Monday, October 24, 2011

Schedule Five-Spot, WE 10/23/11 - Sons of Anarchy, The Glades, How to Be a Gentleman, Fear Factor, Love in the Wild

Here's your Schedule Five-Spot for the week ending October 23, 2011:

Sons of Anarchy - FX has renewed their flagship original program Sons of Anarchy for a fifth season. The show's fourth season set series highs in the opener with 4.927 million viewers and a 2.5 A18-49 rating and should be in the running with season two for the highest-rated Sons season yet. Despite FX's recent successful launch of American Horror Story, Sons remains (at least for now) the highest-rated FX series by a fairly comfortable margin.

The Glades - Also scoring another season is A&E's crime drama The Glades. This show hasn't exactly made A&E explode onto the scripted scene, but it's been a pretty decent performer by their relatively low scripted standards. Season two averaged a 0.72 demo, down a little bit from the 0.78 average of season one.

How to Be a Gentleman - It took just one Saturday airing for CBS to end their commitment to burning off the How to Be a Gentleman episodes. Its Saturday debut/finale at 8:30 on October 15 managed just 2.40 million viewers and a 0.7 demo, significantly lower than its lead-in (3.6m and 0.9 from Two and a Half Men). CBS claimed the move came because they'd promised advertisers a Saturday comedy block. That block remains, but it's all encores now.

Fear Factor - A trend I've observed is that certain timeslots seem to be getting locked in as wire-to-wire reality havens. I guess NBC's first two hours on Monday are another such haven, as the peacock announced that their bridge between singing competitions The Sing-Off and The Voice will be the resurrection of Fear Factor. It returns the week after the Sing-Off finale on December 12 at 8/7c.

Love in the Wild - In other NBC unscripted news, the net has ordered a second season of Love in the Wild, their reality series which aired Wednesdays at 10/9c last summer. It premiered to a 2.2 demo on June 29 but posted just a 1.4 in its last few airings, a significantly lower number than that of its America's Got Talent lead-in.

The Five-Spots are my recaps of what aired, what got renewed/cancelled and what rated well or poorly last week in TV. For more Five-Spots, see the Index.

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