I am thrilled to say that an audience, though still smaller than one would like, has finally found the best drama on television--FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.
Last Friday's season premiere tied with the vampire/cop show MOONLIGHT (on CBS) in the all-important 18/49 demo with a 2.2/7 and 6.5 million viewers overall. Again, while not a blockbuster, this is very encouraging. The numbers are up considerably from last year, suggesting that new viewers were added based on the strong dvd sales of the first season. I still think had NBC-Uni released the first season dvd box-set earlier in the summer, they'd have gotten even more people into this phenomenal show.
The show itself was everything that made each episode last year so great--great writing, great production values, and pitch-perfect acting. Once again, Kyle Chandler demonstrates that he's the most underrated actor on the tube; it's disgraceful that he wasn't awarded an Emmy nomination (or win) last year. There is one plot development that occured that left me a bit surprised; it will be interesting to see how things shape up.
This Friday, ABC rolls out it's latest piece-of-shit, WOMENS MURDER CLUB, which based on the pilot I saw a few months ago, isn't worth spit in a spitoon. But watch dreck like that take away a chunk of viewers from FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS this week....that would be pretty lame.