Viewership figures for the first two weeks of the autumn 2008 anime season have been published, allowing a a look at how the new shows have performed.
These are the ratings for the shows in percent, with the timeslot and station given. Parenthesised numbers are second episode ratings.
4.9% 10/09 24:50-25:20 CX* のだめカンタービレ 巴里編 / Nodame Cantabile S2
4.5% 10/05 17:00-17:30 TBS 機動戦士ガンダム00 / Gundam 00 S2 (4.4%)
3.9% 10/02 25:29-25:59 TBS 夜桜四重奏 / Yozakura Quartet
2.9% 10/03 25:55-26:25 TBS 黒執事 / Kuroshitsuji
2.5% 10/07 24:59-25:29 NTV ONE OUTS -ワンナウツ-
2.5% 10/07 25:29-25:59 NTV 魍魎の匣 / Mouryou no Hako
2.4% 10/02 25:59-26:29 TBS CLANNAD ～AFTER STORY～
2.1% 10/03 26:25-26:55 TBS 鉄のラインバレル / Kurogane no Linebarrel
1.8% 10/06 25:00-25:30 TX ヴァンパイア騎士 Guilty / Vampire Kishi Guilty
1.5% 10/01 25:20-25:50 TX とらドラ！ / Toradora! (2.3%)
1.0% 10/01 26:35-27:05 TX ヒャッコ / Hyakko (1.3%)
0.9% 10/05 25:30-26:00 TX 今日の5の2 / Kyou no Go no Ni
0.7% 10/05 26:00-26:30 TX スキップ・ビート！ / Skip Beat!
A few interesting titles are missing from this data (if you happen to know additional sources, please share), such as Rosario + Vampire Capu2, A Certain Magical Index, and Tales of the Abyss, but generally a fairly complete picture seems to emerge.
There do not appear to be any dramatic upsets evident, though the rapid growth in Toradora’s ratings may presage further popularity.
Rather than go into detail, at this point let us instead decry the meagre or grossly high ratings accorded to our most loved/despised titles. Shouldn’t we all be watching Nodame Cantabile?