Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
ABC gets big bumps courtesy of football inflation
Tom Mison of "Sleepy Hollow"
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" posted big week-to-week gains overall, while NBC's "The Voice
" declined week-to-week among young viewers, but the two networks held onto their regular Monday night split.
Monday's big variation came courtesy of FOX, where "Almost Human
" got off to a very "Bones"-esque start, drawing slightly fewer viewers than last Monday's "Bones" but doing a slightly higher number among young viewers. Of paramount importance to FOX, though, was the fact that despite a new lead-in, "Sleepy Hollow
" was flat week-to-week.
Most of Monday's regulars were within sight of their recent averages with only the tiniest of variation, though ABC's "Castle
" took advantage of the absence of "Blacklist" in the 10 p.m. hour to post some big gains, though the same could not be said for CBS' "Hostages
Note that although ABC will still win the night overall regardless of what happened, the network had Monday Night Football coverage in both the New England and Carolina markets, which more-than-partially explains the huge bump bump and will lead to a larger-than-normal adjustment for individual programs in Finals.
On to the numbers...
Is Skye to be trusted? Chloe Bennet says, "Yes."
Chloe Bennet of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
On Tuesday (November 19) night, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will attempt to tap into the blockbuster momentum of "Thor: The Dark World" with an episode titled "The Well." ABC cryptically hints that in the aftermath of the hit feature, "Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces -- one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team."
Last week, I got on the phone with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Chloe Bennet
to discuss how essential, exactly, "Thor: The Dark World" is to Tuesday's hour.
"I think either way, it's important to see 'Thor 2,' because it's a Marvel film and because it's a great movie," says Bennet, who is nothing if not a team player. "So I'm gonna say it's important. It's definitely not absolutely necessary, but it's absolutely necessary in my mind because it's such a great movie."
In our brief chat, Bennet talks about how trustworthy she thinks super-hacker Skye truly is at this point and the "Nashville" veteran discusses her own not-so-stealthy attempts to glean knowledge about her character and her mysterious past.
Finally, Bennet shares the secret to looking like a hacker on-screen even if you aren't a hacker in real life. Hint: It's another corporate plug, albeit not within the Marvel Universe.
Click through for the full conversation.
Dan and Alan discuss 'Getting On,' 'Walking Dead' and The Future
It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg.
For this week? We're business-as-usual.
Next week, however, things may start to change. We kick off this podcast by explaining the shape of things to come.
Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
"Getting On" (00:05:40 - 00:17:55)
"An Adventure in Space and Time" (00:17:55 - 00:27:45)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX (01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
Listener Mail - "Orange Is The New Black" awards classification (01:16:50 - 01:23:05)
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.
'Once' sinks for ABC, but 'Revenge' and 'Betrayal' rise
Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Credit: Joe Mahoney/AP
NBC scored with a Sunday Night Football
game pitting two of the NFL's best teams in the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, drawing a huge primetime audience in all measures.
In preliminary numbers, the Broncos-Chiefs game delivered the best overall household rating for a November NFL game since 1996, but the emphasis here is on "preliminary."
FOX, meanwhile, benefitted from an NFL doubleheader, which gave a decent (but not spectacular) sampling to the sci-fi police procedural "Almost Human
," which will have its time period premiere on Monday.
With the added genre competition from "Almost Human," ABC's "Once Upon a Time
" slipped below a 2.0 rating among young viewers, but both "Revenge" and "Betrayal" posted tiny gains.
While some fluctuation is inevitable, on to the numbers...
Teams raft, buggy, cook and dress camels in UAE
Marie and Tim of "The Amazing Race"
It's really tough to keep a good Bunny down. That's been the lesson imparted by "The Amazing Race
" for the past few weeks.
Baseball Wives Nicky & Kim finished last in the season's fourth Leg, which ended up at a Viking lodge in Norway, but it was a Keep On Racing Leg.
Then they finished last again in the seventh Leg, falling behind in Abu Dhabi, but it was a Non-Elimination Leg.
What would it take to actually knock the Baseball Wives out?
A full recap of Sunday (November 16) night's relatively fun, albeit entirely suspense-less, episode of "The Amazing Race" after the break…
'Grimm' and 'Blue Bloods' are among Friday's risers
Emily Deschanel of "Bones"
Fast National ratings
for Friday, November 15, 2013.
The big news was elsewhere, though.
FOX's plan to strengthen Friday by transplanting a pair of established performers failed to pay immediate dividends as both "Bones
" and "Raising Hope
" premiered to numbers below what they'd normally draw elsewhere in the week. "Bones," in fact, drew 2 million fewer viewers than an original episode did just four days earlier, falling 0.8 in the key demo. While "Bones" did improve on the time period's viewer numbers, it couldn't compete with "MasterChef Junior" in the key demo.
Over on NBC, "Grimm
" was up week-to-week and, for the most part, "Dracula
" may have stopped dropping.
Finally, the season finale of "America's Next Top Model" had a good night for The CW and "The Carrie Diaries" may have gone up a hair as well.
On to the numbers...
'How I Met Your Dad' will also use MacLaren's Pub
Only a few weeks after rumors broke that CBS
was developing a spinoff
from the departing "How I Met Your Mother
," the network has moved forward and officially ordered a pilot.
Titled "How I Met Your Dad
" -- or "HIMYD" -- the spinoff will be written and executive produced by "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and executive produced by "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for a shortened final season
Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos of "The Killing"
From the "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" file: "The Killing
" has been resurrected once again.
announced on Friday (November 15) afternoon that a fourth season of "The Killing" has been ordered as a streaming exclusive.
'The X Factor' rises for FOX
Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"
Up week-to-week, "The Big Bang Theory
" maintained its position as Thursday night's top show in nearly every imaginable demographic and paced CBS' tight win among young viewers and comfortable overall win, even if "Elementary
" slipped back behind "Scandal" in the 10 p.m. hour.
FOX had a second straight night of week-to-week gains for "The X Factor," though those numbers may be slightly inflated by NFL preemptions in Nashville.
The CW will be chuffed about its overnight performances, with "The Vampire Diaries
" topping both "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Parks and Rec" in the key demo and "Reign
" also getting a small bump.
On to the numbers...
Which two acts went home on the first Elimination Thursday?
Last week, "X Factor" screwed up the voting and treated viewers to 13 frenzied performances in an hour, thereby denying us a performance by one Ms. Selena Gomez.
This week, we'll try again on Selena Gomez.
We'll also see the return of Fifth Harmony.
And we're eliminating two acts and presumably getting the rankings for the other 10 acts.
Buckle up and join the live-blog!