Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Word About The 2012 Mid-Season Follow Ups (Sunday, February 12, 2012 and Monday, February 13, 2012 Episodes)

I just have three things to write about, today, so this will be pretty short.  All ratings numbers are pulled from TV by the Numbers.

Notable for good ratings:

The Walking Dead (AMC, Sundays, 9pm ET)

8.1 million Overall Viewers
4.2 in the 18-49 Demo

The new era (officially without Frank Darabont) of The Walking Dead began with the second half, of the second season, on Sunday.  The ratings, once again, were spectacular, and should easily come in as what would be a top 10 rated network TV show, by the time this week's ratings are all in.  Its quality defies these ratings, but this show ain't going no place, and, if I never said so, it's already been renewed for a third season.

Smash (NBC, Mondays, 10pm ET)

8.09 million Overall Viewers
2.8/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Yes, you're reading that right.  NBC's new hit, Smash, didn't even scratch the ratings surface of The Walking Dead, that little old cable show on AMC.

As was expected, there was quite a significant drop from the first to second week ratings of Smash.  I don't know if there's any kind of cause for concern, yet, but we'll have a pretty good idea whether fans of the show should be concerned, with next week's ratings.  This show still has to fall very far, to have a chance at cancellation, but the Monday numbers weren't so great (still killer for NBC, though), in comparison to the rather stellar (and inflated) premiere numbers.

Notable for not so good ratings:

Alcatraz (FOX, Mondays, 9pm ET)

6.19 million Overall Viewers
1.9/4 in the 18-49 Demo

For the last couple of weeks, there have been adjustments to FOX's early numbers, so I'm expecting this to get adjusted up to a 2.0.  However, it's very disturbing that these ratings just will not stop falling.  This is also the first week the numbers were significantly down from House's ratings (2.4 in the 18-49 Demo and 7.15 million overall viewers). 

For last week's episode of Alcatraz, for the first time, I began to notice the feeling that a carrot was being dangled in front of the audience, every week.  It's okay to have storylines you don't resolve immediately, but dropping important storylines, in favor of new ones, and then having more interest in new cliffhangers than resolutions, is a bad move.  If the show continues to have dozens of dangling carrots out there, I won't be back for a second season (if it even gets a second season).  If the numbers are down again, next week, I'll be willing to call this one, even with the loss of House.  In fact, if the final numbers for next week are a 1.7 or below, I think that I will officially announce that I think it's done.  So, Nielsen households, make sure you tune in next week to save it. ;)  I wonder how many people will get that reference.

This was a disturbing turn of events for Alcatraz.  All I want to do is remind you of this, before I go.  Just say no to Terra Nova.  Do your duty.  Thanks for reading.

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