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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;NCIS&quot; finale</p>

Tuesday's "NCIS" finale

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' finale tops 'The Voice' on Tuesday, while FOX's 'Riot' tanks

'The Originals' finale rises, though The CW had preemptions

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Finales for "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" all dominated their hours overall and also won among young viewers (with "Chicago Fire" tying for the demo lead at 10), helping CBS easily win Tuesday primetime in all measures.

Yes, that means that "NCIS" even beat "The Voice" in the 18-49 demo for the first time this season.

With CBS and NBC leading, FOX had a rough night with the "Glee" finale hitting series lows and the summer series "Riot" getting off to an atrocious start.

The CW's "Originals" had a strong finale, while "Supernatural" was also up, though the network was preempted in New York City for baseball, so the numbers are sure to come down at least somewhat.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Big Bang Theory.&quot;</p>

"The Big Bang Theory."

Credit: CBS

Upfronts 2014: CBS starts changing with the times like everyone else

'Big Bang Theory' will hop from night to night due to football, fewer repeats and an end to 'mid-season'

CBS had what was, by their impressive and very stable standards, a down year. Though still the most-watched network on television, the network slipped behind football and Olympics-enhanced NBC for the season among the adults 18-49 demo. "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams' return to television was a ratings dud, and won't be back. "2 Broke Girls" regressed in the ratings this season, and the network failed to develop any other viable successors to "How I Met Your Mother." (And they also passed on the "How I Met Your Dad" pseudo-spin-off.) And its new Monday night dramas — the fairly off-brand "Hostages" and the very on-brand "Intelligence" — were both resounding failures.

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CBS doesn’t order 'How I Met Your Dad' to series — and not because of 'HIMYM' backlash

CBS doesn’t order 'How I Met Your Dad' to series — and not because of 'HIMYM' backlash

CBS executives wanted to shoot a new pilot; the 'How I Met Your Mother' guys didn't

CBS viewers will not get to find out "How I Met Your Dad" next season, as the network declined to pick up the new sitcom from the "How I Met Your Mother" creators, even though at one point it seemed one of the surest bets of any pilot at any network this spring.

And, no, it's not for the reason you may think.

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CBS confirms it’s not picking up 'How I Met Your Dad'

CBS confirms it’s not picking up “How I Met Your Dad”
The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff, starring Greta Gerwig, can be shopped to other networks after CBS’ boss Nina Tassler said “things on the pilot didn’t work out." Tassler said she tried to get producers to redo the pilot, but couldn’t get them to resolve the spinoff’s issues. “I’m heartsick,” she said. “It wasn’t what they wanted to do.”

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CBS unveils its fall schedule: 'Big Bang' to Monday during NFL Thursdays, 'CSI' to Sunday

CBS unveils its fall schedule: “Big Bang” to Monday during NFL Thursdays, “CSI” to Sunday
CBS’ Monday comedy block has been reduced to one hour, with “Big Bang”/“2 Broke Girls" and “Mom.” “CSI” and “CSI: Cyber” will share the same timeslot on Sundays.

“Two and a Half Men” will end next year after 12 seasons
Chuck Lorre is promising a "season-long event.” PLUS: Could Charlie Sheen return?

“Conan” extended through 2018
TBS’ three-year extension means Conan will close in on his 25th anniversary as a talk show host.

Watch TBS’ new show trailers
See Rashida Jones in “Angie Tribeca,” plus “Buzzy’s” and “Your Family or Mine.”

Watch TNT’s new show trailers
Check out “Transporter: The Series,” “The Librarians,” “Proof” and “Public Morals."

TNT reveals new “Boom” tagline, plans for a Stephen King “Firestarter” sequel
TNT’s new projects include “87th Precinct,” “President X,” “Fix-It Men,” “Kali,” “Breed” and “Anonymous.”

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<p>Nicole Kidman posses for the paparazzi before her Cannes 2014 press conference.</p>

Nicole Kidman posses for the paparazzi before her Cannes 2014 press conference.

Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Nicole Kidman says it's 'sad' Grace Kelly's family is boycotting 'Grace of Monaco'

Not the best day for the Oscar winner

CANNES - Nicole Kidman is back in Cannes for the third year in a row, but this visit may be her least memorable. The Oscar winner stars as cinema icon Grace Kelly in the festival's opening night film, "Grace of Monaco," and the early reviews have not been good. Throw in the fact that Kelly's family has announced they are boycotting the picture and, well, you have to give her credit for being willing to appear before a throng of global journalists at the festival's kick-off press conference.

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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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CBS's 2014-15 TV Schedule: NFL anchors fall, 'NCIS: LA' to Monday, 'CSI' to Sunday

'The Big Bang Theory' will air on Mondays through October

CBS may be cruising to yet another season as TV's most watched network, but the network is not sleeping on its success. Or, alternatively, CBS has had more demo issues than usual this season and has suddenly started struggling on several nights it used to dominate.

Either way, CBS announced a primetime schedule on Wednesday (May 14) morning that features some major shake-ups.

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<p>Michael Fassbender in an early teaser look from &quot;Macbeth.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender in an early teaser look from "Macbeth."

First Look: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in 'Macbeth'

This looks very intriguing doesn't it?

CANNES - The arrival of the Cannes Film Market means the first buzz and first looks at a number of upcoming films. Many have US distribution, many do not. One film that has displayed its first imagery is StudioCanal's new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

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Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."
Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

Review: 'Grace of Monaco' opens Cannes on a graceless note

A committed Nicole Kidman can't makes sense of this misjudged fantasy biopic

With apologies to Three Six Mafia, it's hard out here for a princess. In the past year, first-world problem films – the plush brand of non-issue cinema exemplified by last year's Cannes entry “A Castle in Italy,” in which linen-clad lunchers fretted prettily about what to do with their priceless original Brueghels – have been threatened by the Princess Problem Picture, a currently thriving subgenre that sets out to measure the true weight of a tiara. Whether the wearer is a closeted Scandi ice maiden who just wants, Garbo-style, to be left alone (“Frozen”) or a hounded British divorcee who just wants, Lauper-style, to have fun (“Diana”), female royalty hasn't seemed such a drag since the age of Henry VIII.

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Andy Samberg is back: Watch his 'SNL' season finale promos

Andy Samberg is back: Watch his “SNL” season finale promos
Two years after leaving “Saturday Night Live,” the Golden Globe-winning "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star has returned to frolic with Kenan Thompson. PLUS: Seth Meyers unveils "SNL" "Second Chance Theater": Watch Will Forte as "Jennjamin Franklin," joined by Jason Sudeikis, Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen.

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<p>Adam Goldberg, Martin Freeman and Russell Harvard in &quot;Fargo.&quot;</p>

Adam Goldberg, Martin Freeman and Russell Harvard in "Fargo."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'The Six Ungraspables'

Molly breaks down the case for Bill, Gus befriends a neighbor, and Lester's situation worsens

A quick review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I make my best offer for irregular socks...

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD.&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."

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Season finale review: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' - 'The Beginning of the End'

Coulson and his team take it to Hydra, with some help from an old and powerful friend

A review of the "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" finale coming up just as soon as I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go...

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