The early diagnosis for the new CBS comedy "Young Sheldon" and the new ABC drama "The Good Doctor" is very favorable.
But as any veteran TV watcher knows, we have to wait for second and third opinions before they can be declared hits.
"The Good Doctor" had a much lower rating locally than "Young Sheldon" but it actually may have the better prognosis because it improved significantly over its lead-in.
The 8:30 p.m. Monday premiere of "Young Sheldon," which I found more cute than funny, had a 17.0 local rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which was only slightly lower than the lead-in it got from TV's highest-rated comedy, "The Big Bang Theory." "BB" had an 18.4 rating.
The second episode of "Young Sheldon" doesn't air until November, when it moves to Thursday after "Big Bang" when CBS' Thursday Night Football schedule ends.
The 10 p.m. Monday premiere of ABC's "The Good Doctor" won its time period here. It had a 7.4 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), which improved significantly from the lead-in it received from the aging "Dancing With the Stars." "DWTS" had a 5.4 rating.
"The Good Doctor" win at 10 p.m. was good medicine for Channel 7's 11 p.m. news. It beat Channel 2 News, which suffered a terrible lead-in from the new NBC military drama, "The Brave," that ran opposite "The Good Doctor."
"The Brave" had a 3.9 rating at 10 p.m., losing almost two-thirds of the audience from its lead-in, "The Voice" (10.0).
At 11 p.m. Monday, Channel 4 won with an 8.1 rating for its newscast. Channel 7 had a 4.6 rating for second place and Channel 2 was third with a 4.4 rating. The order of the local news battle went back to a normal pattern Tuesday, with Channel 4 (8.5) first, Channel 2 (5.8) second and Channel 7 (3.6) third.
The new CBS comedy, "Me, Myself and I," starring Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette, had a decent local premiere Monday with a 7.9 rating after "Kevin Can Wait," which returned with a 9.7 rating.
Om Tuesday, the return of NBC's big hit last year, "This Is Us," had a 15.1 rating on Channel 2, more than 50 percent higher than the lead-in from "The Voice" (9.6). CBS' "Bull" had a 7.7 rating opposite "This Is Us" despite the strong lead-in it received from the long running CBS drama "NCIS" (13.5) on Channel 4.
The first part of the eight-part NBC series, "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" lost more than half of the "This Is Us" lead-in and finished with a 6.5 rating at 10 p.m. on Channel 2.
Fox's move of my favorite show last season, "Lethal Weapon," from Wednesday to Tuesday was close to a disaster. It had a 1.5 rating on WUTV – and that was the highest-rated show on Fox Tuesday.
Of course, live and same day ratings are less important than they have been in the past because many viewers watch later On Demand or on DVRs. But a strong live rating is still a good barometer of viewers' initial interest.
In another bit of ratings news of interest, the Monday premiere of "Megyn Kelly Today" on Channel 2 won its time period. Kelly's opener, which seemed more like a NBC promo for "Will & Grace" and "Today" than anything else, had a 2.9 rating for the hour. "Kelly and Ryan" on Channel 7 had a 2.2 and Rachael Ray on Channel 4 a 2.0.
Kelly's second show Tuesday also won with a 3.7 rating to a 2.7 for "Kelly and Ryan" and a 1.9 for Rachael Ray.
But it is a marathon and not a sprint in the morning and way too early to tell if the new "happy and fun" Kelly will translate to the women viewers who predominately watch morning TV.
After the first introductory show – in which Kelly explained her background and introduced her mom and husband in the audience – things can only get better. I think.