Television

TV Winners & Losers (9/20/10)

Jason Ritter of NBC's "The Event"

With premiere week upon us, it is that wonderful time in fall that we can see which returning and new shows perform well, or flop miserably. Monday didn’t have too many surprises, but still had lots of winners and losers like every night of the week does. From new shows about an overweight couple from Overeaters Anonymous to returning favorites about a mystery writer who helps the NYPD solve cases, this fall season promises to be interesting as Monday has a slew of new series that could become the next phenomenon.

Winners

  • NBC’s The Event debuted strong with 11.7 million viewers and a 3.7 in the 18-49 demo. With a very vague plot and name, the show was predicted to either tank or do moderately well. For NBC, these numbers haven’t been seen for a drama in a few years.
  • CBC’s Hawaii Five-O (13.8 million, 3.8) debuted a little below expectations, but nevertheless won the 10 PM hour last night. The series is already a fan favorite, however, and probably will jump a bit in the ratings come the next few weeks.
  • Two and a Half Men is showing no signs of aging with 14.5 million and a 4.8 in the 18-49 tuning in. While series star Charlie Sheen might have a few personal problems, the series is still a hit in both critics and fans eyes.

Losers

  • Chuck still is performing under expectations. The premiere last night drew in 6.1 million and 2.1 in the 18-49, lower than both Heroes season premiere last fall and Chuck’s own spring premiere this year. I have a feeling the show is headed to the chopping block.
  • The critically acclaimed FOX series Lone Star tanked with only 4.1 million viewers and a 1.3 in the 18-49. Maybe Americans have finally had enough of dramatic soap operas…
  • While 12.2 million viewers and 3.9 in the 18-49 sounds good, CBS must be worried about new series Mike & Molly. That is around 17% lower than The Big Bang Theory last year, and I wonder if this show might be the one comedy on the chopping block.

One show that obviously was a winner is ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. At 21 million viewers and a 5.0 in the 18-49, there is no doubt people are interested to see the newest batch of celebrities. There should be no worries about this reality series anytime soon.

Finally, one show that is up in the air is ABC’s Castle. The show sways in ratings every week, but debuted to a solid 11.2 million and a 2.8 in the 18-49. That is up from last year, but as seen before, the ratings can do down a lot in the matter of weeks for the series.

Only time will tell which of these Monday shows will be axed. Any guesses?

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