Carat Predicts Success for ‘The Nine,’ ‘The Class,’ ’30 Rock’

Aug 16, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s debuting drama “The Nine,” CBS’s traditional sitcom “The Class” and NBC’s single-camera comedy “30 Rock” are among the new shows likely to succeed this fall, media research firm Carat said in its new-season programming report for the 2006-07 season.

As part of its yearly predictions of how new broadcast programming will fare in the upcoming season, Carat is also listing ABC’s college football coverage on Saturdays and NBC’s new NFL Sunday night football telecasts as winners.

Dramas highlighted include CBS’s “Shark,” NBC’s “Heroes” and Fox’s “Standoff.” Additional comedies Carat sees as potential successes are Fox’s “‘Til Death” and The CW’s “The Game.”

But Carat is predicting that at least a third of the fall freshmen will be off the air by January, paving the way for midseason entries, including a number of reality series.

Shows Carat has the least confidence in include ABC’s “Men in Trees,” CBS’s “Jericho,” NBC’s “20 Good Years” and Fox’s “Justice.”

In terms of the fall schedule, Carat is predicting CBS winning Mondays and Fridays in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, with ABC winning in the demo on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Fox will win in adults 18 to 49 on Tuesdays, Carat predicted.

Of the 57 series introduced last season in prime time on the six networks, only 15 are returning for 2006-07, Carat reported.