While the 2011-12 broadcast season is just a bit over 3 weeks old (out of ~35 weeks), there certainly are some interesting trends already appearing.
CBS: The syndication machine keeps moving ahead (up 3% vs. last season among adults 18-49), but many new additions may not serve to feed the machine.
- High points: Most of the veteran shows in general, Monday night in particular. . . CBS has to be wildly happy about how Monday night has started out this season.
- Low points: One failure ( ), and no clear successes among their new dramas. Early sitcom failure ( ).
FOX: Spending money, getting ratings (up 11% vs. last season), but at what cost?
- High points: and ratings are better than what they replaced. .
- Low points: and are more expensive than what they replaced. How those costs map with the ratings increases is something we can only guess about.
ABC: Not as bad as recent Fall starts, generally following the long term trend broadcast downward (down 4% vs. last season).
- High points: Sitcoms in general, in particular.
- Low points: Fewer complete disasters than last Fall, but still one (Charlie's Angels) and maybe two ( ) early failures.
NBC: Still no light at the end of the tunnel (down 7% vs. last season).
- High points:
- Low points: Two immediate disasters ( , ), The running out of steam and dragging 2 hours down. Harry's Law ratings drop.
CW: Dawn Ostroff picked a good time to bail (down 33% vs. last season).
- High points: No rookie scripted disasters, all scripted rookies with at least a fighting chance for renewal.
- Low points: Veteran shows hit by far more than typical annual broadcast ratings declines. Replaced an original scripted hour from last season's schedule with an unscripted show ( ) that crashed immediately.