HD Feed: September 26

TV2’s pending sci-fi newcomer, Revolution, appears to have escaped the fate of V and FlashForward. Each of those shows opened big but quickly went belly-up whereas Revolution’s second episode sustained 80% of the viewership that made last week’s premiere such a huge hit in the US — and did so by winning against much tougher competition. The post-apocalyptic thriller from Supernatural’s Eric Kripke was the top drama premiere on NBC in five years and the top drama debut on any network in three years. But critics weren’t as fervid as viewers. It generally garnered good reviews, but one of the best, the Wall Street Journal’s, came with a caveat: “If the quality of this one, so irresistible in its vitality and suspense, does fail to hold up, its creators will have delivered, at the least, one remarkably fine hour.” Most agreed with USA Today  — “the less you think about Revolution the more apt you are to like it” — but Newsday’s bottom line was, “Start this Revolution without me.” TV2 has yet to announce when it will start Revolution but expect it to land The Walking Dead slot — 9.30-ish Wednesdays — after Fast and Loose and Distraction end their runs on October 3.

This Just In: Deadline reports Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their Oscar-winning Fargo into a series for the FX network (Sons of Anarchy, JustifiedThe Shield) … The Hollywood Reporter reports Warner Bros will pilot Napa for NBC, a modern-day spin on “Wuthering Heights” set in the Napa Valley from The Whole Truth scribe Tom Donaghy, while Fox has commissioned a rodeo soap  … The Voice, which is in its third season on US TV but only just startes its second here  (TV2, 8.30 Fridays), has been renewed for two more seasons … A week after winning his second Emmy on Monday for playing Cam in Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet will guest star in Four’s American Horror Story (9.30 Monday) and has agreed to do another killer guest turn in season two.

Tricky Business’ relegation to 9.35 on Tuesday didn’t dent its appeal — which isn’t surprising, given it never had much at 8.30, anyway. The episode averaged 1.8% – 3.5% of the key demos opposite Body of Proof’s 7.1% – 8.1% (both HD dramas were beaten by TV One’s One Born Every Minute: 6.9% – 11.4%). At 8.30, TV2’s The Mentalist dominated, with 10.2% – 14.1%, but its new TV3 rival, Grand Designs Australia, rated much better at 8.35 than Tricky Business had: 3.7% – 7.1%. Earlier in the night, TV One’s Coastwatch averaged 6.2% – 9.8% opposite TV2’s ratings juggernaut, My Kitchen Rules (17.2% – 18.8%), while the week’s best FTA hour, Southland, rounded off the night with 1.2% – 3.1%.

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3 Responses to “HD Feed: September 26”

  1. Any heads up on when Revolution is to be shown here?

  2. I’m picking 9.30 Wednesdays from next month.

  3. So soon after its US screening? LOL

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