<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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<p>Edward Herrmann</p>

Edward Herrmann

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'Gilmore Girls' star, Emmy and Tony winner Edward Herrmann dies

'Lost Boys' and 'Overboard' star was also a frequent big and small screen FDR

Character actor Edward Herrmann has died at the age of 71.

The news was first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Buzzfeed.

Herrmann's career spanned over four decades and it's no wonder that he's being memorialized today in different ways by different generations of film, TV and theater audiences. 

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<p>The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors</p>

The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

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TV Ratings: 2014 Kennedy Center Honors telecast rises as CBS wins Tuesday

'Chicago Fire' and 'Forever' marathons fill primetime

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

CBS' broadcast of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors was solidly up from last year's showing and, against entirely repeat competition the annual old-skewing celebration managed to win Tuesday in all measures.

It was the biggest audience for the Kennedy Center Honors since 2010 and the biggest key demo audience since 2012.

In other Tuesday ratings news, audiences were nearly identically interested in repeat mini-marathons of "Forever" and "Chicago Fire." I didn't say it was interesting news.

On to the numbers...

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The Fien Print's No.11-20 Best TV Shows of 2014 - 'True Detective,' 'Girls' and more

The Fien Print's No.11-20 Best TV Shows of 2014 - 'True Detective,' 'Girls' and more

Counting down TV's Second 10 with a lot of HBO and a lot of comedy

It's been a couple weeks since I unveiled my TV Top 10 for 2014 in video and gallery form and I think at the time I promised that a Second 10 and possibly a Third 10 were coming. 

Well, here's the start of that.

In case you've forgotten, my 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"

A couple thoughts before getting to No.11-20 for 2014.

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Mike &amp; Molly&quot;</p>

Monday's "Mike & Molly"

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TV Ratings: 'Mike & Molly' pushes CBS past Charlie Brown-led ABC on Monday

CBS repeats also win their time periods

Fast National ratings for December 29, 2014.

Monday's top program, and Monday's only original program, was CBS' new "Mike & Molly," which combined with a slew of other repeats to help the network win primetime in most measures.

ABC with second with "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!" and "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" leading the way.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Antonio Brown</p>

Antonio Brown

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TV Ratings: Bengals-Steelers carries NBC on Sunday as football also boosts CBS, FOX

Nobody cares about a 'Revenge' repeat marathon

Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 28, 2014.

A key season-ending matchup between the Bengals and Steelers helped carry NBC to its normal Sunday rout, holding off NFL-overrun-boosted nights for FOX and CBS. 

Otherwise, there wasn't much excitement on Sunday. So let's get down to business...

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<p>&quot;Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon&quot;</p>

"Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon"

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TV Ratings: 'Caught on Camera,' '20/20' among Friday leaders

CBS' 'Now That's Funny!' special barely makes a ripple

Fast National ratings for Friday, December 26, 2014.

"Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" and two hours of "Dateline" led NBC to a slim overall victory on the sleepiest of sleepy Fridays, while "Shark Tank" and "20/20" pushed ABC to a tie among young viewers.

The Nick Cannon special was, in fact, up from last week's "Caught on Camera" special.

The night's only other original was CBS' 90-minute "Now That's Funny! On Set With TV's Hottest Comedies," a Paley Center that attracted very little interest.

On to the unimpressive numbers...

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<p>&quot;Dr. Seuss&#39; How The Grinch Stole Christmas&quot;</p>

"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas"

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TV Ratings: Double 'Grinch' Christmas saves ABC Thursday

'Big Bang Theory' repeat tops the night overall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 25, 2014.

The animated "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the Jim Carrey live-action "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas" ruled Christmas Thursday primetime, even if a "Big Bang Theory" repeat was still the night's most-watched show.

There weren't many other Christmas ratings notables, though ABC is saying that its NBA double-header was up double-digits from last year.

On to the primetime notables...

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