BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 26 November, 2014


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M Is FOR MASHUP - November 26th, 2014

Cold Wave Mashups Album

From DJ Useo

Months ago, me & French mashup bootlegger Chocomang ( ) decided to work on a new mashup album project together. He suggested making all the tracks using Coldwave music ( ), a form of late 70's ; early 80's New Wave music. The style largely developed in France during the late 70s, with many European artists adopting the 'style'. The two of us had been the driving force behind three 1980's mashup collections ( ) employing many home producers, & we were still feeling the drive to mix more.

We worked independently for many months, ultimately resulting in over thirty tracks. After reviewing what we'd mixed up, we adjusted, & replaced many of them, until we were certain we had the best compilation possible. Feedback has been scarce in the short time the album has been available, yet those who I chatted with are very impressed with what they heard. I'm still listening, & assessing, as it takes me quite a while to begin hearing my own mixes with an unbiased ear. Working with Chocomang really provided me a great source of perspective concerning which artists to pair. I had a swell mix going with Siouxsie & The Banshees vs T. Rex, but with Chocomang's assistance, I realized that The Grateful Dead would sound way better as the vocals, & the track changed drastically, yet for the better.

If I may, I'd like to share the actual playlist with you now, so you can see the many fine source artists we selected.

COLD WAVE Playlist

    09  01  Alabama Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees vs Grateful Dead) - DJ Useo

    09  02  Lucretia Beats (Sisters Of Mercy vs The Go-Gos) - Chocomang

    09  03  The Frozen Force - Part I (The Droids vs Madonna) - DJ Useo

    09  04  A Forest Away (The Cure vs Lenny Kravitz) - Chocomang

    09  05  Perfect Roman Photo (Ruth vs Pink) - DJ Useo

    09  06  September Fall (The Chameleons vs Earth, Wind and Fire) - Chocomang

    09  07  Unicorn Silk Skin Paws (Wire vs Basement Jaxx) DJ Useo

    09  08  Close to the Story (30 seconds to Mars vs The Cure) - Chocomang

    09  Lullaby Game (The Cure vs Queen) - DJ Useo

   10  Lady Darkness (Anne Clark vs Beattraax vs Boney M vs Sunstroke Project) - Chocomang

   11  Paranoid Home Computer (Kraftwerk vs Garbage) - DJ Useo

   12  Fascination Figure (The Cure vs Nickelback) - Chocomang

   13  Quiet Boom Life (Japan vs P.O.D.) - DJ Useo

   14  I melt with pretty noose (Soundgarden vs Modern English) - Chocomang

   15  Alex Chilton Ceremony (New Order vs Replacements) - DJ Useo

   16  Monkey Skin (The Chameleons vs Pixies) - Chocomang

   17  Never Stop Buddy Holly (Echo & The Bunnymen vs Weezer) - DJ Useo

   18  Shock The Mussolini (D.A.F vs Peter Gabriel) - Chocomang

   19  Perfekt Person To Person (Hypothetical Prophets vs Matt Minimal) - DJ Useo

   20  Never Give Your Heart A Break Again (Depeche Mode vs Demi Lovato) - Chocomang

   21  Dr Mabuse Time (Propaganda vs Owl City & CRJ) - DJ Useo & Chocomang

Stream, or download the complete zip file, "COLDWAVE, The Coldwave, Darkwave and Post-punk mashup album" from mirror links here ( ) -

Or enjoy the single tracks for streaming, or downloading here ( )

Many thanks to Chocomang for his excellent & extensive work on this satisfying project. I think many will love what resulted. I know I'll be playing it often, for many years to come.


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Trivia Question of the Day

Where would you find the "Crypts of Fuchs"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This traditional game was once called "Going to Jerusalem". By what name is it more commonly known today?

      Musical Chairs                                                      Source

Musical chairs is a traditional game known all over the world. In this game a group of people (usually children) participate, often in an informal setting purely for entertainment such as a birthday party. The game starts with any number of players and a number of chairs one fewer than the number of players; the chairs are arranged in a circle (or other closed figure if space is constrained; a double line is sometimes used) facing outward, with the people standing in a circle just outside of that. A non-playing individual plays recorded music or a musical instrument. While the music is playing, the players in the circle walk in unison around the chairs. When the music player suddenly stops the music, everyone must race to sit down in one of the chairs. The player who is left without a chair is eliminated from the game, and one chair is also removed to ensure that there will always be one fewer chair than there are players. The music resumes and the cycle repeats until there is only one player left in the game, who is the winner.

"Musical chairs" is or was formerly also known as "Going to Jerusalem" (this can also be the name of the game where there's only one place to stop, like a mat or rug, and the player who's on it or otherwise who will pass over it next is out).        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Musical Chairs

Charlie wrote:
   Musical chairs

Adam answered:
   It's when your lover, wait- Musical Chairs.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Musical chairs" is or was formerly also known as "Going to Jerusalem".

Marian replied:
   Musical chairs

Ed K ( The Thalia Street Gallery ) responded:

   Stumped by this one, so the great Wiki told me that Going to Jerusalem is now known as Musical Chairs.
  Ever wonder how games got their names? Sometimes…like now.

Delarious Dale of Diamond Springs, Norgobblecali said:
   Musical chairs. Did you expect anything different from the Ferguson Grand Jury? Fuck the Power Structure! No trial by Jury of your peers is bullshit. Trial by Grand Jury?

MAM   wrote:
   Musical Chairs

DJ Useo replied:
   Is the answer "war"? All the kids in my neighborhood used to play it all the time.
  Somebody was a terrible influence on us, obviously.

Randall responded:
   I don't know.
  LaVonne says I never say that, and yet:
  "I don't know."
  See that Vonnie?

Joe S     answered:
   I always hated that game when I was a kid. I was small and I was fast, I would get to the chairs before the big kids did but the big kids would always push me away (or toss me away) from the chair I was running for. Musical chairs my ass.
  Music should be fun, not competitive.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
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Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.



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Reader Comment

Extreme Weather


You see, Global Warming is just an important cause of the real problem, which is - Climate Instability\Derangement...

Back towards the end of the 1950s, the CIA (ours) commissioned studies on climate stability (as a causitive factor in social upheavals and such...).

I saw the results summarized in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, during the late 1960s.

Data was expressed in terms of eigenvectors, and you know what those are...

Me neither!

But the thrust seemed to be that whereas weather during the first half of the 20th century mostly fell between certain limits and followed reasonably understood and predictable patterns, that had come to an end.

The weather pendulum would henceforth take wider (and sometimes far less wide) swings between heat and cold, flood and drought.

Later, George Lakoff reports, a Republican think tank conjured up "Climate Change" as a benign euphemism, suggestive to the Lumpen of palm trees...

More recently, somebody in Washington called it Climate Derangement, and the GOP went wild - but that's the real problem...

James in Alhambra, CA

Thanks, James!
Here's what the Wiki says about Eigenvalues and eigenvectors:
   "The prefix eigen- is adopted from the German word eigen for "own-" or "unique to", "peculiar to", or "belonging to" in the sense of "idiosyncratic" in relation to the originating matrix.
   "Eigenvalues and eigenvectors have many applications in both pure and applied mathematics. They are used in matrix factorization, in quantum mechanics, and in many other areas.




from Marc Perkel


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Last Night

Sunny and dry, but not as windy.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Stalker'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Jake Gyllenhaal, Dr. John P. Holdren, and Nico & Vinz.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Wayne Brady and Alison Becker.

NBC opens the night with the FRESH 'The Making Of Peter Pan Live!', followed by a FRESH 'SNL Thanksgiving'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Christopher Walken, Nick Jonas, and Iggy Azalea.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Allison Williams, Dan Patrick, and Josh Beckerman.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/15/14) are "Hey USA!", Franz Ferdinand, and Ted Melfi.

ABC begins the night with the chestnut 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving', followed by a RERUN 'Modern Family', then a RERUN 'black-ish', followed by a RERUN 'Nashville'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Mindy Kaling, Ronda Rousey, and Rick Ross.

The CW fills the night with the movie 'Planes, Trans & Automobiles'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'Red Band Society'.

MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.

A&E has 'Country Buck$', another 'Country Buck$', 'Duck Dynasty', another 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Country Buck$', followed by another FRESH 'Country Buck$'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gone With The Wind', followed by the movie 'Gone With The Wind'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Vampires in Venice
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Amy's Choice
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 8 - The Hungry Earth
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 7 - Rascals
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 8 - A Fistful of Datas
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Morgan's
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Seascape
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Park's Edge
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 3
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 4
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 1
 [7:00PM]    A Knight's Tale
 [10:00PM]    The Game - Season 1 - Episode 4 NEW
 [11:10PM]    A Knight's Tale
 [2:15AM]    The Game - Season 1 - Episode 4
 [3:30AM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 8
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 3    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Top Chef', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and still another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.

Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself', 'Jeff Dunhma: All Over The Map', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and yet another 'South Park'.
On a RERUN Jon Stewart (from 11/12/14) is Steve Carell.
On a RERUN Colbert Report (from 11/20/14) is Jon Stewart.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Down East Dickering'.

IFC  -   
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 [6:00PM]    KILL BILL: VOL. 2
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Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Charlie Darwin
 [7:00AM]    Dream School-Olympian Johnny Weir & Body Issues
 [8:00AM]    Glory
 [10:30AM]    Runaway Train
 [1:00PM]    The Dead Zone
 [3:15PM]    Stir of Echoes
 [5:30PM]    Bull Durham
 [7:45PM]    Machete
 [10:00PM]    Blade Runner
 [12:30AM]    Escape From New York
 [2:30AM]    Blade Runner
 [5:30AM]    Dream School-Dean Winters & Finance Guru Alvin Hall    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Shutter Island', followed by the movie 'Space Cowboys'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 9/25/14) are Bill Hader, Chelsea Peretti, and Norah Jones.

 [7:30 AM]      7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
 [9:15 AM]      Tom Thumb (1958)
 [11:00 AM]      The Glass Slipper (1955)
 [12:45 PM]      The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958)
 [2:30 PM]      Angels In The Outfield (1951)
 [4:30 PM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [6:30 PM]      Portrait of Jennie (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      Arsene Lupin (1932)
 [9:30 PM]      Gambit (1966)
 [11:30 PM]      The Fake (1953)
 [1:00 AM]      The Happy Thieves (1962)
 [2:45 AM]      The Light Touch (1952)
 [4:30 AM]      Crack-Up (1946)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  11/27/14

 [6:15 AM]      Flipper (1963)
 [8:00 AM]      Jack And The Beanstalk (1952)
 [9:30 AM]      The Little Princess (1939)
 [11:30 AM]      Little Women (1949)
 [1:45 PM]      The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
 [3:30 PM]      The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
 [5:30 PM]      Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      The Trouble With Angels (1966)
 [10:00 PM]      Bright Eyes (1934)
 [11:30 PM]      The Courtship Of Eddie's Father (1963)
 [1:45 AM]      With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
 [3:30 AM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [5:30 AM]      The Lady Vanishes (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Emmy Award-winning director, Robert Trachtenberg, left, and, Mary Crosby, daughter of legendary actor, Bing Crosby, pose during an interview in Los Angeles. The documentary "American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered," directed, written and produced by Trachtenberg, and featuring Mary Crosby, among others, premieres on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on PBS.
Photo by Richard Vogel


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Costume Sells for More Than $3 Million

Cowardly Lion

The Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz and the Casablanca piano, two of the most iconic pieces of movie memorabilia, sold at Bonham's Turner Classic Movies auction.

Both pieces went for more than $3 million (with buyer's premium). While neither result is a record, the sale price was at the upper end of presale estimates.

The Cowardly Lion costume, owned by Los Angeles TV museum founder James Comisar, fetched $3,077,000, which includes a buyer's premium of $477,000. The costume had been left in an old MGM building before it was rescued by a junk dealer cleaning out the abandoned building.

The piano, which an anonymous Los Angeles-area collector owned for decades, fetched $3,413,000, including a buyer's premium of $513,000. The piano is the one Sam (Dooley Wilson) played in Rick's Cafe Americain in Casablanca. The piano was likely built in 1927 and used in several productions. It features a modification made for the movie so that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) could open the lid from the rear to hide papers.

Cowardly Lion


This photo provided by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce shows radio show host Renan Almendarez Coello, the famous El Cucuy de la Manana, posing with a plaque on his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the Hollywood, section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The star in the category of Radio was unveiled at 6141 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the newly developed Eastown.
Photo by Bob Freeman


Most Popular British Funeral Music

Monty Python

Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph, the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python.

"Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life," the lighthearted take on death that closes out 1979's The Life of Brian, took the number one spot, beating out traditional choices "The Lord is My Shepherd" and "Abide with Me."

"There's been general shift towards people trying to find some way of celebrating the life of their loved ones, whether through the choice of music or in other ways," a spokesperson for Co-operative Funeralcare told The Tepegraph.

Nine songs by Queen, including "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "Don't Stop Me Now" (no, not "Another One Bites the Dust") also made the list. The most commonly-picked solo artist was Elvis Presley.

Monty Python


Newhead News


Chevalier de l'ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur

Phyllis (Pippa) Doyle

A World War II heroine who parachuted behind German lines on "perilous" spy missions, but was so modest she only told her children about it 15 years ago, was Tuesday presented with France's highest honour.

British-born Phyllis (Pippa) Doyle, now 93 and living in New Zealand, was awarded the Chevalier de l'ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur, or Knight of the national Order of the Legion of Honour.

The French ambassador to New Zealand, Laurent Contini, who presented the award to Doyle at a military barracks in Auckland, praised her courage in spying on German movements ahead of the D-Day landings in 1944.

During the war, she joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a British organisation involved in espionage and sabotage in occupied Europe, after her godmother's father was shot by the Nazis.

She spoke fluent French and on May 1, 1944, was parachuted into Normandy under the code name "Paulette", where she spied on German troops and sent coded messages back to London.

Phyllis (Pippa) Doyle


Alessandra Rancan of Brazil competes in the South American Pole Dance Championship in Buenos Aires November 24, 2014. Participants from throughout South America will be vying for the top spots in the two-day competition, with the winners qualifying for the 2015 World Pole Dance Championship in Hong Kong.
Photo by Enrique Marcarian


Gets Lift From St. Paul To Texas

Lost Hummingbird

A hummingbird has finally made its way south for the winter after accidentally ending up in Minnesota.

The rufous hummingbird was released Sunday in Texas after being flown there on a private jet supplied by an anonymous donor, according to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

The bird was brought to the center earlier this month after it ended up at the feeder of a St. Paul homeowner. The woman rescued the hummingbird after she realized it wasn't likely to survive the unseasonably cold weather at the time.

Experts believe the same system that brought the wintry weather blew the rust-colored bird off its migratory course, the Star Tribune reported.

Lost Hummingbird


Wake-up Call


Recount Ordered In Oregon

GMO Labeling

The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients was so close that state officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on Tuesday.

Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

"State law says that if the margin is no more than one-fifth of 1 percent of the total votes cast in that election...then there shall be an automatic hand recount," said Tony Green, spokesman for the secretary of state's office.

The recount is to take place Dec. 2-12, he said.

GMO Labeling


This image released by Sotheby's shows "Pescadores de Acapulco," (The Fishermen) an oil on canvas by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The piece will be auctioned on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, along with other Latin American art at Sotheby's in New York.


Small Town Takes On Big Rail

Enderlin, North Dakota

After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Unfortunately for the 38-year-old waitress the commute, which should only last a minute or two, can take a half-an-hour. That's because, chances are, there's a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route.

She has a lot of company. Partly thanks to North Dakota's energy boom, twenty-eight of the railroad's trains now traverse the city every day. Each carry hundreds of tank cars filled with oil or grain. Some idle as long as four hours, inconveniencing motorists, stranding pedestrians and posing logistical challenges for ambulances and firefighters.

Desperate for a solution, Enderlin's city councilors last month banned train breaks longer than 10 minutes. The railroad has, in turn, sued the city of nearly 900 in federal court. Canadian Pacific contends the order violates interstate commerce laws. The railroad's lawyers also asked a judge to grant a temporary injunction.

The verdict in the trial, which hasn't been scheduled, may have national implications. While courts have historically supported unfettered interstate commerce, an Enderlin victory could embolden other communities to impose restrictions. That would snarl transcontinental rail traffic, Canadian Pacific's lawyers said, and could stifle the oil industry in states like North Dakota.

Enderlin said in its own court filings that human safety should trump any financial harm to the company. It's not clear how much Enderlin is spending to defend itself, and city officials did not have data readily available. But Canadian Pacific has asked for the city to pay the railroad's legal fees should it prevail.

Enderlin, North Dakota


This image released by Sotheby's shows "Portrait of Miriam Penansky," an oil on canvas by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The piece will be auctioned on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, along with other Latin American art at Sotheby's in New York.


Weather Stunted Growth Of Peruvian Children

El Niño

Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said on Tuesday.

The study of 2,095 children born between 1991 and 2001 in villages around Tumbes in northern Peru found that those born during or just after the El Nino weather system, which caused floods, damaged crops and triggered illnesses such as malaria and diarrhoea, grew less than normal.

"The El Nino had a big effect by reducing food availability," William Checkley, one of the authors at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, told Reuters. Children aged under three, a crucial period for growth, were hardest hit.

Overall, children in areas apparently hardest hit by floods were 4 cm (1.6 inches) shorter than normal by the age of 10, he said.

El Niño


This image released by Sotheby's shows "La Casa de las Gemelas Arias," (The House of the Twin Arias) an oil on canvas by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The piece will be auctioned on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, along with other Latin American art at Sotheby's in New York.


Captured In Japan's 'Cove'

Albino Dolphin

A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, according to a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures.

The albino Risso's dolphin was driven into a cove over the weekend by fishermen at Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture, central Japan, said Sea Shepherd, which has teams of observers in the remote town.

The latest catch was made on Sunday, Sea Shepherd said, adding that another albino was caught in Taiji some 10 months ago.

The group said Taiji fishermen have so far killed about 170 Risso's dolphins in the hunting season that stretches from September through late February.

Albino Dolphin


Visitors walk past "Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, Porcelain" by artist Jeff Koons of the United States, during a retrospective exhibition in the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris, France, Tuesday Nov. 25, 2014. Paris' Pompidou Center inaugurated Tuesday the first ever European retrospective on artist Jeff Koons, the polemical 59-year-old master of kitch, whose huge shiny, stainless-steel balloon dog broke records last year, selling at auction for $58.4 million.
Photo by Jacques Brinon


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 17-23. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: various teams, CBS, 26.36 million.
    2. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Giants, NBC, 22.38 million.
    3. "NCIS," CBS, 18.1 million.
    4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 17.19 million.
    5. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 16.86 million.
    6. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 14.67 million.
    7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.61 million.
    8. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 14.3 million.
    9. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 13.33 million.
   10. NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, ESPN, 12.77 million.
   11. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 12.41 million.
   12. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.62 million.
   13. "American Music Awards," ABC, 11.61 million.
   14. "Football Night in America," NBC, 11.47 million.
   15. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.13 million.
   16. "Modern Family," ABC, 10.88 million.
   17. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.82 million.
   18. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.68 million.
   19. "The Good Wife," CBS, 10.26 million.
   20. "Mom," CBS, 10.19 million.




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