<p>Thomas Gibson of &quot;Criminal Minds&quot;</p>

Thomas Gibson of "Criminal Minds"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' tops 'Idol' and leads CBS Wednesday

'Surburgatory' and 'Nashville' rise, 'Arrow' and 'The 100' dip

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

"Survivor: Cagayan" and "Criminal Minds" both beat "American Idol" in key measures and helped CBS win Wednesday night both overall and among young viewers.

"Idol" was actually flat week-to-week in Fast Nationals, while "Survivor" was down a hair, but last week was the first time the "Survivor" margin-of-victory from Fast Nationals held up over "Idol" in Finals. Given the history of tightening in Finals, there's a strong possibility FOX could end up tied for the night in the key demo, but we'll have to wait and see.

For the most part it was a sluggish Wednesday, though there were small gains for "Suburgatory," "Nashville," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD," while "Modern Family," "Mixology," "Arrow" and "The 100" were among the shows in decline.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Head of the Snake'

After the Merge, a straight-forward vote leads to a shocking Tribal Council

Pre-credit sequence. When we left, Aparri had decided to keep Jeremiah over Alexis. Everybody is very taken aback by Alexis crying after her elimination, though Spencer is feeling OK about the vote and about the cohesion of his six-person tribe. Sarah wants to have two fast targets in case there's a Merge the very next morning and the agreement seems to be that either Trish or Jefra should be the votes. They put their hands together and celebrate Final 6. For a tribe that just lost two straight challenges and that only has a one-person number advantage, there's a lot of smugness. "The best laid plans often end up sprawled out on a murder scene floor," Kass says colorfully and portentously. For some reason, Kass thinks it's good strategy to tell Sarah that she and Jeremiah are the only people she worries about, loyalty-wise. "People don't like to be called a liar and pretty much I got called a liar without being called a liar," Sarah grumbles. "When I know that you guys think that I'm teetering, that's going to push me away," Sarah says. Sarah and Kass shake hands and they agree they're good. Kass points out that Sarah has only voted with her once, so she hasn't proven anything. "Show me blood on your hand from a former tribe mate and then we'll talk," Kass declares, colorfully again.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 8</p>

The "American Idol" Top 8

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - Back to the Start Night

The Finalists re-sing the songs they auditioned with

So tonight's "American Idol" theme is basically Deja Vu?

Weird. 

Wednesday's (April 2) "Idol" theme is officially Back to the Start and it apparently means that we're going to be hearing the Top 8 sing the songs they auditioned with. Are we really deep enough into this season to be getting repeat performances? Don't we want to hear singers do fresh things? I do. But maybe I'm wrong? To me, this feels like a theme that's intended to help sagging frontrunners like Sam Woolf, but what do I know.

Click through and we'll celebrate what is sure to be a filler-filled telecast together...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 224

Dan and Alan discuss 'Walking Dead,' 'Turn' and the 'How I Met Your Mother' finale

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On Tuesday's Firewall & Iceberg Video Show, we reviewed "Silicon Valley" and "Veep," which we quite liked, so that's not here. We also talked extensively about the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," which we didn't like, but we still talked a bit more about it here in one of several very good Listener Mail segments.

We also reviewed AMC's "Turn" and we talked in spoiler-detail about Sunday's "Walking Dead" finale.

Today's breakdown:
"Turn" (00:01:20 - 00:11:30)
Listener Mail: "Dexter" vs "HIMYM" (00:11:50 - 00:14:40)
Listener Mail: Uncontested Best Episodes (00:14:55 - 00:27:45)
Listener Mail: Death of Reruns (00:27:45 - 00:36:10)
Listener Mail: Death of Television Without Pity (00:36:10 - 00:40:30)
Listener Mail: "HIMYM" Ratings Rise/Quality Drop (00:40:30 - 00:45:55)
The "Walking Dead" Finale (00:46:00 - 01:00:30)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

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

 

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;NCIS: Los Angeles&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS: Los Angeles"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'NCIS: LA' tops 'NCIS' as 'Mindy,' 'Voice' and 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' go low

'About a Boy' is Tuesday's lone riser

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

On a lackluster Tuesday with a slew of ratings lows across the board, CBS dominated overall and edged out NBC among young viewers, with the main notable being an "NCIS: Los Angeles" victory over "NCIS" in the key demo.

Given that "NCIS" was the second part of a nested spinoff for "NCIS: New Orleans," will this quell CBS' enthusiasm for the fresh project? Probably not on its own, no.

And "NCIS" wasn't the only show having a rough time of things on Tuesday.

FOX's "Glee" and the return of "The Mindy Project" were both down, as were ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" and NBC's "The Voice."

In light of yet another "Voice" drop, it's actually a triumph that NBC's "About a Boy" rose a hair in the key demo, while "Growing Up Fisher" was flat. 

On to the numbers...

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Jamie Bell discusses his Revolutionary War spy 'Turn'

Jamie Bell discusses his Revolutionary War spy 'Turn'

'Billy Elliot' veteran has little to say on his 'Fantastic Four' role

RICHMOND, VA - Nestled next to the Richmond International Raceway, the vast warehouse inhabited by AMC's "Turn" are an unusual place to travel back in time to the American Revolution.

That's where I met Jamie Bell on a chilly day in late February. 

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<p>Cory Michael Smith</p>

Cory Michael Smith

Future Riddler cast in FOX's 'Gotham'

Young Broadway vet lands Edward Nygma role in DC Comics' drama

Riddle me this: Why is a raven like a writing desk?

While you're thinking on that one, riddle me this: Who will play Edward Nygma in FOX's "Gotham" pilot?

While The Hatter's riddle has no one answer, the answer to the second one is at your finger-tips if you just follow something that's black and white and read all over, namely this blog. 

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<p>Old Man Ted in the &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; finale</p>

Old Man Ted in the "How I Met Your Mother" finale

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' finale hits highs, but 'Blacklist' helps NBC win Monday

'Dancing' outdraws the 'HIMYM' finale overall and puts ABC in second

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 31, 2014.

The series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" delivered big numbers for CBS Monday, helping the network dominate the start of primetime and beating "The Voice." However, low numbers for the [series?] finale of "Intelligence" helped NBC eke out a Monday win among young viewers and also win overall, edging "Dancing"-fueled ABC.

The "How I Met Your Mother" finale drew the biggest overall audience (12.94 million) in the show's history, as well as its best 18-49 rating (5.3), its best 18-34 rating (5.8) and a tie for its best 25-54 rating (5.4).

Even with the big "HIMYM" audience, FOX's "Bones" posted a small week-to-week gain, while The CW's "Star-Crossed" and particularly "The Tomorrow People" were up.

On to the numbers...

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'Penny Dreadful' Exclusive: Meet Dr. Victor Frankenstein

'Penny Dreadful' Exclusive: Meet Dr. Victor Frankenstein

HitFix has the new poster featuring Harry Treadaway as the notorious scientist

We're still over a month away from the May 11 premiere of the new supernatural drama "Penny Dreadful," but you've probably seen the ultra-creepy ads for the eight-episode series popping up before and after your current Showtime favorites..

Showtime has been gradually unveiling seven character posters for some of the iconic characters featured in the John Logan-created drama, which was directed in its first two installments by "The Orphanage" helmer Juan Antonio Bayona.

The cast features Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper and Reeve Carney.

Here, exclusive to HitFix at least for a little bit, we have your first look at Harry Treadaway ("The Lone Ranger") as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. We don't know much about how the character will be depicted in "Penny Dreadful," but it's safe to say he has a lot of heart.

Check it out:

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<p>Aden Young of &quot;Rectify&quot;</p>

Aden Young of "Rectify"

Credit: SundanceTV

Interview: Aden Young discusses SundanceTV's 'Rectify'

One of 2013's best dramas is now available on Netflix

"One Daniel to another. Perfect," Aden Young says as we're connected on the phone.

It's no surprise that Young feels a deep connection to Daniel Holden, his character on SundanceTV's "Rectify." A 35-year-old man freed after spending 19 years on Death Row for a murder we're not quite sure if he committed, Holden is the sort of deeply tortured and intriguingly internalized character who I suspect must be hard to set aside at the end of the day. It's a bit of a shock, in that light, to be reminded that Young, like seemingly half of the leading men on network and cable TV, is Australian by residency and upbringing and Canadian by birth.

While Young has a strong roster of Aussie film, TV and stage credits, "Rectify" is his biggest America TV role, which offers the pleasant pleasure of enjoying Daniel Holden without a decade of screen baggage. It's similar to Jon Hamm's breakout as Don Draper and, in a perfect world, it would be receiving the same level of acclaim and awards attention.

"Rectify" premiered last spring as part of a breakout year of original programming for SundanceTV and it has just become available on Netflix so that y'all can catch up before Season 2, 10 episodes rather than six this time, premieres on June 19.

In our chat, Young explains why he almost prioritized pulling Chinese noodles over "Rectify," the challenges of stillness and how much he does or doesn't know about what the crime that nearly cost Daniel his life. I did a little goading to try to get Young to talk about the shocking first season finale and although his answer is 100 percent spoiler-free (really, the whole interview is), I put it on a second page, just in case.

Click through for the full Q&A.

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