Parks and Recreation (NBC, 9:30pm ET)
3.534 million Overall Viewers
1.8/5 in the 18-49 Demo
I wouldn't call it a triumphant return, but it did a lot better than Up All Night did, for quite awhile, following The Office. No matter what, these two shows should always stay together, and it's a shame that NBC hasn't recognized that, even as The Office's ratings continue to dwindle.
Rules of Engagement (CBS, 8:30pm ET)
7.730 million Overall Viewers
2.2/7 in the 18-49 Demo
Without The Big Bang Theory lead in, the ratings for this show went down quite a bit, this week. After this season, Rules of Engagement will be pretty close to the episodes needed for syndication, so that will probably help its cause toward getting at least a time shared season, next season. If it stayed at these numbers, without the potential for syndication, it would be canceled in a Hollywood minute. Good thing it has The Big Bang Theory to bail it out almost every week.
Touch (FOX, 9pm ET)
7.345 million Overall Viewers
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo
Fans of this should begin getting concerned. Person of Interest (CBS) was a rerun, and the ratings for Touch have now fallen to what I consider to be the absolute bubble, especially following American Idol. When Person of Interest comes back, I fear we might start seeing numbers in the high 1s for this show. It will be really interesting to see what FOX does with this show, if it falls to those numbers. If this fails, as well as the others that have already failed, I can't imagine a lot of heads won't be rolling over there.
Scandal (ABC, 10pm ET)
7.351 million Overall Viewers
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo
This show is unabashedly soapy. I've watched the first two episodes, and I have to admit that I find it kind of enjoyable, even though the pacing is a little brisk for my taste. The worst thing about the show is that it has some of the most annoying shooting I have ever seen. Harry's Law (NBC) was the most annoyingly shot show on TV, for me, this season. It has constantly moving dolly shots in dialog scenes, and completely distracts me from the stories. Well, Scandal has now taken its mantle, because it shoots exactly the same way as Harry's Law, except it likes to shoot these same scenes through blurry windows that reflect light as the camera moves by. A blurry window every once in awhile is a nice touch. Used in every single interior dialog scene, it becomes voyeuristic and completely annoying. Effing stop it, please.
I'm still not willing to make a prediction on this show's fate, due to the fact that The Mentalist (CBS) was a rerun. However, this show has defied gravity, so far, and I am impressed by that. The characters are drawn fairly similarly to the ones in Damages (FX/DirecTV), though all of these have a decidedly soapy edge. That makes two ABC shows that appear to be send ups of that show. Revenge used the storytelling convention of an event happening, and then telling us, throughout the season, how we got to that event, and Scandal has the naive, but ambitious newbie who really has no idea of what she has just gotten into. I think there has to be at least some chance, if Scandal's ratings hold at this level, that Private Practice could get canceled in favor of this show, especially if Private Practice's ratings continue to be bad in its Tuesday slot. I'll make an official prediction of this show's fate as soon as it's not up against any reruns. Stay tuned.
I could continue to write about the dismal ratings for Awake (NBC), and the sure to be canceled ratings for Missing (ABC), but these ratings notes are about what I think are out of the norm things, or things that you should be paying attention to. Nothing's changed with either of those show's ratings, in any meaningful way, for weeks, and the same can pretty much be said for 30 Rock (NBC) and Community (NBC). The ratings we've been seeing have no impact any of these show's renewal chances, in my opinion. Thanks for reading.