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TV Column: CBS heads the field in the new TV season's winners and losers

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By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two weeks into the new TV season, two new shows have already croaked -- but no new show has really reached ratings nirvana.

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Here's a look at the week's winners and losers:

Winners

CBS. The network boasts the season's five most watched new series: The "Hawaii Five-0" remix, Tom Selleck's badge-wielder "Blue Bloods," Chuck Lorre's fat-snarker "Mike & Molly," William Shatner's vein-popper "$#*! My Dad Says" and Jim Belushi's ambulance-chaser "The Defenders."

"Dancing With the Stars." Jennifer Grey, Florence Henderson, Margaret Cho, Brandy, Kurt Warner, Rick Fox and gang are the unlikely stars of the country's most watched TV show. Last week, "Stars" averaged more than 21 million viewers on Monday and, the next night, more than 17 million came back to see Michael Bolton snipped from the cast. We live in a world gone mad.

"Glee." A Britney Spears-infested episode of Fox's high school musical was the week's most watched scripted show among 18-to-49-year-olds -- who, ironically, are kind of like the Britney Spears of the advertising world, considered hot and highly sought after. More than 13 million people of all ages watched the one-hour BritBrit love letter.

"LOLA." NBC debuted its new "Law & Order" drama, set in Los Angeles, on Wednesday and copped nearly 11 million people, with a ripped-from-the-headlines, This-Is-Your-Life-Lindsay-Lohan-ish episode. That was not only the biggest audience in the time slot on any TV network, it was also about 4 million viewers better than NBC had averaged in that hour last season. From the nowhere-but-up spreadsheets: Last season, for about five months, NBC programmed "The Jay Leno Show" in the time slot.

"Modern Family." After months of near-hysteria, this ABC sitcom last week finally aired the episode in which Cam and Mitchell lip-locked and, even though 12 million people watched -- including the show's biggest teen audience ever -- the republic was still standing the next day.

Losers

"Lone Star." Fox's Texas-set soap opera became the 2010-11 TV season's first cancellation after the second episode did even worse than the first -- attracting a paltry 3 million viewers. Congratulations.

"My Generation." ABC's too-cool-for-school drama became the 2010-11 TV season's second cancellation after the second episode did even worse than the first -- attracting a paltry 4 million viewers.

"Outlaw." NBC's new Jimmy Smits-as-renegade-former-Supreme-Court-justice appears to be in a stiff competition with ABC's Rob Morrow/Maura Tierney lawyer drama "The Whole Truth" to become the third cancellation of the 2010-11 TV season. Un-robed Jimmy Smits summoned a measly 4.7 million viewers, to "Whole Truth's" 4.6 million viewers, last week.

"The Whole Truth." See "Outlaw" above.

"Parker Spitzer." CNN's new 8 p.m. talker debuted this past Monday and only 454,000 people bothered to check it out. In September, Rick Sanchez averaged nearly half a million viewers in the time slot. Doesn't exactly knock your socks off, does it?


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