<p>Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos</p>

Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos

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TV Ratings: Peyton Manning leads CBS Thursday, 'Murder' rises, 'A to Z' dips

'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' are also up for second place ABC

Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 23, 2014.

For the second time in five days, Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to victory and helped lead a network to primetime gold as CBS' Thursday Night Football cruised to victory in all measures.

Thursday night saw upticks for all three parts of ABC's Shonda Rhimes-dominated lineup, with a particular bump for "How To Get Away With Murder."

The news was less good over on NBC where "Bad Judge" slipped down to The Mulaney Line with a 1.0 key demo rating and "A to Z" dipped below The Line, a depth FOX's "Gracepoint" continues to inhabit. At least FOX can be pleased that "Gracepoint" didn't drop this week despite having a "Bones" repeat as a lead-in.

And, again, with both of the participating Thursday Night Football teams hailing from outside of the Eastern or Central time zones, CBS' numbers are predictably imprecise.

On to the numbers...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 253

Dan and Alan review 'Constantine' and talk finales for 'The Knick' and 'Manhattan'

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Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!

Due to last week's onslaught of Vancouver set visits, I didn't have any time to catch up on a slew of established shows, which caused me to need to take the early part of this week for mini-binging. That's why we've got a slightly late Thursday installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

The two shows with the mini-binging were "The Knick" and "Manhattan," which both had their finales last weekend, so we cover those in some depth. We also reviewed NBC's "Constantine," which premieres on Friday.

And then we covered some of the big recent topics in TV news, including the early lack of cancellations and HBO and CBS' early pushes into a la carte streaming services.

Busy busy!

Next week's another busy one, so it's unclear if we're gonna podcast or not. It'll probably be Monday, or not at all! We'll see.

And now, here's today's breakdown:
"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)

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.

<p>Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals</p>

Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals

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TV Ratings: World Series Game 2 leads FOX Wednesday, so-so 'The 100' return

'Black-ish' retains well, 'Stalker' is steady in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 22, 2014.

The Kansas City Royals won Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, equalizing the Fall Classic, while FOX coasted to primetime victory in all measures.

Once again, it's worth noting that these are time-period ratings and with one of the World Series cities on the West Coast, they're extra-inexact and preliminary.

Among Wednesday positives, "Black-ish" was up slightly in viewers from last week and continued its steady retention behind "Modern Family." Also remaining steady was "Stalker," which has barely dropped from its premiere among young viewers, though the overall number is threatening to fall below 7 million.

And over on The CW, "Arrow" was up week-to-week, but the season premiere of "The 100" could only equal last week's "Flash" encore in that slot, which isn't all that bad, but also isn't all that great. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jaclyn of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Jaclyn of "Survivor"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Blood is Blood'

A Shuffle shakes things up for the remaining couples and singles

Pre-credit sequence. When we left off, Drew had just masterfully organized a conspiracy against himself and flawlessly executed his own elimination from the game. "Tribal was freakin' insane," says a perplexed Jon, vowing to do damage control. He goes to everybody and apologizes and says he'd have voted with them if they'd told him. The "You're either with me or against me" rant that the editors teased last week was actually Jon quoting Drew. Jeremy is pleased to be in the middle.

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<p>Katie Cassidy on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Katie Cassidy on Wednesday's "Arrow"

Credit: The CW

'Arrow' star Katie Cassidy teases Laurel's growth and destiny

How did the 'Harper's Island' veteran respond to early-season on-screen tragedy?

VANCOUVER, BC. It may not have happened the way comics fans initially expected, but Canary is coming. Or is she?

[Stop reading here if you fear all spoilers from the DC Comics Universe and you've been able to avoid those spoilers on TV's "Arrow." And stop reading if you haven't watched the third season's first two episodes of "Arrow."]

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<p>Malcolm woos Thea in last season&#39;s &quot;Arrow&quot; finale</p>

Malcolm woos Thea in last season's "Arrow" finale

Credit: The CW

'Arrow' stars John Barrowman and Willa Holland on their dysfunctional father-daughter bond

Wednesday's 'Corto Maltese' episode is a big one

VANCOUVER, BC. For most of the season's first two "Arrow" episodes, a pretty big question lingered: Where the heck are Thea Queen and her newly-revealed pop Malcolm Merlyn?

Viewers got at least a partial answer at the very end of last week's episode when we were whisked off to Corto Maltese -- a land most famous from Vicki Vale's award-winning series of photos -- and discovered that Thea has apparently been undergoing some intense martial arts training courtesy of dad and his minions.

The abrupt departure from Starling City was part of Thea's attempt to redefine herself after a grief-and-danger-filled season, but it remains to be seen who Thea will be when we see her next. It's doubtful that she'll just return to being Oliver Queen's club-operating sister, but is she on the path to be the latest incarnation of the classic Green Arrow sidekick known as Speedy?

Rest-assured that nobody involved wants to give any definitive answers, but on the Vancouver set of "Arrow" last week, stars Willa Holland and John Barrowman teased what we can expect from this week's episode, which focuses heavily on Thea and Malcolm, or at least on Oliver's quest to get Thea back.

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<p>Steve Coogan</p>

Steve Coogan

Credit: Dan Hallman/AP

Steve Coogan replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime's 'Happyish'

'Philomena' Oscar nominee will top line the half-hour comedy pilot

Oscar nominated writer and TV favorite Steve Coogan will be the new lead in Showtime's darkly comedic half-hour "Happyish."

The new pilot for "Happyish" will shoot in New York City this December, with Ken Kwapis directing from a script by Shalom Auslander.

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

"The Overnighters"

Credit: Sundance

Exclusive 'Overnighters' clip shows the small-town tensions in the Sundance favorite

Jesse Moss' doc won a Special Jury Prize in Park City

Jesse Moss' "The Overnighters" was one of the breakout documentary hits of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, taking home a Special Jury Prize.

Set in Williston, North Dakota, "The Overnighters" depicts the problems in a small town when oil prospects bring in an avalanche of new jobs and an even larger onslaught of potential workers, many drawn by the opportunity to restart lives stalled by prolonged unemployment or murky pasts.

Caught in the middle between a wary community and the invading horde aspiring to the American Dream is Pastor Jay Reinke, who opens the doors of the Concordia Lutheran Church to this influx of settlers.

If you'll recall my review from Sundance, I had reservations about the last quarter of "The Overnighters," which seemed to overreach for conclusions based on narrative twist-of-sorts. However, for much of its running time, "Overnighters" is provocative in the most literal sense of the word. It forces viewers to ask difficult questions about faith, charity, the burdens of altruism and the shifting economic realities in the Wild West of contemporary America.

In this exclusive clip, we see many of those themes play out as one of Reinke's parishioners expresses concern about Williston's new residents and their impact on the church, leading the pastor to defend those choices.

Drafthouse Films is releasing "The Overnighters," which opens in Los Angeles on October 31. 

Check out the clip above.

<p>World Series Game One</p>

World Series Game One

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TV Ratings: World Series opener helps FOX split Tuesday as 'Love Story' eyes oblivion

'The Flash' also dips, while 'NCIS: New Orleans' rises for CBS

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The World Series opener between the Giants and Royals was essentially over after the first inning, but the lopsided Giants win still let FOX claim Tuesday night among young viewers. Baseball took only a small bite out of CBS' dramas, though, as "NCIS: New Orleans" helped the network win overall.

While "NCIS: NOLA" held up well against the World Series, there were a slew of big droppers on Tuesday including "Marry Me," "About a Boy" and even The CW's "The Flash." 

Also slipping on Tuesday was ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," which did only a 0.7 rating in the key demo, which may prove to be the catalyst necessary to get us our first cancellation of the season.

This story will make no judgments on FOX's World Series numbers, because as inaccurate as figures for live events are in general, they become even more inaccurate when dealing with a West Coast participant. So these are time period figures and not, in any way, the ratings for the World Series game itself.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "The Flash"

Credit: The CW

'Flash' star Danielle Panabaker teases Caitlin flashback, Killer Frost and 'Arrow' crossover

Tonight's episode features Robbie Amell in a soon-to-be-important role

VANCOUVER, BC. The first few "Flash" episodes have been, for good reason, so Barry/Flash centric that we haven't had much time to get to know the S.T.A.R. Labs team supporting the nascent superhero.

That changes in Tuesday (October 21) night's episode, "Things You Can't Outrun."

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