Friday, September 28, 2012

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.

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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.

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