“Documentary Now,” Wed, 10pm, IFC. The mock doc series mocks docs about rock in this ep. The mock doc is called “Final Transmission” and it profiles a faux rock band known as Test Pattern. Its name could not be more apt. While its music is decent, its lyrics are as banal as… you guessed it. Fred Armisen plays the Test Pattern’s moribund lead singer with great deadpan. Also on the bandstand is Bill Hader as a disconsolate second banana. Maya Rudolph guests as Anita, a singer who writes a hit for the group. It’s a relatively lively composition. Of course, in an interview, Armisen’s character disses the hit: “I never considered [it] a part of the Test Pattern canon, so to speak.” — “Westworld,” Sun, 9pm, HBO. There’s so much to admire in this series about a digital-age theme park where wealthy humans indulge in various story lines with the assistance of lifelike robots. Besides the production values and international cast ( Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris. Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and “Borgen” star Sidse Babett Knudsen to name just a few), the creepy feel of the series is pitch perfect. — “The Code,” available Mon, Acorn TV. Fabulous Aussie import about high-tech crime where the police employ a hacker to track a nefarious web site’s owner ( Anthony LaPaglia). – Seth Arenstein

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TNT Tops Prime Again

Last week’s weekly ratings pyramid looks a lot like the previous week’s, with TNT in the top spot in prime (2.208 million P2+) and Fox News taking the #1 position in total day (1.193mln).

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