The year 2017 has been a bust so far for the broadcast networks when it comes to trying to gain traction with new scripted programs, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
“With a whopping 17 scripted launches since Jan. 1, nearly all new series are languishing with low ratings, even by today’s modest standards,” THR reports, noting that the networks’ midseason woes follow a middling fall season.
CBS in particular appears to have lost its patience with poor performers. “With one struggling freshman shipped off to Saturdays (‘Training Day’) and another axed after just two episodes (Katherine Heigl starrer ‘Doubt’), the network potentially is signaling a shift away from the wait-and-see attitudes that have displeased some advertisers in recent seasons,” THR notes.
Meanwhile, Fox’s “24: Legacy,” which had a boost at launch from the Super Bowl, NBC’s spinoff “The Blacklist: Redemption” and ABC’s “Time After Time” have also been ratings disappointments.
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