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.

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