Television

Winners and Losers of 2016-2017 Frosh Series: Weeks 1-2 Toss-ups and Losers

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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. Last week we focused on the winners, now let’s look at the toss-ups and losers.

Toss-Ups

Bull (CBS) – CBS is known for procedurals. Michael Weatherly was known for 13 years on NCIS. With Michael Weatherly’s contract up, CBS picked up his procedural that is based on Dr. Phil McGraw’s early life as a legal analyst. The series debuted to OK ratings, and currently sits around a 2.0 in the 18-49. Nothing amazing, but steady.

The Good Place (NBC) – Everyone was praising Ted Danson and Kristen Bell’s return to network television (and comedy). However, the high concept comedy series hasn’t found a strong audience yet on NBC, averaging a 1.2-1.4 in the 18-49 demographic. While that might be low for networks like CBS, it is still a modest performer for the struggling peacock network.

Pitch (Fox) – Like NBC, Fox has been struggling to find shows that audiences will tune in to that aren’t Empire. Pitch has been performing OK, averaging a 1.1 in the 18-49. Sports series are usually not well watched on broadcast TV (see: Friday Night Lights, Clubhouse), but the concept has kept some eyeballs glued in to the series.

Losers

Conviction (ABC) – While it debuted just yesterday (in week 3), we can already declare this ABC series a dud. The Hayley Atwell led courtroom drama debuted to a 0.9 in the 18-49, the lowest of any of the broadcast new shows so far. Reviews haven’t been too nice either.

Notorious (ABC) – While Piper Perabo is a hot commodity coming off years on Covert Affairs, this drama stuck between Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder failed to resonate with viewers. Many can’t wait for Scandal to return midseason to get TGIT back into play.

The Exorcist (F0x) – Geena Davis can’t save this series that averages a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo. There isn’t much to say other than…who thought this was a good idea?

 

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