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What are your favorite new shows so far?

After a strike-ridden year with just one bonafide hit (CBS’s “The Mentalist”) and a couple of decent freshman shows (notably Fox’s “Fringe”), the broadcast networks came back with a more robust lineup of newbies.

NCIS Los Angeles

As expected, it’s a mixed bag when it comes to performance. Let’s go over the new shows network by network:

CBS: This network had the fewest holes to fill and has held up okay, though a few of its aging shows have lost significant steam – especially “Cold Case.” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” averaging 17-million plus viewers, has held a bulk of the crowd that watches “NCIS,” now TV’s most popular show at 20 million. The excellent drama “The Good Wife” on Tuesdays after “NCIS: Los Angeles” has held a consistent 13 million viewers. Jenna Elfman’s Accidentally on Purpose” is a mediocre offering on Monday nights but is doing adequately sandwiched between “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men.” The maudlin “Three Rivers” is doing poorly on Sunday nights after “Amazing Race,” averaging fewer than 8 million viewers and skewing very old.

Which are new shows you like so far (pick up to 5)?

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NBC: Clearly, no “ER” or “Friends” in the horizon. “The Jay Leno Show” is barely holding its own at 10 p.m. Reviews have been brutal and many nights it’s not even able to get a 1.5 rating among 18 to 49 year olds, the minimum the network has promised to advertisers. The EMT drama “Trauma” is a bust on Monday nights, averaging fewer than 6 million viewers (though ratings did stabilize after the second episode.) Wednesday night’s nurse drama “Mercy” is doing better, averaging 7.4 million viewers after five episodes. Sitcom “Community” on Thursday has been a disappointment, averaging 5.7 mlilion viewers to date.

ABC: The network’s sci-fi thriller “V” debuts next week. “The Forgotten” on Tuesdays starring Christian Slater hasn’t done a particularly good job holding the “Dancing With the Stars” audience but ABC should be relieved that ratings immediately stabilized after the second episode at around 7.5 million viewers. Wednesday is packed entirely of new shows. “Hank” is already in trouble and is preempted tonight for a repeat of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” “The Middle” has shown middling promise, with ratings falling every episode. “Modern Family,” (a personal favorite of mine), has had a bit of a wobbly time in the ratings but remains a solid hit for ABC, averaging more than 9 million viewers a week. “Cougar Town,” starring Courteney Cox, is doing okay but not showing as much holding power as “Modern Family.” “Eastwick,” a remake of the film starring Rebecca Romijn, isn’t hexing enough fans, averaging only 6 million viewers a week.

I’ve been watching “FlashFoward,” hoping it could be the next “Lost.” After a promising
start, the show has been draggy and uninspired, with poor character development. But ratings have held up, averaging 10 million viewers in a very competitive Thursday night slot.

Fox: The network added just three shows. “The Cleveland Show” has been a hit spinoff of “Family Guy” on Sunday nights. The quirky “Glee” has its plot flaws but the song-and-dance routines and Jane Lynch’s bon mots have made this a fun show, with growing (albeit just okay) ratings, on Wednesdays. Friday’s “Brothers” is on death watch.

The CW: The first show to be axed was Mischa Barton’s bomb “The Beautiful Life” after just two episodes. Atlanta-shot “The Vampire Diaries” on Thursday is the network’s biggest show so far, averaging close to 4 million viewers. It’s already gotten a guaranteed full season. “Melrose Place” on Tuesdays has been a shadow of its ’90s version self, averaging fewer than 1.7 million viewers.

Over in cable land, USA already has a promising drama in “White Collar” and the FX is hot on “Sons of Anarchy,” which recently beat “The Jay Leno Show” in 18-49 ratings.

What has caught your eye so far? What have you sampled and already given up on?

45 comments Add your comment

Hatch Attack

October 28th, 2009
2:28 pm

Don’t you mean “White Collar” on USA? Sheesh, at least look over what you write before you publish it.

Adam Vance

October 28th, 2009
2:40 pm

Modern Family is hilarious, but they need to recast Ty Burrell’s part. He’s annoying.

Tyree

October 28th, 2009
3:57 pm

Jay Leno has stepped in the proverbial doggie poop with his show. The axeman comes soon.

jct

October 28th, 2009
4:04 pm

Vampire Dairies is an excellent show. I am way outside it key demographic. Too bad it’s on a very crowded Thursday night. This show needs to be seen by more people.

My absolute favorite is Glee. I love that it does not take itself too seriously. Great fun in the middle of the week.

MD N8tv in GA

October 28th, 2009
4:08 pm

Modern Family and Glee are my two favorites….which is unfortunate since they air at the same time. Thank goodness for TVDUCK.com (I don’t have a DVR). Hating that the WS is going to bump Glee but at least I can watch Modern Family IRT.

Eric

October 28th, 2009
4:09 pm

Actually, Ty-ree. The Jay Leno Show is one of the better options this season. Of course, I like Jay. Maybe you don’t. Glee is probably the best new show of the season. It’s quirky and funny and the music is excellent.

MD N8tv in GA

October 28th, 2009
4:10 pm

And I agree with jct too about Vampire Diaries…I am also out of their demographic it but I enjoy it immensely!

Marie

October 28th, 2009
4:13 pm

Modern Family and The Middle – so funny!!!!!

Tyree

October 28th, 2009
4:16 pm

@ Eric. I like Jay. However, the new time slot has failed to attract a large following audience. It’s not a personal affront against Jay. It’s a matter how the network will prop him up.

annie

October 28th, 2009
4:21 pm

glee absolutely ROCKS and is the best show in years. I have forgone a lot of tv in the past, but after a lot of my friends raved about glee I had to check it out. Really really good — quirky, funny and entertaining. A good escape from the daily rut and all the other depressing criminal shows. You have got to check it out!

Cammi317

October 28th, 2009
4:23 pm

Loving White Collar and NCIS:Los Angeles!

AJ

October 28th, 2009
4:23 pm

We watch The Middle, Modern Family and Glee. All three are good in our opinion. Oh yeah I almost forgot – we dvr Three Rivers in case the football game runs late and causes Amazing Race to go long. HA!

Don’t think we watch anything on NBC except BIggest Loser occasionally.

Cammi317

October 28th, 2009
4:24 pm

Oh yeah, and although I am sort of embarrassed to be 37 and admit it….Melrose Place.

E

October 28th, 2009
4:24 pm

Glee by far.

Heard Modern Family is great but haven’t seen it – we are on a budget and dropped cable to save some cash, so no DVR anymore.

Cammi317

October 28th, 2009
4:25 pm

Darn it…The Good Wife too…yes, that concludes it….LOL!

Bubba

October 28th, 2009
4:37 pm

White Collar and Sons of Anarchy. The Good Wife isn’t bad, either. NCIS LA is okay, by that I mean there isn’t anything on I’d rather watch. That’s about it. Reality shows/talent shows are annoying and tired, and sitcoms – except for It’s Always Sunny – are very, very stale. Hollywood producers are like Washington politicians. Artificial, out of touch.

Deanna

October 28th, 2009
4:38 pm

Everybody knows about “Glee” by now. That’s my favorite show of the year! But this season’s best kept secret is “The Middle” on ABC at 8:30 on Wednesday nights. It’s a really funny, family-friendly comedy. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Les

October 28th, 2009
4:45 pm

I have been enjoying Flash Forward. But I have to admit – it started with a bang… and has been dragging slowly in some of the episodes. I don’t know if it is going to keep me.

no excuses

October 28th, 2009
4:47 pm

Glee is by far the most entertaining new show this year. Guess you can say it’s my guilty pleasure. We started watching Vampire Diaries out of pure curiosity and it’s completely sucked us in. (wow, a pun!) Although Trauma is trying to be like ER, it’s actually pretty good. Someone needs to pull the plug on Mercy.

jg

October 28th, 2009
4:49 pm

The Good Wife – but it is on too late for me…..got to get up too early and I am DVR-challenged!!

Bryguy

October 28th, 2009
4:53 pm

Wedding Day on TNT. Rondey Ho is a jerk!

Mara

October 28th, 2009
4:54 pm

Sons of Anarchy is my new favorite show! Charlie Hunnam is smoking hot as Jax, but it’s also that the storyline is so great and the acting is superb! Love it! Can’t wait until Tuesday!!

Really?

October 28th, 2009
4:56 pm

Community, Modern family, and Glee. In that order. Three good shows with some promise. Modern family gets a nod because it seems to try the “Arrested Devolopment” approach, but falls a little short. Still a fun show though. Community is fast paced and the most entertaining of all the new shows for me. Abed is best. Glee is a little to quirky for me sometimes but overall entertaining. I feel like high school chorus’ are going to be copying this for years to come.

Best thing about these shows. NO LAUGH TRACK. I really dislike laugh tracks.

Smack

October 28th, 2009
4:57 pm

The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town are all pretty good shows. If nothing else, Hank is dragging the other shows down. Bring on the revamped Scrubs and see if it can actually survive without the original cast on together every week. Community is ok, much better than Parks and Recreation that’s for sure.

Really?

October 28th, 2009
4:57 pm

Mara, Sons of Anarchy is not new.

myra

October 28th, 2009
5:04 pm

Modern Family is so NOT funny. The premise is great but the jokes are lame and not biting enough to be humorous.
I wish it was.

no excuses

October 28th, 2009
5:06 pm

NBC really screwed up with putting Leno on every single week day at 10. I didn’t watch him every night at 11:30, why would I do it at 10? They’ve pretty much ensured we’ll be watching another channel at 10 pm. Guess that’s what you call lazy programming since you only have to worry about producing two hours of shows each night.

Voice of Reason

October 28th, 2009
5:13 pm

@ Les

Same here, if this week isn’t better, I’m bailing and taking my SIL with me.

The Cleveland Show is hilarious!!

Mary Jo

October 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

GLEE is the best show.

MiltonDawg

October 28th, 2009
5:48 pm

Good Wife is our favorite new show. Flash Forward is okay, and NCIS Los Angeles is no NCIS.

soulfinger

October 28th, 2009
5:52 pm

I would have to say hands down Modern Family is my favorite new show. I am also enjoying Flash Foward..but I do agree..i hope they move it along a little faster. I used to love V back in the day so i am looking forward to seeing the new version. Cougar Town is just too trashy for me (sorry Cort!) Although its not new, this is my first year watching Greys and its awesome!

sammymama

October 28th, 2009
8:50 pm

The Middle is the best show this season- lots of it hits home and it is hillarious. The Good Wife is also a winner as wells as Eastwick. Brothers and Sisters has too much drama and it’s a downer, and can’t wait until Drop Dead Diva comes back.

Kitty

October 28th, 2009
9:58 pm

The Middle. Think maybe some people think its some “lame” comedy & ignore it but they would be wrong. Each character adds something to the show and it is as clever as anything on. Modern Family is also good.
Both shows tonight were at their best.

Tom

October 28th, 2009
10:57 pm

FlashForward is moving the plot almost too fast in my opinion for a series show. Nearly the entire story arc has been laid at our feet (impossible in my opinion not to see where it is going) and we’re getting to the point where the only thing left is developing the characters to fill in the spaces.

I really like the show but I’m afraid it’s gonna self-destruct a la Jericho.

Jim H.

October 29th, 2009
8:39 am

Modern family is good………. Its kind of like Al Bundy is now a grampa but still has a dysfunctional family.

Elizabeth

October 29th, 2009
10:15 am

Eastwick, Modern Family, The Good Wife, Flash Forward. Have to catch up on Flash Forward, as I’ve been away. I hope what I’m reading, that it’s petering out, is not true. It started with such a bang.
Eastwick just gets better and better. Modern Family is really funny and The Good Wife is solidly good.

Crystal

October 29th, 2009
2:42 pm

Sons of Anarchy is hands down the best show right now. The story line is great with some very talented actors.

shirley

October 29th, 2009
4:23 pm

You said pick up to five.Make up your mine.

Brandon B.

October 30th, 2009
12:19 pm

Hands down Glee is my favorite new show of the fall season. That show is absolutely brilliant.

Jason Whitten

October 30th, 2009
5:51 pm

Californication is probably the best comedy on TV right now, with Curb Your Enthusiasm and 30 Rock not far behind. Sons of Anarchy gets my vote for best drama. Stormchasers is a nice reality show. Vampire Diaries is a bona fide hit with the teenaged femme crowd. Craig Fergeson gets my vote for best late night guy.

Numberonehawksfan

November 2nd, 2009
10:04 am

Fringe is still very good and getting better. Flash Forward is good and I do agree with most of the bloggers that it is moving along a little slow the past few episodes. Sons of Anarchy is pretty good even though I’ve started watching in the second season.

etiquette please

November 2nd, 2009
5:57 pm

had You need to read closely sa it states the following: Over in cable land, USA already has a promising drama in “White Collar” and the FX is hot on “Sons of Anarchy,” which recently beat “The Jay Leno Show” in 18-49 ratings.

JB

November 2nd, 2009
9:12 pm

Jay Leno all the way. Loved him at 11:30 p.m. and I love him at 10:00!!

Melanie

November 7th, 2009
11:18 pm

The middle is hilarious!!!! Best new sitcom in a long time!!!

Luis

November 17th, 2009
9:21 pm

I remember the original V show but I think everyone should take a look at the new V the plot is great and the aliens are hot ABC is doing very well they need to keep up especially since LOST is almost done I love modern family it is hilarious and flashfoward has got my attention I was always an NBC guy but that has changed ABC is much better now the only other show I really like is Vampire Diaries it’s alot like the Twilight films but without being the same I almost forgot about Twilight because of some good acting by the characters on Vamp. Diaries anyways V is the best new show in my opinion 5 stars for hot alien chicks!!!!