The Good: Fuelled by the continued success across FOX’s entire Animation Domination line-up (THE SIMPSONS, CLEVELAND SHOW, FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD), solid showings from HOUSE, LIE TO ME and the surprisingly
popular venerable BONES, plus the bona-fide break-hit that is GLEE, it appears as though FOX has finally found the formula for Fall by capping off November with their first sweeps victory ever among the highly-coveted 18-49 demographic.
The Bad: You mean aside from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s universally panned new set and the fact that our iTunes wallet has taken quite the hit courtesy of GLEE? Although they gave it the old College try, Friday on FOX was no laughing matter with BROTHERS, ‘TIL DEATH and DOLLHOUSE arriving DOA. While FRINGE squandered one of the coolest season finales ever by failing to attract an audience in what admittedly is one of the most competitive time slots in television (Alas, advertisers don’t pay premium dollars for a 47% bump in DVR/PVR viewership.)
The Prognosis: In spite of the many questions surrounding the highly-anticipated return of AMERICAN IDOL in January — including but not limited to, how viewers will respond to the revolving door of guest judges, whether or not Paula will be missed and how Ellen will fair as permanent fourth judge — one thing we know for sure is that audiences will be tuning in to find out. Which will certainly aid the sly-as-a-FOX network when it comes to launching and promoting a whole slew of new shows such as 24, OUR LITTLE GENIUS, HUMAN TARGET, SONS OF TUCSON and GLEE (When it finally returns in April).
The Grade: A-
Tune in Monday when we give the CW their midseason report card