[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
It's time for Round 2 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown.
We launched the first round last week, featuring 32 shows that we felt ended prematurely, either One Season Wonders or Unfinished Multi-Season Runs. [And yes, we left out a lot of your favorite truncated shows. Guess what? We can do this again!]
That first round generated over 400,000 votes.
Some of the results were predictable. Sorry, "Borgias," but "Firefly" got 97 percent of the vote in that round. Yes. 97 percent.
Some of the results were a little less predictable. I'd figured that "Moonlight" might have enough fan juice to withstand the recency bias of "Almost Human," but I was wrong. And "Terra Nova" was a show that wasn't necessarily a popular inclusion, but it knocked off cult favorite "Wonderfalls."
If tournaments are well-seeded, first round match-ups are sometimes less competitive and then things start getting tough and there are some fantastic match-ups in the second round.
"Firefly" has the power of the Whedon Empire, but there's no way it's going to get 97 percent of the vote against "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," which ended with one of the most infuriating and intriguing twists of any show in recent memory.
You'll also have a tough choice between a girl who talks to God and a woman who talks to Log and between a pair of profane HBO period dramas.
So go vote for your favorites. Voting for this round ends on August 18.
Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 14, 2014.
NBC got a big bump for the season finale of "Last Comic Standing," but still couldn't top CBS, which rode a strong "Big Brother" performance to Thursday wins in all measures.
FOX's "Gang Related" finale was also up from last week, though last week's numbers were depressed by NFL preemptions and "Gang Related" was closer to flat with recent regular airings.
And over on ABC, "The Quest" dropped a little in the key demo, "NY Med" was flat and "Rookie Blue" was up a hair. Since ABC had the NFL preseason preemption in Chicago, adjust expectations accordingly. [NBC had the NFL preemption in Jacksonville, but... come on. That's not causing a big impact. Sorry, Jaguars fans.]
On to the numbers...
After a successful premiere week drawing 5 million viewers across all platforms, as well as some of the strongest reviews in network history, "Outlander" has received a predictably speedy renewal from Starz.
Starz announced on Friday (August 15) morning that "Outlander" has been picked up for a second season, based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's series of best-selling novels "Dragonfly in Amber."
Newly minted Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced a couple key executive appointments on Thursday (August 14), filling two roles with companies whose very similar names will confuse me for a long time.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
"Extant," "America's Got Talent" and "Taxi Brooklyn" were all down week-to-week, but NBC still led Wednesday overall and tied with CBS in the key demographic.
It was, in fact, a series low in the key demo for "America's Got Talent," while "Extant" and "Taxi Brooklyn" only dipped overall, but were flat in the key demo.
FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was down in both measures.
On the slightly-more-positive side, CBS' "Big Brother" added a few viewers, as did The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us."
All of the gains and declines are pretty much within the margin of typical variation, though.
On to the numbers...
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
"America's Got Talent" led NBC to its normal Tuesday wins, but ABC got a bump from the hastily scheduled "20/20: The Life and Death of Robin Williams" special.
The Robin Williams tribute came in far ahead of the summer's earlier "20/20" special, a June hour dedicated to Hillary Clinton.
Other Wednesday notables saw "Extreme Weight Loss" stay flat and "Food Fighters" slip a hair in the key demo from last week.
On to the numbers...
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast.
Even though this week's only new show is TNT's "Legends," this still ended up being a long podcast.
We honored the legacy of the late Robin Williams and we answered some mail and we also both watched the final season of "The Killing" on Netflix. Note that the "Killing" segment is a spoiler-y segment, because we watched all six episodes.
And we also had two very eventful "Friday Night Lights episodes to talk about.
Robin Williams (00:01:00 - 00:21:05)
"Legends" (00:21:06 - 00:31:50)
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" (00:32:10 - 00:38:40)
Listener Mail - SimpsonsWorld implications (00:38:40 - 00:46:15)
"The Killing" Final Season (00:46:15 - 01:00:15)
"Friday Night Lights" Rewatch (01:00:15 - 01:41:00)
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Fast National ratings for Monday, August 11, 2014.
With "MasterChef" and "Under the Dome" leading the way, FOX won Monday night among young viewers, while CBS was victorious overall.
While "American Ninja Warrior" was down for a recap episode, Monday night saw positive results for "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," "Mistresses" and The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway."
The CW notes it was actually the network's best Monday 8 p.m. hour since 2010.
FOX's "Hotel Hell" was down week-to-week and "MasterChef" also dropped among young viewers.
On to the numbers...
Showtime is doubling down on the fourth premiere of the Emmy-winning drama "Homeland."
The cable network announced on Monday (August 11) that "Homeland" will now return with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, October 5.