Top-5 New Shows Last Week: "Big Shots" Rises' "Private Practice" Still #1
A brand new week has begun, so here's a quick look at which 5 freshman shows did best in week #3 of the current TV season.
Capitalizing on the blockbuster power of its parent series "Grey's Anatomy" as well as the star power of Kate Walsh, ABC's "Private Practice" has now emerged as this season's highest rated new series in both total viewers and adults 18-49.
Although the show initially battled its timeslot competitor NBC's "The Bionic Woman," the re-imagined version of the sci-fi classic has lost some ground since the premiere, while the doctors from Ocean Wellness Group appear to possess much stronger ratings power.
There were two surprises last week. The first was the unexpected strong premiere for ABC's new procedural "Women's Murder Club" based on James Patterson's books. The show pulled in almost 11 million viewers on generally low-rated Friday emerging as the night's #1 show.
The pilots usually get inflated numbers because they are sampled by curious viewers. WMC however posted growth within the hour which may indicate the show's staying power. On the other hand, the drama didn't do equally well among adults 18-49.
The second surprise was the unexpected growth in week #3 for ABC's critically-panned "Big Shots" which added about a million sets of eyeballs. Although the show still loses 50% of "Grey's Anatomy" lead-in audience it surpassed "The Bionic Woman" and "Pushing Daisies" in the 18-49 demo.
If "Big Shots" manages to hang on to those viewers or even pull the same trick again and grow (especially in the 18-49 demo), whether you like it or not - it may be here to stay.
Whatever the case, 3 weeks into the new season, ABC's development still seems to be the strongest of all networks with 4 ABC shows in the top-5 on both charts.
Take a closer look:
Top-5 new shows on network TV (October 7-13, adults 18-49)
1. PRIVATE PRACTICE, ABC (4.8)
2. BIG SHOTS, ABC (3.9)
3. THE BIONIC WOMAN, NBC (3.8)
4. PUSHING DAISIES, ABC (3.6)
5. DIRTY SEXY MONEY, ABC (3.4)
THE BIG BANG THEORY, CBS (3.4)
Top-5 new shows on network TV (October 7-13, total viewers)
1. PRIVATE PRACTICE, ABC (12.2 million)
2. WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB, ABC (10.8 million)
3. THE BIONIC WOMAN, NBC (10.1 million)
PUSHING DAISIES, ABC (10.1 million)
5. BIG SHOTS,ABC (9.26 million)