Saturday, January 21, 2012
GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Week 18
FOX has been in trouble with their dramas - House is aging and could be in its final season. Fringe is as good as gone. Terra Nova had lukewarm ratings while The Finder has been a bust. Only Bones has been reliable and that's on hiatus. But they got good news on Monday night with the series premiere of spooky Alcatraz. The new series delivered 10.1 million viewers and a strong 3.3 demo but the best news was that it held up well across two hours and two different episodes. While it's too soon to call it a hit, it was a very promising start and reviews have been good. FOX could certainly use a strong new drama.
When the competition increases, NBC just wilts. Aside from positive ratings from Betty White Night, NBC is in dire straits right now. Parenthood, Law & Order: SVU, and Harry's Law are hitting new lows. The comedy hour on Wednesday looks like a bust after steep week two drops. The Thursday comedies outside of The Office are barely contending and Up All Night hasn't helped in place of Whitney. The Firm is a flat out bust. NBC just has so many holes to fix. They better hope that The Voice is everything they're hoping and Smash turns out to be, well, a smash. Otherwise, what do they have? If they can hit with The Voice and Smash, they can slowly build from there. Maybe they need to have Betty White night every week?