The Event and Hawaii Five-0 are Off to a Good Start

As if the worn-down buttons on your remote control aren't enough to prove it, yesterday was a busy, busy day for television. The first day of Premiere Week 2010 saw new shows battling for viewers, old vets returning for another round, and network executives biting their nails. It all starts again today, but let's look back at the winners and loser of Monday night.

(All ratings information is from TV By the Numbers. Ratings and share are for the 18-49 year old demographic.)

8:00pm - 9:00pm


Dancing With the Stars, ABC: 20.14 million viewers, 4.6/12 rating/share
No surprise here. DWTS is a ratings juggernaut. The big surprise was the positive response to Bristol Palin's performance, who earned an 18 even though many had her pegged for an early exit.

House, Fox: 10.54 million viewers, 4.1/11
The House and Cuddy storyline is the key for Season 7, and fans of the show seemed satisfied with the premiere episode.

How I Met Your Mother, CBS: 8.78 million, 3.6/10
Producers said the show would return to its roots, and the LA Times says it did.

Rules of Engagement (8:30pm), CBS: 8.33 million, 3.1/8
Riding the wave of CBS sitcoms!

Chuck, NBC: 6.06 million, 2.1/6
New year, same old ratings problems. But our own resident Nerd Herder Louis Peitzman thought it was a fantastic episode.

90210, CW: 2.16 million, 1.0/3
These numbers would be suicide for any other network, but they're about average for The CW. You can't help but think they're still disappointed, though.

9:00pm - 10:00pm


Dancing With the Stars, ABC: 21.87 million viewers, 5.3/13
The numbers for DWTS went up for the second hour. Too bad the score for Jersey Shore's The Situation did not; he tied for last with a 15. Jennifer Grey won the night with a 24.

Two and a Half Men, CBS: 14.50 million, 4.8/12
This show's ratings continue to amaze me.

Mike & Molly (9:30pm), CBS: 12.24 million, 3.9/10
A solid performance for the series premiere, which seemed to split critics. USA Today found it "sweetly amusing," while our own Steve Heisler dropped the hammer and called it "offensive." I found it watchable in that formulaic sitcom sort of way, but it's nothing incredible.

The Event, NBC: 11.19 million, 3.7/9
Some were surprised by the premiere's performance, but not me. A good start for NBC's new thriller, which provided plenty of intrigue and action in its pilot episode. Is it the next Lost or is it the next FlashForward?

Lone Star, Fox: 4.06 million, 1.3/3
Incredibly disappointing numbers for what I (and several others) considered the best pilot of the new season. But going against its tough competition (and Monday Night Football) killed it. This show needs to be moved to a new night.

Gossip Girl, CW: 1.87 million, 1.0/3
The once-hot show continues to barely put a dent in the ratings. Note: The series premiered last week.

10:00pm - 11:00pm


Hawaii Five-0, CBS: 13.83 million, 3.8/10
The reboot looks like a winner here, quickly establishing itself as the number-one program in the time slot. The San Francisco Chronicle said it was an entertaining "vacation for the brain," but our Louis Peitzman said he was bored.

Castle, ABC: 11.17 million, 2.8/8
Looking at Hawaii Five-0's numbers compared to Castle's, it looks like CBS may finally be bringing in younger viewers. Anyway, TV.com's Stefanie Lee enjoyed the season premiere, and said it was as "hot as ever." Spicy!

Chase, NBC: 7.94 million, 2.5/7
This procedural was poorly reviewed from the starting line. "If you're looking for actual TV entertainment? Heavens, no," said USA Today. I'm guessing there will be a huge drop-off next week. NBC will be putting next week's numbers under a microscope by NBC.

What did you watch last night? How did your shows perform?


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Sep 27, 2010
I Agree with @Locutus-of-Borg. The ratings are not a proper vision of what people actually watch. The only real way to tell is put a box in EVERY TV. and then it is not representative of the web viewing, torrents, or other ways of watching.
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Sep 25, 2010
Please! These ratings mean nothing. I will estimate that more than triple the people watched these shows than the numbers suggest. These figures do not factor in torrents, newsgorups or watching online.
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Sep 23, 2010
Loved Hawaii Five-O mostly becasue of Alex but I will definatly be sticking around for a while and Gossip Gril should not be taken so serriously its like a soap opera not a serrious drama or anything
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Sep 23, 2010
lone star!
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Sep 23, 2010
The Event was dull! H50 i turned off half way through. CHuck was as good as ever. Thouroughly enjoyed "the boardwalk empire" & "raising hope"
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Sep 23, 2010
I watched Castle, House, Hawai 5-0. Castle was great, Hawai very good, House just good.
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Sep 23, 2010
chuck the event and castle
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Sep 22, 2010
I watched Castle, House and Two and a Half Men, all of which were good. I haven't watched Hawaii-Five-O, The Event or Lone Star yet but will when I get a chance.
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Sep 22, 2010
The season premiere of Castle was great. Castle in cuffs, Ryan and Esposito pissed at him and Beckett was happy to have him back in her team. Hope the rest of the season will be at the same or higher level. I watched Hawaii Five-0 the next day and I must admit it was entertaining. I'm not sure about The Event yet... Guess I'll just wait till next episodes and decide what it's all the fuss about.
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Sep 22, 2010
I watched Lone Star because it seemed to have an interesting plot and I live in Midland. The verdict is still out on its long term prospects although I plan to watch it. It certainlly has potential to be on my list to watch live or DVR. I am a senior citizen on oxygen; so TV is essential for my entertainment. I record shows I can't watch on one of my two DVRs and watch later. I think the DVR's should definitely be counted to determine viewership of shows. Maybe the show isn't a first choice watch but it can still be well-viewed and liked. Another problem is that the networks never put any of the good shows on Saturday night. A lot of us would love to see something good on Saturday night.
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Sep 22, 2010
i watch Hawaii Five0 it was very good watch Castle on hulu the next day Best show so far just watched NCIS LA loved it great show glad to see it back
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Sep 22, 2010
I loved Chuck but i had to download it because i had a lab. Hawaii five 0 is on the top of my favorite new shows this year.
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Sep 22, 2010
Chuck was really good. I watched The Event, liked it, taped Lone Star watched it Tuesday afternoon and erased it immediatly after watching too much of a soap feel to me. I watched Hawaii Five0 liked it really well, taped Chase watched it Tuesday afternoon and erased it half way through couldnt watch any more of it. I cant stand women who can whip mens a**. in a fair fight, (just cant be done). Dont watch any of the others but I have tried them and didnt see anything I liked.
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Sep 22, 2010
House was amazing, so was HIMYM and Two and a half men,Mike and Molly was fantastic, and Hawai Five-0 was surprisingly satisfactory
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Sep 22, 2010
The Event was decent and Chuck was good, but the best premiere of the night was Castle.
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Sep 22, 2010
Castle and Five-0 were good starters. Lonestar was forgettable and I don't watch the rest...
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Sep 22, 2010
I watched Hawaii 5-0 and recorded Chase. Liked H50 and Chase was ok.
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Sep 22, 2010
Chuck was my favorite of the night, followed by Lone Star. Lone Star needs to be moved to a less competitive slot ASAP.
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Sep 22, 2010
8pm: Recorded House (haven't seen it yet), Watched Chuck - LOVED it!

9pm: The Event - I'd give it a "B" for possibilities. Hated the jumping around the time line. Still looking forward to the next epi.

10pm: Recorded Hawaii Five-0- Like it so far. Watched Castle - Liked it a lot, but mostly because I'm just happy to have them back, and because of Castle's back and forth w/ Alexis, over the whole not calling thing.
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Sep 22, 2010
dido @valeriel
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Sep 22, 2010
House=good, HIMYM=Good, but castle wins the night for me! :-)
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Sep 22, 2010
Lone Star was pretty good, Hawaii Five-0 was better than expected, The Event I found largely mediocre.
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Sep 22, 2010
Chuck, The Event, and Lone Star were all great! If Lone Star gets cancelled I'll be devastated!
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Sep 22, 2010
You heard it here first, Grace park is THE hottest woman on tv, has been since BSG, and the show is good!!!!
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Sep 22, 2010
The Event = Good, The Chase = Avoided, Hawaii 5-0 = Hmmm I'll have to try it again, Lone Star = Will have to catch this one online since I missed it. Not interested in any of the other shows listed.
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Sep 22, 2010
I enjoyed the Event
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Sep 22, 2010
@ainav As long as it features extensive flashbacks and (presumably) deals with time paradoxes of some sort it will be compared to Lost which is the most successful show to date to use those themes/techniques.
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Sep 21, 2010
I enjoyed The Event and think if they can keep the high quality of writing, it could be a great series. Hawaii 5-0 I found pretty dull but I did enjoy The Chase. Very good acting, better writing/plots needed.
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Sep 21, 2010
I really hate that The Event has to be a new 'Lost' or a 'FlashForward', regardless of its quality, cant it just be 'The Event' ?..
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Sep 21, 2010
i watched Hawaii 5-0. It was pretty good, i'd watch it again. However, i watched both, The Event and Lonestar, and i didn't think the event was that good. it didn't really keep my interest and i was totaly turned off by the whole jumping around in time thing. ugh! I chose lonestar.
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Sep 21, 2010
chuck=great, hawaii five o=good, lone star=decent, the event=horrible, mike and molly=good, how i met your mother=good.
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Sep 21, 2010
Chuck was the best premiere of the night:)
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