Pan Am took off. Fringe didn't crash.
A rundown of the weekend's premiere-week TV ratings:
SO FAR, SO OK
• Pan Am (10.9 million viewers, per estimates): Sunday's most-watched scripted show was solid, if not as showy as all the promos or dollars spent on the pilot.
• Family Guy (7.6 million viewers): Off from last fall, but still a major dude magnet.
• Saturday Night Live: Down about 10 percent versus last fall's Amy Poehler-hosted opener, but these blips tend to happen over the course of 37 seasons.
HOW DO THEY DO IT?
• The Simpsons (7.9 million viewers): Now approximately one million years old, the toon didn't look its advanced age. At all. It was actually up from year.
• Desperate Housewives (9.8 million viewers): Easily its least-watched premiere ever, and yet the retirement-bound Wisteria Lane ladies still managed to stay demographically relevant.
• The Good Wife (10.5 million viewers) and CSI: Miami (10 million viewers): The overall numbers were obviously OK, if down from last fall. Both shows, though, were pretty punchless among adults who count (and/or watch The Amazing Race).
• Fringe (3.5 million viewers): Premiering for the first time in the Twilight Zone that is Friday night, the Joshua Jackson cult series did as much as it could, which was a whole lot better than the poor Good Guys did in the time slot last fall.