Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Dan and Alan discuss 'Raising Hope,' 'Almost Human,' 'Ground Floor' and more
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls.
It's a bit late in the week, but it's still time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
We've had a couple slow weeks for premieres, but this week we've got a couple new shows -- "Ground Floor
" and "Almost Human
" -- an HBO filmed play -- "Mike Tyson
: The Undisputed Truth" -- and the return of FOX's "Raising Hope
." We also answered a little mail.
"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
"Raising Hope" 00:17:10 - 00:30:40
"Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
"Almost Human" (00:42:45 - 00:55:55)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)
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'NCIS' and 'The Voice' lead the night
Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"
It was mostly a business-as-usual Tuesday night.
Finally, the newly picked up "The Originals
" continued its fairly impressive start for The CW as the "Vampire Diaries" spinoff moved ahead of "Supernatural
" both overall and among young viewers, beating its lead-out in both measures for the first time. It was, in fact, The CW's most watched Tuesday night since 2009.
On to the numbers...
Josh Holloway drama will now have to face the Olympics
One of two CBS-provided "Intelligence" pictures
In "Intelligence," Josh Holloway
plays an intelligence operative with enhanced mental powers, but is the "Lost" veteran clever enough to take down the Olympics?
CBS announced on Tuesday (November 12) that "Intelligence" will now premiere on Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. with a special airing after a new episode of "NCIS." The drama will then shift to its previously announced Monday time period on January 13 airing in the 10 p.m. slot that hasn't exactly brought success to "Hostages
'The Voice' rises slightly, 'Dancing' falls
After a couple weeks behind "Castle
" in total viewers, "The Blacklist
" recaptured its 10 p.m. crown overall, posting week-to-week gains. Ultimately, that shift made very little difference as even a weak "Dancing with the Stars" helped ABC stay atop the Monday ratings overall and "The Voice
" helped NBC to its normal commanding Monday win.
In their last week paired together before next Monday's "Almost Human" premiere, FOX's "Bones
" and "Sleepy Hollow
" were steady.
All numbers are, of course, subject to change, since some NFL preemptions are probably messing with the figures. [The CW had the Monday game in Miami. I'm not sure who had it in Tampa, or if even people would admit to watching the Buccaneers to make any difference.]
On to those numbers...
'Vampire Diaries' spinoff has been a hit, but the other dramas are dipping
Joseph Morgan of "The Originals"
Credit: The CW
And it has come to pass just as Hunky Nostradamus prophesied.
NFL overrun keeps CBS in a comfortable second
Credit: Bill Haber/AP
NBC got a strong Sunday Night Football
performance from the Saints and Cowboys, routing the primetime competition in all measures. Only CBS, which got 47 minutes of NFL overrun on the right side of the country came close.
Among other notables, it was a down week for all of ABC's dramas, with "Once Upon a Time
," "Revenge" and "Betrayal" all slumping. Also down were all of FOX's animated comedies.
On to the numbers, remembering that due to NFL-based liveness, these numbers will definitely shift.
The teams head to Abu Dhabi for high class adventures
While the "Amazing Race" teams were in Abu Dhabi this week, I'm on an Amazing Race of my own. Well, that's not exactly true. I'm not racing anybody or anywhere, but I am in New Orleans for a movie set visit. Monday (November 11) is a travel day for me, but Mondays are also my regular days for "Amazing Race" exit interviews. Time and place to do that interview would have been a complication tomorrow, but I'd have made it work. However, I was basically certain that we were heading in the direction of a Non-Elimination Leg, so I didn't bother making those interview plans.
This time, I assumed correctly. [It was only a month ago that I'd reckoned that the Chile-to-Portugal Leg would be an NEL, but instead I ended up chatting with Chester & Ephraim from a quiet corner of a Las Vegas hotel.]
Sunday night's "Amazing Race" was not, however, actually about me, so let's move on to a quick recap. There was some drama in the Leg and there were some decent tasks, even if I'd never call a Non-Elimination Leg "good."
Season 4 premieres on 'Masterpiece' in January
The cast of "Downton Abbey"
On Sunday (November 10), Britain's ITV
made the unsurprising announcement that it has renewed "Downton Abbey
" for a fifth season, which was immediately followed by PBS' equally unsurprising announcement that it will air that fifth season in the United States.
Production on the fifth "Downton Abbey" season will begin next year and, barring an unexpected revision of premiere strategy, it will premiere on ITV in 2014 and on PBS in early 2015. Once again, Julian Fellowes will serve as lone "Downton Abbey" scribe, with Gareth Neame executive producing for Carnival.
Team Oklahoma discusses its difficulties singing and dancing
Danny and Tim of "The Amazing Race"
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?
That's the way I felt this week upon realizing that somehow, without my noticing previously, four straight pairings of male-friends had been consecutively eliminated from "The Amazing Race
Since father/daughter Hoskote & Naina went out first, Phil Keoghan has bid adieu to Rowan & Shane and then to Chester & Ephraim and then to Brandon & Adam, leading to this week's departure for Oklahoma-based besties Tim
With Team Oklahoma going home after a Roadblock that saw Tim struggle to accompany the Vienna Boy's Choir on several verses of Schubert's "Die Forelle," "The Amazing Race" is now entirely devoid of male buddies (The Afghanimals are cousins).
In their "Amazing Race" journey, the first trip outside of the country for Danny and the first time overseas for Tim, Team Oklahoma won fans for their enthusiastic attitude, their willingness to help other teams and their earnest discussion of how the Race could help their families. In this week's exit interview, Tim & Danny discuss Tim's singing, Danny's dress-wearing and U-Turning the Afghanimals.
Click through for the whole interview.
'Shark Tank' helps ABC split Friday with young viewers
Alexander and Dara of "MasterChef Junior"
Fast National ratings
for Friday, November 8, 2013.
A big week-to-week bump for "Undercover Boss
" helped CBS move up to a tie among young viewers on Friday night, while "Blue Bloods
" helped the network to its normal overall domination.
The key demo tie was, of course, with ABC, which got yet another big performance from "Shark Tank
," which remained Friday's top show among young viewers.
While it's possible that sports-based preemptions are lurking under the surface, several shows were up on Friday, including "The Neighbors
" and the finale for FOX's "MasterChef."
The news wasn't as good for NBC, which saw "Grimm
" go down among young viewers and "Dracula
" take another big drop.
Also falling was "The Carrie Diaries" overall, though not in the key demo, though "America's Next Top Model" rose overall.
On to the numbers...