<p>Michonne is ready for action in Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; finale</p>

Michonne is ready for action in Sunday's "The Walking Dead" finale

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'Walking Dead' Season 4 finale crushes network competition

'Talking Dead' sets series highs in the 10 p.m. hour for AMC

When it came to shows about the recently deceased, Sunday (March 30) night's episodes of "The Good Wife" and "Resurrection" couldn't come close to matching the fourth season finale for AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Per AMC, Sunday's "Walking Dead" finale drew 15.7 million viewers, including 10.2 million in the 18-49 demographic. That wrapped up a season that averaged 13.3 million Live+Same Day viewers, including 8.6 million in the 18-49 demographic, numbers up 24 percent and 22 percent over the show's Season 3 averages.

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<p>Kentucky celebrates its Elite 8 win</p>

Kentucky celebrates its Elite 8 win

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TV Ratings: NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday as 'Resurrection,' 'Crisis' drops continue

'Good Wife' draws its second-biggest audience of the season

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 30, 2014.

A tight NCAA Tournament Elite 8 game stretched 20 minutes into Sunday primetime and boosted CBS to primetime-winning numbers in all key measures.

Meanwhile, all of Sunday's new programming continued to drop with weekly declines for "Resurrection," "Cosmos," "Believe" and "Crisis."

If you're looking for some good news, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" posted a small gain among young viewers, though "Revenge" was down week-to-week.

[We'll have "Walking Dead" finale ratings later in the day. They'll be higher than anything on-network.]

On to the numbers...

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Amazing Race: All-Stars"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Down and Dirty'

Tuk-tuk bedlam and elephant dung help determine Sunday's Leg

If you ask me for a preference between Country Blondes Jennifer and Caroline, I'll always go with punchy, pint-sized Caroline, she of the reliable zingers and ace comic timing.

But Jennifer had the smartest observation in Sunday (March 30) night's "Amazing Race."

Musing on why this season has been difficult, Jennifer noted, "Nobody makes mistakes."

That's not exactly true. Natalie & Nadiya couldn't find a wedding dress shop in China over several hours and they went home. Mark & Mallory went back to get Mark's bag and they went home. Joey & Meghan didn't tell their driver to stay at a Roadblock and they went home. And last week, Margie & Luke couldn't get tickets for a good flight leaving Kuala Lumpur and they went home. At least in the early-going of this "All-Stars" season, it hasn't been that nobody's been making mistakes, but it's certainly been the case that, generally speaking, it's been nearly impossible to overcome what few mistakes there have been. 

One thing to note about the single mistakes that have led to all four of the season's eliminations: None of them have been related to "Amazing Race" Roadblocks or Detours, which are usually the meat of the game. The Twinnies fumbled on a season-opening general task and then we had two self-inflicted eliminations and the airport strangeness that befell Margie & Luke last week. Performances on the Roadblocks and Detours have been almost completely proficient and uniform.

It's possible that Sunday's episode featured the biggest in-task blunder of the season, but once that gaffe proved to be completely and totally meaningless, despite eating up 10 minutes of screentime, it was already very clear where the hour was going.

[More after the break...]

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<p>Alexis of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Alexis of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Alexis Maxwell talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Would she have flipped? And what didn't she listen to her 'Survivor' fan side?

Like so many "Survivor" decisions, Wednesday (March 26) night's "Survivor: Cagayan" vote came down to trust. With a Merge coming, the remaining trio of Brains had to decide who they could trust not to flip. 

Would they trust Sarah, who might reunite with the majority of her Brawn tribe?

Would they trust Jeremiah, who may or may not have gotten a clue to an Immunity Idol and may or may not have lied about it?

Or would they trust Alexis, who professed loyalty, but had two chums -- LJ and Jefra -- remaining on the other tribe?

In the end, the Brains didn't really consider targeting Sarah and they opted to trust Jeremiah, even while not quite believing him, leaving Alexis blindsided and crying.

Although she was placed on the Beauty tribe for the purposes of this "Survivor" season, Alexis Maxwell is a student at Northwestern, which isn't too shabby, and despite her disappointment at being eliminated, she makes no excuses for what she describes as "rookie mistakes."

In her exit interview, she explains why she wouldn't have flipped, at least not post-Merge. She discusses her gaffe in not believing Jeremiah's version of the Idol story. And she talks about why Sarah was never targeted for Wednesday's vote.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Margie and Luke of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Margie and Luke of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Margie & Luke talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

Three-time Racers talk tight connections, solo racing and unfair Detours

On Sunday (March 23) night, Margie & Luke had one of those rough "Amazing Race" Legs that happen every couple seasons. They started near the back of the pack and after an unfortunate flight situation they were in dead last as they reached Sri Lanka, many hours behind the other teams.

Even though Brendon & Rachel faced a SpeedBump in the Leg, Team "Big Brother" made a successful travel gamble and pulled even with the other teams. Margie & Luke never got close enough to even see another team at a challenge, much less stick around.

That actually made for a relaxed Leg for the mother/son team, who were in their third tour of "Amazing Race" duty. They needed it after a rough last Leg in Kuala Lumpur, where a bartending Detour frustrating Luke, who couldn't attempt the alternative DJing Detour because he's deaf. 

In this week's exit interview, Luke & Margie talk about the travel announces leaving Kuala Lumpur, problems that basically caused their elimination. They also discuss the bartending Detour and its frustrations. Finally, they talk about how they've changed as a partnership in their three Races.

[Logistical Note: I conducted my normal phone exit interview with just Margie at the beginning of the week. After that conversation, I emailed a series of questions to Luke and he responded via email. I've stitched the two conversations together, Oral History-style. I think it makes sense!]

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'Masters of Sex' star Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford tease Season 2

'Masters of Sex' star Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford tease Season 2

Is Masters changing or manipulating? And how big is the Season 2 time jump?

Last week, I covered the PaleyFest red carpet for Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and talked to all of the assembled parties about the period drama's second season, which premieres on July 13 and has just resumed production.

By now, hopefully you've watched my interview with Lizzy Caplan and if you haven't, it's worth checking out just for her impression of her Israeli uncle watching her sex scenes. 

But now it's time to start working through the other interviews.

Above, Michael Sheen discusses William Masters' confession of "need" from the first season finale and what it means for that character in terms of evolution or progress. 

Below, creator Michelle Ashford teases a number of details about the second season, including its mid-year time jump and the show's growing ensemble cast.

Stay tuned in the next couple days for my interviews with Teddy Sears, Caitlin Fitzgerald and the awesome Annaleigh Ashford.

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<p>It was a good Friday for Kentucky and CBS</p>

It was a good Friday for Kentucky and CBS

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TV Ratings: NCAA action leads CBS Friday, 'Hannibal' rises and 'Enlisted' hits a low

'Whose Line' and 'Hart of Dixie' remain solid for The CW

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 28, 2014.

CBS had a pair of solid NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games on Friday night and used that basketball action to score easy wins in all measures.

Among other notables, it was a series low for "Enlisted" in its last Friday airing for the foreseeable future, while NBC's "Hannibal" rose thanks to a big two-hour block for "Dateline." 

Meanwhile, The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" was down, though the network continued to see the comparative benefits of its new Friday comedy lineup.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Lindsey and Jeff Probst enjoy a little night-vision on &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Lindsey and Jeff Probst enjoy a little night-vision on "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Lindsey Ogle discusses quitting 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Has Lindsey warmed to Trish? No. Not really.

"Survivor" isn't a show for quitters and yet many players have quit on "Survivor" over 28 seasons.

Players have quit with broken bones, nasty infections, heart problems, stomach problems and whatever those two things were that caused Colton to quit. Jenna quit to be near her ailing mother. Susan quit because Richard Hatch rubbed against her. Various levels of in-game misery caused Janu, Kathy, NaOnka and Purple Kelly to quit.

On Wednesday (March 26) night's "Survivor: Cagayan," Lindsey Ogle quit because of her concerns that if she continued to spend time with gloating Bostonian Trish, something bad might happen. Jeff Probst hailed this as a strange sort of "Survivor" first. As a result, the Solana tribe lost Cliff and Lindsey, which Trish and Tony hailed as a huge triumph, even if they were now way down in numbers. 

Solana subsequently won two straight challenges, which as either a fluke or addition by subtraction.

In the first of this week's two exit interviews, Lindsey talks a lot about her decision to quit, her thoughts on Trish and whether or not Solana got better without her. She also discusses her post-"Survivor" plans.

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<p>Billy Campbell of &quot;Helix&quot;</p>

Billy Campbell of "Helix"

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Syfy renews 'Helix' for Season 2

New episodes will premiere in early 2015

Just hours ahead of Friday's (March 28) first season finale, "Helix" has been renewed for a 13-episode second season. 

"Helix" will resume production later this year and will return in early 2015. [Because of a poorly written press release, there were some initial reports that "Helix" wouldn't be back until late 2015. That's not the case. Don't worry, "Helix" fans.]

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<p>Dayton is on to the Elite 8. They&#39;re pleased.</p>

Dayton is on to the Elite 8. They're pleased.

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TV Ratings: NCAA Sweet 16 leads CBS Thursday, while 'Vampire Diaries' stumbles

'Surviving Jack' gets an OK sample after a weak 'Idol'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 27, 2014.

While still coming in far below the normal standards set by CBS' Thursday lineup, NCAA Sweet 16 coverage at least helped CBS win the night in all measures, though with live events it's hard to tell which of two games was a big draw, etc. 

It was yet another lackluster week for "American Idol," which dropped in viewers and was flat in the key demo, making it now nearly even with "Hell's Kitchen." "Idol" was a good enough lead-in to help "Surviving Jack" get FOX's biggest overall comedy audience since the Super Bowl, though the Chris Meloni show's demo numbers were on par with the network's normal Tuesday sitcom sluggishness. 

ABC's entire lineup was up in the key demo, including "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," though the low ratings for that soon-to-end drama were the reason ABC didn't win the night. "Parenthood" also got a small bump with two hours of "Hollywood Game Night" outdrawing the network's usual comedies.

Meanwhile, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was significantly down from last week and only barely topped "Reign." I don't have an explanation for that, but it's a 36 percent drop and a new series low. 

On to the numbers...

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