<p>&quot;The Night Shift&quot;</p>

"The Night Shift"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Gotham' returns low as 'Dancing,' 'Voice' lead Monday

'Scorpion' is Monday's scripted leader, while 'The Following' ticks up for FOX

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 13, 2015.

The Monday ratings race continues to be fairly basic. ABC wins comfortably overall thanks to "Dancing with the Stars," while NBC wins comfortably in the key demo thanks to "The Voice."

"Dancing with the Stars" was even up from last week and while "The Voice" dipped a hair in the key demo, it added a few viewers.

Monday's biggest notable was the return of "Gotham" after over a month away, which took a steep dive in all measures, but still helped "The Following" move up again after last week's series lows.

And while "The Originals" and "Jane the Virgin" both got huge bumps from last week, The CW had baseball preemptions in New York City, so these numbers are coming down.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Jon Hamm of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm of "Mad Men"

Credit: AMC

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 277 - 'Orphan Black,' 'Messengers' & more

Dan and Alan also talk 'Mad Men' and 'Last Man on Earth'


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! 

It's going to be yet another double-episode week for The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Today? Reviews. We start with The CW's "Messengers" and Season 3 of "Orphan Black," then we checked in on the polarizing evolution or devolution of FOX's "Last Man on Earth." Finally, we gabbed about the "New Business" episode of "Mad Men."

Check back on Thursday, probably, for the promised all-"Justified" podcast installment. If you have any last questions for that podcast, this evening is our cutoff at FirewallIceberg@HitFix.com.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Messengers" (00:01:15 - 00:09:20)
"Orphan Black" (00:09:20 - 00:22:45)
Listener Mail: "Last Man on Earth" (00:22:45 - 00:36:50)
"Mad Men" (00:36:55 - 01:06:20)

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>Masters champion Jordan Spieth</p>

Masters champion Jordan Spieth

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TV Ratings: Masters conclusion boosts CBS Sunday as 'Odyssey,' 'A.D.' slip

'Game of Thrones' and MTV Movie Awards contribute to low night

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 12, 2015.

The conclusion of Jordan Spieth's record Masters run extended into primetime on Sunday, boosting CBS' slate and carrying the network to victory in most measures.

Other than the sport-skewed CBS lineup, most of the competition struggled on Sunday, with NBC's "A.D." and "American Odyssey" both taking dips and ABC's "Revenge" slipping below The Mulaney Line in the key demo.

It almost certainly didn't help that the broadcast networks had to compete with the season premiere of "Game of Thrones" and, to a lesser degree, the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. Those numbers will come later/eventually.

On to Sunday's network Fast Nationals...

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<p>Amy Schumer</p>

Amy Schumer

Credit: MTV

MTV Movie Awards 2015 Live-Blog

Amy Schumer hosts the annual celebration of one sort of cinematic excellence

Welcome to my live-blog for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, the year's only kudosfest likely to make me perpetually check for the correct spelling of "Ansel Elgort."

Sunday's (April 12) show is being hosted by Amy Schumer and offers the intrigue of Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne going against Zoe Saldana for Best On-Screen Transformation, but then makes you wonder how if Eddie Redmayne was eligible for stuff, he isn't up for Best Male Performance. And who doesn't like an award show pitting "Guardians of the Galaxy" against "Boyhood" against "Selma" for Movie of the Year?

Ladies and Gentlemen... The MTV Movie Awards!

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

Hali of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Hali Ford talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Whose vote against her was 'like the dog returns to his vomit'?

I'm still not sure why Hali Ford and her alliance were so surprised at the end of Wednesday (April 8) night's "Survivor: Worlds Apart." 

I guess I can understand why Hali was surprised. It would have been reasonable that, given the options in her four-person minority group, the game steering Blue Collar group would have targeted the seemingly stronger Jenn or the seemingly more annoying Shirin rather than voting against Hali, who proved a patriotic member of the newly merged Merica Tribe.

But even after talking to Hali, I don't get why they assumed that wobbly Blue Collar partisan Sierra was going to join their anti-Dan vote, nor why anybody had a reason to expect either Will or Tyler or anybody else to give them enough votes to actually succeed. 

In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Hali tries to explain what went wrong with the vote, why she was disappointed in Joe's strategic play and why it was more important to target Dan than Rodney. She also suggests that had she made it through this vote, she was prepared to move over to an alliance with Mike, even though we never saw them bonding on TV.

There were phone connection issues here that left me tentative about asking several Constitution studies questions that I had ready. I just wasn't prepared to have to repeat and over explain that sort of question. Apologies.

Check out the full Q&A below...

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<p>Tom Selleck of &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Tom Selleck of "Blue Bloods"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: Low 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' still lead Friday split

'20/20' and 'Grimm' stay true to normal form

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 10, 2015.

"Shark Tank" and "Blue Bloods" still led ABC and CBS to their usual primetime split on Friday night, though both shows were on the low side, continuing a recent downward trend for nightly ratings. 

Spring fever?

There isn't much to discuss about Friday's numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

"The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Smells Like a Million Bucks'

In Monaco, things teams experience ziplining and perfume-making

I know that sometimes teams are going to get lost on "The Amazing Race" and that every once in a while, getting lost is going to get a team eliminated on "The Amazing Race."

But if you're going to get lost on "The Amazing Race" and that's going to be your undoing... Try to make it dramatic. Ask 50 people for directions and get increasingly more flummoxed. Fight and throw your maps in the air in outrage. Bang your head against your car horn repeatedly. Go the wrong way and end up in an ocean or accidentally steer yourself into a foreign country, through a hostile border, forcing armed guards to shoot out your tires.

Oh and don't get so horribly lost that you get eliminated from "The Amazing Race" when you're in one of the smallest countries in the world.


More on Friday's (April 10) "The Amazing Race" after the break. But not much more. I don't care a lot...

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<p>Margo Martindale of &quot;Justified&quot;</p>

Margo Martindale of "Justified"

Credit: FX

Waxing Episodic: 'Bloody Harlan' is 'Justified' at its peak

Ahead of the series finale, relive the finale to the tremendous Season 2

In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget.

FX's "Justified" is coming to an end next week.

Let's all respectfully tip our morally color-coded cowboy hat to Graham Yost and company's  often superb Elmore Leonard adaptation, which has dispensed heaping servings of badassery on a consistent basis, especially if you pretend Season 5 just never happened.

But just as Season 5 is accepted by anybody sensible as the "Justified" nadir, I'm unprepared to accept the contention that any "Justified" season other than the second constitutes its peak.

"Justified" has reliably hovered in the second half of my Top 20 for all of its non-Season 5 seasons, but Season 2 was the only one to crack my Top 10, finishing at No.7, which seemed insufficiently rapturous to me in retrospect, but I looked back at the six shows that finished above and you're talking about the final "Friday Night Lights" season, the fourth "Breaking Bad" season, 26 near-perfect episodes of "Parks & Recreation," Season 2 of "Louie" and Season 1 of "Game of Thrones." I'm not going to quibble with any of those preferences, while distancing myself from the decision to place Season 1 of "Downton Abbey" at No.3 would just be bitter, disappointed ret-conning of my preferences and there's no point to that.

To my mind, "Justified" has been a near-great show for four seasons of its run, a perplexingly bad show for one season and, for one 13-episode stretch, it was great.

Once I decided that this week's Waxing Episodic feature would focus on a Season 2 "Justified" episode, it became a question of which one to choose. "The Spoil" features Mags Bennett's town-hall speech against Black Pike Mining, which may be my favorite moment of the season. "The Reckoning" was Timothy Olyphant's submission episode for the only "Justified" season that earned him an Emmy nomination. 

But sometimes it's safer not to try to outthink the room. The best season of "Justified" is as satisfying as it is in large part due to its climactic episode, a glorious bloodbath that left several major characters dead and at least two more major characters nursing bullet-wounds into the next season. 

Appropriately titled "Bloody Harlan," the Season 2 finale featured shootouts, explosions, highfalutin speechifying, heroic sacrifice, nefarious double-dealing and as much Raylan Givens ethical and moral ambiguity as one could ever want.  

Some more thoughts on "Bloody Harlan," as well as thoughts on what made Season 2 of "Justified" so special, after the break... This'll definitely contain Season 2 spoilers, but probably more.

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HitFix First Look: 'Amazing Race' teams dangle high above Monaco

HitFix First Look: 'Amazing Race' teams dangle high above Monaco

Check out an exclusive clip from the Friday, April 10 episodic

It's always a bit surprising when "The Amazing Race" is making its first appearance in a particular country, but Friday (April 10) night's episode will be the initial visit to Monaco for Phil Keoghan and company. [Actually, I can't say with any certainty that this is Phil Keoghan's first visit to Monaco. I just know it's his first visit with "The Amazing Race."]

Check above for a HitFix exclusive clip of the couples dangling high above Monaco in a task that features both ziplining -- It feels like we've done that at least once already this season -- but also precarious wire-balancing. 

Do not watch if you have vertigo!

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<p>Matthew Perry of &quot;The Odd Couple&quot;</p>

Matthew Perry of "The Odd Couple"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Odd Couple' rise for CBS Thursday

'American Crime' slips below The Mulaney Line for ABC

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 9, 2015.

"The Big Bang Theory" and "The Odd Couple" both recovered slightly from last week's doldrums and helped lift CBS to a primetime sweep.

For the second straight week, Thursday's numbers were generally weak.

"Grey's Anatomy" got a small bump in a special 9 p.m. airing, but ABC's "American Crime" still slipped below The Mulaney Line in the key demographic. FOX's "Bones" was also down in the key demo, but added a few overall viewers, as did "Backstrom." 

Let's get to the unimpressive figures...

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