Sorry, Zooey Deschanel: New Girl Ratings Down 19% In Post-Baseball Return
When I started watching Fox's The New Girl, it was in the middle of the show's hiatus for the World Series, and I had a bad feeling that an early break like that might not mean good things for one of the few new shows of the season I actually liked. Now early signs point, sadly, to me being right. According to viewing numbers pulled in by Entertainment Weekly, New Girl was down 19% last night from its last airing almost a month ago, on October 4. It was seen by 7.5 million viewers, which is still more people than watched Glee or Raising Hope on either side of it. But still, for the one new show of the fall that was both a critical and a ratings hit, that's a disappointing slide.
Is it devastating to the show? Nah. Like I said, New Girl is one of the only things the networks have put on television this season that people actually seem to like, and 7.5 million is still a bona fide hit, especially compared to the other shows typically championed by online writer types (sorry, Community). Then again, CBS won the night by getting 19.4 million people to watch NCIS, so what kind of world are we living in in which people would rather watch another procedural than the adorable Zooey Deschanel?
I have nothing but faith, though, that New Girl can dust itself off and continue on its adorable, genuinely funny and warm path-- it's hard to imagine something starting so strong and then getting totally abandoned. So wake up, America! Baseball is over! New Girl is back! You're going to swap Tony La Russa for Zooey Deschanel and you're going to like it, dammit.
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