<p>Packers QB Aaron Rodgers</p>

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

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TV Ratings: Green Bay Packers' rout leads NBC Sunday domination

NFL helps 'The Simpsons' rise for 'Futurama' crossover

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 9, 2014.

The Green Bay Packers handed the Chicago Bears one of the worst losses in franchise history and helped Sunday Night Football and NBC dominate the primetime competition.

With NBC in control despite the lopsided score, the other networks were mostly within normal ranges on Sunday. 

ABC, for example, saw "Resurrection" drop a little and "Revenge" rise a bit, week to week, while NFL overrun gave a boost to FOX's entire lineup, from "The Simpsons" crossover with "Futurama" through to "Mulaney." [It would be downright silly to suggest that the "Futurama" crossover played much role in the week-to-week bump for "The Simpsons," but others may do so if they choose.]

All ratings are, of course, preliminary and likely to change with NBC, FOX and CBS, preempted 17 minutes in several major markets, all impacted by live football.

On to the numbers...

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<p>The &quot;Supernatural&quot; 200th Episode Party</p>

The "Supernatural" 200th Episode Party

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'Supernatural' creator Eric Kripke and producers celebrate 200 episodes

Robert Singer and Adam Glass also reflect on the milestone episode

VANCOUVER, BC. Three weeks ago, I had a position on the 200th Episode Gala red carpet for The CW's "Supernatural," a little-show-that-could that has gone from being seemingly near cancellation a few years ago to taking a regular place as one of the network's steadiest hits. 

Over the course of nearly two hours of red carpet time, I had swift and efficient conversations with many of the people who make the '67 Impala that is "Supernatural" hum and purr.

I talked with stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who have anchored "Supernatural" from the beginning, but also with co-stars including fan favorites Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard and Internet favorite Felicia Day, plus a trio of writers and producers.


With the 200th "Supernatural" episode airing on Tuesday (November 11), I'll be running those quick Q&As in three parts, starting this this series of red carpet chats with a slew of the key creative forces from "Supernatural" past and present.

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<p>Julie McGee considers quitting on &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Julie McGee considers quitting on "Survivor"

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Interview: Julie McGee talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

'Survivor' quitter talks trail mix, John Rocker, Jeff Probst and more

"Survivor" fans almost never respond well to players who quit the game, but in my experiences doing weekly exit interviews, I've talked to many players who voluntarily departed and I've heard almost no second-guessing. 

You might expect that reflecting on the decision to quit months after-the-fact on a full stomach and a regular sleep schedule might lead to regrets, but that has yet to be the case.

Julie McGee, who left "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" at the end of this week's episode, is similarly comfortable with her decision. At the time, she missed boyfriend John Rocker and felt alienated from her tribe after controversy involving trail mix and, months later, she's fine with what she did. 

She's not necessarily fine with the way "Survivor" depicted the events around her exit, preferring to emphasize that she only had bits and pieces of trail mix in her bag and not a cache of snacks, but Julie sounds like she's at peace with the rest. She's still annoyed with Alec. She's still doubtful about Missy's sincerity. And although she wishes the editing hadn't made her sound like she felt the other castaways disliked her because of her prettiness, she knows the things that were said about her. 

Click through for the full Q&A with Julie McGee...

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<p>Matt Ryan of &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

Matt Ryan of "Constantine"

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TV Ratings: 'Grimm,' 'Amazing Race' rise amidst normal Friday split

'Constantine' is up a little, while 'Last Man Standing' opens a lead over 'Cristela'

Fast National ratings for Friday, November 7, 2014.

After a week of Halloween-depressed numbers last Friday, many shows bounced back a little this week, including "Grimm," "Constantine," "The Amazing Race" and even "America's Next Top Model."

All the tiny fluctuations had no impact on the Friday bottom line, which continued to be an easy "Blue Bloods"-led overall win for CBS and an easy "Shark Tank"-led key demo win for ABC.

One thing to watch if you care about such things: The gap between "Last Man Standing" and ABC's new comedy "Cristela" was very small through their first month, but there's beginning to be some air between the two shows.

Oh and FOX's "MasterChef Junior" encore did, indeed, beat last week's new "Utopia."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Dale Wentworth has his torch snuffed on &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Dale Wentworth has his torch snuffed on "Survivor"

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Interview: Dale Wentworth talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Dale's pissed off about Jeff Probst giving Hunahpu rice

Because of travel last week, I didn't get to do my "Survivor" recap until Friday and I didn't get to do my "Survivor" exit interview until Tuesday and I'm only posting it tonight, which probably means that I already need to remind people who Dale Wentworth even was.

It's not that Dale didn't do interesting things. 

Kelley's father started fire with his glasses, orchestrated Nadiya's elimination by referencing "Amazing Race" precedent, bickered with Missy about rice and made a semi-valiant attempt to save his hide with the use of a Fake Immunity Idol.

It's just that when "Survivor" moves on, it's sometimes hard to remember the people left behind. Fans are already on to being up-in-arms about this week's departed castaway and that unapologetic exit interview will be posting tomorrow.

In my conversation with Dale we chatted about his difficulties swaying his tribe to focus on somebody else instead of him, we talked about fire-making and we discussed eating too much rice on "Survivor." Dale had a lot to say about Jeff Probst's rice deal with Hunahpu and since I'm in total agreement with him, I was happy to let him go on.

Click through for the full Q&A and stay tuned for another exit interview tomorrow...

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<p>&quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

"The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - ' Pretty Fly For a Food Scientist'

The teams head to Sicily for the show's 300th Leg

Happy 300th Leg to "The Amazing Race."

No, that doesn't mean this was the 300th episode of "The Amazing Race." By my count, it was only 296, but... Oh, I'm not going to bother trying to figure it out.

"The Amazing Race" celebrated this semi-arbitrary milestone in predictable fashion with a Leg that featured a fantastic Roadblock, an interestingly misgauged Detour, some beautiful Sicilian scenery, an opening 20 minutes of filler and...

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<p>Anson Mount of &quot;Hell on Wheels&quot;</p>

Anson Mount of "Hell on Wheels"

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AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for a fifth and final season

14-episode closing run will end in 2016

Stop us if you've heard this before, but AMC's "Hell on Wheels" is about to reach the end of the track.

AMC announced on Friday (November 7) that it has renewed the absurdly resilient historical drama "Hell on Wheels" for a fifth and final season.

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<p>Karen Gillan of &quot;Selfie&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan of "Selfie"

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'Forever' gets a full season from ABC, 'Selfie' will not

Karen Gillan/John Cho comedy won't get a back-nine

Beating accusations of a Friday Afternoon News Dump by a few hours, ABC confirmed a Good News/Bad News proposition this morning.

Which would you like first?

Fine. We're cockeyed optimists here, so we'll go "good news" first.

"Forever" has been given a full-season order by ABC, which picked up a back-nine for the immortality-fueled procedural, which stars Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza and Judd Hirsch.

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<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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