Report Card: Broadcast Primetime Freshman Shows
In its typically rose colored glasses wearing way, industry cheerleader Variety* has a piece today entitled “Rating the TV’s freshman class“, which really rates the survivors of broadcast primetime’s freshman class. Quite the grading on a curve.
I thought today was as good time as any to come up with a win-loss report card for all the broadcast primetime freshman class, even though a number of show’s fates are not 100% known.
The network records noted are (Renewed-Canceled-Unknown).
Although it seems quite possible that ABC will go 4-9 or 3-10, and 0-6 with their new dramas, the Lenopocalypse, plus the relative success of Modern Family has provided them with a startling level of media cover.
Renewed: The Middle, Cougar Town, Modern Family
Canceled (or certain to be): The Deep End, Hank, the forgotten, Eastwick, Flash Forward
Unknown: V, Romantically Challenged, Happy Town, Shark Tank, Food Revolution
Batting at or above .500 with new shows in broadcast primetime is a record Les Moonves can be proud of. And this year it wasn’t all formula, as Undercover Boss surprised almost everyone.
Renewed: The Good Wife, NCIS: LA, Undercover Boss
Canceled (or certain to be): Three Rivers, Miami Medical
Unknown: Accidentally On Purpose
Thank goodness for vampires.
Renewed: The Vampire Diaries
Canceled (or certain to be): The Beautiful Life, Melrose Place
Unknown: Life Unexpected, Fly Girls, High Society
Glee’s arguably the most successful new broadcast scripted show, while SoT and Past Life were arguably the least. Such has been Fox’s freshman class.
Renewed: Glee, The Cleveland Show
Canceled (or certain to be): Brothers, Sons of Tucson, Past Life
Unknown: Human Target
You might argue that NBC’s freshman renewals came at ratings levels that would have been cancellations on CBS (and you’d be right), for this scorecard a renewal goes in the win column.
Of course, you might argue that The Jay Leno Show should be counted as 5 cancellations! ;)
Renewed: Community, Parenthood, The Marriage Ref, Minute To Win It, Who Do You Think You Are?
Canceled (or certain to be): Trauma, Mercy, The Jay Leno Show
*awaiting Robert’s comment in defense of Variety in 3, 2, 1…