ABC 2015-16 failure factor: Batting .500 despite some big bombs

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ABC had a terrible record with its 2013-14 freshman class, with only three of 13 new scripted series making it to a second season. (Two of those, “The Goldbergs” and “Agents of SHIELD,” are still on, while “Resurrection” was canceled after Season 2).

In 2014-15, the network had a much better year, renewing seven of its 13 rookies. Of those seven, five — “American Crime,” “Black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Secrets and Lies” — are still alive going into 2016-17.

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The 2015-16 season lies in between those two. Here’s how the network’s 10 new scripted shows fared.

Renewed: 4

None of the four renewals are big successes, with “Quantico” and its 1.2 same-day rating among adults 18-49 heading the pack. But “Quantico” did over-perform in delayed viewing, “Dr. Ken” (1.1) was a consistent performer on Friday nights and “The Real O’Neals” managed to keep its head above the 1.0 mark for much of the season. “The Catch” was, frankly, a surprise.

Canceled: 5

When ABC shows failed this season, they failed big. “Wicked City” and “Of Kings and Prophets” had the shortest runs of any new show this season, and “The Muppets” had the steepest decline of any new show, going from a 2.9 for its premiere to a low of 0.8 a week before its finale. “Blood & Oil” was a dead show walking for much of its fall run, and “The Family” never really got started.

TBD: 1

“Uncle Buck” premieres June 14.

Failure rate

Currently/best case: 50 percent. Worst case: 60 percent.

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