Can TV Get Any More Creepy and Grim (or 'Grimm')?
In last week's edition of our new weekly chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, a one-off Halloween-themed special edition of "Pretty Little Liars" helped ABC Family surge into our top 10. This week's chart also feeds on some seriously spooky themes. (Background on GetGlue here: "7 Things You Need to Know About 'Social TV' Right Now.") Some context:
- Encouraging news for both NBC's "Grimm" and ABC's "One Upon a Time ": Both new-this-fall shows made our Top 10 -- taking, respectively, fourth and fifth place -- and also scored very solid ratings .
- Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd notes that "Grimm," a fantasy/crime drama, "opened really well, all things considered" -- specifically considering that it had to compete with Game 7 of the World Series last Friday. Read on for Hibberd's parsing of the "'Grimm' premiere ratings surprise," including the fact that it was "the highest-rated non-sports show that 's aired on a Friday since last December."
- "Once Upon a Time " -- ABC's new fairy-tale fantasy drama -- makes a return showing in our Top 10 with its second episode. TV by the Numbers parses the show's second-week ratings and quotes a prideful ABC press release: "Based on the Fast Affiliate ratings , ABC's 'Once Upon A Time ' retained an impressive 100% of its big week-ago series premiere audience in Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, while growing over its debut telecast with Teens 12-17.... 'Once Upon A Time ' stood as Sunday's #1 entertainment TV show for the 2nd week in a row among Adults 18-49."
- Though "Once Upon a Time " isn't oppressively bleak -- like, say, "American Horror Story," the almost unbearably violent and sinister FX series in our No. 3 spot -- it does fit into the "dark fantasy" theme that seems to be defining television these days. In fact, take a look at our Top 10: It's 70% creepy! I presume that right now a doctoral student somewhere is writing a thesis that probes the American collective unconscious and draws links between our zombie-meets-vampire economy and television's nonstop parade of grotesques.
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.