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From Made in Jersey to maid in Jersey; fall TV’s winners and losers thus far

- October 12th, 2012

Janet Montgomery of Made in Jersey

It’s pretty early to be analyzing the winners and losers of the fall TV season. Some of the biggest new shows just debuted this week, with still more to come.

But snap judgments are fun, so why the hell not?

Please note that any mention of ratings pertains to U.S. ratings. While the performance of these series in Canada obviously is very important to CTV, Citytv and Global, the survival or cancelation of American shows is determined only by numbers in the United States.

WINNERS SO FAR

Revolution (NBC, Citytv)
This has been a non-electrified bolt of lightning and was rewarded when NBC announced last week that it was committing to a full season. These “Lost wannabe” types of series have not done well in recent years, so there must be something revolutionary about Revolution.

Go On (NBC, Global)
I’m still debating how funny this new Matthew Perry project actually is. It’s charming enough, though, and NBC has committed to a full season.

The New Normal (NBC, CTV)
One of the biggest-buzz new sitcoms, individual episodes have careened from hilarious (Obama Mama) to uncomfortable (Nanagasm) to suffocatingly preachy (Bryanzilla). Nonetheless, this got a full-season order from NBC, too.

CONDITIONAL WINNERS

The Mindy Project (Fox, Citytv)
The other biggest-buzz new sitcom, I was a bit surprised when, earlier this week, Fox picked it up for a full season so quickly. The numbers aren’t great, but sometimes you gotta dance with who you heavily promoted.

Ben and Kate (Fox, Citytv)
I thought Nat Faxon would be carrying this show, but Dakota Johnson was really funny in the episode titled Bad Cop/Bad Cop. Again, the numbers are mediocre at best, and it was a surprising full-season pickup by Fox so early. But I’m happy about it.

Vegas (CBS, Global)
Often retro is no-go for viewers, but the numbers for this 1960s-set project starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have held up nicely. The audience skews old, though, which doesn’t impress advertisers.

Elementary (CBS, Global)
As a modern Sherlock Holmes, Jonny Lee Miller needs to dial down his performance just a little bit. But the ratings have been acceptable, even though this is yet another older-skewing show for CBS.

LOSERS SO FAR

Made in Jersey (CBS, Global)
Star Janet Montgomery (pictured above) just applied to be a “maid in Jersey.” Okay, bad joke. This is the first show to get yanked from a network sked.

The Mob Doctor (Fox, CTV)
This series is getting roughed up on Monday nights in the States (CTV is airing it on Sundays). Many observers expect it to get whacked soon.

Partners (CBS, Citytv)
These dudes aren’t faring any better on Mondays. Moving Two and a Half Men to Thursdays has hurt the CBS Monday comedy block more that most people expected.

666 Park Avenue (ABC, Citytv)
The previous plum timeslot of Sundays at 10 p.m. has become problematic for ABC. Last season Pan Am couldn’t fly. Now this series appears to be trapped in the basement with the ghosts.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

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1 comment

  1. SNAPPS | October 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

    There are some great shows on primetime and I watch them all the time. That’s mainly what I watch and I’ve been hooked on shows like Vegas, and Revolution. I always look forward to getting my primetime shows recorded to watch later when I’m not at work. One thing I’ve always hated is when there are too many shows to record and not enough DVRs to do it with. This pain’s a thing of the past now that I upgraded to the Hopper, after my coworker at DISH suggested it. I can enable the PrimeTime Anytime and all four networks will record on one TV. I can say good bye to the headaches and everyone gets what they want to watch. We can also play the recordings back at any TV location which makes things easier with just one box for everyone.

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