<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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TV Shows on the Bubble 2015: 'Constantine' to 'Mindy' to 'Agent Carter'

TV Shows on the Bubble 2015: 'Constantine' to 'Mindy' to 'Agent Carter'

Our annual BubbleWatch gallery runs through the pre-upfronts possibilities

It's an odd BubbleWatch year. There isn't a "Chuck" or "Parks and Recreation" or "Community" that I'm going to get worked up about, nor am I expecting any word on "Hannibal" in mid-May, since Season 3 starts in late-May.

What I'm saying is that I don't especially care what NBC does and that's unusual. [I guess I'm curious about what happens with "Constantine," since the pure numbers don't come close to justifying a renewal and yet producers are determined to keep fan hope alive and the DC Comics factor can't be ignored.]

Once again, four of the five networks have been aggressive with their renewals already. 

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<p>Adrianne Palicki</p>

Adrianne Palicki

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Rumored 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' spinoff gets its rumored stars

Per media reports -- let's cite The Hollywood Reporter -- ABC and Marvel have settled on the two characters to serve as the focus of its untitled "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff.

And I'm of two minds.

One mind says that it's terrific that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood will star in the potential "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff project that ABC and Marvel haven't said they're making. Palicki's Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse and Blood's Lance Hunter have been two of the more consistently appealing characters in the second season of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and there is absolutely no question that I would watch an hour of TV each week more focused around their characters, former spouses still working together as flirting, bickering badasses.

The other mind says that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been better in its second season, but the additions of Palicki and Blood have been a major part of that improvement. They're hardly the only people and things I like on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but they've been the clear new cast editions. So while I've definitely discovered that when they're properly handled, I liked Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, in addition to folks like Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg. But when the plotting isn't on-point, I lose interest. On the other hand, I'll watch Palicki beat people with sticks and Blood be snarky and British and then watch the two of them flirt regardless of the context in which they do those things.

So I'd watch a Palicki/Blood spinoff, should it occur, but I don't know that an ideal spinoff should be one that would this dramatically reduce my interest in the mothership. [Also, I'll never not be disappointed that Nick Blood isn't playing a TV character named Nick Blood, because no matter what name you give a character played by Nick Blood, it'll never be a cooler name than Nick Blood.]

Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski are crafting the potential spinoff, which would be set up by things happening as "S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 2 comes to its end.

Would this spinoff interest you? Would it make you less interested in the main series?

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

Joe of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Joe Anglim talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Joey Amazing discusses how close he came to cheating 'Survivor' death again

For a couple "Survivor: Worlds Apart" episodes, it looked as if Joe Anglim might be able to pull off the unthinkable. 

Targeted for elimination at every vote -- when your nickname is "Joey Amazing," people don't like to keep you around -- Joe was spared pre-Merge elimination when the Joaquin-Rodney romance somehow made them into an alleged power couple. Then he won two consecutive Individual Immunity challenges and it seemed fair to wonder if he would ever lose.

"100 percent," Joe told me regarding whether he began to believe he could run the Individual Immunity table. "I was very confident that I could possibly go all the way."

And in Wednesday's episode, even though he lost Individual Immunity, it briefly looked as if the combination of an elaborately designed fake Idol and Jenn's desire to semi-quit might earn him at least one more day in the game.

Joe admits he doesn't know what he would have done strategically if he'd gotten that reprieve. 

He did not. Mike was briefly confused by the fake Idol, but he wasn't fooled and Shirin made a play to get on Mike's good side, leading to Joe's elimination.

In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Joe discusses the "kryptonite challenge" that ended his Immunity streak, his ideal fake Idol design choices and the questionable Reward participant selection from the previous episode.

[Note that this interview was conducted via email due to my travel schedule, hence a couple places where I wasn't able to have direct follow-ups.]

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Last Man Standing&quot; finale</p>

Friday's "Last Man Standing" finale

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TV Ratings: ABC leads Friday despite 'Last Man Standing,' 'Cristela' finale dips

'Cedric's Barber Battle' starts soft, but 'Messengers' may debut well for The CW

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 17, 2015.

The season finales for "Last Man Standing" and "Cristela" were both down from last week's episodes and "Shark Tank" remained on the low side, but ABC still ruled Friday both overall and in the key demographic.

The combination of a low-ish two-hour block of "The Amazing Race" and a "Blue Bloods" repeat allowed ABC to take CBS' normal overall crown.

Friday's big notable was the launch of a new CW programming block. "Cedric's Barber Battle" got off to a weak start and probably hampered the return of "Whose Line Is It Anyway." The new drama "The Messengers" drew a reasonably big audience by CW Friday standards and got an encouraging bump at the half-hour.

Let's get to the numbers...

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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' - 'Back in Business' and 'Moment of Truth'

A double-episode in Africa features great photography, minimal drama

This season of "The Amazing Race" is just struggling with producing drama. 

Although yes, two teams have started Legs in first and ended them in last, the more frequent result this season has been teams starting Legs in last and stumbling along for an hour without ever really coming in contact with anybody else and then going home. It happened with Libby & CJ. It happened with Harley & Jonathan.

And it happened again in Friday (April 17) night's double-episode that could just as easily have been titled "You Know The First Hour Is a Non-Elimination, But At Least The Scenery Is Beautiful."

Indeed, Friday's Namibia episodes were probably "The Amazing Race" at its most beautiful. There were boundless deserts, bounding wildlife and some of the best photography the show has utilized. 

At no point did I ever feel like Friday's episodes were anything less than gorgeous to gaze upon and thus I only sometimes felt frustrated that we were inching toward an inevitable non-conclusion at the end of the first hour and then yet another worst-to-worst demise at the end of the second hour. 

I can't say, though, that I wasn't frustrated by one of the most anti-climactic Roadblocks in the show's history or by yet another example of egregious product plugs, as "The Amazing Race" has seemingly lost the capacity to just integrate a product without being utterly obnoxious about it.

Let's talk a bit about Friday's "Amazing Race" after the break, but perhaps only a little because I'm once again in a distant local doing my "Amazing Race" recap late at night on an episode that doesn't merit great analysis.

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