We’ve had a couple weeks under our belts for the new fall season. For the most part, a lot of the new series that debuted have done well or respectable for their networks. There’s still a few more weeks until all the new fall shows debut (the CW and CBS won’t debut most series until next month), so come back towards the end of October for the final Winners and Losers. Today, we focus on the winners. Come back Tuesday for the toss ups and losers.
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – Who would’ve thought that Kevin James would have another hit on his hands? There aren’t too many successful actors or actresses in the last few decades who starred in two successful sitcoms, but Kevin Can Wait might be an exception. The series debuted to a 2.6 in the 18-49 demographic and even rose to a 2.7 in week 2. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the series slides up to the 8PM slot in a few weeks.
– A series about a disabled main character is a rarity among TV, let alone on a sitcom. But the ABC series led by Minnie Driver just received a full season pickup. The comedy has been on many must watch lists for the season, and it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out.
This Is Us (NBC) – For those who have been missing Parenthood, This Is Us has been a solid performer. The series, about four people who share a birthday, debuted to strong ratings and a surprise ending. The show features an all-star cast with Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia headlining the series. Dan Fogelman, the creator, brought us the great film Crazy, Stupid, Love, and has infused the series with the same heart and humor as the film.
Designated Survivor (ABC) – Kiefer Sutherland is back, and better than he was in Touch. The ABC series has improved on their Wednesday 10PM slot by over 50% compared to the last few years. While the series hasn’t broken any records numbers, it has proven to be a solid performer. Designated Survivor, like Speechless, also was given a full season pickup the other day.
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – After Minority Report, Limitless, and Rush Hour failed as movies turned to TV series last year, many thought that Lethal Weapon would meet the same fate this season. However, the chemistry between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford has been electric, and ratings have been solid as well. It definitely is the hit series Fox needs with shows like Bones and Sleepy Hollow limping towards their end dates.