Wow, a lot of movement in my TV rankings this week!
1. Once Upon a Time (ABC Sundays) [last week: 1]
Last week's episode (3.2) wasn't quite as good as the premiere and mostly just advanced the "looking for Henry" storyline more than incrementally. But it didn't do anything to warrant being dropped from the top spot.
2. Scandal (ABC Thursdays) [last week: 2]
A very good start, full of the craziness that's marked the show since Season 2. First Lady Mellie and President Grant are now in a hot war -- awesome! Count me as part of Team Mellie.
3. Survivor: Blood vs. Water (CBS Wednesdays) [last week: 6]
This is turning out to be a surprisingly good season. The loathsome Colton Cumbie quit, but not before host Jeff Probst raked him over the coals. The new twists with loved ones/Redemption Island have made things less predictable and more interesting.
4. Hawaii 5-O (CBS Fridays) [last week: 5]
5. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC Thursdays) [last week: 3]
Premiered tonight. It was interesting and visually striking, but something was missing. The Queen of Hearts came across as blandly blonde, with very little of the presence exhibited by Lana Parilla as Regina Mills/the Evil Queen on "Once Upon a Time." And while I understand that Alice had many years together with her true love, Cyrus (the Genie), we weren't shown enough of anything to understand the deep connection between them. No doubt that love story will unfold over the course of the semester in the same discursive style that "Lost" and "Once Upon a Time" have trailblazed, but considering how much of the pilot here hinged on believing that love, it didn't work as well as it should have.
6. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (ABC Tuesdays) [last week: 4]
Dropping a bit . . . it's okay, and got a full season order. But it's also forgettable. The characters are . . . okay. The stories are . . . okay.
7. Grimm (NBC Fridays) [last week: 7]
Hasn't premiered yet.
8. The Blacklist (NBC Mondays) [last week: 8]
Premiered but I haven't gotten around to watching the pilot yet. It's also gotten a full season order.
9. White Collar (USA Tuesdays) [last week: 9]
Hasn't premiered yet.
10. Person of Interest (CBS Tuesdays) [last week: NR]
Haven't gotten around to watching the first two episodes of the season yet, but it moves up by default.
(missing the cut) Shark Tank (ABC Fridays), The Voice (NBC Mondays/Tuesdays), Castle (ABC Mondays).
"Castle" shows up. I forgot about this, but TiVo has been dutifully recording them ever since I dumped "Hostages" (see below), which had been ranked above it in priority. "Castle" stopped being must-see for me a couple of seasons ago, but it's still somewhat entertaining. Having Castle and Beckett get together hasn't sunk the show yet.
Cut: Sleepy Hollow (Fox Mondays), Revolution (NBC Wednesdays), Hostages (CBS Mondays). I started to watch the second episode of "Revolution" this season and realized I disliked most of the characters, was displeased when one of them came back to life, and stopped following what was going on. "Hostages" dropped off my list when (1) I forgot to record the second episode and didn't miss it; and (2) I saw that its ratings are really horrific, making it an open question whether it would even fnish out its 15 episodes.