Even though the new fall television season has just started, it’s possible to get a sense of which shows are on the cancellation track and which ones will survive, writes Joe Adalian in New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.
On the cancellation front, NBC’s "Free Agents" and the CW’s "H8R" "are already dead, even if no decisions about their fates have been made," Adalian writes. The former show "dropped dramatically" from NBC’s new "Up All Night" both times it aired, while an episode of "Dora the Explorer" tied "H8R" in viewers 18 to 34, the story notes.
"Up All Night" "is doing surprisingly well and will almost certainly be picked up for more episodes," the story notes. Additionally, the early success of comedies "New Girl" on Fox and "2 Broke Girls" on CBS “indicates that, at the very least, we’re a nation ready for unconventional sitcom leads," Adalian notes.
NBC’s ratings struggles across the board could benefit its hot-button show “The Playboy Club,” which opened to weak numbers. The story points out: “NBC has lots of problems and may want to be a little patient with this show, perhaps even trying it on another night.”
“The X Factor,” while generally considered a ratings disappointment in its debut week, did retain its audience from night one to night two and is likely to continue to be an important anchor show on two nights for Fox.
CBS has another new show with hit potential in “Unforgettable,” the story adds, while ABC’s “Revenge” is also off to a good start.