<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

Friday's "Constantine"

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TV Ratings: 'Fails' tops 'Constantine' as 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday

It's actually a series high audience for 'Shark Tank'

Fast National ratings for Friday, January 16, 2015.

At the top, Friday was business-as-usual, with "Shark Tank" hitting a season high to lead ABC to victory among young viewers and "Blue Bloods" helping CBS dominate overall.

In the lower reaches, though, there were a lot of notables.

NBC shifted "Constantine" to a new time period and the result was a weaker performance than the struggling drama's last 10 p.m. airing. 

On the more positive front, FOX's "Glee" continued to limp off in its final season, but at least relatively speaking, the Terry Crews-hosted "World's Funniest Fails" got off to an OK start.

And over on The CW, the time period season premiere of "Hart of Dixie" got off to what is, again relatively speaking, a solid start.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Zachary Levi</p>

Zachary Levi

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'Chuck' star returns to NBC for 'Heroes Reborn'

Zachary Levi and Jack Coleman are set for reboot series

Zachary Levi is returning to NBC for the reboot of one of the shows that shared network airtime with "Chuck."

NBC announced on Friday (January 16) morning that Levi will be one of the stars of the network's event miniseries "Heroes Reborn" playing... nothing we can discuss. The network release says only that Levi will play "a key yet undisclosed role."

Well OK!

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NBC's Robert Greenblatt on the State of the Network - Press tour live-blog
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NBC's Robert Greenblatt on the State of the Network - Press tour live-blog

Jennifer Salke will also take the dais

Even though "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" flopped, "State of Affairs" and "Marry Me" are basically doomed, "The Voice" is down, "Peter Pan Live!" fizzled, "Constantine" will be done after 13 episodes and "Mysteries of Laura" is attracting mostly older viewers, it still wasn't a bad fall for NBC.

Certainly NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is likely to look on the bright side at Friday (January 16) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and Late-Night and Alternative President Paul Telegdy.

Click through and follow along...

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<p>Johnny Arco of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Johnny Arco of "American Idol"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol" leads FOX Thursday as World Dog Awards tops 'A to Z'

'Big Bang Theory' repeat and 'Mom' actually top 'Idol'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Helped by a "Big Bang Theory" repeat on CBS, FOX and "American Idol" had no trouble winning Thursday night in all measures, despite a drop from last Thursday's show.

Nothing else was especially notable among Thursday's numbers, though NBC's "A to Z" doing half-a-Mulaney in the key demo remains impressive in a sad way.

Actually, The CW drawing nearly 2 million viewers for The World Dog Awards is at least semi-notable, especially since it outdrew "A to Z."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Adam Lambert on the &quot;American Idol&quot; panel</p>

Adam Lambert on the "American Idol" panel

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - New York City

Adam Lambert joins Harry and J-Lo in a two-hour audition episode

Welcome back for another night of "American Idol" auditions.

We wrapped up Kansas City last night.

And on Thursday (January 15)? We're off to New York City.

Click through and follow along...

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<p>Taraji P. Henson of &quot;Empire&quot;</p>

Taraji P. Henson of "Empire"

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TV Ratings: 'Empire' rises in Week 2, 'Idol' retains and FOX leads Wednesday

TV shows don't rise in their second weeks. All hail Cookie.

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

FOX's "Empire" bucked normal industry trending to post week-to-week gains from an already-outstanding premiere to help FOX rule Wednesday night in all measures. Solid retention from the second week of "American Idol" also contributed to FOX's big night.

Most of Wednesday's other movement was down. ABC's comedies all posted tiny declines, while NBC's "Mysteries of Laura" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will both down double-digits.

The slight gainers were CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "Stalker."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Ellen Peterson auditions on &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Ellen Peterson auditions on "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - Kansas City Part II

Everything's still up to date in Kansas City for J-Lo, Keith and Harry

Time for the first "American Idol" episode this season that I haven't seen in advance and therefore the first episode on which my time-code is going to be correct. Woot!

But that also means it's the first episode I can't pause if I'm in danger of misspelling somebody's oddly spelled name.

Be gentle and click through for all of the action from more Kansas City auditions...

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agent Carter&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agent Carter"

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What's in store for 'Marvel's Agent Carter'? Press Tour Live-Blog

Hayley Atwell, Chad Michael Murray and company hit press tour

After a frustrating oblique panel for ABC's "The Whispers," which is about something that was introduced in the original pilot but now won't be introduced until the fourth or fifth episode, it's now time for "Marvel's Agent Carter," which is blissfully about what it's about.

The third "Agent Carter" episode aired on Tuesday night, so we've got some stuff to discuss, even though only five more episodes remain.

The panel includes Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, Lyndsy Fonseca and a whopping seven producers, including Marvel's Jeph Loeb, creators Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, showrunners Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, plus two other guys.

Follow along below!

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<p>ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee</p>

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee

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ABC's Paul Lee on the State of the Network - Press tour live-blog

Expect lots of complaining about 'Selfie' and no complaining about 'Manhattan Love Story'

After a executive session-free Tuesday -- we had set visits and digital panels -- it's time to get back to network business at the Television Critics Association.

Wednesday (January 14) is ABC's day and we're starting off the day with ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee, who's in pretty good shape after a fall that saw big launches for "How To Get Away With Murder" and, to a less degree, "Black-ish." However, last spring's savior "Resurrection" has fallen off a cliff and I suspect we're about to get really self-righteous about the cancelation of "Selfie."

So follow along with my live-blog!

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;NCIS: New Orleans&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS: New Orleans"

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TV Ratings: 'Parks and Recreation' returns strong, but 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday

'Marvel's Agent Carter' dips in its second week for ABC

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

The final season of "Parks and Recreation" returned up from last fall's premiere, but didn't provide a speedbump as CBS swept the Tuesday primetime hours with "NCIS," "NCIS: New Orleans" and "Person of Interest."

"Parks and Rec" was up 50 percent over last season's finale and grew 39 percent in total viewers (growth from last fall's premiere was much smaller), but failed to provide any sort of bump for NBC's struggling "Marry Me," though "About a Boy" rose by a statistical hiccup.

In its second week and first week airing only in its 9 p.m. home, "Marvel's Agent Carter" slipped by double-digits, but didn't collapse entirely.

On to the numbers...

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