Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Word About The 2011 Fall Season Openings (Monday, September 26, 2011 Premieres And Second Week Follow Ups)

The ratings are in for FOX's Terra Nova, and I bet you can't wait to see how they did.  I know I wanted to find out the premiere ratings for this series more than any other series on the schedule.  I'll also give a few second week of the season follow up ratings, so you can see where certain series are headed.  Here's the link to the TV by the Numbers article about last night's TV ratings.

TV by the Numbers ratings article for Monday, September 26, 2011

Notable for good ratings:

Mike & Molly (CBS)

13.981 million Overall Viewers
4.9/11 in the 18-49 demo

According to the TV by the Numbers ratings article, the premiere episode, for the second season, is a series high for the 18-49 ratings.  There was probably a bit of an EMMY bump, and anything airing behind Two and a Half Men is going to fare very well in the ratings, no matter whether it is good or bad.  I've never caught an episode, but these ratings are top notch in comparison to every sitcom on CBS, except Two and a Half Men.

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

20.031 million Overall Viewers
7.2/17 in the 18-49 Demo

Yes, the ratings dropped off significantly from last week, but it certainly is still putting up awesome numbers, even with the major cast change.  All those rooting for this series' demise are probably going to be disappointed.  It appears to be bi-winning.  It's winning here, and it was winning there.

2 Broke Girls (CBS)

11.576 million Overall Viewers
4.5/11 in the 18-49 demo

The series isn't very good, and I still have probably only laughed a few times at the jokes (everything is wildly telegraphed on this show).  Fortunately, for this series, I am likely not the target audience, so my opinion doesn't matter much, anyway.  The ratings obviously took a huge hit, from last week, in its new time slot, but that was to be expected.  It's probably still going to end up in the top 5 rated sitcoms of the week, so its chances are looking good for a second season.  It also beat its lead in, and for that, CBS has to be happy.

Notable for not so good ratings:

Terra Nova (FOX)

9 million overall viewers (all two hours averaged)
3.0/7 in the 18-49 demo

I can't think of a worse ratings start for Terra Nova.  This is likely one of the most expensively done TV series of all time, and it got anemic ratings for FOX.  Maybe there are other factors that are holding the ratings down, but this is very bad.  I wonder how many dollars, per viewer, they spent.  I'll be watching it tonight, to see if it's even any good.  I think this series is heading towards the top of the pile of series that will be canceled, based on these ratings, and the show's cost.  I don't know how many they have in the can, but if they haven't finished the first (shortened) season, they might want to go ahead and start writing in the Final Destination type dinosaur extinction event, for the series finale.

The current slate of primetime programming execs at FOX should start preparing their resumes.  I hear NBC is going to have a few openings, as well.  This, of course, comes the week after FOX won the ratings war for the first time in their history.  Maybe I'm wrong, but the FOX execs threw away at least four series last season that should have been given at least a little longer leash.  This season, they even had the nerve to add a spinoff, when they have such a small amount of programming hours.  Either expand your programming to three hours a night (like a real network), or stop canceling good shows, after the first or second season, because they don't stand up to American Idol or Bones or something.  Oh yeah, move reality TV to Friday nights and weekends, too.  You're welcome. 

The Playboy Club (NBC)

3.92 million Overall Viewers
1.3/3 in the 18-49 demo

If The Playboy Club falls in a forest, and no one's there to see it, did this series ever happen?  I would say that NBC will put this series to the Saturday night compost pile, but they would probably get better ratings on reruns of the worst new sitcom on TV, Whitney.  If this is not the first canceled series of the 2011-2012 TV season, something is very wrong.  Free Agents is right on its little bunny tail of fail, but this will likely go first.

Everything else is a little down from last week's premieres, but nothing is so out of the ordinary that it's worth writing about.

To close this out, I'm going to end in a rant about CBS.  They're obviously the highest rated network, in terms of overall viewers, for scripted TV.  There's a reason for this.  They make it extremely difficult to see their television shows anywhere but live, or on your DVR.  Sure, they occasionally put some episodes on their website, but not enough of them, and not for every series.  They also engage in counterprogramming, which can often make it difficult to decide what to record.  I had to not record Terra Nova, last night, because 2 Broke Girls was creating a conflict on our DVR.  Since I doubt the episode will be available anywhere else, I recorded it.  The football game wasn't even over when it started, so watching it live wouldn't have even been an option.  CBS's ratings are very inflated for this exact reason.  It's very annoying that they don't have On Demand programming, and it's something they should fix as soon as possible.  I'm talking to you, CBS!

Unless something really impressive or depressive happens with the ratings, I won't be back with another one of these until Friday, when the ratings for How To Be A Gentleman come out.  I might be a little busy over the next few days.  However, if I can get done watching all my stuff from last week, tonight, it's possible I will have a "What I'm Watching Now" ready by the time you wake up tomorrow.  I'm not making any promises, but I'm hoping it's possible (if you even care).  Thanks for reading.

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