Keep Your 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Love in Check: 9 Lessons Learned From Fall TV's Premiere Week
Broadcast network TV's premiere week is in the history books. And since it was not unlike past premiere weeks — some shows got off to fast starts (see: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), some shows didn't (you didn't see: "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal") — here's what we learned, or rather relearned:
1. When you're in the moment, you're in the moment.
"The Voice" won the reality-competition Emmy on Sunday and won huge on Monday night. It was significantly up over last fall's opener and was one of only two nonfootball shows that cracked a 5.0 rating among the 18-to-49-year-old-viewer demographic. "The Big Bang Theory," which likewise came up with big Emmy wins for Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart, was the other show in the 5.0-and-above stratosphere.
You could argue that "Modern Family," which came up with its fourth comedy-series Emmy in a row, much to the dismay of many on Twitter, is the exception to this rule, but you would be wrong. True, the sitcom was down (and out of the 5.0-and-above club), but it still packed a powerful 4.2 demo rating, and with significantly less help from its lead-in show, which brings us to...
Watch Mitch and Cam's proposal from the Season 5 premiere of "Modern Family":
2. Lead-ins still matter! The old model still holds!
Who knew? Even though we are a long way from having to watch "Modern Family" on TV when it's on TV, a good number of us do anyway. And so when James Caan's "Back in the Game" (a 2.2 demo rating, down nearly one-third from what "The Middle" delivered in ABC's 8:30 p.m. Wednesday premiere-night time slot last fall) helped vacate the premises, "Modern Family" had to work harder to get audiences back.
Conversely, NBC's "The Blacklist" (3.8 demo) and "Chicago Fire" (2.7 demo) got fat in NBC's 10 p.m. hour after Monday's "The Voice" and Tuesday's "The Voice," respectively.
And if you were surprised Robin Williams blew away Michael J. Fox in Thursday's battle of the returning-to-TV veterans, then you forgot "The Big Bang Theory," which aired before Williams's "The Crazy Ones" (3.9 demo rating).
Check out this preview for "The Crazy Ones," which touts its Week 1 ratings: