<p>It&#39;s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown</p>

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Great Pumpkin' helps ABC split Wednesday with CBS

'Black-ish' viewing continues to fluctuate

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

CBS and ABC tied in the Wednesday ratings among young adults — CBS with its usual lineup, ABC swapping in animated holiday specials for its 8'clock sitcoms — though CBS handily won the night overall among total viewers.

For the night, CBS averaged a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, and 9.29 million viewers overall, while ABC did a 2.1 with 6.51 million viewers. NBC was third (1.5, 7.5 million), followed by FOX (1.1, 3.39 million) and the CW (0.6, 1.94 million).

8 p.m. -- "Survivor" (2.3, 9.32 million viewers) won the hour for CBS, with "Toy Story of TERROR!" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" combining to be down slightly (2.0, 6.28 million) from "The Middle" and "The Goldbergs." "The Mysteries of Laura" was third for NBC (1.3, 8.52 million), followed by "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX (1.2, 3.66 million) and "Arrow" on the CW (0.8, 2.25 million).

9 p.m. -- ABC won the hour thanks to "Modern Family" (3.3, 9.46 million) and "Black-ish" (2.5, 6.92 million), which was down from last week but steady from the week before. CBS was second with "Criminal Minds" (2.4, 10.75 million), followed by "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC (1.7, 7.27 million), "Red Band Society" on FOX (0.9, 3.11 million), and a "The Flash" repeat on the CW (0.5, 1.63 million), that roughly equaled the debut audience for "Jane the Virgin" two nights earlier.

10 p.m. -- "Stalker" put CBS back in first place (1.7, 7.8 million), ahead of "Chicago PD" on NBC (1.6, 6.71 million) and "Nashville" on ABC (1.3, 5.08 million).

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.

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<p>Michael Pe&ntilde;a of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Michael Peña of "Gracepoint"

Credit: FOX

Interview: Michael Peña on 'Gracepoint,' 'CHiPs,' 'Ant-Man' and more

One Q&A and one video interview and there's a lot he can't say

VICTORIA, BC and LOS ANGELES, CA. It's a double-dose of interviews with Michael Peña about his new FOX drama "Gracepoint."

Back in May, I sat down with Peña on the Vancouver Island set of the "Broadchurch" remake. 

At the time, the versatile actor, whose credits range from "End of Watch" to "Eastbound & Down" to the upcoming "Fury," didn't know the answer to the big mystery of "Gracepoint," specifically who killed his character's young son. 

By the time we talked on video in Los Angeles in August, Peña was a little bit more guarded about the show's mysteries, though he was much more willing to discuss his potential upcoming movie version of "CHiPs," which may or may not happen.

But it's nice to have both interviews available. In the print interview from the set, Peña discusses what attracted him to this particular television and his personal approach to the character, as a father himself. He also talks about how he imprinted parts of himself on Mark Solano.

And above, he talks about the things he can't say about the different tones of his various projects and a couple upcoming movie roles.

Check out the video above and the Q&A below.

"Gracepoint" airs its third episode on Thursday (October 16) night at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'We're a Hot Mess'

Drew decides to take control. Is this a good idea?

Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Coyopa had just weakened a weak tribe by booting the otherwise unappealing John Rocker. "We weren't winning anyways, so..." Alec says. "Kudos to the team," says Baylor, who thinks they'll be better with John Rocker's attitude removed. Dale admits that he let his social game slide and suspects he's toast if they lose again. Dale had a social game at some point?

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<p>Grant Gustin of &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

Grant Gustin of "The Flash"

Credit: The CW

TV Ratings: 'Flash' zips past ABC, FOX as 'Marry Me' helps normal Tuesday split

NBC tops the key demo while 'NCIS' leads CBS overall

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

The second week of "The Flash" kept The CW in third place for Tuesday in the key demo as the impressively steady "NCIS: New Orleans" helped CBS win the night overall and the "Voice"-boosted "Marry Me" premiere contributed to NBC's win among young viewers.

The drop for "The Flash" was easily within expectations and still led into another strong showing for "Supernatural."

ABC got most of Tuesday's negative news with the flattish "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as the night's lone bright spot. "Selfie" was down to The Mulaney Line (a 1.0 in the key demo), "Manhattan Love Story" remained below The Line and dipper in viewers and "Forever" continued its steady slip.

FOX's comedies were also in a low place, as repeats in the 8 p.m. hour put the network itself below The Mulaney Line for Tuesday.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

Credit: CW

TV Ratings: NBC wins Monday, 'Jane the Virgin' debuts well for CW

No big drops, with 'Scorpion' and 'Gotham' stabilizing

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 13, 2014.

Monday night's 49ers-Rams game aired on one CBS affiliate and one CW affiliate, which may skew the final ratings a bit, but in preliminary numbers, the CW's "Jane the Virgin" had a promising debut, "Scorpion" stabilized after last week's big drop, "Big Bang Theory" was the night's most-watched show, and NBC won the night on the strength of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist."

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'Gotham' star Robin Lord Taylor says Oswald is 10 percent of the way to full Penguin

'Gotham' star Robin Lord Taylor says Oswald is 10 percent of the way to full Penguin

What's up with the Gordon-Cobblepot relationship going forward?

In the world of FOX's "Gotham," Future Batman is a sad middle schooler. Future Riddler is a puzzle enthusiast working for Gotham PD. Future Catwoman is an agile girl with trust issues. And Future Poison Ivy is just a kid with some interest in horticulture. 

Perhaps that's why it's so much fun to watch Robin Lord Taylor strutting or waddling his stuff as Oswald Cobblepot. No, he isn't The Penguin, but Oswald is well on his way to being an ingratiating little budding psychopath. 

"I don't know if there was ever a completely 'normal' Oswald," Taylor said when he stopped by the HitFix video studio last week, referencing the eccentric performance by Carol Kane as Mama Cobblepot as some of the origin for the eventual supervillain. 

When last we saw Oswald, he was popping up at Jim Gordon's door, which is sure to cause awkwardness since so far as several crime lords know, The Future Commissioner Gordon shot Oswald and let his body wash away.

"I do think that Gordon is really the only person in Gotham City who Penguin trusts and, on top of that, he owes him his life and I don't think he takes that lightly," Taylor teases. In a little bit that was trimmed from this interview, Taylor suggested that Oswald isn't likely to feed Gordon a guilt trip about the crimes he's committed since Gordon let him go free. See, Oswald just wants a friend. 

As vicious and an unpredictable as Taylor's Oswald is, though, the actor says we have a whole lot of darkening and craziness to go.

"I think we're 10 percent there," Taylor says of his journey to Penguin-dom.

Check out the full interview above.

And a new episode of "Gotham" airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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<p>The &quot;Felicity&quot; haircut</p>

The "Felicity" haircut

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 252

Dan and Alan review 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Marry Me' and talk 'Walking Dead' and 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.

Time for a slightly early-in-the-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We bumped this podcast up to Monday so that we could get in a review for The CW's "Jane the Virgin," which we both kinda like. It also adds some freshness to our discussions of Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and "Boardwalk Empire."

In this busy podcast, we also reviewed NBC's "Marry Me," discussed the first few "Parenthood" episodes of the season and answered a few pieces of Listener Mail.

Whee!

Next week's podcast might be a bit later in the week so that I can catch up on a few things that I won't get to this week. That was just a warning. Worry not. A podcast will exist.

And here's today's breakdown:
"Jane the Virgin" (00:00:55 - 00:13:30)
"Marry Me" (00:13:30 - 00:21:50)
Listener Mail: FOX's fall struggles (00:22:20 - 00:31:20)
Listener Mail: Haircut-based TV declines (00:31:25 - 00:41:55)
"Parenthood" (00:42:00 - 00:53:00)
"The Walking Dead" (00:53:10 - 01:08:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (01:08:00 - 01:28:00)

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>Zombies! From &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; Season 5.</p>

Zombies! From "The Walking Dead" Season 5.

Credit: AMC

'Walking Dead' Season 5 premiere sets AMC records

Zombie favorite returns above last fall's premiere

America's appetite for brains, or at least our appetite for watching the living dead and their appetite for brains, remains unabated.

AMC's "The Walking Dead" returned on Sunday (October 12) night and set new highs for both the series and, by logical extension, for the network.

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<p>&quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

"Gotham"

Credit: FOX

FOX extends 'Gotham' Season 1 to a full 22 episodes

Originally slated for 16 episodes, Batman prequel gets six more episodes

Last year, FOX ordered 13 episodes of "Sleepy Hollow" and decided to order a second season rather than giving the freshman hit drama a back-nine, which resulted in a nine-month absence between seasons, which may or may have resulted in the show's current Season 2 ratings drop. 

This year, FOX has learned its lesson about not necessarily sticking to its guns when it comes to a successful first-year show.

Kevin Reilly told reporters repeatedly last spring that "Gotham" would only do 16 episodes in its first season.

When I spoke to "Gotham" star Ben McKenzie in August, he expressed relief at not needing to do more than 16 episodes.

And on Monday (October 13), FOX announced that "Gotham" has received a back-six pickup, bringing its first season to 22 episodes.

Fair enough! I guess this means we're getting a Rooney episode after all.

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<p>The Eagles manhandled the Giants on Sunday</p>

The Eagles manhandled the Giants on Sunday

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Giants-Eagles rout leads Sunday, while 'Once Upon a Time' tumbles

How big a bite did "Walking Dead" take out of the networks on Sunday?

Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 12, 2014.

A one-sided Sunday Night Football rivalry game between the Giants and Eagles dominated Sunday primetime in all measures, with NBC's only competition coming from FOX, which was boosted by NFL overrun.

FOX's football overrun definitely played a big role in the week-to-week growth for "The Simpsons" and the ripple continued with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and even "Mulaney" rising in Fast Nationals.

Most of the night's other network returns were on the low side, with "Once Upon a Time," Resurrection" and "Revenge" all slipping for ABC and "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" probably dropping for CBS, though football makes those CBS numbers a bit murky.

And yes, it's fairly certain that Sunday's top program was actually AMC's "The Walking Dead" premiere, but those numbers won't be available until later.

On to the network primetime figures...

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