Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Word About The 2012 Mid-Season Openings (Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Premieres)

All of my information on this is taken from TV by the Numbers, which gives a very nice amount of information about ratings.  If you ever want to look deeper into that kind of stuff, I highly recommend visiting their site.

I'm writing this little post to give a few thoughts about the premiere of one joke of a series (sorry, not taking one for the team to watch that), in addition to the returns of a few others.  In that regard, I'll probably be posting a few of these, as new series ramp in, and old series return in different slots, or with different lead ins.  Again, this is only about scripted television shows, but a reality show can often affect the numbers a scripted TV show gets (see Body of Proof).  For this post, I'm going to talk a little about Tuesday's shows, and give you a few of my thoughts.

Notable for not so good ratings:

Work It (ABC, 8:30pm ET, but not for long)

6.144 Million Overall Viewers
2.0/5 in the 18-49 Demo

It should come as no surprise, to anyone who follows television, that the series didn't get off to a good start.  I can easily predict this show to be DOA.  When you start out at a 2.0, unless you're on NBC, you have no chance at succeeding.  If this show lasts past the Super Bowl, I will be impressed.  I placed this series on my canceled shows list, before it even aired, because the writing was on the wall after seeing the trailer for the show, last Spring.

Body of Proof (ABC, 10pm ET)

6.974 Million Overall Viewers
1.5/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Body of Proof is a disaster, and it matched its series low, from the last original episode in December, last night.  It's not like I haven't been saying this all along, but having no lead in proves the point that this show needs to go away.  Hilariously, it's going to be led in by The River, beginning in February, which could lead to another artificial ratings bump (if people decide to tune in to The River).  This show is mediocre, and not improving.  It needs to go away, which it very likely will after this season.  Now, it's time to make a joke at the expense of this show.  Parenthood (NBC) had better ratings than Body of

Notable for kind of good ratings: 

Unforgettable (CBS, 10pm ET)

11.624 million Overall Viewers
2.5/6 in the 18-49 Demo

Did Poppy Montgomery get naked in this episode, or something?  The last original episode showed the signs of a pretty extensive re-tooling beginning.  Maybe people enjoyed that it is at least making a real attempt at humor (that comes off very strange), on what is otherwise a very bland (but pleasant) procedural.  These ratings were much higher than I expected, for this episode, and I am now beginning to think there could be hope for it yet (as long as Person Of Interest sticks around).  All of CBS's Tuesday shows were up in ratings, last night, so maybe more 80 year olds fell asleep in front of the television, after the CBS Evening News.  I guess we'll find out next week.

Thanks for reading.

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