NOTES Those last two columns tell how returning shows did in comparison to their average rating last year. The premiere of 90210 was the highest rated scripted show (i.e. there were episodes America's Next Top Model that were higher) in The CW's history. NBC was indeed the highest ranked network during the Republican National Convention. Notice that favorable rating doesn't carry over to non-news, as the Stand Up To Cancer ratings show.
PREMIERES/SPECIALS/FINALES THIS WEEK We're heavy with FOX premieres this week. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2nd season) premieres tonight. It's joined by the season finale of High School Musical: Get In The Picture. After that, ABC has The CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock. Fringe, a new show, premieres on FOX on Tuesday with a special 95-minute episode. It's joined by another preview episode of Hole In The Wall. Privileged, a new show, also premieres on The CW on Tuesday. CBS airs a two-hour special called Fashion Rocks. Do Not Disturb, a new show, premieres on FOX on Wednesday along with the 3rd season premiere of 'Til Death. ABC airs a special episode of 20/20, and CBS has the finale of Greatest American Dog. Thursday is the time period premiere of Hole In The Wall, which had the largest percentage of 18-49 viewers I've seen in some time. In other words, it's the kind of show that older people don't get. NBC airs a special Thursday episode of America's Got Talent. And then on Friday there's the fall premiere of Don't Forget the Lyrics. ABC airs The 2008 Alma Awards, which is basically the Latino Oscars/Emmys. Hosted by Eva Longoria-Parker. On the weekend, the Saturday Night Football game is Ohio State @ USC, while the Sunday Night Football game is Pittsburgh @ Cleveland.
Michael Scott on blind dates is one of the more derivative things they've done, compared to David Brent looking for love in the Christmas special ("who are ya, what's yer name?"), but huge laughs are huge laughs wherever they come from.