ABC’s final new series of the fall premieres Tuesday, and it has some baggage to overcome.

“Wicked City” has received a fair amount of promotional push from ABC, but it’s premiering in a timeslot that has been a ratings black hole in recent seasons: 10 o’clock on Tuesday.

Since “Private Practice” ended in January 2013, the network has aired five different dramas in that hour, and not one of them has made it to a second season. Last season’s entrant, “Forever,” was the only one that even managed to last a full year.

So that’s the bad news. The good news is that given all that, the bar may not be too high for “Wicked City,” an L.A. crime anthology that this season stars Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen. “Forever” premiered to a 1.5 in adults 18-49 last season and hit its same-day season high with episode 2 (1.7). If “Wicked City” can get to that mark consistently, it might stick around.

Can it? Cast your vote in the poll below and see if your predictions were right on Wednesday morning.


Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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