It feels so very cool to be correct. A few weeks ago I made my 'Top 5' picks for the Fall TV season, four of which have since premiered and the good news is all four have become not only amongst the best reviewed but also the top rating new shows of the season.
If they thought they had a major hit with "Lost", ABC was turning cartwheels when news came in the other day that "Desperate Housewives", the black comedy about lonely women in the suburbs scored an audience of 21.6 million, easily making it not only the biggest debut for a new series this season (beating even the pilot of CSI: NY) but also the #1 rated show of last week. If that wasn't enough, the network's new David E. Kelley legal series "Boston Legal" with Emmy-winning actors James Spader & William Shatner reprising their eccentric roles from "The Practice" won their timeslot and scored a 13.1 million audience to take the #18th position for the week. Combined with the success of "Lost" and "Wife Swap", the once dogged network is staging a major turnaround and pushing old stalwart NBC to potentially third place. In terms of new shows in order of their success last week the line-up is: Desperate Housewives (#1), CSI: NY (#4), Lost (#7), Joey (#16), Boston Legal (#18), Wife Swap (#26), Father of the Pride (#51), Trading Spouses (#53), Dr. Vegas (#56), Kevin Hill (#92). The first three seem set for a second season already, the next three the chance is very likely they'll be back assuming there's no major drops, the rest will be lucky to make it through the season. Other shows in the Top 20 include all three "CSI", "Cold Case", "Everybody Loves Raymond", "Survivor: Vanuatu", "The Apprentice" and "Two and a Half Men". Thanks to 'Lady'.