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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 | Industry | September 26, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 26, 2012 |

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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