Poll: Which Yet-to-Premiere Show Will Save the Season?

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October 4th, 2012

Let's face facts. It was a dismal premiere week for the broadcast networks, with numerous highly promoted new shows flopping. The Cancellation Bear is the only mammal who is happy with the new fall line up. But all is not lost. There are plenty of new shows that have yet to premiere. One of them could be a breakout, game changing hit. One of them could be the show that *cue dramatic music* saves network television. Take your best guess in the poll, then explain your reasoning in the comments.


  • Nick

    Premiere ratings-

    Arrow: 1.2
    Nashville: 3.2
    Malibu Country: 2.0
    Beauty & The Beast: 0.9
    Emily Owens, MD: 0.8
    Chicago Fire: 1.5

    It’s a toss-up between Arrow, Nashville, and Malibu Country as to which will be the most successful (relatively-speaking).
    I went with Arrow.

  • Michael

    Don’t care.

  • Fielding

    From an Australian’s perspective: has there ever been a worse Fall season for new shows? Last year we had Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Person of Interest, New Girl et al. This year…nothing.

  • tv#1

    I think Nashville will end up being pretty successful for ABC. It has a good time-slot, two good lead ins, a strong cast, and a popular premise. It won’t be a runaway hit, but I could see it being as successful as Revenge was in that time-slot last season.

    I’m hoping Arrow will end it being a hit too.

  • Hugh

    I think all of these will flop except Nashville and Arrow.

    Nashville has a good shot at being a big hit.

  • Nick


    has there ever been a worse Fall season for new shows?

    Fall 2010 was a terrible season for every network (except CBS). Raising Hope, Blue Bloods, Hawaii 5-0, Mike & Molly and Nikita were the only new shows to survive that season, and there not exactly in a wonderful place now. It was the year of huge flops like The Event and Lone Star.

    Broadcast TV ratings have also been declining for 30 years. Last year was sort of a fluke, with ratings even with the year before. We seem to be catching up (or should I say, down) now.

    So this will be the lowest-rated season in history, but not the least successful.

  • Masterbreel

    Well i dont like the premieres of this year, so no surprise they all tank! Only watch 2 new shows, and 5 sophormore i think.

  • Al

    Connie Britton not Reba, more like Bonnie Raitt with Faith Hill. Pilot Nashville was great and i hope what ratings will be over 3.5+ on premiere after Modern Family. Nashville is big family drama and will appeal to a wide audience.

  • DTravel

    None of the Above is missing.


    NASHVILLE–great pilot & should have good rural appeal, Arrow looks promising for CW, but neither will become another “beast.”

  • erwan from france

    I believe in Chicago Fire, i hope for a 2.5 for the premiere

  • psychic

    Nashville or Arrow. I’m leadning towards Nashville.

  • a p garcia

    My vote is for Malibu Country, b/c it has REBA and she has a track record of being in good shows. I do hope Arrow is a big sucess for the CW.

  • John_M

    @John_M I think you’re confusing ratings with quality. Friday Night Lights was a great, great show – ratings have nothing to do with Britton’s talent, loser.

    I’m not confusing anything, I know the difference, I also know quality has nothing to do with good ratings, there are ‘poor quality shows’ with great ratings and vice versa, and as for Brittons talent – one note actresses are not talented.

    See how I did that without name calling?

  • tomko44

    Tough one with Arrow. It can be a hit for CW but still have rating so low it would be cancelled on any other network. So does that make it a hit? I can see it having lower ratings than all the others in the poll, yet still be considered a hit by CW standards.

  • bigbrotherfan


  • John

    I have a feeling that Emily Owens, M.D. might actually be the surprise hit of the season.

  • Emily

    I think a lot of the mod-season shows are way better than anything as of yet (just going off previews and pilots I saw) but arrow is in with a shot to be a cw “hit”

  • Riff Rafferty

    Fall 2010 was a terrible season for every network (except CBS).

    Well, NBC and ABC underwent big management changes that year, which wrecked any chance of any of the peacock rookies returning (“Law & Order: LA” and “Outsourced”, which the new brass went out of their way to kill, likely would have seen Season 2 otherwise). This year, the shows are gonna fail on their own terms.

    I think 1978 was worse. Fred Silverman roared into NBC and promptly canned the whole primetime schedule. Mr. Carole Bayer Sager at CBS couldn’t go 5 minutes without permanent-hiatusing something.(“WKRP in Cincinnati” was the only rookie they brought back — and he nearly cancelled that too.) Gee, who could have guessed xerox-copying ABC wouldn’t work for them? ABC, mostly thanks to Silverman, was the only network with new hits. “Mork & Mindy” was THE hit of 1978 (until Tony Thomopoulos decided he didn’t want a hit anymore so he took care of that) and they also had a couple time-slot hits, “Taxi” and “Vega$” (WITH the dollar sign to differentiate it from this year’s time-slot hit). 1983 was a terrible fall too. Only 3 new shows on ABC returned and only 2 on CBS, and none of them made it past Season 4 on network. And CBS torpedoed 1 of their returnees a month into its second season because they were embarrassed by it.

    P.S. “Nashville” was my pick to click this year. If it doesn’t work, I might have to look for a new line of work. I might also have to hunt down a few Nielsen families and smack them.

  • dee

    That’s easy, clearly it’s a trick question. The answer is NONE OF THEM. The real question should have been “Which yet-to-Premiere show will be a hit”.

    My pick is Malibu County but only if there is a real chemistry between Reba and Lily. Not interested in another “Fire” or “MD”. I think people will take a serious look at “Arrow”.

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