It's early, yes. But as Lone Star's creator could tell you, it's not too early.
Here's a look at what we've learned from the TV-ratings results from the first full week of the fall season:
1. Glee: Last fall, it was promising and quirky. This fall, it has supplanted Grey's Anatomy as TV's No. 1 hit among adults who buy computers, shop Target—and download Britney Spears covers at iTunes.
2. The Event: Sure, among freshman dramas, Hawaii Five-O was bigger, but this Lost-vibing newcomer cracked the Top 25 in the important 18-49 demo all on its own. (Word of warning: Its numbers were less showy last night. A natural regression? A flashback to FlashForward?)
Honorable Mentions: The Big Bang Theory, which exploded on its new night, and brought along William Shatner's $#^! My Dad Says for the ride; Modern Family, which, like Glee, made great on its off-season buzz; and, Dancing With the Stars, which is still king of the ballroom—it didn't even miss David Hasselhoff last night.
3. ABC's New Fall Shows: Maybe No Ordinary Family will turn things around tonight. But as things stand now, the network does not have anything remotely resembling a cool show, much less a hit show. (Fox, at least, has Raising Hope.) The family comedy Better With You was its only newbie in the demo Top 50—and it finished 49th.
Honorable mention: Jimmy Smits' Outlaw, which was the most demographically undesirable new show on the big four networks.
4. It Pays to Be on Cable: Did you hear Dexter was a big hit? (Sunday's fifth-season opener scored 1.8 million viewers, which is record-setting fantastic for Showtime.) Did you hear Boardwalk Empire already got renewed? (Its series premiere averaged 4.8 million, which is great for HBO.) Did you hear poor, critically acclaimed Lone Star is begging around for viewers? (It scored 4.1 million for its series opener, and sunk lower last night, which ain't great for Fox—or, sadly, anybody who works on the show.)
5. Karma Is a Thing That's Biting Jay Leno: Last fall, The Jay Leno Show's un-killer ratings in the 10 p.m. time slot gave Conan O'Brien fits at 11:35 p.m. This fall, Leno's Tonight Show is likewise bruising easily whenever NBC bombs at 10 p.m. Example: On Thursday, the night David Letterman didn't have Joaquin Phoenix, his Late Show beat Leno because the new season of The Apprentice is doing nothing. (And, conversely, when Letterman had Phoenix, but Leno had Law & Order: SVU as a lead-in, Leno won.)
Here's a look at the 10 most-watched broadcast network shows for the week ended Sunday, per Nielsen Media Research:
Where the Premiering New Fall Shows Stood: Hawaii Five-0 (14.2 million, 11th place), Blue Bloods (13 million, 17th place), $#^! My Dad Says (12.6 million, 20th place), Mike & Molly (12.2 million, 22nd place), The Defenders (12.2 million, 23rd place), The Event (10.9 million, 27th place), Detroit 1-8-7 (9.3 million, 35th place), Undercovers (8.7 million, 40th place), Better With You (7.9 million, 45th place), Outsourced (7.5 million, 47th place), Chase (7.3 million, 48th place), Raising Hope (7.3 million, 49th place), Running Wilde (5.6 million, 67th place), My Generation (5.2 million, 73rd place), Outlaw (4.9 million, 78th place), The Whole Truth (4.8 million, 79th place), Lone Star (4.1 million, 88th place).