Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
CBS wins overall, while ABC takes the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 25, 2013.
People don't really watch network TV on Christmas night.
With audiences occupied either by family togetherness or else tuning in to a "Doctor Who" special on BBC America or NBA basketball on ESPN (cable ratings to come), the most watched show on Christmas Wednesday was, oddly, a repeat of the Friday drama "Blue Bloods," while the top shows among young viewers were repeats of "The Middle" and "Modern Family."
A slew of holiday season repeats also drew middling audiences to NBC, FOX and The CW.
On to the unimpressive numbers...
CBS wins Tuesday overall, ABC takes the key demo
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 24, 2013.
ABC's broadcast of "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas" topped NBC's "It's a Wonderful Life" among young viewers on Christmas Eve, while CBS' procedural repeats still dominated Tuesday overall.
The only other Tuesday notable was how close The CW's "The 12 Dogs of Christmas" came to beating FOX's comedy repeats.
As you might expect, it wasn't such a busy TV night, so let's just get straight to the low numbers...
Showtime and FX dramas lead No. 11-25 for The Fien Print
By now you've had the chance to see my Top 10 as a video, check it out as part of HitFix's Critics' Poll and also hear the darned thing as part of the Best of 2013 podcast with Sepinwall.
That's a lot of different Top 10 delivery systems. Of course, to get down to that Top 10, I had to make a lot of tough choices in what was surely a terrific year for TV. So what follows is my Second 10, which is actually a Second 15 and it includes some cheating in that Bonus 5.
In case you've forgotten, here's the Top 10.
1. "Breaking Bad"
2. "Orange Is The New Black"
3. "Mad Men"
5. "The Returned"
7. "Game of Thrones"
8. "Bob's Burgers"
9. "56 Up"
Click through for the continuation of my list over two pages. And check out the photo gallery below for 15 more new shows that Sepinwall and I thought were worthy of notice.
ABC wins, but football may change things
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 23, 2013.
A couple holiday season limited series came to their end on Monday night and, at least in preliminary figures, the finale for "The Great Christmas Light Fight" appears to have topped the finale for "The Sing-Off," helping ABC to narrow Monday night wins.
ABC, meanwhile, had solid performances from Christmas encores featuring Shrek and The Chipmunks, while NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" return was soft.
There's a catch, of course. ABC had the Monday Night Football preemption in Atlanta (CBS had the game in San Francisco) and the network's margins of victory were so slim that taking the game out of the equation may shift everything.
On to the numbers...
Dan and Alan discuss their least favorite shows of 2013
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
I don't know if this is exactly a bonus Firewall & Iceberg podcast, per se, but we weren't sure if we were going to have time for a Worst of 2013 Podcast. And we did!
So you probably know the drill on these: It's basically me and Sepinwall going back and forth trading our worst shows/episodes/things of the year for an hour. It's not "ranking," really. It's just a celebration of televised awfulness. Yes, we talked about Lumberjack Dexter. Yes, we talked about "Dads."
I'll have my own Worst of 2013 gallery toward the end of this week and it will include several shows that didn't get discussed on this podcast and a bunch of things that got discussed plenty. So stay tuned for that.
In any case, this should give you something to listen as you drive over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house. The horse knows the way, so you can just relax and listen to us rant.
Today's breakdown is simple:
TV's Worst of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:04:30
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NBC dominates, NFL overrun helps CBS to second
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 22, 2013.
The Eagles routed the Bears on Sunday Night Football and even though the game wasn't one of the season's higher rated showdowns, it topped last week's Steelers-Bengals dud and helped NBC dominate Sunday in most measures.
Boosted by NFL overrun, CBS had a big night for "60 Minutes" and finished in a comfortable second place.
Meanwhile, ABC's telecast of "The Sound of Music" drew only a third of the audience that watched NBC's live Carrie Underwood musical earlier this month, but still finished third overall and rose from last year's ABC broadcast.
On to the numbers...
'Shark Tank' repeats give ABC a key demo tie
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 20, 2013.
One of the most popular TV shows of all-time proved that it still has some juice in 2013, as CBS' colorized "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" was Friday's top show in the key demographic and combined with "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" to lead the network to its normal overall Friday rout.
CBS only tied for first among young viewers, as a pair of "Shark Tank" repeats kept ABC in the mix.
Meanwhile, NBC wasn't far behind with its annual airing of "It's a Wonderful Life."
On to the numbers...
Tyson explains why he corrected Hayden on 'ruffle'
Two weeks of exit interview insanity -- Nine interviews between "Amazing Race" and "Survivor" -- comes to a conclusion with my chat with "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" winner Tyson Apostol.
You can certainly put Tyson in a category with John Cochran, Jonathan Penner and Malcolm Freberg among the "Survivor" contestants who I always like talking to. He's smart, caustic and, after three times playing the game, he gets "Survivor."
That wasn't always the case. In "Tocatins," he was an amusing quote machine, but he was also upstaged by the scenery chewing Coach. He came out less aggressively in "Heroes vs. Villains" and seemed to be playing a wiser game, right up until he broke with a Tribal Council vote-splitting scheme and effectively eliminated himself.
In "Blood vs. Water," Tyson had to deal with the emotion of watching his girlfriend Rachel get eliminated early, but he soon joined forces with Gervase and then Monica to form a tight alliance that cleared out the competition on the way to the Final 3. In addition to that alliance, Tyson also found and used -- not necessarily with any value -- two Hidden Immunity Idols and, as the season was ending, won the last two Immunity Challenges. He won the final Jury vote by a commanding 7-1 margin.
In this funny and wide-ranging exit interview, Tyson talks about his relief at the lack of Jury anger, the shoulder injury that plagued his early game, his attempts to avoid trash-talking and why he couldn't resist lecturing Hayden on proper terminology.
It's a good Q&A. Click through for the whole thing.
'Charlie Brown Christmas' and 'SNL Christmas' draw
Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 19, 2013.
The third season finale of "The X Factor" led FOX to a rare Thursday night lead among young viewers, even topping "The Sing-Off" this time around. Meanwhile, though, CBS' repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's most watched show and carried that network to an overall win.
While "X Factor" certainly got a finale bump, it was down 45 percent from last year's finale in the key demo and by 36 percent in total viewers. FOX would prefer to point out that it was up by 42 percent over last Thursday in the key demo and delivered the best Thursday ratings since the start of October.
There were few other notables on Thursday, though holiday season encore airings of NBC's "SNL Christmas" and ABC's "Charlie Brown Christmas" both drew solid audiences.
Lets go straight to the numbers...
Runner-up discusses her lone vote, husband Brad's bad edit
It may not quite equal Sue Hawk's "rats and snakes" speech from the original "Survivor" Final Tribal Council, but Monica Culpepper had a moment in Sunday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale that stands as its own definitive statement-of-values.
Well into a Final Tribal that became a referendum on Monica's sincerity and her possible ulterior motives, the "One World" veteran just broke.
"Have you all never met a nice person? Have you all never met someone who wasn't selfish?" Monica asked.
It perhaps says something that Monica received only one vote from the "Blood vs. Water" Jury, a nod from Vytas who was stubbornly sticking to his word to not give eventual winner Tyson his vote.
In her exit interview, Monica discusses whether nice people can win "Survivor," why "Survivor" conspired to keep us from realizing how much everybody loved Brad Culpepper and why she's done actually playing "Survivor."
Click through for the full Q&A...