While we’ve touted most of the ratings this week as a win for several of the networks, we think that the lineup on Thursday ended up being a little bit more of a mixed bag. While there were good stories to tell for CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox, they all felt a little bit of the burn after hoping that they were going to have some ratings successes straight out of the gate.
Let’s begin here with one of the biggest surprises to us in that “The Michael J. Fox Show” only drew a 2.1 in the 18-49 demographic for its one-hour premiere last night. While that is a great number compared to the 1.3 “Parks and Recreation” posted against “The Big Bang Theory,” we were thinking that getting the big name here in Fox would allow the show to at least get a 2.5. The show already has a full-season order, so there will be at least a little bit of time to figure this out.
Meanwhile, “The Crazy Ones” started off with a crazy-good rating of a 4.0 for its own premiere, which is the strongest for any comedy launch since “2 Broke Girls,” which benefited from airing after the first “Two and a Half Men” without Charlie Sheen on board. “The Big Bang Theory” scored a huge premiere with a 5.6 and nearly 19 million viewers, which is the sort of thing any other network would beg to have on their schedule. “The Walking Dead” is the only thing that even close close to this in the demo. Meanwhile, we do worry somewhat about CBS’ drama lineup right now. “Elementary” only scored a 2.1 after this killer lineup, and it makes us wonder whether or not the Jonny Lee Miller mystery is ultimately going to be a disappointment after the huge season 1 they had along with the Super Bowl airing.
The show that’s in the biggest trouble? Clearly it’s “Parks and Recreation,” which is showing now that “Community” struggled more thanks to the timeslot than anything else.
Want to read our full review of “The Crazy Ones”? If so, just be sure to head on over to the link here, and we’ll be back with more next week.