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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Monday's "Gotham"

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Ratings Analysis: 'NCIS: Los Angeles' has a problem, 'Gotham' and 'Scorpion' do not

'Castle' returns to ABC with 'Castle'-esque numbers

Everything dropped on Monday (September 29) night. Or nearly everything dropped.

That wasn't surprising and it wasn't upsetting for most of the TV networks. TV shows premiere high and then audiences dwindle for roughly the same reasons movies premiere big and then fall off 60 percent. Getting people in the door isn't hard. The challenge is getting them to come back every week. 

But the TV business now is shifting so aggressively toward Live+3 numbers that it also stands to reason that while heavily promotion encourages live viewership, it's perfectly reasonably to expect that many of the shows that suffered week-to-week declines on Monday will recover those viewers when DVRs are factored in.

That's all a round-about way to say that CBS is probably very happy with the Week 2 performance for "Scorpion." The drama that I've dubbed "Katharine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler" premiered last week with 13.83 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49, coming out of a "Big Bang Theory" episode with 18.24 million viewers and a 5.4 key demo rating. In Week 2, with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat drawing 12.26 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating, "Scorpion," after a small bump in Final Live+SD totals, drew 13.36 million viewers and a 3.1 key demo rating. If ABC is throwing a full-on parade for the opening week numbers for "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Black-ish," CBS is surely naming a lunchroom special in Kat McPhee's honor.

The retention numbers are just astoundingly rosy for "Scorpion," at least for one week. Among adults 18-34, "Scorpion" did a 1.9 rating for its premiere and a 1.9 rating for its second episode, even though the difference between the new "TBBT" and the "TBBT" repeat was a 1.7 in that demo. Among women 18-49, "Scorpion" did a 3.4 rating for its premiere and a 3.4 rating in the second week.

There were some male demo drops for "Scorpion." Among men 18-49, it slipped from a 3.0 to a 2.7. Oh no! And among men 25-54, it went from a 4.4 to a 3.6. Well, that's a bit bigger, but... CBS will live. "Scorpion" got a decent, but not "Gotham"-esque, Week 1 DVR bump, so there's at least a chance that its Live+3 numbers could grow week-to-week.

But now, let's look at some of the shows that weren't as lucky as "Scorpion"...

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<p>Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman in Manhattan Love Story</p>

Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman in Manhattan Love Story

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Series premiere talkback: 'Manhattan Love Story' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new ABC romantic comedy?

I posted my review of "Manhattan Love Story" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the notion that men think about breasts while women think about purses rock your comedic world? Did you like Analeigh Tipton or feel pity for her inability to properly update her Facebook relationship status? Was Jake McDorman charming or obnoxious? Do you want the voiceover to go far, far away, or do you want more, more, more? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>John Cho and Karen Gillan in Selfie</p>

John Cho and Karen Gillan in Selfie

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Series premiere talkback: 'Selfie' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new ABC comedy with Karen Gillan and John Cho?

I posted my review of ABC's "Selfie" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you watched tonight — or who watched the slightly longer, more annoying cut of the pilot on Hulu a few weeks ago — what did you think? Did you find all the social media jokes cutting edge or played out? Did you instantly despise Eliza, or did you like her? How do you feel about Karen Gillan's American accent, in terms of both realism and comedy? Do you like John Cho? Did the twee ukelele version of "Bad Romance" during the makeunder make you cringe or want to sing along? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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Amazon picking up 'Hand of God,' while 'Red Oaks' and 'The Cosmopolitans' are in 'serious contention'
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Amazon picking up 'Hand of God,' while 'Red Oaks' and 'The Cosmopolitans' are in 'serious contention'

FCC is considering imposing fines for saying 'Redskins' on broadcast TV

Amazon picking up “Hand of God,” while “Red Oaks” and “The Cosmopolitans" are in “serious contention"
Deadline reports that of the five pilots unveiled last month, drama “Hysteria” and comedy “Really” aren’t going forward. But the Ron Perlman series “Hand of God” is definitely a go, though Amazon won’t make a formal announcement until next week.


FCC is considering imposing fines for saying “Redskins” on broadcast TV
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission will look into a petition that calls for sanctions on any broadcast station that uses the controversial name of the Washington NFL team.


Watch the 1-minute “American Horror Story: Freak Show” trailer
See Sarah Paulson in action as conjoined twins.


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<p>Random people from &quot;How To Get Away With Murder&quot;</p>

Random people from "How To Get Away With Murder"

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'How To Get Away With Murder' sets Live+3 records for ABC Thursday

All of Shonda Rhimes' Thursday hits pad their big numbers

"How To Get Away With Murder" has added a record-breaking Live+3 Day DVR haul to what was already a tremendous premiere.

The September 25 premiere of "How To Get Away With Murder" added 6 million viewers after three days of playback, which ABC is calling the largest-ever total viewer increase in Live+3 for a network telecast. Your previous record-holder? A January 2014 telecast of "Blacklist," which NBC likes to note has a disproportionate number of the largest-ever DVR audience bumps.

The DVR boost took "How To Get Away With Murder" from 14.3 million viewers in Live+SD to 20.3 million in Live+3. "HTGAWM" also got a sizable DVR bump among adults 18-49, rising 1.9 ratings points, or 49 percent, to a 5.8 key demo rating, up from a 3.9 Live+SD rating that was already a triumph. While it wasn't the largest volume gain in the key demo of any show from last week -- two "Big Bang Theory" episodes both added 2.0 ratings points -- it was the biggest freshman gainer in volume. It also moved "Murder" up to second among scripted programs for last week in Live+3 numbers for the 18-49 demo, behind only those episodes of "Big Bang Theory."

So yeah. ABC is pleased.

And how did the rest of ABC's lineup do with Thursday DVR figures? And what happened with FOX's "Bones"? 

Let's take a look...

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Yvette Nicole Brown leaves 'Community' to care for her ailing father
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Yvette Nicole Brown leaves 'Community' to care for her ailing father

'Rush Hour' is getting the TV treatment

Yvette Nicole Brown leaves “Community” to care for her ailing father
Brown won’t be part of “Community” on Yahoo after asking to be let out of her contract. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown, who already has a recurring role on “The Odd Couple,” tells TV Guide. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.”


“Rush Hour” is getting the TV treatment
“Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” honcho Bill Lawrence is behind the TV remake of the hit movie franchise that starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner will also be part of the show's development. The project is still in its early stages, so no network deal has been made.


Greg Brady from “The Brady Bunch” turns 60
Today is the Big 6-0 for Barry Williams. “Sister" Maureen McCormick turns 60 in two years.

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Tracy Morgan: 'I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused'
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Tracy Morgan: 'I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused'

Yvonne Strahovski joins 'Astronaut Wives Club,' reuniting with 'Chuck' co-creator

Tracy Morgan: “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused”
The former “30 Rock” star responded to Walmart’s claim that his accident could’ve been prevented had he worn a seatbelt. "My friends and I were doing nothing wrong,” he said in a statement. "I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”


Yvonne Strahovski joins “Astronaut Wives Club,” reuniting with “Chuck” co-creator
She’ll play the wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter in the ABC drama from “Chuck’s” Josh Schwartz.


“Married” and “You’re the Worst” renewed, but only one is staying on FX
FX will send “You’re the Worst” to FXX for its 2nd season, while both comedies will get a bigger run of 13 episodes, up from 10.


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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

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FX renews 'You're the Worst' & 'Married' for longer second seasons

Younger-skewing 'You're the Worst' will move to FXX; both shows get 13-episode orders

Today, FX is not the worst. It is the best, for having renewed "You're the Worst" — and also "Married."

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<p>Stalker</p>

Stalker

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 249: 'Selfie,' 'A to Z,' 'Gracepoint' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Manhattan Love Story,' 'Bad Judge,' 'Stalker' and 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy' premieres

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It's gonna be another double-dip this week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, because there are just too darned many premieres this week to squeeze into a single installment. Most of the ones in today's podcast are, unfortunately, not among the best of this fall's freshman class, though if you enjoy Angry Dan or Incredulous Alan, you will be getting a good amount of both throughout this discussion, before we segue into talking about "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" premieres. 

Back either Thursday or Friday with a mix of new ("Mulaney") and returning ("Homeland") shows, plus belated finale talk about "Masters of Sex" and "Outlander."

The rundown:

"Selfie" (00:00:55 - 00:13:20)
"Manhattan Love Story" (00:13:23 - 00:23:15)
"Stalker" (00:23:15 - 00:26:25)
"Bad Judge" (00:26:30 - 00:39:10)
"Gracepoint" (00:39:10 - 00:53:00)
"A to Z" (00:53:00 - 01:06:20)
Sunday's "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" (01:06:20 - 01:18:40)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 249

Dan and Alan review 'Selfie,' 'Stalker,' 'Gracepoint,' 'A to Z,' 'Bad Judge' and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

Time for the first of what will probably be two Firewall & Iceberg podcasts this week. 

In this podcast? We review a lot of trash, including "Selfie," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Stalker." We were less negative on "Gracepoint" and "A to Z," at least.

And we talked about Sunday's "Simpsons" premiere and the "Family Guy" episode that took place in Springfield and featured characters from "The Simpsons," but wasn't really a crossover.

That leaves us with a TON still to talk about on Thursday or Friday.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Selfie" (00:00:55 - 00:13:20)
"Manhattan Love Story" (00:13:23 - 00:23:15)
"Stalker" (00:23:15 - 00:26:25)
"Bad Judge" (00:26:30 - 00:39:10)
"Gracepoint" (00:39:10 - 00:53:00)
"A to Z" (00:53:00 - 01:06:20)
Sunday's "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" (01:06:20 - 01:18:40)

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.

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<p>Yvonne Strahovski</p>

Yvonne Strahovski

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Yvonne Strahovski joins ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club'

Mid-season drama adapted by Stephanie Savage to focus on the wives of NASA's original astronauts

With the future of the "24" franchise — and her role as Jack Bauer's latest trusty sidekick — in limbo, Yvonne Strahovski has gone back to the past in more ways than one with her new gig, playing one of the title roles in ABC's "Astronaut Wives" club, written and executive produced by Stephanie Savage, and by "Chuck" co-creator Josh Schwartz.

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Fox remaking Tom Hanks' 'Big' as an event series
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Fox remaking Tom Hanks' 'Big' as an event series

'The View' calls out sponsor Walmart for insensitive Tracy Morgan seatbelt remarks

Fox remaking Tom Hanks' “Big” as an event series
Producers from “Enlisted” are behind the remake of the 1988 Penny Marshall-directed film that will explore "what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in  today's world, those two things are more confused than ever.” The half-hour comedy is being billed as a limited event series.


“The View” calls out sponsor Walmart for insensitive Tracy Morgan seatbelt remarks
Said Whoopi Goldberg: “Walmart is one of our sponsors and sometimes, when we take issue with  our sponsors, we always have to say, ‘hey we know you're our sponsor, we respect you, but this is an interesting story and that's why we're telling it.’”


Piers Morgan lands a new job that will keep him in the U.S.
The former CNN host has been named U.S. Editor-at-Large for MailOnline.


Reese Witherspoon: I want to cameo on “Girls”
The actress made her “Girls" intentions known in an interview with Vogue.

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