<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Monday's "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' start 2015 high, 'Bachelor' helps ABC split Monday

'State of Affairs' is down from its last airing despite 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Fast National ratings for Monday, January 5, 2015.

A slew of network favorites started 2015 on high notes as "Gotham," "Scorpion," "Mike & Molly" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" were among the shows delivering above-season-average performances on Monday.

"NCIS: Los Angeles" was particularly strong, delivering season highs in most measures and pushing CBS to a dominant overall win and to a tie with ABC, driven by the "Bachelor" premiere, the show's lowest rated premiere yet, in the key demographic. 

Although it was stuck in fourth among young viewers and third in the key demo, NBC also got a second consecutive solid night from "The Celebrity Apprentice."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jake Johnson&nbsp;</p>

Jake Johnson 

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Interview: Jake Johnson talks 'New Girl,' 'Jurassic World' and his Sundance return

New credits, Nick/Jess and the importance of Tran also come up

Whether it's an actor, producer, writer or director, it's always nice to sit down for an interview when your subject has good news.

Last month, I pulled up a booth on the Clyde's set -- Yes, the booths are disconcertingly moveable -- with "New Girl" star Jake Johnson hot on the heels of the announcement of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival schedule, which includes Joe Swanberg's "Digging For Fire," an ensemble that represents Johnson's co-writing debut. Johnson also co-stars as part of a rather astounding cast including Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Rockwell, Sam Elliott and Chris Messina among many many more names.

Johnson was excited about the Sundance announcement, as well as this summer's reunion with  his "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Colin Trevorrow on the slightly larger scale "Jurassic World."

And yes, Johnson is also excited about Season 4 of "New Girl." He has perhaps my favorite explanation yet for why the Nick/Jess relationship threw off the balance of Season 3, an interestingly selfless explanation at that. Johnson also had the simplest and cleanest response to my question about the new credits, one that didn't require five follow-up questions.

In the interview, we also discussed the rise of Tran as a key "New Girl" character and a potential business venture with Nick and Schmidt.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Pass Interference? Apparently not.</p>

Pass Interference? Apparently not.

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TV Ratings: NFL Wild Card dominates Sunday, 'Galavant' and 'Celebrity Apprentice' start well

'Madam Secretary,' 'Good Wife' and 'CSI' all win their hours overall

Fast National ratings for Sunday, January 4, 2015.

The last 55 minutes of a tight and controversial Wild Card game between the Cowboys and Lions spilled into Sunday primetime and proved huge enough to push FOX to a dominant performance in all measures, also giving big boosts to "The Simpsons," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Family Guy" and "Bob's Burgers."

Numbers for FOX are, of course, tentative and subject to change.

With new programming returning on Sunday after holiday breaks, there were a slew of notables, including a very strong return for NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and good NFL-free audiences for "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife." ABC's fairy tale musical-comedy "Galavant" got off to an encouraging start on its own, though it was unable to serve as any kind of lead-in for "Resurrection" and "Revenge."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Zooey Deschanel</p>

Zooey Deschanel

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Interview: 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel on goody-two-shoes vs. girl gone wild

FOX's comedy returns with its first 2015 new episode on Teusday

Audiences have only seen a small portion of Clyde's Bar, the "New Girl" location that has been a place of employ for Nick and Cece and a frequent hangout for the entire gang. 

Housed on the Fox Lot in Los Angeles, Clyde's actually has over a dozen comfortable booths, the full bar and several back rooms which, like much of the British paraphernalia on the wall, have never been seen.

A couple weeks back I dropped by Clyde's to chat with several of the stars of "New Girl" about the show's fourth season, which resumes on Tuesday (January 6) night.

Up first is my 10 minute chat with Zooey Deschanel, who discusses what went wrong last season with the Nick-Jess relationship, the pleasures of getting to act opposite a string of new potential love interests and the new opening credits that have raised some discontent among "New Girl" fans.

Stay tuned over the next couple days for my chats with Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield...


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<p>Stuart Scott</p>

Stuart Scott

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ESPN, 'SportsCenter' veteran Stuart Scott dies

The long-time anchor was 49

Sports fans awoke on Sunday (January 4) morning to an NFL Wild Card double-header and to the sad news that veteran ESPN sportcaster and anchor Stuart Scott had died at the age of 49.

Scott had been fighting cancer since 2007, continuing his work at ESPN through the vast majority of his treatment, which included a 2012 remission.

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<p>Top Selleck of &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Top Selleck of "Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: 'Undercover Boss' boosts 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Blue Bloods' on Friday

'Penn & Teller' repeat tops FOX's 'Glee' repeat

Fast National ratings for Friday, January 2, 2015.

"Undercover Boss" returned to Friday and immediately gave CBS its biggest 8 p.m. audience of the season and boosted "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" as the network won primetime in all measures.

Also original on Friday were newsmagazines "20/20" on ABC and "Dateline" on NBC, as those networks finished second and third.

The only other minor amusement for the night was a FOX "Glee" repeat averaging under a million viewers and losing to a repeat of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" on The CW.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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HitFix First Look: Sunday's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' puts Captain Holt in a hot tub

An exclusive scene of the whole gang from Sunday's new episode

Happy New Year!

And merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and whatever other seasonal holidays you might celebrate.

It's been a festive couple of weeks, but it's also been a really tough couple weeks if you happen to be a fan of original TV programming.

Fortunately, the drought is coming to an end. Already, NBC welcomed back "A to Z" and "Bad Judge," not that you noticed. But everything begins returning in earnest this Sunday night, including FOX animated favorites "Bob's Burgers," "The Simpsons," and coming off an odd fall in which only six new episodes aired, "Family Guy."

Also returning with its first new episode since December 14 -- Jake and Charles grew close and then not-so-close on a stakeout, in case you've forgotten -- is "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

In this week's episode, titled "Beach House," the detectives head out for a weekend at Charles' beach house -- Charles has a beach house? -- only to have their good time squelched when Jack invites Captain Holt. 

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<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;A to Z&quot;</p>

Thursday's "A to Z"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' repeat leads first 2015 Thursday, 'A to Z' goes low

Repeats of 'Bones' make FOX TV's second most-watched network

Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 1, 2015.

The most popular comedy of 2014 was also the most popular show on the first night of 2015, as a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's top show in all measures, kicking off CBS' comfortable primetime sweep against mostly repeat competition.

The competition wasn't all repeats, of course, though NBC drew no interest for fresh episodes of the already cancelled "Bad Judge" and "A to Z," nor did ABC's "The Taste" find any traction.

"A to Z," in fact, drew only 1.3 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating. We'll have to wait to see if another network will declare this the lowest rated in-season rating ever for a network series.

Of course, ESPN's coverage of the Sugar Bowl is likely to have been Thursday's real ratings champion, but those numbers won't be available until later.

On to Thursday's ratings...

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The Fien Print's No.21-30 Best TV Shows of 2014 - 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Good Wife' and more

The Fien Print's No.21-30 Best TV Shows of 2014 - 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Good Wife' and more

'Jane the Virgin' makes The CW's first appearance in this year's rankings

Happy 2015!

That must mean that it's time to wrap up my Best of 2014 coverage, right?

In case you've forgotten...

My TV Top 10 for 2014:
10. "Game of Thrones"
9. "Shameless"
8. "Hannibal"
7. "The Americans"
6. "Rectify"
5. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"
4. "Mad Men"
3. "Orange Is The New Black"
2. "Review"
1. "Fargo"

And My Second 10 for 2014:
11. "Transparent"
12. "True Detective"
13. "Bob's Burgers"
14. "Boardwalk Empire"
15. "Veep"
16. "Louie"
17. "The Knick"
18. "The Honourable Woman"
19. "Silicon Valley"
20. "Girls"

So now, let's get down to business with my previously promised Third 10 of 2014.

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<p>New Year&#39;s Eve</p>

New Year's Eve

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TV Ratings: ABC's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' dominates 2014's last night

NBC's Carson Daly-fronted coverage is second

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

ABC's "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 2015" ruled New Year's Eve Wednesday in all measures, rising very slightly from last year's telecast.

NBC's New Year's Eve coverage, including the climactic telecast hosted by Carson Daly, was good for second on the night. 

And as for FOX's "Pitbull's New Year's Revolution"? Well, at least FOX beat CBS drama repeats among young viewers (though not overall).

On to the numbers, which are preliminary and subject to change due to liveness for half of the country...

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