<p>&quot;MasterChef&quot;</p>

"MasterChef"

Credit: FOX

Wednesday Ratings: 'MasterChef,' dipping 'Briefcase' pace split

FOX takes the key demo, while CBS rules overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

"MasterChef" delivered Wednesday's biggest audience among young viewers as FOX won the key demo, while repeats of "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: Cyber" helped CBS triumph overall. 

Also winning its hour overall for CBS was "The Briefcase," but the much reviled summer reality series slipped again in total viewers (but remained flat in the key demo).

Wednesday night was low on notables, so let's get straight to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Muppets&quot;</p>

"The Muppets"

Credit: ABC

'The Muppets,' 'Wicked City' lead ABC's Fall 2015 premiere plans

'Wicked City' will get the vacated Tuesday 10 p.m. slot starting in late October

Like CBS the day before, ABC announced its Fall 2015 premiere dates on Wednesday (June 10) morning, putting most of its launches in the traditional post-Emmys Premiere Week starting on Monday, September 21.

Perhaps the most interesting detail in ABC's premieres announcement was the the official fate of the Tuesday 10 p.m. time period, which became vacated when ABC announced that it was pushing "Quantico" to Sunday and holding "Of Kings and Prophets" for midseason. That slot will now be filled by "Beyond the Tank" to start the fall and then the formerly midseason drama "Wicked City" beginning in late October.

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<p>Hope Davis of &quot;Wayward Pines&quot;</p>

Hope Davis of "Wayward Pines"

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'Wayward Pines' Exclusive: Meet The First Generation in 'The Truth'

This Thursday's episode offers a lot of answers

Let me begin by thanking the loud and boisterous crowd that attended last Friday's ATX Television Festival panel for "Wayward Pines."

We had a full house and I had a great time moderating with showrunner Chad Hodge and star Carla Gugino and it sure seemed like the audience got a kick out of this Thursday's episode, titled "The Truth."

ATX Festival

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<p>NBA Finals Game 3</p>

NBA Finals Game 3

Credit: ABC

Tuesday Ratings: Cavaliers' Game 3 victory leads ABC, 'iZombie' finale dips

'America's Got Tlent' and 'I Can Do That' put NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

The Cleveland Cavaliers held on for a Game 3 victory to take the lead in the NBA Finals, leading ABC to an even more decisive victory on Tuesday night in all measures.

With basketball dominating the night, NBC's "America's Got Talent" and "Hell's Kitchen" were among several shows down in young viewers, but even with the basketball, "Hell's Kitchen" was up in total viewers, while "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader" and "I Can Do That" were also up slightly.

The season finale for The CW's "iZombie" slipped a little bit.

Remember, as always, that these basketball numbers represent time period data and not ratings for the game itself, since the game ended outside of primetime on the East Coast and started pre-primetime on the West Coast, home of the Golden State Warriors.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Jon Bernthal</p>

Jon Bernthal

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'Walking Dead' veteran joins Netflix's 'Daredevil' as The Punisher

Oh and 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' lost the 'AKA'

With production set to begin on the second season of Netflix's "Daredevil," we've had a slew of casting rumors, but now something fun has actually been officially revealed:

Marvel announced on Tuesday (June 9) that "The Walking Dead" veteran Jon Bernthal is joining the "Daredevil" Season 2 cast, playing one of the most iconic characters in the publisher's arsenal. 

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2015 Emmy nomination announcement will come at a reasonable time

2015 Emmy nomination announcement will come at a reasonable time

This year's nominees will be revealed at 8:30 a.m. PT

Breaking with obnoxious and antiquated long-time precedent, the TV Academy announced that at least for one year they're doing away with the traditional pre-dawn nomination announcement.

Emmy winner Uzo Aduba and Emmy nominee John Stamos will be announcing nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on July 16 at 8:30 a.m. PT, rather than the standard 5:30 a.m. PT announcement time.

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<p>&quot;Limitless&quot;</p>

"Limitless"

Credit: CBS

'Big Bang Theory' will boost 'Supergirl' as CBS sets Fall 2015 premieres

Thursday Night Football causes a multi-phase launch

With Thursday Night Football launching on September 17, CBS has set what the network is calling a "multi-phase launch" for its 2015-2016 season, including giving the heavily anticipated "Supergirl" a special "Big Bang Theory"-fueled premiered.

CBS will still launch much of its lineup the week of Monday, September 21, which is the traditional and official start of the Nielsen season.

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<p>&quot;American Ninja Warrior&quot;</p>

"American Ninja Warrior"

Credit: NBC

Is American Ninja Warrior the best show on Monday nights?

'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'The Bachelorette' are also down

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 8, 2015.

Monday's "The Whispers" news was all about the big DVR bump for the premiere, while Tuesday's "The Whispers" news is all about the 33 percent live key demo dip for the summer drama, which allowed "American Ninja Warrior"-led NBC to rule primetime in all measures.

The night also saw dips for "The Bachelorette" and "So You Think You Can Dance."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

"Constantine"

Credit: NBC

'Constantine' is really most sincerely dead

Showrunner Daniel Cerone abandons last hope

If we're being honest, "Constantine" has been dead for a while.

"Constantine" has been dead since November when NBC confirmed that the DC Comics adaptation wouldn't get a back-nine order. The number of network shows that do low ratings in the fall, fail to get back-nine orders and then somehow get picked up for additional episodes the next season is basically "zero."

"Constantine" has also been dead since February, when the series finale did a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, capping off a season in which even factoring in DVR numbers, the series was barely doing "Dracula"-level ratings.

And, most significantly, "Constantine" has been dead since May when NBC confirmed that at least as far as NBC was concerned, the series was cancelled.

Through it all, showrunner Daniel Cerone has kept hope alive for fans with nebulous tweets about pitching future seasons to NBC and Warner Brothers pitching the potentially desirable -- were it not for a season of dismal ratings and a not-insignificant price tag -- property to other homes. Fans have kept their own spirits up with completely irrelevant beacons like Stephen Amell volunteering to appear in a "Constantine" crossover with "Arrow."

But on Sunday afternoon, Cerone finally gave up the ghost.

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<p>LeBron James is happy with Game 2</p>

LeBron James is happy with Game 2

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Sunday Ratings: Cavaliers-Warriors Game 2 crushes dipping Tony Awards

NBC's original dramas also fade

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 7, 2015.

For the first time in NBA history, the Finals started with consecutive overtime games and the showdown between the Cavaliers and Warriors produced a second consecutive primetime domination for ABC on Sunday night.

ABC is estimating that this will be the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 2 ever on the network and posted 26 percent gains over last year's Game 2. These Fast National numbers, of course, reflect time period data and, as always, are extra imprecise when one of the competing teams has a fan homebase on the  West Coast.

Sunday night's other notable was CBS' broadcast of the 69th Tony Awards, which dipped from last year both overall and among young viewers, falling by 25 percent in the key demo. 

Also down on Sunday were NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues," which hit a series low, and "American Odyssey."

Let's get to the numbers...

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