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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Morning News: September 27, 2011

This week is sort of a moment of truth for the new shows. After counting its biggest audience ever, how will Two and Half Men fare now that "all has been revealed"? Will The New Girl continue to improve on Glee's audience? Is Terra Nova the next big TV event or the next Event? Let's get to it!

1. On Tonight. Since we're finally done with the premieres, here's what's new tonight: CBS has the NCIS pairing, plus TV Watcher's new fave, The Rememberererrrr. NBC has Biggest Loser and Parenthood. Over on Fox, its Glee, followed by The New Girl and Raising Hope. ABC has two hours of Dancing with the Stars and Body of Proof. CW pairs 90210 with Ringer. Man, that's a lot of shows going OMD tonight!

2. We forgot to add this to the news yesterday, but I learned on Sunday that Patrick Wilson is truly a Gifted Man. While I had no interest at all in the show, at the afternoon Yankee game, Wilson performed the National Anthem and totally rocked it. Too bad the Gifted Man isn't a music show...

3. EWWWWW! Did Nancy Grace have a wardrobe malfunction? I really don't want to watch that, so check out the video and let me know what you think. A NSFW (or keeping your stomach contents down) pic is included in the link.

4. Rob Schneider will be back on TV, makin' copies, no, not really. CBS picked up Schneider new comedy for a mid-season outing.

5. Ratings!  Catching up on the last few days of ratings action, here is where we ended up with Friday, Sunday and last night's shows.  A Gifted Man's 1.4 (with 9.3 million viewers) debuted well, especially against Kitchen Nightmare's 1.6 in the 18-49 range (but with just 3.8 million viewers).  Fringe racked up a 1.5 (with 3.5 million viewers) putting it squarely in the middle of the pack for its timeslot but up 25% from its season finale.  On Sunday night, Football ruled unquestionably.  Desperate Housewives's premiere was down a huge 28% from last Fall (in fact it was the show's lowest rated premiere ever). Pan Am scored a decent 3.1 rating in the 18-49 category and added viewers overall from the Desperate Housewives lead-in. All of CBS's shows were reflecting down in their premiere night ratings compared to last year, but a lot of that is being attributed to football overruns.  Final ratings are expected to see those numbers rise.  Last night, Terra Nova debuted with a 3.1 in the 18-49 category, down from what Fox had hoped I'm sure, but not surprising to The TV Watcher (its too sci-fi for broadcast TV viewers and too expensive for broadcast studios to keep paying for)CBS dominated the night with Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly all posting strong numbers (despite each of them having significant fall off from their season premiere's last week).  The Playboy Club shed 19% from last week's premiere, posting a weak 1.3 rating.  That show has definitely jumped to the top of the "First to be Cancelled Pile."


  1. Terra Nova will certainly be the next Event, its just too expensive, but I'll be sad to see it go. Re: Nancy Grace, maybe she can cover herself on her talk show as a new predator stalking America's children?!?

  2. Great update. However, I agree - I did NOT need to see that much of Nancy Grace. Maybe that's why I've resisted jumping on the DWTS bandwagon despite my well-documented prediliction toward all things reality tv (see: Bachelor Pad)

  3. Aviva, I am waiting for ABC to roll out the inevitable Bachelor Pad spinoff, "Bachelor Pad: Syphilis Treatment Edition." A medical, reality show. Shonda Rimes and Mark Burnett can co-produce and ABC can air it together with Grey's Anatomy.