<p>Emily Deschanel of &quot;Bones&quot;</p>

Emily Deschanel of "Bones"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Bones,' 'Raising Hope' have weak Friday starts as CBS wins

'Grimm' and 'Blue Bloods' are among Friday's risers
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 15, 2013.
 
Guess what? CBS' "Undercover Boss," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" each dominated their hours overall on Friday and, with a slightly low "Shark Tank" on ABC, CBS also won the crown among young viewers.
 
The big news was elsewhere, though.
 
FOX's plan to strengthen Friday by transplanting a pair of established performers failed to pay immediate dividends as both "Bones" and "Raising Hope" premiered to numbers below what they'd normally draw elsewhere in the week. "Bones," in fact, drew 2 million fewer viewers than an original episode did just four days earlier, falling 0.8 in the key demo. While "Bones" did improve on the time period's viewer numbers, it couldn't compete with "MasterChef Junior" in the key demo.
 
Over on NBC, "Grimm" was up week-to-week and, for the most part, "Dracula" may have stopped dropping.
 
Finally, the season finale of "America's Next Top Model" had a good night for The CW and "The Carrie Diaries" may have gone up a hair as well.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

'How I Met Your Dad' will also use MacLaren's Pub
Only a few weeks after rumors broke that CBS was developing a spinoff from the departing "How I Met Your Mother," the network has moved forward and officially ordered a pilot.
 
Titled "How I Met Your Dad" -- or "HIMYD" -- the spinoff will be written and executive produced by "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and executive produced by "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
 
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<p>Joel Kinnaman and&nbsp;Mireille Enos of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos of "The Killing"

Credit: AMC

Unkillable: Netflix resurrected 'The Killing' for Season 4

Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for a shortened final season
From the "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" file: "The Killing" has been resurrected once again.
 
Netflix announced on Friday (November 15) afternoon that a fourth season of "The Killing" has been ordered as a streaming exclusive.
 
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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

Credit: CBS

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!

Credit: ABC

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"

Credit: CBS

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"

Credit: FOX

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

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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)

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