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WTNT On Second Thought – New Shows from Oct 13-26

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 and here!


Marry MeMarry Me (NBC)

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

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 2.3 adults 18-49 rating/7.54 mil viewers

Week 2: 1.8 adults 18-49 rating/5.61 mil viewers

Marry Me is just under where About a Boy was this time last year, and as we know, that show is still with us this year. While holding on a little stronger in week two would have helped, Marry Me is still looking like it’s got a solid chance. Especially with A to Z and Bad Judge canceled this past week.

My Second Thoughts:

Marry Me is the far and away the best new network sitcom this fall. The writing is quick and smart, the chemistry the cast has with one another is incredibly strong, and most importantly… it’s funny! This is one I really hope sticks around. Let’s hope it’s not another Trophy Wife situation!



Sonic HighwaysFoo Fighters: Sonic Highways (HBO)

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

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: N/A

Week 2: N/A

HBO doesn’t release ratings in the same way as traditional network or cable channels, as we’ve talked about before, and in the case of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, it doesn’t really matter. This is a one-off documentary series, and while I would love to see this concept used with other bands in the future, HBO has mentioned any plans to do that. This series is very much Dave Grohl’s pet project, and may very well remain that way.

My Second Thoughts:

If you have even a passing interest in music, then this series is really a much watch. The concept of writing each new song in a new city, and exploring the musical history of both that city and the studio where it’s being recorded, is brilliant. It’s a unique look into the process, and one that no Foo Fighters fan or fan of music in general should miss.


TransporterThe Transporter: The Series (TNT)

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

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: N/A

Week 2: 1.6 million viewers

Transporter: The Series has aired overseas for a while now, and TNT picked the series up to air here in the states. With TNT airing the show on Saturdays in two-hour blocks, I can’t imagine that will stop, regardless of ratings. Ratings are fair though, and with a second season already airing in other countries, if you happen to like this series, you should be safe.

My Second Thoughts:

Full disclosure: I didn’t watch this show, and I don’t intend to.


Jane the VirginJane the Virgin (CW)

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

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: o.6 adults 18-49 rating/1.61 mil viewers

Week 2: 0.5 adults 18-49 rating/1.36 mil viewers

The ratings continue to drop week after week, which would normally spell disaster for the series. However, with the show being produced by CBS, and CBS produced shows being notoriously difficult to predict on the CW, this one is on the fence at best.

My Second Thoughts:

While the show is very old school CW, with over done drama and cheesy dialogue, there is a surprising underlying mystery with some of the show’s central characters that actually had me a bit intrigued. This show is certainly not the type of show most of our regular readers will be in to, but it may just be one you want to turn your significant other onto.


constantineConstantine (NBC)

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

What the Ratings Say:

Week 1: 1.4 adults 18-49 rating/4.28 mil viewers

Week 2: 0.9 adults 18-49 rating/3.06 mil viewers

While its premiere was decent for a Friday night, Constantine’s week two numbers left a lot to be desired, to say the least. Nothing is certain yet, but I’d place a decent sized bet on season two of this series never seeing the light of day.

My Second Thoughts:

Constantine is an alright show at best in my eyes. While the premise is exciting, the execution lacks substance. I can’t seem to care about the characters, and the show feels as though it’s trying desperately to be gritty, but can’t due to its spot on a major network. I won’t go so far as to say it’s bad, or even that you shouldn’t watch it, but unfortunately, it didn’t do much for me.

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.