Midseason Death Watch Begins — And Each of the Four Major Broadcast Nets Has at Least One Series on Life Support

Jan 25, 2012  •  Post A Comment

With the return of fresh episodes and new shows, the midseason death watch has started and a number of shows are already at risk for an early demise, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog.

One of those shows is "The Finder," the "Bones" spinoff on Fox that has earned disappointing ratings with 6 million viewers, the story notes. "’The Finder’ needs to locate an audience soon," the article points out.

CBS’s "A Gifted Man" may not have much of a chance for a second season, with about 8.2 million viewers on average, the story adds. "We’re not feeling upbeat about its chances for a second season, no matter how hot Patrick Wilson is," the piece notes.

While ABC says it hasn’t made a decision on "Pan Am," it’s not looking good with 7.3 million viewers, the story adds. "Don’t expect Pan Am to make a return trip," the piece reports.

On NBC, one show that might not have a future is "Rock Center with Brian Williams," which has averaged 4.2 million viewers, the story says. "Rock bottom with Brian Williams. This should go quietly into the night," the article notes.


  1. OK, this is what I don’t understand in many ways. A Gifted Man, from what I have read easily wins its time slot by almost a 2 to 1 margin. In other words, A Gifted Man beats its nearest program competitor consistently by 3 to 4 million viewers with an average of 8.2 million viewers but it is in danger of cancellation?
    Incredible. I know some of these decisions are based on what are called “The Demos” or the viewers that are in the 18 to 40 something age group. If these viewers aren’t watching this show then there is a much higher chance that it will be cancelled. Correct?
    I see other programs that only average somewhere between 2 to 4 million viewers that have already been renewed for full seasons.
    Imagine that, a program can win its time slot consistently over every other network and still be cancelled?
    And yes, I do like “A Gifted Man” and have my DVR set to record every episode. When I look over the 10 to 20 other series I have recorded, I opt to watch new showings of “A Gifted Man” nearly every time.
    Even last Friday, 1/20/2012, A Gifted Man had 6.9 million viewers with a RERUN over the ABC season premiere of Shark Tank that only had 6.2 million viewers. The next nearest competitor was Fox Kitchen Nightmares with 3.8 million viewers. Once again, a rerun of A Gifted Man, won its time slot. And CBS will probably cancel it?? Really??
    Anyway, great show. CBS, please give it a chance to acquire more viewers so it can win its time slot week after week by an even greater margin?

  2. Once again for Friday, February 3rd, 2012. A Gifted Man won its time slot with 8.4 million viewers. The next nearest program was the season premiere on NBC of Who Do You Think You Are? with 6.09 million viewers.

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