<p>Oh. We&#39;ve reached the part of &quot;The Voice&quot; where the singers shout at each other.</p>

Oh. We've reached the part of "The Voice" where the singers shout at each other.

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TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' rises pre-finale, while 'Dancing' and 'Voice' lead Monday

'Tomorrow People' takes a big drop for The CW

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 24, 2014.

"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" were both down week-to-week, but the hoofing and crooning competitions still helped ABC win Monday overall and NBC claim the crown among young viewers.

Monday's biggest notable was a big bump for the penultimate episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," which rippled through in gains for the rest of the network's lineup. 

In contrast, The CW saw a big audience decline for "The Tomorrow People," which fell to "Beauty and the Beast" levels after last week's encouraging time period premiere.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Missy Peregrym of &quot;Rookie Blue&quot;</p>

Missy Peregrym of "Rookie Blue"

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ABC sets summer premieres for 'Astronauts Wives Club,' 'The Bachelorette,' 'Rookie Blue' and more

ABC has at least 12 original shows premiering this summer

It's going to be an absurdly busy summer of original programming on ABC. I mean, you may not be excited about any of that original programming, but it's sure going to be filling a lot of primetime real estate.

On Monday, ABC announced a summer 2014 schedule that includes four new shows, plus eight returning series. There are scripted dramas, competitive reality shows, docudramas, things from Canada and more. 

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<p>Iowa State celebrates on Sunday</p>

Iowa State celebrates on Sunday

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TV Ratings: 'Resurrection,' 'Believe' and 'Cosmos' slip as NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday

'American Dream Builders' is a Sunday dud for NBC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 23, 2014.

CBS got 41 minutes of overrun from a tight NCAA Tournament thriller between North Carolina and Iowa State, which boosted the network's lineup to Sunday primetime wins in most measures.

Due to that NCAA Tournament overrun, I have to remind you that these numbers are time period data and thus we don't have any sort of exact ratings for Sunday night's pivotal episodes of both "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."

On the other three networks, there was some consistency, at least: Nearly everything went down. ABC got a second straight week of fairly steep declines from "Resurrection," though the freshman hit was still easily Sunday's top drama. Also drooping were FOX's "Cosmos," as well as NBC's "Believe" and "Crisis," which shed viewers after a weak premiere for "American Dream Builders."

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Good Wife&quot;</p>

An entirely unspoilery picture from Sunday's "The Good Wife"

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'The Good Wife' pulls off a shocker on the sly

Sunday's development snuck up on viewers

Sepinwall will probably write more about this in the morning. I'm sure it's his opinion you want to see. And if you care about my opinion, I'm sure we'll have to discuss this on either the podcast or the video show, depending on which we feel is more "spoiler-safe," whatever the heck that means.

However, in our glorious Internet age, HitFix should have a story up for SEO and I'm sure people have things to say about what happened on Sunday (March 23) night's "The Good Wife," so let's get the ball rolling.

It's not that I don't have thoughts. They're after the break. Obviously don't read anymore if you have't watched the episode, fittingly titled "Dramatics, Your Honor."

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<p>Sweet Georgia Brown!</p>

Sweet Georgia Brown!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Can't Make Fish Bite'

After some flight drama, the teams head to Sri Lanka for fishing and sewing

Sunday (March 23) night's installment of "The Amazing Race" came down to one decision made in the first 15 minutes of the episode. I'm not saying there was a "right" answer or a "wrong" answer in the moment, but the choice was made early and once it was made -- incorrectly, as it turned out -- there was nothing left to the episode and what followed was a 45-minute anti-climax. 

That's too bad, because this was perhaps the first episode of the season that was well-structured in terms of Detours and Roadblocks, featuring difficult tasks that had the chance to shake things up in terms of team placement. 

I write "had the chance to," because they didn't. This week's Top 4 was last week's Top 4. And last week's Top 4 was 3/4ths of the previous week's Top 4. We've had five Legs so far, which means 20 Top 4 finishes. The teams now in the Top 4 have *15* of those finishes. I refuse to go back to previous seasons to see if that's a comparable rate to the norm, but that's a pretty deep entrenchment at the top for this season. Similarly, while everybody likes to talk about major positive or negative swings of fortune on the Race, the back of the pack has also remained close to intact. Mark & Mallory fell from 6th to 10th in the week they were eliminated, but otherwise the teams that have gone home were starting in last or next-to-last.

So Sunday's episode had an exciting start in terms of travel, but once things went south, the only thing giving the episode even an iota of tension was a stereotype-based hypothetical: Would the middle-aged mom turn out to be a master seamstress, leading to one of the most shocking reversals in "Amazing Race" history? Well, we never even found out.

On to the recap after the break...

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<p>Cliff Robinson of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Cliff Robinson of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Cliff Robinson talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Former NBA All-Star discusses his 'Survivor' challenges

On the basketball court, Cliff Robinson's statistics were quite robust.

He ranks ninth in NBA history in games played and, with playoff appearances in 17 of his 18 seasons, those were often meaningful games. He was the league's Sixth Man of the Year for the 1992-1993 season, was an All-Defensive Team second teamer twice and an All-Star once. Thanks to his longevity, he ranks in the Top 50 in NBA/ABA history in scoring, ahead of Hall-of-Famers like Chris Mullin, Isiah Thomas and Scottie Pippen.

Sadly, Cliff Robinson won't be remembered for his "Survivor" longevity. This week, Robinson became the fifth player voted out on "Survivor: Cagayan" and the first player booted after the season dissolved its Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn twist. 

Cliff could have been voted out even earlier, but a basketball-themed Immunity Challenge thwarted Brawn teammate Sarah's attempts to throw the game. After leading his post-Shuffle tribe to a big Reward win, Cliff was targeted by former tribe mate Trish, who was willing to squander a prohibitive numbers advantage just to get rid of a player she called lazy, shady and claimed hadn't spoken to her in 13 days.

In his exit interview, Cliff strongly disagrees with two of those charges, though he admits he could have talked to Trish more. The former UConn great discusses the surprising toughness of "Survivor" and how he hoped to combat the familiar "He doesn't need the money..." argument.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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'Amazing Race' Exclusive: Brendon and Rachel reverse roles in Sri Lanka

'Amazing Race' Exclusive: Brendon and Rachel reverse roles in Sri Lanka

See a clip from Sunday's challenging dance task

In case you missed it, after last week's "Amazing Race," I'm now Brendon & Rachel's No.1 Fan!

OK. That's an overstatement, probably, but it's not an overstatement to say that I definitely experienced a wave of affection for Brendon & Rachel after the way the "Big Brother" veterans supported Margie & Luke during last week's tumultuous drink-mixing Detour in Kuala Lumpur. That was good of them. I've got no sarcasm or cynicism when it comes to the way Brendon & Rachel calmed and encouraged Luke in a tough moment.

It's possible, in fact, that Brendon & Rachel have actually changed since we saw them last. There's been minimal crying and almost no shouting to start the season and if you want to see something truly weird, check out this HitFix exclusive clip from Sunday (March 23) night's "Amazing Race" episode.

It involves dancing in Sri Lanka and you may be surprised at how they handle some adversity!

Watch the clip above and come back to HitFix tomorrow night for my recap.

TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' leads ABC Friday wins, while 'Dixie' and 'Line' boost The CW
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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' leads ABC Friday wins, while 'Dixie' and 'Line' boost The CW

'Whose Line' tops 'Rake' among young viewers

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 21, 2014.

CBS struggled through another night of unimpressive NCAA Tournament second round ratings, allowing ABC to dominate Friday in all measures, led by "Shark Tank."

In its second Friday airing, FOX's "Rake" reproduced last week's dismal numbers and while the legal dramedy was able to edge out The CW overall, new episodes of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" topped FOX among young viewers. Things were also very close between FOX's 9 p.m. comedies -- with an "Enlisted" repeat -- and The CW's encouraging time period premiere for "Hart of Dixie."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament didn&#39;t help CBS&#39; ratings</p>

Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament didn't help CBS' ratings

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TV Ratings: March Madness starts slow as 'Scandal,' 'American Idol' pace Thursday split

'Community' and 'Parks' get a bump without CBS around

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Second Round coverage from the NCAA Tournament got off to a slow start for CBS, allowing "Scandal"-driven ABC to win the night among young viewers, while "American Idol" helped FOX eke out an overall win.

For "Scandal" it was a good week, as a big cliffhanger and the lack of "Elementary" competition led to a small bump. The news was less good for "American Idol," which fell below a 2.0 rating in the key demo.

Without CBS' in the mix, both "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" made rare visits above the 3 million viewer mark, while "Parenthood" rose above 4 million.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jennifer Lopez of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lopez of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Results plus Jennifer Lopez performs

Another so-so performance night means another potentially surprising vote

Once again, we're facing some uncertainty as Thursday (March 20) night's "American Idol" results loom.

After Wednesday's variably so-so performances, I can imagine a variety of potential eliminations. However, I remain uncertain on which singers would force the judges to use their Save. Probably Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson would be guaranteed saves. But who else? Malaya? Probably. Jena "Gina" Irene? Maybe. Anybody else? I'm not so sure.

I'm using a J-Lo picture, because I know she's not going home and I also know she's performing tonight. I don't, however, know how to consistently spell "I Luh Ya Papi," but I know it's J-Lo's new song about her appreciation for the postseason exploits of David Ortiz.

Also performing on Thursday? Something called Royal Teeth.

Click through for the full recap!

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