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TV ratings: 'SHIELD' ticks up and David Blaine special solid, but CBS wins Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013CBS was as usual the runaway leader among total viewers in Tuesday's ratings, and it also scored a narrow win among adults 18-49 as "NCIS" and the rest of its lineup were fairly steady with last week. "The Voice" was off from a week ago, but it still managed to score the night's best 18-49 rating.Elsewhere Tuesday, "Agents of SHIELD" ticked up for ABC, and the network's David Blaine special scored ratings way above its fall average from 9:30 to 11 p.m. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was up slightly for FOX, but "Supernatural" dipped a little on The CW.CBS drew 15.45 million viewers and a 9.7 rating/15 share in households for the night, way ahead of No. 2 NBC (8.3 million, 5.3/8). ABC (6.9 million, 4.3/7) came in third. FOX was fourth with 3.1 million viewers and a 2.0/3, and The CW (1.4 million, 0.9/1) trailed.CBS also led the 18-49... //

'New Girl' Writer Talks Rekindling Jess and Schmidt's Friendship (Video)

While the fallout of Schmidt ( Max Greenfield ) and Cece's ( Hannah Simone ) second untimely breakup continues to unfold on New Girl, one casualty of his double-timing may be on the mend. Tuesday's episode features Jess ( Zooey Deschanel ) going into damage control mode when Cece's date with Coach ( Damon Wayans Jr .) sends Schmidt into a tailspin. "She's still mad at him for cheating on her best friend, and really Nick is the only one who can handle him when he's in such a weird state," says episode scribe Ryan Koh in the latest clip from the Fox comedy's writers. "It [becomes] more about getting Schmidt to move on."  Read More...   //

New Girl Season 3 Episode 10 “Thanksgiving III”

New Girl  “Thanksgiving III” Season 3 Episode 10 airs Tuesday, November 26 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  New Girl Season 3 Episode 10 “Thanksgiving III” – The gang’s survival skills are tested when Nick and Jess take them camping for Thanksgiving. Coach and Schmidt battle it out over who is the best woodsman, while Cece and Winston bond over their mutual distaste for the outdoors in the all-new “Thanksgiving III” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 26 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

New Girl Season 3 Episode 9 “Longest Night Ever”

New Girl  “Longest Night Ever” Season 3 Episode 9 airs Tuesday, November 19 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  New Girl Season 3 Episode 9 “Longest Night Ever” – Jess is tasked with keeping a frantic Schmidt occupied inside the loft, as Coach (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr.) and Cece go out on a first date. Meanwhile, Nick and Winston meet a frisky bus driver (guest star Jessica Chaffin) as they search for a missing Ferguson. Read More... //

'The Originals,' 'New Girl' and 5 more shows doing better ratings than you think

It's pretty well accepted now that the overnight TV ratings that arrive each morning aren't a complete picture of how many people watch a given show. For a number of reasons, though -- some having to do with habit and the news cycle, some having to do with the real business of television -- those numbers tend to be the ones we talk about most.And when we're talking about them, they can be pretty depressing. Ratings for broadcast networks are on a years-long slide, as overnight viewing has gone from the only game in town to just one item on a menu and the amount of original programming elsewhere has mushroomed. Where a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 eight or 10 years ago was mediocre, now it's considered a benchmark of success. But again, overnight ratings aren't the whole picture. (One sizable caveat here: Advertisers buy ads based largely on "C3" ratings, which measure how... //

Top Moments: Homeland's Pregnant Pause, Mother Says Yes and a Probing Today

  Our top moments of the week: 12. Best Shotgun Wedding:  Kaley Cuoco  stops by  Ellen  bursting with happiness about her engagement to tennis player Ryan Sweeting. In response, DeGeneres reports that her head writer, Kevin, has been ordained online as a minister and can...   //

'New Girl' Books Damon Wayans Jr. for the Rest of the Season

The "Happy Endings" alum, who recently returned having last appeared in the pilot, extends his current six-episode commitment.              //

TV ratings: 'NCIS' and 'The Voice' fall, 'New Girl' rises Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013Tuesday's ratings played out according to pattern, with "NCIS" running away with the total-viewer crown and "The Voice" leading the adults 18-49 demographic. Both shows, however, were down a bit from last week.ABC's lineup was also off a little, with "Agents of SHIELD" losing a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 compared to its last original episode. On the positive side, FOX's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" improved on their last originals, and "The Biggest Loser" rose week to week for NBC. "The Originals" and "Supernatural" were fairly steady.CBS scored 15.1 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/15 share in households for the night, leading second-place NBC (9.7 million, 5.9/9) by a wide margin. ABC (4.9 million, 3.2/5) came in third. FOX took fourth with 3.6 million viewers and a 2.1/3, and The CW (2.1 million, 1.3/2) trailed.NBC topped the 18-49 demo with a 2.9 rating, half... //

New Girl Season 3 Episode 8 “Menus”

New Girl  “Menus” Season 3 Episode 8 airs Tuesday, November 12 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  New Girl Season 3 Episode 8 “Menus” – An overabundance of Chinese food take-out menus left at the loft’s front door is the catalyst for an interconnected series of adventures for Jess and the guys. Read More... //

'New Girl' Writers Talk About the Return of Damon Wayans Jr. (Exclusive Video)

Executive producer Brett Baer says Coach will be a catalyst for an influx of testosterone on the Fox comedy -- and for Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to define their relationship.            //