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All Your Favorite Shows Will Be Cancelled (Except "Raising Hope")

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 7, 2010 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 7, 2010 |


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Two weeks down, and we now officially have our first full-season pickup for a rookie series, "Raising Hope," which is actually my favorite new show of the season and a show that, after three episodes, is still humming comedically. It certainly has the benefit of the "Glee" lead-in, but then again, "Running Wilde," hasn't been able to hold on to that lead. I have officially quit "Running Wilde," so if it starts to get funny, would someone let me know.

Meanwhile, there have been two axes so far, "Lone Star" and "My Generation." "Outlaw" looks to be the next; production on the show has stopped, and while NBC is continuing to air produced episodes (for now), it's unlikely that it'll last much longer. Expect "The Apprentice" to join the brush pile by late tomorrow.

Here's some notes on a few other shows of interest over the last week.

  • J.J. Abrams "Undercovers" is struggling mightily, posting a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo last night, and even on NBC, you need a 2.0 to survive.

  • "Modern Family" had a 4.5 in the demo last night, thrashing every other show on Wednesday night network TV; the next highest was "Survivor" with a 3.6. Meanwhile, "Law and Order: Los Angeles" had a precipitous drop last night, falling something like 4 million viewers from its opening episode, though it is still winning the timeslot in the demo.

  • On Tuesday, "Glee" won the night in the demo with the same 4.5 as "Modern Family." "No Ordinary Family," meanwhile, is holding OK, with a 2.6, which is third in the timeslot. The newly renewed "Raising Hope" dropped quite a bit from "Glee's" 4.5 to a 2.6 share, but that was a lot better than "Running Wilde's" 1.8. It's four million overall viewers puts it in "Lone Star" territory, which likely means it'll soon be out. "Parenthood" is still doing dismally on Tuesdays; it's clinging to that 2.0 share, but it's losing the time slot in overall viewers.

  • Monday's "Chuck" fell below a 2.0. It will probably last only as long as mid-season. "Hawaii Five-O" has surpassed "Castle" in the ratings on Monday nights, but both shows are still doing remarkably well. I do believe that does make "Hawaii Five-O" the highest rated new show of the season, as CBS keeps incessantly advertising.

  • On Sundays, everything that matters is on cable, and they don't cancel shows on cable. Sundays will always be our friend, folks. Unless you watch "Desperate Housewives," and if so, may God have mercy on your soul.

  • On Thursdays, "Shit My Dad Says," is not only winning its timeslot, but among 18-49 year olds, it actually improves upon its "Big Bang" lead-in. That is sad, folks. "Community" fell below 2.0 last Thursday (it had a 1.9 in the demo) and that is a little disconcerting, folks, especially with "Outsourced" scoring a 2.8, even though it has a better lead-in. It will make me sick if "Parks and Rec" replaces "Community" instead of "Outsourced." "Fringe" is not doing so well, either, with a 1.9, though there's been no talk - as far as I know -- of "Fringe" getting pulled. It has a tough time slot.

    The Week's 20 Highest Rated Show

    1. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 21.34 million.
    2. NFL Football: Chicago vs. N.Y. Giants, 20.93 million.
    3. "NCIS," CBS, 19.15 million.
    4. "Dancing With the Stars Results," ABC, 17.34 million.
    5. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 16.51 million.
    6. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 15.79 million.
    7. "The Mentalist," CBS, 14.65 million.
    8. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 14.57 million.
    9. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 13.92 million.
    10. "Glee," Fox, 13.51 million.
    11. "Undercover Boss," CBS, 13.407 million.
    12. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 13.406 million.
    13. "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 13.23 million.
    14. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.06 million.
    15. "The Good Wife," CBS, 12.84 million.
    16. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 12.72 million.
    17. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 12.53 million.
    18. "Survivor: Nicaragua," CBS, 12.262 million.
    19. "60 Minutes," CBS, 12.258 million.
    20. "The OT," Fox, 11.92 million.


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