Top-5 New TV Shows This Season (TV Ratings)
Which 5 shows got the hottest ratings during the premiere week and, if all goes well, may escape the cancellation button and get full season renewal?
It is, of course, a tad too early to make assumptions about full season renewals. First of all, the networks are still waiting to hear the numbers for the delayed DVR viewing.
The penetration of DVRs in the US has increased from a little over 9% to almost 20% in only one year, so that may have a significant impact on the final ratings numbers.
Second, many of the freshman shows are known to decrease dramatically in their second week following the initial sampling of the pilot episode (as FOX's "K-Ville" and "Back To You" as well as The CW's "Gossip Girl," which all premiered a week early, can confirm).
But, just to get some idea of what the viewers wanted to watch the most during the first official week of the new TV season, here are the top-5:
1. The Bionic Woman (NBC): 5.5 rating
2. Private Practice (ABC): 5.1
3. Life (NBC): 4.1
4. The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 3.7
5. Chuck (NBC) and
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC): 3.6 each
The chart is based upon ratings in the 18-49 demo, the one which is normally the most important to advertisers.
In total viewers, "Private Practice" is the #1 new show with 14.41 million viewers, while "The Bionic Woman" scored 13.91 million (final Wednesday data).
Personally, I am somewhat appalled by the surprisingly strong results for the critically-panned (for good reason) NBC drama "Life." Then again, stranger things have happened on TV.