Biz Break: There Are Two New Ratings Hits on the Fall Line-Up So Far, But They're Not the Two You Expected
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Biz Break: There Are Two New Ratings Hits on the Fall Line-Up So Far, But They're Not the Two You Expected

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 26, 2012 | Comments ()


In ratings news on network premiere week, on Monday, "How I Met Your Mother" continued to perform well, although "Partners" (which is a miserable, miserable show) suffered a steep drop from its lead-in and probably won't survive until sweeps. "The Mob Doctor" had less than four million viewers with its second episode and is looking ripe for the first cancellation of the season. Meanwhile, "Revolution," inexplicably, continues to perform extremely well for NBC, putting up nearly 10 million viewers on Monday night. That show is a total snore. As I mentioned on Twitter: It's "Walker: Texas Ranger" with a sci-fi twist. But viewers are certainly drawn to it. Ten million viewers is a huge number for NBC.

Last night saw the debuts of "The Mindy Project" and "Ben and Kate" (Sarah will review both this week), and I'm kind of shocked that the entire Fox line-up slumped from last season. Both episodes of "The New Girl" fetched a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo (down from a 4.8 for its debut last year), while "Ben and Kate" received a 2.0 rating, and "The Mindy Project" checked in with a 2.4.

Those are decent, but not great numbers, and it's apparent that the competition from NBC is hurting them, as "Go On" held its own against "New Girl," also meriting a 2.7, but besting "New Girl" in overall viewers, while "The New Normal" also bested "The Mindy Project" in overall viewers, but didn't fare as well with 18-49 viewers, scoring only a 2.0.

Meanwhile, "Parenthood's" numbers continue to be middling (1.8) while Dennis Quaid's new show, "Vegas," scored huge with over 14 million viewers and a 2.5 in the demo.

I thought for sure that "The Mindy Project" and "Ben and Kate" would lead the way for new fall hits, but so far, it looks like "Revolution" and "Vegas" are the biggest ratings getters so far this season, with "Go On," right behind. You just never know, do you?

In other news, ABC, Sony Television, and the writer behind A&E's "Longmire" are developing Edison, a big genre adventure show centered on a young Thomas Edison. According to Deadline, "In the show's fictional storyline, Edison, already America's greatest inventor, works as a secret consultant to the under-trained and under-equipped New York Police force. Edison, aka the original Tony Stark, uses his inventor instincts and retro-cool devices to deconstruct crime scenes and pioneer new technology. The period show is expected to have a modern sensibility, energy and tone evocative of the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films."

They always sound better on paper, don't they?

Over on CBS, they've just OK'd an "X-Rated" scene on "The Good Wife," that's more implicitly X-rated than literal, but I'm kind of juiced about it, all the same. Via TVLine:

The racy scene in question was set at an ice cream parlor and went something like this: Lovers on a date. Each enjoying an ice cream cone. The male half of the pair reaches under the table to, ahem, melt his partner under her skirt. He then takes that same hand and dips it in her cone. Unshaken, the frisky female proceeds to lap at her "tainted" dessert.

After some internal debate over whether the outré encounter was suitable for the broadcast airwaves, the scene was eventually cleared for air later this fall.

TVLine can now reveal that the network is CBS, the show is The Good Wife, and the prurient duo is Kalinda (played by Archie Panjabi) and her estranged husband Nick (British actor Marc Warren).

That will totally RUIN that ice-cream cone.

Not that there was any real question about it, but ahead of season three of "The Walking Dead," AMC inadvertently revealed on its website, in advertising a sweepstakes contest for a walk-on role in season four, that the show has been renewed for another season.

In other unsurprising renewals news, the USA Network has picked up "White Collar," "Coverta Affairs," and "Royal Pains" for additional seasons. "Suits" is also expected to be renewed, although "Common Law" is not and "Necessary Roughness" is on the bubble. I'm not positive, but I think that "Common Law" would be USA Network's first cancellation since introducing original scripted programming with "Psych."

Meanwhile, Tina Fey -- whose "30 Rock" will ends its run after this season -- has signed a four-year deal with NBC to continue to write and develop shows for the network, according to Variety.

Yesterday, we learned that Anne Hathaway has joined Chris Hemsworth for Steven Spielberg's upcoming Robocopalypse, and now Variety is reporting that Ben Whishaw -- who is amazing -- is in line to play the hacker in the film.

You "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fans absolutely must see the new promo for the show, which returns on October 11th. It's been recast: Haley Joel Osment as Fat Mac, Xzibit as Sweet Dee, Andrew Dice Clay as Frank, UFC Fighter Chael Sonnen as Dennis, and Candace Cameron as Charlie.

Yes. Candace Cameron as Charlie. That is not a typo.

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  • luckypete

    Am i the only one who thought Candace Cameron has bloomed into one lovely looking woman? Color me surprised...especially since I hated Full House so so much (with a vengeance).

  • Uriah_Creep

    "Vegas" was so ordinary, I might as well have been watching Longmire, but I'm afraid if I don't watch his show, Dennis Quaid will glare at me (glaring appears to be his default "Vegas" face.)

  • Yocean

    Dude, do the "Edison" people how the guy was described by his first boss at the telegraph copmpany, when he was hired to crush telephone and Bell? the guy jovially said "He has a vacuum where a conscience should be." I mean, Edison had his "best friend" eat baking powder for his own experiment, almost killing him. He is nothing but a super villain.

  • Avaldivia

    The 4400, Monk, and The Dead Zone all came before Psych. I also feel like they had a show in the late 90's called Cover Me.

  • It's been a hellish drought all year--no typical big thunderstorms, barely even any weak drizzle--crops failing left and right... and it was LAST NIGHT that we finally got a storm capable of knocking the power out. One minute into The New Girl everything blinked out, and it came back on just in time for the last three minutes of The Mindy Project. I. AM. A. BALL. OF. RAGE.

  • dizzylucy

    I liked Mindy's show, at least based on the pilot. I'll keep tuning in.

    Revolution hasn't grabbed my attention too much. Were people really surprised the mom is alive? Wasn't that completely obvious as soon as Elizabeth Mitchell set foot on screen? They wouldn't cast her for a character that died already and could do nothing but a few flashbacks.

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm very undecided on The Mindy Project. It's honest, and delves in brutally into Mindy's desperation in finding a man (that date with Ed Helms made me cringe. A lot.) But it was not that funny. Not that much of a turn-off either. I'll give it a second try hoping it gets better.

    Agree with Revolution. Some of these shows at times feel like they're intended for people who have never watched TV before. You have to be very new to the genre to be captivated by it.

  • Devin McMusters

    Oh Kalinda.....ummmgh!

  • Mrcreosote

    I'm assuming the spin-off of Edison will be a show with where Edison and his buddies Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh fight the forces of International Zionism. Every week the wily Albert Einstein and the Rothchilds conspire to take over the world!! It could be called "Inside Glen Beck's Brain."

  • atoz15

    Those 10 million viewers of revolution prbly have something to do with the fact tht NBC spent a shit ton of money on summer promo. I don't think I went to a movie without seeing a 10 minute "first look" of the show

    That being said my 10 yr old brother was ecstatic for it to premiere

  • JAE

    Robocopalypse! Now that's a mash-up I would like to see...

  • Fredo

    Meanwhile, “Revolution,” inexplicably, continues to perform extremely
    well for NBC, putting up nearly 10 million viewers on Monday night. That
    show is a total snore. As I mentioned on Twitter: It’s “Walker: Texas
    Ranger” with a sci-fi twist. But viewers are certainly drawn to it. Ten
    million viewers is a huge number for NBC.

    it's bland TV so far, but they keep throwing things at the screen that make you come back. That whole "Randall" thing felt too much like early "Sylar" from Heroes. And the reveal that the Mom is alive and captive of Monroe raises all sorts of questions that I guess the show will reveal.

    Kripke plays the long con. I'm willing to give him a season until he either figures this out or it crashes and burns.

  • googergieger
  • Michelle

    I'm pretty sure The 4400 was an original scripted show for USA and they totally ruined my summertime viewing by cancelling that show right after a big cliffhanger. Yes, that was 5 years ago, and yes, I'm still annoyed by it.

  • googergieger

    I blame Heroes for ripping that show off something fierce and stupid fans deciding to go with that instead of 4400. As big a fan of the series as I was, could never be arsed with the books.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I could never quite dig on the show, but it was mainly because I was always sort of playing catch up and they were always sort of reinventing the show each season. The idea of basically becoming a new sort of show each season is at least academically really compelling.

  • I did not care for Ben & Kate at all. I wound up changing the channel after the second segment and killing time until New Girl came back on.

  • Anna von Beav

    I don't even like Sunny all that much, and that was genius.

  • Idle Primate

    Vegas was pretty good for a network show. it had great sets/production too. there's worse things than a western procedural set during the mob heyday in Vegas.

    though something is wrong with Dennis Quaid's face. Either he has had a stroke, or some plastic surgery that didn't go well.

  • anikitty

    Meg Ryan says "quack" sympathetically.

  • WestCoastPat

    The pilot for the Mindy Project was weak. Nothing to show that it will be any different from the numerous other girl balancing work and personal life stories that have been made over the years. Given the lead, there is always promise, but right now the show is mediocre and deserves the low ratings.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I agree with all the Tesla love... however I will admit that most of my knowledge of Tesla comes from Funny or Die's Drunk History. So I thought Tesla and John C. Riley were the same person.... will Crispin Glover be playing Edison? because I would HAVE to watch that!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Haley Joel Osment as Fat Mac... that is genius! They could be twins!!!

  • muertemaria

    I think I might be the only person who liked common law. But it was a totally acceptable summer show on USA.

  • Jennface

    My husband and I liked it too. It was a good summer replacement show. As far as cancelled scripted shows on USA, what they did to Law and Order: Criminal Intent was malpractice. It was the best and the brightest of the L&Os and they did give In Plain Sight the short shrift.

    I gave up on the other USA shows a long time ago. Of course, USA is owned by NBC so bad decisions are par for the course.

  • mc-rox

    Nope you are not alone. I gots some bad sads hearing that it is cancelled. Michael Eally (sp ?) and Mr. Bit Part In Avengers had a good bromance going on. I liked Sonya Walager (sp ?) too. USA put the show on Fridays so I am not surprised on the poor ratings.

  • Urbanbuffy

    I liked it too. What's amazing is how Matt Bomer's looks keep getting that White Collar show renewed.

  • tweek's coffee

    Thomas Alva Edison doesn't deserve his own show. MAKE A NIKOLA TESLA SHOW YOU STUPID ASSHOLES. It would be better, and the part about being a brilliant inventor would actually be true. Edison was nothing more than a shrewd, unscrupulous businessman and his glorification in American popular culture disgusts me.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Tesla would be awesome. Give him a scarf and he's Sherlock Holmes if Sherlock Holmes could build frickin' lasers.

    Okay, so Tesla didn't build lasers, but saying "frickin' lightning towers," while more accurate and equally as awesome, dilutes the reference. Also, dragons.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Wait, when did Tony Stark become an anti-Semitic thief that electrocutes elephants?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    It's implicit.

  • SLW

    So help me, if that Edison show makes Nikola Tesla the villain, I'm going full nerd terrorist on those revisionist sons of bitches.

  • Groundloop


    I just found out about this, but Matthew Inman (AKA "The Oatmeal"), has a project on indiegogo to turn Tesla's old lab at Wardenclyffe into a museum. They've already met the funding goal, which guarantees the project $850,000 from the State of New York, but all contributions will be helpful, plus there's some cool perks.


  • emmelemm

    +1 million

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I bet the show is all about him stealing other peoples work and calling it his own. Every episode will only be comprised of a visit to the patent office after talking to Tesla.

  • Groundloop

    To be historically accurate they'd also have to include shots of Edison's "assistants" hunched over their work benches, contributing the 90 percent perspiration he so famously mentions.

  • Snath


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