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2009 Fall TV: Premiere Week Ratings Roundup

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 28th 2009 5:15PM
NCISFall TV got off to an unexpectedly strong start in the ratings last week.

'House,' the 'NCIS' franchise and the ABC comedy bloc were just some of the shows to boast huge (in some cases best-ever) premiere numbers. And while it wasn't a good week for everyone (Mischa Barton; anyone associated with NBC), the overall charts seem to indicate that network television may be finding its footing again.

Here's a day-by-day rundown of the week's biggest hits (and misses), plus an update on how 'The Jay Leno Show' is holding up.
NCISFall TV got off to an unexpectedly strong start in the ratings last week.

'House,' the 'NCIS' franchise and the ABC comedy bloc were just some of the shows to boast huge (in some cases best-ever) premiere numbers. And while it wasn't a good week for everyone (Mischa Barton; anyone associated with NBC), the overall charts seem to indicate that network television may be finding its footing again.

Here's a day-by-day rundown of the week's biggest hits (and misses), plus an update on how 'The Jay Leno Show' is holding up:

MONDAY, SEPT. 21
HouseHits: 'House' kicked things off with a bang, drawing 16.5 million viewers to help Fox win its first opening night ever. Meanwhile, the one-two punch of Chuck Lorre's 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Big Bang Theory' continued to pull in strong numbers for CBS, with 13.6 million and 12.8 million viewers each.
Misses: 'Dancing With the Stars' had its lowest premiere since season 1 (17.5 million), although nothing was quite as rough as 'Heroes'' 6 million tune-in. That number marks a 46 percent drop from last season's premiere, and an even bigger drop from its series debut in 2006 (14.3 million).

TUESDAY, SEPT. 22
NCISHits: CBS may have found its next major franchise in 'NCIS,' which became the first -- and only -- show to cross the 20 million mark last week (20.6 million viewers). Even better: The debut of its spinoff, 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' kept nearly all of its lead in audience to post a staggering 18.7 million.
Misses: ABC's 'The Forgotten' (9.5 million) couldn't trump the debut of 'The Good Wife,' which earned a solid 13.7 million viewers. Meanwhile, the CW's 'Melrose Place' reboot lost more of its audience (1.4 million), despite an additional script order and breaking news that Heather Locklear will be joining the show in November.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
Cougar TownHits: It looks like comedy is making a ratings comeback -- at least on ABC. Both 'Cougar Town' (11.3 million) 'Modern Family' (12.6 million) enjoyed healthy debuts on Wednesday.
Misses: More bad news for the CW and starlet Mischa Barton: The second episode of 'The Beautiful Life: TBL' barely crossed the one million marker (1.1 million viewers) and was promptly canceled just a few days after. 'The Beautiful Life': RIP.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
FlashForwardHits: Billed as the next 'Lost,' 'FlashForward' lived up to the hype, taking in 12.4 million viewers. It also survived tough competition from 'Survivor' (11.9 million viewers), which lost in the adults 18-49 demo for the first time in five years.
Misses: So much for a Thursday night smackdown. Second episodes of 'Community' (5.4 million), 'The Office' (7.3 million), 'Fringe' (5.8 million) and 'Parks and Recreation' (wait for it -- 4.2 million) flatlined. But the night's biggest surprise came from 'CSI.' Previously a ratings juggernaut, the show (now in its 10th season on CBS) only attracted 15.4 million viewers, down 44 percent from last year. Now there's a crime scene.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
MediumHits: CBS found a psychic connection in 'Ghost Whisperer' (8.6 million viewers) and 'Medium' (8.8 million).
Misses: After a strong start to the week, Fox struggled to find audiences for 'Brothers' (2.8 million) or the second season premiere of 'Dollhouse' (2.6 million).

WEEKEND, SEPT. 26-27
The Cleveland Show
Hits: Fox rebounded on Sunday with some animated numbers for 'The Simpsons' (8.2 million), 'The Cleveland Show' (9.4 million), 'Family Guy' (10.2 million) and 'American Dad' (7.1 million).
Misses: Not that many viewers tuned in to Mike and Susan's 'Desperate Housewives' wedding (13.2 million, a series premiere low). Also hitting a new low was 'Brothers and Sisters' (9.3 million).

'THE JAY LENO SHOW'
The Jay Leno Show
Since its debut two weeks ago (18.4 million viewers), 'The Jay Leno Show' has witnessed a less-than-funny decline in the ratings, beginning with the show's second episode (11.1 million). As of last Friday, the show was seen by just 5.7 million viewers.

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