Monday was the official start of the fall season with 12 shows
premiering on the major networks. With all networks going head-to-head,
the ratings can predict what shows will succeed and which will fail.
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Based on Monday, new shows are looking pretty strong, with one very noticeable exception. FOX's Lone Star
performed dismally poor while NBC's The Event
was, by any account, a huge hit.
Here are the quick ratings by network:ABC
Dancing with the Stars (8pm): 21 million
Castle (10pm): 11.2 million
How I Met Your Mother (8pm): 8.8 million
Rules of Engagement (8:30pm): 8.3 million
Two and a Half Men (9pm): 14.5 million
Mike and Molly (9:30pm): 12.2 million
Hawaii Five-0 (10pm): 13.8 million
Chuck (8pm): 6.1 million
The Event (9pm): 11.2 million
Chase (10pm): 7.9 million
House (8pm): 10.5 million
Lone Star (9pm): 4.1 million
90210 (8pm): 2.15 million
Gossip Girl (9pm): 1.9 million
While returning favorites DWTS
and Two and Half Men
won the day, many new shows did quite well.Hawaii Five-0
and Mike and Molly
had solid premieres, though not as strong as what they replaced, CSI: Miami
and The Big Bang Theory
. But since they're still the two highest-rated new shows so far, it's hard to argue with success.
The biggest surprise has to be NBC. The Event
did much better than anyone thought and, as a fan, I'm relieved that audiences gave it a shot. I'm also happy that the ratings actually increased slightly from the first to the second half, a promising start. The huge ratings helped boost Chase to a decent number as well.
To put NBC into perspective, last year at this time, when the new season of Heroes
premiered at 9pm, it only had 6 million viewers.
Finally the fall season has its first major disappointment in Lone Star
. Despite raves from many critics, the show lost more than half its lead-in audience and moved FOX from second in the ratings at 8pm to fourth at 9pm. Despite star Jon Voigt promising that the show would be a hit, audiences obviously aren't falling for the charming con artist drama.The Final Judgment
If you were one of those people worried about dedicating yourself to a new mystery because you thought NBC would cancel it right away, your fears can go away. With huge ratings for the premiere of The Event
, it's unlikely the show will be going anywhere anytime soon, so catch on while you still can.
And if you watched and enjoyed Lone Star
, don't worry. James Wolk is so handsome and charming that I'm sure he'll be on another show next season.(Image courtesy of FOX)