Death Watch Begins for New Fall Shows — Which Series Will Be the Season’s First Casualty?

Oct 9, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Even with the new TV season only a few weeks old, early ratings for some shows make it clear they could already be in trouble, EW.com’s Inside TV reports. Meanwhile, other shows may be in position to receive early full-season orders.

The Fox medical drama "The Mob Doctor" is a leading contender to become the first dead drama of the season, with the show’s rating among 18-49 year olds dropping to a 1.0 in its second week (from a 1.3 for the premiere), the story notes.

Another show that doesn’t inspire optimism is the NBC comedy "Animal Practice," which dropped to a 1.3 rating in the demographic in its second week (from a 1.4 in the fall season’s first week), the piece notes. In its favor, the show gained 25% adding in DVR viewing. “Animal Practice” is given a little worse chance of surviving than NBC’s “Guys With Kids,” which held steady with 1.6 averages in weeks one and two.

Shows that are expected to receive full-season orders include two CBS dramas: "Elementary," the Sherlock Holmes drama, and "Vegas," a show starring Dennis Quaid, the story notes. "Vegas" drew 12.1 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic in its second week, while "Elementary," which has received good reviews, had 11.1 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating in the demographic in its second week.

CBS’s “Made in Jersey” was down to a feeble 0.8 rating in 18-49 (from a 1.1 in week one) with 6.7 million viewers, but that’s on Friday night when the standards are lower. It may be too soon to forecast the show’s fate.

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