Another week, another listing of the top 20 shows, which have been remarkably static since the beginning of the season. “NCIS” and its spin-off, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” continue to be the top scripted programs, which is due in part to the lack of competition: “The Biggest Loser” is the only real competition for either show, which has also helped CBS land big ratings with its 10:00 show, “The Good Wife,” a show good enough to warrant its 13 million viewers. Meanwhile, the other CBS procedurals continue to dominate the rest of the top 20 — all told, there are seven of them among the top 20. ABC managed to squeeze in “‘Greys’ Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives” among the procedurals and reality shows, while the two comedies to break the top 20 were CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” and “Big Bang Theory,” which had a 15 percent ratings increase this week, thanks to the appearance of Wil Wheaton (geek power!).
The real interest, as always, is below the top 20, and in the 18-49 ratings, where “Modern Family” has become the rare comedy that’s actually had an audience increase week to week. It ranked 27th for the week overall, but it was just a smidge behind “Criminal Minds” among the coveted demographic, while “Glee,” was just a nudge below it. “Glee” is not doing spectacular in the overall ratings, but it’s holding its own among 18-49 year olds, and it’s one of the few network shows that actually appeals to a smarter, young demographic.
On Wednesdays, “Hank” continues to suffer — it’s the lowest rated program of the night (discounting The CW), which is why it’s being preempted next week for a rerun of the Charlie Brown Halloween special, which will air the night before as well.
Elsewhere, “Cougar Town” is still doing moderately well; “The Office” is doing fine, although both “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” are performing horribly — their ratings are below that of “The Jay Leno Show”. Meanwhile, “FlashForward” is holding up fairly well against “Survivor.”
Over on cable, the ratings are being dominated by the NFL on ESPN, playoff baseball on TBS, kid’s shows (“iCarly” and “Hannah Montana”) and, of course, “NCIS” reruns on USA.
For those still watching “Dollhouse,” — all three of you — the good news is that Fox will officially be carrying all 13 episodes of this season. The bad news is twofold: 1) It’s doubtful it will go beyond that, and 2) “Dollhouse” will not be shown during November sweeps, though it will be doubled up (two eps a night) during December until its conclusion.