FOX - The big premiere last week was Terra Nova (9.22m/3.1). Unfortunately, much like X Factor, the show fell short of the lofty expectations the network might have had. That number isn’t a disaster. But you can’t imagine anyone signed off on a $20 million pilot in the hopes of finishing third in the 8 o’clock hour. The one piece of good news from the Terra Nova ratings is that the show was steady throughout the two hours. That suggests that the expected second week drop won’t be severe, but it will probably land the show in third place again.
Earlier in the week it was a good start to the year for The Simpsons (8.08m/3.9), Cleveland (6.13m/3.1), Family Guy (7.69m/4.1), and American Dad (5.83m/3). The news was also good for Glee (8.6m/3.7) and New Girl (9.28m/4.5) on Tuesday. Both held up well. Raising Hope (6.14m/2.9) looks a bit ‘one of these things is not like the others’, but is doing well enough. The biggest surprise of the week is that New Girl is the #1 demo show for the network. That’s much to Simon Cowell’s chagrin, I’m sure. X Factor (11.86m/4.1 – 12.17m/3.9) had another solid week. The week wrapped with Kitchen Nightmares (3.99m/1.6) and Fringe (3.14m/1.2) on Friday.
ABC - Another big premiere arrived on Sunday with Pan Am (11.06m/3.1). That’s a good start for the show, especially if you consider that it gained viewers out of the Desperate Housewives (9.93m/3.2) premiere. Or, if you compare it to the other period drama, Playboy Club. There was nothing too exciting to report on Monday and Tuesday, with Dancing With The Stars (16.23m/3.3), Castle (11.67m/3.1), and Body Of Proof (9.19m/1.8) around the expected totals.
Wednesday was more interesting as it brought the premiere of Suburgatory (9.81m/3.3). That’s a good start. It’s also worth noting that it grew in both measures out of The Middle (8.68m/2.7), and was higher than the premiere of Happy Endings (7.25m/3.1) following Modern Family (13.45m/5.7). Revenge (8.54m/2.7) took a sizable dip without the benefit of Modern Family. Thursday brought a fall to fourth in the demo for Charlie’s Angels (7.11m/1.5) and ok numbers for Grey’s Anatomy (10.2m/3.6) and Private Practice (7.79m/2.8).
CBS - The week started with expected numbers for the new CBS Sunday of Amazing Race (10.18m/3), The Good Wife (10.66m/2.2), and CSI Miami (9.89m/2.3). The really interesting bits were still to come, on Monday. Two And A Half Men (20.52m/7.4), as expected, dropped in week two. That is still an amazing number. We’ll have to continue to wait to see where the show will settle. Perhaps more surprising was the result for the premiere of 2 Broke Girls (11.75m/4.6) in the 8:30 slot. That was above How I Met Your Mother (10.5m/4.5). Mike & Molly (13.86m/4.8) got off to a good start following Men. And Hawaii Five-O (11.26m/3.3) again split the night with Castle.
NCIS (19.51m/4.2) and NCIS LA (16.26m/3.6) continued to cruise right along, but the jury is still out on Unforgettable (12.43m/2.5). Still good, but we’ll see where it finds its level. Survivor (10.71m/3.2) and Criminal Minds (12.58m/3.6) both looked fine on Wednesday. And CSI (11.76m/3.1), despite being well below what it once was, easily won the night at 10. If there was a black mark on the week for CBS it was the premiere of How To Be A Gentleman (8.98m/2.7). That’s not an encouraging number for the premiere when coming out of Big Bang Theory (14.74m/4.9). Person of Interest (12.51m/2.7) and The Mentalist (12.92m/2.6) both had expected second week dips. I remain a bit skeptical about the future of PoI. Friday finished with A Gifted Man (8.14m/1.2), CSI NY (9.96m/1.6), and Blue Bloods (11.16m/1.8).
NBC - Well… at least they have Sunday Night Football (20.36m/8.3). The rest of the NBC schedule remains pretty dismal. Clearly, The Sing Off (4.45m/1.7) was not a great idea for fall. And that still looks to be a better decision than Playboy Club (3.97m/1.3). I’d say that Playboy Club is on the verge of being canceled, but that would be ignoring the impossibly bad results for Free Agents (3.07m/1). Up All Night (5.32m/2.1) looks good by comparison. Earlier, the slow decline of Biggest Loser (5.87m/2.3) continued to eat a two hour hole in the schedule, while Parenthood (5.53m/2.2) continued to be just good enough to not cancel yet.
The news isn’t much better for Harry’s Law (7.63m/1.2) or SVU (7.24m/2.1). And Thursday remains a night with only one actually successful half hour, in The Office (6.7m/3.5). And, unfortunately, that number suggests that the exit of Michael may be showing in lowered numbers for that old warhorse. The rest of the night looked pretty rough with Community (3.98m/1.8), Parks & Rec (4.33m/2.1), Whitney (5.4m/2.5), and Prime Suspect (5.69m/1.5).
CW - The most interesting result to me was that Hart of Dixie (1.88m/.8) managed half a million more viewers than Gossip Girl (1.37m/.7) despite the former squaring off against Two and a Half Men. It’s not a great premiere, but given the results for the rest of the network, that qualifies as a solid debut. Ringer (1.98m/.8) had a similar result, besting 90210 (1.58m/.8). The biggest surprise of the week for CW was the sudden growth for H8R (1.37m/.6), but I think we can chalk that up to the appearance of Kim Kardashian and look for it to drop again. Next Top Model (1.76m/.8) remains well off the historical pace. Vampire Diaries (2.74m/1.3) continues to lead the network while Secret Circle (2.12m/1) is looking like a reasonable companion. Finally, the Friday combination of Nikita (1.78m/.6) and Supernatural (1.77m/.7) was again below the Smallville/Supernatural combo from last year.
CABLE - The big premiere for the week was HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (2.91m/1.3). That was well below the results for the season one premiere (4.81m/2). It’s not exactly cause for alarm, but it does certainly bring to mind the HBO shows from the past that have ended sooner than fans might have liked.