Freshman dramas The Good Wife and NCIS: Los Angeles have been given full-season pickups, CBS announced on Wednesday. NCIS: Los Angeles, starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J, has been averaging 17.47 million viewers, ranking second among all prime-time programs. The Good Wife, starring Julianna Margulies, brings in 13.7 million viewers. Part of CBS' Tuesday night lineup, NCIS: LA and The Good Wife are the No. 1 and No. 2 new series of the season in the ratings, respectively. What other shows would you like to see get a full-season pickup? Source Here
Watch a preview and check out some photos of The Good Wife Season 1 Episode 3 "You Can't Go Home Again" which airs Tuesday, Oct. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Synopsis: When the teenage son of a former friend hires her to defend him in a murder case, Alicia makes a difficult journey back to her old life, on The Good Wife , Tuesday, Oct. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Source & Preview
* The Good Wife (10/9c CBS) The Julianna Margulies drama is off to a good start, attracting more than 13 million viewers each of its first two weeks and easily winning its time period. Tonight's case promises to be the most emotionally charged trial Alicia has yet handled. The reason? She returns to her old neighborhood to defend a former friend's teenage son, who is charged with a murder he claims he didn't commit. * Dancing with the Stars (9/8c ABC) Last week, Debi Mazar was in the dreaded Bottom 2, despite being in the middle of the pack when it came to the judges' votes. So did she pick up additional fan votes this week, or are she and Maks going to follow Kathy Ireland and Tony and take their final bows tonight? Before the elimination, Queen Latifah takes the stage to sing "Ease on Down the Road" and "Fast Car," and the dance crew JabbaWockeeZ perform. * Hell's Kitchen (8/7c Fox) We're at that point in the contest at which Gordo is a bit nicer (sometimes), and Fox's publicity department concedes that the contestants have last names. So goodbye, Suzanne (Schlicht) - that raw fish finally did you in. Still in the running: Ariel (Contreras-Fox), Kevin (Cottle), Dave (Levey) and Tennille (Middleton). Three will make it to next week's two-hour finale, but tonight there's "Little Gordon Ramsay," a British child actor-impressionist named Felix Light, to contend with. * Parking Wars (10/9c A&E ) Few critics could have predicted the success of Parking Wars, but the show didn't get the boot and is back for its third season... and now includes workers in Detroit. It makes sense. The city is known for producing cars, and all those vehicles have to be parked somewhere, legally and illegally. In the opener, an employee in Detroit has a heated confrontation with a citizen who parked on city property, and a rookie tries to be compassionate. Also introduced is an all-female boot crew. * King's Ransom (8/7c ESPN) While Wayne Gretzky reflects on his just-ended tenure as Coyotes head coach, ESPN looks back on another transition in the life of the Great One - his 1988 trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles - to launch its promising yearlong series of documentaries celebrating 30 years of the all-sports network. Hockey nut Peter Berg ( Friday Night Lights ) is the first of the 30 talented directors who selected sports subjects that intrigued them from the last three decades and put together films that should play out like 30 gifts for devoted sports fans to open and savor one week at a time. Source Here
A stripper claims she was raped at a prominent businessman's bachelor party, and Alicia represents her after the state's attorney refuses to pursue criminal charges. Watch & Discuss: Watch The Good Wife: Season 1, Episode 2 - 'Stripped'
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 " NCIS " continued its amazing start to the season on Tuesday, setting another series record for viewers and carrying CBS to a big ratings win for the night. None of the other networks really even came within shouting distance. CBS averaged 17.1 million viewers and a 10.7 rating/17 share in households in primetime. That was more than double the number of viewers for ABC (8.4 million, 5.6/9), which held off NBC (8.2 million, 5.2/8) for second. Fox came in fourth with 5.9 million viewers and a 3.4/5. The CW (2 million, 1.4/2) trailed. CBS also scored a victory among adults 18-49 with a 4.0 rating. NBC finished second in the demographic with a 3.1, beating out FOX's 2.7. Soft demo numbers at 8 and 10 p.m. dropped ABC (2.0) to fourth. The CW drew a 1.0. Tuesday's hourly results: 8 p.m. CBS: "NCIS" (20.65 million viewers, 12.5/20 households) NBC: " The Biggest Loser " (8.5 million, 5.3/9) FOX: " Hell's Kitchen " (6.5 million, 3.8/6) ABC: " Shark Tank " (5.3 million, 3.5/6) The CW: " 90210 " (2.5 million, 1.7/3) 18-49 leader: "NCIS" (4.6) 9 p.m. CBS: " NCIS: Los Angeles " (17.4 million, 10.7/17) ABC: " Dancing with the Stars " results (12.5 million, 8.3/13) NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (9.6 million, 5.8/9) FOX: " So You Think You Can Dance " (5.3 million, 3.1/5) The CW: " Melrose Place (2009) " (1.5 million, 1.2/2) 18-49 leader: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.1) 10 p.m. CBS: " The Good Wife " (13.4 million, 8.9/15) ABC: " The Forgotten (TV) " (7.5 million, 5.1/9) NBC: " The Jay Leno Show " (6.6 million, 4.3/7) 18-49 leader: "The Good Wife" (3.1) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source Here
Wondering which of the big new series that debuted over the last week grabbed the most viewers (on US televisions)? Without further ado (# in parentheses represents the show's Nielsen rank for the week): 1. NCIS: Los Angeles , 18.7 million viewers (2nd place) 2. The Good Wife , 13.7 million viewers (15th place) 3. Modern Family , 12.6 million viewers (20th place) 4. FlashForward , 12.5 million viewers (21st place) 5. Cougar Town , 11.3 million viewers (23rd place) 6. The Forgotten , 9.6 million viewers (28th place) 7. The Cleveland Show , 9.5 million viewers (29th place) 8. Accidentally on Purpose , 8.9 million viewers (35th place) 9. Eastwick , 8.5 million viewers (38th place) 10. Mercy , 8.4 million viewers (39th place) Which of these shows did you tune into? What have been your favorite new series thus far? Ratings Source
Watch a preview and check out some photos of The Good Wife Season 1 Episode 2 "Stripped" which airs Tuesday, Sept. 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Synopsis: Alicia represents a stripper who claims she was raped at the bachelor party of a prominent businessman after the States' Attorney refuses to pursue criminal charges. Source & Preview
A huge premiere for NCIS paved the way for CBS' biggest nightly audience since 1993. Twenty million viewers tuned into NCIS, a 28 percent leap from last season's premiere. Spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles benefited from the lead-in, drawing an audience of 18.3 million viewers, a 23 percent improvement over The Mentalist's premiere in that spot a year ago. The one-two punch of NCIS shows outperformed the other network's two-hour airings. The second night of Dancing with the Stars three-night premiere pulled in 15.2 million viewers for ABC, while NBC's The Biggest Loser and Fox's Hell's Kitchen earned 7.5 million and 7 million viewers, respectively. On The CW , 90210 stayed even with 2.2 million viewers, while Melrose Place (2009) continued its decline with only 1.5 million viewers. CBS' newcomer legal drama The Good Wife dropped much of the NCIS:LA lead-in at 10/9c, but was still the hour's most-watched program with 13.7 million viewers. Jay Leno bounced back from its series low Monday with 6.8 million viewers, but still finished third to ABC's Christian Slater-fronted newcomer, The Forgotten (TV) , which was watched by 9.5 million viewers. Source Here
In the series premiere, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), a politician's wife, resumes her career as a defense attorney after her husband is jailed for corruption. Her first case is the retrial of a woman accused of murdering her spouse. The first trial ended with the jury deadlocked. Alicia is told by her new boss to stick with the firm's original strategy, but she decides not to do so when more evidence surfaces. Watch & Discuss: Watch The Good Wife Season 1, Episode 1 - 'Pilot' Read The Good Wife's Review Season 1, Episode 1 - 'Pilot'
* NCIS: Los Angeles (9/8c CBS) This drama has the distinction of being a spin-off from a spin-off (NCIS, which had its start in JAG), but that's not the only intriguing thing about it. Topping the list would be the pairing of LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, who team up as undercover agents with the NCIS Office of Special Projects in Los Angeles. In the two-part NCIS episode that introduced the characters, agent G. Callen (O'Donnell) was shot at the end. In the series opener, he returns to work four months later and joins the team on a kidnapping case. * The Good Wife (10/9c CBS) Julianna Margulies is excellent as Alicia Florrick, the wife of a disgraced politician, in a top-drawer drama that also boasts a first-rate supporting cast, which includes Chris Noth, Christine Baranski and Josh Charles. In tonight's stellar pilot, Alicia's philandering husband (Noth) is jailed for corruption, which forces her to resume her career as a defense attorney in order to support her family. But it's been 13 years since Alicia last tried a case, and her first one back is a doozy. It's a retrial of a woman accused of murdering her husband. * Warehouse 13 (9/8c Syfy )' Considering the power - and problems - linked to items stored in Warehouse 13, it's a bit scary to imagine what would happen to those oddities if they ended up for bid. Roger Rees, who is ingrained in our pop-culture psyche as Sam Malone's nemesis on Cheers and a British ambassador in The West Wing, returns as James MacPherson, an antagonist-turned-auctioneer in the first-season finale. * The Forgotten (TV) (10/9c ABC) Christian Slater fans will no doubt hope this series is more memorable to viewers than his short-lived stint on My Own Worst Enemy . Slater, who achieved fame as Winona Ryder's psychotic boyfriend in Heathers, returns to TV to head up a network of volunteers who try to ID victims of unsolved murders. In the crime drama's debut, the group tries to put a name on remains recovered from the woods. * Hell's Kitchen (8/7c Fox) The seven remaining contenders took last week off (Suzanne, in particular, needed a break after her near-death experience at the Sept. 22 elimination), but they're likely to make up for it in this two-hour episode, when the red and blue teams merge.They get a virtual tour of the Whistler, B.C., resort that will host Winter Olympics fans next year. Guest judges include Winter Olympic medalists Sasha Cohen and Jonny Moseley. After all of tonight's judging, the field will be down to five. Source Here