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Fall TV Shows Strong "Bones"

(Posted September 21, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

For an ex-vampire, a pair of monster-hunting brothers, and a crew of sea-creature-tracking scientists, the living this fall is good. As for Don Johnson and Chris O'Donnell...

Bones, Supernatural and Surface are among the freshman shows off to solid starts in the just-launched 2005-06 TV season.

Just Legal and Head Cases are among the freshman shows that aren't. Off to solid starts, that is.

Fox's CSI-ian Bones, starring former Angel bloodsucker David Boreanaz, was the most watched new show for TV week ended Sunday, finishing 11th with 10.8 million viewers, per Nielsen Media Research.

The WB's Supernatural, about siblings on a road trip from hell, scared up 5.7 million for its premiere. In 59th place, it was the WB's second-most watched show behind the perky sixth-season premiere of Gilmore Girls (50th place, 6.2 million).

With 11.2 million viewers, NBC's Surface, the underwater sci-fi adventure, topped CBS' new comedy block of King of Queens (10.7 million) and the buzzed-about How I Met Your Mother (10.9 million). (Since these shows all aired Monday night, their performances will be reflected in next week's rankings.)

The WB's Flynt Publication-sounding Just Legal, starring Johnson as a boozy lawyer teamed up with a hot-shot litigator, also delivered its opening argument Monday night. It's likely in no hurry for next week's Nielsens. The show ran sixth in its time slot, out done by the season premieres of UPN's trusty Girlfriends and Half & Half.

Fox's Head Cases, starring O'Donnell as an uptight lawyer teamed up with a hot-head litigator, didn't exactly flunk the bar. But its 49th place opening (6.2 million), opposite a rerun of Lost on ABC (39th place, 7 million), didn't bode well for when the real competition starts.

All in all, things could be worse for Johnson and O'Donnell, two of the most familiar faces back in prime time this fall. They could have signed on to star in Fox's Kitchen Confidential, serving just 4.3 million patrons Monday night.

By Joal Ryan

Source: Yahoo! News

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