Two shows looks like superstars. One show looks like a real superstar. And one show looks an awful lot like Lone Star—and not in a good, critically acclaimed way, either.
A comprehensive look at where fall TV's newcomers stand after the first week of the new season:
Note: Shows are listed in order of how high, or not, they rated among 18-to-49-year-old viewers.
• 2 Broke Girls
• New Girl
It must be a Girl thing.
THE REAL SUPERSTAR
• New Girl
Its debut was derived from its own good buzz, savvy marketing and/or Zooey Deschanel's general lovability. 2 Broke Girls' performance might've been for real, too, but thanks to Two and a Half Men's Super Bowl-esque performance, no one will ever know, until, that is, the latest Monday night ratings come in this morning. (Update: On its own, airing in front of, and not behind Men last night, 2 Broke Girls put up great numbers. So, yeah, this show's pretty real.)
• The X Factor
It doesn't look like Dancing With the Stars is going to be American Idol of the fall anymore.
THE SOLID STARTERS
• Pan Am
• Person of Interest
The good news is that, last fall, these shows' ratings would've landed them in the Top 30. The bad news is, last fall, Top 30 premieres didn't save $#*! My Dad Says, The Event and Outsourced from eventual cancellation.
ON THE BORDERLINE
• Up All Night
• Charlie's Angels
Unforgettable wasn't in the demographic league of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, its A-list lead-ins, but it owned its time slot, so it's on the borderline of the elite. Charlie's Angels had no lead-in and not much luck in luring young adults away from The X Factor and The Big Bang Theory, its A-list competition, so it's on the borderline of the endandered. Up All Night, which was on its second episode, fell between these two shows, but feels like a keeper, especially with half of NBC's returning Thursday comedies drawing even lower ratings.
• Prime Suspect
• The Playboy Club
• A Gifted Man
• Free Agents
Not to get too technical, but each of these shows drew a sub-2.0 demo rating, a usually fatal development for an ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox series. Last fall, Lone Star started off with a lonely 1.3, and was gone a week later. This time around, A Gifted Man started off with a 1.4. Even worse, Free Agents, in its second outing, fell to Lone Star depths.
THE CW DIVISION
Pretty much all hope for a new smash hit, or even just a freshman show with a discernible audience, is riding on Rachel Bilson's Hart of Dixie, which premiered last night. (Update: Um, after looking at Hart of Dixie's numbers, or lack thereof, maybe Ringer is/was the new smash hit?)
Here's a rundown of the TV week's Top 10 most-watched shows, per the just-released Nielsen rankings: