Just two weeks into the fall broadcast season, four shows on prime time already are in trouble, according to a new analysis by Toni Fitzgerald in Media Life magazine. Fitzgerald singles out three new drama series along with one third-year drama as “most likely to be canceled.”
The new shows are NBC’s “The Player,” Fox’s “Minority Report” and ABC’s “Blood & Oil.” Additionally, Fox’s third-year drama “Sleepy Hollow” makes the Media Life list. Fitzgerald indicates that the shows, all of which are struggling in the ratings, will have a hard time surviving to the November sweeps.
The report notes that “Blood & Oil,” which stars Don Johnson and pulled a 1.4 in the key 18-49 demo for its debut, leads into ABC’s potential hit “Quantico,” meaning the network may quickly lose patience if the lead-in appears to be dragging down the 10 p.m. show.
Commenting on “Sleepy Hollow,” which has a better time slot this season, Fitzgerald notes that the program managed only a 1.0 in 18-49 for its season premiere — half of what the premiere pulled in last season. Fox’s “Minority Report,” meanwhile, dipped to a 0.9 average in its second week even with a solid lead-in from “Gotham.”