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TV Ratings: 'Laura,' 'Stalker,' 'Modern Family' rise on Wedesday as 'SVU' dips

CBS rules overall and ABC takes the key demographic

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Although it was the least-watched of CBS' hours, "Stalker" posted week-to-week gains and helped the network win Wednesday overall, while "Modern Family" also rose and pushed ABC to victory in the key demographic.

There were a lot of positive numbers on Wednesday, actually, as "The Mysteries of Laura," "Survivor," "The Goldbergs" and "The Middle" were among a slew of rising shows.

The night's big dippers were predictable as both "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD" dropped from last week's crossover numbers.

On to Wednesday's ratings...

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<p>Jacki Weaver of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Jacki Weaver of "Gracepoint"

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Interview: Jacki Weaver talks 'Gracepoint' and her post-'Animal Kingdom' momentum

Thursday's episode promises to reveal things about Susan Wright

VICTORIA, BC. The description for Thursday (November 20) night's episode of "Gracepoint" mentions the unearthing of certain secrets about Jacki Weaver's Susan Wright, which is a good thing, because the dog-loving trailer park denizen remains one of the odder parts of FOX's 10-part mystery, and I'm saying that as a fan of "Broadchurch."

I mean, the Susan Wright in "Broadchurch" was so odd she was almost literally played by an actress named "quirky" -- Pauline Quirke, if we're being truthful -- and two-time Oscar nominee Weaver has only upped the ante on quirky line-readings and unexplained menace.

When I talked with Weaver on the "Gracepoint" set back in May, she was shy about discussing Susan, but she was very frank about this move into network television, Susan's difficult-to-place accent and pleasures of an unlikely career explosion following the Sundance premiere of "Animal Kingdom."

I posted an exclusive clip from Thursday's episode here, as well as some thoughts on last week's pivotal episode.

Check out the Jacki Weaver Q&A below...

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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' - 'Gettin' to Crunch Time'

There's a Tribal Council blindside and the victim is the audience

Pre-credit sequence. Huyopa returns to camp after sending Josh packing. Jon accepts hugs for his courageous flip-flop. Reed is "furious," but he tells people he's OK. "I need to figure out how to move forward being in the minority," Reed says. But Reed isn't the only one feeling unsure about his position. Jon is unsteady with how he treated Josh and Reed. "If there's anything I've learned from watching past 'Survivors,' it's trust your instinct," Jon says, getting Jeremy's reassurance. Keith knows he's in bad position, but he also knows he has an Idol and hopes to use it to take somebody else out. He's thinking about pretending to sacrifice himself and then blindsiding everybody. "It's getting to crunch-time now," he says.

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Netflix resurrects 'Longmire' for Season 4

A&E castoff follows in the footsteps of 'Arrested Development' and 'The Killing'

It's been a Something For Everybody day of TV news.

Between NBC dumping its Bill Cosby project, the first picture from BBC America's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell," an "American Idol" premiere date, a "How To Get Away With Murder" finale date, Hugh Laurie joining "Veep" in some capacity, plus casting rumors for Netflix's Marvel shows, you'd be hard-pressed to feel neglected by today's small screen rumblings.

And if none of those things interest you... How about this?

Netflix announced on Wednesday (November 19) afternoon that it has picked up a fourth season for the drama "Longmire," cancelled earlier this fall by A&E.

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<p>Kevin Rankin of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Kevin Rankin of "Gracepoint"

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Exclusive clip: Thursday's 'Gracepoint' gets creepy and... musical?

Kevin Rankin tries to calm his jangled nerves in this scene

[Both this post and the clip are slightly spoiler-y. Be wary.]

Last week's "Gracepoint" episode, the seventh in the mystery's 10-episode run, was a big one.

For viewers who are only watching "Gracepoint" and didn't catch "Broadchurch," it introduced a couple characters and added a new layer of tension for Anna Gunn's Detective Miller.

But for fans of "Broadchurch" who have been watching "Gracepoint" either out of rekindled passion or general curiosity, the episode was absolutely crucial because, for the first time, "Broadchurch" devotees didn't know what was coming.

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FOX sets 'American Idol,' 'Empire' premiere dates

'Empire' premiere will air with limited commercial interruptions

After a somewhat rough fall, FOX is slowly making announcements for the spring of 2015, revealing a two-night premiere for "American Idol" and a launch for the already-heavily-promoted musical drama "Empire."

Season 14 of "American Idol," also know as "AI, AD" ("American Idol, After Dawg"), will begin with a two-night three-hour premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 8 from 8 to 10 p.m.

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<p>&quot;Secrets and Lies&quot;</p>

"Secrets and Lies"

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ABC sets 'American Crime' and 'Secrets and Lies' premieres, 'Murder' finale

Viola Davis drama will wrap its first season with a two-hour finale

On Wednesday (November 19) morning, ABC announced premiere dates for two of its high profile midseason dramas, while setting an early finale date for its biggest new hit of the fall.

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<p>Bill Cosby</p>

Bill Cosby

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NBC's Bill Cosby project will not move forward

No script was ever turned in, nor was a pilot officially ordered

As new accusations of rape and sexual impropriety are levied against Bill Cosby, the comedy legend's broadcast partners are, predictably, pulling back.

One day after Netflix announced that it was postponing the premiere date for the comedy special "Bill Cosby 77" (and one day after former supermodel Janice Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby raped her in 1982), NBC confirms that it will not be moving forward with plans to bring Cosby back to TV with a new pilot.

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<p>Scott Bakula of &quot;NCIS: New Orleans&quot;</p>

Scott Bakula of "NCIS: New Orleans"

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS: New Orleans' leads CBS, 'MasterChef Junior' dips, 'Flash' rises on Tuesday

ABC's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and NBC's 'Marry Me' and 'About a Boy' are up

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

"NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" were both up week-to-week, leading CBS to a dominant overall win and a tight victory among young viewers on Tuesday. 

Tuesday primetime featured a lot of little week-to-week fluctuations, including "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" both rising a tiny bit despite a drop for "MasterChef Junior."

Over on ABC, a "Shark Tank" repeat comfortably outperformed recent comedy block numbers and helped "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." inch up. Presumably that "Shark Tank" repeat also was responsible for some of the "MasterChef" decline, though that's total speculation.

Most of the night's increases and decreases were pretty minimal, but "NCIS: New Orleans" added nearly two million viewers over last week's airing, which came against the second half of a two-hour "The Voice," rather than NBC's significantly lower-rated comedies. And even those NBC comedies were way up from their last airing, though that airing was after a "Voice" clip show.

And both of The CW's dramas ticked up week-to-week. It was the most watched "Supernatural" since January.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tom Hardy</p>

Tom Hardy

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Tom Hardy's 'Taboo' lands at FX

Steven Knight is creating the 1813-set period revenge drama

FX has landed American distribution for the BBC One drama "Taboo" starring Tom Hardy.

Set to begin production in the UK in mid-to-late 2015, "Taboo" won't actually premiere on FX until mid-2016, which is the kind of long-term planning you have to do when you're dealing with the star of "The Dark Knight Rises," "Bronson" and "Locke."

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