J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz' the Only New Show to Crack Our TV Check-In Chart

The GetGlue Top 10, Jan. 16-22

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In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, the Golden Globes crashed our party. This week, a long-in-the-tooth karaoke show and a hot midseason replacement pushed past the velvet rope to settle into our Top 10 VIP area. Scroll down below the graphic for some notes and context.

  • Fox's new sci-fi drama "Alcatraz" is surely the buzziest midseason replacement of the moment. It actually had plenty of heat even before its two-hour series premiere on Jan. 16, thanks to the man behind it: J.J. Abrams (his Bad Robot Productions is the marquee producer), the TV auteur best known for "Alias," "Lost" and "Fringe." (He also served as producer of the rather spectacular latest "Mission: Impossible" movie.)

    "Alcatraz" got a decent amount of love from critics (Metacritic gives it a Metascore of 63, which translates to "generally favorable reviews") and its ratings are solid. (Read the details on its viewership this week and last over at the Inside TV blog at EW.com in this post by James Hibberd.) And today, more good news for Abrams & Co.: "Alcatraz" is the only new series to break into the GetGlue Top 10; it takes the No. 4 spot.
  • It's not a big surprise to see Fox's "American Idol" in our Top 10, despite its year-over-year ratings decline. It may have lost millions of viewers vs. 2011, but it still has a massive audience and remains exactly the sort of show the social-TV crowd still gets excited about. It takes the No. 3 spot.
  • Comedy brackets our chart this week, with ABC's "Modern Family" at No. 10 and CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" at No. 1. Yep, fans of The CW's cult espionage drama "Nikita," which first displaced "Big Bang Theory" from the top spot in our Dec. 13 chart, face defeat this week: "Nikita" drops to No. 2. The nerds have defeated the special agents! (Watch your backs, nerds.)

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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