<p>&quot;Mr. Robot&quot;</p>

"Mr. Robot"

Credit: USA

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 289 - 'True Detective,' 'Ballers' and more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Another Period,' 'The Brink' and 'Mr. Robot'

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for the week's second installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On Tuesday, we did a spoiler-heavy podcast focusing on HBO's finales for "Veep," "Silicon Valley" and "Game of Thrones."

Today, we're looking at HBO's future, specifically the premieres for "Ballers," "The Brink" and Season 2 of "True Detective."

We also talked about Comedy Central's "Another Period" and USA's "Mr. Robot," which are both already available to view, but don't premiere until next week.

There will be no podcast next week!

Here's today's breakdown:
"True Detective" (00:01:10 - 00:27:35)
"Ballers" (00:27:40 - 00:40:25)
"The Brink" (00:40:30 - 00:51:55)
"Another Period" (00:52:00 - 01:00:55)
"Mr. Robot" (01:01:00 - 01:10:25)

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>The &quot;Astronaut Wives Club&quot; premiere</p>

The "Astronaut Wives Club" premiere

Credit: ABC

Thursday Ratings: Viewers orbit 'Astronaut Wives Club' premiere but CBS leads

'Big Bang Theory' repeat is Thursday's top show in most measures

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 18, 2015.

ABC got a decent premiere for "The Astronaut Wives Club" and a weaker two-hour premiere for "Mistresses," but original dramas and even FOX sports coverage were no match for CBS' three hours of repeats, which led Thursday in most measures.

Other Thursday notables included another small dip for NBC's "Aquarius" and flatness for "Hannibal" and "Beauty and the Beast."

FOX's US Open golf coverage wasn't a factor.

Let's get to the numbers...

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

"MasterChef"

Credit: FOX

Wednesday Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' repeat, 'MasterChef' lead again

'The Briefcase' helps CBS take Wednesday night overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

Wednesday's ratings are pretty dull with a repeat of "Criminal Minds" still serving as the centerpiece for CBS' overall win and a new "MasterChef" leading FOX to a slim victory in the key demographic.

Things just aren't as much fun without live sporting events and whatnot.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Astronaut Wives Club&quot;</p>

"The Astronaut Wives Club"

Credit: ABC

Review: Style and performances keep ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club' watchable

HitFix
B-
Readers
n/a
It's not quite a blast, but some viewers will orbit happily

Too little too late, but ABC has finally found the perfect companion piece for "Pan Am."

A bright-and-glossy dose of '60s nostalgia mixed with easily digestible proto-feminism, ABC's "Astronaut Wives Club" premieres on Thursday (June 18) night, more than three years after "Pan Am" was cancelled and I suspect they're likely to be remembered in the same way: Period dramas with high production values, a fantastic cast that ABC will look back at yearningly and unrealized creative potential obscuring otherwise solid storytelling.

Is there a hypothetical TV series about the wives of the Mercury astronauts that's more than a slightly superficial, slightly choppy and slightly misfocused showcase for fine performances and some snazzy retro-style? Absolutely, but there's still some virtue to this sort of watchable, somewhat nourishing summer entertainment, even in a landscape that's overflowing with summer viewing options.

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<p>NBA Finals</p>

NBA Finals

Credit: AP

Tuesday Ratings: Golden State wins the NBA Championship, ABC wins night

FOX's Women's World Cup coverage does solid demo numbers

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

The Golden State Warriors capped off their NBA Championship run with a Game 6 win and ABC capped off the highest rated NBA Finals on the network with a Tuesday win in all measures. 

ABC is estimating that the NBA Finals series was up a whopping 31 percent over last year, keeping in mind that these Fast National ratings reflect time period data and not ratings for the game itself.

"America's Got Talent" and particularly "I Can Do That" were both down from last week, but still put NBC in second place for the night, while FOX's coverage of the Women's World Cup did solid key demo ratings.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Kit Harington of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Kit Harington of "Game of Thrones"

Credit: HBO

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 288 - 'Game of Thrones' finale and more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Veep,' 'Silicon Valley' and 'Cheers' finales

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for the return of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We took last week off from podcasting because Alan was traveling to LA, but because Alan was traveling to LA, we were able to do an in-person video show, so we really didn't take last week off at all.

And this week, we're doubling up. 

In today's podcast, we're reviewing ABC's "Astronaut Wives Club," we talk about all of HBO's various finales from Sunday night and in our Summer Rewatch, we discuss the "Cheers" finale.

And on Friday, we're going to be talking about HBO's "The Brink," "Ballers" and "True Detective," as well as a couple other new series premieres.

So this is a two podcast week! [Next week will be a zero podcast week, so be warned.]

Here's today's breakdown:
"The Astronaut Wives Club" (00:02:00 - 00:13:50)
"Silicon Valley" finale (00:14:00 - 00:24:05)
"Veep" finale (00:24:10 - 00:40:15)
"Game of Thrones" finale (00:40:20 - 01:20:45)
Summer Rewatch: "Cheers" finale (01:20:50 - 01:44:35)

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>&quot;Penny Dreadful&quot;</p>

"Penny Dreadful"

Credit: Showtime

Showtime picks up 'Penny Dreadful' Season 3

The next installment will be nine episodes

John Logan's Victorian horror mash-up "Penny Dreadful" has mixed up a witches brew for a third season. 

Showtime announced on Tuesday (June 16) that a nine-episode third "Penny Dreadful" season will shoot on location in Dublin and will premiere in 2016.

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Monday Ratings: Blackhawks' Stanley Cup clincher leads NBC rout
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Monday Ratings: Blackhawks' Stanley Cup clincher leads NBC rout

'So You Think You Can Dance' gets a bump for FOX

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 15, 2015.

The Chicago Blackhawks cemented their semi-dynasty with another Stanley Cup win on Monday night and coverage of the Game 6 clincher helped NBC cruise to victory on Monday night.

Interestingly, while NBC's hockey coverage outrated the network's strong regular Monday coverage, removing the network's reality hits from the mix helped FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" rise, while "The Bachelorette" was flat.

The night's only other original notable was another week of declines, smaller than last week, for "The Whispers."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>NBA Finals Game 5</p>

NBA Finals Game 5

Credit: AP

Sunday Ratings: Golden State's Game 5 triumph leads ABC Sunday

With 'Game of Thrones" also making a mark, everything else is sluggish

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 14, 2015.

The Golden State Warriors took control of the NBA Finals with a relatively comfortable Game 5 victory, as ABC remained in control of the primetime ratings race.

With many viewers also basing their evenings around the "Game of Thrones" finale on HBO and whatnot, ABC's network competition barely made a ripple.

Remember, as always, that this is time period data and not reflective of the ratings for the basketball game itself, especially with one of the teams hailing from the West Coast.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot;</p>

"Beauty and the Beast"

Credit: The CW

Thursday Ratings: NBA Finals Game 3 leads, 'Wayward Pines' rises, 'Hannibal' dips

'Beauty and the Beast' premiere is in line with last year's launch

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 11. 2015.

The fourth game of the NBA Finals was the tight series' first relative rout with the Golden State Warriors cruising past the Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, ABC's telecast of the game also cruised past the Thursday competition in all ratings measures.

Even with the basketball taking up the majority of the Thursday audience, a big episode of "Wayward Pines" and the third "Aquarius" episode both posted tiny key demo up-ticks for the night, while The CW's "Beauty and the Beast" had an OK season premiere.

On the negative side, NBC's "Hannibal" slipped from last week's already low premiere.

As always, remember that the NBA ratings reflect time period data and not the ratings for the basketball game itself, a particularly important distinction with one of the teams hailing from the West Coast.

Let's get to the numbers...

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