<p>Random people from &quot;How To Get Away With Murder&quot;</p>

Random people from "How To Get Away With Murder"

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'How To Get Away With Murder' sets Live+3 records for ABC Thursday

All of Shonda Rhimes' Thursday hits pad their big numbers

"How To Get Away With Murder" has added a record-breaking Live+3 Day DVR haul to what was already a tremendous premiere.

The September 25 premiere of "How To Get Away With Murder" added 6 million viewers after three days of playback, which ABC is calling the largest-ever total viewer increase in Live+3 for a network telecast. Your previous record-holder? A January 2014 telecast of "Blacklist," which NBC likes to note has a disproportionate number of the largest-ever DVR audience bumps.

The DVR boost took "How To Get Away With Murder" from 14.3 million viewers in Live+SD to 20.3 million in Live+3. "HTGAWM" also got a sizable DVR bump among adults 18-49, rising 1.9 ratings points, or 49 percent, to a 5.8 key demo rating, up from a 3.9 Live+SD rating that was already a triumph. While it wasn't the largest volume gain in the key demo of any show from last week -- two "Big Bang Theory" episodes both added 2.0 ratings points -- it was the biggest freshman gainer in volume. It also moved "Murder" up to second among scripted programs for last week in Live+3 numbers for the 18-49 demo, behind only those episodes of "Big Bang Theory."

So yeah. ABC is pleased.

And how did the rest of ABC's lineup do with Thursday DVR figures? And what happened with FOX's "Bones"? 

Let's take a look...

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<p>&quot;Selfie&quot;</p>

"Selfie"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 249

Dan and Alan review 'Selfie,' 'Stalker,' 'Gracepoint,' 'A to Z,' 'Bad Judge' and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

Time for the first of what will probably be two Firewall & Iceberg podcasts this week. 

In this podcast? We review a lot of trash, including "Selfie," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Stalker." We were less negative on "Gracepoint" and "A to Z," at least.

And we talked about Sunday's "Simpsons" premiere and the "Family Guy" episode that took place in Springfield and featured characters from "The Simpsons," but wasn't really a crossover.

That leaves us with a TON still to talk about on Thursday or Friday.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Selfie" (00:00:55 - 00:13:20)
"Manhattan Love Story" (00:13:23 - 00:23:15)
"Stalker" (00:23:15 - 00:26:25)
"Bad Judge" (00:26:30 - 00:39:10)
"Gracepoint" (00:39:10 - 00:53:00)
"A to Z" (00:53:00 - 01:06:20)
Sunday's "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" (01:06:20 - 01:18:40)

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>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: Monday viewers still loving 'Scorpion,' 'NCIS: LA' flops and 'Gotham,' 'Blacklist' dip

'The Voice' maintains NBC's advantage in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 29, 2014.

As you'd expect, most of Monday's originals dipped from their premieres in the season's second week, with "Scorpion" retaining relatively impressively to help CBS win the night overall, while "The Voice" helped NBC dominate the key demo even in decline.

There were no gainers on Monday, in fact, as "Gotham," "Sleepy Hollow," "The Blacklist" and even the all-powerful "The Big Bang Theory" fell.

There were a couple shows that held off on their premieres for this week and got mixed results.

ABC's "Castle" came back on the high side, but with NBC taking Monday Night Football coverage in several markets, those numbers are certain to slip at least a little. But no matter how far "Castle" slips, it's unlikely to fall below CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles," which collapsed on Monday night in its first separation from the "NCIS" mothership.

Finally, another of The CW's IHeart Radio specials vanished without much of a trace.

On to Monday's numbers, subject to change as always...

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<p>David Tennant and Anna Gunn of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

David Tennant and Anna Gunn of "Gracepoint"

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Talking with David Tennant and Anna Gunn on the set of FOX's 'Gracepoint'

American accents, uncertain whodunits and a Scottish 'Breaking Bad' are discussed

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA. This past spring, my tour of Fake American Police Precincts took me from Bemidji, Minnesota in Calgary for FX's "Fargo" to Gracepoint, California in Victoria, BC for FOX's "Gracepoint."

After avoiding incarceration in Bemidji, I find myself with two other reporters, a publicist and at least three or four hair-and-makeup professionals in Gracepoint's not-uncomfortable lock-up.

Once they have us behind bars, there's a very real chance that one of us will turn out to be the murderer in "Gracepoint," since a consistent refrain from the entire cast is that none of them know know whodunnit and the person behind the death of young Danny Solano won't be the same character who killed Danny Latimer in the original "Broadchurch."

It's early May on the "Gracepoint" set and they're finishing up paired production on episodes seven and eight and moving on to the climactic ninth and 10th episodes, but nobody has seen a script for those last episodes and nobody is admitting to outside knowledge.

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<p>FOX&#39;s &quot;Red Band Society&quot;</p>

FOX's "Red Band Society"

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'Red Band Society,' 'Modern Family,' 'Black-ish' add big Wednesday Live+3 numbers

'Mysteries of Laura' doesn't get much of a DVR bump

When is it slightly less disastrous for a Wednesday drama only to be doing a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49? When it's getting a 60+ percent DVR bump in today's TV landscape. 

Or at least that's the narrative FOX is pushing this week, as "Red Band Society" got a 64 percent Live+3 DVR bump from last Wednesday's (September 24) episode, bringing its three-day total to a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.

That's still not terrific. It ties "Red Band Society" with its Wednesday stablemate "Hell's Kitchen" and places it ahead of only "The Mindy Project" and "Utopia" among network Live+3 performances in the 18-49 demo for last week. However, a 1.8 key demo rating is still better than a 1.1 key demo rating and it means that Week 2 of "RBS" delivered the same Live+3 key demo rating as its premiere, despite the drop in Live+SD numbers.

Let's look at some other Live+3 numbers from Wednesday's premieres and finales and whatnot...

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<p>DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys</p>

DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys

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TV Ratings: NFL, 'Family Guy'-'Simpsons' crossover and 'Once' lead Sunday

'Revenge' premiere struggles for ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, September 28, 2014.

NBC's Saints-Cowboys telecast led Sunday night in all measures, but there were a slew of other big numbers in primetime, including a strong return for ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and impressive figures for FOX's "Family Guy"/"Simpsons" crossover hour. 

In addition, CBS got strong overall numbers for the second weeks of "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife."

ABC's "Resurrection" and FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" got off to decent starts on Sunday, but ABC's "Revenge" may have passed its sell-by date.

CBS and FOX both had NFL overrun in many markets, while NBC had its usual football, leading to the predictable and inevitable changeability of these numbers.

On to the preliminary ratings...

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<p>John Noble of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

John Noble of "Sleepy Hollow"

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Interview: 'Sleepy Hollow' star John Noble on Season 2 and what drives War, Henry and Jeremy

The 'Fringe' veteran discusses playing another character with many sides and incarnations

WILMINGTON, NC. There was a point a few years back when I seemed to talk with John Noble every few weeks about the universe-bending twists and turns of FOX's "Fringe."

We talked on the drama's Vancouver set. We talked at FOX summer press days on multiple occasions. We talked via satellite. We talked at Comic-Con. Because of the constantly evolving nature of "Fringe" and Walter Bishop and Walternate and various permutations on each character, Noble never repeated himself in our conversations and always impressed with a passion for the subject matter that extended to his hosting duties on Science's "Dark Matters: Twisted But True."

Noble probably wasn't worried about the year or two that he spent not being interviewed by HitFix. He did some Australian TV. He guested on CBS' "The Good Wife" a couple times. And he began work on another FOX drama "Sleepy Hollow," in which he got to play yet another character who turned out to have two or three very different layers.

Introduced as Sin Eater Henry Parrish, we were later told that Henry was actually Jeremy Crane, son of Ichabod and Katrina. And as if that dead-cheating secret wasn't enough, we also discovered that Henry/Jeremy was actually War, the Second of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It sounds confusing, but in context it all makes sense in that way that nearly everything in "Sleepy Hollow" sounds confusing, but all kinda makes sense in context. And don't worry, it's a challenge for John Noble to understand as well.

Last month, I sat down with my former scene partner in a makeshift press holding area above a "Sleepy Hollow" location in Wilmington, North Carolina. After years of the "Fringe" grind, Noble seemed enthusiastic and energized with his responsibilities on "Sleepy Hollow." Just two days from his 66th birthday, Noble was all smiles, talking his relative surplus of downtime, which gives him the chance for music and painting, among other pursuits. 

It's also giving him time for research. Just as "Fringe" let Noble delve into a passion for physics, "Sleepy Hollow" is letting him research magic and witchcraft and he sounds every bit as invested in this character as he was in the role he spent five years playing previously. In this interview, he talks about his approach to the Henry/Jeremy/War trinity and the challenges of playing a character so frequently shrouded in mystery and conflicted motivations.

"Sleepy Hollow" will air its second episode on Monday (September 29) night.

Click through for the full John Noble Q&A.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot; premiere</p>

Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere

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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' premiere, 'New Girl' get Tuesday Live+3 Bumps

'Person of Interest' numbers look at bit less ugly now

The early Live+3 DVR numbers for Tuesday, September 23 are largely about ameliorating the Live+SD numbers for a couple shows that looked like minor disappointments and being reminded that when it comes to DVR numbers, the rich often get richer.

When it comes to the rich getting richer, the premiere of "NCIS" added nearly 3.3 million viewers and went from 18.23 million in Live+Same Day to 21.52 million in Live+3 Day, also picking up a full ratings point among adults 18-49 to end up with a 3.9 rating in the key demographic.

Also growing from an already high position was the series launch of "NCIS: New Orleans," which added 2.82 million viewers to reach 20.05 million in Live+3. The 18-49 DVR growth for "NCIS: New Orleans" was an unremarkable 28 percent, but that just meant it ended up with a 3.2 rating in the key demo, as well as a 4.7 rating in CBS' coveted 25-54 demo.

But we already knew "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans" were hits as of Tuesday's Live+SDs. Which Tuesday underperformers got Live+3 bumps? Click through for the details...

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<p>Terry Crews in Sunday&#39;s &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot; premiere</p>

Terry Crews in Sunday's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" premiere

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Interview: Terry Crews on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' superpowers and working with Miss Piggy

And why doesn't Terry Crews spend his Sundays watching football?

I sat down with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews three weeks ago on the opening Sunday of the NFL season and immediately felt guilty for taking the former NFL defensive end away from his TV.

Fortunately, it turns out that Crews is not one of those former jocks who spends his weekends glued to televised football, which will make it a lot easier for him to catch "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" in a new Sunday 8:30 slot that will have his FOX comedy going up against gridiron action on a different network.

Crews proved to be as excited to talk about *missing* NFL coverage as he is to talk about most things, because it will surprise absolutely nobody to learn that Terry Crews is a man of great enthusiasm. Whether discussing his recent TCA Awards hosting stint with Miss Piggy or his Golden Globe-winning FOX police sitcom, Crews is prone to shouting and arm-waving, though to my great regret, Crews didn't make any of his muscles dance during out chat.

It turns out that Crews' "Brooklyn" character, Sergeant Terry Jeffords, was originally conceived of as meek and quiet, before the writers made last minute rewrites to make their Terry more like real Terry. But real Terry insists that he also has a softer, more introspective side, even if he also relishes a player who became more superhuman as the season progressed.

In our chat, Crews admits that he didn't, in fact, lift a car in one of last season's funniest scenes, but he confesses a part of that sequence that actually was authentic.

Click through for the full Q&A with Terry Crews...

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<p>Ben McKenzie of &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Ben McKenzie of "Gotham"

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'Gotham,' 'Blacklist,' 'Sleepy Hollow' are early Monday Live+3 winners

'The Big Bang Theory' gets the biggest DVR bump by volume

TV industry reporters are all still exhausted from the 2014-15 season's first week of Live+Same Day ratings, but just in time for the weekend, the Live+3 Day ratings are beginning to trickle in, starting with Monday, September 27.

Not surprisingly, the early Live+3 Day winners are the shows that were already winners, with slightly lower-rated shows posting bigger percentage gains and slightly higher rated shows gaining more volume, but lower percentages. Math is funny like that.

So while "The Big Bang Theory" may have "only" posted 37 percent gains in the 18-49 demo, no Monday show gained more ratings points than the 2.0 gains for both "BBT" episodes. That means that the two episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" went from a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+SD numbers to a whopping 7.4 rating in the key demo with Live+3. "Big Bang Theory" also rose from 18.03 million viewers Live+SD to 22.55 million in Live+3, adding 4.52 million viewers, which is really great but only converts to a 25 percent bump.

But if "Big Bang Theory" is your volume leader, your percentage leaders are on FOX, where "Gotham" added a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 to go from a 3.2 in L+SD to a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+3. That's a 56 percent bump and it moves "Gotham" ahead of "The Blacklist" for the night. 

Meanwhile, a lackluster 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+SD for "Sleepy Hollow" is a little mitigated by 50 percent Live+3 growth, bringing the drama to a 3.0 rating in the key demo. Even including DVR usage, that's still lower than the Live+SD ratings "Sleepy Hollow" was doing early last season, both in its pre-season premiere, but also in first couple airings against actual competition. FOX probably isn't concerned or even hugely disappointed with these "Sleepy Hollow" numbers, but somebody probably expected more. 

A few more L+3 DVR highlights after the break...

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