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Tuesday Cable Ratings, 11/22/17: Joker's Wild, At Home with Amy Sedaris, & Damnation Sink

Below are the Top 25 Programs on cable on Tuesday, 11/21/17. Items of note include The Joker's Wild on TBS, At Home with Amy Sedaris on Tru, and Major Crimes on TNT.
(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
WWE SmackdownUSA0.822.66
Curse of Oak IslandHistory0.732.85
Fixer UpperHGTV0.592.50
Below DeckBravo0.51.30
The ChallengeMTV0.450.80
If Loving You Is WrongOWN0.431.77
MoonshinersDiscovery0.381.25
The Challenge: Champs v. StarsMTV0.380.67
The Hunt for the Zodiac KillerHistory0.371.31
Tosh.0Comedy Central0.371.31
HannityFox News0.312.95
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.312.56
House HuntersHGTV0.311.45
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.312.81
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.30.82
ChoppedFood0.290.90
Snoop Dogg's The Joker's WildTBS0.290.79
CFP Rankings ShowESPN0.290.85
Dead SilentInvest. Discovery0.271.06
Paradise RunNickelodeon0.271.23
Paradise RunNickelodeon0.271.15
Leah Remini: Scientology & the AftermathA&E0.260.81
House Hunters InternationalHGTV0.261.16
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.262.46
Major CrimesTNT0.251.84
Off the chart, At Home with Amy Sedaris sank to 0.07. Damnation fell further to 0.18. MSNBC's Morning Joe was up to 0.14. Deadline: White House was down to 0.1, and Velshi & Ruhle was down to 0.09. Wolf on CNN was up to 0.14.

Dancing With the Stars Season 25 Finals Review

It's hard to believe it, but welcome to the finals of Dancing With the Stars! It doesn't even seem possible, but the time for the final performances of the season is here. It's been an impressive and hard-fought season, but we'll soon find out the winner, and I am very excited, as I'm sure you are, as well.

Night 1

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas- 
Lindsey has long been someone whose dances I look forward to each week. Her routines are always fun and creative, due in no small part to Mark Ballas. But her Freestyle is probably one of my personal favorites in a very long time. It was just incredible. It's honestly the reason that I'm pulling for her to win. It left me speechless. And I may have already watched it like three times. Her Quickstep was great too, but that Freestyle...
My Score (Quickstep): 10
My Score (Freestyle): 10

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson-
Honestly speaking, neither of these dances were Frankie's strongest. He's had a few better dances. Not many, but a few. Nevertheless, this was a great pair of dances, particularly the Foxtrot, which was a huge improvement over his first Foxtrot. I also really loved how he didn't take a safe route with the Freestyle, and while it was probably my least favorite of the night, it was still a valiant effort.
My Score (Foxtrot): 10
My Score (Freestyle): 10

Drew Scott and Emma Slater-
Drew is absolutely the most improved dancer of the final four, there's just no doubting that. I gave him a 5 for his first dance, and here we are. His freestyle really was just so much fun. It was quirky, and like they hoped to accomplish, it fit their personalities. His Paso was also great, but it wasn't perfect. Either way, it helped to show just how much he's grown and improved, even over last week.
My Score (Paso Doble): 9
My Score (Freestyle): 10

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold-
Jordan is fantastic, and he's probably the best dancer here. Both of these dances were fantastic and so energetic. They were a real pleasure to watch, and I'd like to, in advance, congratulate Jordan on his very likely mirrorball victory. Because it really is earned.
My Score (Charleston): 10
My Score (Freestyle): 10

Superlatives:
Dance of the Night: Lindsey & Mark - Freestyle
Honorable Mention: Jordan & Lindsay - Freestyle

Rankings for the Week:
1- Lindsey & Mark - Freestyle
2- Jordan & Lindsay - Freestyle
3- Jordan & Lindsay - Charleston
4- Lindsey & Mark - Quickstep
5- Drew & Emma - Freestyle
6- Frankie & Witney - Foxtrot
7- Frankie & Witney - Freestyle
8- Drew & Emma - Paso Doble

Wrap-Up-
This was a fantastic finale. All of the dancers gave their absolute all this week, with only one dance not getting a perfect 10 from me. I also loved Julianne Hough's dance this week, and it was just a real joy to have her back in general. I never realized how much I actually missed her, but I really did.
My Score: 9.5/10
My Grade: A

What did you think of this episode? Who do you want to win? Let me know in the comments and vote in the below! Also, I'll be updating this review after the second night of the season as well, so make sure to check back then as well.

Night 2:
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas- 
Lindsey really has been one of the best dancers this entire time, but it's only in these latest weeks that she's absolutely blown me away. These two dances were absolute perfection, and I really loved the reappearance of the jive that I loved so much from what feels like so long ago. This was a great pair of dances to finish Lindsey's DWTS journey, and the two perfect scores really were earned here.
My Score (Jive): 10
My Score (Cha-Cha/Tango): 10

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson-
Frankie's Argentine Tango was one of the best dances of Disney night. I was more than a little annoyed that he didn't get a perfect score for it. Luckily, that was rectified this week with a second go at it that was somehow even better than the first. His fusion wasn't quite as good, but it that's nearly impossible.
My Score (Argentine Tango): 10
My Score (Foxtrot/Tango): 10

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold-
Jordan came and he played tonight, just like always. Congrats to the new DWTS champion!
My Score (Samba): 10
My Score (Salsa/Paso Doble): 10

Wrap-Up-
This was a great way to wrap up a great season of Dancing With the Stars. While I was personally rooting for Lindsey and Mark due to their freestyle, I can't be mad at all with a Jordan and Lindsay win. All three of these finalists earned the win, and unlike in years gone by, I didn't really have a horse in the race. I'm really. going to miss all three of these contestants, who consistently brought creative and joyful routines to the table. The show itself being gone for a year certainly won't help either.
My Score: 9/10
My Grade: A-

I'll be back in Spring for the mini spin-off of Dancing With the Stars, which is all but guaranteed to not be as good, but oh well.

What did you guys think of the finale? Are you happy with the winners? Let me know in the comments below!

Sporcle Off-Topic Quizzes of the Week- Thanksgiving Edition/Sporcle Contest Season 1 Finale

It's the final week of this season of the Off-Topic Quizzes of the Week, but don't be sad. Be thankful! Because it's our Thanksgiving edition! And we have 4 (yes, four!) quizzes this week. What rebels we are!

1- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
The Macy's parade is a Thanksgiving institution. The holiday simply isn't complete without it. Millions of families gather 'round the TV every year to watch giant helium balloons that have nothing to do with Thanksgiving barrel through NYC, with the slight chance of disaster weighing over the festivities. Yeah, that got dark pretty quick. But you know what isn't dark? This quiz. It's fun and it test your pop culture knowledge, while also putting you in the Thanksgiving mood.

2- Happy Thanksgiving from the President
The president pardoning a turkey is one of the strangest and longest-running of Thanksgiving traditions, only second to your uncle getting drunk and yelling racist things while everyone else uncomfortably shuffles pumpkin pie into their mouthes so they can get out of there. No one really knows why we do it, but we do, so here we are. All of our presidents just kinda put up with it, well except Jimmy Carter, apparently. Why is Jimmy Carter so anti-turkey???
My Score: 12/12

3- The First Thanksgiving Feast
We all sit down every year and eat turkey, stuffing, and other fattening garbage. But we never think about what they actually ate at this event we all pretend to care about. The meal certainly wasn't like it was today. Like, at all. Also, this comment on this quiz may be my favorite from any Sporcle quiz ever:" The food items may have changed, but you can bet the drunken uncle managed to insult half the guests and Detroit Lions lost the football game."
My Score: 8/22

4- Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving Dinner
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a Thanksgiving classic, broadcast (and consumed by the masses) annually. The "feast" eaten by our favorite Peanuts has become iconic, because it is so terrible. SO this short little quiz is right up your alley if, like me, this special is a Thanksgiving go-to.
My Score: 4/4

TOURNAMENT
This is the final week of the Off-Topic TVRG-Sporcle Tournament. For each week, the number of questions you got correct on each quiz will be added up. The first place finisher receives 3 points for placing first, as well. This is the same scoring system used for the TV edition, which is posted once weekly on Thursdays. Also, to make things fair, please use the score for your first attempt on each quiz as your official score.



Tournament Standings:
1- JB, 796 points
2- Barb, 722 points
3- Crazy-Ex Nashville Fan, 681 points
4- Lisa, 667 points
5- Miguens, 525 points
6- Full Boyle, 285 points
7- Game of Thrones PT, 114 points
8- theratingsjunkie, 86 points
9- WCS, 60 points


Thanks for playing the Sporcle Off-Topic Quizzes of the Week! Make sure to return next week for the first of five weeks of the Sporcle Holiday Quizzes of the Week!

Tuesday TV Ratings, 11/21/17: Chicago Med Has Solid Start, DWTS Down on Finale Night

Analysis to come.
Time
Show
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMThe Voice
1.7
9.29
NBC

NCIS
1.4
12.49
CBS

The Middle
1.3
6.03
ABC

Lethal Weapon
1.0
3.91
Fox

The Flash
0.8
2.17
The CW
8:30 PMFresh Off the Boat
1.1
4.30
ABC
9 PMThis Is Us
2.5
9.29
NBC

Dancing With the Stars (F)
1.3
9.17
ABC

Bull
1.1
8.95
CBS

The Mick
0.7
2.16
Fox

DC's Legends of Tomorrow
0.5
1.49
The CW
9:30 PMBrooklyn Nine-Nine
0.6
1.67
Fox
10 PMChicago Med (P)
1.3
6.22
NBC

NCIS: New Orleans
0.9
7.93
CBS

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 5 Episode 7 Review 'Two Turkeys'


***Spoilers Ahead***

Two Turkeys

Joe Lo Truglio (center). Photo: FOX

While it does not reflect the quality of the rest of the episode, 'Two Turkeys' gets off to a particularly disappointing start. The cold opening features Boyle strutting in with his signature turkey costume and exclaiming "Gobble, Gobble". For a first-time viewer or someone who isn't familiar with the series, that seems alright. But, the first Thanksgiving episode in season 1 emphasized how Boyle simply can not say this catchphrase without the third "Gobble". After the theme song, Kevin mentions "Turkey Day" while Boyle decides to use the phrase "Thanksgiving" instead. Once again, this seems fine until one realizes that season 2's Thanksgiving episode "Lockdown" focused on the fact that Boyle hated it when people called the holiday by its well-known name and preferred "Turkey Day". While this all may sound like ridiculous nitpicking, I felt a bit let down that the show that's usually great with continuity made such blatant mistakes. Regardless, 'Two Turkeys' is still a very solid Brooklyn Nine-Nine Thanksgiving episode with a strong A-plot and an equally strong B-plot.

In the A-plot, Jake and Amy have Thanksgiving with their parents and try to create a bond between the two couples. Ultimately, this is a very cookie-cutter synopsis, but the competitive and hostile nature of their parents is what makes things interesting and engaging. Also, aside from Amy's mother, we have seen all these characters before in separate settings, so the story acts as a reward to the audience since we get to see them all interact for the first time. The fact that we have prior knowledge of all their quirks and know who these people are is what sets this apart from a generic "meet the parents" sitcom episode. Yes, the ending is also pretty predictable, but the jokes make up for it. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about how Jake has 3 half-sisters or the way that Santiago's dad and Roger trash-talked when they were carving the turkey. Overall, this story is nothing ground-breaking, but it accomplishes its job of establishing relationships and bringing some comedy to the table.

Over at the precinct, the B-story focuses on Holt's missing pie and his attempts to find the culprit. If nothing else, this plot is further proof that Hitchcock & Scully are indeed good detectives when they actually try. Their food detecting skills were easily the highlight of this story. Also, Holt's complete impatience with the situation added an extra level of comedy to the interrogation scenes. Finally, Kevin's appearance made the episode a bit better since he has been in the after-life for a while and hasn't shown up since last year's 'Skyfire Cycle'.

'Two Turkeys' is a very enjoyable Brooklyn Nine-Nine Thanksgiving episode. The installment benefited from having two plots instead of three. This gave it more room to breathe and develop the separate stories. It may not hold up to Season 1's 'Thanksgiving' or Season 2's 'Lockdown', but it's still enjoyable in its own right.


Stray Thoughts
  • Seriously, Kevin has been sorely missed. He only made one cameo in seasons 3 and 4, so I guess this is the last we'll see of him unless we get a sixth season.
  • This is the first episode where the squad hasn't celebrated Thanksgiving together.  
  • Peralta's dad now has white hair. He's really gotten old in the span of two seasons.
  • I wonder if we'll ever see Amy's brothers. That seems like a missed opportunity. 


Grade: B


What did you think of 'Two Turkeys'? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

The Middle S9E8 Review

This week's episode of The Middle has Brick trying to win over a girl, Axl visiting Hutch, and Sue unable to sleep.


S9E8 "Eyes Wide Open"

Brick meets a new girl at his school who hasn't met anyone else yet, so he becomes determined to win her over before she meets anyone else. He gives his parents a script to follow to ensure that a visit to their house goes as best as it can. As he reminds them, "It takes a village to get me a girl." It's funny that Mike is the one that goes along with Brick's plan well, but it makes sense considering how simple his role is compared to Frankie's.

The visit goes well, surprisingly, and it's funny when Brick praises Mike, and Frankie is annoyed because her role was much harder. The girl's first day at school even goes well, but she reveals that she recieved threatening notes from Cindy, which makes Brick excited about getting her back, though Frankie opposes this, considering how much work they put in to making this girl interested in Brick.

Axl, annoyed by his parents, visits Hutch. However, it turns out that their lives are very different. Hutch has a very nice apartment, and wants to make sure that it stays that way. This visit makes Axl realize that Hutch's adult life is what he wants, so when Axl returns home, he decides to take looking for a job seriously.

Sue has a weekend to herself, but after watching Silence of the Lambs, she can't sleep. She tries a lot of tricks, but they don't work. Mike visits her to help her sleep, which is a great way for him to show how much he cares about her, and he tells her about how he would get her to sleep when she was little. This story had a really sweet ending, though it wasn't very funny.


It's a good thing that Brick's story was the biggest one in the episode, because it was easily the funniest. The rest of the episode wasn't that good, except for the ending with Sue and Mike, and it was nice to see Axl grow up some, though there wasn't really ever a moment when Axl was visiting Hutch that made it seem like he would do that.

Score: 7/10

What did you think of "Eyes Wide Open"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Monday Cable Ratings, 11/20/17: Morning Joe & Holiday Baking Championship Tick Down

Below are the Top 25 Programs on Cable on Monday, 11/20/17. Items of note include Morning Joe on MSNBC, Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network, and Scared Famous on VH1.
(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NFL: Falcons v. SeahawksESPN3.5310.76
SportscenterESPN1.122.83
WWE EntertainmentUSA1.083.24
WWE EntertainmentUSA1.083.19
WWE EntertainmentUSA0.962.79
Love & Hip HopVH10.941.82
Real Housewives of Orange Co.Bravo0.671.87
Teen Mom 2 ReunionMTV0.581.08
Monday Night CountdownESPN0.51.39
Scared FamousVH10.470.97
Fast n LoudDiscovery0.451.37
Holiday Baking ChampionshipFood0.41.34
Teen Mom 2MTV0.390.71
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.332.68
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.312.95
HannityFox News0.293.14
Christmas Cookie ChallengeFood0.291.01
People Magazine InvestigatesInvest. Discovery0.281.13
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.26  0.82
Suicide SquadHBO0.260.57
Big Hero 6: The SeriesDisney0.251.11
Highly QuestionableESPN0.250.55
Pawn StarsHistory0.241.17
Last Word w/ Larry O'DonnellMSNBC0.232.06
The FiveFox News0.232.26
Off the chart, a second episode of Pawn Stars was down to 0.22. MSNBC's Morning Joe was down to 0.1, as was Velshi & Ruhle. Deadline: White House came in a bit higher, down to 0.11. CNN's Wolf was down a tick to 0.12. Fox News's The Ingraham Angle had a decent rebound, up to a still low-end 0.21.