Will Kiefer Sutherland Drama 'Touch' Have Legs for Fox?

The GetGlue Top 10, Jan. 23-29

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In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, Fox's new J.J. Abrams-produced drama, "Alcatraz" was the only new show to break into our Top 10. This week, it's got company. Scroll down past the graphic for some notes and context.

  • The most interesting thing about our Top 10 this week is that Fox is once again the only network with a new series on the chart -- with "Alcatraz" again (at No. 9) and "Touch" (at No. 10). On "Touch," Kiefer Sutherland plays a single dad whose mute son Jake has eerie powers of divination. Fox promoted the debut of "Touch" on its schedule as a "preview event"; the show doesn't properly start until March. Newsday TV critic Verne Gay, who gave the "event" an A-minus grade, points out that "this is a pilot -- which feels more like a short novel, or a movie treatment -- and how this turns into a weekly series for now remains a mystery nearly as deep as Jake's gift."
  • As the Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes notes, "'Touch' retained about 62% of its 'American Idol' lead-in, which is the highest retention ever for a drama opening after 'Idol.'" Read her column for other interesting insight and context about its ratings success.
  • Did you know that last Thursday was Gossip Girl Day in New York City? Seriously. Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed it so -- Entertainment Weekly has some details -- in celebration of the series' reaching 100 episodes. The buzz about the (surprising?) staying power of the CW drama helped propel it into our No. 2 spot. "Gossip Girl" premiered a million years ago -- 2007 -- so it stands to reason that its namesake female (the unseen narrator) must be a Gossip Woman by now. They grow up so... slowly!
  • A final hurrah for NBC's "Chuck": the two-part series finale that aired Friday night (in back-to-back episodes) takes our No. 6 spot.

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

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