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Mixed Notes Friday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: February 22, 2013

Interesting piece on Popdust about "Harlem Shake" and whether the Billboard chart should add online streaming to its calculation of songs' popularity -- in other words, is watching a video the same as listening to a song?

"American Idol" on Thursday proved less satisfying than Wednesday's edition, with the judges seeming to be more generous -- and the singers as a group inferior to those on Wednesday. (The exception is Curtis Finch Jr., a great singer and showman, who walks a thin line between corniness and charisma, but always knows where that line is.) From Fox's official word about the proceedings:

The five guy semifinalists are Charlie Askew, 18, from Little Rock, AR; Curtis Finch Jr., 24, from St. Louis, MO; Paul Jolley, 22, from Palmersville, TN; Elijah Liu, 18, from Rowland Heights, CA; and Devin Velez, 18, from Chicago, IL.

Tune in next week on Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as the Sudden Death Rounds continue when the second group of girls – Melinda Ademi, Janelle Arthur, Juliana Chahayed, Cristabel Clack, Aubrey Cleland, Candice Glover, Rachel Hale, Jett Hermano, Zoanette Johnson and Breanna Steer – perform and the judges decide which five will join the Top 20. 

Don’t miss the dramatic conclusion from Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), as the final group of guys – Lazaro Arbos, Nick Boddington, Josh Holiday, Vincent Powell, Cortez Shaw, Gurpreet Singh Sarin, Bryant Tadeo, Burnell Taylor, Mathenee Treco and David Willis – perform with the hope of claiming one of the five remaining spots.

FX has ordered a second season of Cold War drama The Americans, four episodes into the show's first season. (Nine first-season telecasts remain; the second season will also be 13 episodes.) From the FX announcement:

Created by Joe Weisberg and starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, the series premiere episode of The Americans was the most-watched debut of any FX series ever with 5.11 million Total Viewers (Live+7, 1/30/13).  Through three weeks, time-shifted viewing of The Americans is the highest of any first-year series on FX with weekly gains of +44%, +58% and +63% respectively.  On Live +3 basis through three weeks, the series is averaging 3.63 million Total Viewers and 1.87 million Adults 18-49.  After declines in each of the previous two weeks, last night’s fourth episode of The Americans rebounded to week two levels posting gains of +46% in Adults 18-34, +22% in Adults 18-49, +64% in Women 18-34, +30% in Women 18-49, and +33% in Men 18-34.

“The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama line-up,” said Landgraf.  “Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding.  The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience.”

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