Private Practice at the Head of the New Class

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You know it's been an underwhelming fall TV season when Sabrina Bryan being voted off Dancing with the Stars is big news. New hit shows? Not many!

Six weeks into the new season, not one new series has broken out of the pack to generate buzz and become a success the way Heroes did last year.

Still, Private Practice has emerged as one of the top contenders for class of the freshman class in 2007-08. Here's a look at how Private Practice and other new shows stack up to the competition, from the Detroit Free Press ...

Private Practice at the Head of the New Class

The fall's top-rated rookies: Private Practice (No. 19, 13.2 million), Pushing Daisies (No. 27, 11.1 million), Bionic Woman (No. 28, 11 million) and Women's Murder Club (No. 33, 10.1 million).

The critics' top five: In no particular order; Pushing Daisies, Back to You, Dirty Sexy Money, Reaper and Aliens in America.

Top time slot slugfest: It's Wednesday night fights at 9, when Criminal Minds remains top dog, but rookies Private Practice, Bionic Woman and Gossip Girl have all carved successful niches despite big competition.

Most significant viewer trend: The growing impact of the TiVo, or Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The penetration of DVRs has more than doubled from last year, going from 9 to 20 percent.

Gloomy remake mistake: Bionic Woman, which despite buzz and fairly solid viewership is one intensely grim sci-fi fairy tale. And Bionic Woman has a chronic problem - the sullen mope performance of Michelle Ryan.

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Private Practice Quotes

A lot of men have a joy of seeing me naked. A lot! Well, not a lot... I mean.. 8, Well... 11.

Addison

You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.

Charlotte

Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches