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THE GOOD WIFE - Episode Information and Ratings (Numbers are from Nielsen Media Research)

Live+7 Total Viewers = Live Viewers + DVR playback up to 7 days later (Live + 7)

Live+SD Total Viewers = Live Viewers + Same Day DVR playback (Live + Same Day)

Live Total Viewers = Live Viewers

18-49 = Live + SD Numbers

Season 2

Timeslot: Tuesday at 10pm

Episode 2.1: "Trouble"

Air Date: September 28, 2010

Written By: Robert King & Michelle King

Directed By: Félix Alcalá

Live+7 Total Viewers: 15.12 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.84 million

18-49: 2.5/7

18-49 Live+7:

Episode 2.2: "Double Jeopardy"

Air Date: October 5, 2010

Written By: Ted Humphrey

Directed By: Dean Parisot

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.99 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.76 million

18-49: 2.5/7

18-49 Live+7: 3.3

Episode 2.3: "Breaking Fast"

Air Date: October 12, 2010

Written By: Corinne Brinkerhoff

Directed By: James Whitmore, Jr.

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.06 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.81 million

18-49: 2.5/7

18-49 Live+7: 3.2

Episode 2.4: "Cleaning House"

Air Date: October 19, 2010

Written By: Robert King & Michelle King

Directed By: Rosemary Rodriguez

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.28 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.17 million

18-49: 2.6/7

18-49 Live+7:

Episode 2.5: "VIP Treatment"

Air Date: October 26, 2010

Written By: Robert King & Michelle King

Directed By: Michael Zinberg

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.69 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.59 million

18-49: 2.4/7

18-49 Live+7:

Episode 2.6: "Poisoned Pill"

Air Date: November 9, 2010

Written By: Keith Eisner

Directed By: Peter O'Fallon

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.85 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.33 million

18-49: 2.2/7

18-49 Live+7: 2.9

Episode 2.7: "Bad Girls"

Air Date: November 16, 2010

Written By: Courtney Kemp Agboh

Directed By: Jim McKay

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.15 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.74 million

18-49: 2.2/6

18-49 Live+7:

Episode 2.8: "On Tap"

Air Date: November 23, 2010

Written By: Leonard Dick

Directed By: Roxann Dawson

Live+7 Total Viewers: 12.54 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 10.03 million

18-49: 2.1/6

18-49 Live+7: 2.8

Episode 2.9: "Nine Hours"

Air Date: December 14, 2010

Written By: Meredith Averill

Directed By: Julie Hébert

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.21 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.83 million

18-49: 2.2/6

18-49 Live+7: 2.8

Episode 2.10: "Breaking Up"

Air Date: January 11, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Courtney Kemp Agboh

Directed By: Félix Alcalá

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.39 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.29 million

18-49: 2.3/6

18-49 Live+7: 2.8

Episode 2.11: "Two Courts"

Air Date: January 18, 2011

Written By: Ted Humphrey

Directed By: Tom DiCillo

Live+7 Total Viewers: 13.35 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.43 million

18-49: 2.1/6

18-49 Live+7: 2.6

Episode 2.12: "Silly Season"

Air Date: February 1, 2011

Written By: Corinne Brinkerhoff

Directed By: Rosemary Rodriguez

Live+7 Total Viewers: 2.8

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.14 million

18-49: 2.2/6

18-49 Live+7: 14.26 million

Episode 2.13: "Raw Deal"

Air Date: February 8, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Keith Eisner

Directed By: Michael Zinberg

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.02 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.86 million

18-49: 2.2/6

18-49 Live+7:

Episode 2.14: "Net Worth"

Air Date: February 15, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Meredith Averill

Directed By: Brooke Kennedy

Live+7 Total Viewers: 13.75 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.43 million

18-49: 2.0/6

18-49 Live+7: 2.6

Episode 2.15: "Silver Bullet"

Air Date: February 22, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Steve Lichtman

Directed By: Jim McKay

Live+7 Total Viewers: 13.98 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.85 million

18-49: 2.0/6

18-49 Live+7:

Episode 2.16: "Great Firewall"

Air Date: March 1, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Leonard Dick

Directed By: Nelson McCormick

Live+7 Total Viewers: 13.61 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.38 million

18-49: 2.2/6

18-49 Live+7: 2.9

Episode 2.17: "Ham Sandwich"

Air Date: March 22, 2011

Written By: Keith Eisner

Directed By: Griffin dunne

Live+7 Total Viewers: 13.89 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.70 million

18-49: 2.1/6

18-49 Live+7: 2.7

Episode 2.18: "Killer Song"

Air Date: March 29, 2011

Written By: Karen Hall

Directed By: James Whitmore, Jr.

Live+7 Total Viewers: 12.47 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 10.16 million

18-49: 1.9/5

18-49 Live+7: 2.6

Episode 2.19: "Wrongful Termination"

Air Date: April 5, 2011

Written By: Ted Humphrey

Directed By: Phil Abraham

Live+7 Total Viewers: 13.19 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 10.82 million

18-49: 2.0/5

18-49 Live+7: 2.7

Episode 2.20: "Foreign Affairs"

Air Date: April 12, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Meredith Averill

Directed By: Frederick E.O. Toye

Live+7 Total Viewers: 13.50 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.05 million

18-49: 2.0/5

18-49 Live+7: 2.7

Episode 2.21: "In Sickness"

Air Date: May 3, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Steve Lichtman

Directed By: Félix Alcalá

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.70 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.38 million

18-49: 2.4/6

18-49 Live+7: 3.0

Episode 2.22: "Getting Off"

Air Date: May 10, 2011

Written By: Leonard Dick

Directed By: Roxann Dawson

Live+7 Total Viewers: 14.21 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 11.73 million

18-49: 2.0/5

18-49 Live+7: 2.6

Episode 2.23: "Closing Arguments"

Air Date: May 17, 2011

Teleplay By: Robert King & Michelle King

Story By: Corinne Brinkerhoff

Directed By: Robert King

Live+7 Total Viewers: 15.15 million

Live+SD Total Viewers: 12.58 million

18-49: 2.4/6

18-49 Live+7: 3.2

Season 1 - Episode information and ratings

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Julianna Margulies ( :wub: ) and Chris Noth in what appears to be CBS' newest primetime soap. It might turn out to be a flop, but I can't wait to watch this!

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:o But, at the same time, I think I knew you'd say that! :lol:

You didn't like JM in ER?

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You didn't like JM in ER?

Hated her with a vengeance, wanted her gone and I was so glad when she finally disappeared. That's where she started bugging me. She has something... Annoying, self-righteous about her whole acting approach, I don't know...

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I've never seen the female lead in any of her shows, but I did love Chris Noth on Law and Order. This does look like an enjoyable and soapy show. Serialized things don't do well on CBS so I'm sure it'll be more on the procedural side, but I'm going to check it out.

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Hated her with a vengeance, wanted her gone and I was so glad when she finally disappeared. That's where she started bugging me. She has something... Annoying, self-righteous about her whole acting approach, I don't know...

Admittedly, I see what you're talking about; it's the same attitude I remember her having in The Mists of Avalon, for example, but I guess it doesn't really annoy me... yet. :lol:

I've never seen the female lead in any of her shows, but I did love Chris Noth on Law and Order. This does look like an enjoyable and soapy show. Serialized things don't do well on CBS so I'm sure it'll be more on the procedural side, but I'm going to check it out.

Yeah, I think it's definitely worth checking out. And the show's getting good publicity, I was in New York yesterday and saw a bunch of ads all over the place about it. So maybe CBS thinks they've got something great on their hands. (Not that that means much)

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This would have been a perfect show, but I just cannot escape the feeling that's it's kind of miscast... :unsure:

Yeah, I'm still not sure whether I like the cast...

But Episode 2 was good. I am not crazy about the self-contained stories, but I love how Peter's mistake/possible mistake is shadowing Alicia's life and her family's. I wonder what will happen now that Zack knows the picture was fake.

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I'm glad Josh Charles is still sexy, but I'm disappointed that they took the soap out and made it more of a law procedural show. The most interesting aspect of the promos was Chris Noth cheating and how his wife dealt with it. Then they skipped those first six months which I'm sure would've made for great TV and Noth isn't even a series regular! I feel like they misled us. Her going back into the workplace is great, but so soon? Or maybe instead of the six month flash forward she could've simutaniously dealt with her husbands deception AND going back into the workplace. It's well written, but it's missing something.

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I liked the second episode better than the premiere show. It was down a bit in the ratings from its opening. Chris, I think they will revist his wife dealing with her husbands cheating. Well I hope so. I also wish they hadnt skipped months ahead. It's still a good show and I will continue to watch.

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On last Tuesday’s episode of “The Good Wife,” Alicia Florrick, the disgraced politician’s wife played by Julianna Margulies, put down her fork in the middle of dinner and told her children that she needed to talk to them about something important that happened that day, adding, “I just would rather you hear this from me.”

Too late, she quickly discovered. Her children had already been instant-messaging with friends that one of their childhood acquaintances was charged with murder, and that their mother was now his lawyer. When she asked if they wanted to talk about the news she had been expecting to deliver herself, Alicia’s son answered: “Not really. Been hearing about it all night as it is.”

Thus have the creators of “The Good Wife,” the new CBS drama about the spouse of a politician who has been caught cavorting sexually and straying ethically, started to contemporize one of the mainstays of broadcast television, the courtroom procedural.

Most of the early attention on the new series focused on its parallels to the sex and political scandals of Mark Sanford and Eliot Spitzer. But in just three episodes this fall “The Good Wife” has moved well beyond that, beginning to probe more deeply into what life is like inside the 24-hour news cycle.

“It’s very difficult for Alicia, with the way culture is consumed now,” said Robert King, who with his wife, Michelle King, created the series. “It’s consumed in a way that is a little cynical about people’s motives. There is no generosity of spirit toward what somebody is actually feeling.”

So at Alicia’s new entry-level legal job and at her children’s new school the Florricks continue to be bombarded by the endless loop of online material: tapes of her husband, an Illinois state’s attorney, sucking a prostitute’s toes; a skit on the comedy Web site FunnyorDie.com about his indiscretions; and an online betting site that places odds on whether Alicia will file for divorce.

“What is interesting is that everyone feels entitled to an opinion about what these women should do,” Michelle King said. “I think it’s just an incredibly uncomfortable place to be in. How do you go on with your life and try to make a change, and yet still constantly be confronted with that?”

The Kings say they are intent on keeping the series current, referring to real-life situations, people and cases. Of course that can be a liability as well: a planned story line about insider real-estate deals surrounding Chicago’s hosting of the Olympics had to be revised after Chicago failed to win the games.

The series, which is broadcast at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on CBS, has emerged as one of the strongest hits of the new season, attracting an average audience of 13.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen, good enough to rank 13th among all prime-time broadcast programs (excluding football). Last week CBS announced that it was ordering 9 additional episodes of “The Good Wife” to go along with the 13 it had already ordered.

Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment, said the show benefits by attracting not only fans of the legal-show genre but also those viewers who have found Alicia to be “a lead character who is identifiable and relatable.” As a bonus, she added, “it’s a subject that’s certainly in the zeitgeist. It’s art imitating life.”

To be sure “The Good Wife” has benefited from the strength of the programs that precede it on Tuesday night: “NCIS,” the No. 1 series on television this season, and its new spinoff, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the top-rated first-year drama. But it also appears to have generated interest because of its willingness to go beyond the normal bounds of the procedural drama that is the backbone of the CBS prime-time schedule, adding a story arc that contains an element of conspiracy and which has already expanded far beyond the simple sex scandal.

“We knew that the show had to explore the scandal or it would just turn into a dry procedural,” Mr. King said. “So the scandal starts opening up other doors into Chicago politics. And Alicia finds it’s very difficult for her work to stay completely clean because of what happens there. Every time she opens one door, it seems to open another door of scandal.”

Putting the series together presents some challenges. The writing staff is based in Los Angeles, while the series is filmed in New York (which is made to look like Chicago). The Kings said they meet by teleconference with the director of each episode for several hours before shooting starts in order to review what tone they are seeking in each scene.

This is the second broadcast series for the Kings, who have worked together for 10 years. Their first series, “In Justice,” about a team of lawyers who reopened the cases of people they thought might have been wrongly convicted, lasted 13 episodes on ABC as a midseason replacement beginning in January 2006.

And though they often sat side by side while writing the pilot episode of “The Good Wife,” now one tends to make a first draft before giving the episode to the other for revisions. The series also employs four additional writers, and Dee Johnson, an executive producer who works as a writer.

Certainly some of the success of “The Good Wife,” the Kings said, can be traced to Ms. Margulies, who expressed interest after reading the script of the pilot episode. Speaking last summer at a meeting of television writers, Ms. Margulies said she was drawn both by the opening scene — the now-familiar tableau of the humiliated wife standing at the side of the husband who is confessing his infidelity — and by the question of why she would stay with him.

“When I met with Michelle and Robert, I kept saying, ‘I don’t want to do a legal show,’ ” said Ms. Margulies, whose previous series, “Canterbury’s Law,” lasted just six episodes on Fox in early 2008. “What interests me is finding out who these characters are.”

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I didn't mind the show but what screws it over is the title. My mom heard it, said ugh, and walked out of the room.

lol I know what you mean but I do love the soapiness of the title! laugh.gif

Third episode was good--the cases aren't the most smartily written ever, but I enjoy the forray in the wife's life and the continuing husband drama.... But what I loved the most was the triangle thiny they're setting up--or at least I think they are--between Will/Cary and Alicia.... and the dynamic they seem to be building between Cary and Diane...

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There is a change at the helm of CBS' freshman drama "The Good Wife."

Showrunner/executive producer Dee Johnson is leaving the series, with co-creators/executive producers Michelle and Robert King taking over showrunner duties.

Because of the Kings' limited experience -- they created ABC's short-lived series "In Justice" and the pilot "Judy's Got a Gun" -- Johnson, a veteran showrunner, was brought in to make sure things ran smoothly. She was recruited for the pilot and the original 12-episode order, during which time the Kings were to find their footing.

The setup was similar to CBS' installment of Shaun Cassidy to run "Cold Case" in the beginning before handing the reins to creator Meredith Stiehm.

With producer CBS TV Studios impressed by the Kings' showrunner skills and "Wife" securing an early full-season pickup, Johnson is departing to focus on development.

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