Former NFL teammates discuss keeping their cool on national TV
It's really, really unlikely, but I'm still holding out hope that this Sunday night's "Amazing Race" will begin with Phil Keoghan faking out former NFL teammates Ephraim Salaam and Chester Pitts II and telling them that last week's elimination was actually a joke and it was really a Non-Elimination Leg.
Chester and Ephraim were my favorite team when I met the squads before the season started and they continued to be my favorites during their three "Amazing Race" Legs. They were funny. They were enthusiastic. And when a Chilean travel agent accidentally booked them on a key flight one day after they were supposed to leave, they were just about the only team I can imagine handling that awful situation with grace and determination, rather than with anger and hurled verbal abuse. If you're on the fence about whether or not you're going to miss Ephraim and Chester, check out their exit interview answers about that booking fiasco, which set off a day of travel disasters that left them unable to even begin tasks in Lisbon. Instead, Phil met them at the Lisbon airport and sent them away on-the-spot.
In their exit interview, Chester and Ephraim discuss that horrible day of travel and also the even worse day-plus bus ride up the coast of Chile. They talk about their general approach to the Race and whether they have plans to return to Lisbon any time soon.
Click through for the spirited Q&A...
And what moves might ABC make with its comedies?
So, was Friday a busy enough TV news day for you?
You had NBC canceling "Welcome to the Family" and "Ironside" and setting a premiere for "Community" and "Chicago Fire: Cops."
That delayed my ability to do any analysis on ratings and I really wanted to.
I really wanted to look at a handful of numbers from this week, but specifically a couple impressive figures regarding The CW's "Reign" premiere.
So click through and let's get down to business.
'Shark Tank' and 'Last Man Standing' rise for ABC
Fast National ratings for Friday, October 18, 2013.
CBS' "Undercover Boss" had a big week -- perhaps America loves Buffet Inc -- and helped the network dominated Friday overall and score a slim win among young viewers.
In other words, "Same as last week," only with "Undercover Boss" doing the heavy lifting, which was necessary since "Blue Bloods" was down a little in the demo and "Hawaii Five-0" was down a little in viewers.
Risers for Friday included "Last Man Standing" and "Shark Tank," while "MasterChef Junior" came in below last week.
On to the numbers, which aren't hugely interesting. Maybe with "Grimm" and "Dracula" premiering next Friday, things will get fun...
Three-time player discusses her long tenure on Redemption Island
Candice Cody had a strange third time playing "Survivor."
The "Cook Islands" and "Heroes vs. Villains" veteran arrived on the beach with the assembled castaways and was immediately sent off to Redemption Island, with her fellow returning players using the excuse that they didn't know her well enough.
For four weeks, Candice was a Redemption Island force, winning two Duels and then finishing second behind behind her husband John, who joined her after being blindsided by Brad Culpepper who, in turn, joined the couple on Redemption after he was blindsided.
Candice's Duel streak came to an end on Wednesday's (October 16) "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," as she lost to John and Brad and had to burn her buff.
In her exit interview, Candice discusses her peculiar 11 days of "Survivor" in which she didn't spend a second on a tribe, spilling on the best and worst Redemption Island guests. She also discusses how this season made "Survivor" more about the heart than the head and why that's a good thing.
Click through for the full Q&A.
Sorry, 'We Are Men'
CBS has given full season orders to all of the new freshman comedies it hasn't cancelled.
On Friday (October 18) morning, CBS announced no-brainer back-nine pickups for "The Crazy Ones" and "The Millers," as well as the slightly less obvious back-nine for the Monday offering "Mom."
'Vampire Diaries,' 'Scandal' and 'The Millers' all rise
Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 17, 2013.
"Big Bang Theory" led CBS to its usual Thursday wins and helped both "The Millers" and "Crazy Ones" post tiny gains among young viewers. However, both "Two and a Half Men" and "Elementary" posted ugly numbers to close CBS' night.
Speaking of ugly numbers, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" took a big drop for ABC and looks like yet another fast Thursday 8 p.m. disappointment for the network, even while "Scandal" ticked back up after last week's small declines.
NBC continued its Thursday struggles as well, with none of its shows going above 4 million viewers for the second straight week, though "Parks and Recreation" and "Parenthood" both were up a hair with 1.3 key demo ratings.
Finally, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was up from its early season airings, leading into a very mixed launch for the new drama "Reign," which will make me do some deeper analysis either today or tomorrow.
On to the numbers...
Dan and Alan discuss 'Reign,' 'Homeland,' 'New Girl' and more
Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!
For the second straight week, Thursday is the new Monday and we have a new episode of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
This week, we reviewed The CW's "Reign" and we played catch-up on "How I Met Your Mother," "New Girl" and "Homeland." And we answered questions about ratings for "The Walking Dead" and... Get this... NBC's struggles.
Next week? "Dracula" and stuff!
Here's today's breakdown:
"Reign" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
Listener Mail: "Walking Dead" ratings (00:15:00 - 00:22:55)
Listener Mail: NBC Thursday (00:23:00 - 00:32:30)
"How I Met Your Mother" (00:32:40 - 00:42:30)
"New Girl" (00:42:35 - 00:53:40)
"Homeland" (00:53:40 - 01:05:00)
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
'Survivor' and 'Criminal Minds' let CBS rule overall
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
ABC got strong numbers from its "Toy Story of Terror" Pixar special, as the network tied for the Wednesday night lead among young viewers with "Criminal Minds"-led CBS and with FOX's playoff baseball coverage.
CBS still dominated primetime overall, with wins for all three primetime hours.
On NBC, "Revolution" will likely hit series lows, though "Ironside" appears not to be falling, which would be good news for the network were its stable ratings not so low.
And on The CW, "Arrow" was up from last week's premiere in all measures, delivering its biggest overall audience since April and its best 18-49 figures since February.
On to the numbers...
What was the blowback from Caleb's big move?
Pre-credit sequence. We're following up on Brad's shocking outster from last week. "Wow, you guys," Caleb says, obviously pleased with himself. "What the heck? Tribal was unreal," Teen Mom says, obviously unclear on the very nature of reality. "If this is Brad's time, it was Brad's time," Vytas rationalizes, obviously unclear on the very nature of time. Teen Mom knows that if they can get Caleb to go with them, they'd have the numbers. "It just festered," Caleb says, explaining that his big move wasn't premeditated. Hayden is stunned and doesn't know if he's now on the outs.
Guess Who's Coming to Redemption Island? "Caleb made a good move. Kudos to him," Brad says, crediting Caleb for learning a thing or two from Colton. As we saw last week. Brad arrives at Redemption Island apologizing and raising the white flag. He surrenders aggressively in the middle of the night, waking up John and Candice. "At least I feel a little vindication here," John says, groggily. "Quite frankly, I'm glad I'm not going to get abused and yelled at on Redemption Island," Brad says, but Candice says she still has no love for Brad. "In this game, it's kill or be killed and he's on our island now," Candice says, vowing to knock Brad out for good.
The Eyes of Laura M. Meanwhile, the Returnees keep winning and they're doing OK. Actually, Laura M and Aras are doing better than OK. They're doing some late-night rub-downs. Laura views this intimacy as a sign of trust. Aras, however, doesn't think that Laura's flirtation is earning more of his trust. In fact, he still has Laura, Laura and Kat outside of his alliance. Laura M has posted on Facebook that she thinks this episode was improperly edited to imply something naughty happened, but there she is mentioning her 20 years of marriage. Don't worry, Laura! I don't believe for a second that there's a showmance brewing. Anyway, though, Other Laura, Rupert's Wife, is still feeling like an outsider, which she is, so that's appropriate.
'The Originals' and 'Supernatural' give CW a big night
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
A so-so premiere for "The Biggest Loser" combined with "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" to help NBC win a slim Tuesday victory among young viewers, while CBS dominated the night overall led by "NCIS" and a rising "Person of Interest."
ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." posted its smallest drop so far, but the news was less positive "The Goldbergs," which now holds only a tiny advantage over "Trophy Wife" for ABC.
After a pretty steady fall of drops, most of FOX's comedies were steady week-to-week and even, in some cases, posted growth in viewers.
Also showing positive numbers were The CW's "The Originals" and "Supernatural." It was, in fact, The CW's highest rated Tuesday since 2009.
On to the numbers...