Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
'Glee' is off to a weak Tuesday start for FOX
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
CBS had its least-watched Tuesday of originals this season, but still captured the night overall with ease. Meanwhile, "The Voice" and solid encore performances for the pilots of "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" led NBC to victory among young viewers.
CBS' overall win broke a long streak for NBC, which had dominated primetime since the Olympics.
It was a weak Tuesday premiere for "Glee," which couldn't even approach the "Dads"/"Brooklyn" demo numbers from the fall.
Early returns also weren't great for ABC's "Mind Games." Some people will eagerly report that "Mind Games" did, at least, top last month's premiere for "Killer Women," but given that that drama launched with a sluggish "Trophy Wife" lead-in, "Mind Games" had a fairly robust two-hour "Bachelor" priming the pump.
Finally, it was another big week for "Supernatural" and an OK week for "The Originals," though after spending the fall as near-equals, "Supernatural" has opened up a big lead. Most of that "Supernatural" advantage appears to be in male demos, so The CW probably isn't worried (especially with "The Originals" already renewed). ["Supernatural" also beat "Glee" in all young male demos.]
On to the numbers...
Dan and Alan talk 'Hannibal,' 'Americans,' 'Mixology' and much more
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
We were supposed to do a Firewall & Iceberg Video Show today and a podcast tomorrow, but instead technical problems set in and so... All Podcast! We know. You're very sad.
That means that we have reviews of NINE new and returning shows in this podcast. And we've got a couple shows we love! And a couple shows we hate! It really runs the gamut.
And we talked just a little about the late, great Harold Ramis. Just because.
Here's today's breakdown:
Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)
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'How I Met Your Mother' is strong, 'The Following' is weak
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 24, 2014.
Even without Winter Olympics coverage from Sochi, NBC extended its recent run of ratings domination with a big return for "The Voice" and an easy hourly win for "The Blacklist."
Without the Olympics, "The Bachelor" was able to regain some of its lost audience, which also boosted overall viewership for "Castle."
CBS' comedy lineup came back with a solid "How I Met Your Mother" number, but much lower numbers for the rest of the Monday block, which were down double-digits.
The return of original programming meant another drop for FOX's sputtering "The Following," which is now well below lead-in "Almost Human" overall and tied with the freshman drama in the key demo.
And, finally, "Star-Crossed" was down a tiny bit from last week's premiere, settling in right at the usual "Hart of Dixie" number.
On to the numbers...
Why is Mallory his 'perfect double'?
"The Amazing Race" has had twists that sent teams home before leaving Los Angeles, but no Racer has ever gone less distance than William "Bopper" Minton.
Sunday (February 23) night's "Amazing Race: All-Stars" premiere began with a sad twist for Team Kentucky.
Bopper, a fan favorite who cheered for partner Mark through an arduous, health-testing Bollywood challenge in their first season, began experiencing internal pain the night before the Race was set to begin, was diagnosed with an inflamed pancreas and was told he shouldn't Race. Instead, Mark was paired, seemingly out of nowhere, with fellow Kentuckian Mallory, making her third appearance on the show, but her first without father Gary.
That's the narrative as presented by "The Amazing Race" on Sunday.
On Monday morning, I talked with Bopper about his medical condition, how he handled it and how the show handled it. Bopper explained his recent perfect storm of catastrophes and his relief that Mark was able to continue without him. He also noted why Mallory was the closest the show could find to another Bopper.
Click through for the full conversation.
Golf-pushed 'Amazing Race' premiere is underwhelming for CBS
Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 23, 2014.
Coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi concluded NBC's two-plus weeks of primetime sweeps on Sunday night, combining with a preview of the comedy "Growing Up Fisher" to give the network wins in all measures.
NBC had slightly more competition than expected on Sunday, as FOX's coverage of the Daytona 500 was delayed by rain and stretched into the entirety of primetime for the East Coast and well into primetime in the West, pushing FOX to second in most measures. NASCAR, in fact, managed to push FOX within 0.1 of NBC in young male demos, though NBC's overall win was comfortable.
Against that tough competition, it's no wonder that Sunday's other notable piece of new programming, the 24th premiere of "The Amazing Race," was sluggish, though even that was impacted by sports, with a 13-minute golf delay on the right side of the country.
On to the numbers, which will be less-than-exact in the case of FOX and CBS.
After an initial shocker, the teams head to China
Season 24 of "The Amazing Race" started on Sunday (February 23) night with an episode that inverted the show's ideal momentum. There was a shocking, sad and emotional twist before we got to the opening credits, but then 50 minutes later, the episode concluded without any cursory effort at creating suspense or tension.
And the editors couldn't have created tension even if they wanted to, as the "All-Stars" season began with a purely designed Leg featuring two needle-in-a-haystack -- not especially big haystacks, either -- plus a Roadblock that failed to inject even an iota of difficulty into the game.
For a season that was already plagued by skepticism regarding the "favorite" status of several of the team selections, this was not an ideal premiere, now was it?
I'd love to have more to talk about from Sunday's hour, but it wasn't well-suited for recapping, either.
I'll do my best after the break, but at a certain point, I'm probably just gonna stop to go watch "True Detective."
Randy Jackson also discusses his new mentor role
On Thursday (February 20) night, as soon as I finished recapping the "American Idol
" Top 13 results, I rushed up to Fig & Olive in Beverly Hills for the season's Top 13 party.
On the traditional blue carpet, I talked with all 13 of the finalists, 12 of the 13 in 1-on-1 interviews, about they challenges they're going to face this season and the challenges they've already faced. [Special kudos to Team HitFix's daring cameraman for braving the blue carpet's strange and erratic lighting system.]
In addition, many of the show's decision-making bigwigs came and talked to reporters in groups of four or five. We got host Ryan Seacrest
, who I asked about the season's more substantive judging panel, and mentor Randy Jackson
, who I asked about the itch of watching "Idol" performances without judging for the first time. We also got Harry Connick Jr.
, who I asked about raising the level of the discourse on the judging panel. [Keith Urban's few minutes fell victim to the problematic lighting, while Jennifer Lopez whizzed by my side of the carpet like she was a speed skater.]
Check out highlights from those three interviews above.
Stay tuned for my Top 13 interviews before next Wednesday's show!
'Shark Tank' returns to help ABC to second in the demo
Fast National ratings for Friday, February 21, 2014.
Anchored by 18-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin's slalom win, NBC's Olympics coverage still dominated Friday night, albeit with the lowest primetime numbers from Sochi.
ABC aired the only other new primetime programming and got good numbers for a new episode of "Shark Tank," helping the network finish second among young viewers. CBS was second overall with three repeats of "Blue Bloods."
On to the numbers...
Ryan Seacrest-produced drama won't begin production til next year
With the other networks looking at pilots and straight-to-series orders for the 2014-2015 season, NBC is shifting the conversation in an unexpected direction, ordering a straight-to-series drama for the 2015-2016 season.
Yes. That's not this fall, but next season. What makes NBC so confident and forward-looking? Only Jenny From the Block.
On Friday (February 21) night, 11:30 p.m. on the East Coast in fact, NBC announced that it has given a 13-episode order to "Shades of Blue," a drama executive produced by and starring Jennifer Lopez.
Halle, Michelle, Julie, Anne, Eartha and more have played this burglar
The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind. In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains.
The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help. There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we then need to to know where they fit in this battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?
You decide. You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.
The second-to-last of our open Hero/Villain antiheroes is probably a trick question.
They say cats have nine lives and always land on their feet -- neither is true if you drop a cat off of the Empire State Building -- but when it comes to incarnations across comics, TV and movies, Catwoman
has had many more than nine incarnations. Even if you leave out her animated permutations, depending on whether you take Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer or Anne Hathaway as your One True Catwoman, you might have a very different answer regarding whether she's a hero or a villain. If you take Halle Berry as your One True Catwoman, you're just weird.
Catwoman has generally been presented as a potential romantic for Batman
, but there have been wide variations on whether she's a legitimate supervillain with primarily nefarious intentions or whether she's cut more from the Robin Hood cloth, terrorizing only the worst of Gotham's high society. She's been given a variety of backstories that often go even further toward developing her as a woman forced into a life of crime only by circumstances that go even further toward supporting a pro-Catwoman agenda.
In fact, it's really pointless to have this poll. You're going to say that she's a hero.
So I'll just protest... SHE BREAKS LAWS! LOTS OF THEM. Did you see all of the crimes Halle Berry's Catwoman committed against CINEMA?
Fine. Whatever. Make Catwoman a hero. See if I care.