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

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

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Voice,' 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' dip while 'NCIS' leads Tuesday split

'The Originals' and 'Supernatural' tie for The CW
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Staying true to recent form, "The Voice" simultaneously dropped week-to-week and also carried NBC to a Tuesday win among young viewers, while steady "NCIS" (and dropping "NCIS: Los Angeles") paced an overall win for CBS.
After one week away, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returned and continued a slow-but-steady ratings decline, as "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" celebrated last week's back-nine orders with drops as well. [ABC wants to note that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was flat among adults 18-34 and up slightly among men 18-34, if you prefer that spin.]
On the positive side of things, FOX's comedies returned after a week away and "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" were both up a hair, while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" outdrew "New Girl" for the second straight airing.
And on The CW, "The Originals" tied "Supernatural" in the key demo, beat "Supernatural" among young women and narrowed the gap overall, but still hasn't received a full-season order.
On to the numbers...
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'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Groups - Alex & Sierra, Restless Road and Sweet Suspense

'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Groups - Alex & Sierra, Restless Road and Sweet Suspense

Will the adorable duo or one of the the newly minted trios win?
FOX toasted the season's "X Factor" Top 12 with a red carpet fiesta on Monday (November 4) night at The Bazaar in Beverly Hills.
I started with my chat with creator/judge/mentor Simon Cowell and I'm slowly making it through my interviews with all 12 acts, starting earlier today with the Girls -- Rion, Khaya and Ellona.
Up next? The most ballyhooed of the categories, Cowell's Groups. This is a category that features my personal favorite in simultaneously musical and adorable Alex & Sierra, the season's early favorite in newly minted country trio Restless Road and equally fresh-faced teen trio Sweet Suspense, which could be a dark horse if they can harness that fanbase that made Fifth Harmony into last fall's "X Factor" sleeper. 
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'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Girls - Rion Paige, Ellona Santiago and Khaya Cohen

'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Girls - Rion Paige, Ellona Santiago and Khaya Cohen

Why do Rion, Ellona and Khaya think you should vote for them?
The Top 12 acts from the current season of "The X Factor" hit the red carpet at Beverly Hills' The Bazaar on Monday (November 4) night.
I already posted my interview with series creator/mentor/judge Simon Cowell, who discusses his category, the Groups. 
HitFix also caught up with all 12 acts, to discuss their journey so far and to ask them what the American people don't know about them that will make viewers want to vote for them. [In case you're curious, the answer to that standard question was, "Because I'm just an ordinary guy/girl" in the vast majority of cases.]
I'll be posting my interviews with the Finalists by category, starting with  the Girls, who are mentored by Demi Lovato.
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<p>Christina Aguilera of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Christina Aguilera of "The Voice"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Dancing' rises, 'Voice' droops and 'Sleepy Hollow' returns solidly on Monday

'Mike & Molly' has a solid premiere for CBS
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 4, 2013.
"Dancing with the Stars" got a big bump -- Perhaps from Cher fans? Or just NFL preemptions? -- on Monday, as ABC scored a commanding overall win, while NBC still won the night among young viewers despite a steep drop for "The Voice."
With "The Voice" falling, "The Blacklist" also slipped a little and has now fallen way behind "Castle" overall, as the ABC procedural had its best night of the season.
CBS' heavily promoted return for "Mike & Molly" did decent numbers, retaining its fill "2 Broke Girls" lead-in on a night on which "How I Met Your Mother" got a big bump.
Also returning well was FOX's "Sleepy Hollow," which was off only 0.1 in the key demo from its last pre-baseball airing, though the freshman drama fell behind "Bones" overall.
With lots of overall competition, both "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" fell hard for The CW, though both dramas retained their audiences in the key demo. 
[I've read indications about East Coast preemptions for live news coverage in the 10 p.m. hour. It's unclear what impact, if any, that had on numbers, but it might as well get a mention. Of more significance, ABC had the Monday Night Football game in Milwaukee/Green Bay.]
This may require some additional analysis later, but for now, on to the numbers...
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Simon Cowell discusses his 'X Factor' Groups on the eve of the Top 12

Simon Cowell discusses his 'X Factor' Groups on the eve of the Top 12

How will Simon coach Restless Road, Alex & Sierra and Sweet Suspense?
As he heads into the Top 12 for the third season of "The X Factor" (American Vintage), Simon Cowell is confident.
Last year, Cowell was entrusted with the "X Factor" Groups and, with Fifth Harmony and Emblem 3, he cultivated two of the more successful acts to come out of the FOX series, which exists in the shadow of both "The Voice" and "American Idol," but also the towering success of the UK "X Factor," in which Cowell's creations included One Direction.
Does Cowell have an American One Direction this season? Well, he's heard the way the girls squeal for Restless Road, the male country trio he cobbled from three rejected solo artists. And he's seen the energy generated by another Frankengroup, the female trio Sweet Suspense. And if my own conversations are any indication of a greater "X Factor" wellspring, Alex & Sierra also have a deep pool of adoration. So Simon Cowell is confident.
On Monday (November 4) night, I covered the "X Factor" Top 12 Red Carpet at  The Bazaar in Beverly Hills. I chatted with all of the Finalists, an enthusiastic and perky assortment who, to a man or to a woman, insist that America will want to vote for them because they're just ordinary guys and gals pursuing a dream. 
I also talked with Cowell about his Groups and about the acts from other categories he wishes he could mentor. 
I'll be posting the other 12 interviews by category over the next two days before Wednesday's live show, but check out my chat with Simon above.
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 209

Dan and Alan discuss 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Saturday Night Live' and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! This is not, in fact, the All "Breaking Bad" installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Instead, we talked about "Mike & Molly" and "Sleepy Hollow" and we answered a few pieces of Listener Mail touching on "Parenthood," Race and "Saturday Night Live" and the TV Equivalent of The Mendoza Line.
We were a smidge tight on time, so this podcast is a tight hour. 
Here's today's breakdown:
The New "Mike & Molly" (00:00:50 - 00:18:50)
"Sleepy Hollow" (00:18:50 - 00:32:40)
Listener Mail: Hattie & "Parenthood" (00:33:05 - 00:45:30)
Listener Mail: Race & "SNL" (00:45:35 - 00:54:55)
Listener Mail: TV's Mendoza Line: (00:55:00 - 00:59:30)

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.] 

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



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<p>Colts QB Andrew Luck</p>

Colts QB Andrew Luck

Credit: David J. Philip/AP

TV Ratings: Tight Colts-Texans showdown leads NBC Sunday, 'Once' and 'Revenge' rise

NFL overrun boosts CBS to overall victory
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 3, 2013.
A sloppy-but-tight Sunday Night Football game between the Texans and Colts helped NBC score its normal primetime win among young viewers, while an hour of NFL overrun let CBS win the night overall. 
With slightly less competition than last Sunday, which included both football and a World Series game, ABC was able to get small week-to-week bumps for "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge," plus a flat performance from "Betrayal," if anybody actually cares how "Betrayal" is doing at this point.
And without football preemptions and overruns, it's possible to see solid performances from "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" on FOX.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Jamal croons on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jamal croons on "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Choir Boy at Heart'

The teams head to Vienna for dancing and singing
A couple minor ethical and strategic wrinkles entered the game in Sunday (November 3) night's episode of "The Amazing Race," livening up an episode that probably would have been disappointingly flat otherwise. 
And you could sense the "Amazing Race" producers feeling the same way, because there's no way this was how this particular Leg was structurally designed to work. Human drama is fine, but trumped up human drama can only go so far to redeem a Leg that featured an anti-climax of a Fast-Forward, a dud of a Detour and a Roadblock in which the local mentors worked hard to upstage the contestants.
I'm not sure I have much to say about the Leg, even with the ethical and strategic wrinkles included, but whatever I have to say is after the break...
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<p>Brandon and Adam of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Brandon and Adam of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Brandon & Adam talk 'The Amazing Race'

Beard enthusiasts share some ribald tales from the road
Last week, best friends and beard enthusiasts Brandon Squyres and Adam Switzer became the second straight team to go from first to eliminated in this unpredictable "Amazing Race" season. 
One Leg, they were building a commanding lead in Norway and coasting to victory in a hall of cheering Vikings and the next Leg, Brandon & Adam were struggling with a Double U-Turn in Poland, trying to get locals to give them change for pretending to be a statue. 
It was an abrupt reversal of fortune for Brandon & Adam, but they kept smiling and cracking jokes til the end, meaning that just like their first-to-worst predecessors Ephraim & Chester, these two will be missed.
In this week's interview, Brandon & Adam have amusing confusion about this website's name, discuss the circumstances of their "Amazing Race" demise and relate a couple very funny moments we didn't get to see on TV.
Click through for the full conversation.
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<p>Jonathan Rhys Meyers of &quot;Dracula&quot;</p>

Jonathan Rhys Meyers of "Dracula"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Big 'Dracula' drop as 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday

'Grimm' falls as well, with NBC going to third
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 1, 2013.
"Blue Bloods" kept CBS in its familiar and dominant position atop Friday's overall rankings, while ABC capitalized on a strong "Shark Tank" and drops from NBC's "Grimm" and "Dracula" to regain its Friday crown among young viewers.
While the "Grimm" drop put it in line with the drama's regular Friday performances from last season and beyond, the "Dracula" decline was far steeper, slipping 0.5 in the key demo and nearly 1.8 million viewers. Neither "Dracula" nor "Grimm" was aided by a low-rated "Why We Love Vampires" special courtesy of NBC News.
There weren't many other notables on Friday, though "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors" both bounced back to season norms after a week away, while The CW's "The Carrie Diaries" added a few viewers in its second airing, but remained low in the demo.
On to the numbers...
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