<p>&quot;Glee&quot;</p>

"Glee"

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TV Ratings: Final 'Glee' premiere is weak as ABC, CBS split Friday

'Last Man Standing,' 'Blue Bloods' and 'Shark Tank' have big Fridays

Fast National ratings for Friday, January 9, 2015.

"Shark Tank" and a strong "Last Man Standing" episode led ABC to a Friday win in the key demographic, while "Blue Bloods" helped CBS to its normal Friday domination overall.

The night's other notable was the final season premiere of FOX's "Glee," which was rather ridiculously low, though comparisons to the musical dramedy's Thursday numbers from last year are probably pointless.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jamie and Claire of &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Jamie and Claire of "Outlander"

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'Outlander' team teases the second half of Season 1 - Press Tour Live-Blog

Ronald D. Moore, Diana Gabaldon, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan return

The last time "Outlander" developer Ronald D. Moore, original novelist Diana Gabaldon and stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan visited the TCA press tour, we hadn't actually seen any of the time-traveling Starz drama. 

Now, we have!

Actually, now we've seen the eight "Outlander" episodes that aired over the summer and many of us have seen the first three episodes of the season's second half. 

Let's see how the conversation changes!

WARNING: I've read the first book and we in this room have seen, as I just said, through Episode 11 and it's very likely that the conversation may include some spoilers. I really can't predict how spoiler-y the questions are going to be. So if you're experiencing "Outlander" for the first time on TV, proceed with caution! *After* the panel I'll be able to clarify which questions are spoiler-y and which aren't, but not until after the panel...

ALSO: There's a strong chance I'm gonna misspell Diana Gabaldon, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan's names at some point. Possibly even here. I think I'm OK with Ronald D. Moore. But be nice. I'll fix anything you need me to fix.

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<p>&quot;Bates Motel&quot;</p>

"Bates Motel"

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'Bates Motel' and 'The Returned' premiere dates confirmed

Carlton Cuse does double remake duty on Mondays in March

Starting in March, A&E has set up a Monday night of Carlton Cuse-produced spins on genre favorites.

A&E announced on Friday (January 9) morning that "Bates Motel" will return for its third season on Monday, March 9 at 9 p.m. "Bates Motel" will be followed by the first season of A&E's remake of "The Returned," which A&E hopes will do better than last spring's short-lived "Bates" lead-out "Those That Kill."

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<p>&quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

"The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Night 2 helps FOX hold off 'Big Bang'-driven CBS on Thursday

Nobody watches 'Bad Judge' or 'A to Z' again

Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Fueled by its two-hour running time, the season's second night of "American Idol" rose in viewers and nearly equalled the premiere in the key demo, helping FOX win Thursday in both measures.

While "The Big Bang Theory" clobbered "Idol" across-the-board, "Idol" was able to do better against the rest of the CBS comedies, dominating the 9 p.m. hour in particular. FOX boasts this is the best Night 2 "Idol" retention in six years, but the whole one-hour versus two-hour thing makes that an apples/oranges comparison.

Among other Thursday notables, the home-stretch for "Parenthood" got off to a solid start, while nobody watches NBC's 9 p.m. comedies.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Kelley Kime and Hope</p>

Kelley Kime and Hope

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 Auditions - Nashville & Kansas City

After a slow start, a slew of good interviews boost the season's second episode

"American Idol" returned on Wednesday (January 7) night to somewhat tepid ratings and with a one-hour episode that was almost entirely devoid of likely breakout talent.

FOX posted the first episode online for critics and then wisely posted the second, which is airing tonight. The move was wise because, as you'll soon see, Thursday's episode is much, much better. There are three or four contestants who appeared on Thursday's episode and seem like plausible Finalists.

So click through and follow along as I recap the highlights and lowlights.

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<p>Emilia Clarke of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones"

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'Game of Thrones,' 'Silicon Valley' and 'Veep' get April premieres on HBO

All three HBO dramas are up for Series Golden Globes this weekend

HBO made critics wait a solid minute into the network's presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour before announcing the news most of our readers were waiting for.

"Game of Thrones," "Veep" and "Silicon Valley" are all set to return to HBO on Sunday, April 12.

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<p>&quot;Bob&#39;s Burgers&quot;</p>

"Bob's Burgers"

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'Bob's Burgers' renewed for Season 6 on FOX

Fire up the grill for more of TV's best animated comedy

Winner of last year's Outstanding Animated Series Emmy, "Bob's Burgers" has been renewed for a sixth season on FOX.

The network announced on Thursday (January 8) that it has picked up an additional 22 episodes of 'Bob's Burgers" for the 2015-16 season. "Bob's Burgers still has, by my unscientific count, 14 more episodes left to air this year in its fifth season.

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<p>Patrick Wilson</p>

Patrick Wilson

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Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson land key 'Fargo' Season 2 roles

Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Donovan are also officially set for the FX dramedy

Putting FX's "Fargo" at No.1 on my list of 2014's Best TV Shows has not, apparently, landed me magic casting power on the second season. FX announced casting for the season's lead on Thursday (January 8) and, sorry Twitter followers and podcast listeners, it's not Joel Kinnaman. 

Patrick Wilson is set to play Young Lou Solverson, Vietnam veteran and clean-cut Minnesota State Patrolman, the character who was played by Keith Carradine in the anthology's Emmy-winning first season.

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

"American Idol"

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TV Ratings: FOX's 'Empire' strikes big, 'American Idol' Wednesday premiere is soft

Hip-hop drama builds on its 'Idol' lead-in in the key demographic

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

"American Idol" had its weakest premiere ever among young viewers and its softest overall launch since Season 1 on Wednesday night, but FOX is still giddy this morning after a huge premiere for "Empire," especially in the key demographic.

The Season 14 premiere of "Idol" drew 10.89 million viewers and did a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 in Fast Nationals. For comparison purposes, last year's Wednesday "Idol" premiere averaged nearly 15.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49. Those numbers were, of course, for a two-hour premiere, as last year's "Idol" did only a 4.4 key demo rating and under 14.9 million in its first hour.

But, again, with a robust 3.7 key demo rating for "Empire," there's plenty to smile about at FOX. To be more specific, "Empire" is FOX's highest rated series debut since January 2012. That high-rated debut? "Touch."

[UPDATE: FOX got rushed Final Live+SD ratings and "Empire" ticked up to a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49, tying ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" for the season's top debut.]

Wednesday also saw strong performances from ABC's early-night comedies, particularly "The Goldbergs," though a low night for "Black-ish" takes away some of that enthusiasm.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Emily Brooke of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Emily Brooke of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 Premiere

Keith, Harry and J-Lo return to FOX's spotlight at the Nashville Auditions

"American Idol" is back for Season 14 and it's important to remind you: The last two winners have been Candice Glover and Caleb Johnson.

For the past few years, the ability to make stars has been the thing "Idol" has used to set it apart from the higher-rated "Voice." It's not like the coronation of Phillip Phillips, an artist with probably more album sales than every "Voice" winner combined, was that long ago, but in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business, "Idol" could use another breakout soon. [Note that ratings were WAY down for "The Voice" this past season, as the NBC singing competition appears to have peaked and be heading into the predictable slide that almost all competition shows eventually go into. While pundits love to talk trash about the decline in "Idol" ratings, folks were oddly silent about "The Voice" in the fall. Shrug.]

Expect more declines for "Idol" this season, but a breakout, incandescent star might help.

So let's get down to the business of recapping Wednesday (January 7) night's premiere! With FOX sending out screeners, the live-blog times line up with episode time-code and not with any time from a real clock. Oh and Thursday's (January 8) two-hour episode is vastly better than tonight's premiere. Stick around.

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