TCA Awards Winners: BREAKING BAD Named Program of the Year; TRUE DETECTIVE, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE Win Top Honors

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Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are the TV honors that everyone’s familiar with, when it comes to clout, the Television Critics Association Awards take the cake.  Voted on by over 200 professional journalists, the TCA Awards honor the very best in television regardless of which networks can afford the most expensive campaigns, and so the list of 2014 winners comes with a considerable degree of weight.  Breaking Bad took the “Program of the Year” title for the second year in a row, while the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award went to CBS’ critical favorite The Good Wife.  The Best Comedy award resulted in a tie between the blissfully explicit Veep and FX’s wholly unique Louie, while True Detective won both Best Miniseries and Individual Achievement in a Drama for Matthew McConaughey.  As for Best New Program, that honor went to Netflix’s swell Orange Is the New Black.

Check out a full list of the TCA Awards winners after the jump, and if you missed the recent Emmy nominations announcement click here.

Sunday TV Ratings: ROSEMARY’S BABY Falls Short; ONCE UPON A TIME Rises

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TV ratings for Sunday, May 11th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The first installment of NBC’s miniseries event Rosemary’s Baby failed to draw in a big audience, garnering a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring just 3.67 million viewers.  Perhaps the dismal reviews had something to do with those numbers.
  • ABC’s Frozen-teasing season finale of Once Upon a Time rose 5% to a 2.2 rating and scored 6.5 million viewers, while Revenge was up 15% for its season finale with a 1.5 rating and 4.9 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers dropped 18% to a 0.9 rating and 2.02 million viewers, American Dad was down 15% to a 1.1 rating and 2.38 million viewers, The Simpsons dropped 20% to a 1.6 rating and 3.61 million viewers, Family Guy dipped 5% to a 2.1 rating and 4.12 million viewers, and Cosmos took a dive of 25% to a 1.2 rating and notched 3.47 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, The Good Wife was up 9% to a 1.2 rating and 8.68 million viewers, while The Mentalist matched last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 8.63 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: THE SIMPSONS Gets a Boost from LEGO Episode; ONCE UPON A TIME Dips

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TV ratings for Sunday, May 4th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • A LEGO-fied episode of The Simpsons rose three tenths to a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.29 million viewers.  Elsewhere on Fox, American Dad was up a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 2.56 million viewers, Family Guy ticked up a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 4.35 million viewers, and Cosmos rose two tenths to a 1.6 rating and 4.15 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time dropped two tenths to a 2.0 rating and 6.7 million viewers, Resurrection ticked up a tenth to a 2.0 rating and 7.87 million viewers for its season finale, and Revenge was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 5.02 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife dipped one tenth to a 1.2 rating and 9.09 million viewers, while the likely-to-be-cancelled The Mentalist matched last week’s series low-tying 1.2 rating and notched 8.52 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Believe matched last week’s 1.0 rating and scored 4.27 million viewers and Crisis was even with last week’s 1.0 rating and garnered 3.58 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: BOB’S BURGERS and ONCE UPON A TIME Rise; REVENGE Drops to Series Low

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 27th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers rose 83% to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo last night, also scoring 2.44 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, American Dad rose 9% to a 1.2 rating and 2.54 million viewers, The Simpsons dropped 12% to a 1.5 rating and 3.38 million viewers, Family Guy matched last week’s 2.1 rating and garnered 3.97 million viewers, and Cosmos was even with last week’s 1.4 rating and scored 3.64 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time rose 24% to a 2.1 rating and notched 6.91 million viewers, Resurrection dropped 10% to a series low 1.9 rating and 7.46 million viewers, and Revenge dipped 8% to a series low 1.2 rating and 4.94 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and notched 9.26 million viewers, and The Mentalist dropped 14% to a series low-tying 1.2 rating and scored 8.68 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe rose 9% to a 1.2 rating and 4.93 million viewers, while Crisis rose 11% to a 1.0 rating and garnered 3.97 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: ONCE UPON A TIME Falls to Series Low; COSMOS Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 20th have arrived.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time dropped three tenths to a new series low 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 5.69 million viewers.  That said, it still scored the highest rating on network television for the night.
  • Over on CBS, The Good Wife dipped a tenth to a 1.4 rating and 9.08 million viewers, winning the night in overall viewership.  The Mentalist was down two tenths to a 1.4 rating and scored 8.61 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Bob’s Burgers continues to struggle in its earlier timeslot, as last night’s episode dropped two tenths to a 0.6 rating and scored 1.53 million viewers.  Nevertheless, the show has already been renewed for a fifth season.  The excellent Cosmos, meanwhile, ticked up a tenth to a 1.4 rating and 3.71 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe rose two tenths to a 1.2 rating and 4.66 million viewers, while Crisis fell two tenths to a 0.9 rating and 3.8 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: RESURRECTION Drops Slightly for Solid Hold; BELIEVE Plummets

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TV ratings for Sunday, March 16th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s new series Resurrection dropped 21% from its premiere with a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.8 million viewers, but it still remained the top program of the night.  Elsewhere on the network, Once Upon a Time dropped 4% to a 2.3 rating and 7.47 million viewers, while Revenge was down 11% to a 1.7 rating and 6.17 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Bob’s Burgers rose 22% to a 1.1 rating and 2.49 million viewers, American Dad dipped 13% to a 1.3 rating and 2.75 million viewers, Family Guy rose 5% to a 2.3 rating and 4.59 million viewers, and Cosmos dropped 10% to a 2.1 rating and 4.91 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe suffered a massive drop following last week’s premiere, dipping 48% to a 1.4 rating and 6.17 million viewers.  The premiere of Crisis hit a 1.6 rating and scored 6.51 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and scored 8.38 million viewers, while The Mentalist dropped 19% to a 1.3 rating and scored 8.66 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: ONCE UPON A TIME Returns Up, RESURRECTION Premieres Big, and THE GOOD WIFE Returns Down

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TV ratings for Sunday, March 9th, are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s animation domination block kicked off with Bob’s Burgers, which dropped over half a ratings point to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.11 million viewers.  The Simpsons was also down with a 1.2 rating and 2.65 million viewers and a 1.6 rating and 3.73 million viewers for two back-to-back episodes.  Family Guy, meanwhile, ticked up two tenths to a 2.2 rating and 4.49 million viewers, while the premiere of Cosmos (read Allison’s review here) hit a solid 2.1 rating and 5.79 million viewers on Fox, though it aired at the same time on a multitude of networks.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time returned up four tenths to a 2.3 rating and 7.27 million viewers, new drama series Resurrection premiered to a big 3.6 rating and 13.31 million viewers, and Revenge returned up six tenths to a 1.9 rating and scored 6.5 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife was down half a ratings point in its return with a 1.3 rating and 8.91 million viewers, while The Mentalist dropped two tenths to a 1.6 rating and 9.94 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: DOWNTON ABBEY Scores Record 10.2 Million Viewers in Season Four Premiere

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Sunday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The two-hour season four premiere of the very fancy Downton Abbey scored a whopping 10.2 million viewers, marking a 22% rise from last year’s season three premiere (7.9 million viewers) and easily netting PBS’ highest ratings ever.  If you missed it, read Allison’s recap of the two-part premiere episode right here.
  • Over on CBS, The Good Wife returned to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 9.24 million viewers, which is down 13% from its last original episode’s 1.6 rating.  The Mentalist, meanwhile, dropped 17% to a 1.5 rating and 9.93 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Revenge garnered a 1.8 rating and 6.69 million viewers, rising 20%, while Betrayal returned to a 0.8 rating and 3.38 million viewers.
  • Fox’s animation lineup started on a delay due to the 49ers/Packers NFL game, so preliminary ratings are inflated and therefore incorrect.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.

AFI Announces Top 10 Films and TV Shows of 2013; List Includes GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and WOLF OF WALL STREET

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This weekend we saw three more critics groups announce awards for the 2013 movie season, and now it’s the American Film Institute’s turn.  Today, AFI unveiled its Top 10 films and TV shows of the year, and the film list includes Oscar frontrunners Gravity and 12 Years a Slave as well as burgeoning contenders like American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Her.  Over on the TV side of things, usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad made the cut, but so did Netflix’s original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black as well as Showtime’s Masters of Sex and ABC’s smash hit Scandal.  The sole comedy on the list of HBO’s excellent Veep.

Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10 lists for movies and television.

Sunday TV Ratings: ALMOST HUMAN Debuts Solid, FAMILY GUY Rises, and ONCE UPON A TIME Hits New Series Low

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Sunday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The promising new sci-fi series Almost Human, from J.J. Abrams and Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, premiered on Fox to a solid 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.1 million viewers.  Nothing earth-shattering, but a nice start.  Read Allison’s recap here.
  • Elsewhere on Fox, The Simpsons was even with last week’s 1.8 rating and scored 4.13 million viewers, while Family Guy was up two tenths to a 2.2 rating and 4.33 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time hit a new series low opposite Almost Human with a 1.9 rating and 6.6 million viewers, Revenge was up two tenths from last week’s series low with a 1.5 rating and 5.8 million viewers, and Betrayal garnered a 0.9 rating and 3.4 million viewers for a rise of one tenth.
  • Over on CBS, The Good Wife dropped three tenths from last week to a 1.4 rating and 9.65 million viewers, and The Mentalist was down a tenth with a 1.3 rating and 9.48 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: ONCE UPON A TIME and THE GOOD WIFE Rise; AMERICAN DAD Dips

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Sunday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s animation domination kicked off with The Simpsons, which was down half a ratings point from its last original episode’s 3.0 rating to a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.46 million viewers.  Bob’s Burgers dropped a tenth from its last original episode to a 1.8 rating and 3.75 million viewers, Family Guy was even with a 2.5 rating and 4.86 million viewers, and American Dad was down two tenths to a 1.9 rating and 3.74 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time was up from last week’s 2.2 rating to a 2.3 rating and 7.5 million viewers.  Revenge rose three tenths from last week’s season low to a 1.7 rating and 6.3 million viewers, while Betrayal was up a tenth to a 1.0 rating and 2.5 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife garnered a 1.6 rating and 9.79 million viewers for a rise of two tenths over last week’s 1.4 rating, matching its season high.

Carrie Preston Talks TRUE BLOOD Season 6, Working with a New Showrunner, Juggling Three TV Shows at Once, PERSON OF INTEREST, and More

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Carrie Preston is certainly on a hot streak with her career.  With memorable and much loved roles on True Blood, as sassy waitress Arlene Fowler, The Good Wife, as the quirky Elsbeth Tascioni, and Person of Interest, as Finch’s love, she’s proven to be as gifted at humor as she is drama.  And when you add in her feature film work and the projects she’s working to produce and direct, it doesn’t seem as though she’ll be slowing down, anytime soon.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Carrie Preston spoke about what a treat it’s been for her to create such different characters on three shows at once, what it’s been like to be a part of True Blood, how refreshing it’s been to shake things up with a new showrunner, whether Arlene might ever catch a break in Bon Temps, how surprised she was at how well-received her character on The Good Wife has been, that she’d love to continue to work on that show, what it’s been like to work with her husband, actor Michael Emerson, on Person of Interest, and when she might direct next.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

GAME OF THRONES, THE AMERICANS, and NEW GIRL Score Critics Choice TV Awards Nominations; MAD MEN and MODERN FAMILY Shunned

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Nominations for the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards have been announced, and along with plenty of welcome surprises there are a couple of snubs that are likely to have people talking.  Here’s a brief rundown of some of the highlights:

  • Best Drama Series nominees include Game of Thrones, Homeland, Breaking Bad, and FX’s excellent new series The Americans.  Conspicuously absent is Mad Men, which only scored one nomination overall for Elisabeth Moss as Lead Actress.
  • Best Comedy Series nominees include Louie, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and Veep, with Emmy favorite Modern Family failing to land a nomination along with last year’s winner Community.  Instead, ABC sitcom The Middle made the cut.
  • Netflix’s House of Cards scored two nominations for Best Actor (Kevin Spacey) and a very deserved Best Supporting Actor nod for Corey Stoll.
  • David Lynch landed a Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series nom for his excellent work in Louie, and Happy Endings alums Casey Wilson and Adam Pally were recognized in the supporting categories.
  • The love it/loathe it HBO comedy Girls didn’t get a Best Comedy Series nod, but received acting nominations for Lena Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, and Patrick Wilson.
  • FX’s American Horror Story and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory scored the most nominations with six each, topping all other programs.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the lineup.  The awards will be handed out on June 10th.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY Tops the Night, THE CLEVELAND SHOW Rises, ONCE UPON A TIME Dips

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Sunday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Fox’s Family Guy topped the night ratings-wise with a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.9 million viewers.  That’s even with the show’s last original episode.
  • Also up was The Cleveland Show, which hit a 1.2 rating and 2.63 million viewers for a rise of 33% from last week’s 0.9 rating.  Nevertheless, Fox recently decided not to order any new episodes of the Family Guy spinoff, effectively cancelling the show.  The remainder of the produced episodes will continue to air.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time scored a 2.0 rating and 7.04 million viewers, dropping 5% from last week’s 2.1 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, April 28th, including Bob’s Burgers, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, and more.

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