Two and a Half Men
This being such an epic week in the TV business, with the majority of new and returning shows premiering in the kickoff to the official TV season, I'm adjusting my "guide to the week" format all week to focus separately on each night as a whole: analyzing the programming strategies and showdowns while previewing the pilots and season openers I've seen in advance.
Monday in a Nutshell: ABC and CBS should continue to dominate. Dancing With the Stars has once again cast a buzz-worthy group — though some are wondering if they've overstepped and alienated their more mainstream fans with lightning-rod contestants like Chaz Bono and Nancy Grace. (Get over it, folks. It's a dancing show, all for fun.) And Castle makes for a fine nightcap. CBS' popular comedy lineup includes one new winner (Two Broke Girls) and one show in transition (Two and a Half Men) that's more talked about than almost any new fall series, while Hawaii Five-0 more than holds its own. Fox is shaking things up with its big-budget fantasy spectacular Terra Nova (which bows next week), which should open big at the very least. We'll see if its family-friendly tone attracts a broader-than-cult following. A Cuddy-free House (premiering Oct. 3) may be on its ...
Cameron Wake and Tom Brady
Monday Night Football had a big night in the ratings, just like Tom Brady on the field.
The regular season debut of the venerable franchise on ESPN decimated the competition on both cable and broadcast television, attracting 14.57 million viewers for the NFL game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins and a 6.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds. Brady made the hot South Florida night hotter, passing for 517 yards — merely the fifth-best in league history. And with the promise of more excitement like that, ESPN is sure to lure solid numbers throughout the season.
Everyone won on The Glee Project, so in the spirit of the Glee spin-off and Glee itself and its unrelenting focus on self-esteem, forget that nearly 311 million people out of 312 million in the United States didn't watch. Let's focus on this, instead: The 1.24 million people who did watch set a high for the freshman series, Nielsen Media Research figures show.
MasterChef capped its season like a fine espresso with a touch of anisette that tops off a meal: Its two-hour finale averaged 6.64 million viewers and 2.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds.
Chef Ramsay, Elises
Hell's Kitchen was cookin' for 6.83 million viewers, winning Monday night among the industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds demographic with a 2.8 rating that matched its season high, according to Nielsen overnight figures.
The penultimate episode of MasterChef that followed at 9/8c served 6.04 million people and a 2.4 demo rating.
The three-hour launch of Bachelor Pad's second season won Monday night in viewership (6.87 million) but finished second among the industry-prized 18-to-49-year-old demo, scoring a 2.2 rating, according to Nielsen overnight figures.
Compared to last year, the program stayed even in the demo and grew in total viewers by 8 percent from 6.37 million. And it was No. 1 among all the female demos — all in all, a respectable start. ...
In her pursuit of love, Ashley found her happy ending. In the ratings, The Bachelorette did not.
Fox's summer lineup is missing something: New series.
Back are the standard summer favorites, including new seasons of So You Think You Can Dance and Masterchef, but otherwise, the network's schedule will be filled with repeats of...
More than 8.4 million viewers tuned in to last week's third-season premiere of Jersey Shore, shattering ratings records and becoming MTV's most-watched series telecast to date.
We thought we'd put that number in perspective and compare it the numbers of some other "popular" shows. See how your favorites stack up!
The Sing-Off kept up its solid ratings performance Wednesday, placing a strong second to its CBS competition, the penultimate episode of Survivor: Nicaragua and a new episode of Criminal Minds.
Survivor scored a 3.5 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic and 12.8 million viewers, followed by Minds at 9, which posted a 3.2 and 13.8 million. But the two-hour...