Ratings: Terra Nova Digs Up Solid Numbers, Two and a Half Men Dips, Dixie Builds on Gossip

Fox’s long-in-the-making Terra Nova on Monday night premiered to solid (though not astoundingly dino-mite) numbers — 9.2 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating — and held steady throughout its two-hour run.

The other show many eyes were on — Two and a Half Men and Part 2 of its season opener — was expectedly down some 30 percent from last week’s all-time high (28.7 million viewers/10.7 demo rating). But make no mistake, Men is still outperforming Charlie Sheen’s unplanned February swan song episode, by 38 and 71 percent, respectively.

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Men‘s strong showing helped Mike & Molly premiere to all-time highs in total viewers (14 mil) and in the demo (with a 4.9), swelling 26 and 15 percent from its year-ago debut.

Elsewhere for CBS, 2 Broke Girls settled into its regular 8:30 pm time slot with 11.6 million viewers and a 4.5 rating, up 40 percent from what Rules of Engagement did here a year ago. Leading into that, How I Met Your Mother (10.6 mil/4.4) dipped about 10 percent from its own premiere.

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Over at The CW, they’re whistling Hart of Dixie (1.8 mil/0.8), as the freshman charmer built on its Gossip Girl (1.4 mil/0.8 rating) lead-in by 29 percent in total viewers — and saw its own tallies grow throughout the hour — even opposite stiffer competition. (That one was for you, Walden Schmidt!) Gossip Girl itself dropped 26 percent in viewers from last year’s premiere, and was down a tenth in the demo.

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Elsewhere on the night:

* Dancing With the Stars (16 million total viewers/3.3 demo rating) dropped double digits to deliver its lowest-rated performance show ever.

* NBC’s The Sing-Off this week mustered just 4.4 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, down 8 and 10 percent from its opener.

* In the 10 o’clock hour, Castle (11.9 mil/2.9) was down 10 percent but still led in viewers, while Hawaii Five-0 (11.1 mil/3.3) topped the demos. The doors to NBC’s Playboy Club closed just a bit more, as the freshman drama dropped 19 percent from its debut, to under 4 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating.

Tell us what you thought of Monday’s premieres and share your opinion on how Men seems resolved to keep Ashton Kutcher partially naked as some sort of cheap appeal to women and/or crutch joke.


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132 Comments
  1. Martina says:

    Two and a Half Men is over for me, I thought the season premiere was bad but decided to watch part 2 last night, but it was even worse. I didn’t laugh once, without Charlie it has lost it’s sparkle, Jake has been great over the last couple of seasons and he only featured for a tiny 20 sec’s last night. It’s time to give up on two and a half men and try and find something else.

    • dessy says:

      Then watch New Girl.

      • Jesse says:

        Please … the New Girl was absolutely PAINFUL to watch! I’ve laughed more getting a root canal!

        • Kristin says:

          Wow. You must have hilarious root canals.

        • Tania says:

          Sounds like your root canal is a comedy show that CBS would endorse. Seriously! :D

        • jj says:

          Jesse, thank you for proving that not everyone is stupid enough to think a show is good or funny just because the critics say so. The pilot episode of new girl was one of the worst pilots i’ve ever seen make it to actual network. and definitely the worst that has gotten such effervescent praise. i’ve never gotten a root canal but i think i’d rather have one than rewatch that pilot.

      • S says:

        I give up on New Girl. I watched episode 2 and it was just painfully boring. Not a single laugh. I will not watch episode 3.

        • Lena says:

          I totally agree, I am very disappointed in New Girl I was really looking forward to it and I love Zoey D. but her character is so annoying and self depricating. I couldn’t even get through half of episode 2 and also what happened to Coach? I felt like the guy who replaced him was the (don’t take this the wrong way) but the token African American guy b/c oh they needed a minority. The show is not funny and to me the way they are portraying Zoey’s character she is just pathetic and sad (i.e no self respecting woman would ever do the things she did after her b/f cheated on her). This will be deleted off my season pass manager.

          • mirvin365 says:

            “Coach” aka Damon Wayans Jr is on the ABC sitcom “Happy Endings that debuted midseason last year and was picked up for a full season this year. So when the pilot for New Girl was picked up for this fall, they had to replace him because he was contractual obligated to remain with Happy Endings (which is funnier anyway).

    • Walt Potock says:

      I have been a devoted fan of two and a half men since it’s first showing. To this day I record any episodes aired and watch one as I go to bed–reason; so I drop off to sleep laughing. I’m very disappointed in the new program–not at all funny , a faithful viewer is lost.

    • Marie says:

      Totally agree!! It’s no fun w/o Charlie!! Charlie was full of sacarsm and arrogant and a drunk and that is what made the show so funny. Walden is just sad and pathetic. Was it supposed to be funny to watch him ask his ex about shampoo and toilet paper.. and then steal toilet paper? I have to admit that I discovered 2.5 when Charlie Sheen was going all sorts of crazy last winter and I fell in love with the show. And last night was the last time I was watching.

    • Diane says:

      Couldn’t agree more. I gave up ten minutes in. Kelso in Men was just painful today

    • Tania says:

      That fact that you found Two and a Half Men funny prior to Sheen’s firing is mind boggling. CBS has the worst comedy line up on television. It’s unfortunate that so many viewers who flock to these programs think that this is COMEDY.

      • Ty says:

        excuse me but HIMYM and the big bang theory are two of the very best comedy shows on television right now and they both reside on CBS. I dare you to give me one measly example of a show better than those two and I will scoff and burst into laughter at your choice because there is no doubt it is lackluster compared to the two afforementioned CBS shows.

      • Martina says:

        Well 2.5 men was great, it was the traits of all the characters and how they co-existed, there were some brilliant episodes but you had to be a regular viewer to get the in jokes, last season Jake and Eldridge and their Jackass-style stunts was hilarious. Alan’s skinflint ways came up quite often too and made for hilarious comedy. Charlie becoming a kids entertainer was also fantastic, I could go on, but I’ll end with just one word “Squab” :)

  2. Leah says:

    Last night was a great night of tv! Loved terra nova. Liked hart of dixie. Alphas finale was great and 2 broke girls hilarious. :)

    • Joseph says:

      I sort of like the 1st episode but they needed a better team of writers that were ready to give us intelligent SciFi and not a series based on lazy writing. Maybe we will get lucky and the scripts will get better early on, this did happen with the failed series Defying Gravity but that happened late in the series and it required a great deal of patience waiting for scripts that were engaging and sharp. In case anyone wants some specifics about what was wrong, well here ya go. 1st, orientation, only for the kids really and not the entire family get briefed? 2nd, After seeing that his son is hurt dad fails to apologize so we get to waste time with a rebellious son and a lame plot element that has been over used. 3rd, Not using orientation so the audience can learn about the various beasts, environment and the danger of the 6’s, 4th, After leaving the crowded and dirty life they had where our family struggled to survive why is the new spacious and clean house not more appreciated, where is the thanks to what ever gods these people believe in not thanked for this amazing bounty. 5th, Joy ride to a still really during the 1st 24hrs really? There could have been much better ways for our family to have been forced to enter a a forbidden area then taking a joy ride where they knew dangerous beasts lived and enemy humans might attack them.

      Okay, so the 1st episode lacked intelligence and greatly missed the mark with blame going to the writer Kelly Marcel, Allan Loeb & Craig Silverstein who failed their audience and opted to write a script using a tired Hollywood formula.

  3. Chmarin says:

    THOSE were the effects Steven Spielberg & co. were working on for an entire year?!? It looked like a SyFy original with a slightly larger budget. RIDICULOUS.

    Should’ve spent that time working on the script.

    • Gerald says:

      I know what you mean, hopefully in the episodes to come there will be more character development

    • Polly says:

      Amen to that.

      I dropped out of it even sooner than with Playboy Club, and that should said it all.

      EPIC FAIL Spielberg.

      Terra Nova doesn’t have an inch of the awesomeness that fills Falling Skies.

      • Michael says:

        I’m not particularly sad about the poor showings of NBC’s new shows. Most are pretty bad. Plus, anything that helps justify keeping low-rated but cheaper shows like Parks and Community on the network is fine with me. The only new show on NBC that I was and still am looking forward to is Smash which looks terrific. I’m just afraid that with all this musical overkill that viewers might not tune in. They should have left the Sing-Off where it was. They are ruining a nice little December delight for me.

        • DL says:

          What about Awake with Jason Isaacs? It should also be pretty awesome.
          I agree with you for the most part about NBC’s new offerings, but I do think Maria Bello is awesome in Prime Suspect and I think it’ll get better since it’s been noted that they’re toning down the chauvinism following the pilot episode.

          • Polly says:

            I am looking forward to Awake too.

            Smash, in my opinion, will be the adult version of glee, with adult dramas instead of teenage dramas.

    • Rifqi says:

      I agree with you and look, this story revolves around million years ago and what so called Earth felt like just any tourist escapade at those thunderous times? well…..Just too beautiful and too easy. I’m almost waiting Jack or Hurley come up to that place.

  4. Chmarin says:

    BTW, Matt, those numbers for Terra Nova aren’t solid, you know that. :D

    If it were any other show, yes, then the numbers would be solid. But for a show with so much hype and promotion… Nuh-uh.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Can always, always count on you for a comment ;)

    • Sam says:

      Ha, was just about to say! And didn’t the pilot cost like $20 million to produce? A premiere with a little over 9 mil viewers is definitely not good enough, but I guess we know who’s filling the TVLine coffers ;)

      • Travis says:

        The ratings were certainly bad considering the hype… but one thing to note on cost… a lot of that cost will technically be spread out over the season since a lot of the cost was for sets that wont be incurred over every episode.

  5. Plum says:

    Terra Nova would have been more interesting if the dad wasn’t saddled with so many kids, and if he were single or divorced from his wife and they had to rebuild their relationship. Starting the show with a “big happy family” is extremely boring; there is no chance of a romantic spark between the show’s adults. And the teen boy was horrendous, I prayed a dinosaur would eat him. He bogged the show down. The two daughters were plenty, and the smart daughter was way more charming than the bratty son. Better to have the older daughter meet a cute brooding ranger boy, who’s also dating the orphaned wild girl and be done with a simple good girl/broodyboy/bad girl triangle.

    • Alicia says:

      Maybe they have “so many kids” because one of them WILL eventually get eaten? Just a thought…

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        OK, I just LOL’d, thanks for that. So the writers “stocked them up” to fend off inevitable cast attrition? ;)

        • Alicia says:

          That makes sense. Though, I’m thinking from the start they intend to kill off one of kids (down the line) as a tear-jerker/climactic storyline. So by casting more offspring than “necessary” they have a dramatic, main character death built in.

      • joe says:

        Too many kids and they’re all annoying. Maybe they should have the parents feast on them and throw the scraps to the dinos

  6. Amanda says:

    I just want to hear that “The Chew” flopped in ratings. Any word on daytime tv ratings?

  7. Dessy says:

    I have no idea what everyone is talking about here!
    Terra Nova was completely awesome. I thought New Girl was going to be my favourite new show, but Terra Nova easily is!
    The ratings though, 9 mil. I hope that’s good enough for something so expensive. So I’ll have something to watch next season after the inevitable cancellation of fringe. :(
    Still Terra Nova…… wow. Interesting characters, great acting, beautiful effects, mysteries. I loved it. It was worth the hype AND the wait as far as I’m concerned. I cannot wait for the next episode already!!

    • davey says:

      I’m surprised that so many people either didn’t give the show a chance to begin with or are complaining about how bad the show was….which show were you watching? To each their own, but I though the plot was intriguing, the actors were pretty good and other than a few CG effects that were obviously green screen – I sat for the entire two hours and compleely enjoyd the experience. But I forget about Americans and their constant need for frivolously ridiculous tv fare such as 2 1/2 Men and Mike & Molly!

      • jj says:

        don’t blame that on what country we reside in! i’m american and recognize crap when i see it. and that crap is called New Girl.

  8. Andrea says:

    Glad that 2 Broke Girls appears to be doing well.

  9. Jen says:

    The Terra Nova pilot was boring as a 2-hour chunk of exposition, but I expect it will become a reasonably entertaining weekly hour show. Whether that justifies the budget, I don’t know.

  10. Sivat says:

    I just want to know how Playboy Club did. I’m enjoying it but I don’t want to get attached if it’s close to being cancelled.

  11. Sivat says:

    How was Hart of Dixie? I dvr-ed it but I hear it’s being compared to Sweet Home Alabama, and I cannot STAND that movie.

    • Gemini says:

      It’s worse than Sweet Home Alabama, actually.

    • peller says:

      I was surprised how much I enjoyed Hart of Dixie. It isn’t an original concept OR an outstandingly executed one etc., but it IS charming. I hope it will stick around.

      By the way, who the HELL does the marketing for CW ? Basically their BEST performance last week was a barely over 1.0 18/49 demo and 2millsometthing total viewers. They should reinvent themselves ASAP, only a few short years ago the fantastic Veronica Mars got CANCELLED with ratings similar to last week’s BEST CW-performer…just saying.

    • ChrisGa says:

      It wasn’t exactly groundbreaking, and I buy Rachel Bilson as a doctor for less than a second despite the fact that she is indeed rather charming here. Still, it’s a cute show with a better than decent cast,including ex-Y&R hottie Wilson Bethel, who is reason enough for me to tune in :).

  12. Jen says:

    Oh, also: it hurt to see the far superior and still amazing Fringe being advertised on Terra Nova, knowing that Fringe will likely never get one-half the audience that Terra Nova will get on a bad day.

    • Ben says:

      Lets face it, Fringe is not the kind of show that can pick up new viewers unless they start from scratch. I just hope that shows like Chuck and Fringe getting the runs they have indicate that Networks are taking diversity a little bit seriously… it’s nice to see some love for true creativity. I can cope with season 4 being it for Fringe… although I’d like a bit more… but what I really want is for the Network to let them know well in advance if they have to wrap it up.

      As for Terra Nova – I also hope it picks up viewers when it goes to 1 hour episodes. Sometimes 2 hours can be too much to commit, you know? And it shouldn’t be a show where you had to watch the first episode to get in. Fingers crossed. But most people I know who watched it thought it was awesome.

  13. kikay says:

    Two Broke Girls was hilarious! This comedy definitely has potential. The end of How I Met Your Mother was good as well. It definitely reminded me of HIMYM of old, which was both funny and heartwarming….

  14. Michael says:

    Rules never did 4’s in the demo last season. That has to be a typo.

  15. Sivat says:

    Terra Nova is too “family-friendly” for me, and I didn’t appreciate the “A Family is Four” billboard with a clearly-defined man and woman. In 2149, the world will be an inclusive place where two men or two women can head up a family, not the traditional man/woman combo.

    • Eli says:

      Grow up… geez

      • Kath says:

        Seriously.How dramatic, Looking so deeply into something for things that aren’t there.

        • Sivat says:

          Let me guess, you are a married heterosexual woman with at least one child, right? Exactly. Now don’t tell me how to feel. No one needs to look very “deeply” because it was right there on the surface.

      • Sivat says:

        “Grow up”? This has nothing to do with “growing up”, it has to do with being insulted on a basic human level.

        • Adam M. says:

          I think you’re missing the point. In an apocalyptic future where people can only have two children the ones whose parents don’t want them are probably just killed. Not adopted. There probably aren’t any kids for the gay citizens to adopt. That government who is complaining about over-population probably loves gays. And yes, no I’m not a woman with one kid. I’m a gay man.

        • Eli says:

          Sivat, stop looking for problems that aren’t there. You are only hurting your own cause by doing so.

          I’m from the Netherlands. To me the way lesbians/gays are treated in the USA is just beyond comprehension. The idea of people not being allowed to marry because they love someone of the same sex is so ridiculous I can only laugh at it.

          However, for reasons explained by Adam M. just below here, what you are getting angered about is completely unrelated to any of this and getting angry about this is pointless.

          PS: Don’t be too sure everything “will be better” in 2149. Predicting the future is a very risky business as any stockbroker can tell you ;)

    • Laurel says:

      It’s to be expected from the FOX Network.
      You can’t have a gay American Idol and marriage is between a man and a woman.
      They are an unevolved lot.

    • Ben says:

      Sivat, you are the kind of individual that sets back the GLBT community 20 years. Eli is right – you need to get some perspective and channel your righteous anger to those times where its appropriate. Which may be some TV shows on some occasions but isn’t every TV show on every occasion.

  16. Terra Nova was amazing.

    Good TV provides a mental break. Great TV inspires.
    Terra Nova and its team did a great job! Truly inspiring.

    I briefly review it here: http://wp.me/p1u3X2-6M

  17. Gemini says:

    Why would the CW be “whistling Dixie” over that stinky debut performance? Just because the show did better than Gossip Girl? GG, sadly, was a disaster. Hart of Dixie still had horrible numbers! Claiming it did well is kind of like saying being in debut for $10 million is wonderful compared to being in debt for $10.5 million. Let’s keep things real here. HoD stank up the Nielsens, just not as much as my poor GG did.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Everyone is entitled to their take on things.
      But I can’t imagine how HART OF DIXIE, airing after the declining GOSSIP GIRL and opposite TWO AND A HALF MEN (coming off an all-time high), MIKE & MOLLY (hitting an all-time high), DWTS and the buzzy TERRA NOVA, was expected to do anything but not fumble its lead-in.

  18. Denise says:

    Matt – did any CW show other than TVD break 2 million viewers with their premieres? IIRC, Nikita, TSC, H8R and now Gossip Girl all had lower numbers than Hart of Dixie. Is this correct?

  19. Katrina says:

    I like the playboy club. I think it has a good story line. I dont think the acting is that bad, there are wrose out there. Can someone tell me what im missing without being so rude. Thanks

    • XK says:

      I think a lot of people wrote it off from the beginning, due to the subject matter, honestly. It’s better than I expected it to be, but I think its initial numbers for episode 1 doomed it.

    • Lisa says:

      I like the Playboy Club better than PanAm.
      PanAm didn’t live up to the hype and the storyline jumped around too much from past to present.

      The storyline on the Playboy Club was better.

  20. Alex says:

    I’m really interested by the fact that a positive spin of that is being put on Hart Of Dixie building on Gossip Girl, while TV By The Numbers is going for the negative spin of it being the CW’s lowest rated scripted freshman premiere.

    I’m also interested by the solid but not stellar performances of FOX’s big fall blockbusters, X-Factor and TerraNova are both doing decently, but not as well as everyone seemed to have anticipated.

  21. XK says:

    The ONLY good news for Terra Nova was that the ratings stayed steady throughout the two hour premiere… certainly, the numbers have to be lower than the studio projected/expected. I thought it was decent but not good, so the numbers are what I’d expect. We’ll see how many people come back next week.

    I thought Hart of Dixie was pretty awful. Ignoring the lack of realism (which I knew going in would be an issue, and therefore didn’t worry about), Rachel’s character was annoying, the plot was obvious, and, in time-honored CW fashion, they had half a dozen musical interludes in the first twenty minutes, all of which hammered home the theme of that 2-3 minute chunk (she’s in the south… quick, play some country music while she walks. she’s going to sleep… quick, play a song about being alone. good lord)

    Maybe it got better after the first half hour, but I did not stick around to see. I tend to like Rachel Bilson but she was not enough to save this show for me.

  22. free says:

    NBC is screwing the pooch with the sing off. they should have put it on a different night, premiered it earlier, or kept it as a short run series. I hope this season isn’t the last.

    • Matt says:

      I totally agree. I love this show, but it should have been a few weeks in December like usual or a summer series. It is a guilty pleasure that is good in small doses.

  23. Dee says:

    After all the hype, I had to force myself to watch the whole 2 hours of Terra Nova. All I can say is – It’s no LOST.

    • Alex says:

      LOST is a really odd thing to compare Terra Nova to. Terra Nova isn’t at all very mystery oriented, and has been advertising itself as a family show, which LOST was not. Totally different creators too, you’re looking at the spectacular special effects and adventure of Speilberg versus the mystery and allure of Abrams.

  24. chris says:

    i like the new two and a half men, its better than its been the charlie sheen stories just got old, charlie drinks to much and has sex with a bunch of random women, i loved the first 5 or so season of this show then i stopped cause it was always the same stories

  25. Sivat says:

    Ack!! Really getting worried for The Playboy Club now!! Doesn’t anyone like primetime soaps like Melrose Place anymore??

    • Brittany says:

      I LOVE THE ORIGINAL “MELROSE PLACE!” Which is why I loved “Revenge!” Is “The Playboy Club” similar to Melrose? Then I’ll give it a watch! :)

  26. Jack says:

    Watched the second episode of resuscitated “Men.” Now that the shadow of incest was removed, the writers are free to exploit gay jokes. Is it time to kill off Ashton Kutcher yet?”

  27. MARC says:

    WHY ARE YOUR AMERICAN TV VIEWING FIGURES FOR GG SO LOW? I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW IT CAN BE NO1 ON ITUNES NOW, COME OUT RANKING 2ND OVERALL LAST YEAR IN THE TARGET DEMO? BUT STILL ONLY GET 1.4 MILLION???
    IT JUST DON’T MAKE SENSE??? DO THE YOUNGER PEOPLE WATCH ONLINE? I THINK WE GET MORE VIEWERS FOR GG IN THE UK.

    • Polly says:

      Yeah you get more viewers and you also forgot the caps lock on :D

      • MAS says:

        Polly – thank you for being kind. Too often people just attack each others for simple mistakes. Being yelled at by all caps is not enjoyable. You took the right approaching in addressing it.

  28. Tabs says:

    Terra Nova was just too much of a Jurassic Park remake for me, I didn’t care much for it. Hart of Dixie was sweet, and that was about it. I’d need to see a few more episodes to tell if it will be worth investing my time in. No mention of The Lying Game ratings?? I’d like to know how it stood up against all the new shows.

  29. Remote Patrolled says:

    Those are BAD numbers for Terra Nova after all the money spent and promotion.

    Personally I thought the premiere was really bland – dodgy CGI, weak characters and bad pacing…

    http://www.remotepatrolled.com/2011/09/terra-nova-big-bold-and-utterly-bland/

  30. Patricia says:

    OMG just laughed so hard after reading your comment about a Dino eating the son lol, I haven’t watched it yet but it doesn’t sound like the show is what its hyped up to be.

  31. Lisa says:

    I watched the full two hours of Terra Nova and it was watchable. It was better than Falling Skies which I found uninteresting from the get go and gave up on after 3 epis. We’ll see how long I last with Terra Nova

    • Joseph says:

      yes , but again it is way to similar to Falling Sky, again , family focus where you have bratty kids giving crap to their parents that are just trying to stop them from becoming a bunch of lemmings. This was the same lame plot element they used in War of the Worlds, and just about every failed SciFi series. You do not need the rebellion in the family if you have enough interesting plot elements and a sharp script where they deal with issues as a team. This is again also why Torchwood just failed so bad , you dont need to be fighting with your team , and why that series is probably done.

  32. João Amaral says:

    So Hart of Dixie…
    Am i a guy? Yes. Am i only watching this because i’m madly in love with Bilson since i was 14? Yes. but it is actually nice.

  33. Dana says:

    Next week 2.5 man will fall again. Asthon is awful there.

  34. Dominique says:

    I thought Terra Nova was absolutely amazing! The actors are good, the story’s good, the special effects are good, considering it’s a tv-show we’re talking about, and not a blockbuster movie.
    And I think eveyrone should cut that son some slack. He missed his father, yet at the same time hates him for going to jail and leaving behind a fractured family, and he had to leave his gf behind when they went to Terra Nova. He’ll come around.
    It’s that Mira girl I don’t like. She’s all “oh look at me being tough, oh I have no parents, so I’m being bad ass and in control”. Ugh.

  35. Jaime says:

    Tera Nova terrible! I’ve seen better effects on discovery channel. And the story and production quality were Syfyesqe. SS should stop lending his name to these poorly conceived and exicuted dogs

    • CrazyAboutTN says:

      Really!!

    • tripoli says:

      I so agree with you Jaime. I can’t believe how utterly terrible Terra Nova was. Had high hopes but it was just plain bad. I may watch another episode or 2, see if it can improve but based on the horrendous first episode, I doubt I’ll stick around.

  36. SK says:

    I liked HIMYM, although the ending was a bit ominous. Where was Jake on 2.5 Men? He had like one line, and no one even cared that he’d been left at the house for the entire episode. (Even though his dad moved out at one point!)

    • kathy says:

      Over the years there have been plenty of episodes where Jake was virtually nonexistent or not there at all, but it was a bit odd that he had that one part and then never seen, mentioned or anything again.
      HIMYM, I didn’t find it ominous; in earlier episodes Ted has always referred to Robin & Barney as Aunt Robin & Uncle Barney.
      I’m finding the Men to be funny. I was personally a bit tired of Charlie, drinking and women, and the sarcasm came from the writers, not Charlie. Ashton isn’t playing Kelso; there really is a difference between the characters.

  37. kevin says:

    TERRA NOVA did OK in its debut but haven’t seen it yet. Plan to watch it ON DEMAND and Hart of Dixie was horrible. Hope this Rachel Bilson-led series last one season tops. The same couldn’t be said about Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher this season and I think CBS went too far from last week’s season opener. Don’t know if this ended up being its last or perhaps next year.

  38. dewthemax says:

    Terra could have done well as new colonists out to build a new society against unknown elements but they combined a warring faction and a secret plot to take over the future, a missing son and mysterious symbols on rocks instead of first working on character development then added the other elements. You are on one side and another side starts shooting you shoot back but later don’t question if you are on the right side?

    How much do you know about the Dad? The Mom?

    Is the leader of the camp a dictator? Seems to be since there is no apparent governing council and his word appears to be absolute.

    They are working the LOST formula by adding subplots upon subplots hoping to keep the audience involved.

    We are invited into a new world and soon after we get there we see a teenage girl in a bikini. (Nothing wrong with that but how does it fit in?) Instead of the teen boy saying “What’s this?” “I want to see a dinosaur.” “What is that over there?” its his new girlfriend saying let’s sneak out of camp and go for a swim.

  39. AT says:

    I haven’t gotten around to watching Terra Nova yet, but Hart of Dixie really wasn’t good. Rachel Bilson just couldn’t pull off the role, the writing was cliche and even bad, and it was melodramatic. I definitely won’t be tuning in next week, despite a few promising side characters. Hawaii Five-O was a good episode though! It looks like that’s the only show I’ll be watching on Monday nights so far. And is it just me, but have most, not all, of the new pilots been underwhelming?

  40. S. says:

    Rachel Bilson trying to act like Christina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy is horrible. I use the term acting very lightly…it seemed like her OC character just grew up and is playing doctor for the day.
    It is completely unbelievable in every way to even hear her spitting out terms that doctors may use. I am sorry people, but I watched for about 5 minutes before I laughed and gave up.
    Fish out of water maybe…people once again mocking the silly southerners. (let’s see how many stereotypes there were in the 1st episode alone: 1. The Belles aka Scarlette wanna be’s 2. Hunting (Don’t bother Daddy when he’s hunting!) 3. Blonde girl marrying the other guy instead of the Mayor (any guesses why?) 4. Football 5. Yankee girl can’t be our doctor 6. I didn’t know I was preggers after 1 time…and he still left me! 7. Horrible fake drawls 8…shall I go on!?

  41. Becca says:

    It seems like Chuck was getting better ratings then what the Sing-off is getting. Go figure.

  42. Elle says:

    I watched HIMYM,2 Broke Girls and Hart Of Dixie and DVR’d Terra Nova.Hart of Dixie was cute will need another episode as I’m undecided but 2 Brok Girls just got so much better I was laughing the whole way through!Great show.

  43. Laurel says:

    Terra Nova didn’t live up to the year and half of hype it has gotten from Fox.
    It reminded me of a movie on the SyFy Channel.

  44. Frank B says:

    I got really ticked off last night because my cable provider here has apparently dropped Fox Network, and I had really been looking forward to seeing the two hour premiere of the new series Terra Nova.

    Luckily for me Hulu provides a next day airing of this program, so I was able to watch it this morning. I’ll have to say I was quite impressed. Though not quite as cram packed with CGI Jurassic critters as the inspiration for this series, there were enough to keep it exciting, especially when the inevitable encounters with giant economy sized reptilian carnivores occurred.

    The cast, including Stephan Lang as a the somewhat larger than life benevolent dictator named Nathaniel Taylor, seems quite talented and interesting. And the existence of a splinter group known as “The Sixers” lays the foundation for potential intrigue and human conflict.

    Lang’s background is predominately Broadway and off-Broadway, and his acting style sharply reflects this. He seems to be naturally trying to project his character beyond the footlights, which is something not ordinarily seen with TV media. This could be a distraction or it could actually add a kind of unique flavor to his image as the Leader of the colony.

    If there is any one thing I would criticize it would be the overly-Utopic atmosphere exhibited inside the colonists’ compound. Everyone walks around as if they were in an idyllic commune, and although that is only background stage business played by the bit actors, to me it is somewhat distracting.

    I can tell right off the bat that this is probably an expensive series to make, so no matter how good it is, the ratings will have to be pretty hefty for it to survive.

  45. Jon says:

    Wasn’t there a much-anticipated 2 hour premiere from Fox that premiered to around 9 million viewers a while back? Oh yeah, Fringe. Look where that’s at now.

  46. Marie says:

    I liked Terra Nova and I think it has possibilities. However, because of the cost and the delays, I think the ratings expectations were kind of out of line. It was a two hour premiere that went up against Monday Night Football and the established Two and a Half Men. It did fine, considering the competition. And maybe a two hour premiere isn’t the way to go?

  47. Joe R says:

    Matt, I love reading about ratings, but with all the information to get out there, you sometimes skip stuff. You never actually tell us in this article what Two And A Half Men’s ratings are from last night. Same with last week’s X-Factor premiere. You talked all around it but never once mentioned total viewers or rating. Just how it compares to everything else or year-ago stats. Please don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees!

  48. Amber says:

    How I Met Your Mother was awesome last night. That show never disappoints me. It made my whole night. I am liking Two Broke Girls, though I think some of the jokes are a little obvious. They need to find a way to break out of the ordinary.

    Count me as one of the viewers Two and a Half Men lost. I feel great shame I ever even watched it even in the Charlie Sheen days. It is off my DVR now.

    DWTS…yeah, I’m just not digging this season.

  49. Jenna says:

    So they cancelled lie to me and chicago code to have a spot for terra nova……not worth it

  50. tvaholic says:

    I enjoyed Tera Nova because it was escapist fun without being awful like Two and a Half Men. Also I have a soft spot for sci-fi and fantasy shows. My only nitpick was that I was surprised the kids did not get eaten or at least be chased by dinosaurs prior to this incident. I was hoping one of them would be eaten but hey maybe they won’t be so annoying since they are now fully aware of the risks.

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