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Week One Ratings Reduced to Easily Digestible Bullet Points

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 29, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 29, 2010 |

The Good News

  • “Modern Family,” saw its biggest ratings to date, and pummelled the competition in its time slot in the only demographic (18-49) that matters.

  • “Castle,” gained on its premiere last year, even up against the premiers of “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Chase.” Nathan Fillion is not in any danger of losing his job anytime soon.

  • In the 18-49 demo, “Glee,” placed 2nd for the week; “Modern Family” placed 5th; “The Office” placed 10th; and “How I Met Your Mother,” placed a decent 24th.

  • “The Office,” “30 Rock,” and even “Community” (!) had decent gains over their premieres last season.

  • “The Biggest Loser,” had a precipitous 21 percent drop from its premiere last season.

  • “The Apprentice” (non-celebrity edition) had terrible ratings, and may not complete its half-season run.

    The Bad News

  • “Lone Star,” as previously mentioned, was cancelled.

  • “Chuck” was the lowest rated scripted show of the week that didn’t air on Friday. The shitcan approacheth.

  • “House” had a fairly steep fall in the ratings.

  • “Shit My Dad Says,” debuted at number 17 on the week; “Mike and Molly” debuted at number 19.

  • The overall ratings were dominated, as usual, by procedurals, reality shows, and laugh-track sitcoms. Also, Tom Selleck’s new show.

  • “Dancing with Stars,” was the most watched show of the week; the “Dancing with Stars,” results show was number three (sandwiched in between was “NCIS”).

  • “Parenthood” was last in its timeslot.

    The Unexceptional

  • “Raising Hope,” my favorite new network show of the season that’s not already been cancelled, did modestly in its time slot, thanks in part of the massive “Glee” lead in. “Running Wilde,” which didn’t improve quality-wise last night, didn’t fare as well in the ratings.

  • “The Event” had a modest debut, and only a modest drop-off in its second week. It’s treading water, but will likely be another “FlashForward,” in that it treads water for the entire season, and then gets cancelled.

    Cancellation Watch

    The shows most likely not to make it to mid-season are probably “Outlaw,” (which may not make it another week), “Chuck,” “Undercovers,” “Chase,” “The Whole Truth,” “My Generation,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “The Apprentice,” and “Running Wilde.”

    What We Can Expect in the Future

    A reality-show procedural about a family of overweight singing cops who solve crimes and dance. We’ll call it “CSIS: Dancing with Modern Cops Who $#*!”

    Plain Odd

  • Sharktopus had higher ratings than both “Mad Men” and “Dexter” this week. You’ve been Sharktopussed.

    A List of the Top 26 Shows of the Week in Overall Ratings

    1. Dancing with the Stars
    2. NCIS
    3. Dancing with the Stars Results Show
    4. Sunday Night Football
    5. NCIS: Los Angeles
    6. The Mentalist
    7. CSI
    8. 60 Minutes
    9. Grey’s Anatomy
    10. CSI
    11. Two and a Half Men
    12. Hawaii Five-O
    13. Criminal Minds
    14. Sunday Night Football Pregame
    15. NCIS: Los Angeles
    16. Big Bang Theory
    17. Desperate Housewives
    18. Blue Bloods
    19. Another Dancing with the Stars Results Show
    20. The Defenders
    21. Mike & Molly
    22. Shit My Dad Says
    23. Modern Family
    24. Survivor
    25. Undercover Boss
    26. Glee

    Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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