Even without Arnold, the Terminator franchise is most certainly back.

According to Variety, the premiere episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles scored the highest opening-night ratings of any new show in three years. The show nabbed an outstanding 7.6 rating/18 share amongst the 18-49 adult demographic, and scored 18.3 million viewers for the show's debut, according to the Nielsen ratings service. The scripted show's success only accentuates the need for scripted programming while the networks try to make due with reality programming during the writers' strike.

Speaking of the strike, it conversely affected another program this week as well. NBC's hour-long telecast of the Golden Globes annoucement was trounced in the ratings with a 1.7/4 in demographic and drawing just 5.8 million viewers. The announcement special came in lieu of the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild both boycotting the normal two-hour telecast.