TV Ratings: 'X Factor' holds, 'Charlie's Angels' off to modest start

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011Fall programming continued to roll out last night, making for a rerun-free Thursday that included four series premieres. Most notably, however, is the second night of FOX's "The X Factor," which performed almost the same as its Wednesday outing. ABC's "Charlie's Angels" reboot was greeted with modest ratings, falling short of the network's two-hour "Grey's Anatomy" premiere. And on CBS, "Big Bang Theory" topped scripted efforts with an 8.6 and the night's strongest performance in adults 18-49. That, combined with a strong start for "Person of Interest" helped CBS score the biggest overall audience of the night, averaging 13.6 million viewers and a 8.4 rating/13 share among households in primetime. FOX (12 million, 7.3/11) followed in second, with ABC (9.8 million, 6.6/10) in third, NBC (5.7 million, 3.6/6) in fourth and The CW (2.3 million, 1.5/2) coming in last.Thanks to "X Factor," FOX topped among adults 18-49, drawing...

Reese in Standoff With Corrupt Cop on Premiere of 'Person of Interest' (VIDEO)

If you're looking for a procedural of a very different color, or even if you don't care for the procedural format, you might just fall in love with 'Person of Interest' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS). It certainly had one of the stronger pilots in this new premiere week. Jim Caviezel is brilliant as an emotionally haunted and physically menacing former government operative, while Michael Emerson captures much of the same genius that made Benjamin Linus a stand-out character on 'Lost,' but without the evil undertones. The premiere did a great job of setting up the very simple premise. Mr. Finch (Emerson) built a machine after 9/11 that can predict people who will be involved in criminal activities. The machine for the government's purposes isn't interested in smaller crimes, but it is these crimes that kept Finch up at night.

'Person of Interest': Michael Emerson isn't 'Lost' anymore

For the bereft fans who have been somewhat at sea since the end of "Lost" 18 long months ago, a little news: Ben Linus, the so-bad-he's-good mastermind played to chilling perfection by Michael Emerson, is back.In "Person of Interest's" premiere episode, which aired Thursday (Sept. 22) evening, we met the destroyer of the Dharma Initiative again. Instead of moving the island, he moved islands. He appears to have been transported whole-cloth from "Lost's" mysterious island to Manhattan. Sure, his name has been changed -- he's now "Mr. Finch," a stinking rich computer genius who has aspirations of saving the world one soul at a time (as long as said soul has a Social Security Number), but we have a feeling that -- as with Ben Linus -- Mr. Finch has a hidden agenda.There is one difference: Mr. Finch has a limp that, according to one Zap2it staffer, is reminiscent of Batman nemesis the Penguin. We're...


Seven years ago today, LOST debuted. (Time sure flies, doesn’t it?) So it’s really only fitting PERSON OF INTEREST, the new series from the J.J. Abrams production company, Bad Robot, also has their debut tonight. As an extra dose of awesome for LOST fans? The new series stars former LOST star Michael Emerson. What is [...]

PERSON OF INTEREST “Pilot” Episode 1

PERSON OF INTEREST  “Pilot” Episode 1 airs Thursday September 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television  Network. Episode Synopsis:  When the social security number  of a young prosecutor comes up, Reese and Finch work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator, on the series premiere of PERSON OF INTEREST, Thursday, Sept. 22 (9:00 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBSTelevision Network. Read More...

Review: CBS' 'Person of Interest' struggles thanks to sleepy Jim Caviezel

With many of this season's new shows that seem to squander a lot of talent and/or an interesting premise, it's hard to know where to start in figuring out how to fix them. With CBS' new vigilante drama  "Person of Interest"  (which debuts tomorrow night at 9), the solution is simple:  Someone needs to buy star Jim Caviezel an alarm clock, or find some other way to wake him up.  In "Person of Interest," Caviezel plays Reese, former elite Special Forces operative who's lost his faith, soul and reason to live, thanks to a mystery trauma we'll get the full details on later. He's become one of those disturbing, borderline-catatonic homeless people you sometimes see riding the subway, but all his skills are intact - as a bunch of Russian-American mobsters find out when they try to hassle him on the train.  Read More...