Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Word About The 2012 Mid-Season Premiere and Follow Ups (Monday, February 6, 2012 Episodes)

The most hyped day of the last couple of months happened last night.  Everyone who follows TV ratings has been eagerly awaiting Smash's (NBC) premiere numbers.  As of the writing of this, I haven't seen the half hour ratings, but it has gotten off to an excellent ratings start, especially for NBC.  There are several other interesting ratings notes, as well, which I'll also list below.

Notable for good ratings:

Smash (NBC, 10pm ET)

11.50 million Overall Viewers
3.8/10 in the 18-49 Demo

Late last week, I thought Smash would probably get around a 3.5 in the 18-49 demo.  Before it aired, I began to think it might do better than that.  Based on some preliminary half hour numbers I have seen, it appears it did have a sizable drop from the first half hour, which I'm pretty sure will give it this 3.8 average.  These numbers are really good, especially for NBC, and as long as it doesn't crash badly, beginning next week, fans of the series should easily get to see a second season.  I think the key number to look for in the 18-49 demo, next week, is 2.7.  If it's below that number, fans should get nervous.  If it's above that, the fans can begin to rejoice.

2 Broke Girls (CBS, 8:30pm ET)

11.42 million Overall Viewers
4.3/11 in the 18-49 Demo

I'm hesitant to put this here, because we are still a long way from getting final adjustments, but 2 Broke Girls beat Two and a Half Men, last night, in the 18-49 demo.  If you didn't know it already, this is the biggest new scripted show hit of the season.  Beating Two and a Half Men, for the first time, is a milestone it can be proud of.

Notable for not so good ratings:

House (FOX, 8pm ET)

7.16 million Overall Viewers
2.4/6 in the 18-49 Demo

FOX had a brutal Monday night, with its ratings falling significantly from last week's also rather bad Monday ratings (against no competition).  The Voice obviously had a pretty big effect on these ratings, but I can't imagine numbers like these will be considered good news for the long running House.

Alcatraz (FOX, 9pm ET)

6.78 million Overall Viewers
2.2/5 in the 18-49 Demo

There has, unfortunately, been another huge ratings drop for Alcatraz.  If you're a fan of this show (I am), you should officially start being worried.  It still hasn't bottomed out, and these numbers are not better than Terra Nova's weekly averages (remember, my rooting interest is in Terra Nova going away).  I'm hoping it will pick up steam again, next week, once all the excitement around the Super Bowl has worn off, but this is a very worrying sign about this series.  I think it would be safe at a 2.5, and dead at a 2.0.  Come on, people, help pick this show up, if you're willing.

The other side note is that it appears Smash did, at least slightly, affect the ratings for Hawaii Five-O, and possibly Castle, which both had ratings at least slightly lower than normal (didn't do much research on this).  Tonight, we will be treated to the next Lost "clone", The River, and its ratings are definitely something I'm interested in following.  Thanks for reading.

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