<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang' leads CBS while 'Vampire Diaries' tops 'Parks and Recreation' on Thursday

'The X Factor' rises for FOX
Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 14, 2013.
 
Up week-to-week, "The Big Bang Theory" maintained its position as Thursday night's top show in nearly every imaginable demographic and paced CBS' tight win among young viewers and comfortable overall win, even if "Elementary" slipped back behind "Scandal" in the 10 p.m. hour.
 
FOX had a second straight night of week-to-week gains for "The X Factor," though those numbers may be slightly inflated by NFL preemptions in Nashville.
 
At least FOX has inflated numbers to blame on football, though. NBC had another dismal Thursday with a weak return for "Parks and Recreation" and low numbers for "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" and even those ratings may be inflated a hair by NFL coverage in Indianapolis. 
 
The CW will be chuffed about its overnight performances, with "The Vampire Diaries" topping both "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Parks and Rec" in the key demo and "Reign" also getting a small bump.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Selena Gomez</p>

Selena Gomez

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Double Elimination and Selena Gomez performs

Which two acts went home on the first Elimination Thursday?

Last week, "X Factor" screwed up the voting and treated viewers to 13 frenzied performances in an hour, thereby denying us a performance by one Ms. Selena Gomez.

This week, we'll try again on Selena Gomez.

We'll also see the return of Fifth Harmony.

And we're eliminating two acts and presumably getting the rankings for the other 10 acts.

Buckle up and join the live-blog!

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<p>Anson Mount and Common of &quot;Hell on Wheels&quot;</p>

Anson Mount and Common of "Hell on Wheels"

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AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for an expanded Season 4

Anson Mount/Common drama laughs in the face of Saturday nights
Normally, when a show has its renewal delayed and then rescinded and then the show is shipped off to Saturday nights, that's a sign that the show is playing out the string on the way to cancellation. 
 
It's very rare that not only does the show overcome those obstacles, but it thrives and goes from the bubble to a no-brainer renewal with a show of extra confidence.
 
Welcome to the strangeness of AMC's "Hell on Wheels."
 
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<p>Peele &amp; O'Neill!</p>

Peele & O'Neill!

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' leads CBS Wednesday as 'X Factor' also rises

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
 
After getting squashed by ABC's CMA Awards telecast last week, "Criminal Minds" bounced back in a big way with a season high audience, leading CBS to Wednesday wins both overall and among young viewers.
 
"Criminal Minds" was one of several shows posting rebounds without ABC's special, with FOX's "X Factor" also regaining some of its missing audience and The CW's "Arrow" rising to its second largest audience of the season. "CSI" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were also up a little.
 
There was also good news for ABC's "The Middle," which returned up after a week away, as did "Back in the Game." ABC will boast that "Super Fun Night" was also up from its last original airing, but that was after a "Modern Family" repeat, as opposed to last night's new "Modern Family." And even "Nashville" was up a hair from two weeks ago.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Katie and Tina of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Katie and Tina of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'My Brother's Keeper'

Two Tribal Councils make for a busy episode
Pre-credit sequence. "Kasama"? Did we know that was the Merge name? Did we care? Nah. Probably not. Anyway, the tribe just blindsided Aras. "That was a great move. As a fan of the show, Aras did not see that coming," Vytas says, putting on a happy face. Vytas hugs everybody. "Vengeance is gonna be mine at some point," Vytas vows to us, while also telling Tyson that he'll get him. "I can't keep my mouth shut," Tina says, instructing Monica and Tyson that they won the battle, but they have five Jury votes that they'll never get. Tyson says that he felt pushed out, but Tina snidely tells him that he was never really in an alliance. At this point, hilariously, everybody goes around and says that they were sure they'd been in an alliance with Aras. "Everybody?"  Tina says, chastened. Tyson snorts at the idea of Tina lecturing him on the way to play the game. "I'm like, 'Tina, if everybody played the game the way you do, I'd win the game 100 percent of the time."
 
Katie's Choice. The next morning, Tina has reached the acceptance stage, telling Katie that she needs to go off on her own, that she needs to advance herself in the game if she can. They kiss on the cheek and Katie has to figure out what to do next. "I don't really know how to say 'Keep me instead of her,'" says Katie, suddenly rocking thigh-high socks for some reason.

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<p>Khaya Cohen of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Khaya Cohen of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - First Elimination and '80s Night Performances

One act will be sent home, followed by Top 12 performances

We're back for what is sure to be a frenzied Wednesday (November 13) night installment of "The X Factor."

Thanks to last Wednesday's voting SNAFU, we ended up watching 26 performances last week, which was a lot. Only Thursday's voting counts, but once can assume that emotionally, all support or lackthereof was cumulative. 

Per FOX, we're expected to open the show with the season's first elimination and then we'll move on to '80s Night performances by the season's Top 12. Does that mean it's really a single elimination episode? 

Apparently. 

Click through for all of the live-blogging fun.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 210

Dan and Alan discuss 'Raising Hope,' 'Almost Human,' 'Ground Floor' and more

The

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.
 
 
Today's breakdown:
"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)

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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

<p>Jim Caviezel of &quot;Person of Interest&quot;</p>

Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"

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TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drops, 'Originals' tops 'Supernatural' and CBS, NBC split Tuesday

'NCIS' and 'The Voice' lead the night
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
 
"NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" continued with their run of stable domination for CBS overall on Tuesday, while NBC eked out a victory among young viewers thanks to "The Voice" and, to a lesser degree, "Chicago Fire."
 
It was mostly a business-as-usual Tuesday night.
 
Over on ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." had yet another drop, as the vaunted drama fell below the 7 million viewer mark and may now be threatening the 2.0 threshold among young viewers. Despite that drop, "The Goldbergs" rose slightly and "Trophy Wife" was flat.
 
FOX's comedies were also on the low side, with "Dads," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" all finishing within 0.5 of each other among young viewers and within a million viewers.
 
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...
 
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<p>One of two CBS-provided &quot;Intelligence&quot; pictures</p>

One of two CBS-provided "Intelligence" pictures

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CBS moves 'Intelligence' premiere to January, sets 'Hostages' finale

Josh Holloway drama will now have to face the Olympics
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."
 
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<p>Monday's &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Monday's "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' outdraws 'Castle' as ABC and NBC split Monday

'The Voice' rises slightly, 'Dancing' falls
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 11, 2013.
 
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.
 
It was a mixed Monday for CBS' comedies, with "2 Broke Girls" rising, but "Mike & Molly," "Mom" and "How I Met Your Mother" all dipping.
 
In their last week paired together before next Monday's "Almost Human" premiere, FOX's "Bones" and "Sleepy Hollow" were steady.
 
And, finally, The CW's "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" added a chunk of viewers, but were unchanged in the key demo.
 
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...
 
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