Now that we are days away from a probable end to the writers strike, ABC has felt comfortable talking about the network’s future. Although the rest of 2007-08 remains unclear, the 2008-09 year is starting to take shape.
A total of nine shows have so far received renewal notices from the Alphabet network. That’s not to say more won’t come. But many programs not currently listed may have reason to be nervous.
Of the shows returning this fall, five are ‘veterans’; four are newbies that survived their freshman year. Those programs (in alphabetical order) are: Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who? and Ugly Betty.
A sampling of those not mentioned include October Road, Carpoolers, Cavemen, Boston Legal, Men in Trees and Women’s Murder Club. (Big Shots is apparently dead already.)
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Although slightly down from last week, FOX’s schedule still garnered the best viewers and demos.
- NCIS (17.4 million, 3.7/10 in 18-49 demo) was slightly down from last week’s record high.
- Bones (9.1 million, 3.4/9) was down about 500,000.
- The Biggest Loser (8.2 million, 3.4/9) saw a slight bump up.
- Cavemen (4.6 million, 1.6/5) and Carpoolers (5.1 million, 1.9/5) were both down a tad.
- Beauty & The Geek (2.43 million, 1.2/3) was about even.
- About 17.5 million fans saw Cameron Mathison eliminated from Dancing With The Stars (4.1/10 in 18-49).
- House (16.9 million, 7.0/17) dominated the evening’s demos.
- The Unit (11.03 million, 2.9/7) remained steady from last week.
- Reaper (2.4 million, 1.2/3) saw a slight demo increase.
- Approximately 12.5 million worried about Stabler’s health on Law and Order: SVU (4.4/12 in 18-49).
- Boston Legal (11.8 million, 2.9/8) was up about 800,000.
- Cane (7.3 million, 1.8/5) lost about 1/2 million.
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After five years on air, NCIS is still showing a lot of life. Although the show had its largest audience ever, FOX still came away with the evening’s best numbers:
- NCIS (18.3 million, 4.1/11 in 18-49 age group) also had the hour’s best demos.
- Bones (9.6 million, 3.6/9) was up almost 750,000 from last week.
- A 2-hour episode of The Biggest Loser (3.3/8) drew in 7.9 million.
- Cavemen (4.9 million, 1.7/5) and Carpoolers (5.5 million, 1.9/5) locked up 4th place.
- Beauty and the Geek (1.3/3) took a backseat with 2.6 million.
- Although bested by NCIS, House (18.1 million, 7.7/18 in 18-49) still had the evening’s best demos.
- Dancing With The Stars (16.9 million, 3.8/9) was down about 1.5 million from last week.
- The Unit (11 million, 3.0/7) was up about 1/2 million.
- Reaper (1.0/2) racked up last place with 2.4 million.
- About 11.7 million watched the hunt for a serial killer on Law and Order: SVU (4.2/12 in 18-49 demo).
- Boston Legal (11 million, 2.7/7) was down almost 800,000 from last week.
- Cane (7.8 million, 1.9/5) continues to see its audience slip away.
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With baseball out of the picture, Hugh Laurie was free to reclaim his reign over Wednesday night’s ratings.
- At 17.1 million, NCIS (3.7/10 in 18-49 demo) had the hour’s best audience and demo performance.
- Bones (3.1/9) came in 2nd with 8.8 million viewers.
- The Biggest Loser (6.9 million, 3.2/9) was up from last week; The Singing Bee (6.8 million, 2.3/7) did better than last week’s Dateline special.
- Both Cavemen (6.9 million, 2.2/6) and Carpoolers (7.1 million, 2.4/6) were about even from one week ago.
- Beauty and the Geek (3.2 million, 1.6/4) was slightly down.
- House (17.9 million, 7.6/18 in 18-49 demo) had the night’s largest numbers in both categories.
- Dancing With The Stars (17.8 million, 4.4/11) came in a close 2nd with viewers.
- The Unit (10.9 million, 3.0/7) was down from last week as was Reaper (2.6 million, 1.2/3).
- Law and Order: SVU (12.2 million, 4.7/13 in 18-49 demo) easily dominated the 10pm hour.
- A special episode of 20/20 (2.8/8) drew in 10.9 million.
- CBS’s Cane (8 million, 2.0/5) dropped another 500,000.
Although House fans may have been bummed, several networks were thrilled to see a baseball-filled night on FOX. With its stiff competition removed, CBS had a rare Tuesday night audience victory.
- A Bones-less 8pm helped NCIS (17.4 million, 4.1/12 in 18-49 demo) score the night’s best audience.
- FOX’s Red Sox/Indians game (3.6/10) averaged 12.7 million.
- Cavemen (6.9 million, 2.7/8) was on par with last week’s numbers; Carpoolers (6.9 million, 2.7/7) was slightly down.
- Not many viewers cared about Matt Lauer’s exclusive Dateline interview with Sen. Larry Craig (5.7 million, 1.7/5).
- Beauty and the Geek (1.7/5) gained 400,000 viewers and rounded off the hour with 3.5 million.
- Without House knocking on its door, Dancing With the Stars (17 million, 4.3/11 in 18-49 demo) soaked up another 1 million viewers for the 9pm win.
- CBS’ The Unit (12.3 million, 3.5/9) and NBC’s The Biggest Loser (6.9 million, 3.0/8) both saw increases.
- Reaper (3.2 million, 1.5/4) was up 600,000 fans from last week.
- Law and Order: SVU (12.5 million, 4.8/13 in 18-49 demo) continued its rule over the 10pm hour.
- Boston Legal (10.2 million, 2.8/8) was about even with last week.
- Cane (8.5 million, 2.2/6) was down another 600,000 this week.
As I type this, I’m listening to the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, and I’m in a terrifically good mood. See, I love Radiohead like Tyra Banks loves … well, Tyra Banks, and so you would think that this good mood would make me put together a list of wonderful things about the new fall TV season.
Yeah, not so much. To be honest, I haven’t watched a lot of the new fall network TV shows. But it’s worthwhile to take a look at these shows and for me to say what I watched, what I thought, and why I didn’t watch a lot of them. Well, it’s worthwhile for me anyway. Plus it goes well with Radiohead (not really, but it’s not like I’m gonna stop listening). Here goes:
ABC’s Cavemen may have seen decent ratings last week, but it appears the experiment’s novelty may have just worn out. Meanwhile, House scored another ratings victory for FOX (followed by NBC, ABC, CBS and CW)
- NCIS (16.1 million, 3.4/10 in 18-49) won both the hour in viewers and demos.
- Bones (8.3 million, 3.1/9) gained 430,000 viewers coming in second.
- ABC’s Cavemen (2.5/8 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) lost about 20% of the premiere’s audience; Carpoolers (7.4 million, 2.8/8) was also down, but improved on its lead-in.
- NBC’s The Singing Bee (2.1/6 in 18-49) started off the hour with 6.7 million viewers; The Biggest Loser (6.6 million, 2.7/7 in 18-49) carried them from there.
- Beauty and the Geek (3.2 million, 1.5/4) brought an additional 500,000 viewers to the CW.
- House (17.7 million, 7.3 rating/18 share in adults 18-49) ruled the whole evening with the viewers and demos.
- ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (16 million, 4.0/10 share) pulled in second.
- The Unit (11.1 million, 3.0/7) saw a slight decline.
- Reaper (2.7 million, 1.3/3) scared away approx. 170,000 viewers.
- Law & Order: SVU (12.2 million, 4.9/13 in 18-49) was up 500,000 from last week.
- Boston Legal (11 million, 2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) held steady for second place.
- Cane (9.1 million, 2.3/7) continued its steady decline losing another 140,000 viewers.
Enough of all the butt-kissing already. Except for a few exceptions (e.g. Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who?), most shows have already had a chance to give us their first and second impressions. Some premieres dazzled, while others simply fizzled. Several weeks in—which new shows do you still plan on watching?
Which series did you immediately embrace or cast off? Were there any that started fresh then quickly spoiled? Are you still holding out hope for others? Here’s how my fall season panned out:
Dirty Sexy Money
Flawed but Still Likeable:
Gave It a Second Shot, Didn’t Like It Either Time:
Lowest Tivo Priority:
Back To You
Earned My Complete Indifference:
Not Gone Fast Enough:
Highly talked about through the summer, ABC’s Cavemen got off to a pretty good start on Tuesday, a night of the week that’s already filled with stiff competition. The premiere scored 9 million viewers, a far cry from the huge numbers of FOX’s House, but enough to keep the show going for a few more episodes. Cavemen earned enough viewers to become the second most-watched show in its time slot, highly impressive for a show that was spawned through a series of popular TV commercials. Critics bashed the pilot episode, which was not shown for the Tuesday premiere, and advertisers weren’t eager to get involved. ABC ended up selling thirty-second spots for a mere $100,000. Nine million viewers say the Geico-inspired Cavemen are entertaining enough for them, giving ABC the right to drum up prices and thumb network noses in the face of criticism and competition.
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Last night saw the introduction of ABC’s new comedies (Cavemen, Carpoolers) and a shrunken Dancing With The Stars results show. In the end, FOX took the evening followed by ABC, CBS, NBC and CW.
- The Biggest Loser (7.4 million viewers, 3.3/8 in 18-49 demo) showed an improvement from last week, though it didn’t have DWTS to contend with.
- Cavemen (3.3/10) and Carpoolers (3.4/9) both debuted with 9 million viewers.
- At 15.5 million, NCIS (3.3/10) won the viewership battle, but tied with Cavemen in the important demo.
- House (17.3 million viewers, 7.1 rating/17) grew upon its numbers from last year
- A shortened Dancing with the Stars (4.3/10) took in 15.7 million viewers.
- Critical fave Reaper (2.8 million, 1.3/3) drew more viewers than its Beauty & the Geek (2.6 million, 1.3/4) lead-in.
- Law & Order: SVU (11.7 million, 4.5/12) took the win despite being down from last week.
- Emmy-award winner James Spader and Boston Legal (3.1/8) attracted 10.9 million viewers.
- Cane (9.2 million, 2.5/7) saw smaller numbers than last year’s quickly-canceled Smith.
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