<p>Old Man Ted in the &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; finale</p>

Old Man Ted in the "How I Met Your Mother" finale

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TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' finale hits highs, but 'Blacklist' helps NBC win Monday

'Dancing' outdraws the 'HIMYM' finale overall and puts ABC in second

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 31, 2014.

The series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" delivered big numbers for CBS Monday, helping the network dominate the start of primetime and beating "The Voice." However, low numbers for the [series?] finale of "Intelligence" helped NBC eke out a Monday win among young viewers and also win overall, edging "Dancing"-fueled ABC.

The "How I Met Your Mother" finale drew the biggest overall audience (12.94 million) in the show's history, as well as its best 18-49 rating (5.3), its best 18-34 rating (5.8) and a tie for its best 25-54 rating (5.4).

Even with the big "HIMYM" audience, FOX's "Bones" posted a small week-to-week gain, while The CW's "Star-Crossed" and particularly "The Tomorrow People" were up.

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'Penny Dreadful' Exclusive: Meet Dr. Victor Frankenstein

'Penny Dreadful' Exclusive: Meet Dr. Victor Frankenstein

HitFix has the new poster featuring Harry Treadaway as the notorious scientist

We're still over a month away from the May 11 premiere of the new supernatural drama "Penny Dreadful," but you've probably seen the ultra-creepy ads for the eight-episode series popping up before and after your current Showtime favorites..

Showtime has been gradually unveiling seven character posters for some of the iconic characters featured in the John Logan-created drama, which was directed in its first two installments by "The Orphanage" helmer Juan Antonio Bayona.

The cast features Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper and Reeve Carney.

Here, exclusive to HitFix at least for a little bit, we have your first look at Harry Treadaway ("The Lone Ranger") as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. We don't know much about how the character will be depicted in "Penny Dreadful," but it's safe to say he has a lot of heart.

Check it out:

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<p>Aden Young of &quot;Rectify&quot;</p>

Aden Young of "Rectify"

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Interview: Aden Young discusses SundanceTV's 'Rectify'

One of 2013's best dramas is now available on Netflix

"One Daniel to another. Perfect," Aden Young says as we're connected on the phone.

It's no surprise that Young feels a deep connection to Daniel Holden, his character on SundanceTV's "Rectify." A 35-year-old man freed after spending 19 years on Death Row for a murder we're not quite sure if he committed, Holden is the sort of deeply tortured and intriguingly internalized character who I suspect must be hard to set aside at the end of the day. It's a bit of a shock, in that light, to be reminded that Young, like seemingly half of the leading men on network and cable TV, is Australian by residency and upbringing and Canadian by birth.

While Young has a strong roster of Aussie film, TV and stage credits, "Rectify" is his biggest America TV role, which offers the pleasant pleasure of enjoying Daniel Holden without a decade of screen baggage. It's similar to Jon Hamm's breakout as Don Draper and, in a perfect world, it would be receiving the same level of acclaim and awards attention.

"Rectify" premiered last spring as part of a breakout year of original programming for SundanceTV and it has just become available on Netflix so that y'all can catch up before Season 2, 10 episodes rather than six this time, premieres on June 19.

In our chat, Young explains why he almost prioritized pulling Chinese noodles over "Rectify," the challenges of stillness and how much he does or doesn't know about what the crime that nearly cost Daniel his life. I did a little goading to try to get Young to talk about the shocking first season finale and although his answer is 100 percent spoiler-free (really, the whole interview is), I put it on a second page, just in case.

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<p>David Duchovny</p>

David Duchovny

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NBC 'Aquarius' will pit David Duchovny against Charles Manson

'Californication' star's new drama gets a 13-episode order

NBC is going back to the past in its latest piece of scheduling for its future.

The network announced on Monday (March 31) that it has given a direct-to-series order to "Aquarius," a true crime drama that will mark David Duchovny's return to broadcast TV.

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<p>Michonne is ready for action in Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; finale</p>

Michonne is ready for action in Sunday's "The Walking Dead" finale

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'Walking Dead' Season 4 finale crushes network competition

'Talking Dead' sets series highs in the 10 p.m. hour for AMC

When it came to shows about the recently deceased, Sunday (March 30) night's episodes of "The Good Wife" and "Resurrection" couldn't come close to matching the fourth season finale for AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Per AMC, Sunday's "Walking Dead" finale drew 15.7 million viewers, including 10.2 million in the 18-49 demographic. That wrapped up a season that averaged 13.3 million Live+Same Day viewers, including 8.6 million in the 18-49 demographic, numbers up 24 percent and 22 percent over the show's Season 3 averages.

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<p>Kentucky celebrates its Elite 8 win</p>

Kentucky celebrates its Elite 8 win

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TV Ratings: NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday as 'Resurrection,' 'Crisis' drops continue

'Good Wife' draws its second-biggest audience of the season

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 30, 2014.

A tight NCAA Tournament Elite 8 game stretched 20 minutes into Sunday primetime and boosted CBS to primetime-winning numbers in all key measures.

Meanwhile, all of Sunday's new programming continued to drop with weekly declines for "Resurrection," "Cosmos," "Believe" and "Crisis."

If you're looking for some good news, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" posted a small gain among young viewers, though "Revenge" was down week-to-week.

[We'll have "Walking Dead" finale ratings later in the day. They'll be higher than anything on-network.]

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Amazing Race: All-Stars"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Down and Dirty'

Tuk-tuk bedlam and elephant dung help determine Sunday's Leg

If you ask me for a preference between Country Blondes Jennifer and Caroline, I'll always go with punchy, pint-sized Caroline, she of the reliable zingers and ace comic timing.

But Jennifer had the smartest observation in Sunday (March 30) night's "Amazing Race."

Musing on why this season has been difficult, Jennifer noted, "Nobody makes mistakes."

That's not exactly true. Natalie & Nadiya couldn't find a wedding dress shop in China over several hours and they went home. Mark & Mallory went back to get Mark's bag and they went home. Joey & Meghan didn't tell their driver to stay at a Roadblock and they went home. And last week, Margie & Luke couldn't get tickets for a good flight leaving Kuala Lumpur and they went home. At least in the early-going of this "All-Stars" season, it hasn't been that nobody's been making mistakes, but it's certainly been the case that, generally speaking, it's been nearly impossible to overcome what few mistakes there have been. 

One thing to note about the single mistakes that have led to all four of the season's eliminations: None of them have been related to "Amazing Race" Roadblocks or Detours, which are usually the meat of the game. The Twinnies fumbled on a season-opening general task and then we had two self-inflicted eliminations and the airport strangeness that befell Margie & Luke last week. Performances on the Roadblocks and Detours have been almost completely proficient and uniform.

It's possible that Sunday's episode featured the biggest in-task blunder of the season, but once that gaffe proved to be completely and totally meaningless, despite eating up 10 minutes of screentime, it was already very clear where the hour was going.

[More after the break...]

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<p>Alexis of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Alexis of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Alexis Maxwell talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Would she have flipped? And what didn't she listen to her 'Survivor' fan side?

Like so many "Survivor" decisions, Wednesday (March 26) night's "Survivor: Cagayan" vote came down to trust. With a Merge coming, the remaining trio of Brains had to decide who they could trust not to flip. 

Would they trust Sarah, who might reunite with the majority of her Brawn tribe?

Would they trust Jeremiah, who may or may not have gotten a clue to an Immunity Idol and may or may not have lied about it?

Or would they trust Alexis, who professed loyalty, but had two chums -- LJ and Jefra -- remaining on the other tribe?

In the end, the Brains didn't really consider targeting Sarah and they opted to trust Jeremiah, even while not quite believing him, leaving Alexis blindsided and crying.

Although she was placed on the Beauty tribe for the purposes of this "Survivor" season, Alexis Maxwell is a student at Northwestern, which isn't too shabby, and despite her disappointment at being eliminated, she makes no excuses for what she describes as "rookie mistakes."

In her exit interview, she explains why she wouldn't have flipped, at least not post-Merge. She discusses her gaffe in not believing Jeremiah's version of the Idol story. And she talks about why Sarah was never targeted for Wednesday's vote.

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<p>Margie and Luke of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Margie and Luke of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Margie & Luke talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

Three-time Racers talk tight connections, solo racing and unfair Detours

On Sunday (March 23) night, Margie & Luke had one of those rough "Amazing Race" Legs that happen every couple seasons. They started near the back of the pack and after an unfortunate flight situation they were in dead last as they reached Sri Lanka, many hours behind the other teams.

Even though Brendon & Rachel faced a SpeedBump in the Leg, Team "Big Brother" made a successful travel gamble and pulled even with the other teams. Margie & Luke never got close enough to even see another team at a challenge, much less stick around.

That actually made for a relaxed Leg for the mother/son team, who were in their third tour of "Amazing Race" duty. They needed it after a rough last Leg in Kuala Lumpur, where a bartending Detour frustrating Luke, who couldn't attempt the alternative DJing Detour because he's deaf. 

In this week's exit interview, Luke & Margie talk about the travel announces leaving Kuala Lumpur, problems that basically caused their elimination. They also discuss the bartending Detour and its frustrations. Finally, they talk about how they've changed as a partnership in their three Races.

[Logistical Note: I conducted my normal phone exit interview with just Margie at the beginning of the week. After that conversation, I emailed a series of questions to Luke and he responded via email. I've stitched the two conversations together, Oral History-style. I think it makes sense!]

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'Masters of Sex' star Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford tease Season 2

'Masters of Sex' star Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford tease Season 2

Is Masters changing or manipulating? And how big is the Season 2 time jump?

Last week, I covered the PaleyFest red carpet for Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and talked to all of the assembled parties about the period drama's second season, which premieres on July 13 and has just resumed production.

By now, hopefully you've watched my interview with Lizzy Caplan and if you haven't, it's worth checking out just for her impression of her Israeli uncle watching her sex scenes. 

But now it's time to start working through the other interviews.

Above, Michael Sheen discusses William Masters' confession of "need" from the first season finale and what it means for that character in terms of evolution or progress. 

Below, creator Michelle Ashford teases a number of details about the second season, including its mid-year time jump and the show's growing ensemble cast.

Stay tuned in the next couple days for my interviews with Teddy Sears, Caitlin Fitzgerald and the awesome Annaleigh Ashford.

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