The Network Ratings Winners And Losers From The First Week Of The New Season

By: 09.27.12  •  43 Comments

It’s premiere week, and while several new shows have yet to premiere, going back to Thursday night’s sitcoms over on NBC (which performed desultory), we have a week’s worth of data to look at. We also have a fairly good idea of which shows are hits, which are likely to be canceled soon, and some that are already on the bubble. Here’s some brief thoughts on the ratings so far, focusing only on the shows that I think are of interest to the Warming Glow readers.


Vegas (CBS) — 14.7 million viewers; 2.5 in the demo. Best new debut of the season, and a certifiable hit. (It was a decent show, too).

Modern Family (ABC) — 14 million viewers; 5.5 in the demo. Getting even better ratings in its fourth season (and is it me, or was last night’s show actually very funny?).

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) — 8.6 million viewers; 3.4 in the demo. Holding strong even while it continues to tease us with Ted’s wife.

Bones (Fox) — 7.3 million viewers; 2.2 in the demo. Doing fairly well in its Monday timeslot.

2 Broke Girls (CBS) — 10 million viewers; 3.7 in the demo. Unbelievable. Really? Why?

Revolution (NBC) — 9.29 million viewers; 3.5 in the demo. In its second week out, still putting up great numbers for an NBC show, particularly one as bad as Revolution. Can it hold over the long term? I just don’t see it, but then again, I don’t understand why it wasn’t abandoned after the pilot.

Go On (NBC) — 7.27 million viewers; 2.7 in the demo. In its third episode, Matthew Perry’s sitcom fell from last week, but up against first-run competition for the first time, NBC has to be thrilled with a 2.7 in the demo. For the network, this has to be considered a big hit.

Sons of Anarchy(FX) — It’s not on the networks, but it’s worth noting that Sons of Anarchy’s 2.1 in the demo finished number two in its timeslot against network competition this week, behind only Vegas.


The Office (NBC) — 4.32 million viewers; 2.1 in the demo. That’s half of the audience The Office had in its debut just one season ago. That’s really bad. If it weren’t already the final season of The Office, it’d be the final season of The Office.

Up All Night (NBC) — 3.14 million viewers; 1.3 in the demo. A 1.3 is damn near CW numbers. I guess re-tooling the show didn’t help, although I like it much more now without The Ava Show.

Parks and Recreation (NBC) — 3.52 million viewers; 1.7 in the demo. Not only did it lose much of its audience from The Office, but 3.5 million viewers is anemic, especially for a show this amazing. Don’t expect another season (sorry), especially now that NBC has found it’s formula for success with Go On: Familiar face, bland comedy.

Partners (CBS) — 6.5 million viewers; 2.4 in the demo. Those are good numbers for an NBC sitcom, but this is CBS, and that’s a steep drop-off from How I Met Your Mother. Expect CBS to keep it on a short leash, although considering how bad the sitcom was, they should cancel it immediately.

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