'New Girl,' 'Secret Circle' and 'X Factor': 10 Youngest-Skewing New Shows This Season (So Far)

4:00 PM PST 10/25/2011 by Philiana Ng
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Five weeks into the season, THR takes a look at which freshman fare have ad buyers drooling.

With most of the new fall offerings already launched, the landscape is being set for the youngest and oldest-skewing rookie shows.

The biggest surprise may be Fox's Zooey Deschanel comedy, New Girl, which had a lower median age -- 33.8 -- than the CW's three dramas: The Secret Circle, Ringer and Hart of Dixie. It was outdone by the network's canceled reality series, H8R, whose average viewer was 31 years old.

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Notably, Ringer is not the oldest-skewing new show for the CW, which continues its effort to broadne its viewership. Instead, that honor goes to the Rachel Bilson's Hart of Dixie, which recently hit a high in total viewers. The semi-procedural drama clocked in at nearly 40 years old.

Worth noting: Fox has yet to roll out its new animated effort Allen Gregory, part of a genre that consistently keeps the network young. Last season, five of the network's animated shows -- The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad and The Simpsons -- took up half the slots for the 10 youngest series.

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While CBS' widely-viewed 2 Broke Girls sneaks onto the list with a median age of 47, the net's three rookie dramas Person of Interest, Unforgettable and A Gifted Man are among the four oldest new shows thus far this season. The median age for A Gifted Man viewer was 61.2, easily making it the oldest-skewing freshman series.

With the help of Brad Adgate, senior vice president of research at Horizon Media, The Hollywood Reporter looks at the 10 youngest-skewing freshman shows (excluding sports and reruns) for the season thus far -- from Sept. 19 through Oct. 23.

10. Terra Nova (Fox) - 47.3
Mondays at 8 p.m.; 8.5 million total viewers, 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 demographic

9. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - 47
Mondays at 8:30 p.m.; 12.9 million, 5.0

8. Up All Night (NBC) - 46.3
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; 5.6 million, 2.2

7. The X Factor (Fox) - 44.6
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 10.8 million, 3.9 * Includes special Sunday telecast.

6. Whitney (NBC) - 41.2
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.; 4.8 million, 2.2

5. Hart of Dixie (The CW) - 39.7
Mondays at 9 p.m.; 1.7 million, 0.7

4. Ringer (The CW) - 38.8
Tuesdays at 9 p.m.; 1.8 million, 0.8

3. The Secret Circle (The CW) - 37.9
Thursdays at 9 p.m.; 2 million, 0.9

2. New Girl (Fox) - 33.8
Tuesdays at 9 p.m.; 9.4 million, 4.5

1. H8R (The CW) - 31 *
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; 1.2 million, 0.4

Note: Estimates include live plus same day viewing. *Since Canceled.

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