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New Fall TV - What's In & Out So Far?

By Garth Franklin Thursday October 8th 2009 06:42AM

First it was FOX's "Glee" and "The Cleveland Show", now CBS has given full season orders to "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Good Wife" which have become the two highest rating new Fall dramas of the season.

Ranked second among all primetime programs behind only its predecessor, "NCIS: Los Angeles" is averaging 17.47 million viewers and a 4.1/11 rating in adults 18-49. 'Wife', starring Julianna Marguiles, is averaging 13.70 million viewers and a 3.0/8 rating in adults 18-49. The show consistently wins its time period in all key measures each week.

On the whole networks are giving their new shows a little bit of breathing room to flourish it seems with only one outright cancellation so far ("The Beautiful Life"). New shows also looking likely to get full season orders are "The Vampire Diaries", "Modern Family, "Cougar Town" and "FlashForward".

More on the fence are several of the new sitcoms including "Hank," "The Middle" and "Community" which all need a few more weeks to play out but are looking likely to get the full season order.

Shows that definitely need to pick up viewership or face the axe soon include "Accidentally on Purpose," "Brothers", "Eastwick," "The Forgotten," "Melrose Place", and reality series "Shark Tank".

The most notable trend this season is that viewers don't want any more medical dramas with all three new hospital-themed shows "Mercy," "Three Rivers" and "Trauma" premiering to dismal numbers and unlikely to last more than a few weeks each. Existing medical hits "House" and "Grey's Anatomy" however have improved on drops from last year.

Several pre-existing shows aren't going too well with "Castle," "Cold Case," "Dollhouse," "Fringe," "Gary Unmarried," "Heroes," "Law & Order," "New Adventures of Old Christine," "Parks & Recreation," "Smallville" and "Til Death" all losing decent sized shares of their audience and have dropped to their lowest ratings yet. Renewals beyond this season look highly uncertain, and in some cases they may not last out the current season.

Other pre-existing shows however are holding steady or improving on their numbers meaning they'll not just last until May but are pretty certain to be be back next season. These include "90210," "American Dad," "The Big Bang Theory," "Bones," "Criminal Minds," all three "CSI" shows, "Desperate Housewives," "Family Guy," "Ghost Whisperer," "Gossip Girl," "How I Met Your Mother," "Law & Order: SVU," "Lie to Me," "Medium," "The Mentalist," "Numbers," "The Office," "One Tree Hill," "Private Practice," "The Simpsons," "Supernatural" and "Two And A Half Men".

"30 Rock" and "Ugly Betty" don't return until next week.

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