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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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