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By the Numbers: Thursday, October 16th

What was everyone watching on TV last night? CBS won the night with strong performances by Survivor: Gabon (12.9 million viewers), CSI (18.million) and another strong outing by new show Eleventh Hour (12 million). Over on NBC, Kath and Kim cooled down (as expected) with only 6 million viewers, while The Office and Thursday Night Live were again both in the 8 million range. On ABC, Grey's Anatomy improved on last week with 14.6 million viewers, but unfortunately, Life on Mars took a hit and had only 8.5 million. That's a 25% percent decline from last week's strong premiere and not a good sign for its future. Smallville and Supernatural grabbed 4.1 and 3.1 million viewers respectively for The CW . Fox aired Hole in the Wall and Kitchen Nightmares, which barely beat The CW; the network averaged 4 million viewers for the night. Source: Variety Image courtesy of

By the Numbers: Maybe Mars Wasn't Such a Bad Idea After All

Life on Mars started off with buzz that it was a terrible remake of a far superior BBC show, but a reshoot here and a glowing endorsement there and it turns out we might have Fall's best new show (not that there's all that much competition). Maybe the public thinks so too, as 11.6 million viewers tuned in, which, according to Variety, logs "the best scores for the premiere of a new drama this season". Earlier in the evening on ABC, Grey's grabbed 14.5 million viewers at 9 and Ugly Betty had a far lower 8.5 million at 8. NBC had a decent night - with 7.5 million tuning into the premiere of Kath and Kim , 9 million watching The Office , 10.6 watching the special Thursday night edition of SNL's Weekend Update and 9.3 million viewing ER (go Hot Docs , go!). However, as usual, the most watched program of the evening aired on CBS; 23 million people watched the premiere of CSI . However, only 11.6 million tuned into the premiere of Eleventh Hour , which is not a particularly good retention rate for airing after CSI. Lastly, over on The CW , Smallville grabbed 4.1 million and Supernatural 3.1. Fox had no new offerings for the evening and ranked 4th out of the networks. Source: Variety

SideReel New Fall Shows Preview: What's Lookin' Good

Not much looks fantastic of the new fall shows, but there are some that look great or at least very promising, so check out what you should tune in to as the fall season starts up! What looks bad this fall: SideReel New Fall Shows Preview: What's Lookin' Bad Lookin' Good! Fringe (Premieres 9/9 on Fox) There's been so much hype around Fringe, it's pretty much self-explanatory why this falls on our must-watch list! The plot looks riveting and exciting, it's J.J. Abrams, so done and done (we hope), and it has Joshua Jackson. Maybe that's just a plus for us Dawson's Creek fans, but from the looks of it, he really has a handle, along with the rest of the main characters, on making this show awesome under the knowing and amazing hand of J.J. Abrams. Watch it. Love it. Don't let it get canceled. 90210 (Premieres 9/2 on The CW ) As noted in 90210's SideReel Fall Preview , this show is promising some deliciously juicy drama, but with a different spin than the already hit drama of the CW, Gossip Girl . I'm a little iffy on if the spinoff part of this will do it ill or good, but I think the plot and the cast are looking solid on their own, so I have high hopes of this delivering for the younger audience who never watched Beverly Hills 90210, and its long-dedicated fans as well. Eleventh Hour (Premieres 10/9 on CBS) Spooky! I'm not one for the crime dramas, but the promos around Eleventh Hour have certainly pulled me in. It looks like this show could be cool with all sorts of weird and fascinating science-related crime and mysteries, and definitely one for the drama if it can live up to its fast-paced previews. I also have faith in this one because Rufus Sewell is a fantastic actor who does intriguing, fascinating, and a little bit evil better than just about anyone! The Ex List (Premieres 10/3 on CBS) This show, maybe just because it stars ex- Grey's Anatomy guest star Elizabeth Reaser, feels as if it'd be a perfect hit for ABC, but since it's on CBS, I trust its hit-possibility a little bit less. But, nonetheless, the previews have my girly-drama senses tingling and I really hope to enjoy this one. True Blood (Premieres 9/7 on HBO ) Vampire shows have gotten rather... trendy, I suppose. This one looks a little odd (as could be suspected) but pretty very hopeful. HBO always delivers, so even the anti-vampire fan in me has to say this looks cool. The vampires are creepy, but part of the human world in intriguing ways like chatting with Bill Maher about deserving rights, and drinkin' up synthetic blood, and the main character, Sookie Stackhouse played by Anna Paquin, is interesting and endearing - and looking to bridge that vampire-human gap which hey, is definitely promising of some good drama including the twist of her mind-reading abilities. Hopefuls Crusoe (Premieres 10/17 on NBC) I'm probably being a bit of a sucker for this one because I loved Robin Crusoe, but this looks promising. I'm not quite sure how it will do primetime NBC, but if it delivers the "epic" aspects it promises, it seems it'll draw in the Robinson Crusoe fans and those who like a good adventurous drama. Privileged (Premieres 9/9 on The CW ) I'm not sold on this one, but Privileged looks like a fun show. We have the main plot of Megan Smith taking on a live-in tutor position for some rich kids, and of course, she gets over-involved in the slightly wild child girls. Want to know when new shows start up and when your favorites return? Check out SideReel's Fall TV Schedule ! Photo courtesy of