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TV Ratings: Solid 'Voice,' weak 'Night Shift' return lead NBC Monday

'Gotham' rises, while FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' finale is flat

Fast National ratings for Monday, February 23, 2015.

The latest premiere of "The Voice" was well below last February's return, but facing less competition than in September, the singing competition was in line with its fall launch, leading NBC to Monday wins in all measures. NBC ruled despite a dismal in-season premiere for "Night Shift," which failed to turn its summer success into something bigger.

Even with added competition from "The Voice," few Monday regulars suffered big declines -- single digit drops for all of CBS' shows, for example -- and "Gotham" was, in fact, up week-to-week for FOX.

With "The Voice" and the return of "Scorpion," FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" failed to get any kind of bump for its season finale, but also didn't drop despite the added competition.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris</p>

Neil Patrick Harris

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The 2015 Oscars shed over 7 million viewers from 2014

Big night for 'Birdman' fails to take flight

Fast Affiliate ratings are in for Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards telecast and the 2015 telecast was down steeply from the 2014 installment.

ABC's broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards averaged 36.6 million viewers between 8:30 and 11:48 p.m. ET, along with a 10.8 rating among adults 18-49. The 2014 Academy Awards averaged 43.7 million viewers and a 13.1 rating among adults 18-49. 

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<p>&quot;Everything Is Awesome&quot;</p>

"Everything Is Awesome"

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TV Ratings: 2015 Academy Awards numbers appear to be down

Overnight time period data is off double-digits from last year

Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Whether it was lack of interest in the nominated films, lack of interest in host Neil Patrick Harris or a third thing that could cause disinterest, overnight ratings for the 2015 Academy Awards were down double-digits from last year's telecast in most measures.

Of course, ABC's Oscars coverage still dominated Sunday, which featured only low-rated installments of "60 Minutes" and "Dateline" as new competition.

Remember the usual provisos: These are time period-specific numbers for ABC and *not* numbers for the Academy Awards telecast. On the East Coast, the show went over an hour over outside of primetime. On the West Coast, the first 90 minutes of the show were outside of Sunday primetime. The actual numbers for the Oscars will adjust up. They always do.

Stay tuned for those real Oscars ratings a bit later.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris and the Oscars</p>

Neil Patrick Harris and the Oscars

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Academy Awards 2015 Live-Blog

Neil Patrick Harris hosts a big night pitting 'Boyhood' against 'Birdman'

It's a wonderful night for Oscar... Oscar Oscar... Who will win?

Wrong host.

Neil Patrick Harris is MCing Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards, which is coming down to a "Birdman"/"Boyhood" showdown for the big prize. Thanks to The Guilds, we're all expecting a "Birdman" victory, but could there be exciting upsets in store?

Click through, follow along and join (or start) the conversation below...

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<p>Terrence Howard</p>

Terrence Howard

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Terrence Howard confuses Ryan Seacrest with an 'Idol' deep-cut

Oscar nominee proves his 'Idol' fandom on the Oscars red carpet

Were you confused what Terrence Howard was talking about when he complained to Ryan Seacrest that they got rid of "Rachael"? 

Ryan Seacrest seemed to be.

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<p>Kristen Bell</p>

Kristen Bell

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Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 Live-Blog

'Birdman' and 'Boyhood' go head-to-head for the last time before Sunday's Academy Awards

HitFix Award Gurus Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood are both attending Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) afternoon in Santa Monica and they left me to handle HitFix's Independent Spirit Awards Winners & Losers list. 

And once I'm watching Saturday's show, I might as well be live-blogging Saturday's show as preparation for Sunday's Oscars live-blog, especially since is the last time that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will be going head-to-head for Best Picture (along with "Selma" and "Whiplash") before the Academy Awards.

So follow along and say "Hi" in the comments below...

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<p>&quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

"Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday while 'SNL 40' boosts NBC

NBC takes second in the key demo, but ABC and CBS get normal split

Fast National ratings for February 20, 2015.

As usual, ABC's "Shark Tank" and CBS' "Blue Bloods" led their networks to Friday wins among young viewers and overall, respectively.

It was a big night for both shows, as "Shark Tank" had its second biggest audience of the season and tied for a season high in the key demo, while "Blue Bloods" hit a season high among young viewers.

It wasn't all good news for the primetime winners, though, as "Cristela" dipped below The Mulaney Line and "Undercover Boss" shed viewers in its season closer.

Meanwhile, NBC's first encore of the "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary" special -- expect many, many more encores before the real 40th anniversary in October -- outperformed the network's normal Friday lineup and put NBC in second for the night in the key demo.

And it was yet another solid, lead-in-free performance from "Hart of Dixie" on The CW.

On to the numbers...

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<p>The &quot;Two and a Half Men&quot; series finale</p>

The "Two and a Half Men" series finale

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TV Ratings: 'Odd Couple' premiere, 'Two and a Half Men' finale boost CBS

'Slap' slips, 'Backstrom' and 'Idol' drop

Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 19, 2015.

A decent premiere for "The Odd Couple" and a solid series finale bump for "Two and a Half Men" helped carry CBS to a Thursday rout overall and to a tie with "Scandal"-driven ABC among young viewers.

With "Odd Couple" outdrawing last week's "Mom" in the 8:30 slot, "American Idol" took a drop for FOX, which in turn led to a drop for "Backstrom," which gave up last week's small gains.

Also looking ugly was the second week of "The Slap," which dipped below The Mulaney Line for NBC. Also staying below a 1.0 in the key demo was the third week of the struggling "Allegiance." Wedging between those two drama duds, "The Blacklist" hit a series low in viewers, but remained flat in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Two and a Half Men&quot;</p>

"Two and a Half Men"

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'Two and a Half Men' finale recap - The Truth About Charlie

Did Charlie Sheen show up? Did Angus T. Jones? Who got the last laugh?

CBS' "Two and a Half Men" ended on Thursday (February 19) night after 12 seasons and a whopping 262 episodes.

It was a show that relied heavily on puns and hack dirty jokes, a sitcom that went on far too long -- between five years and 12 years, depending on who you ask -- and ground a premise that was almost impossible to logically justify into the ground.

But don't take my word for it. 

Ask "Two and a Half Men"!

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<p>Trevor Douglas of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Trevor Douglas of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - 'Showcase #2' - Completing the Top 24

Trevor Douglas and other 'Idol' hopefuls learn their fates

We're back!

Last night, "American Idol" filled half of its Season 14 Top 24, leaving another 12 House of Blues performances to hint at, another 12 Green Mile walks to tease and probably several more moments of awkwardness that hopefully won't be as bad as what went down last night with Maddie Walker and Rachel Hallack

Be decisive "Idol" judges! And don't dick little kids around.

And now... Thursday's (February 19) episode...

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