<p>Chandler Riggs of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

Chandler Riggs of "The Walking Dead"

Credit: AMC

'Walking Dead' return lurches past Olympics among young viewers

Sochi still topped AMC's zombies overall, if that matters to you
Even facing fierce competition from the Olympics, a Beatles special on CBS, "True Detective" and "Downton" Abbey" and more, AMC's "The Walking Dead" kicked off the second half of its fourth season on Friday (February 9) night with huge numbers. 
 
Per AMC, the midseason premiere drew 15.8 million viewers, including 10.4 million viewers among adults 18-49. While the Olympics comfortably topped "The Walking Dead" overall, the zombie drama was TV's top show in that key demo, a rather impressive achievement. 
 
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<p>Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night</p>

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night

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TV Ratings: 'Grammy Salute to the Beatles' is big, but can't match Olympics on Sunday

Competitive 9 p.m. hour also included 'Walking Dead,' with ratings to come
Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 9, 2014.
 
CBS got a pretty huge overall audience for "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," but that audience skewed old and couldn't match NBC's Sunday Olympics coverage from Sochi in any measure.
 
The Sunday Olympics coverage, which featured downhill skiing and a wide range of figure skating, was in line with Saturday's audience overall and rose from Saturday in the key demo.
 
Given the 40+ million viewers watching NBC and CBS in the 9 p.m. hour on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if AMC's "Walking Dead" return was impacted at all, or if the three networks were wooing three entirely separate audiences. I suspect the latter and we'll post on the zombie ratings when they become available. [PBS and HBO are less likely to provide the ratings for "Downton Abbey" and "True Detective," but there was definitely a lot of TV to watch in the 9 p.m. hour.]
 
For now on to ratings...
 
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<p>The Sochi Olympics opening</p>

The Sochi Olympics opening

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TV Ratings: Sochi Opening Ceremony draws a huge Friday number for NBC

'Enlisted' and 'Raising Hope' both lose viewers against the juggernaut
Fast National ratings for Friday, February 7, 2014.
 
NBC may have been airing the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics hours after the rest of the world saw the pageantry and staggered based on time zones, but American viewers appear to have accepted it. The Olympics kick-off, which after a strongly rated "bonus" night of coverage, comfortably swept past the limited competition on Friday night.
 
The only real network competition against the Olympics on Friday was FOX's "Enlisted"/"Raising Hope" block and while Sochi took a reasonably large bite out of the comedies overall, "Enlisted" was only down by 0.1 in the key demo and "Raising Hope" was flat.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Simon Cowell of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Simon Cowell of "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

FOX's 'X Factor' ends as Simon Cowell returns to 'The X Factor UK'

Talent show ran for three increasingly low-rated falls on FOX
With Simon Cowell officially returning to the original British incarnation of "The X Factor," FOX confirmed on Friday (February 7) afternoon that the American version of the show is over after three increasingly low-rated seasons.
 
"I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol,'" Cowell blurbs. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!"
 
Adds FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly, "To all of us at FOX, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time -- he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no 'X Factor USA' without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon." 
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<p>The last night of &quot;The Tonight Show with Jay Leno&quot;</p>

The last night of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

Credit: NBC

Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' farewell draws biggest audience since 1998

Jimmy Fallon also capitalizes on the Olympics-boosted telecast
Audiences were eager to say good-bye to Jay Leno on Thursday (February 6) night, as "The Tonight Show" drew its biggest overall audience since 1998.
 
Boosted by a strong "bonus" night of coverage from the Sochi Winter Olympics, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" drew 14.6 million viewers, the most since May 14, 1998. That was, of course, the night of the series finale of "Seinfeld" and featured Jerry Seinfeld as a guest. That episode drew just under 15 million viewers.
 
This was, in fact, the fourth largest audience ever for a Jay Leno "Tonight Show," following the 1993 episode following the "Cheers" finale (22.4 million), Leno's 1992 debut (16.1 million) and, again, the post-"Seinfeld" episode. 
 
Among adults 18-49, Leno's send-off drew a 3.8 rating. That's the biggest "Tonight" show audience in the key demo since -- chortle -- Conan O'Brien's last "Tonight Show" in 2010, which did a 4.4 key demo rating. It was the best 18-49 rating for a Thursday "Tonight" since President Obama's first appearance in March of 2009.
 
Leno's departure also gave a big bump to his successor, as "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" drew 6 million viewers, the biggest for a regularly schedule weekday "Late Night" since 1993 when David Letterman exited.
 
Check out the gallery below to see the things we pretended we were going to miss about Jay Leno.
<p>Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the United States</p>

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the United States

Credit: Vadim Ghirda/AP

TV Ratings: Winter Olympics lead NBC past 'Big Bang Theory' and 'American Idol' on Thursday

It's the biggest network Thursday since September
Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 6, 2014.
 
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics won't air until Friday, but Thursday's "bonus" night from Sochi delivered big ratings to NBC as the canned sporting events led the network to easy wins, crushing FOX's "American Idol" and also topping CBS' powerhouse "Big Bang Theory."
 
The Olympics took a big bite out everything in its path on Thursday, knocking "Rake" and "The Crazy Ones" to series lows and siphoning viewers elsewhere. 
 
It's a reminder why you'll be seeing a lot of repeats in the next two weeks.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Get ready for Group Chaos on &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Get ready for Group Chaos on "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - 'Hollywood Round, Week #1'

How many lives would Group Night claim?

I don't understand "American Idol" naming.

Last night's episode was the start of Hollywood Week, but tonight's episode is technically titled "Hollywood Round, Week #1." How many weeks the Hollywood Round? And why am I adhering to the arbitrary "American Idol" naming system?

I don't know.

Anyway, last night we had solos and did the preamble to the group performances

Tonight? Let's see how those Groups go.

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; judges</p>

Your "American Idol" judges

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: Rising 'American Idol' Wednesday tops 200th 'Criminal Minds' as FOX cruises

'Tomorrow People' and 'Law & Order: SVU' dip
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 
 
Viewers stuck around for the start of the Hollywood Round on "American Idol," as the FOX singing competition posted a little week-to-week growth among young viewers and slightly more growth overall. FOX won Wednesday in all measures. 
 
"Criminal Minds' got a big bump for its 200th episode, drawing its biggest audience since May of 2012, but still couldn't push ahead of "Idol" overall.
 
Predictably, with their lead-ins returning, both "Suburgatory" and "Super Fun Night" posted big gains, while "Nashville," "The Tomorrow People" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were among the shows dipping. 
 
With "CSI" back, NBC's "Chicago PD" dropped in viewers, but didn't slip at all in the key demo.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>This was one of the pictures associated with tonight's &quot;American Idol.&quot; I don't know who she is.</p>

This was one of the pictures associated with tonight's "American Idol." I don't know who she is.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Hollywood or Home

Hollywood Week starts with a shocking twist. Apparently.

After weeks of auditions on Season 13 of "American Idol," it's finally time to learn which contestant this season lost the most weight.

Oh. Sorry.

I mean, Hollywood Week is apparently beginning with a twist, but it probably won't be a weight-lost twist.

What will it be?

Let's find out.

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<p>Tuesday's &quot;NCIS: Los Angeles&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS: Los Angeles"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday wins, no Super Bowl bump for 'New Girl'

'Biggest Loser' gives NBC a 10 p.m. win with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
 
Strong performances from its procedural drama trio, particularly "NCIS: Los Angeles," helped CBS sweep primetime on Tuesday night, commandingly winning all three hours overall and two of the three hours in the key demo.
 
Among other notables, NBC attracted minimal attention for its preview of the Sochi Olympics, but got a small finale bump for "The Biggest Loser." 
 
There was no real Super Bowl bump for "New Girl" -- most shows tend not to see any real post-Super Bowl growth -- and while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" certainly outperformed the normal 9:30 performances by "The Mindy Project," it wasn't above its normal 8:30 performances. And don't look now, but "Dads" was FOX's most-watched comedy for the night.
 
Over on ABC, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs" were in their normal range, as were "Trophy Wife" and "Killer Women," with a low normal.
 
Finally, "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were both down week-to-week, though "Supernatural" came closer to retaining last week's big audience.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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