Harry's Law


David E. Kelley’s latest legal drama Harry’s Law got off to a fine start Monday night in the ratings.

“I object!” you say. “Granted, the show drew a healthy 11 million viewers, but it earned a mere 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. How can you say that’s ‘a fine start’?”

Allow me to present some evidence: NBC’s previous show in this time slot, Chase, averaged only a 1.5 rating. Harry’s Law grew from its The Cape (6.2 million, 1.8; recap here) lead-in and ranked in second place at 10 p.m. Plus, it gave NBC its biggest non-Olympics audience in this slot in more than a year. Therefore, given the context (and ratings are all about context), ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I would say Harry’s Law had a fine start.

“But,” you counter, opening a briefcase and pulling out a ratings chart. “This shows that Harry’s Law was, in fact, NBC’s lowest-rated in-season premiere ever in this time period.”

[Murmurs in the courtroom. Judge calls for quiet, bangs gavel.]

All right. I move we hold off on rendering a verdict on Harry’s Law ratings for another week or two until more evidence presents itself. As for The Cape, this week’s data is worrisome. The drama dropped 31 percent from last Sunday’s debut. Chuck was steady, however (2.0).

Otherwise, CBS won the night with its comedy block that was close to its recent numbers in the adult demo, though hit season highs among total viewers: How I Met Your Mother (3.9) with its putting-the-fun-in-funeral episode, Rules of Engagement (3.2), Two and a Half Men (4.6), and Mike & Molly (3.8). A steady Hawaii Five-0 (2.9) won 10 p.m.

Fox was second with House (3.6) featuring Candice Bergen as guest and rising slightly, followed by Lie to Me (1.8), which jumped 20 percent.

The Bachelor (2.7), recap here, was mostly stable followed by a repeat.

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