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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

TV/radio briefs: 'The Walking Dead' ratings, 'Suits' at Ga. Tech, Fish 104.7 & MercyMe

AMC's "The Walking Dead" season four finale last night drew its second best ratings ever and best season finale numbers at 15.7 million last night.

Of those, 10.2 million were 18-49 year olds. That level of younger viewers hasn't been seen by any non-football regular series since "American Idol" in its heyday.

The "Talking Dead" after show with Andrew Lincoln drew another 7.3 million, a series record.

The show averaged 13.3 million viewers, up 24 percent over season three.

The drama will be shooting again soon for season five. For the first time since season one, the show shot in downtown Atlanta. The producers used Atlanta Motor Shop in Mechanicsville as Terminus, the place that doesn't appear to be a sanctuary, as they are promoting, but a death sentence. According to Walking Dead Locations, it's private property owned by Norfolk Southern railroad so wandering in is not recommended.

You can find photos here on Walking Dead Locations.


Georgia Tech won a contest to get a screening of the USA show "Suits" at their university.

This Wednesday evening, stars Rick Hoffman and Amanda Schull will hold a Q&A and screening of the season finale on campus a week in advance. The season three finale airs on USA Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m.

According to the press release:

Students from 950 different colleges cast more than 160,000 nominations for a chance to win a SUITS finale screening on their campus. The top 10 universities with the most nominations competed in a socially-driven competition yielding more than 2,000 custom posts. Georgia Tech’s student participation was 250% greater than the competition, featuring original content including a @SuitUpGATech Twitter account, a fan Facebook page and various photo shoots around campus.


Fish 104.7 is sponsoring MercyMe at the Dogwoood Festival April 11.

Details here:

To celebrate the release of the CD Welcome to the New, 104.7 The Fish will present MercyMe on the Atlanta Dogwood Festival Coca-Cola Main Stage on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. The band will perform songs from the new CD releasing on April 8 along with a couple of their previous hits. Attendees will be treated to a lively and spirited performance from MercyMe as they debut the CD that showcases a band that appears to be rejuvenated and reborn.

Following the performance, MercyMe will sign autographs and visit with station invited guests on-site at the festival. CDs will be available for purchase during the performance.


Phaedra Parks of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta" is signing her book "Southern Belle" this Thursday at the Barnes & Noble by Georgia Tech on 5th Street at 7 p.m.


Former "30 Rock' star Tracy Morgan is headlining the Tabernacle Thursday June 5. Tickets are on sale April 4 at 10 a.m. for $35.50.


Pharrell Williams, the hottest man in pop radio today, is taking over for Cee Lo Green as the fall 2014 "The Voice" judge.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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