Saturday, September 29, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Friday, September 28, 2012: Grimm, Made In Jersey, Fringe

Grimm (NBC, Fridays at 9pm ET)

5.312 million Overall Viewers
1.6/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Grimm's first original in about three weeks or so aired last night, and its ratings were higher than the last Monday original.  Cue season 3 folks.  I'm very happy to see stable numbers here.  This is a great show, and I hope it sticks around for a long time.

Made in Jersey (CBS, Fridays at 9pm ET)

7.744 million Overall Viewers
1.1/4 in the 18-49 Demo

This show is cremated, which is worse than being DOA.  I'm going to go ahead and put this show on the list you don't want to be on.  So much for CBS's revival of Friday nights.  It didn't happen.  Don't expect any new series here next season.  The experiment failed for them.  Pretty soon, we'll get to see how the experiment goes for Friday night programming for NBC and ABC.  I was so hoping that Fridays would be a new night of programming, but it might still end up being a wasteland where unique new shows go, and where old shows go to die.

Fringe (FOX, Fridays at 9pm ET)

3.176 million Overall Viewers
1.1/4 in the 18-49 Demo

The final season of Fringe got off to a bang...of a cap gun.  This is the season dedicated to the fans, so they should be happy that it's here.  However, the fans didn't show their excitement for the premiere by showing up and giving FOX some numbers to be proud of.  These numbers are really pathetic, as usual.  Can I just mention how much I really miss Alcatraz, a show that probably would have done pretty well on Friday nights?  Just wait until Touch starts airing on Friday nights, and then you'll really see how much I miss Alcatraz.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, September 28, 2012

TNT Renewal News September 27 and 28, 2012

Yesterday, TNT renewed Major Crimes for a second season.  Today, TNT announced the renewal of Franklin & Bash for a third season.  I'm very happy about the Franklin & Bash renewal, and hope you are too.  Thanks for reading.

TV Ratings Notes For Thursday, September 27, 2012: Last Resort, Two and a Half Men, Up All Night, Grey's Anatomy, Person Of Interest, Parks and Recreation, Elementary, and Scandal

***UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 2:01PM PT***

Yep, it was too good to be true for NBC.  There were huge adjustments downward, which means that I can, in fact, put Up All Night (adjusted down from a 1.8 to a 1.4) on "the list".  Sadly, Parks and Recreation (adjusted down from a 2.1 to a 1.6) also dropped significantly.   So, you can pretty much scratch what I said about everything in the 9pm block being at renewal numbers, as Parks and Recreation is clearly on the chopping block.


The strongest night on television returned last night, and the numbers are in.  It turns out you may have to take some of what I wrote below, about the NBC comedies, with a grain of salt.  I will keep all the writing how it is, but I just learned that the Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns football game was simulcast on NBC in those cities' viewing areas, which might explain the heavy skewing of the ratings this week.  I'll put an update to this post if there are huge adjustments to the ratings.

Last Resort (ABC, Thursdays at 8pm ET)

9.079 million Overall Viewers
2.2/7 in the 18-49 Demo

I watched the Pilot a few weeks ago, and thought it was very strong outside of the very obvious ABC drama influences.  If you watch ABC dramas, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Still, I had not much of an idea how they could turn this into something long term.  It looks like that's probably a good thing, because these ratings are the epitome of lackluster.  The show didn't do much better than Charlie's Angels, in the same slot last season.  I'm also pretty sure that Missing's premiere did better than this, as well.  Still, because it was available for so long, I'm not putting much stock in these numbers.  Next week will give us the real indication of whether it's headed on a path to the bottom of the sea.  Also keep in the back of your mind that ABC submitted Missing in the Miniseries category at this year's EMMYs.  Maybe they are beginning to do 13 hour movies.  *GROAN*

Two and a Half Men (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

12.372 million Overall Viewers
3.5/10 in the 18-49 Demo

The move from Mondays to Thursdays has not been kind to the CBS ratings stalwart.  In fact, it dropped 7.2 in the 18-49 demo from last season's premiere.  It sounds like this show is on its way to being canceled.  Not.

Up All Night (NBC, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

4.455 million Overall Viewers
1.8/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Damn iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttt!  This show was supposed to get moved to the list you don't want to be on today.  What the hell is going on around here?!?!  At these numbers the show would get renewed.  Did no one know the NBC comedies returned last week, even though there were other comedies that had already begun airing?  Weird stuff.

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

11.546 million Overall Viewers
4.3/12 in the 18-49 Demo

And Grey's Anatomy logs the first win in the toughest scripted TV slot on network TV.  Something big must have happened at the end of last season to produce numbers like this.  Well, hopefully they got it out of their system and will return to Person of Interest next week. 

Person of Interest (CBS, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

14.271 million Overall Viewers
2.9/8 in the 18-49 Demo

It was another solid, if unspectacular ratings performance for Person of Interest.  I'm hoping the ratings will uptick next week, but there's nothing to worry about here.

Parks and Recreation (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30pm ET)

4.464 million Overall Viewers
2.1/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Make no mistake about it, this was another huge increase from last week's ratings, which also would put Parks and Recreation into solid renewal territory.  I guess we should now begin to plan on Go On leading this show in next season, right??? Right!

Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10pm ET)

13.288 million Overall Viewers
3.1/9 in the 18-49 Demo

A lot of people had Revolution and Last Resort as their most anticipated new series.  For me, that series is Elementary.  I'll be watching the premiere this morning, and hope that I won't be disappointed.  I have already heard good things about it, which isn't the least bit of a surprise based on the limited amount of stuff I have seen for the show.  It's also off to a very good ratings start, so we'll see if it can keep it up.  I almost wish they would switch this and POI's slots, as I think this would provide a better lead in, and capitalize more off of the Two and a Half Men lead in.  That will probably never happen.

Scandal (ABC, Thursdays at 10pm ET)

7.006 million Overall Viewers
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

The small, yet fiercely loyal fan base has returned to watch the season premiere of Scandal.  If the ratings stay in this area, you can pretty much guarantee a renewal.  However, I will admit that the numbers are a bit of a disappointment considering the insanely strong lead in of Grey's Anatomy.  I'll know more next week, as things begin to settle down.

Here's the fascinating scripted TV factoid of the night.  The 9pm hour across all of the big 4 networks had an outstanding performance.  Between the five shows that aired, there were a total of 41.436 million overall viewers.  With the break up of the two NBC comedies, it plays more like 37 million viewers, but that is an extremely impressive number for any given time slot for scripted TV.  I'm pretty sure there are at least two choices for every network TV viewer in that slot.  As I said above, if every show airing in this slot remains at the same numbers as last night's episodes, all would get renewed, even The Office, which is in its final season.  If the power of the slot doesn't impress you, I don't know what will.

Don't forget that Grimm returns tonight at 9pm ET on NBC.  Made In Jersey also premieres tonight at 9pm ET on CBS.  Will Fridays end up being a real night on television, again?  You'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to find out.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Wednesday, September 26, 2012: Animal Practice, Guys with Kids, Modern Family, The Neighbors, Law & Order: SVU

I'm late again, but that's the way it goes.  I'm only going to talk about ratings that are interesting to me, so there's a chance a show you'd like to know about didn't make the cut.  If it's not here, that's good news for your show, because I think its ratings have no impact on its chances for renewal. 

Animal Practice (NBC, Wednesdays at 8pm ET)

5.19 million Overall Viewers
1.4/4 in the 18-49 Demo

That will just about do it for Animal Practice.  I'm expecting to place the show on the list you don't want to be on next Thursday.

Guys with Kids (NBC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET)

4.84 million Overall Viewers
1.6/5 in the 18-49 Demo

For some reason, a very crappy show beat its very crappy lead in.  It might join the list, as well, but it likely won't be as soon as next week.  It's sitting right on the worst case scenario bubble for NBC, when I think their sitcom bubble is probably going to be a 1.8 this season.

Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays at 9pm ET)

14.44 million Overall Viewers
5.5/15 in the 18-49 Demo

There must have been much weeping and gnashing of teeth, over at ABC, when the numbers came in down .6 in the 18-49 demo with only a 5.5.  Yawn.

The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET)

9.22 million Overall Viewers
3.2/8 in the 18-49 Demo

I have been hearing nothing but bad things about this show all summer long.  Well, I guess the audience didn't get the message, because this is a very strong debut, even though it had the killer Modern Family lead in.  It moves to its normal slot, next week, so we'll see how big the meteorite crater is to its ratings.  If it stays anywhere above the mid 2s, this show will be back, much everyone's chagrin.

Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wednesdays at 9pm ET)

7.19 million Overall Viewers
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

These are the highest ratings this show has had in awhile.  You know I want it to go away, but I'm sticking with it til it's gone.  I think the ratings will drop some more next week, but will it be enough to stick the dagger in this show.  NBC seems to have some kind of death wish with their Wednesday schedule, so anything is possible. 

I'll be back at my normal time tomorrow morning, and we'll get to see if anything else lands on "the list".  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Tuesday, September 25, 2012: NCIS, New Girl, Ben and Kate, Go On, The New Normal, The Mindy Project, Vegas, Private Practice

Hello, I'm late to the party!  I got a little too busy today to write this at its normal time, but the benefit is that this post will have the final ratings for the day.  Exciting and worth the wait, right?  Right!

NCIS (CBS, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

20.48 million Overall Viewers
4.1/12 in the 18-49 Demo

There is no show more impressive in the big 4 network TV universe than NCIS.  This is something like its 372nd season, and it continues to be the highest rated scripted show on network TV in terms of overall viewers (and it doesn't do bad with the young uns either).  If it weren't for sports, nothing would have more viewers than this show.  I just wrote this to give a thumbs up to the show for somehow managing to capture a huge amount of the audience on a weekly basis for 53 years straight.  I don't know how you do it, but if you could bottle it, every network would give their third born, 3 dogs, 4 goats, and 16 cats to you to give them the same results.  Maybe I'll write about it again when the 373rd season begins next year.

New Girl (FOX, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

5.35 million Overall Viewers (8pm ET)
2.8/9 in the 18-49 Demo

5.18 million Overall Viewers (9pm ET)
2.8/9 in the 18-49 Demo

I hope the viewers of Go On who jumped ship, this week, didn't like what they saw, and that Go On's ratings will again move upward.  Otherwise, the horrible outcome is that NCIS: LA viewers were the original watchers of Go On.  If New Girl stays at this ratings threshold, you can guarantee a season three. 

Ben and Kate (FOX, Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET)

4.21 million Overall Viewers
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

This is certainly not the start FOX was hoping for, but it will have to do, for now.  I think you're going to see a big drop next week, but as long as the show stays above a 1.7, it should have a pretty good shot at renewal.  The question is whether it will be able to maintain ratings above that.

Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

6.90 million Overall Viewers
2.7/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Hey, did you hear that Happy Endings is gonna get canceled?  Well, if it stays in the Tuesday at 9pm ET slot, it has no chance at renewal.  The ratings for Go On took a huge hit this week, but that's just because it's in a beast of a time slot.  It has the cojones to stick around, but this might be where it settles in the ratings.  That's just fine, because there isn't a single scripted comedy on NBC that will match this on a week by week basis.  Go On continues to march toward renewal.

The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

5.09 million Overall Viewers
2.0/5 in the 18-49 Demo


The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

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

I'm pretty impressed with this debut.  I didn't think Mindy had enough name recognition to get ratings this high, but it appears a good chunk of The Office's viewers have followed to see her new show out of morbid curiosity.  It turns out that it's a pretty good show, so it might hold a bunch of the viewers it gathered on its first night.  Again, if it stays anything above a 1.7 it's going to get renewed on FOX.

Vegas (CBS, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

14.85 million Overall Viewers
2.5/7 in the 18-49 Demo

Things are not looking good for this show.  It had a ton of overall viewers, but that will not be enough to get it renewed.  I think it needs to get back above a 2.6 to have any real shot at being renewed.  If it stays exactly here, it will still probably get renewed, but both you and I know that is not likely to happen.  Challenging times are ahead for this show, in a decidedly not challenging time slot, for a show with a stellar lead in.  It needed to start off better.

Private Practice (ABC, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

6.45 million Overall Viewers
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Will someone please remove the stinking corpse from ABC, so that we can start watching some not so stinking corpses on Body of Proof?  This show is D-E-A-D.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Monday, September 24, 2012: Bones, Partners, 2 Broke Girls, The Mob Doctor, Revolution, Castle, Hawaii Five-O

And awayyyyy we go!

Bones (FOX, Mondays at 8pm ET)

7.34 million Overall Viewers
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

As long as the ratings stick around here, there is absolutely no reason to write about Bones.  These are its pretty standard ratings.  They aren't great, but they're certainly good enough to get the show renewed, provided the makers want it to come back for another season.

Partners (CBS, Mondays at 8:30pm ET)

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

It comes as absolutely zero surprise to me that these are the premiere ratings for Partners.  I was expecting something right around a 2.5, and it didn't disappoint.  Do you know what 2.4 sitcom premiere ratings on CBS mean?  If you don't, you'll learn something today.  That means DOA.  I'll most likely be adding this show to the list you don't want to be on, after I see next week's numbers.

2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays at 9pm ET)

10.02 million Overall Viewers
3.7/9 in the 18-49 Demo

Last season, 2 Broke Girls had an uphill ratings climb, and yet it did great all season long.  Because of that, I knew it would do fine in its premiere.  It was, in fact, the highest rated CBS episode all night.  This show is steamrolling toward syndication.

The Mob Doctor (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)

3.96 million Overall Viewers
1.3/3 in the 18-49 Demo

Do you smell The Mob Doctor's ashes around you?  If so, you are one of the few people still watching the show, from the tiny amount of people that decided to check the show out in the first place.  There's not much more you can do with the ashes of this show.  It's possible it will still be airing in this slot next week, but I'm almost positive it won't airing in that slot the following week.

Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

9.29 million Overall Viewers
3.5/9 in the 18-49 Demo

There are a lot of haters of this show on the IMDb message boards.  However, just like in response to all the haters of The Walking Dead, the ratings are the true king.  Revolution is still an outright hit on NBC.  I'm invested until we find out the conspiracy was caused by aliens.  At that moment, I tune out.  Since the show's probably not about aliens, I'm sure I'm in this for the long haul.  The real question now becomes, "Where will the ratings stabilize?"  I'm predicting they won't go much lower than this, unless there is some dumb plot twist.

Hawaii Five-O (CBS, Mondays at 10pm ET)

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

I had an ongoing discussion with the poster, HellJacket, at IMDb about the impact to the ratings that the scheduling of Revolution could have to the 10pm block.  He doesn't think it will have any real effect, and he also doesn't think I could even make guesses that would be reasonably accurate, as the data just isn't available to back up my claims.  Well, I predicted that one of the returning shows (Hawaii Five-O or Castle) was going to get hurt by Revolution's addition to the block, or that all three would be hurt.  The first week's ratings are in, and it turns out that only one show was hurt by Revolution's addition, and that show is Hawaii Five-O.  I think this will be adjusted up in the final ratings, but CBS is likely quite unhappy with this ratings development.  The good news for Hawaii Five-O is that it will only be one full season away from syndication, after this season.  This is the exact type of show that does well in syndication, so there's absolutely zero chance it will be canceled.  If these ratings keep up, though, there's also no chance it will return to the lineup, next season, on Mondays.

Castle (ABC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

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

If there was a ratings surprise on Monday, it was that this show had such high premiere numbers.  I don't watch the show, so my guess is that something big must have happened at the end of the previous season to cause this spike.  For the last two seasons, we have seen Castle and Hawaii Five-O fighting for viewers, with Hawaii Five-O winning the 18-49 demo battle, and Castle winning the overall viewers battle.  This week, Castle won the battle in both the 18-49 demo and overall viewers.  Its 18-49 numbers didn't even drop that much from its DWTS lead in.

That was the first true night of the 2012-2013 TV season, and we are now officially off to the ratings races.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chris Colley's Summer Cable Round Up

Beginning tomorrow, I will mostly be writing about the big 4 network TV season.  With that said, I've decided to do a post about what I watched this Summer.  I'll give my brief thoughts about each show, and my thoughts about whether I think each show will return for another season.  I'll first rank the shows I watched, and then I'll write a little bit about each show's Summer season.

The Best of the Best
The Closer (TNT)
Major Crimes (TNT)
Common Law (USA)
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
Burn Notice (USA)
Franklin & Bash (TNT)
Veep (HBO)

Honorable Mention
Suits (USA)
Alphas (Syfy) 
Perception (TNT)

Needs Improvement
The Newsroom (HBO)

Please Go Away
Necessary Roughness (USA)
Fairly Legal (USA)

The Closer (TNT)

Well, they finally wrapped up a great run of a very solid show.  I don't think this show was ever anywhere near network level, but it's as close as a basic cable TV show has likely ever gotten.  They plugged the leak in an unsatisfying way, and we had an unnecessary death in Brenda's family.  It was an uneven, but very good season.  The first true U.S. version of the U.K. version of Prime Suspect was a good representative.  I'll miss The Closer, but not that much, since Major Crimes has stepped in to fill the void.

Major Crimes (TNT)

There's a new mission and a new lead, Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell).  Major Crimes largely has the same cast as The Closer, minus Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, Detective Gabriel, and Chief Pope.  We also had the addition of the Detective Sykes character, and the wild card addition of a material witness named Rusty, who is currently in the care of Captain Raydor.

The new mission is that they want to leave the headaches Chief Johnson used to create behind, and they want every criminal to plead out.  This is decidedly different than The Closer, because Brenda was great at trapping people into confessing their crimes.  Later in the series, her tactics were heavily scrutinized, and even caused a rule in the LAPD to be named after her.  Lt. Provenza doesn't like the new ways, but he'll stick around.  I was only catching this week's episode out of the corner of my eye, but it appears he's finally beginning to warm up to the always last to the crime scene Captain Raydor, after he was passed up for the promotion he thought he would have upon Chief Johnson's departure.

The Rusty character is a disaster.  I don't know why Major Crimes added a hot headed "teenager" to the show, when this conflict is absolutely unnecessary.  His character was introduced in the series finale of The Closer, and most fans probably wish he would have stayed there.  He's the only negative about Major Crimes I've seen, so far.  If you liked The Closer, you should be watching this show...period.  This is a slam dunk renewal.

Common Law (USA)

This is the best show you probably missed this Summer.  It's a buddy cop action comedy, and was the show I looked most forward to each week, all Summer long.  It had okay ratings for a Friday night at 10pm, and I figured it was a lock for renewal.  However, the leads' options were allowed to expire, so I don't have much hope for the show's renewal.  This show was truly a bright spot in the TV police procedural landscape, and, if it had gotten to fully develop, I predict the show might have ended up being better than or very close to as good as Burn Notice.  That is high praise indeed.  Buddy cop shows aren't for everyone, and this show had a TON of slapstick in it, but if you like procedurals that don't take themselves seriously, this show would definitely have been for you.  If it doesn't come back, it will leave almost as much of a hole in my heart as the cancellation of its distant cousin, The Good Guys (FOX), did.  If you get a chance to watch the series, I highly recommend it.  Just don't expect a second season.

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)

I don't think this season was as good as last season, but this is the most watchable basic cable show there is.  They decided to have a lot of conflict between Rizzoli and Isles, which I thought was unnecessary.  These two are at their best when they "love" fight, not real fight.  The show is still as solid as it gets, and somehow makes Angie Harmon watchable for me.  As I've said before, I couldn't stand her until this show.  I'm glad I got past my hang up.  This is also a slam dunk renewal.

Burn Notice (USA)

This show really had me worried in the November, 2011 season.  We had the character of Anson basically completely ruining the show.  Well, he was "dispatched", and the show got back on track.  They've left our favorite crew in a very bad situation, at the end of the Summer season, so it will be fascinating to see how they get out of this particularly sticky situation.  I absolutely can't stand the cliffhangers this show does, because they make me want to see what happens next NOW.  Oh well, I guess we'll have to wait until November.  It's a slam dunk renewal, folks.

Franklin & Bash (TNT)

You might find it surprising that I have this show in the best of the best.  It's not there because it's the most incredibly awesome show ever.  It's there because it managed to have as good of a season as the exceptionally fresh first season in its second.  This show could have gotten really cocky (see Suits), and ruined all of what made the show so fun in the first season.  But, it didn't.  It was just as fun, and that made me love the show even more.  This is not a serious show, and if you think it's ridiculous, you're right.  It's supposed to be, and that's just the way I like it.  The show's on the bubble line, but I expect it to be renewed.

Veep (HBO)

Veep's not technically a Summer show, but it ended during the Summer, so I'm gonna write about it.  I love this show.  It's crass and fun, and has probably my second favorite ensemble behind Parks and Recreation.  The show is well done on almost every level, and it was one of the true joys of the TV season for me.  It was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the EMMYs, but it didn't win.  That's okay, it deserved the notice, and I never expected it to win.  It's already renewed.

Suits (USA)

Remember what I said about how Franklin & Bash managed to retain its jovial spirit in the second season?  Well, Suits did not.  It got cocky, which wasn't hard to do for a show that was so cocky to begin with.  Everything that was good about the first season of Suits was removed, and the vast majority of the second season was one giant soap opera.  I have jokingly called the show, "Suits: The Soap Opera".  The first couple of episodes of the season were just absolutely disastrous, and I was really worried about where the show would go.  It finally started fixing the issues in the third episode, and it was generally solid the rest of the season.  There is, however, a lot of dumb conflict in the show, and that gets stale really quickly.  Thankfully, they ended part of the power struggle this season, and hopefully we can get back to what made Suits a very good watch in its first season.  I think the Rachel/Mike storyline is among the absolute worst on TV, right now, so that really needs to go away.  It's the equivalent of the Justin/Kate relationship on Fairly Legal, except worse.  This is a slam dunk renewal.

Alphas (Syfy)

Make no mistake about it, season 2 is not nearly as good as season 1.  It's still been a very good watch, though, and I look forward to it every week.  There have been a ton of internal conflicts on the show, and that makes it a little unpleasant to watch.  I liked it a lot more when the "crew" was mostly getting along, while still having issues.  The story has taken a much darker turn, and it's not what I would call a "fun" watch anymore, even though it's always great to see what crazy and inappropriate things Gary will say, and we have had a few appearances of the minivan.  They're currently building up to a very big season finale, which is a good thing, as this show is most likely getting canceled.

Perception (TNT)

If you're looking for a solid, yet quirky, police procedural, here it is.  It stars the guy from Will and Grace, and the indie darling Rachael Leigh Cook.  As I said, it's a solid and enjoyable watch.  That's about it.  The issue with the Daniel character is that he is a diagnosed schizophrenic, who is off his meds (he routinely interacted with hallucinations that helped him solve the cases).  I said, last season, while Awake was on, that you couldn't have a "crazy" protagonist on big 4 network TV (that's why I refused to believe the theory that Britten was "crazy").  It's just too polarizing, especially if you really enjoy the character when he's not having an episode.  Well, this show went very deep into a very unstable protagonist's psyche, and it made me uncomfortable.  They had a two part season finale, and the first part was extremely depressing, as he descended into "madness".  It had a nice payoff for the second part, which will likely turn it into a much more traditional police procedural, but the show proves how hard it is to have a "crazy" protagonist as the lead, even on basic cable.  This show would have been dead meat on network TV, and never would have made it to air.  It had extremely low 18-49 ratings, all season long, but very high ratings outside of that demo (a little below 4 million viewers on average).  It's already been picked up for another season, but that will likely be its last, unless TNT just loves the show that much.

The Newsroom (HBO)

This show alternated between being some of the best TV on right now, and some of the worst.  Whenever the show took a serious look at the news and politics, in general, it was in its element.  Any time it explored relationships between people, it was a disaster.  The relationships, in EVERY single case, in this show, are unbearable.  As bad as the Rachel/Mike storyline is on Suits, the Maggie/Jim/Don triangle is the worst I have seen on TV in quite awhile, I mean just horrifically bad.  The show also has no real teeth for the "message" it's trying to send about correcting the way the news is done, but I'll still keep watching.  It's like digging for gold in the largest nose ever, but when you find it, it's usually worth it.  Aaron Sorkin has a bunch of issues he needs to work out, and I don't mean by filming them.  This show is an obvious renewal, if it hasn't been already.

Necessary Roughness (USA)

This is easily the worst show I watch with any regularity.  Callie Thorne must have put some kind of spell on me.  The ratings have fallen low enough that this show is definitely in danger of cancellation.  It's just a completely mediocre show, and it has shown no improvement.  In fact, the story, this season, had even more dumb conflict.  The Nico and Dani kiss at the end of the season was easily one of the most WTF! moments I have seen in a series in a long time.  That basically ruined two characters (Nico was hands down the best character in this series, but was just ruined most of the season) in one fell swoop, and there was absolutely zero motivation for it.  That's just awful writing, and the makers of the show should be ashamed of how little progress this show has made.  This show will probably get renewed, but it could honestly go either way.

Fairly Legal (USA)

I really enjoyed the first season of Fairly Legal, minus the Justin and Kate terrible relationship drama.  So, what do they do in the second season?  Well, they take the relationship that was completely over at the end of season 1, and completely re-kindle it.  W...T...F!?!?  Oh, and that's not all.  They also brought in a completely ridiculous love triangle by adding in the Ben character.  Oh ha ha ha, so amazing, that the biggest douche on probably any USA TV show (that's saying something) somehow almost gets together with the most wishy washy hot woman in the history of television.  No character who looks this good has ever had such low self esteem in the history of television.  It's truly ridiculous how they treated the character, and they just absolutely ruined a pretty good show.  Still, it's watchable.  However, I would prefer it to get canceled.  I think there's a damn fine chance of that happening.  If it comes back, and Common Law gets canceled, I...WILL...BE...SO...MEYAD! (SVU reference to those who get it)

Well, it's on to the big 4 networks now.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, September 21, 2012

TV Ratings Notes for Thursday, September 20, 2012: Up All Night, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Glee

Up All Night (NBC, Thursdays at 8:30pm ET)

3.14 million Overall Viewers
1.3/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Last night was the season premiere of Up All Night, and the audience yawned.  These are terrible ratings, and, unless something miraculous happens next week, you should expect this show to be on my list you don't want to end up on, by next Friday morning.

The Office (NBC, Thursdays at 9pm ET)

4.32 million Overall Viewers
2.1/6 in the 18-49 Demo

There's a really depressing vibe around the show now that it's just started its final season.  It wasn't really very funny, and the spirit seems to have become mean, but that's the way it goes.  The premiere numbers are lackluster, but that doesn't mean a thing to a show that is in its last season.  Love up on it while you can.

Parks and Recreation (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30pm ET)

3.52 million Overall Viewers
1.7/5 in the 18-49 Demo

As much as it pains me to say it, I'm predicting this will also be the final season of Parks and Recreation.  It has enough episodes to get into syndication, after this season concludes, and I really don't get the feeling the show is going to retain its once extremely high level.  Booting the best character addition, Ben, off the show, other than snippets, while leaving the rather annoying Chris, is a misstep that could have bad consequences for the quality of the show.  The biggest fear for both of the 9pm hour NBC shows is that Person of Interest returns next week.  I don't know how much of an impact it will have on the ratings for the two shows, as these ratings are pretty consistent with last season's lackluster ratings, but it's something to think about.  I'll have to wait a bit further in the season to determine how far this show falls on my top 10 list, when it once was my favorite show in season 3.

Glee (FOX, Thursdays at 10pm ET)

7.42 million Overall Viewers
2.9/8 in the 18-49 Demo

This is the first and only time I will devote any ratings notes to the show Glee, because there's nothing to see here folks.  The ratings for the second episode of the season remain strong, and there's no reason to think the return of Person of Interest or football will hurt the ratings for this show in any significant way.  This was probably the single best scripted programming scheduling decision of the FOX 2012-2013 season, so far, and it might even be the best 2012-2013 scripted programming scheduling decision across all of the big 4 networks, period.

I now have to crack my knuckles, because, starting Tuesday morning, things are gonna get intense in regards to ratings posts, as the 2012-2013 TV season heads into full swing.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Tuesday, September 18, 2012: Go On (NBC), The New Normal (NBC)

Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

9.33 million Overall Viewers
3.3/9 in the 18-49 Demo

Three weeks into the series, and this show is still well above a 3.0 in the 18-49 demo.  That is what you call a hit.  It's ratings are likely to take a hit, starting next week, as its full competition emerges from the shadows, but this show is practically a slam dunk for renewal, at this stage.

Last night's episode was arguably the best one in the series, so far, but it did seem out of order from the previous episode.  I easily laughed the most in this episode, but there was definitely a little more "edge" than we saw in the previous two.  I look forward to watching this show every week, and I hope it gets to stay around for a long long time.

The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

6.20 million Overall Viewers
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

The ratings were down a bit for The New Normal's third episode, and this is probably a little more worrisome to fans than the slight drop Go On had.  The full TV season still hasn't really begun, but my expectation is that the days of 1.6 renewals on NBC, for scripted TV, Monday-Thursday, are over.  My sitcom bubble line, as of today, is a 1.8.  I could obviously change that as the season progresses, but that's where I'll start it from.  When The New Normal faces its first real competition next week, I'm figuring we will probably see its ratings dip a bit more, perhaps to even below a 2.0.  It still has over a month until it has to face the beast of Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, so I shudder to think of how it will do then.  I don't watch the show, so I have no further investment in its success, other than keeping my friend, EMMY winning Music Editor, David Klotz (a few of the shows he does music editorial for are Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, Glee, and The New Normal), heavily working.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chris Colley's Quick 2012-2013 TV Season CANCELLATION Primer (Big 4 Networks Only)

Because some of the shows that will end up on this list won't be on the air long, I've decided to go ahead and put together a little primer for what I expect will be canceled, as soon as I think that's likely to happen.  If your show ends up here, you can pretty much consider yourself dead meat.  As soon as I am certain a show will be canceled, based on the factors I always use, it will go here.  None of the shows that end up here will have potential caveats for renewal, so you can stick a fork in all of them.  Don't end up here.  You will not make it if you do, as this is the place I put my predictions for certain cancellations.

This is more of a real time version of the pointless predictions post I did last season (I won't do this season's version until much later in the TV season), which you can read here, if you'd like to judge the accuracy of my pointless predictions.  I will also update this post with the official cancellation date or when a show is pulled off of the schedule.  Thanks for reading.

Correct "guesses" will be marked in blue.

Incorrect "guesses" will be marked in red.

These Shows WILL Be Canceled:

The Mob Doctor (FOX, added September 18, 2012)***CANCELED NOVEMBER 28, 2012***
Up All Night (NBC, added September 28, 2012)
Made in Jersey (CBS, added September 29, 2012) ***CANCELED OCTOBER 10, 2012***
Animal Practice (NBC, added October 4, 2012)***CANCELED OCTOBER 18, 2012***
Ben and Kate (FOX, added October 10, 2012)***EFFECTIVELY CANCELED JANUARY 23, 2013***
Vegas (CBS, added November 16, 2012)
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (ABC, added December 12, 2012, I just kept forgetting to add it)***EFFECTIVELY CANCELED JANUARY 22, 2013***
1600 Penn (NBC, added January 18, 2013)
Deception (NBC, added January 29, 2013)
Do No Harm (NBC, added February 1, 2013)***CANCELED FEBRUARY 8, 2013***
Touch (FOX, added February 9, 2013) 
Zero Hour (ABC, added February 15, 2013)***CANCELED MARCH 1, 2013***
Smash (NBC, added February 20, 2013)
Go On (NBC, added February 20, 2013)
The New Normal (NBC, added February 20, 2013) 
Whitney (NBC, added February 21, 2013)
Guys with Kids (NBC, added February 21, 2013) 

I've Changed My Mind, And Removed This From The List:

Partners (CBS, removed October 30, 2012.  I'm not going to say this won't be canceled, but CBS's treatment of this show is much different than I expected, based on its lackluster premiere ratings.  I think something bigger is going on here, and I think this show is now more likely to be renewed, than a certain cancellation, if I were making that decision today.)***CANCELED NOVEMBER 16, 2012***

TV Premiere Ratings Notes For Monday, September 17, 2012: Revolution (NBC), The Mob Doctor (FOX)

Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

11.65 million Overall Viewers
4.1/11 in the 18-49 Demo

I've been watching people hem and haw about this show for weeks.  I saw the Pilot about two weeks ago, and, as you can find in my Pilot review blog post, I thought it was mediocre.  However, my personal feeling was that the show would connect with a large audience.  I've watched the sci-fi genre nuts on IMDb wailing about it, as if the end of the world were coming, and saying that it would be canceled in weeks (I audibly laughed at these comments, by the way).  They think it's another bad show along the lines of The Event and Terra Nova, and that "true" sci-fi is dead on network TV or something.  My personal feeling was that the storyline was simple enough to appeal to the masses, and that the show has a lot more in common with the highly rated and highly flawed The Walking Dead than either Terra Nova or The Event.  This is why I like to wait until the ratings for a show are out, as opposed to speculating about it before viewers see it.  This is also why you should put no stock in the ratings opinions of genre nuts.  Their favorite shows get canceled.  If they hate it, it means it appeals to more than just them.  I'm sorry if that offends, but it is certainly true.

Because the show has been available for about 3 weeks or so to the general public, these numbers are HUGE.  WOW! My prediction is that if this show does not ultimately be about aliens or Scientology that it will be a sustained hit, and that it will be an easy and likely quick renewal.  There's nothing in the Pilot that is going to turn off the average viewer, but we don't know what's coming up soon in the plot.  All NBC has to do is not screw this show up, and they potentially will have TWO new hits on their schedule, this season.

The Mob Doctor (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)

5.09 million Overall Viewers
1.5/4 in the 18-49 Demo

When I first heard about this show, and the terrible name, I figured it would be a disaster, and I even put it under the "No Go" category in my preliminary Pilot slate analysis blog post that you can find here.  Then, I saw the trailer, and it didn't look completely atrocious.  I wasn't even going to give it a go, but had decided to DVR it last week.  After these ratings, I'm not going to bother, because I can't see this show being on the schedule after about two or three more weeks.  My guess is that it will disappear into the abyss around the time FOX starts showing post season baseball in Primetime.  The Mob Doctor is cremated (be sure to check out my coined words and terms post here, for further explanation of this new definition).  It's looking like we're going to be seeing another disastrous scripted drama TV season from FOX.  Do you think they're missing Human Target, Lie To Me, Alcatraz, and The Chicago Code yet?  I bet they are.  Maybe next season they'll just run American Idol and The X Factor concurrently, and have no weekday scripted TV, outside of the Tuesday sitcoms and Glee at all, or even better just run repeats of American Idol and The X Factor.  They'd probably do a better job as a network just doing that.  Grrr.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chris Colley Rates The 2012 Fall Pilots Efficiently And Quickly

Last night, I finished watching all of the Pilots, for the new Fall 2012 shows, that are available before their initial hard premieres.  I'll give very brief thoughts on each one, and then you can watch them yourself to decide if you agree with me.  I'll give my initial thoughts, the best thing about each episode, and the worst thing about each episode in one sentence or less.  I'll add to the list, as the new shows officially premiere.

Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Mediocre
Best Thing About The Show:  Giancarlo Esposito
Worst Thing About The Show:  Believability

Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Solid
Best Thing About The Show:  Matthew Perry
Worst Thing About The Show:  Tendency toward sappiness

The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Unfunny (I already quit this show after the first two episodes)
Best Thing About The Show:  I dunno, probably the little girl
Worst Thing About The Show:  Ellen Barkin's Character

Last Resort (ABC, Thursdays at 8pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Strong, but kind of soapy and unbelievable
Best Thing About The Show:  Andre Braugher
Worst Thing About The Show:  The ABC drama style rearing its ugly head

Animal Practice (NBC, Wednesdays at 8pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Stupid
Best Thing About The Show:  Dogless dog owner Mike McClintock from Veep (HBO) brings a dog to the Vet!
Worst Thing About The Show:  Slapstick played deadpan is stupid

Ben and Kate (FOX, Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Creepy
Best Thing About The Show:  The 300 point turn (nice job editing the episode, as well, Steve Welch), "Congratulations!"
Worst Thing About The Show:  The show is creepy!

The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Surprisingly Decent
Best Thing About The Show:  The scene with Mindy and Ed Helms
Worst Thing About The Show:  The horndog Doctor

Guys with Kids (NBC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Weak
Best Thing About The Show:  Anthony Anderson, especially "and then dunk me!"
Worst Thing About The Show:  Plays like a bad Saturday Night Live skit/Jimmy Fallon Capital One commercial

Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Lots of potential
Best Thing About The Show:  Holmes/Watson dynamic
Worst Thing About The Show:  Holmes dialog spoken too quickly, and Liu too mumbly in her lines

Vegas (CBS, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Fascinating
Best Thing About The Show:  The production value
Worst Thing About The Show:  There's a lot of botched geographical errors, based on the era of Vegas they are presenting, from what I could tell

Partners (CBS, Mondays at 8:30pm ET)

Initial ThoughtsTolerable
Best Thing About The Show:  There is some excellent comedic timing on display here
Worst Thing About The Show:  It's hard to like Louis, since he's so self absorbed

666 Park Avenue (ABC, Sundays at 10pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Well worth a watch
Best Thing About The Show:  The opening scene
Worst Thing About The Show:  This has a truly awful and polarizing title.  I will let ABC have my idea of 36 Park Avenue.  You're welcome.

The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Weird
Best Thing About The Show:  The sports names
Worst Thing About The Show:  It's like watching a train wreck of stupidity and weird

Made in Jersey (CBS, Fridays at 9pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Sorry, couldn't make it past 10 minutes
Best Thing About The Show:  Deleting it from my DVR
Worst Thing About The Show:  Execution

Chicago Fire (NBC, Wednesdays at 9pm ET)

Initial Thoughts:  Not as bad as I expected, but that's really not saying much
Best Thing About The Show:  Lots of action
Worst Thing About The Show:  Everything else

Thanks for reading.

TV Ratings Note For Wednesday, September 12, 2012: Guys with Kids (NBC)

There was another special preview episode, last night, and this time it was Guys with Kids.  The numbers are below.

Guys with Kids (NBC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET)

6.28 million Overall Viewers
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

What do you get when you mix one of those Jimmy Fallon Capital One commercials with the broad and hammy overacting of a Saturday Night Live skit, and shoot it like a traditional sitcom?  Guys with Kids.  All of the guys in this show act like they took a bunch of speed before every scene.  They all talk really fast, and try to spew as many one liners into every scene that they can.  I think Anthony Anderson is the best thing about the show, but he is really hamming it up here.  I'll give it four episodes, because I can see a little circle of light at the end of the tunnel, but that light could actually be an oncoming train.

As for the special preview ratings, well, this is about as DOA as it gets for a brand new sitcom.  I'm predicting the hard premiere of this show is going to be in the mid to upper 1s, with potentially a deep abyss below it.  Out of all the stuff I've seen so far (a post about all the Pilots I've seen will be up later today, hopefully), this looks like the first one riding on the high speed rail to cancellation.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

TV Ratings Notes For Tuesday September 11, 2012: Go On (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), Parenthood (NBC)

It was hard premiere night on NBC, and the numbers were quite revealing.  I'll get right to them.

Go On (NBC, 9pm ET)

9.57 million Overall Viewers
3.4/9 in the 18-49 Demo

The second episode, the one no one had the opportunity to watch before it aired, was what would give us our first indication of Go On's chances at renewal.  If you read the blog post about the Go On post Olympics special preview episode, you would know that I predicted this show will likely be the highest rated NBC sitcom by the end of the season.  We're now two episodes in, and it's already the highest rated NBC sitcom from LAST season.  Believe it or not, I think this show will not fall that much from these numbers, even though it is in a fairly competitive slot.  This show is too vanilla for the niche comedy watchers (Happy Endings), and people can just hit record on NCIS:  Los Angeles.  The show appears to be rock solid, with a very capable ensemble.  It's only going to get better from here, quality wise, and I think it's already significantly better than every single new sitcom that premiered on NBC's slate in the 2011-2012 TV season.  I'm ready to predict this show's renewal, but I'll be sensible and wait until it's up against its full slate of competition.  We'll have to wait about two more weeks for the first look at those numbers.

The New Normal (NBC, 9:30pm ET)

7.00 million Overall Viewers
2.5/7 in the 18-49 Demo

When I wrote yesterday's blog post about The New Normal's soft premiere, I predicted this show would likely get renewed if it could stick around the audience numbers it produced on Monday night.  It would have to fall quite a bit to fall into cancellation territory.  Well, the hard premiere was last night, and the numbers were practically identical to the soft premiere.  This show is looking very good for renewal, at this point.

As for the show, I finally had the chance to watch both episodes, and I didn't like it.  I won't be back for more.  I thought the show was extremely unfunny, and if it were just a traditional sitcom, it wouldn't work for me that way either.  I didn't laugh once, and I didn't find the show compelling.  Couple that with the fact that there are two other shows I will be watching against that one, this ends up being the casualty.  The shows I will be watching in this highly competitive time slot are Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, and The Mindy Project (don't know if I'll end up sticking with Mindy, but that's what I'll be watching for now).  The New Normal is just not for me, but that doesn't mean it's not for a lot of other people.  This was proven by its absolutely even ratings from its first to second episode, numbers that, if held over the season, would be slam dunk renewal territory.  Ellen Barkin's character is revolting, and I think they should just plain get rid of her.  It would improve the show 1000 percent.

Parenthood (NBC, 10pm ET)

5.57 million Overall Viewers
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo

And the Parenthood fans groaned at these numbers.  The thing that saves the show is that it's the first hard drama premiere on NBC, this season.  1.9 might end up being a pretty good number for the network, based on the super crappy lineup they're putting together this season.  The wild card for the show is that it will be nearing 88 episodes after this season (75 is the number it will sit on after a full fourth season).  To me, that means that it will certainly get a fifth season to get it there (probably only 13, depending on ratings).  So, unless this show is pulling in a 1.0 at some point this season, consider this your announcement that this show will be renewed for what will likely be a 13 episode fifth and final season.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TV Premiere Ratings Note For Monday September 10, 2012: The New Normal (NBC)

Last night, NBC gave The New Normal the prime lead in (along with no competition) of The Voice's Fall premiere.  This slot was originally supposed to go to the last Monday episode of Grimm (prior to it moving to Fridays), but, evidently, NBC felt that would be a waste.  I'm willing to sort of agree there, as the ratings for Grimm on Mondays were mediocre, and there likely won't be much of a change when it moves back to Fridays.  The Voice audience likely doesn't crossover much with Grimm's audience, so this might have been the first good decision NBC made this TV season.

So, how'd it do?

The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET)

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

I still haven't seen the show, yet, so I don't know whether it's any good.  If it was good, I'm sure tonight's ratings will be similar to last night's.  If that ends up being the case, I think you're looking at your first solid candidate for renewal, as I think the bar is pretty low for the show to be renewed (I'm thinking a 1.7 average for the season, in the 18-49 demo, will be enough to get it done).  I'm obviously looking forward to Go On's premiere numbers much more than I am the follow up ratings for The New Normal.  This show doesn't have the easiest road ahead, so I'll need to wait until its full competition is up before making a more informed guess about its renewal chances.  Still, it's off to a solid start, and its chore is to keep it up.  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Key Fall 2012-2013 Premiere Dates For Chris Colley's TV Blog*

I've decided to put a post together that will give you the premiere dates for all of the shows that I'm going to give at least one episode a watch.  There might be others I end up checking out, once the season gets rolling, but these are the ones I'm specifically planning on watching going in to the season.  If you'd like to see the full list of premiere dates, you can go to where I pulled the information from on TV by the Numbers, here.

Premiere Dates For Shows I Will Be Watching At Least Once:

Grimm (NBC)-Monday, August 13, 2012, 10pm ET (moves to Fridays at 9pm ET on September 21, 2012)

Go On (NBC)-Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 9pm ET

The New Normal (NBC)-Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 9:30pm ET

The Mob Doctor (FOX)-Monday, September 17, 2012, 9pm ET

Revolution (NBC)-Monday, September 17, 2012, 10pm ET

The Office (NBC)-Thursday, September 20, 2012, 9pm ET

Parks and Recreation (NBC)-Thursday, September 20, 2012, 9:30pm ET

Partners (CBS)-Monday, September 24, 2012, 8:30pm ET

2 Broke Girls (CBS)-Monday, September 24, 2012, 9pm ET

Hawaii Five-O (CBS)-Monday, September 24, 2012, 10pm ET

New Girl (FOX, provided I catch up on season 1)-Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 8pm ET (normal slot 9pm ET, as well)

Ben and Kate (FOX)-Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 8:30pm ET

The Mindy Project (FOX)-Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 9:30pm ET

Vegas (CBS)-Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10pm ET

Animal Practice (NBC)-Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 8pm ET

Guys with Kids (NBC)-Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 8:30pm ET

Criminal Minds (CBS)-Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 9pm ET

Law & Order: SVU (NBC)-Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 9pm ET

Last Resort (ABC)-Thursday, September 27, 2012, 8pm ET

Person of Interest (CBS)-Thursday, September 27, 2012, 9pm ET

Elementary (CBS)-Thursday, September 27, 2012, 10pm ET

Scandal (ABC)-Thursday, September 27, 2012, 10pm ET

Made in Jersey (CBS)-Friday, September 28, 2012, 9pm ET

Revenge (ABC)-Sunday, September 30, 2012, 9pm ET

666 Park Avenue (ABC)-Sunday, September 30, 2012, 10pm ET

Homeland (Showtime)-Sunday, September 30, 2012, 10pm ET

The Neighbors (ABC)-Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 8:30pm ET (Special Preview is Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 9:30pm ET)

Chicago Fire (NBC)-Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 10pm ET

The Walking Dead (AMC)-Sunday, October 14, 2012, 9pm ET

American Horror Story (FX)-Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 10pm ET

Touch (FOX)-Friday, October 26, 2012, 8pm ET

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (ABC)-Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 9:30pm ET

Burn Notice (USA)-Thursday, November 8, 2012, 9pm ET

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)-Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 9pm ET

By Day:


The Mob Doctor
2 Broke Girls
Hawaii Five-O


Go On 
The New Normal
New Girl
Ben and Kate
The Mindy Project
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23
Rizzoli & Isles


Animal Practice
Guys with Kids
Criminal Minds
Law & Order: SVU
The Neighbors
Chicago Fire
American Horror Story


The Office
Parks and Recreation
Last Resort
Person of Interest
Burn Notice


Made in Jersey


666 Park Avenue
The Walking Dead

Wow, that is a lot of TV, 34 series that I counted.  I sure hope I know what I'm getting into.  There are a bunch on this list that I don't project will make it very far with me, but it's still likely to be a very busy TV watching season for me, regardless of how many of the new shows stick around on my DVR.  Thanks for reading.
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