Wednesday, September 28, 2011
FULL SEASON ALERT: New Girl
Before the ax swings on any new show, FOX has already ordered a full season for its breakout comedy hit New Girl. The Zooey Deschanel comedy has been a big surprise in its two airings so far as it has built on its lead-in Glee by a large margin. It debuted with a powerful 4.8 demo last week and only slipped to a 4.5 demo this week, which is a great hold for the second episode. FOX is notorious for giving full season orders early but this is earlier than usual. Last year, they gave Raising Hope a very early full season only to see the ratings slip badly (though the show was renewed). New Girl has had mostly good reception from viewers and seems to be a self starter with Glee slipping this year. I watched the first episode, check out the review here. I haven't gotten to the second episode yet.
New Girl is the biggest success story for FOX so far this fall which has included underwhelming debuts for The X-Factor and Terra Nova as well as a major dip for Glee, a cornerstone show on the network. With plans at some point to air four half hour comedies on Tuesday nights, they have to be planning on New Girl as the tentpole show. It already seems to be helping Raising Hope's demo in its second season.