<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "The Voice"

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TV Ratings: 'Parks and Recreation' final plus 'The Voice' help NBC split Tuesday

'NCIS' still helps CBS dominate overall, while 'Fresh Off The Boat' is steady

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 

The Tuesday premiere of "The Voice" helped NBC storm out to a bit Tuesday lead among young viewers and the finale of "Parks and Recreation" avoided the kind of negative (literally) numbers that it would have taken for NBC to squander that lead for the night. NBC was still no match for "NCIS"-driven CBS overall, of course.

Tuesday's biggest takeaway was that although "The Voice" came back strong, it had only a little impact on its competition, for the most park. CBS' "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans" lost a couple hundred thousand viewers, but only "NCIS" dipped in the key demo and that was only by 0.1. ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter" also lost 0.1 in the key demo for its finale, but stayed reasonably steady, though still low.

Dropping a bit more was FOX's "MasterChef Junior" finale, but the network's comedies were flat.

Also staying encouragingly flat was ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat," which shed a few viewers but didn't move in the key demo despite "The Voice."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Phil Keoghan of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Phil Keoghan of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: 'Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan on adding blind dating to The Race

Season 26 of the Emmy-winning series mixes things up and Phil explains why that's OK

I didn't mean to make "The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan self-conscious, but I also couldn't help but notice that one of his first words at the Season 26 Starting Line was to ask the assembled teams, "Did anybody get like a tingly feeling?"

And that seemed liked a very different thing for Phil Keoghan to say at the start of an "Amazing Race" season.

This is, of course, an "Amazing Race" season like none that has come before. This season's 11 teams include six established couples in various stages of relationships, but also five teams of 10 singles paired around semi-arbitrary criteria, turning the Emmy-winning series into half of a very ambitious dating show.

So I mentioned the "tingly feeling" line to Phil in our discussion and that made him a bit self-conscious about tingly feelings. 


"The Amazing Race" premieres on Wednesday (February 25) night at 9:30 after the "Survivor" premiere (before returning to Fridays two days later) and it feels entirely recognizable as "The Amazing Race," with poor Detour choices, stupid transportation mistakes and desperate searches for English-speakers in a foreign land. But there's no doubt that the blind dating aspect of things produces some entirely new dynamics to the action and leads to some unpredictable results. It's way too early to know if that'll be good or bad for the season, but it's different.

In our latest conversation -- I like to note that Phil disagrees amiably with almost everything I ever suggest -- the veteran host talks about that difference and why the show is still the same. He discusses whether this season's challenges were tailored to the relationship twist and whether he went along on the newly added Date Night Rewards.

Click through for the full Q&A with Phil Keoghan to see if you get a tingly feeling about the new season.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Man Seeking Woman&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Man Seeking Woman"

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HitFix First Look: Jay Baruchel takes the ice on 'Man Seeking Woman'

Plus on-set details from Baruchel about the inspiration for his comic fearlessness

TORONTO, ONTARIO. It's mid-November on the Toronto set of FXX's "Man Seeking Woman" and a strange "Cutting Edge" reenactment (kinda) is taking place.

Series star Jay Baruchel, writer of one of the finest hockey movies ever made, is flopping around the ice at the Weston Lions Arena making a fool of himself. 

In this episode's piece of heightened reality, Baruchel's Josh has been invited to accompany sister Liz and her boyfriend on a dancing evening, only to discover that the dancing is ice dancing and it's competitive ice dancing. As Liz and Leo shine on the rink, executing flips and synchronized moves, Josh flops and flounders to Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True," slamming into the boards and crawling desperately across the ice.

[No, Baruchel doesn't play the hockey player in "Goon." And yes, this ice dancing isn't likely to play an ongoing part of the "Man Seeking Woman" continuity. So yes, it's only barely like the hockey-to-figure skating transformation in "Cutting Edge." But I'm sticking to the comparison.]

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TV Ratings: Solid 'Voice,' weak 'Night Shift' return lead NBC Monday

'Gotham' rises, while FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' finale is flat

Fast National ratings for Monday, February 23, 2015.

The latest premiere of "The Voice" was well below last February's return, but facing less competition than in September, the singing competition was in line with its fall launch, leading NBC to Monday wins in all measures. NBC ruled despite a dismal in-season premiere for "Night Shift," which failed to turn its summer success into something bigger.

Even with added competition from "The Voice," few Monday regulars suffered big declines -- single digit drops for all of CBS' shows, for example -- and "Gotham" was, in fact, up week-to-week for FOX.

With "The Voice" and the return of "Scorpion," FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" failed to get any kind of bump for its season finale, but also didn't drop despite the added competition.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris</p>

Neil Patrick Harris

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The 2015 Oscars shed over 7 million viewers from 2014

Big night for 'Birdman' fails to take flight

Fast Affiliate ratings are in for Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards telecast and the 2015 telecast was down steeply from the 2014 installment.

ABC's broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards averaged 36.6 million viewers between 8:30 and 11:48 p.m. ET, along with a 10.8 rating among adults 18-49. The 2014 Academy Awards averaged 43.7 million viewers and a 13.1 rating among adults 18-49. 

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<p>&quot;Everything Is Awesome&quot;</p>

"Everything Is Awesome"

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TV Ratings: 2015 Academy Awards numbers appear to be down

Overnight time period data is off double-digits from last year

Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Whether it was lack of interest in the nominated films, lack of interest in host Neil Patrick Harris or a third thing that could cause disinterest, overnight ratings for the 2015 Academy Awards were down double-digits from last year's telecast in most measures.

Of course, ABC's Oscars coverage still dominated Sunday, which featured only low-rated installments of "60 Minutes" and "Dateline" as new competition.

Remember the usual provisos: These are time period-specific numbers for ABC and *not* numbers for the Academy Awards telecast. On the East Coast, the show went over an hour over outside of primetime. On the West Coast, the first 90 minutes of the show were outside of Sunday primetime. The actual numbers for the Oscars will adjust up. They always do.

Stay tuned for those real Oscars ratings a bit later.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris and the Oscars</p>

Neil Patrick Harris and the Oscars

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Academy Awards 2015 Live-Blog

Neil Patrick Harris hosts a big night pitting 'Boyhood' against 'Birdman'

It's a wonderful night for Oscar... Oscar Oscar... Who will win?

Wrong host.

Neil Patrick Harris is MCing Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards, which is coming down to a "Birdman"/"Boyhood" showdown for the big prize. Thanks to The Guilds, we're all expecting a "Birdman" victory, but could there be exciting upsets in store?

Click through, follow along and join (or start) the conversation below...

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<p>Terrence Howard</p>

Terrence Howard

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Terrence Howard confuses Ryan Seacrest with an 'Idol' deep-cut

Oscar nominee proves his 'Idol' fandom on the Oscars red carpet

Were you confused what Terrence Howard was talking about when he complained to Ryan Seacrest that they got rid of "Rachael"? 

Ryan Seacrest seemed to be.

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<p>Kristen Bell</p>

Kristen Bell

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Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 Live-Blog

'Birdman' and 'Boyhood' go head-to-head for the last time before Sunday's Academy Awards

HitFix Award Gurus Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood are both attending Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) afternoon in Santa Monica and they left me to handle HitFix's Independent Spirit Awards Winners & Losers list. 

And once I'm watching Saturday's show, I might as well be live-blogging Saturday's show as preparation for Sunday's Oscars live-blog, especially since is the last time that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will be going head-to-head for Best Picture (along with "Selma" and "Whiplash") before the Academy Awards.

So follow along and say "Hi" in the comments below...

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<p>&quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

"Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday while 'SNL 40' boosts NBC

NBC takes second in the key demo, but ABC and CBS get normal split

Fast National ratings for February 20, 2015.

As usual, ABC's "Shark Tank" and CBS' "Blue Bloods" led their networks to Friday wins among young viewers and overall, respectively.

It was a big night for both shows, as "Shark Tank" had its second biggest audience of the season and tied for a season high in the key demo, while "Blue Bloods" hit a season high among young viewers.

It wasn't all good news for the primetime winners, though, as "Cristela" dipped below The Mulaney Line and "Undercover Boss" shed viewers in its season closer.

Meanwhile, NBC's first encore of the "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary" special -- expect many, many more encores before the real 40th anniversary in October -- outperformed the network's normal Friday lineup and put NBC in second for the night in the key demo.

And it was yet another solid, lead-in-free performance from "Hart of Dixie" on The CW.

On to the numbers...

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