It was a great premiere Monday to be CBS. It was a less great premiere Monday to be any other network. The Tiffany Network dominated the competition last night, easily besting all of the other networks at 8 and cruising to a strong #2 at 9. The Big Bang Theory's "Shamy" cliffhanger was answered last night, which led to an incredible 3.9 for the show. But that wasn't even to most insane part of the night, as Young Sheldon easily grabbed the title of #1 series premiere of the season (a title it will certainly hold onto) with an enormous and shocking 3.7. After that was a 2.3 from the controversial Kevin Can Wait, the show's highest rating since late September of last year. Me, Myself & I had an OK start with 1.7, with decent retention from its lead-in. All of that positive mojo from the first two hours led to absolutely nothing positive for Scorpion, which was down from last year's premiere and finale and tied for a series low. It's a rough datapoint for sure, but it's possible that new shows on NBC and ABC just stole some eyeballs and the show could gain some viewers back as viewers lose interest in those shows. ABC had week 2 of Dancing With the Stars and the premiere of The Good Doctor. Dancing was down a tenth from last week, but that didn't hurt The Good Doctor, which pulled an incredible 2.4, up about 0.8 from its DWTS lead-in's second hour. It's an encouraging start for the alphabet, as last year's Conviction pulled in well below half of that number, and their drama department is in rough shape. The Good Doctor, if it holds up, could be one of their biggest success stories in years. NBC had a very mediocre start to the season, with a 2.6 for the Voice to start the night. The show is down a lot from 2016's Fall premiere, but a 2.6 is still great for any show. Less great is the 1.4 for newbie the Brave. The military drama did very poorly in retaining Voice viewers, going as low as 1.2 in its second half. It's also well below last season's Timeless, which was considered a disappointing premiere itself. The Brave likely won't be long for this world if it can't muster up more than that. Fox had a terrible night, with 0.6 for the So You Think You Can Dance finale. It was crushed by the extreme competition, but at least it was steady. The CW fool-ishly aired an episode of Penn & Teller: Fool Us in an unusual time slot AND against the huge competition, and it backfired significantly.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Big Bang Theory (P)3.9/1616.97CBS

The Voice (P)2.6/910.37NBC

Dancing With the Stars (P)1.5/59.07ABC

So You Think You Can Dance (F)0.6/21.94Fox

Supergirl (R)0.2/10.89The CW
8:30 PMYoung Sheldon (Series Premiere)3.7/1316.57CBS
9 PMKevin Can Wait (P)2.3/810.10CBS

Penn & Teller: Fool Us0.2/10.94The CW
9:30 PMMe, Myself, & I (Series Premiere)1.7/67.39CBS
10 PMThe Good Doctor (Series Premiere)2.4/911.82NBC

The Brave (Series Premiere)1.4/56.17ABC

Scorpion (P)1.0/45.73CBS
Written Nostalgic for ABC Prominence by Bridger

Image result for happy days laverne and shirleyBehold an astounding season which not only ABC claimed the top 6 places in the yearly Nielsen register, but they were all sitcoms!  A wave of fantasy and nostalgia comprised these entries, along with two failed clunkers riding on the winning coattails of the network leaders.  Elsewhere, 2nd place CBS held tight to their early-mid 70's social relevance sitcoms and had to bid adieu to former 1st Place champ after 9 seasons.  NBC found its next hit with Different Strokes, albeit the show was the only fare to write home about as the network was iced in 3rd place.

Prior to September 2, TV Ratings Guide only had full access to ratings post-1984 and unearthed a treasure trove of data spanning back to 1964.  Odd years, including 1978-79 have complete data intact, thanks to historic online newspaper articles.  TVRG continues its mission to create a unified source for Historic Ratings before the internet created a prolific source of information.  TVRG now possesses a conglomeration of elite ratings data; enjoy a view back into another era of Nielsen hstory.

ABC held an embarrassment of Nielsen riches in sitcoms (lest not underscore the word "embarrassment" with The Ropers and several failed sitcoms).  They held a record 17 original sitcom entries and held room to pare down the roster.  Successful entries such as Taxi and Mork and Mindy allowed ABC to part with What's Happening and Welcome Back, Cotter in the midst of another successful season.  CBS also delivered a healthy roster of 15 sitcom entries, though 7 survived to the next season.  Veterans All in the Family, Good Times and Rhoda ended durable runs, and Stockard Channing's Grease fame was not enough to sustain a Nielsen hit.

NBC made a valiant effort to resurrect their decimated sitcom schedule after cancelling all helpings the previous season.  Diff'rent Strokes took off amid controversy over a blended cast, and tie-in Hello, Larry piggybacked via a 2-episode crossover.  The remains sans BJ and the Bear were dispensed, and the network's prospects for improvement were far from sight.

Source -- http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1979/BC-1979-06-18.pdf
Welcome to my very special review of the Pilot episode of Young Sheldon, the spinoff of the Big Bang Theory. I've been a Big Bang Theory fan for as long as I can remember, and I'm really excited for the spinoff. I'll only be reviewing the Pilot for now, but that doesn't mean there isn't a possibility that there be any additional Young Sheldon reviews down the road.

The episode begins with Sheldon playing with his train set when his Mom calls him to dinner. He need to wear mittens to pray, because he doesn't want to have to touch anyone else. Mary wants someone to go to church with her, and Sheldon volunteers. Sheldon's sister Missy is forced into going. She is not happy about that. At church, Sheldon is talking during the sermon, and he asks Mary when he should be "expecting his testicles." This upsets the woman in front of him, which causes Mary to tell the lady off.

At home, Mary wants Sheldon to enjoy the last day of Summer, but he wants to learn the Student Handbook. While he is "playing", he runs into the local bully, and he runs away. The next morning, Sheldon can't find his bowtie. Mary tries to help him find it, and she thinks George Jr stole it. While searching Jr's room, George Sr tells her that he took it. He initially won't give it back,  but Mary is scary so she gets it back for her son. At school, Mary wants Sheldon to get rid of the bowtie, and she even promises a trip to Radioshack(!!!!) in return. He takes off his bowtie, and they head inside.

Sheldon heads to his homeroom, and Mary starts crying. Sheldon walks in, and almost immediately insults his teacher. He also humiliates George Jr. Sheldon's teachers are all really upset by how he acted. Mary defends Sheldon, and when the Principal asks George Sr for some help, he refuses (again, his wife is scary!). At football, George Jr gets in a fight with someone that calls him the dumb brother, and he decides to quit. George Sr tells him not to get bothered by Sheldon. At home, George Sr wants to talk with Sheldon. He tells Sheldon to stop ratting people out, and that he got fired for doing something similar. At dinner, Sheldon holds his father's hand without his mittens, for the very first time. The next day, Mary takes Sheldon to RadioShack (which will be there forever).

This was an enjoyable Pilot, and it was very touching and heartwarming. It wasn't LOL funny, but I still liked it. Iain Armitage was great as Sheldon, but the person I enjoyed the most was Zoe Perry as Mary. She was great, and so believable, in the role. And it's understandable. Her mom, Laurie Metcalf, originated the role on the parent series. Since Metcalf couldn't work in this role, Perry was the next-best thing, and she was perfect. I'm excited to see more of the series, and to see where else it will go, since this show really has so much potential.
My Score: 8/10
Grade: B

You already know how I felt about the show, but what did you think? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll below!

Written Moved by Brilliance by Bridger Cunningham

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The 2017-18 scheduling banquet is upon us, with shows to give thanks for and turkey bones getting caught in viewers' trachea.  Thank the lord ABC has granted medical resident Shaun Murphy a surgical rotation in its ailing Monday 10:00 via The Good Doctor.  The previews painted a dark, gloomy pictorial of another medical procedure centered on a young medical resident with Autism Savant Syndrome.  Sad, as the show is more than ABC's underscoring previews.  The show brings adventure and passion back to the gloomy timeslot, once home to lighthearted procedural Castle.

Where the Good Doctor succeeds is the first 15 minutes pack more action than any drama and action ABC has displayed in hours of failed scripted fares.  The protagonist, Shaun Murphy, begins the show in a picturesque walk to his first day as a resident.  The scenes help recent ABC fans relive the outlandish fantasy of Pushing Daisies, offset by horrific memories scraping the character's backstory.  Accurate, indeed, as individuals of this fascinating syndrome have articulate memories which intersect everyday moments with intensity.  Enter a common medical mishap, a la ER or Grey's Anatomy as a young child is severely injured.  Shaun interjects with vacancy, seeing only the trauma at hand, determined to save the boy via his alternative perspective.

Surgically brilliant, Shaun's determination cannot decipher social situations, grabbing a construction knife from TSA agents and nearly getting arrested.  And yet Shaun's nuances highlight the run of the mill caricatures in the background questioning if his entrance into their hospital is too high of a risk.  Enter the common bureaucratic board weighing on his entrance, the common resident physicians dabbling in soapy caricature roles, and stunning visuals similar to CBS' procedural crime dramas.  A stunning, layered amalgamation of passion broadcast networks have lacked in recent years.  The Good Doctor is indeed a puzzled, layered mess which is being deciphered, much like Shaun is doing with the unfamiliar world around him.

Image result for the good doctor 2017Viewers missing the adventure vacated by Castle, the gripping emergencies of ER, the addictive element of mystery from Revenge and the innocence of navigating new characters a la Grey's Anatomy 2005 must check out The Good Doctor.  Featuring a dynamic cast, superb production values and poignant writing, ABC appears to have found its next champion in a bleak season.  The Good Doctor pays homage to historic medical dramas such as ER and St. Elsewhere, as we can exhibit joy, humor and rewarding thrills shattered the next moment by shock, devastation and mayhem.  That is the definition of drama, and a landmark serial demanding to be noticed.  Once this brilliant piece masters establishing the surrounding cast, it will be unstoppable.
Me, Myself, & I was one of my most anticipated new comedies of the Fall season. I'm a huge fan of Bobby Moynihan, and the show has an intriguing premise that had me interested even before Moynihan joined the show. Add John Larroquette and Jaleel White to the mix and you've got a really great cast. I'm hoping the show can be as good as I'm expecting it to be, and that it'll be worth the wait.

In 1991, Alex Riley's Mom gets engaged to a pilot, which means he has to move to LA. He is woken by his soon-to-be stepbrother Justin, who is calling him little bro, which annoys him. At breakfast, the table wobbles and Alex shows the family his invention, an adjustable table wedge. His stepfather tells him that one day, he may actually be a famous inventor. Later that day, Justin and him are talking when Alex sees Nori, who he pretty much falls in love with. She speaks to Alex, and she drops her lip balm. Alex uses the Extend-o-Grab 5000 to retrieve it, and she officially introduces herself to him. At dinner, Alex sees Nori again and she waves at him. Justin says that Nori's into Alex, and he suggests that Alex asks kisses her at the dance. At the dance, Nori and Alex say hello to each other. Justin tries to convince him to ask her to dance, but Nori asks Alex before he gets the chance to ask her. While they're slow-dancing, Justin gives him a mint and tries to convince Alex to kiss Nori. This lead to a big problem, because Alex chokes on the mint and it lands in Nori's mouth. Because of this ordeal, Alex is labeled Chokey and is ridiculed. Alex goes home, and Ton gives him a pep talk, which involves Alex's hero Michael Jordan. He reminds him that everyone misses shots every once in while, even the greatest of basketball players. Alex decides to totally avoid Nori.

In 2017, Alex comes home to discover that his wife is having an affair with a paramedic. He responds to this by running outside and throwing a rock at the ambulance's windshield. It may not be the most responsible thing to do, but the response is understandable. Later on, he is pitching the "Switchfork" to a group of investors, and they aren't having it. His friend Darryl is giving him some tough love, because his company isn't doing well (at all), and he needs help. Alex is driving with his daughter Abby, and he hears a song that "reminds him of a girl" (aka Nori). His daughter asks if he's talking about her mom Sarah, and he responds that her Sarah's song is Psycho Killer. When they arrive at the house, Alex sees a For Sale sign. Sarah tells her that her boyfriend is moving to San Francisco , and that she'll be leaving with him. Alex is upset that she's leaving Abby behind, but that isn't her plan She wants to take Abby with her. They get in an argument over it, and she says that he'll never be able to take care of Abby if he can't take care of himself. He says that he just needs one idea to turn everything around. Alex is really struggling to think of an idea, and he tries everything to get some ideas flowing. Alex goes to see Ron, and Ron gives him an idea when he purposely drops his fork.

In 2042, Alex has a heart attack opening the New York Stock Exchange. He survives, and is released from the hospital. Alex's assistant Jasmine gives him a gift from Darryl, and they walk into the company, where they're having a welcome back party for Alex. Alex announces his plans to retire immediately, which surprises everyone. Abby takes Alex to eat, and when checking out, Alex sees Nori. They start talking over some food, and while he leaves initially, he heads back in and gives her a kiss.

I really enjoyed that Pilot! It was so heartwarming and funny, and I loved the three different timelines. While we didn't get to see much of the 2042 timeline, I absolutely loved the ending, and it's nice to know that, despite some rough patches for Alex in the earlier timelines, things do get better. It could be funnier at times, but I still really enjoyed it. I think this is going to be a really great show. And remember guys, Keep Shooting.
My Score: 9/10
My Grade: A-

You know how I feel, but what did YOU think of the Me, Myself, & I premiere? Vote in the poll below, and let me know what you thought in the comments below.

It's ballroom week on Dancing With the Stars! It's a big night for the dancers, as they've had to prepare two dances instead of the usual one, so I'm excited to see how they all deal with it.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas - 
I thought this was good, but I definitely think it was a step down from last week's dance. There was just something missing this week that was there last week. It wasn't as fun to watch, and it was kinda forgettable. In a week, all I'll be able to remember about it will likely be the butterfly aspect of it.
My Score: 7

Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess - 
I feel the same way about Derek this week as I did last week. This was a decent, but uninspiring, dance. It was pretty fun, but I didn't love it and the technique was lacking.
My Score: 6

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson -
What is going on with Malcolm Frankie? After a surprisingly good dance on the premiere, this was even better. I wasn't expecting him to even be remotely good, so this is a welcome surprise. I think he could be one of the season's best dancers, and he's definitely one to watch out for.
My Score: 8

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd -
This was another okay dance from Nick. Once again, his wife was clearly better, but he was fine. I really didn't see too much improvement here though, and it was a little forgettable in comparison with the rest of these dances.
My Score: 6

Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy - 
I really enjoyed this dance, and it was an improvement over her first dance. I was really impressed with her, because while I enjoyed her first dance, I didn't love it. This one I did love. Also, Vanessa- 2, Nick-0
My Score: 8

Drew Scott and Emma Slater -
This was a really big improvement over last week's messy first dance. I thought he improved on pretty much all fronts, and though he's still a fixer-upper, he's getting there.
My Score: 7

Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke - 
This was better than last week's dance, but I'm still not impressed. I rarely say this, but I agree with Len that this was a little too raunchy. I was underwhelmed, but it was still better than last week's dance.
My Score: 6

Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy - 
I loved this so much. Obviously, it was not as joyful and peppy as last week, since that wouldn't fit with the dance, but it was fantastic. This was a big improvement on her first dance, which I also really enjoyed. This was just so good.
My Score: 9

Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko -
This was a big improvement over Sasha's pretty forgettable first dance. This wasn't forgettable at all, and I really did enjoy it. I think this is the beginning of something really great if she can keep this up.
My Score: 8

Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe - 
This was so much better. While her last dance was entertaining, she didn't really show any dancing skills. It wasn't very good. But this was really an improvement. Obviously it wasn't the dance of the night, but there was a lot of improvement here and it makes me happy.
My Score: 6

Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev - 
This was really good. It was an improvement from last week's dance, which I really liked as well. It showed her graceful and elegant side, and I'm starting to think she'll be a really great dancer this season.
My Score: 7

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold -
Obviously, Jordan can dance very well. He's easily one of the best dancers there. And this was very good. There wasn't a lot of improvement there, but it was very good and I'm excited to see what else he's got. And again: Could this be Lindsay's year? Based on these first few weeks, it's very likely.
My Score: 8

Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten -
This was a good dance. It was a lot of fun to watch, and it was definitely an improvement on last week's dance. It was far from the best dance, but I did really like it. I'm hoping for more improvement  from Debbie next week.
My Score: 7

Worst of the Night: Terrell & Cheryl
(Dis)Honorable Mention: Barbara & Keo

Dancer of the Night: Victoria & Val
Honorable Mention: Vanessa & Maks

Rankings for the Week:
1- Victoria & Val
2- Vanessa & Maks
3- Jordan & Lindsay
4- Frankie & Witney
5- Sasha & Gleb
6- Lindsey & Mark
7- Nikki & Artem
8- Debbie & Alan
9- Drew & Emma
10- Nick & Peta
11- Derek & Sharna
12- Barbara & Keo
13- Terrell & Cheryl

Terrell & Cheryl and Barbara & Keo are the Bottom Two, and Terrell & Cheryl get out of the Bottom Two alive. Barbara & Keo are unsurprisingly sent home.

This was another pretty good episode, and I was really impressed by some dances. I wish Barbara would have stayed, as I got a kick out of her, but I can't really complain about her elimination.

My Score: 8.5/10
My Grade: B+

What did you think of this episode? Who was your favorite this week? Let me know in the comments below!
Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/22/17. Items of note include Stuck In the Middle and Raven's Home on Disney and Live PD: Police Patrol on A&E.
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
Real Time with Bill MaherHBO0.391.93
Live PD: Police PatrolA&E0.381.22
College Football: VA vs. BoiseESPN20.381.29
Live PD: Police PatrolA&E0.371.17
Live PD: Police PatrolA&E0.331.08
Live PD: Police PatrolA&E0.321.13
Bering Sea GoldDiscovery0.281.02
Diners, Drive-Ins, & DivesFood0.281.01
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.272.47
Raven's HomeDisney0.271.26
The GoldbergsNick-at-Nite0.260.60
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.260.65
Top Rank BoxingESPN0.250.71
The GoldbergsNick-at-Nite0.240.56
I Am FrankieNickelodeon0.241.33
MLB Post-Season: Chicago w. MilwaukeeESPN0.240.87
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.232.45
Deadly WomenInvest. Discovery0.220.77
Around the HornESPN0.220.50
House HuntersHGTV0.221.36
College Football: UT vs. AZFS10.210.58
Teen Titans GoCartoon Network0.210.98
House Hunters InternationalHGTV0.211.35
Off the chart, Disney's Bizaardvark and Stuck in the Middle were both down to 0.21. Morning Joe was up to 0.12, and Veslhi & Ruhle ticked up to 0.11. Deadline: White House was steady at 0.11. Wolf was down to 0.13. Hannity sank to a September low of 0.17.
Analysis to come.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
7 PMNFL Overrun5.5/2220.60CBS

Football Night In America/Pregame3.3/810.59NBC

America's Funniest Home Videos (R)0.7/34.48ABC

The Simpsons (R)0.7/31.99Fox
7:45 PM60 Minutes (P)2.5/913.52CBS
8 PMWho Shot Biggie & Tupac?1.2/42.84Fox

Celebrity Family Feud1.0/45.12ABC
8:20 PMSunday Night Football: Raiders v. Washington5.3/1914.69NBC
8:45 PMStar Trek: Discovery (Series Premiere)1.6/88.19CBS
9 PMSteve Harvey's Funderdome (Series Finale)0.8/33.90ABC
9:45 PMNCIS: Los Angeles (R)0.7/24.84CBS
10 PMThe $100,000 Pyramid (F)0.6/33.77ABC
Written 5 Years After Revenge Took ABC by Bridger Cunningham

CBS reigned in the lead again with NBC gaining ground as The Voice shattered Nielsen octaves.  FOX lost ground as American Idol slid further down the Nielsen ladder, and ABC remained under the 4th bar with no exit in sight.  Nielsen erosion continued to run rampant with only CBS immune to the effects.

Trending Hot -- CBS scripted programming could do little wrong, especially their procedural dramas and sitcoms.  NBC scripted fares delivered poorly, but few cared as they had The Voice.

Trending Tepid -- FOX's high-rated glory flattened, along with Reality TV.  News outlets, a staple of the 90's, presented a moderately rated space in scheduling.  Sitcoms began showing signs of resurgence.

Trending Cold -- ABC and CW couldn't catch a break this season.  ABC's Sundays collapsed as Revenge could not hold a picket to Desperate Housewives, and CW only had Vampire Diaries to boast about as their show pony America's Next Top Model began to show its age.  Movie nights used to present a decently-rated alternative to scheduling messes, only this season came with a low-rated price tag.

Source -- http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/1/complete-list-of-2012-13-season-tv-show-ratings-sunday-night-football-tops-followed-by-the-big-bang-theory-the-voice-modern-family/