Dog Days: How Many of Last Week's Top 50 TV Shows Did You Watch?
That's how many of the 50 top-rated programs I watched last week. "Suits," the new legal show on USA that ranked 10th among cable shows. It's not that I don't watch television in the summer. I watched the amazing finale of "Luther," the phenomenal season two finale of "Men of a Certain Age," "Wilfred," "Louis," "Weeds," the dreadful "The Big C," the still cute, "Love Bites," and "Torchwood: Miracle Day." The lowest rated of the top 25 cable programs last week was 3.78 million viewers; the lowest rated of the network programs last week was 1.9 million. That means that more people are watching telenovas on Univision than "Louis."
Make of that what you will. The Spanish-speaking population in the United States is growing.
The disheartening news is that three of the top four rated shows on network television last week were editions of "America's Got Talent." The heartening news is that less than 2 percent of the American population actually watched those shows. It is at least arguable that people who watched network television last week were the ones out of touch with mainstream America, most of whom are now watching movies and television shows on Netflix, HBO (and HBO to Go), DVD and in movie theaters. Some are even reading books. In fact, if you want to see the silver lining, more people are probably reading George R.R. Martin's "A Dance with Dragons" this week than watching "Wipeout."
"Wipeout" is a terrible, terrible show, and whoever is responsible for putting it on the air should have it inscribed into his tombstone.
I dropped "Falling Skies" after three episodes; I couldn't deal with the cheese, and while I have nothing against the guilty USA Network programs, I can only do one at a time. It's "Suits" for now, because I have double guilty nether-wood for legal shows and it fills the void vacated by Sarah Shahi's "Barely Legal." I also gave "Necessary Roughness" a shot. I won't give it another. "True Blood," meanwhile, is that one Zeitgestian show that I managed to let go. I can accept a TV blind-spot.
What about you folks? Which of last week's Top 50 shows did you watch? It looks like it was an awful lot of USA Network and Nancy Grace/Casey Anthony business. I also highlighted the Univision shows in bold. I had no idea, y'all. I have 200 channels, but I'm not sure I even have that one.
1. America's Got Talent (Tuesday)
2. Primetime Special Edition (Casey Anthony)
3. America's Got Talent (Wednesday)
4. America's Got Talent (Special Day)
5. Big Brother (Thursday)
6. Big Brother (Sunday)
7. So You Think You Can Dance (Wednesday)
8. Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Special
9. MasterChef (Tuesday)
10. Wipeout (Thursday)
11. Copa America 2011
12. Love in the Wild
13. 110 Ways to Leave a Game Show
14. Big Bang Theory (Rerun)
15. Family Guy (Rerun)
16. Expedition Impossible
17. So You Think You Can Dance (Thursday)
18. Simpsons (Rerun)
19. Wipeout (Tuesday)
20. Triunfo Del Amor
21. Copa America
22. Dateline (Friday)
23. Cleveland (Rerun)
24. Kitchen Nightmares
25. Triunfo Del Amor
1. Grow Up Timmy (Nickelodeon)
2. True Blood (HBO)
3. Morning Express (Headline News)
4. Royal Pains (USA)
5. Spring Cup Racing (USA)
6. Burn Notice (USA)
7. Headline News Local Edition
8. Covert Affairs (USA)
9. Grow Up Timmy (Movie), Nickelodeon
10. Suits (USA)
11. Spongebob The Movie (Nick)
12. Headline News
13. Morning Express (Headline News)
14. Necessary Roughness (USA)
15. NASCAR (TNT)
16. Swamp People (History)
17. White Collar (USA)
18. Headline News
19. Spongebob Squarepants (Nick)
20. Headline News
21. Falling Skies (TNT)
22. Women's World Cup Soccer (ESPN)
23. Headline News
24. Spongebob Squarepants (Nick)
25. Spongebob Squarepants (Nick)