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WTNT On Second Thought – New Shows from Sept 22-28

Welcome back to On Second Thought! For those joining us for the first time, make sure you first check out Evan’s Watch This, Not That post (link below)! This is basically a follow-up that looks at the shows and our predictions for those shows. The column will be broken down into two basic parts.

First, I’ll look at how the show is doing in terms of raw numbers. I’ll be using the show’s ratings in the adult 18-49 category and the estimated number of viewers to see how the show is stacking up against other shows on its network. Keep in mind, a show is really only competing against other show on the same network, not shows from other, competing networks, despite the fact that it often feels that way.

Second, I’ll give you my own personal thoughts on each show. Consider this a more summarized version of the First Impression reviews we used to do here at Free For All. This, of course, has little bearing on whether the show will live or die on the small screen, but it may give you a sense of why a show is tanking or let you know that, despite possible cancellation, you should watch a particular show (think Trophy Wife from last year).

This is all just a guessing game, and there’s a little luck involved, but Evan and I love television, and love making bets, so this is basically our favorite part of every week. Feel free to play along and guess which or your favorite new shows will survive!

Evan’s initial “Watch This, Not That” post can be found here!

 

OST Gotham Gotham (FOX)

 My First Thoughts: Not This
 Evan’s First Thoughts: Watch This

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 3.2 adults 18-49 rating/8.21 mil viewers

Week 2: 2.8 adults 18-49 rating/7.45 mil viewers

Gotham, as you can now see above, definitely had a strong start, especially given that FOX is having a pretty rough fall thus far. Even though it saw a decent drop in its second week, it will have to start bleeding viewers by the bucket to be in any real danger of getting the axe.

My Second Thoughts:

I couldn’t possibly be more lukewarm on a show if I tried. I think a lot of this has to do with a bit of Batman fatigue. I just have stopped caring about the Dark Knight in the last year or two, and can’t really seem to get my appreciation for the character back. Gotham isn’t about Batman directly, of course, but Batman is the reason for the hype, and I’m just not sold. After seeing the premiere, my fears were realized. The show is good, but not great. It’s the type of show no one would be talking about if Commissioner Gordon or Penguin weren’t involved. The performances are spotty and the music is noticeable awful. If you don’t love Batman, this one is tough to recommend.

 

 

OST Scorpion Scorpion (CBS)

 My First Thought: Watch This
 Evan’s First Thought: Watch This

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 3.2 adults 18-49 rating/13.83 mil viewers

Week 2: 3.1 adults 18-49 rating/13.36 mil viewers

Even on the ratings juggernaut that is CBS, Scorpion is looking like it’s in great shape to stick around for a second season. Almost no drop in rating or in viewers is a great sign. Add to that the fact that CBS didn’t keep a rookie drama last year, and premiered four new dramas this year to ensure that one stuck for syndication, and you have good odds for the geniuses in Scorpion.

My Second Thoughts:

I was excited to check out Scorpion, and it turns out I wasn’t disappointed. The show has an interesting premise, a mostly solid cast, and great pacing. I also liked that, intention or not, they embraced some fun over the top scenes. It’s not every day you see one of the world’s smartest men drive a car under a flying plane, close enough to jack a computer into the plane’s network. It was pretty awesome. I also enjoyed the show faced paced dialogue quite a bit. If you enjoy a good “freak of the week” drama, this show is for you.

 

 

OST NCIS NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)

 My First Thought: Watch This
 Evan’s First Thought: Watch This

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 2.5 adults 18-49 rating/17.22 mil viewers

Week 2: 2.3 adults 18-49 rating/16.57 mil viewers

In the least shocking news of the week, a lot of people watched the new NCIS spinoff series. Also not shocking, the new show’s adults 18-49 rating was lower than you usually see with 17+ million viewers. This is, of course, because a lot of folks over 49 love NCIS. Like, a lot. Regardless though, NCIS: New Orleans is likely to stick around.

My Second Thoughts:

If you’ve listened to more than 45 seconds of the Free For All podcast, or read my reviews of shows like Chicago P.D. or The Night Shift, you know that am a sucker for procedural dramas the likes of which you may not be able to comprehend. Despite me liking almost every medical, police, or other procedueral drama ever produced, I struggled to make it through the pilot of NCIS: New Orleans. The writing is borderline insulting in its simplicity, the performances feel phoned in, and the accents… my god you guys… the accents. ben the incredible Scott Backula can’t save this train wreck of a show! Please, don’t watch this show. The accents….

 

OST How to How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

 My First Thought: Watch This
 Evan’s First Thought: Watch This

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 3.9 adults 18-49 rating/13.34 mil viewers

Week 2: 3.3 adults 18-49 rating/12.15 mil viewers

ABC is straight up killing it this fall! How to Get Away With Murder is a rating success for sure. And with Forever having a hard drop off in week three, there is really nothing stopping the show from getting picked up for a second season.

My Second Thoughts:

I have never seen Revenge or scandal, but if all I have heard about these shows feeling just like How to Get Away With Murder are true, then I should probably go back and catch up. This show is smart, it’s incredibly well paced, and Viola Davis is perfect in her role. The show also jumps between multiple story lines and timelines in a pretty masterful way. It’s something I didn’t expect out of an ABC drama, but I was more than happy to be surprised.

OST Forever Forever (ABC)

 My First Thought: Not This
 Evan’s First Thought: Not This

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 3.9 adults 18-49 rating/13.34 mil viewers

Week 2: 3.3 adults 18-49 rating/12.15 mil viewers

Forever looked very promising in its first two episodes. Sadly, what you don’t see above is a harsh third week drop off, making it ABC’s lowest rated drama of the fall. There’s still time to turn it around, but things are looking iffy for one of the best new shows this fall.

My Second Thoughts:

Forever is, for now at least, my favorite new show of the fall. It’s a wonderful combination of Sherlock and The Mentalist, with the added twist of immortality. Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, and Judd Hirsch all deliver great performances, and the over arching plot that’s being teased has my interest. It’s just a fun, well made show, and one that I’d recommend to anyone.

 

OST Blackish Black-ish (ABC)

 My First Thought: Watch This
 Evan’s First Thought: Not This

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 3.3 adults 18-49 rating/11.04 mil viewers

Week 2: 2.6 adults 18-49 rating/8.29 mil viewers

Black-ish had a pretty hard drop off in week two, but paired with the ever-awesome The Goldbergs, the show looks to be in good position to get picked up. It has little competition in terms of other half hour sitcoms on ABC, and will have to drop way more to be in danger of getting the boot after just one season.

My Second Thoughts:

Black-ish is a tough one for me. The pilot was really enjoyable, with some genuinely funny moments, and a very interesting premise. But the series second episode was a big miss as far as I’m concerned. I didn’t laugh at all, and a lot of the jokes just felt awkward and poorly timed. I’m curious to see this week’s installment, so I know what kind of show I’m in store for. This is one I want to recommend, but can’t just yet.

Check back next Tuesday when we cover another week’s worth of shows, including . Also, if you need a refresher on ratings, you can find a very quick and easy explanation here.

About Trey Elliott

Trey Elliott
Trey is a video game enthusiast, movie junkie, and cultivator of one fantastic beard. He loves to write original Gregorian chants, play the spoon harp, and speak of whatever comes to mind on the Free For All podcast.