So far for broadcast networks this television season has vastly underperformed – for both rookie shows and returning favorite. From Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor to NBC’s Prime Suspect, the only two winners so far for the frosh class have been NBC’s Whitney and FOX’s New Girl. Remember though, it still only is the first week and things could change.
You might have noticed I never mentioned CBS’s 2 Broke Girls…and that is because it aired after the humongous debut of Two and a Half Men and I think the show will fall at least 35% when it debuts in its regular Monday, 8:30 timeslot.
Shows like Glee and Law & Over: Special Victims Unit took huge dives from last season, and a few rookie shows (A Gifted Man, Charlie’s Angels) that were poised to debut strong, fell somewhat flat during their premieres. NCIS for CBS and Castle for ABC are two of the only dramas that really grew (or stayed relatively stable) compared to last year.
NBC is far behind the other networks as no show for the Peacock debuted to anything near 10 million viewers overall, and except for its comedy block on Thursdays, not many are even hitting a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic. ABC is staying surprisingly strong with its Wednesday comedies, but still can’t match the success of CBS.
Tuesday I’ll have a full recap of premiere week, but for now…SOUND OFF