<p>Malin Akerman of &quot;Trophy Wife&quot;</p>

Malin Akerman of "Trophy Wife"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Voice' and comedies lead NBC Tuesday, while 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Trophy Wife' hit lows

CBS leads Tuesday overall as 'Glee,' 'Mind Games' also go low

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

NBC got decent news with the season's first real week of original comedies in the 9 p.m. hour, as "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" comfortably beat the sitcoms on FOX and ABC, joining with "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" for a comfortable primetime win among young viewers. 

CBS, of course, swept primetime overall, though all of its drama procedurals were nearing series lows.

Speaking of series lows ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Trophy Wife" both had miserable nights, but if the network wants a tiny bit of solace, "The Goldbergs" held up decently in the middle of the morass. "Trophy Wife," in turn, sent "Mind Games" to rather impressive lows in its second week.

On the negative side of things, FOX also got miserable numbers for "Glee."

Finally, over on The CW, "Supernatural" was down from last week, tightening the gap with the stable "Originals." 

On to the numbers...

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<p>David Mazouz</p>

David Mazouz

Credit: FOX

FOX's 'Gotham' casts its Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle

'Touch,' 'America's Best Dance Crew' vets join the DC adaptation

"Gotham" -- which WBTV really wants you to know is a Commissioner Gordon origin story and *not* a Batman prequel -- has cast youthful versions of two characters who are going to be really, really, really familiar to comic book, TV and movie fans.

The FOX drama, already ordered to series for the 2014-2015 TV season, has confirmed casting for the roles of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. See, I told you that you'd heard of them. 

He's the future man they call Batman!

She's the future woman they call Catwoman! 

But for now, they're still just kids.

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<p>This person auditioned on Monday&#39;s &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

This person auditioned on Monday's "The Voice"

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TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' drops but NBC cruises on Monday, while 'Castle' hits a low

'How I Met Your Mother' drops and there's no finale bump for 'Almost Human'

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 3, 2014.

Both "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" were down a little from their strong premieres last Monday, but the hits still easily swept their hours and led NBC to primetime wins in all measures.

It was a Monday of mixed returns. 

ABC's "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" was off from recent airings and combined with an encore of "Mixology" to send "Castle" to a series low. Also declining on Monday were "How I Met Your Mother" and the season finale of "Almost Human."

However, FOX got a small uptick for "The Following," while The CW's "Star-Crossed" added a few viewers and was steady in the key demo as it appears to have leveled swiftly. And even with "HIMYM" dropping, the night's other three CBS comedies all ticked very slightly up..

On to the numbers...

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

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez

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FOX pushed 'American Idol' back an hour, shifts 'Rake' to Fridays

'Hell's Kitchen' premiere is bumped to two weeks from now

With "American Idol" struggling against "Big Bang Theory" and even "The Millers" and with "Rake" struggling against competitive test patterns and out-of-season Yule Logs, FOX has made some key mid-spring swaps.

The network announced on Monday (March 3) afternoon that the Season 12 premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" has been pushed up to Thursday, March 13 at 8 p.m. That night, "American Idol" will push back an hour to 9 p.m. 

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<p>Pharrell performed at Sunday&#39;s Oscars</p>

Pharrell performed at Sunday's Oscars

Credit: John Shearer/AP

The 2014 Oscars hit a 10-year high in total viewers

Ellen DeGeneres can't top Seth MacFarlane in the key demo

Early this morning, I posted some meaningless numbers with time period data suggesting that the 86th Academy Awards might have been up for ABC.

Slightly less meaningless data is in and, indeed, ABC is boasting that the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted Oscars hit a 10-year high in total viewers and crushed the year's other big award shows in all measures.

Per Fast National and Live + Same Day ratings, the Oscars averaged 43 million viewers on Sunday (March 2) night and did a 12.9 rating among adults 18-49.

That made this the most-watched Oscars overall since 2004 and, in fact, ABC is saying this was TV's most-watched entertainment telecast since the May 2004 series finale of "Friends." The show was up by 6 percent in total viewers. The Oscars telecast was also up 1 percent among adults 18-34 to a seven-year high, up 8 percent among teens 12-17 and up 9 percent among kids 2-11.

It's unclear what to make of that, other than that ABC gave a lot of "growth" numbers, but ignored the key 18-49 demographic. That's because last year's Seth MacFarlane-hosted show did a 13.0 rating in the key demo. ABC, in fact, broke out relatively few demos for Sunday's Oscars, so it can probably be assumed that MacFarlane drew better male numbers, etc. However, "overall" is a pretty big demo and ABC's happy about that one.

The Oscars remains the gold standard for TV awards shows, certainly. The Academy Awards topped the Golden Globes by 22.1 million viewers and by 98 percent in the key demo and beat the Grammys by 14.5 million viewers and by 30 percent in the key demo.

Also growing was "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars," which drew 6.99 million viewers, up 22 percent from last year, including 2.42 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo, up 20 percent from last year.

Hits and Misses of the 86th Oscars telecast [Video]

Hits and Misses of the 86th Oscars telecast [Video]

How did we rate Ellen DeGeneres and the show's producers

In the aftermath of Sunday's (March 2) Academy Awards telecast, Gregory Ellwood and I took our place in the HitFix video studio to talk about the awards and the show itself.

In the video posted last night, we talked about the "12 Years a Slave"/"Gravity" split, Cate Blanchett's win and the exhaustive Oscar season as a whole.

In this video, Greg and I talk about the always problematic Oscars telecast itself, including Ellen DeGeneres' mixed bag performance as host, as well as the less impressive production elements included filler montages and a bloated In Memoriam segment.

Check out the analysis above.

<p>Brad Pitt has an Oscar</p>

Brad Pitt has an Oscar

Credit: Matt Sayles/AP

TV Ratings: Oscars dominates Sunday, ABC eyes slight increases

Real Oscar numbers will be in at midday Monday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Early numbers are in for Sunday night and, not surprisingly, they favor ABC and its broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards.

In addition to the usual caveats, there are a couple points of information:

1) ABC promises time zone-adjusted fast nationals for 3 p.m. ET, give or take, and those numbers will accurately depict ratings for the Oscars. These numbers only depict time period data and, as with Emmys, Golden Globes and Super Bowl ratings, they're essentially meaningless. I write them up anyway, but only because I assume you won't put any more stock in them than "essentially meaningless."

2) While the Oscars continued far later, the official Nielsen end-time for the Oscars will be 11:41, which was when the last national commercial spot aired. 

3) The 2014 Academy Awards telecast is up over last year in metered market households and may be on track for the biggest overall numbers since 2005. But that doesn't mean anything. Remember how the most recent Super Bowl didn't seem to be tracking toward another audience record? And then it turned out to be the most program ever? Yeah. Numbers change.

On to the numbers, which include inaccurate Oscars numbers, plus slightly more accurate tallies for "The Amazing Race: All-Stars" and two newsmagazines.

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<p>Brendon and Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot; All-Stars&quot;</p>

Brendon and Rachel of "The Amazing Race" All-Stars"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Baby Bear's Soup'

First becomes last, last becomes first and drama ensues in China

This happens every year, so I should stop complaining about it. Every year, it seems that "The Amazing Race" manages to start one week ahead of the Oscars, so it's one ordinary week of recapping responsibilities and then... 
BAM... An evening spent covering the Academy Awards, followed by a late-night "Amazing Race" recap. 

All that means is that I already had most of my soul slurped from my brain by Ellen DeGeneres taking selfies and ordering pizza, John Travolta bumbling Idina Menzel's name, the discovery that Kim Novak is still alive, various "12 Years a Slave" people forgetting to thank each other, Matthew McConaughey's three rules to live by and other bits of Oscar silliness. I'm sleepy.

However, it was an eventful episode of "The Amazing Race" and even if it wasn't a perfect episode, some pretty big things happen and those things need to be discussed, so I'm going to try to stay awake and I'll do my best to knock out the major points after the break…

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<p>Ellen DeGeneres</p>

Ellen DeGeneres

Credit: ABC

2014 Academy Awards Live-Blog

Follow along as Ellen DeGeneres hosts her second Oscars

Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open. 

So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy. 

Click through and join my 2014 Oscars Live-Blogging. And comment below!

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<p>Garrett of &quot;Survivor: Cagaya&quot;</p>

Garrett of "Survivor: Cagaya"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Garrett Adelstein talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Poker player explains why he left his Idol back at camp

As I mentioned in my recap of the "Survivor: Cagayan" premiere, poker player Garrett Adelstein managed to get himself blindsided through a number of impressive, self-generated circumstances. 

He pushed easy target J'Tia on a path to nutso rage at camp with his open forum strategy back at camp. He nudged Tasha to more aggressive play by trying to cut of strategizing at camp. He alienated Kass at Tribal Council by outing their semi-alliance. And, of course, he found an Immunity Idol, but left it buried at camp. 

To me, I also felt like he fixated too heavily on getting David out at the first Tribal Council, a decision that left J'Tia in the game in the first place.

Although Garrett came across as failing to live up to his tribe's braininess in the premiere, in his exit interview, he seemed much more articulate and introspective about his performance. One thing he didn't want to entertain was the possibility that targeting Dave was a mistake and, in that answer, he impressively filibustered for nearly half of our interview time, leaving me with a number of things I wasn't able to ask about. 

Tactics!

As I suggested in my recap, I think that the season goes a very different way if Brice, whose IQ I don't actually know, and Garrett had been swapped. Probably the season goes different if Garrett had been on the Brawn tribe as well. You can tell Garrett has thought about these things and more.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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