September 21, 2011
There is a "NEW (RATINGS) GIRL" IN TOWN FO' SHO!
I am always hesitant about new shows especially when they actually air the original pilot (pilots are taped without the cast understanding their characters or each other very well at all -- many pilots have characters and/or actors that are swapped out starting during the second show never to be seen again, etc.). However, if you watched the new Zoey Deschanel comedy "New Girl" last night (and MILLIONS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DID), I hope you saw all the potential this laffer has just in Zoey alone! You can't help but love her and embrace her weirdness because she's so authentic about it...she owns her weirdness and her theme song "That's Jess!!" (Perfect example is when she's getting advice from her new roommates and one says "No more Lord of the Rings references ok...they should be kept in a cave in middle earth where no one can find them." and Jess' quick response is, "Except Smeagol, he likes caves..."
I loved it a lot and the supporting characters for the most part have potential (although did anyone else feel like the actor who plays the "take off my shirt at a drop of a, well, anything" roommate who is supposed to be the big guyslut of the group needs to butch it up a bit maybe?? The Douchebag Jar gets major props because it allows for some ridiculous lines to get voted off the island by the other roomies.
I'm looking forward to next week's show and Zoey is finally going to get her Stardue (if you saw "Elf" with Will Farrell then you already know/love Zoey but maybe didn't know she played Elf's girlfriend...). Way to go. Here are the numbers (and check out NCIS in its NINTH SEASON pulling in 19.5 million viewers for its new fall show?!!).
From Deadline Hollywood:
We may have the first breakout hit of the season. Fox’s quirky new comedy New Girl far exceeded expectations with a huge debut, drawing a 4.7 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 to rank as the top program of the night by a wide margin. In total viewers, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel averaged 10.1 million viewers. Vs. the series premiere of Raising Hope in the same slot last fall, New Girl was up 34%. It posted Fox’s highest-rated live-action fall comedy debut in a decade, since Bernie Mac (5.7/14) in 2001. It even eclipsed the premiere of TV’s highest-rated comedy at the moment, ABC’s Modern Family, which opened with a 4.3 demo rating in 2009. It also paced Fox (3.9/10, 8.7 million) to a nightly win in the 18-49 demo. That is a nice validation for Fox’s marketing team whose controversial decision to make the show’s pilot available on iTunes before the premiere raised concerns that the exposure might hurt ratings for the opener. (Unofficial estimates peg the number of streams at about a million.) New Girl also shot up from its lead-in, Glee (3.8/11, 8.9 million), whose third season premiere was down sharply from the big Season 2 opener, by 31%. (All comparisons in this story are fast nationals to fast nationals.) Following New Girl, the second season of Raising Hope (3.1/8, 6.9 million) was even in the demo with its premiere last fall when it followed Glee.