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TV Ratings: Patriots-Colts game leads Sunday, while 2-hour 'Once' boosts ABC

NBC wins Sunday night as per usual

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 16, 2014.

The NFL action between the Patriots and Colts helped NBC roll to an easy Sunday night ratings win in all key measures, holding off NFL-boosted FOX and slightly NFL-boosted CBS both in the key demo and overall.

Because of the football it's hard to say whether or not "Bob's Burgers" benefitted from its new post-"Family Guy" time period. And, as always, it's hard to get a sense or comparative performance from CBS' Sunday drama, though it's worth noting that CBS' NFL delays/preemptions were minimal.

The night's other variation was ABC's two-hour block of "Once Upon a Time," which came in collectively below last week's single episode, but still easily improved the 9 p.m. hour and helped "Revenge" to some small growth.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Erin Richards</p>

Erin Richards

'Gotham' star Erin Richards won't spoil Barbara's secrets

'Gotham' star will discuss Barbara's complexities and her fancy apartment

"Gotham" star Erin Richards stopped by the HitFix offices last week, which was a pleasant surprise because she has spent so much of her fall cooped up in Barbara Kean and James Gordon's rather palatial apartment. And even when she got out of the apartment two weeks ago, it was to get abducted in the middle of a clash between two of Gotham's warring mob elements.

Actually, no. Not "abducted." Richards correctly takes exception to my wording.

"It was a bit more of a feminist move," she protests. "She wasn't just a little pawn moving around. She went, 'I'm gonna go fight for my man' and she went and fought for him."

And Richards also insists she hasn't been claustrophobic spending most of her time in that apartment set this season.

"It's a really nice apartment and she spent a lot of money on that apartment and we should see it as much as possible," she laughs.

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<p>Josh Canfield of &quot;Survivor: San Juan Del Sur&quot;</p>

Josh Canfield of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Interview: Josh Canfield talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

This week's bootee discusses working with Jaclyn, targeting Baylor

"Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" may have its share of savvy strategic players, physical threats and lucky Idol-finders, but the entire season may ultimately not be shaped by any one strong player or powerful couple, but rather by Julie McGee's untimely decision to quit.

Julie, girlfriend to former baseball player John Rocker, departed "Survivor" in the episode that aired last week and her exit preempted a vote that was predetermined to go against Boston firefighter Jeremy. The vote against Jeremy was going to be the centerpiece of Broadway veteran Josh Canfield's charge for the million dollars, swiftly taking out the head of the rival alliance after the Merge. 

Instead, Julie's self-elimination meant a skipped Tribal Council and it meant that Keith's Immunity victory went for naught. In the next Immunity Challenge, a memory task came down to Josh and Jeremy, with Jeremy winning, preempting his own departure and shifting voting momentum against Josh.

Josh's only hope was perpetual swing vote Jon & Jaclyn, but Jaclyn's feelings were hurt after she felt ignored by the boors in her alliance and she pushed boyfriend Jon toward Jeremy's alliance.

Farewell, Josh.

In his exit interview, Josh maintains that he was attentive to Jaclyn and that Miss Michigan made a mistake in abandoning her alliance due to perceived slighting. He also takes issue with my suggestion that Jon & Jaclyn have achieved a level of joint clout rarely seen before on "Survivor." He also explains why he decided to target Baylor rather than Missy once Jeremy was no longer an option.

Check out the full Q&A below...

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<p>Robert Pattinson at the Hollywood Film Awards</p>

Robert Pattinson at the Hollywood Film Awards

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TV Ratings: CBS' Hollywood Film Awards experiment tanks on Friday

'Shark Tank' leads ABC, while 'Grimm' and 'Constantine' add viewers

Fast National ratings for Friday, November 14, 2014.

CBS hoped there might be an audience for precursor award show kicking off the  seemingly never-ending season that culminates in the high-rated Golden Globes and Oscars. There was not. The first CBS primetime broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards tanked on Friday might, leaving CBS in a last-place tie with The CW among young viewers.

With CBS taking itself out of the Friday picture, "Shark Tank" led ABC to victories in all measures, though the night's most watched show was actually NBC's "Dateline."

Among other Friday notables, both "Grimm" and "Constantine" were down week-to-week for NBC in the key demo, but perhaps due to the freed CBS audience, both dramas posted the tiniest of overall gains.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Millers&quot;</p>

"The Millers"

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CBS cancels 'The Millers' early in Season 2

Will Arnett comedy will still air at least once more on Monday

It didn't take long for "The Millers" to go from a freshman "success" -- quotation marks necessary -- to a second year cancellation for CBS.

CBS pulled a minor shocker in this week's Friday Evening News Dump, canceling "The Millers" after only four episodes aired in the second season. 

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<p>&quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

"The Mindy Project"

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FOX adds six more 'Mindy Project' episodes to Season 3

Not-especially-high-rated comedy will now get 21 episodes this season

FOX has extended the Season 3 order for "The Mindy Project" to a very-nearly-full season.

Originally picked up for a somewhat truncated 15 episodes, "The Mindy Project" has gotten six more episodes from FOX, bringing the season to 21 episodes. Yes, you probably could have done that math yourself.

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<p>&quot;Scandal&quot; star Kerry Washington</p>

"Scandal" star Kerry Washington

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TV Ratings: 'Scandal,' 'Big Bang Theory' lead Thursday as 'A to Z' goes low

Phil Simms somehow fails to boost ratings for 'Elementary'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 13, 2014.

ABC scored a comfortable Thursday win among young viewers with "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" leading, while "The Big Bang Theory" helped CBS hold on for a narrow overall victory.

Note that CBS had NFL preemptions in both Buffalo and Miami, which may make CBS' overall victory even tighter.

Most of Thursday's numbers were straight-forward and within the normal range, with the biggest notable probably being the ugly 0.6 key demo rating posted by NBC's "A to Z."

Oh and it turns out that advertising a special guest-starring appearance by Phil Simms was not, in fact, the secret recipe for turning around sagging "Elementary" ratings.

On to the numbers...

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TV Ratings: 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Chicago PD' get big crossover numbers on Wednesday

'The Voice' also edges out 'Survivor' for NBC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

A crossover between "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD" helped both shows to huge ratings bumps as NBC scored Wednesday victories overall and among young viewers.

"SVU" was up 50 percent in the key demo and "Chicago PD" was up 57 percent, which helped take some attention from a lackluster "The Voice" performance.

Otherwise, Wednesday saw only minor fluctuations, with "Hell's Kitchen," "Criminal Minds" and "The 100" up a hair and "Stalker" and "Arrow" down a little. ABC's "The Middle" rose a notch, but the network's other comedies were down negligibly. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>It&#39;s all about Jon &amp; Jaclyn</p>

It's all about Jon & Jaclyn

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Wrinkle In The Plan'

Jon & Jaclyn, Jaclyn & Jon, Jon & Jaclyn, Jaclyn & Jon

Pre-credit sequence. Nobody went home last week because Julie quit. I repressed that. Maybe that's why we're starting with a montage of moving skies, since there was no trip to Tribal to return from. At Huyopa, Missy is pissed off at Julie, though she thinks she's mad at Julie because the quitting delayed voting Josh out. We all know that's not true, though. Jon is worried that they may be being deceitful, sharing his worries with Jaclyn. They're both feeling smug about everybody needing to want to work with them. That's not the same as wanting to need to work with them. They've decided to take out Jeremy, the leader of one pack, even if it means following a different leader in Josh. "My best path right now does not include Jeremy," Jon repeats.

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TV Ratings: Two-hour 'The Voice' paces NBC to Tuesday win

'Supernatural' 200th ep and 'Chicago Fire' up, 'Agents of SHIELD' down

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

A two-hour "The Voice" led NBC to an easy Tuesday win among young adults, boosting "Chicago Fire" and hurting "Agents of SHIELD" in the process, while CBS won the night among total viewers thanks to the "NCIS" franchise. Meanwhile, the 200th episode of "Supernatural" bought the CW drama its biggest audience since the season premiere.

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