Saturday, January 14, 2012
GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Week 17
It may only last a week with American Idol coming on Thursday but CBS Thursday is clicking in a big way and that was seen this week where The Big Bang Theory eclipsed both Two and a Half Men and Modern Family to be the top sitcom on TV. Then a big surprise came where Rob debuted to great numbers. It was way above where the failed How to Be a Gentleman debuted as well as solid utility player Rules of Engagement. This came despite a mild response from critics. Person of Interest followed with an impressive series high and The Mentalist did well too, though it was not as strong as the other shows. It will be interesting to see how Idol affects this lineup but it was a great night for CBS this week.
NBC's new adaptation of the John Grisham book and hit film tanked in its two hour Sunday premiere with just a mere 6.3 million viewers and 1.4 demo. Then in its regular time period, Thursday at 10pm, it tumbled to 4.2 million viewers and a 1.0 demo. It was a cheap pickup so it may not get yanked but it's another bust for NBC as it shows even less promise than the cancelled Prime Suspect in the same slot. It's crazy to see a show pull barely 4 million viewers and a 1.0 demo in a slot that ER used to dominate in.