season premiere of "Community." Like Nicolas Cage, they are neither good nor bad, at least not inherently.
'Grimm' is solid, 'Dracula' low for NBC
Fast National ratings for Friday, January 3, 2014.
The competitive Cotton Bowl between Missouri and Oklahoma State was tight into the closing minutes and helped carry FOX to wins on Friday night against repeats on ABC and CBS.
FOX's football game faced limited competition, but NBC got decent numbers for "Grimm," but another weak performance from the return of "Dracula." Over on The CW, "The Carrie Diaries" was slightly above its normal averages, which tends to suggest preemptions of some sort.
On to the numbers...
ABC's 'The Assets' spies very few viewers in its premiere
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 2, 2014.
On 2014's first night of largely original programming, "Big Bang Theory" came out strong and dominated Thursday in all measures, carrying CBS to comfortable primetime victories.
Over on NBC, "Community" started its fifth season below last spring's return, but still far above returning numbers for "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show," so take that with some grains of salt.
"Community" also came back with far better demo numbers than the night's other premiere, impressively dismal numbers for ABC's fill-in drama "The Assets."
Depending on timing, I'll probably do further analysis of Thursday's numbers a bit later in the day (or tomorrow morning) when Finals are available.
On to the Fast National numbers...