<p>Thursday&#39;s prom-themed &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's prom-themed "Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Murder' rises, 'Men' falls and 'Big Bang Theory' leads Thursday

CBS rules overall, while ABC takes the key demographic

Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Up slightly week-to-week, "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's top show in all measures and helped CBS win the night overall, but "How To Get Away With Murder" was also up and helped ABC reign among young viewers.

CBS ruled overall despite a big post-premiere drop from "Two and a Half Men" and a smaller drop from "The McCarthys." "Mom" was also down from last week's Fast Nationals, but retained well relative to other recent post-"Big Bang" shows.

There was more positive news for NBC's "Bad Judge" and "A to Z," which rose despite effectively being cancelled last week, while "Parenthood" was also up.

Of course, NBC had the NFL preemption in Cincinnati, while CBS had the game in Cleveland, meaning that any variations for both networks could well be wiped out or minimized.

Let's get to numbers...

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<p>Michael James Shaw of &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

Michael James Shaw of "Constantine"

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Interview: 'Constantine' guest star Michael James Shaw on bringing Papa Midnite to TV

What is the newcomer's personal connection to the voodoo-practicing boss?

Some of the biggest, baddest figures in DC Comics lore have been making their way to the small screen lately.

We just got Ra's al Ghul on "Arrow," Captain Cold on "The Flash" and Victor Zsasz joining the already bursting rogues gallery on "Gotham."

On Friday (November 7), NBC's "Constantine" gets in on the action, introducing immortal mob boss and voodoo aficionado Papa Midnite in an episode titled "The Devil’s Vinyl."

Debuting in the first "Hellblazer" comic, Papa Midnite has had a varied relationship with John Constantine over the years, sometimes providing begrudging assistance and sometimes getting in Constantine's way.

Playing Papa Midnite in this recurring incarnation is Michael James Shaw, such a relative newcomer that NBC and WBTV eschew prior credits to call him merely "a recent graduate of Julliard." 

I got on the phone with Shaw this week and learned about his unexpected personal connection to the source of Papa Midnite's powers, as well the genius costume designer who helped him tap into the character. 

We also discussed Shaw's highest profile prior credit, namely a stint as an extra on a little show called "The Wire."

Check out the full Q&A below.

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<p>Jeff Foxworthy of &quot;Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?&quot;</p>

Jeff Foxworthy of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

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FOX resurrects 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'

Can 'Utopia Junior' and 'American Juniors 2' be far behind?

FOX believes the children are the future.

Fresh off the successful return of "MasterChef Junior" and the swift cancellation of "Utopia," FOX has learned a valuable lesson.

FOX announced on Thursday (November 6) afternoon that "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" will be making a triumphant return to the network. 

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<p>Luke Bryan at the 2014 CMA Awards</p>

Luke Bryan at the 2014 CMA Awards

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TV Ratings: ABC's CMA Awards telecast dominates Wednesday

One of country's bigger nights is down a hair from last year

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

ABC's broadcast of the 2014 CMA Awards was down only a hair from last year's strong telecast, dominating Wednesday night in all measures.

Representing one of the Top 5 most important award shows in the country music calendar, The CMAs didn't have much impact on the rest of the Wednesday competition, producing only minor deviation from recent performances.

You had "Survivor," "The 100" and "Hell's Kitchen" posting the smallest of gains, with "Red Band Society," "Criminal Minds" and "Stalker" going down a little. Only "Chicago PD" had a double-digit loss. "

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jessica Lucas of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Jessica Lucas of "Gracepoint"

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Interview: 'Gracepoint' co-star Jessica Lucas on why she probably isn't playing the killer

'Melrose Place' vet also discusses her own journalistic instincts

VICTORIA, BC. We're inching closer to the revelation of Danny Solano's killer on FOX's "Gracepoint."

Will David Tennant's Detective Carver solve the crime?

Or might intrepid report Renee Clemons crack the case first?

In May, I sat down with actress Jessica Lucas to discuss Renee's reportorial instincts and how easy it was for her to tap into her inner journalist.

At the time, we also discussed Lucas' journey to FOX after a steady series of roles on The CW, including "Melrose Place" and "Cult."

As with last week's Kevin Zegers chat, you can read my pre-show Q&A from the "Broadchurch" remake's Vancouver Island set below, but you can also check out my video interview with Zegers and Lucas from August, when I had seen seven episodes, above.

And, as always, "Gracepoint" airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FOX...

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Million Dollar Decision'

A Merge, a missed birthday and trail mix yield drama in a weak episode

Pre-credit sequence. Dale was the latest victim of Coyopa's ineptitude, Keith was confused to see his name written down at all. Apparently nothing notable happened on the nighttime return to camp, but the next morning Missy feels it's her responsibility to explain why things happened the way they happened. "You could've let me know," Keith pouts, asking what would have happened if Dale had voted for him. [Dale and I discussed that in his yet-to-post exit interview.] Although he's reassured that Dale was going home no matter what, Keith is merely making nice, telling us he'd be prepared to leave his current alliance high-and-dry.

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agent Carter&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agent Carter"

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ABC sets 'Marvel's Agent Carter,' 'Galavant' premieres

The network also announces the January 2015 return of Shonda Rhimes Thursday

ABC joined CBS in making this the week to announce midseason place-holding plans, as the network set premiere dates for "Marvel's Agent Carter" and for the musical-comedy-thing "Galavant."

As was previously announced, "Agent Carter" will serve as the bridge between halves of the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." season, focusing on the character played by Hayley Atwell in both "Captain America" movies and in this year's "S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere. 

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;MasterChef Junior&quot; premiere</p>

Tuesday's "MasterChef Junior" premiere

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TV Ratings: Big 'MasterChef Junior' premiere lets FOX split Election Night Tuesday

'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project' hit post-premiere highs for FOX

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

FOX's "MasterChef" appears to have helped lift FOX to a Tuesday win among young viewers, while CBS' "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans" repeats led overall. 

However, with live Election Night coverage impacting programming differently in almost every market, it'd be presumptuous to make any big calls based on the ratings equivalent of exit polling. 

Just as it'd be presumptuous to claim that "MasterChef Junior" is a saving grace for FOX's struggling Tuesday -- the cooking show hit series highs and boosted the network's comedies to post-premiere highs -- it would only be of limited use to note the huge drop for "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" out of a weakened "The Voice" lead-in, though the percentage decline can't make NBC happy. 

And, finally on the list of things we can't be sure about, ABC's two episodes of "Selfie" did soft numbers, as did the "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp To Pop!" special.

On to the numbers...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 255

Dan and Alan review 'Newsroom' and 'The Comeback' and check in on 3 ABC dramas

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

It seems like it's been a while since we podcast, but I guess that's just because last week's show was on the early side to accommodate "Boardwalk Empire" finale talk.

Because we didn't discuss early cancellations last week, we spent some time today on the demises of "Manhattan Love Story," "Utopia" and, after 13 episodes, "A to Z" and "Bad Judge" (and probably "Mulaney").

We also reviewed a pair of HBO shows -- "Newsroom" and "The Comeback" -- and checked in on a trio of ABC shows -- "Scandal," "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Today's breakdown:

Recent TV Cancellations (00:00:50 - 00:15:55)
"The Newsroom" (00:16:45 - 00:31:00)
"The Comeback" (00:31:00 - 00:43:55)
"Scandal" (00:44:00 - 00:56:15)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:56:20 - 01:07:10)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (01:07:10 - 01:20:20)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

<p>Rachel Bilson of &quot;Hart of Dixie&quot;</p>

Rachel Bilson of "Hart of Dixie"

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'Hart of Dixie' gets a January premiere on The CW

Rachel Bilson dramedy will have a 10-episode fourth season

Are you ready to return to BlueBell to catch up with Lemon, Brick, Annabeth, Meatball and the rest of the gang?

Just me? 

Well fine.

The CW announced on Tuesday (November 4) that "Hart of Dixie" will return for its fourth season on Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. 

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