By Margaret Lyons
September 24, 2010 at 08:43 PM EDT

Image Credit: Vivian Zink/ABC; Bill Matlock/FoxLast night’s premiere of the dreary My Generation brought in just 5.2 million viewers (less than half what FlashForward pulled in in the same slot last year), but it still topped Monday’s tepid premiere of the vastly superior Lone Star, which snagged just 4.1 million viewers. And yet the emotionally bankrupt $#*! My Dad Says raked in 12.4 million people. I live in a nation of strangers.

Some returning vets didn’t fare so well, either: The non-celebrity Apprentice had its lowest ratings ever. So bust out your crystal ball, PopWatchers: What show is going to get the ax first this season? Might the networks be just a little bit patient this year, and give even low-rated shows a chance to flourish? Ha, ha, ha, ha, no, they won’t. But should they?

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