STAY TUNED: My fall TV report card

BILL GREEN

In the immortal words of Jerry Reed, we have a long way to go and a short time to get there. And this TV bandit is eastbound and down.

Spoiler alert: If you've recorded recent episodes of "Revenge," or "Once Upon a Time," you may want to stop reading now. 

'Time' and 'Revenge'

On "Revenge," Victoria and Charlotte Grayson have returned from the presumed and possibly dead, respectively. I knew Victoria would be back. But Charlotte? The show's creators teased a death. Maybe they were talking about Emily's dog?

The "Once Upon a Time" queen bee didn't take long to find her place in this new world. Yes, the story line has changed dramatically. Magic is back, and the realm from whence they came still exists — at least part of it. But the magic is different now.

Kudos to the show for shaking things up. I can't wait to see where they land.

"Once Upon a Time" airs at 8 p.m., Sunday, on ABC.

"Revenge" airs at 9 p.m., Sunday on ABC.

Monday night smackdown

"Hawaii Five-O" is off to a so-so start. In the ratings, they're trailing ABC's "Castle" and NBC's "Revolution." And it appears they're offering us a lot more of the same. But numbers are still good enough that CBS is unlikely to cancel or move "Five-O" to a new night.

Speaking of "Revolution" numbers, NBC is having its best fall season in a long time. Why?

There are four main reasons.

1. The Olympics were more popular than anyone expected them to be, including NBC. And the Olympic promotions for the fall season are paying off huge dividends for the network.

2. NBC was first out of the gate with many of their premieres. Folks could sample the new shows while the other nets were still in reruns.

3. Sunday NFL. It draws huge numbers and earns NBC a weekly platform on which to promote their shows. You see, bad numbers beget bad numbers. If you have the best show on television, but you have no platform to promote it, it suffers.

4. "The Voice." Unlike all those "Idol" imitators that have come and gone, viewers seem to fancy the premise behind this show. And with it occupying several hours of prime-time real estate, it boosts NBC's prime-time average.

The news is not all good at NBC. The "Today" show is still locked in heated competition with "Good Morning America." And for the first time in more than a decade, "GMA" is consistently coming out on top in national numbers.

"GMA" had its widest lead on "Today" in both total viewers (+884,000) and younger viewers (+237,000) in more than 18 years. Also, Diane Sawyer is making gains, challenging Brian Williams's longstanding ratings success at "Nightly News." According to data from the last week in September, "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" beat "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" by only 42,000 viewers.

Are you watching more NBC in prime time? Do you like "The Voice?" Does "Revenge" keep you on the edge of your seat? Are "Once Upon A Time" nights still magical? Send me your comments: <a href="mailto:bgreen@naplesnews.com">bgreen@naplesnews.com</a>.

My itty bitty rant

It's about ABC7 and the lotto banner. Please, please, please. I beg of you. I didn't spend all this money for HD just to watch you squeeze down the program picture so folks can get their lottery numbers at the top of the hour.

It may seem like a few seconds to you, but it's an eternity for me. Plus, your graphic is hideous. How about putting those numbers in a bumper before the program begins? Or create a graphic that doesn't take up nearly a third of the screen?

I'm not sure what the solution is, but I know you guys are smart enough to come up with a better one than this.

On the radio

WGUF recently replaced "The Michael Savage Show" with Jerry Doyle from 6 to 9 p.m.

Doyle was born in Brooklyn, is described as a libertarian, and his show is making great strides in popularity.

What you may not realize, is that in another life, he played Michael Garibaldi on the sci-fi series "Babylon 5."

Do you listen to talk radio? Who is your favorite? Drop me a line.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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