According to preliminary Nielsen overnight numbers for Thursday-night programming, CBS’ “The Crazy Ones” topped NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show” in the battle of new sitcoms starring actors making a return to network TV.
The Robin Williams-led “The Crazy Ones” attracted 15.6 million viewers, while Michael J. Fox’s self-titled show pulled in 7.3 million.
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” season premiere won the overall ratings war with 18.9 million viewers and helped the network to an overall win for the entire night.
“The Crazy Ones” finished second in overall viewers for the night.
In the 18-to-49 demographic, “The Big Bang Theory” was the highest rated with a 5.6 rating, while “The Crazy Ones” finished in second again with a 4.0 rating.
CBS – which averaged 11.49 million viewers during Thursday’s prime time – had the top four most-watched shows of the evening: “Big Bang,” “Crazy Ones,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Elementary.”
Heading into Thursday night, this reviewer expected to like “The Michael J. Fox Show” and was not-too-crazy about “The Crazy Ones” chances.
As it turned out, “The Crazy Ones” was much more entertaining and cleverly written than Fox’s return to TV.
Williams’ well-known zaniness was kept under control by the show’s writers, but was present enough to give the show a comedic burst when it needed it.
Who knew Sarah Michelle Gellar had comedic chops? She’s not the scene-stealer that Williams is, but she definitely held her own in the laughs department, especially with her singing-in-the-restaurant scene.
Like most David E. Kelley shows, “The Crazy Ones” is cleverly written and executed.
It’s been a long time since this viewer has literally laughed out loud while watching a sitcom.
This show’s chances of catching on are good.
“The Michael J. Fox Show,” in comparison, was slow and, simply put, not funny.
It’s great that Fox has returned to TV in spite of his well-publicized bout with Parkinson’s, but the show’s attempt to make the disease humorous fell far short and flat on its face.
None of Fox’s supporting cast – with the exception of Wendell Pierce’s news director character, Harris Green – were very funny, either.
This show will likely be put out of its misery by midseason. At least, let’s hope so.
“The Crazy Ones” airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on KUTV 2 in Provo and “The Michael J. Fox Show” airs on the same night at time on KSL 5.