<p>&quot;The Player&quot;</p>

"The Player"

Credit: NBC

DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Thursday Nights

Shonda Rhimes and CBS' football and "Big Bang Theory" will still rule

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.]

THURSDAY NIGHTS

8:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Grey's Anatomy"
CBS: Thursday Night Football/ "The Big Bang Theory," "Life in Pieces"
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries"
FOX: "Bones"
NBC: "Heroes Reborn"


9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Scandal"
CBS: Thursday Night Football/ "Mom," "Angel from Hell"
The CW: "The Originals"
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow"
NBC: "The Blacklist"


10:00 p.m.
ABC: "How To Get Away With Murder"
CBS: Thursday Night Football/"Elementary"
NBC: "The Player"

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<p>The series premiere of &quot;The Briefcase&quot;</p>

The series premiere of "The Briefcase"

Credit: CBS

Wednesday Ratings: 'Briefcase' premiere, 'MasterChef' lead Wednesday split

CBS sweeps primetime overall, while FOX leads in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

The series premiere of "The Briefcase" was Wednesday night's most watched show and led CBS to primetime victory overall, while "MasterChef" grew week-to-week and helped FOX eke out a slim nightly win in the key demographic. 

Wednesday notables also included a so-so debut for FOX's "Bullseye," a so-so second week for ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" and another night of steady-if-not-exactly-impressive returns for "500 Questions," which concludes on Thursday.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Taraji P. Henson of &quot;Empire&quot;</p>

Taraji P. Henson of "Empire"

Credit: FOX

DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Wednesday Nights

Only 'Rosewood' and 'Code Black' interrupt the night's stability

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.]

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

8:00 p.m.
ABC: "The Middle," "The Goldbergs"
CBS: "Survivor"
The CW: "Arrow"
FOX: "Rosewood"
NBC: "The Mysteries of Laura"


9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Modern Family," "Black-ish"
CBS: "Criminal Minds"
The CW: "Supernatural"
FOX: "Empire"
NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"


10 p.m. 
ABC: "Nashville"
CBS: "Code Black"
NBC: "Chicago PD"

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<p>&quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

"America's Got Talent"

Credit: NBC

Tuesday Ratings: '5th Grader' returns low, 'I Can Do That' helps NBC lead

'America's Got Talent' is Tuesday's top show in all measures

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

The 10th installment of "America's Got Talent" was down 13 percent from last year's premiere, while the launch of "I Can Do That!" came in below last year's launch for "The Night Shift," but NBC still dominated Tuesday in all measures.

Tuesday was a night of summer roll-outs, as FOX got a lackluster time period premiere for "Hell's Kitchen" and a weak return for the long-absent "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," while ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" return failed to make a dent. 

Over on The CW, in only its second airing without a new "Flash" as lead-in, The CW's "iZombie" was impressively stable.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Priyanka Chopra of &#39;Quantico&#39;</p>

Priyanka Chopra of 'Quantico'

Credit: ABC

DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Tuesday Nights

Rob Lowe and John Stamos won't dethrone CBS' 'NCIS' duo

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.]

TUESDAY NIGHTS

8:00 p.m. 
ABC: "The Muppets"/"Fresh Off The Boat"
CBS: "NCIS"
The CW: "The Flash"
FOX: "Grandfathered"/"The Grinder"
NBC: "The Voice"


9:00 p.m.
ABC: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
CBS: "NCIS: New Orleans"
The CW: "iZombie"
FOX: "Scream Queens"
NBC: "Heartbreaker"


10:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Quantico"
CBS: "Limitless"
NBC: "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris"/"Chicago Fire"

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<p>David Duchovny of &quot;Aquarius&quot;</p>

David Duchovny of "Aquarius"

Credit: NBC

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 286 - 'Aquarius,' 'UnReal' and more

Dan and Alan review 'Halt and Catch Fire' and reveal their Summer Rewatch

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. 

In this week's episode, we review NBC's "Aquarius," Lifetime's "UnReal" and the new season of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire." 

We also answer a little mail and, in the process, we announce our Summer Rewatch for 2015.

This podcast is a little on the short side, but we did over three hours of podcasting last week, so... That's just how it goes sometimes!

Today's breakdown:
"Aquarius" (00:01:40 - 00:16:35)
"Halt and Catch Fire" (00:16:35 - 00:29:00)
"UnReal" (00:29:00 - 00:37:35)
Listener Mail: "Mad Men" and the Emmys (00:37:40 - 00:44:15)
Listener Mail: The year's best finales (00:44:15 - 00:53:00)
Summer Rewatch Announcement (00:53:00 - 00:57:00)

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.

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<p>&quot;American Ninja Warrior&quot;</p>

"American Ninja Warrior"

Credit: NBC

Monday Ratings: 'American Ninja Warrior' returns strong for NBC

'The Island' struggles to retain, while '500 Questions' is stead

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 25, 2015.

NBC got a big return from "American Ninja Warrior" to lead the first Monday of TV's summer in the key demographic, while "The Bachelorette" helped ABC eke out a slim overall victory. 

The news was less good for NBC's series premiere for "The Island," though that launch certainly didn't tank.

Also continuing to do OK numbers was ABC's "500 Questions."

Let's get to the ratings...

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<p>Mike of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Mike of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

Mike Holloway on his 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' win and his superstar edit

Who is Mike's dark horse to win 'Survivor 31'?

This concludes my coverage of "Survivor: Worlds Apart."

The 30th "Survivor" installment -- "The Dirty 30" as the castaways were apparently calling it -- wrapped up last Wednesday with a decisive victory for Texas oil driller Mike Holloway, who earned six votes from the Jury, beating Will and Carolyn, who took one symbolic vote apiece.

It was a hard-earned win for Mike, who started off in a position of power with a strong Blue Collar alliance only to have his former chums turn on him. Backed into a corner, Mike  made a new alliance with vestiges of both White and No Collar tribes, ties that paid few dividends during the season, but formed the spine of his Jury triumph.

After perceived challenge powerhouse Joe was taken out, Mike became the target every single week and nearly every single week he won Individual Immunity, tying a quartet of "Survivor" legends -- Colby, Terry, Tom and Ozzy -- with Five Individual wins. And the one week he didn't have Individual Immunity? Well, he just happened to have a hidden Idol he found with only piecemeal instructions. 

I talked with Mike last Thursday, capping off a long morning of exit interviews and we discussed his challenge dominance, his questionable piece of attempted Auction trickery, his dark horse pick for "Survivor 31" and why he was able to predict Wednesday's vote.

Click through for the full Mike Holloway Q&A... 

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<p>Melissa Benoist of &quot;Supergirl&quot;</p>

Melissa Benoist of "Supergirl"

Credit: CBS

DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Monday Nights

'Supergirl' flies in to shake things up, but don't overlook 'Blindspot'

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.]

MONDAY NIGHTS

8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "Big Bang Theory"/"Life in Pieces" (through October) and "Supergirl"
The CW: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
FOX: "Gotham"
NBC: "The Voice"

9:00 p.m.
ABC:  "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "Scorpion"
The CW: "Jane the Virgin"
FOX: "Minority Report"
NBC: "The Voice"

10:00 p.m.
ABC: "Castle"
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles"
NBC: "Blindspot"

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<p>NASCAR&#39;s Coca-Cola 600</p>

NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Coca-Cola 600 coverage races to Sunday for FOX

Low numbers for 'Battle Creek,' 'American Odyssey' and 'A.D. The Bible Continues'

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Carl Edwards' victory in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 helped FOX race to primetime victory in all measures on a slow out-of-season Sunday night.

Of course, due to the live nature of FOX's ratings, these numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

FOX dominated the limited competition, which consisted mostly of repeats other than on NBC, where original episodes of "A.D. The Bible Continues" and "American Odyssey" continued to draw impressively low numbers. 

Also original on Sunday? CBS' series finale of "Battle Creek," which remained low.

Let's get to the numbers...

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