Thursday September 20, 2012

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The new television season won’t start officially until next week, but a few early birds have already taken wing, with one of them -- "Go On" -- flying high last week.

This NBC comedy starring Matthew Perry officially premiered last Tuesday and attracted almost 9.8 million viewers, making it the week’s 10th most-watched show, according to the Nielsen Co.

Another NBC sitcom, "The New Normal," premiered the same night and was seen by seven million viewers, landing it 17th among all prime-time shows. Yet another NBC comedy, "Guys With Kids," got a healthy reception. It debuted last Wednesday to 6.3 million viewers, ranking 26th for the week.

Meanwhile, NBC’s football and talent competitions dominated in the waning days of the old season.

NBC’s coverage of the football clash between Detroit and San Francisco was the week’s most-watched telecast, seen by more than 21 million viewers.

Multiple airings of NBC’s "The Voice" and "America’s Got Talent" claimed several slots in the Top 10.

CBS’ "60 Minutes," at No. 3, was the only non-NBC show in the Top 10.

Overall, NBC easily won the week, averaging nine million viewers. CBS had 6.16 million viewers, Fox had 5.15 million, ABC had 3.84 million .

NBC’s "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.15 million viewers. ABC’s "World News" was second with 7.60 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.74 million viewers.

Nielsen’s top programs for Sept. 10-16:

1. Sunday Night Football: Detroit at San Francisco (NBC), 21.3 million.

2. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick" (NBC), 15.2.

3. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 12.3.

4. "The Voice" (Monday) (NBC), 12.2.

5. "Football Night in America" Part 3 (NBC), 11.7.

6. "The Voice" (Tuesday) (NBC), 11.4.

7. "America’s Got Talent" (Wednesday) (NBC), 11.0.

8. "The Voice" (Wednesday) (NBC), 10.8.

9. "America’s Got Talent" (Thursday) (NBC), 10.5.

10. "Go On" (NBC), 9.7.

11. "NCIS" (CBS), 8.77.

12. "The X Factor" (Wednesday) (Fox), 8.73.

13. "The X Factor" (Thursday) (Fox), 8.2.

14. "Glee" (Fox), 7.4.

15. "Big Brother" (Sunday) (CBS), 7.2.

16. "Football Night in America" Part 2 (NBC), 7.1.

17. "The New Normal" (NBC), 6.96.

18. "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), 6.94.

19. "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS), 6.94.

20. "The New Normal" (Special) (NBC), 6.8.

Jones opens PBS series

NEW YORK (AP) -- Singer Norah Jones performs in a former Brooklyn brass foundry near her home in the opening of a new season of PBS’ "Live From the Artists Den" in two weeks.

Public television’s music performance series kicks off its fifth season with Jones on Oct. 5. Different public stations air the show at different times. The four-episode season will also feature Rufus Wainwright, the Wallflowers and Mayer Hawthorne.

The series specializes in filming artists in unusual settings. Wainwright will sing at the Church of the Ascension in Manhattan and Hawthorne was filmed at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Despite the short season, PBS says producers are already at work preparing another season for next year.