I’m working on a series I’ll roll out starting next week where on an hour by hour basis I’ll cover the fall schedule looking at the primetime broadcast match-ups. But that process got me thinking about which shows are most likely to rise to the top of some typical responses we've seen in the past.
Castle and Kings have a “royal” theme so I'm balancing that with Melrose Place. These shows represent three types of fan reactions we’ve seen over and over, and I’m using these specific shows only as examples. If you want to replace Castle with Chuck, Kings with Pushing Daisies and Melrose Place with the second season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, it works out pretty much the same.
A bit of an uneven start with ratings. An obviously loyal fan base and numbers that early on hover in the bubble zone before ultimately picking up some steam.
Typical fan response: Pleaaaaaase ABC, don’t cancel Castle!
A show where it’s obvious almost immediately that by and large viewers rejected it. But every show, no matter how bad the ratings are has its fans who will rail against the bad ratings. But the reactions with this type of show have trouble accepting that the viewing public rejected the show.
Typical fan response: The American viewing public is too stupid to appreciate this show.
Sometimes there is just outright denial. The hardcore fans of these shows don’t so much have trouble accepting that the ratings stink, but despite this persist in the belief that the shows will be renewed anyway.
Typical fan response: You’ll see, it will be renewed!!!
Bonus: c'mon! it does a lot better when you include the DVR numbers!
What are your picks?
New scripted shows this fall:
|$#*! My Dad Says||CBS||Thursday||8:30p|
|Better With You||ABC||Wednesday||8:30p|
|Body of Proof||ABC||Friday||9:00p|
|Hawaii Five 0||CBS||Monday||10:00p|
|Law & Order: Los Angeles||NBC||Wednesday||10:00p|
|Mike & Molly||CBS||Monday||9:30p|
|No Ordinary Family||ABC||Tuesday||8:00p|
|The Whole Truth||ABC||Wednesday||10:00p|