Here's Friday of premier week:
. The network that has controlled Friday total viewer ratings continues. It's new show "A Gifted Man" did about 50% better than "Medium" did last year in total viewers but about the same in the demo. The other two are about the same as last year.
We watched "A Gifted Man" last night and are on the fence about it.Fox
. "Fringe" did 66% better in the demo and 22% better in total viewers compared to "The Good Guys" last year. But whether the raw numbers 1.5/5 & 3.53 million are good enough to sustain the show through to another season pickup is questionable at best.
Last year they ran a rerun of "House" at the 8:00 and pulled 0.6/2 & 3.11 million. "Kitchen Nightmares" did better with 1.6/6 and 3.84. It's these numbers that nag. It costs next to nothing to rerun a show and only slightly more for a reality show. Which brings me to....NBC
. For both these nets, reruns were the first order of business followed by their "news" programs "Dateline" and "20/20". Historically, the two "news" programs pull satisfactory ratings and sometimes even better.The CW
. "Nikita" and "Supernatural" did much worse than last year's lineup of "Smallville" and "Supernatural."
One thing is obvious about Friday. The 18-49 "demo" isn't home watching TV in numbers significant to the high-paying advertisers. Apparently it's the over-50 crowd and particularly us geezers and our wives. All week long only CBS is selling total viewer numbers and they like to see 12+ million. On Friday they have to settle for 10± million.
Last night we watched a number of recorded new shows in addition to "A Gifted Man."
ABC's "Charlie's Angels" was painful to watch. We stopped early on, something we almost never do, not even for The CW shows. It's off our recording list. Maybe we just remember the original too clearly, but the nothing seemed to work and the acting seemed way off.
"Person of Interest" was interesting both in premise and cast. We'll continue to record it.
"Prime Suspects" was a surprise - a strong ensemble cast of familiar faces. And the writing, though uneven, was clever for a crime procedural.
Its problems are that it's on NBC and it's on Thursday at 10:00. It needs a few more viewers. Perhaps it will get them from "The Practice" after next week's premier as its central character is a strong woman played by Maria Bello.
Its strength may be that Britain's ITV is one of its production companies, along with Universal Media Studios and Film 44 ("Friday Night Lights"). We'll continue to record it.